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1. Posted by justin9 (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hey Guys & Girls -

I'm flying into Sydney in early Oct and would like to reserve a bed in a hostel for the first few nights (before I arrive). Can anyone recommend a decent place. I'm 24 yrs old and would like a place where I can meet other travelers. Also, I'm planning to bring some photo equip. Do any hostels offer lockers or any other way to secure expensive items?

I've heard Coogee Beach has a cool hostel nearby Sydney. After further research I've found a ton of mixed reviews on this place ("surfside"). Is this place cool/ clean/ etc? Thanks everyone.

PS - Let me know if any of you will be arriving or staying in the same area around early Oct. THANKS!


2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi Justin,

Most hostels do offer a way to lock up valuables, although some of the annoying ones don't offer it in the room but down at reception (more safe, but also a hassle). Surfside Coogee Backpackers gets a rating of 66% here on Travellerspoint which is pretty poor. Although I never stayed at the place, I lived in Coogee for 9 months (fantastic!) and walked by it nearly daily. I also met a ton of people staying there and I'd say in general the rating here roughly matches what I heard.

The positive thing is location. You can see on the map linked to above that it is right on the beach. You could throw a beer bottle from the front balcony and it would land on the beach, it's that close. It's also right in front of the bus stop into the city, but Coogee is small, so that's no real biggy.

The downside is cleanliness and noise. Noise has partly to do with that awesome location as it is right between the Palace and Coogee Bay Hotel, and people flock between the two till late. Not only that, you'll have a lot of noise from other backpackers enjoying the nightlife too. That happens in a lot of hostels, but this one seemed more excessive than others (probably also because it is in Coogee). I've heard it's not particularly clean either, but suspect that somewhat ties into it being rather a party hostel. It's also located right above Mc. Donalds and they stay open pretty late, so you might not appreciate the smell of Big Macs & fries all day long.....

When I was living there, I'd see backpackers hanging over the balcony screaming on more than one occasion. Cigarette in one hand and beer can in the other. Towels draped over the balcony, music playing etc. etc. Of course they were usually screaming at me (I jest)... I don't blame them either to be honest. Can you imagine getting off a 24 hour flight from the cold and rocking up to a hostel on a 25 degree C day with the beach right in front of you and cheap beer right around the corner? Sounds pretty good even from where I'm sitting right now, but you might get tired of it after a few days By the way, from the list of facilities, it looks like it has security lockers.

If you are not too worried about not sleeping well a few nights and can handle a party or two, I'd say go for it. Especially at 24, in that location. Sjeesj, I wish I was you

3. Posted by Amy_jo24 (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

its got to be Wake Up hostel all the way! its by far the best, probably in Australia!! its almost like a hotel, really huge too. got loads of of fab extras and even has a bar/club under it. check out their webpage

AJ xx

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Amy_jo24

its got to be Wake Up hostel all the way! its by far the best, probably in Australia!! its almost like a hotel, really huge too. got loads of of fab extras and even has a bar/club under it. check out their webpage

AJ xx

Wake Up is a great option; agreed! I reviewed it here (stayed there a few years back). But quite a different league of price and type hostel as well, which is why I focused mainly on the Coogee Backpackers part of the question. If staying centrally is a goal, then the YHA is also a really good option, besides of course Wake Up. These hostels are both pretty expensive though, but in a league of their own

5. Posted by mandylou4u (Budding Member 73 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

the best hostel in Sydney was the Railway YHA, I stayed here xmas 06 where I chilled by the pool, stayed in a modern, neat, clean and cosy train carriage that was found off the first platform of central station!!! Believe it or not it was not noisy at all and I got to see father xmas walking around greeting people on a steam train as I opened the curtains!!! Definately an amazing experience, in fact I will probably be going back myself in Jan 09. Try it, it's much better than the Wake Up. My friend stayed there and it was like a tower block where the lifts didn't work well, the kitchen was in the basement and it was quite cramped. Both are within close proximity of each other so you could try both but if you fancy chilling out and doing something different then chose RAILWAY YHA - so under rated!!

