Sydney Harbour YHA is a beautiful mix of modern and colonial Sydney. Built above archaeological remnants, this modern hostel has combined heritage with state of the art facilities.
This is on top of our recommendations for best hostel to stay in Sydney for solo-travellers! Enjoy the views over Sydney Harbour, Opera House and Harbour Bridge from the comfort of your very own rooftop terrace!
Sydney Harbour offers both dorm and private rooms, including a family room.
The dorms come with handy lockers and can sleep up to 6 people. There is choice between mixed, female and male dorms.
All rooms – dorm and private – have their very own private bathroom.
Common amenities include bed linen, air conditioning, individual bed light (and power socket) and access to communal kitchen and terrace. If you happened to search for ‘places to stay in Sydney cheap’, you’re in luck!
Sydney Harbor YHA offers so much to help you save money.
Get seriously social at Sydney Harbour YHA and join one of their free tours. Relax on the rooftop or coffee bar, play some pool with your new friends or grab some snacks from their in-house food store and lounge in front of the TV.
Location of Sydney Harbour YHA: The YHA Sydney is situated in The Rocks – the city’s historic harbour side precinct. Located in the heart of Sydney, you can expect to be in walking distance from all the main attractions.
There are numerous historical pubs and restaurants nearby. Experience live music at The Basement and don’t miss a trip to the Sydney Opera House.
Check out next door too: The Australian Heritage Hotel host the largest beer list in Sydney! The hostel is 600 meters from Circular Quay train station. This means easy access to greater Sydney and its beaches.
Who stays at Sydney Harbour YHA?
This hostel is loved by
There is plenty of choice of rooms, and Sydney Harbour specifically offers a group rate. The location is perfect for exploration straight from the doorstep.
It’s a big place, not at all a small hostel – housing up to 110 people – so we definitely recommend it for social butterflies.
What to know beforehand?
There is a free Wi-Fi hotspot with an option to upgrade to Premium Wi-Fi Plus. Onsite there is a Tour Desk and the staff will be there to help you get the best of your time in Sydney. The hostel also offers daily activities.
Slap bang in the centre of the CBD area, surrounded by amazing sights and built with space, light and comfort in mind: you won’t want to do much sleeping.
Choose between dorm rooms to stay in sleeping up to 10, or private rooms with an option of an en-suite.
Wake Up Hostel Sydney central also cater for solo-female travellers with their female-only dorms.
All rooms include secured lockers, bed-side lamp and power point. Large windows make for wonderful lighting. Check in is 24-hours. The Tour Desk is also open 24-hours and is the perfect place to book your next destination in Australia, and ask about potential work opportunities in the city.
Feel free to make use of the large shared kitchen as well as an onsite Cafe Bistro and bar, open 7 days a week.
Location: you guessed it: it’s central! Modern, light, spacious and directly opposite the Sydney Central Railway station. It’s perfect walking distance to all the main attractions including Sydney Opera House and the CBD. Not forgetting the numerous shops and surrounded nightlife precincts.
Be sure to take a stroll and enjoy the nearby Darling Harbour.
Who stays at Wake Up! Sydney Central?
Perfect for people interested in:
It’s also great for the foodies out there with a wide selection of restaurants in the CBD area. Wake Up! Sydney is perfect for travellers that like to be involved.
There are many daily activities to join (more info further down!) and tons to explore in the city.
What to know beforehand?
Wake Up! Sydney Central offers a handy airport shuttle for an additional charge, so be sure to contact them in advance about this. They have done well to avoid discrimination by including disabled facilities and lift in the hostel.
The staff at Wake Up! Sydney can speak 6 languages including Swedish and Dutch. Side Bar (located in the basement) is Sydney’s biggest and busiest backpacker bar. The perfect place for socialising.
Roy’s Cafe, located on the ground floor, is open from 7am and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The hostel is incredibly social and offers many (ever-changing) daily activities. These include free pizza evenings, guided tours, trivia Tuesdays, yoga class and pub crawls.
Our top choice for a beach hostel in Sydney is seriously only 2 minutes from the beach. Located seconds from the sand and surf, Wake Up! Bondi Beach boasts a rooftop terrace furnished with umbrellas and deck chairs and has panoramic views of Bondi Beach.
It doesn’t stop here. Wake Up! Bondi Beach plays host to a range of complimentary lifestyle activities. Join in for
rooftop yoga classes
personal training sessions and
walking tours along the picturesque Bondi to Bronte coastline.
wine and cheese nights
For guests looking to try their hand at Australia’s most famous past time, free surfboard hire is also on offer.
If you are just flying into and would LOVE to see the ocean, this is your best choice! Our tip would be to find a buddy in the hostel to explore the city center and obviously visit the Opera House.
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 16€ ($20) up to 35€ ($42). This is a rough average just to give you an idea. In this guide we will also show you how to find the cheaper places for backpackers.
Location: Sydney is big and you might want to see a lot of it. Make sure you know what you want. A beach hostel is best for relaxing, a central located hostel is better for sightseeing. Our map at the end of the article helps you to get a better understanding of all location on sights and hostels.
Are there any cheap hostels in Sydney? There can be cheaper hostels and more budget Sydney accommodation than the ones mentioned above.
It can be tempting to opt for the cheap places to stay in and only look for a Sydney cheap stay.
