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Wake Up! Sydney Central

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9492 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


City Bays & Sydney Fish Market Tour - meet in reception 10:45am
Pizza Night (free) at Side Bar from 8pm
Musical Bingo!!! - Side Bar from 8pm
DJs from 9pm - late

Tuesday Trivia at Side Bar from 7pm (cash prizes)
DJs from 9:30pm - late

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

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

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

Beer Pong Tournament at Side Bar from 8:00pm (win $100 cash)
Frat Saturdays with guest DJs and American anthems

Wake Up! Pub Crawl
3 Free Drinks, 3 Awesome Venues, FREE food
Tickets $15 at Reception - meet on Level 1 at 6pm


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!


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.

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Mar 24, 2023
Perfect choice for a Sydney hostel
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Male, 25-30
Mar 22, 2023
Perfect city hostel. Close to the train station, so very handy for short stay before catching the train elsewhere. Easy access to everywhere. Staff friendly and helpful. Showers good. Stayed 2 night so didnt use the kitchen area but looked spacious. Only negative would be lack of relaxing lounge area for chill/book reading etc. If your staying on level 1, youll need earplug due to being close to kitchen and underhostel club, earplugs are given for free at reception. Overall, would recommend!
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Female, 25-30
Mar 21, 2023
Very good 😊 and we had a lovely time and a quiet room and enjoyed talking to the backpackers will come again
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Female, 41+


  • 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

Lo que nos hace diferentes es que ofrecemos una experiencia, no sólo una cama. Añadimos calidad al precio de la habitación ofreciendo actividades gratuitas cada día, como un tour de orientación por la ciudad dos veces por semana, excursiones a la playa, partidos de fútbol y muchas cosas más. Nada más registrarte recibirás un montón de cupones con descuentos, incluyendo una cerveza gratis en nuestro bar y un café en la cafetería. De hecho, tenemos todo lo que necesitas bajo nuestro techo: Si quieres hacer la colada, conectarte a internet con Wi-Fi, ver la televisión, preparar tu propia comida, sacar dinero en efectivo, reservar un tour, tomarte una cerveza, disfrutar un café o degustar una rica comida a buen precio... Wake Up! está totalmente equipado para servirte. Ofrecemos fácil acceso a las principales atracciones turísticas de Sídney. Recomiendo hacer el breve trayecto en autobús hasta la Casa de la Ópera y el Puente de la Bahía (Harbour Bridge) o ir hasta la playa de Bondi. Atendemos principalmente a viajeros de entre 18 y 30 años que viajan con presupuesto limitado, pero son bienvenidos huéspedes adultos igualmente y atendemos a personas con necesidades especiales o discapacidades. Lamentablemente, no tenemos instalaciones adecuadas para los niños.