Next stop in our series presenting the some of the countless youth hostels of Hostelling International, a non-profit organisation that manages a federation of nonprofit youth hostel associations, is the Sydney Harbour YHA located in Australia.
Why you should go
Sydney Harbour YHA is located in the ‘The Rocks’, a historic part of the city perched high above the magnificent Sydney Harbour. Overlooking the notorious Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay, this hostel is built on top of archaeological remains of colonial Sydney, meaning you walk through the remnants of convict settlements to get to it!
Although you’ll likely spend most of your time taking in the view from their rooftop, Sydney Harbour YHA runs a ton of weekly activities for their guests to enjoy – from traditional Aussie BBQ dinners to wine and cheese nights, from pub crawls to Bondi to coastal walks in Bronte and everything in between! If you find any spare time, you might like to have a look at the 10 must-do experiences while you’re in Sydney. Don’t leave the harbour city without having climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in order to enjoy a 360-degree view of the surroundings. A very nice way to spend a day in Australia is also to sun bathe at Bondi Beach, Sydney’s most famous strip of sand, or to catch the ferry to Cockatoo Island, which boasts a rich convict history and a great view of the city.
The hostel in a nutshell
Classed as a ‘mega hostel’ – Sydney Harbour YHA sleeps over 200 guests per night in Multishare, Private and Family rooms – all of which are with ensuites. You’ll mingle with people from all around the globe whilst exploring a historic part of the city which is home to Australia’s oldest pubs. Furthermore, the hostel is perfectly located for excursions into other parts of the city as well as all the Sydney-based adventures you could dream of!
Other than offering the very best view in the whole city, Sydney Harbour YHA prides itself on its sustainability efforts. Alongside various social sustainability projects, water saving and recycling efforts, the Sydney Harbour YHA uses 27% less electricity and 44% less gas per fortnight compared to other CBD YHAs due to their solar panels on the roof!
Since opening in 2009, Sydney Harbour YHA and the Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre has collected an impressive list of awards such as the ‘Hostelling International Comfort Award’ for the highest comfort rated hostel in the world (HI)’, the ‘UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation 2011’ and the ‘The Golden Backpacks award for the Best Hostel in NSW’.
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Sydney Harbour YHA is located in the ‘The Rocks’, a historic part of the city perched high above the magnificent Sydney Harbour.
Overlooking the notorious Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay, this hostel is built on top of archaeological remains of colonial Sydney, meaning you walk through the remnants of convict settlements to get to it!
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