Best Places for Backpackers in Sydney, Australia.

Enjoy backpacking around Sydney, Australia without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Top 50 hostels in Sydney, Australia.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Sydney, Australia.

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Russell Hotel

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Russell Hotel

Ideally located in the heart of Sydney's historic Rocks area, the Russell Hotel is a boutique hotel where the atmosphere is welcoming and rich with history. The Russell retains the charm of its 1887 origins while offering elegant and comfortable accommodation an easy walk from the Opera House, Circu...
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Wake Up! Sydney Central

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Wake Up! Sydney Central

Winner ‘6th Best Extra Large Hostel Worldwide’ and ‘Most Popular Hostel in Sydney’ at the 2018, 2017 & 2016 Hostelworld ‘HOSCARS’ awards. Wake Up! Sydney Central represents all that Sydney has to offer. It's modern, it's clean and it’s the hub of backpacker activity, right in the heart of Sydney....
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The Pod Sydney

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The Pod Sydney

The Pod Sydney is newest accomodation situated in Sydney CBD. We are offer the brand new facilities and conveniently located only 10 minutes walk from central station. We are featureing capsule bedding with personal lockers and Free Wi-Fi throughout the property. The Pod Sydney is inspired by modern...
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Sydney Harbour YHA

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Sydney Harbour YHA

The only budget accommodation in the heart of Sydney's historic Rocks precinct, this hostel boasts awesome views across Sydney Harbour. Built above archaeological remnants of colonial Sydney, this YHA combines state-of-the-art facilities with a unique heritage experience of Sydney. As well a...
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Sydney - Pittwater YHA

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Sydney - Pittwater YHA

Pittwater YHA is a Lonely Planet Author's Pick hostel. This unique water access oasis is the perfect city escape. Located within the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, this beautiful backpackers hostel is only 30 km north of Sydney's central city area. The hostel has 8 bedrooms, a very well eq...
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Bondi Backpackers

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Bondi Backpackers

Located seconds from the sand and surf, Bondi Backpackers boasts one of the best views of Sydney’s most iconic destinations – Bondi Beach. Making it perfect for travellers wishing to experience the amazing beach culture of Bondi and its surrounds. The recently refurbished property is home to a sp...
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Mad Monkey Backpackers on Broadway

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Mad Monkey Backpackers on Broadway

Mad Monkey Backpackers offers affordable upmarket hostel accommodation just a short stroll to Central Station. We are often referred to as the 'Flash Packers' on Broadway due to our designer bathrooms, air-conditioned dorms, modern decor & wellness focused vibes. Guests can enjoy: FREE Ultrafast W...
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Lord Wolseley

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Lord Wolseley

The ground floor comprises a historic public bar and restaurant and the upper floors are for accommodation only. FACILITIES: Free Hi-speed WiFi in every room. Flat panel TV with USB, HDMI, and DVD, in every private room. Ceiling fans, and large opening windows w/ flyscreens in every r...
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Asylum Sydney Backpackers Hostel

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Asylum Sydney Backpackers Hostel

Power beside all beds, perfect harbour fireworks view with A/C in selected dorms! Fridges and max 6 people in all dorms! is offered at Asylum Sydney Join us for your friendly welcome to Australia! We provide free high-speed fiber optic 24-hour Wi-Fi, free breakfast, kitchen/BBQ facilities, and 24-h...
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Big Hostel

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Big Hostel

Why stay at Big Hostel? Free breakfast, free wifi, 24 hour facilities, late check-out, free luggage storage, an amazing location within walking distance of all the city’s attractions and a small, friendly team ready to assist you whenever you need! Big Hostel is designed with the convenience of t...
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Sydney Central YHA

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Sydney Central YHA

Play and stay in Sydney Central YHA! In a spectacular heritage listed building located directly opposite Central Station in the heart of the backpacker precinct. This is backpacker accommodation at its finest, boasting a rooftop pool, sauna, and sunny outdoor area with panoramic views of the cit...
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Glebe Point YHA

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Glebe Point YHA

An eclectic slice of the bohemian, art-loving, coffee-consuming, book-devouring centre of Sydney - this is Glebe YHA (and we don't mind the odd drink too!), and we even throw in free, fast Wi-Fi all throughout the property! This hostel is a personal, relaxed & comfortable place, with friendly lo...
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Railway Square YHA

