Sydney Harbour YHA

Top choice hostel in Circular Quay & The Rocks
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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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Quick description

The award-winning Sydney Harbour YHA boasts spectacular rooftop views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour. The hostel is within 10 minutes' walk of Wynyard Station, or if travelling by light rail, the Bridge St stop is also a 10-minute walk from the property. The hostel 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. In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are currently in effect at this property. Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result. Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service operating hours. 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.


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


  • Books, dvds, music for children
  • Designated smoking area
  • Physical distancing in dining areas
  • Family rooms
  • Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines
  • Sun terrace
  • Themed dinner nights
  • Vending machine (snacks)
  • Billiards
  • Live sport events (broadcast)
  • Terrace
  • Mini-market on site
  • Cashless payment available
  • Physical distancing rules followed
  • Face masks for guests available
  • Bbq facilities
  • Walking tours
  • Parking
  • Shared kitchen
  • Games room
  • Lockers
  • Evening entertainment
  • Wifi available in all areas
  • Wifi
  • Cctv in common areas
  • All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized
  • Pub crawls
  • Tour desk
  • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Board games/puzzles
  • 24-hour security
  • Snack bar
  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
  • Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas
  • Live music/performance
  • Internet services
  • Cctv outside property
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay
  • Hiking
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Contactless check-in/check-out
  • First aid kit available
  • Movie nights
  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
  • Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed
  • Security alarm
  • Smoke alarms
  • Tour or class about local culture


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


  • Private parking


  • Free WiFi available