Anyone visiting Sydney for the first time might struggle with the vast number of accommodation options scattered in various locations around the city. There are great hotels in Sydney for every type of traveler, but if you are looking for backpacker friendly accommodation, consider the following options.
Want to stay in the heart of Sydney and take advantage of the attractions in the Sydney Harbour? Then why not stay at the Bounce Sydney. Located right next to the Central Station, Bounce Sydney has been rated the “Most Popular Hostel in Sydney” and the “#1 Hostel in Australia.” The hostel is known for its fantastic atmosphere with three lounge areas, an amazing rooftop terrace with BBQ facilities, and stunning views of the Sydney skyline. The rooms are modern, fresh, and are equipped with Wi-Fi, secure key card system, and huge lockers.
Bounce Sydney is a great accommodation option for solo travelers or groups looking for a friendly, social atmosphere.
Bondi Beachhouse YHA
If you want to experience Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach area, check out the Bondi Beachhouse YHA. Bondi Beachhouse YHA offers a ton of activities to keep you entertained for days on end. They offer BBQ nights, free popsicle nights, movies nights, and can help you arrange activities like kayaking or surfing on Bondi Beach. You can rent surfboards, snorkeling equipment, bodyboards, football, soccer, or cricket and beach volleyball equipment when you’re ready to hit the beach for some fun in the sun.
Lord Wolseley Hotel
If you prefer to be within walking distance of dining and entertainment options in Sydney, then Lord Wolseley Hotel is your best bet. Lord Wolseley is a family run hotel and pub that offers affordable accommodation near Darling Harbour and Sydney’s Chinatown. The ground floor is occupied by a pub, while the two upper levels are dedicated to guest rooms. There are 6 shared bathrooms but only 7 rooms without an en suite, so waiting in line for the bathroom will never be an issue at this hotel. Don’t expect anything fancy, but the hotel does offer basic amenities like well-equipped kitchen areas and free Wi-Fi.
Despite offering dorm-like accommodations, don’t mistake this Lord Wolseley Hotel for a typical hostel. There is no common area or a TV room, but the pub downstairs serves as a great place to meet and mingle with other travelers and locals. It serves great pub food and is open until midnight 7 days a week. It is great for those looking for a place to socialize or grab a drink after dinner, but it could be seen as a downside for those looking for a quiet night or a good night sleep, especially on weekends.
Darling Harbour, Central Business District (CBD or the city), and Bondi Beach are the three most popular tourist areas in Sydney. However, if you are willing to venture out and explore some of the lesser known suburbs in Sydney, you’ll often find great rooms and other cheap accommodation options to choose from.