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Railway Square YHA

Winner of Australia National Tourism Award - Best Backpacker Accommodation 2014 Stay at Sydney's most laid back hostel complete with great railway carriage rooms next to Central Station. Spoilt for choice in Sydney? Want somewhere different? Railway Square YHA is an original - Australia's only...
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The Downing Hostel

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The Downing Hostel

Welcome to The Downing Hostel :) We are a small, chill, cheerful hostel located right in the city centre of Sydney! The best about our hostel? - Location - we are walking distance to everything you need in life: pub, food, night clubs, train stations, airport, waxing salon… - Lockers in the ro...
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UWS Village Parramatta

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UWS Village Parramatta

UWS Village UWS Village has a range of five and six bedroom units opened in January 2009. Modern, high quality furniture, stainless steel/granite finishes in kitchens and spacious bedrooms ensure that all areas within the Village provide a refreshing and comfortable environment for all groups to en...
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Mad Monkey Coogee Beach

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Mad Monkey Coogee Beach

Welcome to the first Mad Monkey Hostel in Australia! Mad Monkey Coogee Beach is your dream hostel in Sydney. We're located right on Coogee Beach, so you're just moments away from the sand and the surf, as well as tons of great restaurants and bars including FNKY MNKY FNB HSE located below the hostel...
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Manly Bunkhouse

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Manly Bunkhouse

Manly Bunkhouse is a backpacker hostel situated in the heart of Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. We provide budget accommodation for students and travellers in a quiet beachside location. Each room has its own shower, toilet and kitchenette. Free WiFi Internet access is provided. Manly Bunkho...
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Kings Cross Backpackers

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Kings Cross Backpackers

Kings Cross Backpackers is part of the famous Mad Monkey Backpackers Group. Set in a beautiful townhouse property, our family atmosphere means guests meet new friends, whom become great friends. Guests can enjoy: An awesome Rooftop with BBQ Facilities, Ultrafast WiFi, Hot Breakfast, Local Gym Ac...
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Jolly Swagman Backpackers

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Jolly Swagman Backpackers

We are proud to offer our guests: *FREE INTERNET*, *FREE AIRPORT PICKUP* (3 day min) *FREE BREAKFAST* and *FREE BBQ'S* in a safe, secure environment with 24 hour reception. Located in a quiet street in Potts Point, we are right next to the heart of Sydney's Backpacker Mecca - Kings Cross! The...
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Sydney Student Living

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Sydney Student Living

Sydney Student Living provides high quality, fully furnished accommodation featuring a rich, community environment that will underpin a superb lifestyle. The complex comprises of premium quality rooms, study areas, social spaces, a swimming pool, and a great support network which encourages students...
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Summer House Backpackers Kings Cross

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Summer House Backpackers Kings Cross

***We are a genuine international youth hostel for travelers aged between 18 - 35 with a foreign passport only*** Summer House Backpackers offers affordable accommodation, just a short walk to Kings Cross Station and Hyde Park. We are perfectly situated in a quiet street just behind the bustling...
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The Capsule Hotel

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The Capsule Hotel

The Capsule Hotel Sydney is one of the remaining grand heritage hotels in Australia. The Capsule Hotel offers futuristic-style accommodation in the heart of the Sydney CBD (Central Business District) and above The Century Bar, which has a range of tap beers and a wide selection of cocktails darts...
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Clover Backpackers

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Clover Backpackers

Clover Backpackers is under new management and ownership our backpacker is located in trendy Paddington. The property also features a shared kitchen, TV and Dining Area. All rooms have city views serviced daily with fresh linen provided when guests check in. Guests can choose between dormitory r...
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Sydney Backpackers

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Sydney Backpackers

*We are a genuine international youth hostel for travelers aged between 18 - 35 with a foreign passport only* Sydney Backpackers is a newly renovated hostel located in the heart of Sydney CBD (Central Business District), a 30-minute drive from Sydney Airport. Just a short walk away you’ll find W...
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Sydney Central Inn

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Sydney Central Inn

Sydney Central Inn is Sydney’s newest Affordable budget accommodation truly in the center of Sydney CBD. We are provides upmarket accommodation for budget travellers and backpackers. Sydney Central Inn is a class above regular backpacker hostels providing clean, comfortable accommodation without pri...
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Mad Monkey Backpackers Kings Cross

