Sydney Harbour YHA

Top choice hostel in Circular Quay & The Rocks

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8.8 out of 10

Any qualms about the unhostel-like prices will be shelved the moment you head up to the ample rooftop space of this sprawling, modern hostel and see the superb views of Circular Quay. Very well run, the hostel has spacious en-suite four- and six-berth dorms and a selection of decent-value-for-Sydney private rooms. There are also numerous sustainability initiatives in place.

It's located on top of an archaeological site; you can check out the remnants of the convict-era houses downstairs. Loads of activities and tour bookings give you lots of options for your stay.

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The award-winning Sydney Harbour YHA boasts spectacular rooftop views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour. Within 10 minutes' walk of Wynyard Station, it features private and dormitory rooms, a TV lounge, billiards and a fully equipped communal kitchen. Sydney Harbour YHA is located in the heart of the historic Rocks district, surrounded by heritage buildings, boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. It is 650 metres from the Museum of Contemporary Art and less than 20 minutes' walk from the iconic Bridge Climb, Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The tour desk can arrange social activities such as BBQs, guided walks and pub tours. Every Monday morning there is a free archaeology tour and every Monday night there is a $2 sausage sizzle. Friday nights are $7 burger night, free pancakes are provided on Wednesday mornings and there are free guided beach walks on Thursday mornings. Hostel facilities include a 24/7 reception desk, free WiFi in the spacious lounge area and a guest laundry. Each of the air-conditioned rooms have a private bathroom and bed linen is provided. Double rooms include tea/coffee and towels. Shared rooms offer a private locker with a powerpoint. This is a sustainable property with solar-powered hot water, rainwater tanks and a unique open-plan design that invites natural light and airflow.

Important information

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.
Children are welcome, but are not permitted to stay in dormitory rooms.
Children aged 17 need a letter from a parent/legal guardian to stay in dormitory rooms.
If children are 16 or under, they will need a parent/legal guardian aged over 21 to stay with them in a private room.

Please note for bookings of 10 or more guests, different policies and procedures may apply. For further information please contact the property in advance, using the contact details found on the booking confirmation.

Features of Sydney Harbour YHA


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage


  • Terrace
  • Family rooms
  • Games room
  • Internet services
  • Billiards
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Hiking
  • Bbq facilities
  • Tour desk
  • Wifi
  • Designated smoking area
  • Snack bar
  • Sun terrace
  • Vending machine (snacks)
  • Shared kitchen
  • Lockers
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • Mini-market on site
  • Evening entertainment
  • Wifi available in all areas
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Books, dvds, music for children


  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Lift
  • Heating
  • Air conditioning
  • Atm/cash machine on site
  • Vending machine (drinks)


  • Free WiFi available