Sydney Central YHA – Location is Everything

When choosing a place to stay in Sydney, you want to make sure it is close to where all the action is.

We discovered just why the Sydney Central YHA is one of the best budget accommodation places to stay in Sydney.

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Sydney Central YHA

A Busy Sydney Day

Usually we just jump on a train and explore Sydney for the day, but this past weekend we had to stay overnight as we had various blogging assignments to fulfill that would end really late at night.

We had an early morning private Volvo event to attend in Darling Harbour, as well as the Baby and Toddler Show and taking Kalyra to the new Darling Harbour Park.

We had to have one of our Malaysian Kitchen lunches in Broadway, meet a friend for coffee, and then I had to get myself to the Kit and Kaboodle Supper Club in Kings Cross where I was speaking on a panel about blogger brand relationships to a room full of bloggers and PR reps.

Perfect Sydney Location

The Sydney Central YHA turned out to be the best place for us to stay that made it easy for us to get to all these places.

All of them were within a short walking distance, except for Kings Cross. Luckily the hostel is right across the road from Central Station (Sydney’s hub) making it an easy five minute train trip.

The YHA is a perfect location for those wishing to explore Sydney as you can easily get the train from Central Station to anywhere in the city, and it’s great for onward domestic or international travel as it’s a short train ride to Sydney airport.

The Sydney Central YHA is a close walk to the cheap eats of Chinatown, the tourist area of Darling Harbour, the alternative suburbs of Surry Hills, Newtown and Glebe, and is also only about a half hour walk through the city to the historic Rocks area and stunning harbour that makes Sydney so beautiful.

The Sydney Central YHA

The hostel is a 5 star backpackers hostel housed in a heritage listed building and is a Three-time Winner (and Hall of Fame entrant) of the Australian Tourism Awards (2008, 2009, 2010).

It is a large spacious building with plenty of amenities and modern facilities. The hostel is suitable to any type of traveller from solo, to group, to family travel.

We stayed in a private room with an ensuite that had a double bed, a roll out bed for Kalyra, which she loved, and we bought our own portable cot for Savannah. We felt very comfortable and happy.

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We love our room

Kalyra loved peeking out the window to the city views outside and constantly remarked at how much she loved the hotel.

The hostel has a rooftop pool and BBQ areas for you to enjoy the panoramic city views on a balmy summers evening.

Each floor has a lounge/chill out area, there are several big kitchens that are clean and functional, and there are plenty of spots for you to hook yourself up online.

Entertainment and Meals

Downstairs is a cafe with really reasonably priced food and coffee.

The hostel has entertainment specials on every night with different themed meals, BBQs and cheap drinks. They have there very own backpackers Scubar in the basement with pool comps, theme nights and pub crawls.

The hostel is close to Star City Casino and many other of Sydney’s pubs and clubs.

We recommend the nearby Scruffy Murphys Irish Pub for cheap drinks and meals. A pint of guinness and a meal of fish and chips will set you back $12 – a friggin bargain in Sydney!

A night out for Mummy

It was my turn for a night out without any parenting responsibilities, and while Craig begged for me to come home, I enjoyed myself thoroughly speaking at the event, getting this amazing gift box for doing so, and drinking a few glasses of wine, while he lived my life when he was in New Zealand.

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My gift box

Driving home in the cab allowed me to sit and reflect on why this city is so beautiful.

We drove through the trendy suburb of Potts Points, past the flash leafy harbour suburb of Woolloomooloo, and through the bustling Hyde Park district to our hostel.

As I neared the Sydney Central YHA, I received a text from Craig who was obviously tired of being a single parent…

“When are you coming home? Kalyra misses you.”

Lucky for him I wasn’t still partying at Kings Cross otherwise I would have replied

“Remember New Zealand. I’ll be home in a few more hours.”

The Facts:

Prices: start at $37 for dorm room up to $110 for private rooms.

Parking: we found the cheapest parking in Sydney at the new Darling Park Wilsons parking only a short walk from he hostel. Get there before 9:30am and you’ll get the flat early brd rate of $10 for 24 hours.

Getting there: right opposite Central Train Station.

Location: 11 Rawson Place, Corner of Pitt St and Rawson Place (opposite Central Station)

Phone: (+612) 9218 9000

Website: Sydney Central YHA

Trip Advisor: Read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor

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Many thanks to the Sydney Central YHA for our complimentary stay. All opinions are of my own

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12 thoughts on “Sydney Central YHA – Location is Everything”

  1. I normally would never even look at a hostel for our family travel, but this one looks almost hotelish. For the amount of money I’d save, I could probably pay one of the backpackers to bring the food up to the room, and the kids would just assume it’s normal room service!
    Looks like a great place, and my sympathies to Craig. I’ve been in that spot SOOOO many times.

    1. No sympathy for Craig!!!
      Hostels are a really great choice for family stays, as long as you find the right ones. This one is definitely one I’d recommend

  2. It does depend on the type of trip we’re doing but generally location is one of the first things we check. We stayed at Base Backpackers last time we were in Sydney for a long weekend and it was great, we got to leave our large bags there while we did the Taronga Zoo Roar & Snore overnight stay and check in the next day and it was very close to what we needed. The room was small but had a private bathroom and double bed with Accor linen (very comfortable) for about $129/night – I think the YHA looks like it’s in a slightly better location though but I agree the hostels are definitely the way to stay in Sydney city.

  3. I just came back from Sydney, it was my first visit even though I’ve lived in Brisbane for the last 5 years. It’s an amazing city and I definitely want to go back soon. This hostel looks like a hotel! I think I’ll give it a try on my next trip 🙂

    1. Sydney is a really amazing city. If you can find budget places like this to stay it makes it even better as well, because it is not a cheap place to holiday

  4. Hi Caz,

    That hostel looks amazing! I have never stayed in a back packers before, but I am super keen to get it a go…I never realised that they looked so good – its so classy.

    Thanks for sharing your great stay at the YHA.


    1. YHA’s are usually of a much higher standard than typical backpackers. They are definitely have more of a wholesome hotel feel, but still have the community, relaxed vibe about them.

  5. Hi Caz & Craig,
    I really enjoyed reading this and those photos show how good this place is for a family too. Whilst not needing accommodation in Sydney as I live there, this is such a good alternative in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

    1. Hey Denyse,

      Absolutely. It’s no secret Sydney can be on the pricey side, so when you can find something affordable, modern, centrally located, and suitable for all ages it’s a big bonus.

    1. It is a great spot to consider. We stayed again last week and I thought of how much like a hotel it was but had that hostel communal buzz that I really love.

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