In our opinion, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2), and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Keep also in mind a bad location – or seemingly cheap areas to stay in – far away from the city centre costs you more in transport. This can be pricey in a big city like Sydney.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Sydney.
It’s a simple top-up card and can be used on all public transport within Sydney. The daily cap for an adult is around $15 so you can essentially travel around as much as you like in one day for that price. Grab one at the airport, train station or any convenience store.
Alternative beaches: Bondi is not the only good beach! Sydney is actually divided between 10 distinct villages and there is no official city centre.
Have a look at Manly and Palm Beach. Become familiar with their locations and save time once you’ve reached the city.
Other Australia hostels worth a mention
Excited going on Sydney? Well, hostel is a major thing that you should consider. Australia hostels are all over but we only want the best for you so here are additional hostels that you might want to consider when travelling in Sydney.
Mad Monkey Coogee Hostel
Summer House Kings Cross Backpackers
Asylum Sydney Backpackers Hostel
Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney Hostel
Mad Monkey Coogee Hostel
Planning to go to Sydney for its beach? Well, this is the one for you. Mad Monkey Coogee Hostel is moment away from the monkey Coogee beach.
Try tons of great restaurants and bars including FNKY MNKY located below the hostel.
You will experience true Aussie experience by staying in this hostel because it is a bit far to downtown.
The common area and the pub make it easy for anyone to meet new people. Each dormitory has secure key access and they have shared bathrooms. Some rooms feature a balcony offering sea views. Each morning guests enjoy free cereal, coffee and tea. It’s the best way to kick off a good morning.
Location: Mad Monkey Backpackers is located next to The Coogee Beach Cricket Oval. Moore Park, Centennial Park and the Australian Golf Club are a 15-minute drive away, while Latham Park Tennis Centre is a 8-minute drive away.
Important: You can purchase a so-called Golden Ticket by Mad Monkey. Stay 30, 60 or 90 days in their hostels at a super low rate and one-time payment. Check more info about Golden Ticket here.
Summer House Backpackers is a youth hostel that offers affordable accommodation. They have a good housekeeping services, round-the-clock security, airport transfers, and top-notch services and facilities.
Summer House Kings Cross Backpackers has a dedicated entertainment manager who organises daily events to bring everyone in the hostel together. These include great nights out with free entry and drink, free BBQs, day trips to the Blue Mountains, whale watching, movie nights and heaps more!
Location: Summer House Backpackers Sydney is just 1 km from Kings Cross Station and Hyde Park. It is also less than 5 minutes’ drive from Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
It is a newly renovated hostel located in the heart of Sydney CBD.
This is good for couples and solo travellers because they offer a variety of private and dormitory rooms. Each comes with a free sanitized linen pack, and free use of an individual locker with a padlock.
It is also amazing that they have a fridge is fitted in all rooms and the serve continental breakfast is provided daily.
Location: Sydney Backpackers is a 30-minute drive from Sydney Airport. Just a short walk away you’ll find Westfield Tower and shopping centre, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park and an array of other city attractions.
This hostel is good for the rate offered. The staff were friendly and accommodating. Common areas were excellent for setting up conversations.
What makes them interesting is that they have rescue dogs that you can take for a walk, feed or anything you want.
Location: Asylum Sydney Backpackers Hostel is close to Kings Cross station, and it’s just a 30-minute walk to the Opera House and the Botanic Gardens and 10 minutes’ walk from stunning views of Sydney harbour and skyline.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Sydney. I know, it’s a pity. We do not have any valid promotions for Bondi Beach or any promo code for Wake Up hostel in Sydney. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
We are always trying to get Wake Up Sydney Promo Codes and others.
So here you go, here’s our map of all the coolest hostels in Sydney and main sights. The three main hostels are highlighted in blue. The quirky and unique hostels are found in orange, and all the sights in green.
Don’t leave Sydney without visiting the Opera House!
What are the best hostels in Sydney for solo travellers?
Sydney Harbour YHA is a beautiful mix of modern and colonial Sydney. Built above archaeological remnants, this modern hostel has combined heritage with state-of-the-art facilities.
This is on top of our recommendations for best hostel to stay in Sydney for solo travellers!
Are hostels in Sydney safe?
The hostels that we feature here are safe but as a responsible backpacker, you should also take precautionary measures. So, it is safe to do your research on what you should expect in Sydney!
Check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Sydney. You can find backpackers hostels in Sydney with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us – or leave a comment below!
What is Sydney best known for?
Sydney has a lot to offer! Here is some of the places you could visit while backpacking in Sydney!
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Harbor Cruises from Circular Quay
How much are hostels in Sydney?
According to Hostelworld.com, a hostel in Sydney costs $18 per night. Prices vary depending on season.
What are the best sites for finding hostels?
Of course, the best hostel websites are Hostelgeeks! Or at least, we like to think so. Also, we believe that hostels are really great! Hotels in Sydney Australia are overrated. Instead of staying in Sydney hotels, it is about time to try hostels. You will love it!
Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.
Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
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Update: The BOUNCE Hostel closed its doors for good. It is no longer possible to book this hostel. Below you find our now out-dated description of Bounce Sydney. We will keep this article updated!
old #3: Bounce Sydney (terrace heaven)
Bounce Sydney is central, quirky and fun. Designed around communal areas and top-notch security to ensure you have a wonderful time in the buzzing CBD of Sydney.
Dorm rooms housing 4-8 people, including female only dorms, are available.