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1. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it! i nearly have all the ingredients to make this trip successful...

...have the flight,... am doing some 'light' travel in the UK,... have bought a few quality bits, but all that's missing is my accomodation!

A vital does anyone know of any real good hostels in Sydney-somwehere fairly close to everything?

Any details of the 'luxuries' they contain???

Jas (the TP baby!!)


2. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'll be in Sydney next week, I'll be sure and keep my eyes open for hostels when I'm wandering around and let you know if I see anything promising.

3. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey, that'll be just great! thanks very much IMonaghan!

I am planning to stay in Sydney for about 5 days i think, so i want to book my accomodation pretty soon and would want to stay in the same hostel throughout the 5 days i plan!

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi lil j,

In my humble opinion, by far the best hostel in sydney is wake up! It's a good location (next to central station which makes it central to several different fun suburbs, not just one) and is very secure. It has a very nice and big bar/dance area downstairs and they (of course) have a travel agency inhouse as well as internet (but most hostels have this). It's pricey, but in my opinion worth it. Another one to seriously consider would be the YHA. It's right around the corner and if my memory serves me correctly, even has a swimming pool! Price wise, I believe it's about the same. I've stayed at both, as well as some other hostels in Sydney, and these two are definitely among the best, if they aren't the best.

The YHA lured me in actually with their breakfast offering, and seeing as it was 9 in the morning and I was starving after a long bus trip, that was a real bonus :)


ps. both can be booked via TP's hostel list and if you have a browse through that, you'll get a good idea of average prices too. I'd recommend either the central area, Glebe (a lot of students and good going out) or Bondi, Coogee or Manly beach (if you're after that mostly). If you find something or an area you're not sure about, pop me a message and I'll see if I can recall anything about it from my time there :)

5. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks very much Sam-that does help, i'm sure there will be questions! I do remember something about Wake Up actually a while ago-i'll be sure to look into that!

6. Posted by vicki80 (Full Member 42 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

A friend of ours stayed at the wake up and it is probably the most central although it is slightly mor expensive than other hostels.

Try to stay out of Kings Cross - although it is a great place to visit (O'Mallys is very good!) it is not so nice to live there. My mate and I did for a week and had to put up with s outside our door.

If you don't want to be directly in the city but close by a lot of backpackers stay in Bondi - Indy's is quite a nice hostel with a big social area where most people gather before going out and also I've heard Noah's is nice as well - both are about 2 minutes from the beach and there's a bus that takes you straight into the city for about $3 or in 10 minutes up to the train station

Hope that helps a bit

7. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Lil J,

I'd go with what everyone else is telling you. I went and tooled around King's Cross last night for a bit to see what everyone had been talking about. It is a fun place to hang out for the evening, but I wouldn't stay there either.

Like Sam said being close to central station is Ideal for getting about, and Sydney's transportation options are pretty good. There is a city train, good bus service, and my favorite... the Ferrys.

I spent $15au on an all access pass for the day that allows you to travel all 3 lines with no limits.

If you need the cheapest spot you can find then King's Cross might be and option. Victoria Street has a bunch of Hostels there all of which are about 17-20 dollars au/night... less if you book by the week.

I went in and looked around a handfull of them (amazing what you get when you say you're a writer for a hot travel website). The travellers rest had the most friendly people and most security from what I saw... Downside is security seems important in King's Cross.

If you can afford it spend the extra $7au per night and get in at Wake Up.

8. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Ian-i am looking into wakeup! Haven' heard a bad word about it so it looks promising!

Hmmm...i might try the writing/researching thing-sounds like quite a good catch, lol!

You can fill me in on everything there is to know about Oz/Sydney!

Bet your having a real chilled out time, eh!

9. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I was only there for a couple days, but I spent most of my time kicking around Darling Harbour and Circular Quay. Those two areas were very nice and comfortable... and for $15au you can ride the ferrys back and forth all day and see all you want from the water ways around Sydney... Not a bad deal really.