Hostels for my sydney start

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1. Posted by IainOB1 (Budding Member 30 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Happy new year guys,

Im heading into Sydney from the UK in april, im looking for a good cheap clean hostel to start me off in sydney while I rest after my flight, get my bearings and sort out the usual bank stuff, before deciding what to do next.

Any ideas of nice areas to stay and decent hostels would be a big help. Not too expensive either don't want to be forced into shelling out loads just as i get there, when there could be a nicer cheaper place not too far away. Also would rather it not be party central lol i can always try somewhere else if i want a more lively place. I just need a good starting place to get things sorted.

Also any ideas which would be the best discount cards to get?


2. Posted by LusciousLu (Budding Member 72 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Havent stayed in any hostels in Syd...had the luxury of a sis with a flat last time I visited but when I was looking online the other day, The Palms looked ok near Darlinghurst. Its a not too crazy area. I found the hostelworld website useful for reviews.

My best mate stayed for a long stint at the Billabong Gardens. She loved it especially as a long term ressie. The reviews go both ways...the web pages look lush...the ressie pics not so great, but its up in Newtown which is away from the crazy party land and near the uni.

If you want to keep in touch via PM, I am getting to Syd in early March and may have already sorted a flat by couch surfing could be an initial possibility if you are interested or stuck...that is my plan on arrival...use and abuse the hospitality of my chum who is starting at uni in Feb, couch surf for a wee while I settle in and start job hunting and flat hunting very soon after least I THINK that is the plan at this moment in time!

Good luck with your planning.

3. Posted by marcusshaw (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i heard the the "wake up" hostel is a good one. its a bit more expensive than others but a good staring point to meet other travelers. im probably gonna head there when i arrive in march.

have a look at the website! see what u think.

4. Posted by hellosweet (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey i was in aussie back in june and was the same..wanted a good hostel to start of my trip.. i stayed at the wakeup hostel which is mentioned above and i really recommend it.. i stayed there for one week - and it was probably one of the best weeks of my whole trip in aus. i met really cool people there and apart from anything else it is a really nice, clean, well organised hostel with internet and good kitchen facilities as well as a really nice cafe. there is a bar called the side bar downstairs which is a really good night, there is live music, pool tables, good people - what more could u ask for eh? i stayed in a dorm for 10 people but it was really clean and there are other smaller rooms available, right down to double rooms but they are much more expensive about 60 aus dollars. the 10 bed dorm is the cheapest at about 25 dollars, its not bad to be honest - the YHA around the corner is more expensive. wake up is in good location..altho when i first arrived i thought there was alot of asian people...its based in china town lol but its a 5 min walk to sydney centre!
happy travelling, im very jealous

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 10, 2008, at 5:09 PM by hellosweet ]

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I can't reccommend any good hostel as I have only stayed at a pretty ordinary one in Sydney, but what I can say is avoid staying at the hostels close to central station unless you live right next to a major highway and can sleep through constant noise including ambulance sirens at about 3.00am outside the window. Alternatively ask to stay in a room not facing the road otherwise you have little chance of getting any sleep. After the first sleepless night I went and got earplugs and the traffic noise was so bad that I still only got about an hours sleep on the 2nd night because I could still hear loud traffic noise and sirens all night despite wearing earplugs.

They are in a convenient location if you have an early flight or early train to catch, but that's about the only thing to be recommended about them if you want any sleep.

6. Posted by IainOB1 (Budding Member 30 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the replies,

I had been reading a little about Glebe too, how far out of the main area is it and could this be a good starting place? as it sounds nice

Im heading in on an evening flight so a free hostel pickup would be good.

Thanks LusciousLu, i'll pm ya and let ya know how in get on and you could pm me and let me know how you get on too. A sofa might be a handy safety net.

I'll have a read about the places you have all mentioned.

I'm unsure yet if i will stay in Sydney for a while which means i would probably get a house share or room share, or if I will be deciding to head off backpacking and traveling around for a while first.

I'm trying not to have fixed plans I'm keeping my mind open.

Thanks again, happy times and travels

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5314 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Glebe is about a 10-15 minute walk from Central Station (which is on the south side of the CBD), with busses every ten minutes or so (for most of the day) to Central Station (5 minutes) and on to Circular Quay (the north side of the CBD; maybe 15 minutes by bus?)
It's (IMO) definitely the nicest area of Sydney to stay in. The hostels in Glebe aren't the cheapest out there, but they're also not as super-expensive as the super-shiny hostels at central station (WakeUp! and the YHA Central and Railway Square). I'm a YHA fan myself, so I always stayed at the Glebe Point YHA (great vibe, awesome rooftop area; nice rooms, decent kitchen, okay (barely) bathrooms), but I suspect the other hostels in Glebe are quite nice, too. I remember another one on Glebe Point Road which I always walked past which always looked to have great atmosphere.

Don't know if any hostels do free pickups; the Sydney airport is quite a ways away.
It's very easy to just take the train to central station though, and from there hop onto a bus. 431-434 go onto Glebe Point Road, with 431 and 434 going to Glebe Point, which means they stop nearly in front of the YHA (for 432 and 433 you'd need to get off just before they turn off Glebe Point Road, and then walk another three blocks). There's frequent busses (at least every 10-15 minutes) until 21:30, to then slowly trickle down to one every half hour around midnight.

8. Posted by IainOB1 (Budding Member 30 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks, Sander.
Just out Glebe village backpackers they seem to have a free airport pickup and free breakfast. So if anyone has stayed there let me know what it is like.

Thanks everyone