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Wake Up! Sydney Central

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Hostelworld says

Wake Up! Sydney voted 'Best Hostel in Australia' & '5 Best Extra-Large Hostel Worldwide' at the 2020 Hostelworld HOSCAR Awards and it's no wonder - this hostel is located just next to the Central Station, near Paddy's Market and Chinatown and a short walk from Darling Harbour. Travellers tell us they appreciate the hostel's 'very engaging community', with staff who 'are super friendly and go out of their way to accommodate you', hosting parties and events every day. We like their attention to little details, providing rare extras such as an on-site ATM as well as hooks and shelves in the showers.

Property Description

Voted 'Best Hostel in Australia' & ‘#5 Best Extra-Large Hostel Worldwide’ at the 2020 Hostelworld HOSCAR Awards.

Wake Up! Sydney Central represents all that Sydney has to offer. It's modern, it's clean and it’s the hub of backpacker activity, right in the heart of Sydney. With a fresh layout, friendly staff and funky activities, Wake Up aims to offer an experience, not just a bed. We have mixed or all-female dormitory-style accommodation as well as private rooms with and without en suite. Whether you’re a budget-conscious traveler or you’re after a little luxury, we've got you covered. We have 24-hour reception, Free High-Speed WiFi, a café and a restaurant. We also have our very own licensed bar/nightclub - Side Bar - famous for outrageous parties!

We’re located opposite Central Station which is also the first shuttle bus stop from the airport. We’re within walking distance of some of Sydney's main attractions; a few minutes from Chinatown, a 15-minute stroll from Darling Harbour and Sydney Aquarium, 20 minutes from Sydney Sky Tower and a 30-minute walk from the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay. Talk about convenience

For guests choosing the Bed & Breakfast option the breakfast consist of a Toastie & small hot beverage @ Roys Cafe

ROYS CAFE: Open from 7am, come and enjoy great food and our Colombian Single Origin coffee made by our baristas.

SIDE BAR: Open from 4pm till late, enjoy cheap meals, drink specials, bands, DJs and great times at Sydney's No #1 Backpacker & Student Bar

ACTIVITIES & EVENTS: All events are currently cancelled due to the COVD-19 Pandemic.

Monday:
Guided City Tour - meet in reception 10:45am
Pizza Night (free) at Side Bar from 7:30pm
Sydney’s Biggest Student Night - Side Bar
DJs from 8pm - late

Tuesday:
Personal Training at Jetts Gym - meet in reception 9:45am
Tuesday Trivia at Side Bar from 7pm (cash prizes)
DJs from 9:30pm - late

Wednesday:
Coogee to Bondi Beach Walk - meet in reception 10:45am
Free Wine & Cheese Party on Level 1, Wake Up from 8pm
Free Drinks at Side Bar at 9pm + Hip-Hop, R&B, Throwback & Trap

Thursday:
Yoga Class - meet in Side Bar 9:45am
Karaoke Thursdays from 7pm
Cash & Prizes Up for grabs
Free Sign Ups & $6 Tequila
DJs from 11pm - late

Friday:
Guided City Tour - meet in reception 10.45am
Friday Night Social at Side Bar
Free Vodka Cocktails at 9pm

Saturday:
Day out at Glebe Markets - meet in reception at 10.45am
Beer Pong Tournament at Side Bar from 8:00pm (win $100 cash)
Frat Saturdays with guest DJs and American anthems

Sunday:
Wake Up! Pub Crawl
3 Free Drinks, 3 Awesome Venues, FREE food
Tickets $10 at Reception - meet on Level 1 at 6pm

TRAVEL & TOURS:

Our Travel & Information desk has all the essential information and advice on finding jobs and the like, as well as being able to book you on tours - we really are your one-stop-shop! Free Travel Talk every Monday & Thursday @ 5pm in Side Bar

Dont forget our FREE travel talk - It’s an opportunity to talk face to face with our resident travel Gurus who can answer all those burning questions about work and travel in AUSTRALIA. Not to mention they can tailor make a trip to suit your time and budget as well offering you awesome discounts. So remember to pop down to side bar every Monday and Thursday at 5.00pm for a chat and free drink. See you there!

T&Cs

Please note that unfortunately we do not accept guest under the age of 18!
We require a valid photo I.D. (passport or driver’s license) to be presented at check-in for all guests.
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Overview

Bright, buzzing and bang in the middle of town, at Wake Up! Sydney Central there's always something going on. You'll find us around the corner from Central Station. And if you're on a late flight, no worries: our reception is open 24 hours. Build up a sweat before a busy day with a fitness class, or flex those muscles with some yoga. Fresh Colombian coffee is on tap at our friendly café. When your feet are itching to get out and explore the Harbour City (it's what you came for, right?) grab some cash from our on-site ATM, pick up a free city map and head out.

Location

If you’re coming from the airport, the shuttle bus will bring you right to Central Railway Station, which is just a 3-minute walk away. We’re handily sandwiched between the cultural Ultimo and ultra-chic Surry Hills neighbourhoods, so you’ll be right in the heart of the action. Our highlights? Browsing the local produce at Paddy’s Market, slurping noodles in Chinatown or kicking back by the sea at Darling Harbour.

