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Looking for where to stay in Sydney on a budget? Well, here are five outstanding Sydney hostels you need to check out.
I can’t wait to head to Sydney for a solo weekend later this month. When I started researching cheap Sydney accommodation, I noticed there were a lot of Sydney hostels. Some had good ratings, some… did not. So I thought it’d be helpful to compile a list of five of the best hostels in Sydney, so you find the perfect place for you.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for where to stay in Sydney in terms of location, I recommend checking out this post on The Nomadvisor. They’ve conveniently listed 10 of the best neighbourhoods to stay in Sydney.
The best Sydney hostels
Wake Up! Sydney Central
Spoiler alert: Wake Up! Sydney Central is where I’ll be staying in Sydney. It won points for multiple reasons. First, it has a very convenient location for a long weekend, as it’s next door to Central Station and in the heart of Sydney. Second, Wake Up! Sydney Central has reasonably priced private rooms, which is my preference when I’m not travelling long term. Finally, the hostel won me over with its great ratings and reviews. I mean, it won best hostel in Australia at last year’s HOSCAR Awards. Sold.
It also sounds like Wake Up! Sydney Central is a great option if you’re looking for a party hostel in Sydney, as it has an onsite bar/nightclub. The hostel hosts daily events too, like coastal walks, trivia nights, guided tours and more. I think I made the right choice.
I booked my accommodation through Hostelworld, as it offered the cheapest rates and refunds, which are necessary in the world’s current state. Check out Wake Up! Sydney Central on Hostelworld here.
The Pod Sydney
If you’re searching for Sydney hostels with a difference, let me introduce you to The Pod Sydney. One of the city’s newest accommodation options, The Pod is located a 10-minute walk from Central Station. It offers both private and dorm rooms, with privacy bed curtains, personal lockers, free Wi-Fi and power outlets by each bed (so important). The fully equipped kitchen and lobby both look very stylish as well. So, if you’re looking for a comfortable dorm room in the heart of Sydney, I’d recommend The Pod Sydney.
For more info, check out The Pod Sydney on Hostelworld here.
Here are all of my hostelling tips for solo travellers, plus the travel essentials I pack for every trip.
Sydney Harbour YHA
Sydney Harbour YHA is the only hostel and budget accommodation option in the city’s historic The Rocks district. Its main drawcard is its rooftop terrace, which offers stunning views across Sydney Harbour. But wait, there’s more. Combining state-of-the-art facilities with a unique heritage experience, Sydney Harbour YHA is also home to a large self-catering kitchen, spacious communal areas (plural), daily activities and ensuite rooms only.
Plus, my sources tell me The Australian Heritage Hotel next door has an extensive beer list. Sydney Harbour YHA is one of the best Sydney hostels if you want a unique accommodation experience and prefer to be steps from the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
For more info, check out Sydney Harbour YHA on Hostelworld here.
Coogee Beach House
Coogee Beach House is one of the best Sydney hostels for travellers hoping for a more relaxed Sydney vacation. The suburb itself is seven kilometres from Sydney’s CBD and this hostel is located directly on Coogee Beach. Spend your days walking along the coast, snorkelling in nearby Gordons Bay and surfing, or you can easily take public transport into the city. Coogee Beach is home to the world-famous Coogee Pavilion with its rooftop bar (just down the road), as well as plenty of other cafes and bars.
Now, let’s discuss the hostel. The Coogee Beach House is home to a large communal area, dorms with king single beds and a selection of private rooms. The hostel embraces the laid-back lifestyle Australia is known for, so you’re in for a treat!
For more info, check out Coogee Beach House on Hostelworld here.
Wake Up! Bondi Beach
Speaking of beaches… Wake Up! Hostels also has an option in stellar Bondi Beach. Newly refurbished, Wake Up! Bondi Beach is home to a rooftop terrace furnished with umbrellas and deck chairs, which offers panoramic beach views. Inside, the multi-storey hostel has private rooms and dorms rooms (deluxe dorms include Bondi Beach views too). Bondi Beach is located approximately 40 minutes by public transport from the CBD, so I’d recommend this Sydney hostel to travellers who want to spend more time at the beach than exploring the city.
For more info, check out Wake Up! Bondi Beach on Hostelworld here.
I hope this list of the top 5 Sydney hostels helps you choose where to stay in Sydney.
Perfectly embracing the city and coastal life, it’s easy to see why it’s one of Australia’s most popular cities.
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