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Youth Hostels and Backpackers in New South Wales

New South Wales is the most populous state, as well as the most popular with visitors, in Australia. It is home to Sydney, where visitors can take in attractions such as the Sydney Opera House or soak up the sun on the world renowned Bondi Beach, while the backpackers’ haven of Byron Bay towards the Queensland state border also attracts the crowds.

Those touring the state will find that there is an abundance of youth hostels in New South Wales. Starting in Sydney, Wake Up! offers the perfect introduction to the city’s backpacker scene, with travellers fresh off the plane often enjoying 2-for-1 shots at the bar. The hostel is excellently located in the city centre, but can be noisy so may not be everyone’s scene.

Bounce hostel is a lively option suited to both young and old travellers. With a rooftop terrace overlooking the city centre and regular organised activities, it’s an ideal place to meet new friends. Guests can sleep in dorms or splash out for a queen size room if extra comfort and privacy is required. Other recommended hostels include the YHA Sydney Harbour and the YHA Central Sydney.

When it comes to the best youth hostels in New South Wales tours, it’s hard to look further than the Arts Factory in Byron Bay. This hippy-like facility is located within a stone’s throw of the beach and offers dorms, private rooms, jungle camping and teepees. There is a pool, recreational facilities such as ping pong and pool tables, a bar and restaurant, and even a cinema to keep you occupied. Arts Factory is unique and highly recommended if you’re passing through Byron Bay.

Ideal for surf and golf enthusiasts, the Yamba YHA is a small, family-run facility slightly off the beaten track. It may not be what party-goers are looking for, but surfing trips are offered every morning and the friendly feel makes staying here an unforgettable experience.

Youth Hostels and Backpackers In Sydney

  • Cronulla Beach YHA – Sydney – Sydney’s southern beachside YHA, with a direct rail link to the city centre and airport.
  • Bondi Beachouse YHA – Sydney – The Bondi Beachouse has internet facilities, two TV room, a study room, spa and balcony overlooking Tamarama Beach and Bondi South.
  • Glebe Point YHA – Sydney – Great city views from the roof recreation area. Glebe is a cosmopolitan inner city area known for it’s trendy cafes, restaurants and great pubs.
  • City Resort Hostel – Sydney – A funky, laid-back backpacker hostel in the heart of Sydney, just 7 minutes walk to Town Hall (City Centre) and 15 minutes walk to the Opera House.
  • Blue Parrot Backpackers – Sydney – Blue Parrot Backpackers are centrally located in Potts Point/Kings Cross area. Only minutes away from anything that matters in Sydney.
  • The Globe Backpackers – Sydney – The Globe Backpackers is located in Kings Cross, an extremely popular area with both travellers and locals.

Youth Hostels and Backpackers Beyond Sydney