Sydney Central YHA

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  •  A new lightrail line is currently being built in Sydney. As part of the project, there is work on the streets around Sydney Central YHA. There may be some disruption and there are changes to nearby roads. Follow directions from lightrail personnel or wayfinding signs. If travelling by taxi drop off on either George Street or Pitt Street at the Rawson Place intersection. If travelling by car, see traffic updates at

    Getting here by train

    100 metres to Sydney Central station.

    Catch the train from Sydney Airport to Central station, this Sydney hostel located across the road.


    Getting here by bus

    100 metres to Sydney coach terminal.

    Shuttle buses must be pre-booked.

    Nearest airport

    8 km to airport. Take train to Sydney Central Station, or catch taxi or shuttle bus to the hostel.

    Getting here by car or taxi

    Undercover parking available for $25 per day. Bookings essential. Small/medium cars only.

    Around the hostel

    Main attractions

    • Darling Harbour
    • Chinatown
    • Sydney Opera House
    • Sydney Harbour

    Nearby facilities & attractions

    • Fish Markets
    • Centrepoint Tower
    • Star City Casino
    • Capital Theatre
    • Galleries/Museums 
    • Powerhouse Museum 
    • Sydney Aquarium
    • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum 
    • Paddy's Markets
    • Paddington Markets
    • Glebe Markets
    • Chinese Gardens
    • Sydney Cricket Ground
    • The Queen Victoria Building
    • Restaurants, Pubs, and Nightclubs
    • Lightrail/Trains/Buses 

    Find us...

    Address: 11 Rawson Place, Corner of Pitt St and Rawson Place (opposite Central Station)
    Sydney, NSW 2000
    Phone: (+612) 9218 9000
    Hostel Manager: Sam Badans
    Payment: MasterCard, Visa

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  • Sydney Central YHA

    Sydney Central YHA is smack bang in the city centre and close to all the action! This heritage-listed Sydney backpackers hostel is opposite Sydney’s Central Station, in the hub of the backpacker precinct, and offers backpackers accommodation at its finest quality.

    This 5 star rated Sydney hostel has panoramic rooftop views, free activities, a basement bar, heated pool, sauna, cinema, free Wi-Fi hotspot, travel agency and so much more! This hostel has best facilities among all Sydney hostels. 

    Sydney Central YHA is a three-time winner (and Hall of Fame) in the Australian Tourism Awards and is housed in a heritage-listed building.

    It's the best backpackers hostel that never closes with 24-hour security access. Group accommodation and disabled access is also available.

    Family Rooms: To book a family room rate there must be at least one child under 18 and 1-2 adults; otherwise this special room rate will be adjusted to the usual adult prices with the difference payable on arrival.

    A new lightrail line is currently being built in Sydney, and will make it very easy for guests to travel through the city to the Harbour when completed. As part of the project, there is work underway on the streets around Sydney Central YHA and there may be some nearby disruption. 

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    • Sleeps 556 guests
    • Multi-share dorms
    • Double/Twin rooms
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Group bookings


    • Free Wi-Fi hotspot  
    • Premium Wi-Fi Plus  
    • Air-conditioning
    • Bar
    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Disabled access
    • Parking
    • Sauna
    • Swimming pool
    • TV
    • Tour desk
    •  Meeting Room 


    • Beach
    • City
    • Galleries/Museums
    • Shopping
    • Swimming


    Things to do in Sydney


    1. Explore Darling Harbour and experience its festivals and activities

    2. All year round, Darling Harbour hosts a full calendar of festivals and activities that appeals to backpackers, locals, young and old. Watch Dragon Boat Racing in the morning, attend a food festival in the afternoon, experience a fireworks display in the evening. These are some of the activities that you can regularly expect to see at this famous Sydney destination. So you don’t miss out on events, remember to search online or ask at your Sydney hostel reception to get the latest news on what’s on.

      If you are up for further adventures, Darling Harbour is also home to a wide variety of tourist attractions. Visit Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and get up close to sharks, stingrays, penguins and tropical fish. Have your photo taken next to life size waxworks of your favourite celebrity at the Madame Tussauds Sydney. Walk through the majestic habitat enclosure of Wild Life Sydney Zoo and see the kangaroos, koalas and butterflies.

      YHA members and guests can get discounted access to these attractions with the Sydney Attraction Pass.


    3. Visit the bustling and vibrant Chinatown, just a short walk from the hostel

    4. Only a stone’s throw away from Sydney Central YHA hostel, Chinatown is a melting pot of eateries. Delight your senses and taste buds with its bustling Yum Cha restaurants, noodle bars and specialty shops that are all squeezed into the vibrant Chinatown CBD.

      If you have a sweet tooth, join the queue for the cream puffs at the window outside Emperor’s Garden on the Dixon St pedestrian mall. You won’t be disappointed!

      Every Friday night, Chinatown comes alive with lanterns, red lights and a great range of street food. The famous Friday Night Markets opens between 4:00pm to 11:00pm and usually comprises of 50 stalls as well as live entertainment.


    5. Bondi to Coogee scenic ocean view walk

    6. One of Australia’s best-known icons, Bondi Beach, is home to clean golden sands, sparkling clear water and the famous Sydney Surf Life Savers.