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Mad Monkey Backpackers Kings Cross

Mad Monkey Backpackers Kings Cross offers the perfect backpacker experience. Our chilled out vibes mixed with a party atmosphere, means it's the perfect place to meet & socialise with other adventurers. All guests can enjoy: Ultrafast WiFi, Hot Breakfast, Local Gym Access, Surf Board Hire, Bike Hi...
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790 on George

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790 on George

Come on in and stay with the 790 family. 790 on George is located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD on its historic George Street just a stone throw from the cities Chinatown and conveniently positioned just a few minutes from Central Station with access to trains and buses at all hours. •Free Wi-Fi...
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Bondi Beach Backpackers (Surfside)

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Bondi Beach Backpackers (Surfside)

Bondi Beach Backpackers (Surfside) is perfectly located seconds from the Bondi Beach, surrounded by cool bars and cafés just 20 minutes from the City & Airport. All rooms are air conditioned, clean, safe, modern & fun with dorms, doubles, twins, triples & family rooms. We offer FREE! Tea, coffee & c...
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The Village Broadway

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The Village Broadway

Fully renovated in May 2017, The Village Broadway is the perfect Sydney base for the adventure-seeking young traveller. The hostel is located above the Lansdowne Hotel, featuring a lively pub and live music venue, holding shows from different bands throughout the week, right at your doorstep! Acr...
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Ady

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Ady's Place Backpackers

*We are a genuine international youth hostel for travelers aged between 18 - 35 with a foreign passport only* Ady's Place Backpackers offers clean, comfortable and affordable backpacker accommodation perfectly situated in the heart of the city. The hostel is just a short stroll to Kings Cross Sta...
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Summer House Newtown (Billabong Gardens)

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Summer House Newtown (Billabong Gardens)

Funky inner-city boutique hostel/motel popular with independent travellers! You're an adventurous independent traveller and want to experience the real Sydney, right? Well then come to Newtown - not another tourist trap but Sydney's throbbing, bohemian heartland of the inner-city. Located just s...
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Coogee Beach House

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Coogee Beach House

The Coogee Beach House offers the very highest standard of accommodation for the budget traveller and is only 30 meters from the beach! With clean spacious rooms, wireless & Kiosk internet, cable TV, free breakfast, free DVD & book library, free surfboard hire and all your linen provided, there i...
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Cambridge Lodge Budget Hostel

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Cambridge Lodge Budget Hostel

Welcome to Cambridge Lodge - Your home away from home! We are just a short 10 minute walk away from the funkiest part of Sydney, Newtown. With the uni, trendy cafes, pubs, bars, live music and all walks of life, this area is a breath of fresh air compared to the big bustling city streets and it's...
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Jackaroo Hostel Sydney

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Jackaroo Hostel Sydney

Jackaroo Hostel Sydney is an awesome newly renovated hostel located in Kings Cross, the entertainment district of Sydney. We offer Unlimited Free Internet and Free WiFi. We also have free breakfast, free surfboard hire, a free pool table, Netflix and PlayStation as well. Our entertainment manage...
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Casa Central Backpackers Hostel

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Casa Central Backpackers Hostel

Our cosy, intimate hostel is ideal for those looking for a more personal place to relax. We can accommodate a maximum of 38 people across two floors, plus we have a lovely rooftop terrace for relaxing on, including a BBQ. The majority of our rooms are either single or two beds, while two rooms...
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The Maze Backpackers

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The Maze Backpackers

We provide several event meals to add extra value for money, a hot dog night / a BBQ night / chicken & rice night and a pancake morning. We have other weekly activities to encourage you to meet other backpackers. We take safety and security seriously, with only checked in guests allowed access to...
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Manly Backpackers

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Manly Backpackers

Manly Backpackers is the largest and most fun-filled hostel in Sydney's Northern Beaches. The hostel is located in the heart of Manly, Sydney's premier beachside suburb. You’ll love the team that takes care of you (within reason of course). Our staff are the most friendly people you’ll find in...
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Base Sydney

