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The 10 Coolest (And Most Affordable) Hostels in Sydney, Australia

Picture of Paris Donnatella Callan
Updated: 5 November 2017
With Sydney’s soaring accommodation costs, it comes as no surprise that more and more people visiting the capital of New South Wales are opting for hostels. In a city which boasts an epic social scene and some of the most stunning scenery on the continent, hostel accommodation is plentiful, trendy and affordable. Here are our top 10 hostels.
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The Pod Sydney

The Pod Sydney takes hostel accommodation to new heights with capsule-style dorms (as well as private dorms) that give travellers the upmost privacy in a shared communal setting. The super stylish hostel boasts great rates too, and being situated in the heart of the city, it’s a great location if you’re planning on pounding the pavement and taking in Sydney’s sights.

The Pod Sydney. Level 6. 396 Pitt Street. Sydney. Australia. +61 411476966

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Sydney Harbour YHA

Sydney Harbour YHA is the only harbourside hostel, sharing turf with some of the most renowned luxury hotels on the planet, not to mention stunning rooftop views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and surrounding waterways. Enjoy a free rooftop BBQ at this award-winning hostel. And, it’s super affordable!

Sydney Harbour YHA. 110 Cumberland Street. The Rocks. Sydney. Australia. +61 (02) 8272 0900

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Wake Up! Sydney Central

Wake Up! Sydney Central nails cool budget accommodation in the perfect location. Set in the heart of the city at the corner of ‘The Block’ (a dense hostel area where on any one night up to 3,000 hostel beds on ‘The Block’ may be filled), this is the perfect place for solo travellers to meet new people, explore the city and enjoy city living at an affordable price. There’s also a café, free Wi-Fi and internet café, a bar, laundry, kitchen, and pretty much any other amenity you can think of.

Wake Up! Sydney Central. 509 Pitt Street. Sydney. Australia. +61 (02) 9288 7888

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Railway Square YHA

This backpacker haven is a popular choice for wayward wanderers, budget-conscious city breakers and all-round travellers for its super central location (right beside Central station, connecting Sydney locally and with the rest of Australia). Railway Square YHA also has a chill atmosphere and top-quality amenities such as a spa pool, free Wi-Fi hotspot, numerous communal areas and a self-catering kitchen.

Railway Square YHA. 8-10 Lee Street. Sydney. Australia. +61 (02) 9281 9666

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Bondi Beach Backpackers

Bondi Beach Backpackers is the quintessential Aussie beach-life budget hostel experience. Set just a stone’s throw from the sand, this is the ultimate place to stay when trying to soak up that super chill vibe Bondi is notorious for. Enjoy free yoga classes and board hire too whilst staying in private or shared dorms.

Bondi Beach Backpackers. 110 Campbell Road. Bondi Beach. Sydney. Australia. +61 (02) 9130 4660

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Kings Cross Backpackers

Priding itself on a community vibe with a party atmosphere, Kings Cross Backpackers is the place to be when new in town and looking for cheap digs with a great social scene. The hostel boasts a rooftop chill area with stunning views and BBQ facilities, additional chill-out zones and communal areas, pool tables and game areas, and amazing tours and day trips.

Kings Cross Backpackers. 79 Bayswater Road. Kings Cross. Sydney. Australia. (02) 9331 0520

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The Downing Hostel

Set bang smack in the mix of it all, this Sydney Central Business District hostel is moments from the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and waterways, Royal Botanical Gardens and Sydney Tower. The Downing Hostel offers four-, six-, and eight-bed mixed dorms as well as three-person private rooms (featuring one double and one single bed) for groups, all at affordable prices. Guests can also enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the property and free laundry as well as discounts at the bar below.

The Downing Hostel. 253 Castlereagh Street. Sydney. Australia. +61 0424 740 448

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Jackaroo Hostel Sydney

Jackaroo is a buzzy little hostel situated in the heart of backpacker territory, Kings Cross. Just a short walk from the city, Jackaroo boasts clean, cheap and cool accommodation for travellers. Rooms on offer include twin rooms, three, four or six-bed dorms; there’s free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, a sunny rooftop terrace and multiple common area too.

Jackaroo Hostel Sydney. 107-109 Darlinghurst Road. Potts Point. Sydney. Australia. +61 (02) 9332 2244

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Mad Monkey Backpackers

Swing into the cool, trendy and super affordable hostel in Sydney, with two locations (one in the buzzing Kings Cross, the other on the stretch of Broadway). This hostel is all about meeting new people and having fun; kill the competition with a beer pong tournament; enjoy hostel parties and day trips; break bread with new friends during free dinner nights.

Mad Monkey Backpackers Broadway. 20 City Road. Chippendale. Sydney. Australia. +61 (02) 8705 3762

Mad Monkey Backpackers Kings Cross. 34-36 Darlinghurst Road. Potts Point. Sydney. +61 (02) 8004 9947

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Blue Parrot Backpackers

This family-run hostel boasts a warm and welcoming vibe by sisters Effie and Sasha, who offer quality accommodation at affordable prices in one of the buzziest suburbs in Sydney, Kings Cross. Blue Parrot Backpackers has been recommended by TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet and Rough Guide, and it’s no surprise why: The small hostel (50 beds) is the perfect place to find solitude after a day exploring, with free WiFi, a BBQ area and gardens hammocks.

Blue Parrot Hostel. 87 Macleay Street. Potts Point. Sydney. Australia. +61 (02) 9356 4888