Sydney Harbour YHA - The Rocks

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Things to do in Sydney Harbour YHA - The Rocks

Located in The Rocks, Sydney's historic heart, this deluxe YHA is close to all the major attractions! Check out the numerous historic pubs within The Rocks. Don't miss the largest Australian beer list in Sydney next door at The Australian Heritage Hotel. Experience the culture at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company, Dendy Cinemas, or The Basement for live music. There are also many nearby restaurants and night spots.

At the hostel

Archaeology tour

1-hour tour of The Big Dig Archaeology site for guests explaining the history and archaeology of the heritage site.

When:
10.30am Mondays
Where:
Meet at reception
Cost:
$0

Burger night

Get your hands on a beef or kangaroo burger, salad and a soft drink for only $7! Served on our famous rooftop terrace.

When:
7pm Fridays
Where:
Rooftop - Sign up at reception
Cost:
$7

Free pancakes

Cook your own pancakes for breakfast, served with syrup or lemon and sugar.

When:
7.30-10am Wednesdays
Where:
Guest kitchen
Cost:
$0

Guided beach walk

Enjoy some sun and sand with our scenic Coogee to Bondi guided walk.

When:
10.30am Wednesdays
Where:
Sign up at reception
Cost:
$0

Historic pub tour

Start your night drinking wine and eating cheese on our famous rooftop before visiting some of Sydney’s oldest pubs on the tour around The Rocks. Drinks at own cost.

When:
6pm Thursdays
Where:
Meet at the rooftop
Cost:
$0

Sausage sizzle

Dine on a feast of beef and kangaroo sausages on our famous roof terrace.

When:
7pm Tuesdays
Where:
Roof terrace
Cost:
$2

Tours & activities related to this hostel

$315
per person

2 Day Learn to Surf Weekend

Sun, Surf and Party! Feel the adrenalin of catching your first wave and knowing that you've really arrived in Australia, travelling to a beautiful location south of Sydney with no crowds. Save $50.

The 2 day progressive surf course takes you on a 2 day escape including transport, accommodation, food, all surf equipment and lessons. You'll stay at beachside multi-share cabins, located 130kms south of Sydney or 2 hours travel time from Sydney. Experienced surf instructors will give you daily surf lessons. The surf course is designed for absolute beginners. Learn to paddle, stand up, drop into and ride across the waves. Learn all about how to read the waves as well as surfing etiquette. There's plenty of time to chill out and a great group atmosphere ensures you'll make some new friends around the camp-fire. Saturday night is a big BBQ and party night. This tour conveniently picks up from Sydney on Friday evenings at 6.15pm.

The Surf Weekend includes:

  • 2 days/2 nights in multi-share cabins
  • Meals, surfboards, wetsuits and daily surf tuition
  • Return transfers from Sydney (2 hours south)

The tour will return approximately by 6.30pm on Sunday night

$293
per person

BridgeClimb

Climb one of the world's most famous bridges - the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Experience the amazing 360 degree views of this Harbour City as you complete your BridgeClimb.

On the Sydney BridgeClimb, you will feel the excitement of making your way over the cat-walk to the pylon and then setting out across the arch on your way to the summit. You will experience amazing 360 degree views of Sydney. The BridgeClimb package includes:

3 ½ hour guided tour with max 14 to a group

complimentary photo at the summit with your climb group

climber certificate BridgeClimb does book out, so book your climb before arriving to avoid disappointment and come ready for the greatest experience of your life.

Please let us know approximately what time during the day you would like to take the climb in the comments when making a booking. The climb runs frequently and we will book the closest available time.

Climbs operate in all weather conditions (besides electrical storms) and are non-refundable. You will need to wear closed comfortable walking shoes. Lockers will be provided to store your personal items and you will be given overalls and a safety briefing

$959
per person

East Coast Highlights

Travel Australia's popular East Coast and visit the 3 must-do attractions - Fraser Island, Whitsunday Sailing and Magnetic Island. Save even more by adding a 10 night YHA accommodation pack to use anywhere en-route!

East Cost Highlights package includes the most popular tours along Australia's East Coast. This saves you over $70 and also gives you peace of mind that you're on the best quality East Coast tours. 

Package includes:

  • 3 Day Fraser Island tour
  • 2 Day Whitsunday Sailing tour
  • 2 nights at Magnetic Island YHA, including ferry transfers and entry to Koala Sanctuary.



The East Coast Highlights package offers the flexibility to add Greyhound’s Hop on/Hop off coach pass from Sydney to Cairns or vice versa (valid 3 months from date of travel). You can also choose to add a 10 or 15 night YHA accommodation pack. (valid 3 and 4 months from date of purchase)


To help plan your trip, we have included a suggested Southbound Itinerary (Cairns to Sydney) and Northbound Itinerary (Sydney to Cairns) for you to download. This is simply a suggestion, the package is designed to be flexible so you can hop on and off wherever you like along the route.