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Base Sydney

Every traveler needs a base! Are you an adventurer? are you looking for the best located hostel in the city? are you looking for a hostel that can cater for your every need? do you like free and fun daily activities? Well look no further as you'll find base is an amazing place to stay, run by lik...
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Zing

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Zing

At Zing Backpackers we pride ourselves on offering something a little less mainstream. As a small, independent family run hostel, we offer each guest a warm Aussie welcome. With the largest dorm only 6 beds, we provide a space where you can relax and be yourself as soon as you arrive, brilliant...
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The Palms Backpackers

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The Palms Backpackers

Situated on the edge of Kings Cross 'The Palms' is ideally located for those wanting to explore Sydney! Its central location also provides an excellent base for jobseekers looking for work in the city. Located in the South East corner of the city its a 15min walk through the Botanical gardens to the...
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Secret Garden Backpackers Sydney

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Secret Garden Backpackers Sydney

Secret Garden Backpackers is a clean, affordable and popular hostel located just a few minutes walk from Sydney's Central Railway Station and Bus Terminal. We are the perfect hostel to accommodate you during your stay in Sydney We offer free WiFi, free breakfast, free events. All rooms feature l...
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The SpaceQ Capsule Hotel

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The SpaceQ Capsule Hotel

Discover the future of travel at Sydney’s iconic Space Q Capsule Hotel. Perfectly positioned in the heart of Australia’s most beautiful city, Space Q Capsule Hotel delivers convenient, cool and cost effective short-stay accommodation in an unbeatable Sydney location. The capsule hotel concept al...
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Nate

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Nate's Place Backpackers

***We are a genuine international youth hostel for travelers aged between 18 - 35 with a foreign passport only*** Nate’s Place Backpackers offers affordable accommodation and is just a short walk to Kings Cross Station. We are perfectly situated in between the bustling Kings Cross nightlife distr...
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Hump Backpackers

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Hump Backpackers

***We are a genuine international youth hostel for travellers aged between 18 - 35 with a foreign passport*** Managed by a brand new, fun-loving team, we’re the perfect hostel to accommodate you on your adventure to Sydney! We’re a recently renovated hostel in the centre of the bustling Kings...
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Sydney Star Backpackers

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Sydney Star Backpackers

Welcome to Sydney Star Backpackers, a great hostel right in the heart of Sydney. We are a fully redecorated and renovated hostel offering great value shared accommodation. We also provide free breakfast for our guests Friendly staff will welcome you with a warm smile and assist you with any quest...
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Bondi Beachouse YHA

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Bondi Beachouse YHA

Bondi Beachouse YHA is located on the chilled-out southern tip of Australia’s famous Bondi Beach, with Fantastic views of the Sydney Coastal walk from the rooftop. Only 5 minutes’ walk to both Tamarama and Bondi Beach. Facilities include: free WiFi hot spot, free snorkeling gear/body boards, surf...
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The Original Backpackers Hostel

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The Original Backpackers Hostel

As 'The Original' Hostel in Sydney, we pride ourselves on our great reputation, friendly staff and warm social atmosphere. Recommended by Lonely Planet, Let's Go and Rough Guide. The Original Backpackers got converted into backpacker accommodation in 1980. At that time, there were Youth Hostels...
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The Woolbrokers At Darling Harbour

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The Woolbrokers At Darling Harbour

Woolbrokers Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Darling Harbour - a great location at a great price. We are proud to offer clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation in a prime location with easy access to everything Sydney has to offer. Rooms at the hotel are based on share facilit...
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The Funk House

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The Funk House

*We are a genuine international youth hostel for travellers aged between 18 - 35 with a foreign passport only* Located in the heart and soul of Sydney, the Funkhouse is a unique, upbeat hostel famous for it's friendly social atmosphere and awesome rooftop. With its large common areas, cable TV...
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Peg Leg Inn

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Peg Leg Inn

ABOUT PEG LEG INN We wish to acknowledge the elders, past and present, of the Gadigal people, the traditional Indigenous owners of this region of Australia. From the heart of Sydney Harbour, you are welcomed by the Infamous, the Swashbuckling, the Jolly Pirates of Pyrmont, to Peg Leg Inn & Ta...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Sydney, Australia.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Sydney, Australia.

