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Wake Up! Sydney Central

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9719 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

Ready to discover Australia’s best accommodation experience?

Voted ‘Australia’s Best Hostel’ by Hostelworld, and crowned by TripAdvisor as the ‘2021 Traveller’s Choice Winner’, a stay with Wake Up! Sydney Central sets you up for a next-level travel experience.

Wake Up! Sydney is where you can easily make friends from around the world, explore the best of Sydney from your doorstep, revel in nights of partying, and choose the way you want to travel. All while having the best quality bed to sleep in at the end of each day.

To curate your own unforgettable adventure in Sydney, take your pick from Wake Up’s perks and benefits:
• Complimentary wine & cheese nights
• Guided group walking tours (including Bondi Beach, Sydney City and Fish Markets)
• Social meetups and complimentary bar tabs
• Complimentary pizza nights
• Onsite travel desk, with discounts available across East Coast Australia
• In-house cafe, bar and nightclub
• Sydney pub crawls
• 24-hour reception and check-in
• Free WiFi, from anywhere in the hostel
• Easy-to-use laundry facilities
• Communal kitchen and dining area
• Daily happy hour
• Live DJs 7 nights a week
• Daily social events, 7 days a week
• In-house activities team to help you meet other travellers

Easily fit into Wake Up’s social vibes and community energy, with all-inclusive activities 7 days a week. Take your pick from a range of guided walking tours and beach walks, to pub crawls, social meetups and themed parties. If you’re hoping to make friends from around the world, you’ve come to the right place.

Wake Up Sydney is located in the heart of the city, which means the best of Sydney is right outside your doorstep. Sydney’s Central train station is located opposite the hostel, making for the most simple connection to the Airport, Bondi, Blue Mountains, South Coast and more. In addition, buses and trams are just footsteps away from the property, connecting you easily to the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Darling Harbour. Feel like walking? Great! Must-see suburbs like Surry Hills, Glebe and Hyde park are just a 10-15 minute walk away.

Every room at Wake Up has been recently renovated with today’s traveller in mind. Quality Australia-made furnishings, superior cleanliness and modern amenities (hello bedside light boxes and charging points!) are just some of the details. Rest easy with individual lockers, key-only room access, linen and pillows provided, and a range of room options (including female-only dorms) to suit your budget and style.

Wake Up Sydney comes with a warning: you might never want to leave! The in-house facilities take the hostel to the next-level. Enjoy barista-made Aussie coffee, breakfast and lunch at Roy’s Cafe. As the sun goes down, sip your way through Happy Hour drink specials. When it’s time to get the party started, Wake Up’s onsite nightclub Side Bar has you covered, with live DJs, themed nights and trip-defining memories guaranteed.

Whether you want to organise a day trip to The Blue Mountains, an Aussie East Coast Adventure, or just about anything else, Wake Up’s onsite team of travel experts are there to help. Better still, guests can enjoy exclusive discounts on travel, tours and day trips not just in Sydney, but across Australia. In addition, Wake Up’s Travel Desk can assist you with Work & Travel. During their free Travel Talks (every Monday & Thursday), you can chat all about finding work, backpacker jobs, and tailoring your Australia trip to suit your vibe and budget.

View Wake Up’s most up-to-date activity schedule at, or see below.

• City Bays & Sydney Fish Market Walk - 10:45am
• Free Pizza Night - 8pm
• Musical Bingo - 8pm
• Live DJs - from 9pm

• Trivia Night (with cash prizes) - 7pm
• Live DJs - from 9pm

• Sydney Beaches Walking Tour - 10:45am
• Free Wine & Cheese Night - 8pm
• Free Drinks & Live DJs - 9pm

• Live DJs - from 9pm
• Extended Happy Hour - until midnight

• City Orientation Walking Tour - 10:45am
• Free Drinks & Social Meetup - 8:30pm

• Beer Pong Tournament (with cash prizes) - 7:30pm
• Free Drinks & Social Night - 8:30pm

• City Pub Crawl ($15)

• Guests must be 18+
• All guests must provide a valid photo ID (passport or driver’s license) at the time of check-in
• Please read the House Rules prior to booking

Reviews & Ratings

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Latest Reviews

Sep 19, 2023
Good place for start working holiday visa!
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Male, 31-40
Sep 18, 2023
I didn't go to the events because it was mainly 19-20 year olds getting wasted, but the hostel itself is great if you are staying on the top floors since I couldn't really hear the loud club music below at that time. just wish they had curtains but everything else was great.
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Female, 18-24
Sep 14, 2023
Wake up Sydney was an amazing stay, they had events going on everyday, more often than not events were running in the morning and the evening, (as there was a bar/club attached to the hostel). The free walking tours were great and an easy way to get to know people, and the free pizza night was really good and yummy! Cerys at the travel desk was great at helping me book my greyhound pass, and all the staff who did the walking tours were really friendly and informative! Fantastic stay!
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Female, 18-24


  • 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



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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.