The two best downtown Sydney hostels are Sydney Central YHA and the Wake Up! Sydney Central. Which of these Sydney hostels should you stay in? This article will help you answer that question.
Sydney Central YHA
The Sydney Central YHA is the second-largest youth hostel in the world - over 500 travellers can sleep under its roof. While this can feel a little impersonal, there are several little areas within the hostel designed to help you meet fellow travellers.
For example, there is an excellent rooftop terrace at the Sydney Central YHA. It features a heated swimming pool, a sauna, and barbecues to cook some snags (that’s sausages for those who don’t speak Australian) in the summer.
There are also lounges and common rooms on each floor of the Sydney Central YHA, so you can chill out on sofas with fellow travellers or watch the latest episode of Home And Away on TV.
Finally, there is a great bar at the Sydney Central YHA (the “Scubar”) where you can drink some great Aussie and imported beers and dance the night away.
Rooms and bathrooms at the Sydney Central YHA are kept clean and well-maintained. The prices for dorm rooms are $233 AUD for a dorm room, which is a little more expensive than other hostels, but probably well worth the extra money.
Sydney Central YHA is a security building and is located directly opposite Sydney Central train and bus terminus, so you’ll have a minimum distance to haul your backpack. Address: Corner of Pitt St and Rawson Place, Sydney (Opposite Central Station).
Wake Up! Sydney Central
The Wake Up! Sydney Central is another 50bed monster opposite Sydney Central train and bus terminus in the heart of Sydney’s downtown. Like the Sydney Central YHA, the Wake Up! Sydney Central can feel a little impersonal, but they certainly try their best to get you to meet people!
For example, you could join the hostel’s pub crawl, the “Route 69”, or turn up to one of the hostel’s in-house parties at the “Side Bar”. You might just find yourself living up to the hostel’s slogan when you “wake up next to someone new”!
The facilities at the Wake Up! Sydney Central are quite good. The kitchen is a little small for a hostel of this size, but the dorm rooms are clean and friendly, and are priced from $27 AUD a night. High-speed internet access is available, and there is also an in-house cafe.
The Wake Up! Sydney Central is located only footsteps from Sydney Central train and bus station and thus you will have a minimum distance to carry your bags. The sheer size of the hostel also means you are likely to
find a bed (except in December and January when you are highly advised to book ahead). Address: 509 Pitt St, Sydney (Opposite Central Station).
Which Hostel Is Best?
Both the Sydney Central YHA and the Wake Up! Sydney Central are excellent Sydney hostels. The Sydney Central YHA probably wins out if you like the idea of having a swimming pool in your hostel, although it is marginally more expensive. Both Sydney hostels are a lot of fun if you don’t mind the slightly impersonal feel.
You’re sure to meet a lot of people at both of these Sydney hostels.