If you're already planning to visit Sydney, Australia - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

A QUICK TRIP TO SYDNEY

Photographs Captured By Samual Flynn. A QUICK TRIP TO SYDNEY These are only a few glorious destinations Australia has to offer, take my word for it and also visit Sydney and Brisbane, you will not be disappointed! I took a quick trip down to Sydney, stayed in New Castle and travelled to Sydney for the day. There are also some incredible beach destinations and we even found our very own private beach once we stumbled over a few odd shaped rocks. Australia is nothing but spectacular, everything from the calming vibe to the incredible views, I think I could happily live here my whole life.

Jade Arthur

Beechworth, Victoria: A Country Playground

Only three and a half hours from the City of Melbourne, nestled just off the highway bound for Sydney, is the Victorian treasure, Beechworth. If you’re looking for a small Town with big views and great food, Beechworth is the place for you.

Amelia Jane

Brisbane districts and things to do

Brisbane has lots of things to offer for tourists, but all in all it is not as big as Sydney or Melbourne, therefore some people say it is quite boring. For me, after 6 months of living there, I found it very nice, small and comfortable for living. Even though it can get quite hot and humid in Brisbane, it is still very close to such nice places like Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast with its famous Surfers Paradise. Also Byron Bay is a special place on earth only few hours from Brisbane. There are lots of things for every tourist in the City or in its surroundings. I would definitely recommend staying there at least for a week or so, it is totally worth it!

Stjuxa

Melbourne

Australia has some amazing cities, being a small town girl I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I capital L loved every second of it. I have been lucky enough to get to live in the middle of Melbourne, and it has easily become one of my favorite cities in the world. I think when people think of Australia and cities, there mind automatically goes to Sydney, and it is definitely worth a visit. With the opera house and Bondi beach as some of the places to see, but in my opinion Melbourne is an equally, if not even a better reason to go to Australia. It is a city with millions of people, but in some weird way it doesn’t feel that way. Because it feels like a big community put together by a lot of suburbs that all have their own cool, individual vibe. There is always a market, festival, museum or restaurant to visit, and there is just so much to do. And where Sydney gets to big and confusing for me, Melbourne is right about perfect. It is easy to navigate, not to mention the trams are free in the CBD. Don’t get me wrong Sydney is a great city as well. I remember the first time I saw the opera house and the bridge, it was even bigger then I had imagined it to be, and all I was thinking is this is so cool and awesome, I am finally here. However for me Melbourne has become home, and still after being here for seven mouths I still find new things do to, new places to go, and most importantly new places to eat.

Kristine Aarøen

Exploring the City

The CityHopper service allows you to rediscover Brisbane for free with ferries running every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. The CityHopper travels along the Brisbane River, stopping at North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals.

Santiago Vargas

Sydney: Reliving childhood by the seaside in Narrabeen.

Remember how fabulous summer holidays were when you were a child? Long days in the sun, sand in your bathers, and ice cream as the sun set on the horizon. Friends you’d only just met, calling across the camp site for you to come and play down by the water as your mum lathers you with sunscreen and tugs a hat down on your head – didn’t you just want those days to last forever? On a side street along the Peninsula of Sydney’s Northern Beaches this fun summer childhood still exists. Parked by North Narrabeen Beach, at the mouth of Narrabeen Lake, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in an idyllic beach side town away from the city. But for the young and the young-at-heart, Sydney’s Lakeside Holiday Park in Narrabeen offers the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and relive childhood moments of summer freedom.

Stacey M Brown

A list of my top 10 places to see/experience in Canberra…

The ever popular Brodburger is a must for any foodie passing through the capital. From its roots as a food truck, Brodburger is extending its reach to Sydney due to the enormous popularity of the place, so be prepared for a long wait. I recommend ordering over the phone before you get there. Brodburger is about 10 minutes south of the city centre by bus.

Naomi

I made it!:

After nearly 30 hours of traveling, no sleep, and stiff legs I finally landed in Sydney. When I landed I didn’t have a place to stay (crazy right?) and ended up messaging a friend of a friend who very graciously told me I could stay with him. The first thing I did after getting to his apartment was go to a cafe and get a latte. After all, Australia is supposed to have the best coffee. As I took my first sip I knew that Sydney would soon become my home. It was the best coffee I had ever had in my life and trust me I drink a lot of coffee. Having only ate nothing but sad airplane food I decided to order eggs Benedict, and like the coffee it did not disappoint. After filling my belly with yummy Aussie-ness I went back to the apartment with legs so swollen that I immediately called my mom asking her if I was going to die. She said it was normal but I still thought I was dying because WebMD said so. Needing some well deserved rest I decided to stay in until the following day.

