Backpacker – Sydney

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Being a backpacker isn’t always easy – sometimes its confusing figuring out where to stay, how to make friends and where to go for the best deals. And that’s why Backpackers Sydney is here!


This article has been carefully put together to include heaps of useful information for backpackers. Giving tips on where to stay, what to do and how to keep the costs down in Sydney.


So with that being said; let’s begin with the top benefits of staying at a Backpackers hostel.


Backpackers Sydney – The Benefits of Staying


Finding affordable and reliable accommodation in a big city isn’t always an easy task. Often you will encounter problems such as compromised cleanliness, an inconvenient location or lack of genuine and helpful resources.


From a safe and friendly environment to clean beds and warm showers. With friendly guests and even more helpful staff; Backpackers hostels are there to make your travel experience even more fun and as hassle free as possible.


They also offer lots of genuine advice and even discounts for the local attractions and events within the city, backpackers hostels are created with the backpacker in mind. They want to genuinely help you and to make your travel experience as easy and fun as possible.


Why stay at a Backpackers?

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  • It’s social: Backpackers are by far the best way to meet fellow travellers and create community in a new city. It doesn’t matter whether you are only visiting for a few days, or happen to be staying long term on a working holiday. Backpackers are the best places to feel safe and surrounded by many other travellers who are all in the same boat as you.
  • It’s affordable: Backpackers are by far the cheapest form of accommodation. Choosing to share a dorm with other travellers cuts the costs down significantly; leaving you with extra cash to spend on sight-seeing, attractions or a night out for socialising with fellow travellers.
  • It’s easier: Staying at a backpackers Sydney which has hundreds of high rated reviews, is in a good central location and offers extras such as an airport pick-up service, solid travel advice and very easy to follow directions on how to get there on public transport makes arriving in a brand new city much more care-free and gives you a real peace of mind.
  • Help with finding work: Most Backpackers hostels have notice boards with contact information for companies and contractors who are looking to hire backpackers for casual or longer term work.From bar tending and retail to construction and general labour work, there are lots of ways to earn money as a backpacker on your working holiday in Australia.  Backpackers hostels can often help you with not only finding work but also offer CV tips and giving you the chance to network with other backpackers working within he city who can advice you on places that are currently hiring.


Want to reduce costs as a Backpacker?

 When backpacking often you’re on a tight budget and want to make your money stretch as far as possible. Here are a few tips to help you with reducing your costs.


  • Combine costs: It’s often much cheaper to combine costs with friends when travelling. From ride-sharing on road trips to making group meals together in hostels; combining costs always saves you some cash and is a great way to meet new people too.  Often staring an Uber or using Uber pool is a great way to cut transport costs down also.
  • Work for accommodation: Most hostels in Australia offer work for accommodation positions. This would usually mean cleaning or taking on other tasks around the hostel for a few hours a week in exchange for a bed and often breakfast too. You can work for accommodation for usually a minimum of 2 weeks for up to 6 months in some cases.
  • Volunteer: There is also the option of being a Workaway or HelpX .  For around 20-25 hours of work a week you will be provided food and accommodation.
    Often this type of volunteering is a great cultural exchange as you get the opportunity to stay with locals in sometimes a more rural setting; allowing you to experience some off the beaten path locations.
    When the basic expenses such as accommodation and food are provided for free, this really does save a huge amount of your spending money.
  • Travel on Sundays: In Sydney all public transport is only (approx) $2 all day on Sundays! This makes those longer trips around the city much more affordable – especially if you plan on taking multiple modes of transport or seeing a lot in just one day. For this you will need to have an Opal card, so don’t forget to grab one when you first arrive into the city or ask at your friendly backpackers Sydney reception desk for help with Opal cards.
  • Explore the FREE attractions: Sydney has a huge range of free places to visit including the The Art Gallery of New South Wales and some museums. FREE museums include:
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Mint (a small exhibit on how they used to make money)
  • The Australia Center for Photography
  • The White Rabbit Gallery (beautiful art)
  • The Manly Art Museum
  • The Sydney Observatory
  • The Rocks Discovery Museum!