      Get amongst the sun-baked blue sky splendour of Sydney on a warm day and do the Bondi to Coogee scenic ocean view walk. Tourists from all over the world and local Sydney-siders alike come every day to soak up the sun and enjoy the beach and surf. This is a must on anyone’s Sydney bucket list.

      Sydney Central YHA has a free tour which departs from hostel reception 11:00am every Wednesday for the Bondi Coastal walk. Remember to join in the action, this is a great way to meet other backpackers and create some unforgettable Aussie memories.


    7. Explore Sydney’s nearby destinations

    8. Explore all the treasures that Sydney has on its doorstep. Surrounded by waterways, world heritage-listed wilderness, top food, wine and produce regions, Sydney is flushed with nearby destinations that appeal to backpackers, locals, young and old.

      Escape to the Blue Mountains and explore the unique world heritage area that is famous for its dramatic mountain scenery, bushwalking and adventure activities. Stay at the award-winning Blue Mountains - Katoomba YHA hostel and enjoy the comfort of the log fire, cosy warm rooms, located in the heart of Katoomba. Tours leaving from Sydney are also available. Visit Blue Mountains Overnight Escape and 1 Day Blue Mountains Explore the Wilderness for special deals available to YHA members and guests.

      The Hunter Valley is one of the most famous food and produce regions in Australia. With over 140 vineyards, the Hunter Valley is a foodie and wine-lovers paradise. Stay at the purpose built Hunter Valley YHA hostel which is located right in the heart of wine country and only a short walk to the local pub with meals and nightlife. You can also join a tour leaving from your Sydney hostel. See Hunter Valley Overnight Experience and Hunter Valley Day Trip for special deals available to YHA members and guests.

      Port Stephens is known for its wonderful beaches and beautiful sheltered bays. Enjoy surfing, coastal walks, local cafes and restaurants. If you're an experienced surfer, don't miss One Mile Beach, Box Beach and Birubi Beach. Stay at Port Stephens YHA hostel and experience the unique bungalows nestled amongst the rainforest garden. Spot a koala from your balcony and chill by the hostel swimming pool.


    9. Enjoy the culture and ambience of Surry Hills Markets

    10. On the first Saturday of every month Surry Hills comes alive with all things stylish, alternative and bohemian. Surry Hills Markets has a great variety of unique market stores from local designer labels, to vintage fashion, antiques, books and hand-made beauty products. It’s a great place to discover souvenirs for friends and family back home that aren’t your typical keyrings, magnets and t-shirts.

      While enjoying your walk around the markets, experience the local atmosphere and live music that helps bring the neighbourhood alive. The markets are open between 7:00am to 4:00pm and are located in Shannon Reserve, Surry Hills, which is just a short walk from the hostel.


    11. Discover Sydney’s small bar scene

    12. The Sydney small bar scene has exploded in the last few years with an amazing range of bars hidden in unsuspecting places - underground in a basement, tucked away in an alleyway or perched on the rooftop of a high rise building. Visiting some of Sydney’s best small bars is like going on a treasure hunt. Choose your favourite tipple – there are specialty wine, beer, rum, whiskey and tequila bars to discover. Sydney’s small bars are famous for their diversity and unique themed interiors. There is everything from 1930’s American prohibition style bars, Comic Book theme bars to speciality Mexican Tequila tasting bars.

      Some of Sydney’s best and most loved small bars are located in the Surry Hills area, which is only a short walk from the Sydney Central YHA hostel. Each week meet fellow backpackers in the reception area and join them for a night out on town and see what Sydney has to offer.





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    Find us...

    Address: 11 Rawson Place, Corner of Pitt St and Rawson Place (opposite Central Station)
    Sydney, NSW 2000
    Phone: (+612) 9218 9000
    Hostel Manager: Sam Badans
    Payment: MasterCard, Visa

    Opening times

    Hostel Open all year

    24 hours

    Check in from 1:00pm daily
    Check out until 10:00am daily

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    Things to do in Sydney

    Sydney Central YHA hostel is a short walk to Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Star Casino, Sydney Fish Markets, Sydney Entertainment Centre, shops, backpacker pubs, cafes, clubs, and cinemas.

    The budget backpacker accommodation is close to all the major attractions like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Rocks area and Sydney Tower.

    You can catch the light rail (tram) to Sydney's Star City Casino, Darling Harbour, and Fish Markets from opposite the hostel.

    Check out Scubar, Sydney Central YHA's own backpacker bar located in the basement. Pool comps, theme nights, and pub crawls. It's a short walk from the hostel to the cinemas and a number of Sydney's main theatres. Cafes with cheap and cheerful eats nearby in Chinatown and Surry Hills.

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    FREE things to do in Sydney

    1. Wander around the beautiful grounds at Sydney University and explore the artifacts in the Nicholson Museum
    2. Watch fireworks in Darling Harbour every weekend.
    3. Check out one of the many Galleries nearby such as the White Rabbit or Brett Whitley Galleries
    4. Window shop the quirky vintage stores on Crown Street
    5. Venture to Glebe markets for some special finds and tasty snacks every Saturday