Amira

Sydney: an artistic guide

For the art lovers who want to do more than wander through an empty gallery, here are some must-see art events in Sydney, Australia, tested out by me just for you, with personalised tips to make sure you make the best of your time in this vast, bustling city.

Laura

Sydney: First look at Australia

Sydney skyline from the Royal Botanic Gardens

Wild Coconut

Sydney: A Week With Ultimate Oz

Ultimate Sydney: A Week With Ultimate Oz Since graduating University travelling has always been on the cards. Something I have always wanted to do. However I wasn’t brave enough to do it all by myself, so I decided to head online and do some research regarding travel company’s. This is where I discovered Ultimate Oz. For the people that haven’t heard about Ultimate, they are a company that gives you brilliant opportunities around the world and also there for you 24/7 if you need a helping hand, before and after arriving to your chosen destination. It was a week in Sydney (Sunday to Sunday) with a tour guide and a fun filled itinerary set up for us for the week. To me this sounded perfect, especially it being my first real big adventure. With that me and my fiancé Kai agreed on how perfect it was for us and we went ahead with it. One of the main reasons we went for this package is because it included so many things that would be so helpful to us once arriving in the country.

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Cairns Tour

We walked across the seaside with numerous yachts in sight, with the sun shining upon us! Unlike Sydney or Melbourne you don’t have those highrise buildings with millions of tourists, instead you have this small town where everyone just seems to be so happy with no worry or crisis impeding them. The market area just across the Cairns Esplanade which has a public swimming lagoon, has everything from bars to restaurants that you need! With some people performing, kids playing, families having picnics or people just laying there on the grass sun bathing, what else would one want of a holiday?

Bhairavi Jaiswal

Leaving

I left Sydney because things were perfect there. As strange as it sounds, I knew that my experience couldn’t get any better and I needed to leave before its panache in my brain became tarnished. One for the worry, I envisaged becoming bored, bitter and resentful so I took myself off to Darwin and have been here ever since. I am exiting my twenties next year and fight a constant battle between conforming to social norms and daydreaming about backpacking in South America – because that’s not cliché at all is it J

Louise Keogh

Coffee in Brunswick

Well duh. It’s Melbourne. You’re a caffeine addict and why shouldn’t you be? DIY: If you want some of the good stuff at home, go to Code Black Coffee Roasters for some in-house delicious beans. Go for the 3056 if you’re drinking some good ol’ Brunswick pride, or the Finca El Faldon as a delicious Colombian roast. Broke-As: Ok you love going out for coffee but really shouldn’t be spending your money on it. Go for the Green Refectory. Because yeah, coffee costs pretty much the same everywhere. But come on, you’re going to get a pastry with it if you’re sitting down. Grab the fresh-outta-the-oven scones with homemade berry jam and housemade heavy cream for $2. Or of course, any of their incredible cakes in the front display that greet you from halfway down the block. My favorite is the chocolate cheesecake, but I won’t argue with any of them. Maybe even give their beetroot salad or lamb and veggie soup a go. Green Refectory is probably my all-time favorite of Sydney Road cafes. It’s open until 7pm, has varied seating, and all of their food (breakfast, lunch, and everything in between) is mouthwateringly delicious, well-sourced, made fresh, and significantly cheaper than the same thing elsewhere. Treat yo self: Steam Junkies. Deliciously strong coffee in a little café right by Anstey station. Be warned – it has an aesthetic bicycle and typewriter, and quinoa is on the menu multiple times. The building itself is pretty nifty, as one of the newer apartment complexes which has tried very hard to be as eco-friendly as possible. Brunswick’s Weekday Happenings Every other Monday is spoken word poetry night at the staple Senegalese bar Oussou with an incredibly supportive community. Or, chuckle with (and sometimes at) amateur local comedians at fortnightly Funny at the Brunny. Tuesday is free movie night at The Penny Black (with $4 pizzas and free popcorn). Wednesday is free trivia at the Victoria Hotel, and has a pretty solid variety of categories. I Need Things We sometimes need to buy, trade, (or nick) things. It happens. You’ll find some bigger labels down Lygon in East Brunswick, and there is Barkly Square, but almost all of Brunswick is small and independent retailers.

