There are over 70 hostels in Sydney and each one is different in terms of price, location, facilities, atmosphere and reviews. Before making a booking you will need to decide what you are looking for example are you seeking a social/party hostel? Do you want somewhere very cheap? Travelling solo or as a couple? Open to a dorm or want a little more privacy? Narrowing this down will help you to choose a perfect place to stay.

Check out our recommendations for the top hostels in Sydney:


1. Sydney Harbour YHA

Sydney Harbour YHA

Sydney Harbour YHA is one of the best hostels in Australia due to the amazing modern facilities and rooftop which has stunning views of the famous Sydney skyline. The hostel is situated in The Rocks area of the city which is home to luxury hotels and within a short walking distance to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. For the location, it is very affordable compared to similar places to stay nearby.


2. Bondi Backpackers

Bondi Backpackers

Everyone has heard of Bondi Beach right? This location is incredibly popular with backpackers due to the beach, vibe and entertainment available. Bondi Beach Backpackers offers affordable stays close to the world famous white sandy beach - not many hostels can compete with this location.


3. Bounce Sydney

Bounce Sydney

Bounce hostel is in the perfect location in the trendy suburb of Surry Hills, close to Central Railway Station. This modern hostel with an amazing roof terrace has free wifi and is a great place to socialise.



4. The Pod Sydney

POD hostel Sydney

You might not have seen a more modern design for hostel as The Pod before. This hostel is super slick, clean and looks more like an upmarket hotel. You can choose between private and shared rooms. Rooms are very good value too.


5. Wake Up! Sydney Central

Wake Up Sydney

Voted the best hostel in Sydney in 2017 at the HostelWorld awards, this centrally located hostel is a perfect place to stay. Offering spacious communal areas, a cafe, bar and clean rooms at affordable prices you can see why this is such a popular place to stay.


6. Railway Square YHA

Railway Square YHA

Winner of Australia National Tourism Award - Best Backpacker Accommodation 2014 - Railway Square YHA is a popular place to stay on a budget. The location next to Sydney Central station is perfect for connections for the city and surroundings areas whilst there is a good atmosphere. You can kick back and relax in the communal areas as well as the amazing rooftop. 



7. Mad Monkey Backpackers on Broadway

Mad Monkey Backpackers Sydney

Mad Monkey Backpacker hostel is a cosy place to stay in the popular Kings Cross area of Sydney. This hostel is not huge so you will really get to know the other people staying here. Lots of activities are organised and facilities are modern and clean.



  • Wow Factor - Sydney Harbour YHA  & Bondi Backpackers
  • Best Place to Party - Kings Cross Backpackers
  • Most Relaxing - Mad Monkey
  • Best for Solo Travellers - Railway Square YHA
  • Best for Couples - Wake Up! Sydney Central
  • Best for Digital Nomads - Bounce Sydney


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