6. Posted by justin9 (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks! I appreciate all of the insight. Given that I'll be there for up to one year. I'm looking for the most economical hostels possible. Wake Up and YHA both look really nice... but it is possible to find decent places for no more than $25/ night? Has anyone heard of G'Day Hostel?

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Quoting justin9

but it is possible to find decent places for no more than $25/ night? Has anyone heard of G'Day Hostel?

I've heard of it, but that's about it. Really the only way to 'save' money staying in Sydney is to look at more long term accommodation or places a bit outside the city centre. Glebe can be a good alternative to the city centre or alternatively a beach further south than Coogee (Maroochydore f.e.).

8. Posted by LusciousLu (Budding Member 72 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Unless you plan on just staying by the beach for your week, choose a central hostel or somewhere like Glebe. Coogee is quite a distance from town (half hour+ on the bus), Surfside is a party hostel with a lot of very young people and loads of people to a dorm, quite dirty and not great attitudes to quietness. Coogee/Waverley council recently reduced the late licencing of the two giant pubs there because of all the local trouble - both in the Top 3 'best Hotels (pubs) in NSW but also the in the top 5 most violent hotels in NSW!

790 on George has exceedingly good security, large lockers and a plug in each locker but bugger all atmosphere and chances of really meeting people is slim to none (altho Central YHA is next door and Railway YHA is just up the road). Wake Up has been voted the best hostel in Australasia but it is big, VERY big!)

Glebe hostels are very friendly (both the YHA and Village). The YHA has good size lockers for each person in the room and no room bigger than 5 person. Its a gorgeous suburb with great city access but away from the pollution and craziness of George and a nice escape from a day's tourism. You can walk to town or catch a bus very easily.

Prices are going up and up and up in Sydney (living, food and rents) and its now one of the most expensive cities on the planet so dont plan for staying on long. Enjoy the tourism, sign up to a photography tour or two (there are a couple of really good ones) have a few days fun and then see the rest of the country immediately. And altho the YHAs are the cleanest and best hostels you will stay in in Oz, they ARE expensive! Eat out at the take outs, dont bother buying food in cos you will find just the basics are ridiculously expensive...especially soda in the marts! And if you like sushi and can hold off from eating lunch every day until gone 3pm, all the street sushi bars have super deals!

Going long term in a hostel is the cheaper option rather then nightly rates, look into weekly rates rather than night rates. Sleeping With The is a super cheap option but you have to stay a minimum of a month with them.

Just make sure you bring a shit load of money cos its just too easy to rinse it here these days. Keep your eyes open to deals, cheap eats and drinks promos, vouchers, get a YHA card. The US dollar and the UK pound does not go far at all these days so be savvy, you can still have a lot of fun but dont let the fun bankrupt you! Buy a weekly bus, train ferry pass (that includes Manly Ferry) if you are just here for the week, a very good way of saving money! Dont bother visiting the Wildlife World, save yourself $40 and go up to the Blu Horizon bar at the Shangri-La Hotel for the best (and free view of Sydney) instead of the SkyTower.

Have fun, sorry for all the longwinded info, have been here 5 months, certainly know me way around the city and how to save money, but if you are on a budget trip, dont stay long.

9. Posted by prendy98 (Full Member 78 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Both these hostels are accomadating for long stay backpackers and located in Kings Cross - they offer discounted long stay rate of $20per day(WakeUp & YHA $35per day)..both are somewhat smaller hostels in comparision to the WakeUps & YHA`s but if your planning on working then it would be a better option.

I stayed in WakeUp when I first arrived in Sydney, an met loads of people, some which i travelled the east coast with for 3 months, but after a week the novelty of having a bar/club downstairs an sharing with 400 other backpackers becomes a pain on the finances an sleeping.

So for intinally arriving in Sydney an wanting to meet new friends then maybe WakeUp or YHA are a good option but then when you want to stay somewhere cheaper an start working then the hostels above are your best option or the hostels recommended by other people outside the city center

Enjoy ur trip,