Adar Schneider

Always have a backup plan

You are going to need one. Since being in Australia, I’ve had so many things go wrong that I’m losing count. Firstly, your priority should be money. The amount of people I’ve walked by on the streets of Sydney who are sleeping rough because they have no money is astonishing. Backpackers included! Think twice before being roped into that 3-day tour around Bondi for more money than makes sense and do not get led into any over the top swanky bars in Sydney without being prepared to shell out a near-fortune for drinks. I know a lot of people will be smart about their money, especially since you had to save it to get here in the first place, but I know there will be people like me who are still learning what it’s like to be an adult. Make friends with people who are going to help you out when you need it, and be there for them in the same way. Don’t hang around with people who encourage your inappropriate spending (more specifically on nights out – I’m sure you know the kind). And in fear of sounding like your mother – BE SENSIBLE.

Rebecca Pritchard

Sydney Road, Brunswick – Middle Eastern gems

Throughout the 20th century, Melbourne was the destination of many migrants around the world, fleeing war, poverty or otherwise keen to settle in a growing part of the world. Different communities chose to settle in different parts of Melbourne, meaning that today, you can grab a Vietnamese iced coffee in the morning, and after a short train ride, find yourself at an Italian bakery. When moving to a strange new land, different groups tended to flock together in one part of town, leading to Melbourne having many culturally distinct areas today. Keep reading for a breakdown of some of Melbourne’s culturally rich suburbs, where you will find migrant stories and traditions carrying on through the generations. Some of these suburbs have been traditional heartlands for some groups, whereas others have only recently attracted a specific group of people. Sydney Road, Brunswick – Middle Eastern gems Sydney Road is a stretch of road passing through the heart of Brunswick and Coburg, like a rich tapestry linking together migrants in the inner north. These suburbs saw a lot of migration from the Mediterranean throughout the early 20th century, leading to a large Lebanese population, as well as pockets of Greek and Turkish communities. While other pockets of Brunswick in particular have become heavily gentrified, much of Sydney Road still tells the story of the area’s early migrant population.

Hania

Unsettled in Sydney

I had no idea what to expect when I first arrived in Sydney. Or Australia for that matter! A sunny and warm version of my hometown of London? A friendlier version of London? A more-touristy London? If that’s even possible. I’d been dreaming of visiting Australia for years and finally I’d plucked up the courage to actually go for it, spend a year in Australia on a working holiday visa. On my own. There was no turning back now.

KitKat Gibbs

Getting Down and Dirty with Sydney

Getting Down and Dirty with Sydney I thought I’d start off this travel writing shebang with a bit about my hometown: Sydney.

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Yamba: Byron Bay’s Cooler Older Sibling

When six foreign twenty-something-year-olds take a road trip up the east coast of Australia, there are many spots you can expect to find on their list: Sydney, Byron Bay, Surfer’s Paradise, Airlie Beach, Cairns. These are the buzzword places; the places pictured on Qantas airline pamphlets and bartered off to you by student travel companies in neat little packages. They are stylish and established homes to World Heritage UNESCO sites, brimming with world-famous attractions and activities. I mean, it was practically our duty as young travellers to take pictures at Whitehaven Beach—one of the most photographed sites in Australia—snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, and walk barefoot up to the lighthouse at Byron Bay, right? I’m not saying all these places and experiences weren’t amazing, because they really were some of the most beautiful sites I’ve ever seen, but one of my most favourite places ended up actually being Yamba, a little fishing town located about an hour and a half’s drive south of Byron Bay. In fact, we all liked it so much we stopped there twice, once on the way up and once on the way back down.

Jazz Siddiqui

Central Coast: Terrigal, Avoca and Beyond

The southernmost part of the Central Coast, Australia still appears to be the quiet area hidden from Sydney-siders containing many unpolluted natural areas. My journey for the day was spent across Terrigal and Avoca. The day started early and I spied a café nearby a gym.

Stephanie Brown

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