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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 Central was rated the 'Most Popular Hostel in Sydney' at the 2017 Hoscars 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

Winner ‘6th Best Extra Large Hostel Worldwide’ and ‘Most Popular Hostel in Sydney’ at the 2018, 2017 & 2016 Hostelworld ‘HOSCARS’ 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, 24-hour internet access, a café and a restaurant. We also have our very own licensed bar - 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 conveni

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:

Monday:
Guided City Tour - meet in reception 10.45am
Free Pizza at Side Bar from 7.00pm
Sydney’s Biggest Student Night - Side Bar

Tuesday:
Person Training at Prince Alfred Park - meet in reception 9.45am
Tuesday Trivia at Side Bar from 7.00pm (cash prizes)
Live Band feat. Black Diamond Hearts from 9.00pm

Wednesday:
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 9.00pm + Hip-Hop, R&B, Throwback & Trap

Thursday:
Yoga Class - meet in Side Bar 9.45am
Pool Competition at Side Bar 8.00pm (cash prizes)
Fiesta Thursdays with guest DJs and $3 Tacos & $6 Tequilas

Friday:
Guided City Tour - meet in reception 10.45am
50c Chicken Wings - from 4pm in Side Bar
Free Drinks at Side Bar at 9.00pm + $6 Coronas

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 8.8

  • Security 9.7

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 8.9

  • Cleanliness 9.3

  • Facilities 9.2


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    15 Jun 2019
    Had really nice 6 nights here at female dorms. The location is great and the facilities are superb. I love the atmosphere and the daily activities in wake up! everyone treated me great. I made many friends here. Will stay in wake up if I come to Sydney next time.🥰
    China, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    10 Jun 2019
    Amazing Hostel had sooo much fun staying here!!!! I’d definitely come back and stay at this same place. Such a great experience! This Hostel rocks!!!! :))))
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    06 Jun 2019
    This place was amazing. Ended up booking the 8 person dorm and made friends with all of them. We even went to several of the events down in bar area together. Including a 90's party, beer pong competition and a foam party... yes foam party. It was incredibly. Super comfortable beds and great staff. Bathrooms were super clean and laundry facilities where perfect for what was needed. Could not ask for better accommodations at the price. Great property overall.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    06 Jun 2019
    By far the best hostel I’ve stayed at
    Canada, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    17 Jun 2019
    This was a great hostel to stay at, the staff were all friendly and personable, especially Alba. It’s nice that they do loads of activities so that you always have something to do. The beds were comfy.. the only complaint I have is the doors, buzzing in and out of the rooms causes a lot of noise and definitely makes it difficult to sleep at night. But other than that it was great.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    09 Jun 2019
    Stayed here due to dropping my daughter off at the airport the next morning. Her first hostel😁 I have stayed in hostels in Australia and Europe previously. This is by far the best one I have stayed at. Your staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, what a brilliant experience. The overall look of the place is clean, tidy and well thought out. We had a 4 bedroom mix on the 6th floor, South America 😎. The room was well presented and the linen clean🙏 Will stay again, thanks 😎
    Australia, Male, 41+
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    14 Jun 2019
    Only stayed one night, but was visited by both the GM (I think) asking if I was happy with my stay/cleanliness/etc and by an employee making sure everyone knew about the events that night. Friendly staff and clean rooms/bathrooms. Had a couple deals on food and things as well. Easy walk to Central Station and Darling Harbor.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    20 Jun 2019
    Not a good place to solo backpackers, more a place for people that want to visit sydney for a short period of time.
    Israel, Male, 18-24
  • 8.0

    Fabulous

    21 Jun 2019
    Pros: location next to central station, so it's easy to travel to and from (but walking to bridge/opera apx 35min). Room and bathroom clean. Good kitchen facilities. Cons: because the hostel its size, feels unpersonal and is harder to meet new people, and there are a lot of long termers. Kitchen close @ 10pm and if you want to socialize with a beer after the only place is down in the side bar, where you cant really talk to one another. Would have appreciate coffee/tea in kitchen for breakfast.
    Netherlands, Female, 25-30
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    07 Jun 2019
    Really great central location, unfortunately it’s more of a party hostel, which I didn’t realise when I booked. I was woken multiple times by the noise and dorm mates coming and going. They did seem to have cool activities on offer if you are wanting to party and meet new people, but otherwise I would look elsewhere.
    New Zealand, Female, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • Air Conditioning
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Steam Room
  • 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
  • DVD's
  • Nightclub
  • Pool Table


Awards

  • 2019

    7th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2019

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Sydney

  • 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 Penny, General Manager

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