Best Hostels in Sydney

Sydney Harbour YHA The Rocks
Sun deck at Sydney Harbour YHA

Trying to come up with the best hostels in Sydney is not an easy task. What is best for a young traveller may not be quite what a family or older solo traveller wants. Below are four hostels that I think do a pretty good job at providing a friendly, welcoming, clean and secure environment. Each will suit a different type of traveller so read on and find out which one is perfect for you.

A warning, none of these are super cheap, but my experience in hostels in Sydney is that a $20 room comes at a huge price; noisy, dirty and often full of party people.

YHA Central Sydney – Rawson Place

Sydney YHA Central
Sydney YHA Rawson Place

Perhaps the largest hostel in Sydney and flagship of the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) the Rawson Place hostel is a heritage listed building about 3 minutes’ walk from Central station. With its rooftop pool, on-site café and spacious public areas it offers excellent value for money for any traveller.


  • Location – right next to Central Station and a short walk to cheap eats in China Town and Paddy’s Market
  • No long-term guests
  • Rooftop pool and sauna
  • Kitchen open till 10.30pm
  • Free luggage storage
  • Spotless – great recycling program
  • Cafe inside hostel & small supermarket next door.
  • Undercover parking available


  • Some say it lacks atmosphere and friendliness of a smaller hostel
  • Can be busy with school groups at certain times of year
  • No TV in twin rooms
  • No power outlet in lockers
  • Rooms on lower floors may experience noise from bar

Cost: from $41 for four share room $125 for a double with private bathroom
Note: Minimum stay of 7 nights in all room types for all bookings between 28 December 2017 – 2 January 2018.

Address: 11 Rawson Place, Corner of Pitt St and Rawson Place Sydney

[image credit – John_Brennan]

YHA Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour YHA The Rocks
Sun deck at Sydney Harbour YHA

Sydney Harbour Hostel is the latest YHA to open in the city. The only hostel in the Rocks and the only hostel to offer a sun-deck overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, this 106 room hostel is perfect for couples or families exploring the city.

This hostel is quieter than many other Sydney hostels, with its excellent facilities and friendly staff the slightly higher prices will be worth it for most.


  • Location
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Family rooms and twins
  • Quieter atmosphere
  • Large communal kitchen


  • Expensive internet
  • Distance from transport – 600m walk to train
  • Stairs in the area might be too much for those with lots of luggage or older travellers
  • Terrace closed at night

Best for: Families, groups and quieter travellers
Cost: $41 for a 4 share room , $138 for twin  $170 for 4-bed family room
Tip: Try to get up early one day and watch the sun rise over the Harbour from the terrace.

View the Flickr album on Sydney Harbour YHA 

Address: 110 Cumberland Street The Rocks, Sydney
Phone: (+612) 8272 0900

[image credit – tomw99au ]

Wake Up! Hostel Sydney 

Wake Up Sydney
Wake Up Sydney Hostel at Central

Originally a department store Wake up is hard to miss sitting on the main intersection opposite Central station. It’s well located for exploring the city and is a great hostel for young travelers with it’s on site bar and great range of activities.


  • Centrally located
  • Clean
  • Café and bar on site
  • Girls only floor
  • Free beach and city tour


  • Can be noisy
  • No free internet
  • Not available to under 18s
  • Small kitchen relative to the size of the hostel

Best for: Young travelers, bit of a party atmosphere
Tip: Plan to cook early if you want to use the kitchen

View a Flickr album of Wake Up Hostel 

Address: 509 Pitt St, Sydney 2000, Australia

[ Image credit – pandrcutts]

Bounce Sydney

Bounce Hostel and Hotel Sydney
Bounce Hostel near Central Station

Whenever I walk by Bounce hostel is always buzzing  with the sounds of happy travellers, mostly younger, but I have heard that older travelers are equally happy here. The rooftop deck and spacious kitchens here really appeal to me. It is easy to see why it has won best hostel in Australia multiple times.


  • Personal lockers in room with power points for charging devices
  • Air conditioned rooms
  • Large Kitchen
  • Terrace overlooking city
  • Regular organised activities
  • Free continental breakfast (basic)
  • Close to Central station trains and buses
  • Free city bus stops right outside
  • Voted number 1 hostel in Australia on Hostelworld in July 2011


  • Windows are sealed shut
  • Allows longer stay guests which can be problematic at times
  • More expensive than many hostels

Cost: $37 for an 8 bed dorm slightly more for smaller dorms and $149 for a queen room
Tip: rooms at the back are very quiet

View the Bounce photo album 

Address: 28 Chalmers Street, Sydney 2010,
Phone: +61292812222

[image credit – jemasmith ]

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