Rooms and Dorms

Our rooms are modern and airy. Choose between mixed and female-only dorms or private rooms with or without en suites. Reading lights mean you can stay up past everyone else's bedtime to plan your next move (without disturbing your bunkmates). We've taken care of the essentials here – bed linen is free and there are security lockers for you to safely stash your gear.

Extras and activities

Many friendships have been forged on our guided city walks. Back at the hostel, make our restaurant your first stop, then head to the Side Bar – famous for its parties (and don't miss the budget-friendly drinks). If you're after a quieter night, join us for wine and cheese tasting or try our trivia comp. Tight budget? Don’t miss the free pizza at our legendary student nights. Wi-Fi's free too, so you can check in with home (and gloat a little about what you’ve been up to).

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.9

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 8.9

  • Cleanliness 9.3

  • Facilities 9.2


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    29 Jun 2020
    One of the best hostels I stayed in so far!
    Germany, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    29 Jun 2020
    I've been staying in WakeUp on and off for the past year and a half, and hasn't disappointed yet. Having stayed at other hostels in Sydney, I can say this is the best hostel in Sydney. Shoutout to Bea on reception, who has helped me sort out any issues I had and helped me find a room each week with a desk and a chair to continue working from home. Would highly recommend.
    Northern Ireland, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    08 Jun 2020
    Absolutely lovely. It stated how close it was to central station - and it was - it took about 40 seconds to walk there. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Will definitely stay there again.
    England, Female, 41+
  • 10.0

    Superb

    25 May 2020
    The place is so clean , fair play to all the cleaning staff , they do an excellent job and it’s not a small space ! Which is a plus , plenty of room to sit down and make friends or look for jobs/ study or whatever ! Reception was friendly too and when I landed at 7am managed to make some switches so I could get a room ASAP and sleep! Much appreciated ! Kitchen is big (no oven I don’t think). Showers are HOT and powerful. Hairdryers provided. Deff recommend and would return.
    Ireland, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    15 May 2020
    By far the best hostel in Sydney!! Everyone is super friendly, the hostel is so clean!! So easy to make friends as soon as you arrive The staff are amazing! Helping me whenever I need assistance, shoutout to Chris,Romy,Max and Josh at reception for being legends during my whole stay 🙏🏻 Straight up best hostel I’ve stayed at!
    Australia, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    05 May 2020
    I was very please with my stay. The staff was really helpful and welcoming, always giving a smile and making sure you’re enjoying your time and everything is good. Place was cleaned regularly.
    Estonia, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    30 Apr 2020
    This hostel is so nice, the kitchen and toilets are cleaned constantly, ricky is the best! Been living here for a couple months and have met loads of people. The communal areas are good for meeting new people and having a few drinks at the weekend. The staff are really helpful and really go above and beyond to help people out. Going to be living here for the foreseeable future and would recommend it to anyone, it’s the best hostel i’ve ever stayed in!!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    28 Apr 2020
    Amazing hostel! Probably the best I ever stayed in Australia! Staff is amazing and also due corona times everyone is super careful and helps you out! Felt super safe at this place! Loved the accommodation! Will definitely come again! Thanks to all the reception staff, you do a great job in these times!!
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1

    Superb

    20 Jun 2020
    Staff are nice Location is good Mostly clean It's nice that they have a cafe and a bar that they own in the same building and a big lobby to chill in over all a good experience
    Israel, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    19 Mar 2020
    BIG hostel, good staff!! Adequate facilities. This is the second time I've stayed here so obviously I recommend it. Plenty of activities. But because it's so big, it really doesn't have a vibe. Comfy bed. But my whole floor had a musty smell. There's aircon but the window didn't open. Nowhere to dry towel. Generally quite clean, except the bathroom which was more old and tired than dirty. Maybe a bit expensive considering they don't have a communal computer or breakfast. But I'd stay again.
    Australia, Male, 31-40
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Facilities

Free
  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • Air Conditioning
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • FLEXIBLENRR
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Wheelchair Friendly
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Vending Machines
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • Nightclub
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


Awards

  • 2020

    5th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2020

    1st, Country Winners Australia

  • 2019

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Sydney

  • 2019

    7th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2018

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Sydney

  • 2018

    6th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2017

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Sydney

  • 2017

    3rd, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2016

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Sydney

  • 2016

    5th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2012

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Sydney

  • 2010

    2nd, Best Large Hostels

  • 2006

    1st, Continent Winners Oceania

  • 2006

    Best Large Hostels

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Wake Up! Sydney Central says

I think what makes us different is that we offer an experience, not just a bed. We add value to your room rate by offering free daily activities, including a city orientation tour twice a week, a beach walk, football outings and more. On check-in you'll receive lots of vouchers with discounts, including a free beer in our bar and free coffee in the café. In fact, we've got everything all under one roof: whether you want to do your laundry, get online, watch TV in our common areas, connect to Wi-Fi, prepare your own food, withdraw cash, book a tour, have a beer, coffee or a cheap meal, Wake Up is fully equipped to serve you!
We offer easy access to all of Sydney's main attractions. I recommend taking the short bus ride to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, or over to Bondi Beach.
We cater mainly to 18-30-year-old travellers on a budget but all adults are welcome and we do cater for people with special needs or disabilities. Unfortunately, we don't have facilities suitable for children. Dev Penney, General Manager

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