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Wake Up! Sydney Central

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9.0
Superb
9248 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

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 cafe 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

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:
City Bays & Sydney Fish Market Tour - meet in reception 10:45am
Pizza Night (free) at Side Bar from 7:30pm
Musical Bingo!!! - Side Bar from 7:30pm
DJs from 9pm - late

Tuesday:
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:
Karaoke Thursdays from 7pm
Cash & Prizes Up for grabs
DJs from 9pm - late

Friday:
Guided City Tour - meet in reception 10.45am
Friday Night Social at Side Bar

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 $15 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.

Reviews & Ratings

9.0
Superb
9248 Total Reviews
  • Security
    9.4
  • Location
    9.6
  • Staff
    9.2
  • Atmosphere
    8.7
  • Cleanliness
    8.8
  • Value for Money
    8.6
  • Facilities
    8.7

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Latest Reviews

6.6
Good
Dec 04, 2022
Great location. Unfortunately no secure luggage storage and the bathrooms were not clean.
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Female, 25-30
7.7
Very Good
Dec 02, 2022
A nice hostel but the kitchen is far too small for the amount of people that stay there. Always feels dirty, crowded and not a nice place to cook/eat. The rest of the hostel is lovely, feels very safe and is a good central location with the tram a 1 minute walk away.
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Female, 25-30
9.4
Superb
Nov 22, 2022
Stayed for 10 days in a mixed bed dorm. I am not and repeat NOT a hostel kind of gal. I am a pampered pooch. I went to the hostel silently kicking and screaming. The hostel is great, it’s clean, relaxed and over all vibe is fantastic. The staff are so sound and nothing is a bother. So many good activities and things to do daily! Not that I ever did any of them but if I were 7 years younger I would have been in my element. It’s basic accommodation but it is over all great! Pleasantly surprised!
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Female, 25-30

Facilities

  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free City Maps
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
    • Free City Tour
  • General

    • Wheelchair Friendly
    • Security Lockers
    • Key Card Access
    • Common Room
    • Elevator
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Air Conditioning
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Reading Light
    • Hair Dryers For Hire
    • Hair Dryers
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Microwave
    • Covid-19 safe
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Towels for hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • ATM
    • Postal Service
    • 24 Hour Security
  • Food & Drink

    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Meals Available
    • Vending Machines
    • Cafe
  • Entertainment

    • Nightclub
    • Board Games
    • Pool Table
    • Wi-Fi

Awards

2020

5th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

2020

1st, Country Winners Australia

2019

7th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

2019

1st, Most Popular Hostels Sydney

2018

6th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

2018

1st, Most Popular Hostels Sydney

2017

3rd, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

2017

1st, Most Popular Hostels Sydney

2016

5th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

2016

1st, Most Popular Hostels Sydney

2012

1st, Most Popular Hostels Sydney

2010

2nd, Best Large Hostels

2006

1st, Best Large Hostels

2006

1st, Continent Winners Oceania

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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.