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Need a place to stay in Sydney? Hotels, Airbnb, caravans and campsites are options but hostels are the best value accommodation throughout Sydney. In 'youth' hostels, you'll make new friends and get great advice on local shopping, food, attractions and events. Youth hostels aren't only for the young. All ages are welcome as backpackers, families, school groups and seniors stay in hostels during their travels. Each of these hostels are very clean with friendly staff and fresh linen.
Experience the best of Sydney from one of these top hostels.
Sydney Harbour YHA at 110 Cumberland St is the only hostel in the famous Rocks precinct of Sydney. With views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, it's the ideal base to explore the most popular attractions in Sydney and perfect for the NYE fireworks. This YHA has multi-share and double rooms with free Wi-Fi. History lovers will enjoy the Big Dig, an archaeological site open to the public with thousands of objects on display, once owned by the former convict residents. This hostel is close to Circular Quay and Wynyard train stations, especially convenient if you're travelling from the airport by train. As you're in the centre of the tourist district, parking and refreshments can be pricey though. The hostel hosts free Big Dig tours, pancake breakfasts, beach walks and pub tours. There are also $7 bargain-priced burger and barbecue nights with kangaroo sausages on the menu. Prices start at $38/night with special packages here.
Surry Hills, was voted the best hostel in Australia at the HostelWorld awards in 2014. Bounce is a 2-minute walk from Central Station with dorm rooms for 4–10 people with 2-4 person ensuite rooms for couples and friends. The mod-cons, air-conditioning, televisions, lockers, laundry and kitchen, are all on-site. The view of Sydney's skyline from the rooftop as the sun sets is a special highlight. The lockers also contain power outlets to securely charge your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Prices start at $40/night for the 10 share dorm.
Wake Up! Sydney, at 509 Pitt St, Sydney, is across the road from Central Station and a short walk to Chinatown, Darling Harbour and buses to the Opera House. The hostel has 4–10 person dorm rooms with twin-share ensuite rooms for a bit more privacy. Facilities include a cafe with Wi-Fi, TV lounge, laundry, kitchen and travel desk. A job search service is handy for funding your travels. There are special events on most days, including wildlife shows, trivia nights, pool competitions, guided beach walks and wine and cheese nights. Prices start at $39/night for guests over 18.
* Big Hostel, at 212 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, is deceptively small, with only 36 rooms. There is a big range of accommodation choice though, with 4–8 bed dorms and 2–6 person private rooms with ensuite bathrooms. The hostel features a complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, lockers, book and DVD library, pay TV, kitchen, laundry and a barbecue on the rooftop garden courtyard. Stroll to the hostel from Central or Museum Stations. Prices start at $32/night.
Blue Parrot Backpackers, at 87 Macleay St, Potts Point, is in the heart of the bohemian Kings Cross, a few minutes walk to the train station and surrounded by clubs, restaurants, art, music and Sydney's most entertaining characters. Two sisters own and run the Blue Parrot, creating a welcoming home for travellers to explore Sydney and make new friends in the 4-10 bed dormitory rooms. The hostel has a tour desk, kitchen, laundry, lounge with TV, DVDs, Playstation and Wii gaming consoles, free Wi-Fi and office technologies (computer, printing, scanning, photocopying). Prices start at $40/night.
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