Top Backpacker Activities in Sydney.

  • Take a scenic walk: With a variety of coastal walks to choose from, you won’t get stuck for new beaches to visit. A “must-do” and all around favourite is the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. But another popular but less crowded option is the Spit bridge to Manly walk. Both will take only a few hours depending on your pace and are a great way to get close to nature within a reasonably short commute from the city.  A great website to visit is Sydney Coastal Walks for a great list of walks you can do around the city.
  • Attend an event: Sydney is full of incredible events and festivals all around the year.  Some popular events in Sydney include: New Years Eve  and the Sydney Festival.  And events such as City2Surf, Vivid Sydney and Twilight at Taronga.   Another great way to save money is by volunteering at festivals and events.  Many Backpackers volunteer at music festivals Sydney – working a few hours at the festival in exchange for a free ticket.  This is a great chance to attend a festival that might normally not be within the budget.
  • Visit the Blue Mountains National Park: No doubt one of the most popular and scenic day trips from Sydney is a trip to the Blue Mountains.
    Many backpackers hostels will be able to book you a day trip to the blue mountains and often offer a discount. Its also good to find others in your hostel who might like to go with you on a tour – that way you also have great company to go with.
  • Take a FREE walking your: Many Backpackers love taking a walking tour when arriving in Sydney.  It’s free (apart from the requested tips), it’s educational and you get the chance to learn from a local guide, ask questions and also meet like-minded people.  A favourite is the I’m Free walking tours company in Sydney.
  • Visit Sydney Markets: Sydney has SO MANY markets to choose from. Offering everything from antiques, unique hand-crafted clothing to delicious food, you can’t go wrong with visiting a market in Sydney.  Markets worth checking out include: Glebe Market. Rozelle Collectors Market, Orange Grove Organic Market, Bondi Farmer’s Market, Manly Market Place and Chinatown Night Market.


Backpackers Sydney markets



Why choose the Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney?

 After all of the information on how to backpack Sydney like a pro; it is fitting that we also recommend the BEST Backpackers hostel to stay in within the city, located in the popular Kings Cross.

The Jolly Swagman backpackers is friendly, organised and an affordable accommodation option for all backpackers wanting a safe place to base themselves while in Sydney.

‘’As a backpacker myself, I have personally benefitted so much from staying at the Jolly Swagman backpackers in Sydney. It’s the perfect environment to meet new people, socialise and feel safe and at ease in a new place when I’m so far away from home’’.   Marie UK 2019

Backpackers Sydney


  • Free Food: Who doesn’t love free food? At Jolly Swagman they offer a free breakfast every morning and also free sausage sizzle two times per week!
  • Airport Pick-up: An airport pick-up service is available daily from 5.00AM which makes life so much easier after an exhausting early morning flight.
  • Dorms and Private Rooms Available: With sleeping options including mixed dorms, female-only dorms and even private rooms, there’s something for everyone.
  • Welcoming to all travellers: The Jolly Swagman Backpackers attracts all types of traveller.  You will find all ages and personality types from solo travellers to couples and small groups; socialising at the Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney feels very natural with an open environment where everyone is welcome and at ease.  There’s also a good mix of short-term & long-term stayers living together which makes the hostel more diverse and fun.
  • Social spaces: The hostel offers a great TV room with tons of bean bags for chilling out and relaxing during the day or for group movies nights in the evening.
  • A great kitchen! The kitchen is well stocked and always very clean which makes group cooking and making your own meals so much easier. Making your own food is a great way to save some cash while travelling so a well stocked kitchen is a must for a good backpackers hostel. The dining area has lots of tables and creates a great space to meet others while eating your food at any time of day.


To summarise, visiting a huge and vibrant city such as Sydney doesn’t need to be intimidating or expensive.  As you can see above, for backpackers in Sydney there are many ways to make your trip enjoyable and care-free.

Planning on spending time in Sydney and have further questions? Please contact The Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney directly if you need any more information.

Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney Hostel

Address: 27 Orwell St, Potts Point NSW 2011

Phone: (02) 9358 6400