It is recommended you pre-book dates, especially for the Fraser Island and Whitsunday tours, as they can be booked out during the peak season. Please put your preferred date for each of the 3 trips in the comments when making a booking as well as your YHA/HI membership number.

$423
per person

Greyhound Pass Sydney-Cairns

Travel Australia's famous East Coast in comfort with this Hop on Hop off Greyhound pass. Exclusive discount, save $22 when you book with YHA!

Australia's East Coast is a popular route to travel, and using this hop-on hop-off coach pass is one of the best ways to see it. With multiple departures daily you can travel when it suits you, even overnight on some journeys. 

Once your pass is issued, you have the flexibility to reserve seats up until 24 hours before each departure either online or by phone. Greyhound coaches are safe, comfortable and travel along the Pacific Highway via the popular destinations of Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Hervey Bay (for Fraser Island) and Airlie Beach (for the Whitsundays).

Why rush? Make sure you take the time to stopover at Australia's best kept secrets… Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Townsville or Mission Beach.

BUY NOW AND SAVE.

You have 12 months from date of purchase to start travelling. Once you start you have 3 months to use your pass. 

Check out our East Coast package where we have bundled Fraser Island Tours, Whitsunday Sailing and Magnetic Island.

Pass is valid:

  • For 3 months (90 days) from the date of first departure from Sydney or Cairns
  • For use on Greyhound Services on the East Coast between Sydney and Cairns
  • Hop-on hop-off unlimited times in one direction only

There are also Melbourne to Cairns or Brisbane to Cairns Greyhound passes available.

$40
per person

Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Hop On-Hop Off Sydney and Bondi Tour. 34 stops with commentary. 2 tours for the price of 1!

City Sightseeing Sydney operates a hop-on hop-off bus service with full commentary in open top, double deck buses. Ticket is valid for 24 hours from time of boarding on Sydney and Bondi tours. 48 hour tickets also available. There are a total of 34 stops on each tour in great locations and a frequency of every 15-20 minutes for the hop-on hop-off service or take the full 90 minute tour. First tour departs 8:30am. 

The tour takes in all the major sights in the city of Sydney and Bondi including Darling Harbour, the Rocks, Chinatown, Circular Quay, Opera House, Botanical Gardens, Hyde Park, Kings Cross and Bondi Beach.

$70
per person

Sydney Attractions Pass

SAVE with this value combo ticket. Giving you entry to ALL of the top 5 Sydney attractions for an amazingly low price of $70!
Sydney's favourite top 5 attractions are now on sale, - Visit all 5 attractions for only $70!

Included Sydney's top 5 attractions. Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney, Sydney Tower, Madame Tussauds and Sea Life Manly.

Even if you only have a short time in Sydney, you can visit a couple in 1 day. But since the combo ticket is valid for 1 month, there's really no hurry and most people take their time to explore these fascinating attractions at their leisure.

All attractions are open 7 days, with the Sydney Tower being open late into the night giving you more flexibility if you're on a tight schedule.

Whatever you decide, we know you'll love Sydney as much as we do! 
Tickets will be open dated. You will have 1 month to visit the attractions once you validate the ticket at your first attraction
$45
per person

Taronga Zoo Special

Taronga Zoo is home to almost 4,000 animals including many Australian native animals. This special gives you entry to the zoo plus a return ferry ride from Circular Quay for the same cost as regular entry to the zoo.

Overlooking Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and offers amazing wildlife experiences with stunning harbourside views. The zoo is surrounded by lush bushland of Bradleys Head National Park. 

Taronga Zoo is open daily from 9.30am to 5.00pm (until 4.30pm ). The Sky Safari cable car operates daily from 9.30am (weather permitting). Use of the Sky Safari is included in the ticket price. 

The Zoo has many popular trails to explore including the Australian Walkabout, Kids Trail, Reptile World, African Safari, Big Cats Trail, Rainforest Trail, Seal Walk with attached Seal Show Theatre and the iconic must-see Free Flight Bird Show. Zoo entry includes daily keeper talks and presentations, daily shows and access to the Sky Safari cable car. Up close Animal Encounters with a souvenir photo can be purchased on arrival for a small extra fee. 

Save with this special that also includes return ferry transfers from Circular Quay that depart frequently. Usually entry only for an adult is $46. The ticket is open dated and can be used at anytime. 

FREE things to do in The Rocks, Sydney

  1. Explore The Rocks and its unique history, including a visit to The Rocks Discovery Museum.
  2. Walk across the Harbour Bridge for a panoramic view of our world famous harbour.
  3. Take a harbour-side walk from Millers Point to Woolloomooloo, passing Circular Quay and the Opera House.
  4. Visit the Botanic Gardens for an oasis of greenery and calm on the edge of the bustling city.
  5. Check out the culture and art at the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Art Gallery of NSW.
  6. Combine a visit to busy Darling Harbour with the lively Chinatown area in Haymarket.

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