3 V. Good reasons to stay in Sydney next week

Chinese New Year. Valentines’ Day. 30% off Railway Square YHA. Love heart eye emojis and delicious food and immersive culture and railway carriages and epic discounts – the best things come in threes.

Chinese NY


February 16 marks the beginning of the year of the dog, due to bring patience, loyalty and reliability to us for the next twelve months. Fingers crossed. This means, friends, that as of February 16, the city of Sydney will be transformed into a veritable playground of rich colour, richer aromas and flavours even richer yet. Over 80 events are planned, celebrating culture, food, sport and art from Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Korean traditions and communities – cementing Sydney’s festivities as some of the largest outside Asia.

Chinese lanterns

As big fans of pretty colours and large things, we need to give special mention to the Lunar Lantern activation – twelve huge (as in, some are thirteen metres tall!) artists’ renditions of the Chinese Zodiac sprinkled around Circular Quay. There’s literally too much to see, do and devour across this weekend, and everyone – from monkeys to oxes – will saunter around with glee. That’s what CNY does.

Railway Square YHA will be serving traditional dishes and welcoming guests with the customary red envelope to continue the celebration. 

Valentine's Day


We think it’s about time that people chuck the cynicism in the bin and enjoy a day – and of course all days – bathed in love. And chocolate. And wine. Whatever floats ya.
And where better to put on your Optimist Hat than our fair Sydders? From super cheap dates like a Botanical Gardens picnic and visiting Ol’ Smiley Smile-Face (aka Luna Park) to taking a cute little gondola ride on Darling Harbour to gorging on some of the most game-changing meals and spine-tingling dranks in all the land.



Just to sweeten the V-Day shenanigans, super-sexy-and-sustainable Railway Square YHA is offering 30% off all beds – private and Multishare – from 14 Feb til’ 20 Feb. This means you can grab your love(s), get the hell out of your share house bedroom/Mum and Dad’s spare room and spend some quality time in the city of love (note: not Paris. It just worked so well.)

Use SAVE30 when booking any bed or room from Feb 14 – Feb 20 to score the discount and immerse yourself in all that Sydney has to offer. 

Offer non-refundable and subject to availability, only available for new bookings. Cannot be combined with any other offers. 


Nearby Hostels

    per night
    Sydney Railway Square YHA
    Sydney's most laid back hostel, Railway Square YHA adjoins Central Station and offers railway carriage rooms in the heart of the city.