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2024 HOSCARS WINNER

1st - Most Popular Hostels

Sydney

Free WiFi

Wake Up! Sydney Central

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9.2
Superb
10208 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 Traveler'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 - 4pm to 9pm
• Live DJs 7 nights a week
• Daily social events, 7 days a week
• In-house activities team to help you meet other travelers

MAKE MATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
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.

STAY IN THE CENTRE OF SYDNEY
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.

AFFORDABILITY MEETS AWARD-WINNING QUALITY
Every room at Wake Up has been recently renovated with today’s traveler 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.

ONSITE CAFE, BAR & NIGHTCLUB
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 Colombian 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.

ONSITE TRAVEL DESK
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.

ACTIVITY CALENDAR
View Wake Up’s most up-to-date activity schedule at wakeup.com.au/sydney, or see below.

Monday:
• City Orientation Walking Tour - 10:45am
• Travel Talk - Aussie Travel Presentation - 5pm
• Free Pizza Night - 8pm
• Musical Bingo - 8pm
• Live DJs - from 9pm

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

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

Thursday:
• Travel Talk - Aussie Travel Presentation - 5pm
• Live DJs - from 9pm

Friday:
• City Orientation Walking Tour - 10:45am
• Free Drinks & Social Meetup - 9pm

Saturday:
• Manly Beach Day - 9:45am
• Beer Pong Tournament (with cash prizes) - 8pm
• Saturday Bar Shout - 9pm

Sunday:
• City Pub Crawl ($15)

T&Cs
• Guests must be 18+
• All guests must provide a valid photo ID (international passport or driver’s license) at the time of check-in
• The credit card used to make the booking must be presented upon check-in
• Please read the 'House Rules' prior to booking

Reviews & Ratings

9.2
Superb
10208 Total Reviews
  • Security
    9.7
  • Location
    9.7
  • Staff
    9.4
  • Atmosphere
    8.8
  • Cleanliness
    9.1
  • Value for Money
    8.9
  • Facilities
    8.9

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Latest Reviews

10
Superb
May 24, 2024
I believe his name was Uli. Great guy did the most to help me with my troubles as I made a mistake in my booking. He not only gave me the assurance he could help but did it so fast I didn’t even have time to worry. Can guarantee I will be back!
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Male, 18-24
10
Superb
May 20, 2024
Best hostel in Australia. Rooms are so spacious and clean, mattresses are comfy, and the atmosphere is so incredibly welcoming. Always fun events going on. Rhian and Alex made the check in process so smooth and so welcoming. Even merged our bookings together for our convenience. Alex is chatty, funny, and a little quirky but in a good way. Rhian had awesome style and cheered us right up when we walked in the door. I have stayed in the Byron bay Wake up hostel as well and also had a great time.
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Female, 18-24
10
Superb
May 20, 2024
Brad is terrific! He made sure to make everyone feel comfortable and ease into the walking tour. He made the whole experience a 10/10
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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
  • 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
    • Wi-Fi

Awards

2024

1st, Most Popular Hostels Sydney

2024

1st, Hostel Chain Oceania

2024

1st, t_BESTXLARGEHOSTELC Oceania

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.

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