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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, Free High-Speed WiFi, 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 convenience

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
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.
Please read our Things to Note below before booking. View House Rules

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 9.7

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 9.3

  • Facilities 9.2


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    08 Jan 2020
    Great hostel, very social, staff were lovely and really helpful. Lots going on and easy to get talking to people. About 200m from central station so great for getting to the airport.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    07 Jan 2020
    Wake up! Sydney was everything it was described to be. Fantastic friendly helpful staff, loads of activities in the day and evening, clean rooms and bathrooms, a great coffee bar and kitchen facilities as well as going above and beyond to offer hairdryers, and toiletries to the female only dorms.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    10 Jan 2020
    One of the nicest hostels I’ve stayed at! Great facilities and rooms. The staff was quite nice especially Alba. She gave great walking tours and was always really friendly to everyone in the hostel.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    09 Jan 2020
    A great little spot right next to Central Station which makes it super easy to get around. Staff were all very helpful and you can’t fault the cleanliness (bathroom gets cleaned 3 times a day!) the dorms are much bigger than I expected and there are security lockers in each room. Laundry facilities on site, plus coffee from the bar next door was lush. It’s pretty big which means lots of guests which was a positive! All in all, a really good place to stay and can’t fault anything.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    09 Jan 2020
    Absolutely class hostel, I stayed in a 10-person room and was lucky that there were people in there I got on with straight away however the amount of activities they put on make it so easy to socialise and meet new people if you are a solo traveller. The room was clean and the facilities were also good being able to to cook, wash clothes and having a nightclub attached to the side also helped. I stayed here 3 nights and would definitely recommend it to anyone!
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    05 Jan 2020
    Kitchens a lil short on cooking utensils other than that awesome place to stay. Good vibes and lots of social events and free wine some nights!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    05 Jan 2020
    The weekly activities were decent especially for socialising. Only downside was the only common area was the kitchen/dining area and it was tiny. There was an area in reception but it was more were folk sat to work on their laptops etc. Would be so good if there was like something that resembled a beer garden or that where people could go meet folk idk. Side bar was alright. Would stay again.
    Scotland, Female, 18-24
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    06 Jan 2020
    Should have age limit and curfew. Was woken up by people coming in very late every night.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 6.3

    Good

    09 Jan 2020
    A hostel in a great location that leaves a lot to be desired. Staff were helpful and friendly but the environment is generally loud and there is virtually no common area which makes it hard to socialise outside of the bedrooms or the bar. The kitchen is small with limited seating. There is also a subtle aura of passive aggressiveness and arrogance. Good spot if you are fond of drinking, otherwise avoid.
    Hong Kong China, Male, 18-24
  • 5.4

    Rating

    12 Jan 2020
    Location is pretty far away from everything you may want to do in Sydney. Long walking distance anyway. For the price you pay for this hostel I’d expect more. You don’t even get a free breakfast. The beds aren’t the comfiest either. Also not sure how often the bathroom gets cleaned but the showers had hair all over the floor. And the showers aren’t entirely private as people can very easily look over the door. The room was clean but that’s all the good I have to say I think. Not worth the price.
    England, Male, 18-24
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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
  • 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
  • Board Games
  • Nightclub
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


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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