The Best Sydney Backpackers Hostel Accommodation
What a lot of people don’t realise is that there is actually much more to do for Bondi backpackers than catch a tan or learn how to surf. From boutique markets and ocean pools to one of Australis most stunning coastal walks; Bondi has something for everyone.
When backpackers visit Sydney they absolutely cannot miss the opportunity to visit one of Australias most iconic beaches; Bondi Beach! It’s world famous, and for good reason. It looks stunning from above, it’s full of energy and atmosphere and it’s perfect for chilling out with friends.
We hope you enjoy this easy to follow guide to give you all of the local insider tips and insights on how to best plan your trip to Bondi.
Here we have found you the 5 BEST things to do in Bondi that aren’t only incredible experiences, but are also completely backpacker budget friendly.
It’s definitely one of the most popular walks around Sydney, but don’t let that put you off. There’s usually a reason why something is so popular, and this is no exception.
The Bondi to Coogee walk is stunning! From quiet bays to green parks and small cafes. There are jagged cliff edges with breathtaking views from high and low, as well as little oceans pools all along the way. You will also find bays known for snorkeling and scuba diving and so much more.
The walk itself is only around 6 kms long. It should take 1-2 hours to complete depending on walking speed (and how many photos you stop to take!).
As mentioned above, there is so much to do and see along the way that you may decide to make a day of it. If there’s one thing that’s certain, you won’t regret taking the time to do this walk.
Getting there: You can choose to start the walk right from Bondi Beach itself, and walk south towards Coogee from there.
Or you could always start at Coogee and then walk north to Bondi beach.
If coming in from Sydney city, it’s best to get off the train at Bondi Junction and then take any bus from stand A to Bondi Beach or the 313 bus from stand K towards Coogee to start you walk there.
A great way to start off your day in Bondi is buy trying some delicious street food at the very popular Bondi Farmers Market! Bondi backpackers will find the market enthralling and within budget for some items (others are quite high end and may be out of the backpacking budget, but still great to look at!)
At the weekly market you can find locally made gifts such as hand crafted soaps, spices or jars of jam and honey. As well as fresh fruit, veg and baked goods.
The market is always busy with crowds of people, so make sure you get there early, its got an amazing vibe. It’s the perfect breakfast spot before a day of relaxing in on the sand.
The shopping in Bondi is so much more than the typical surf shops and bikini browsing you might expect. Bondi actually presents tons of choices for shopping; from boutique designer brands and high street stores to local businesses.
Take to the less touristy streets to find yourself tons of smaller boutique shops and restaurants. Hall Street, Curlewis street and Gould street are three of the best.
With Gould street being the most premium shopping street in the area, you don’t want to miss it. There you can find all of the internationally known labels such as Alexander Wang and Rang & Bone as well as many Australian designers such as Jac + Jack, Annex and Museum.
They’re a little less intimidating for Bondi backpackers than the unpredictable ocean waves and rips and they’re much quieter than the usually jam packed Bondi Beach flagged sections.
You can choose from Wally Weekes Pool (northern end of Bondi beach), or you could choose the very picturesque and iconic Bondi Iceberg baths (south end) – the Bondi Icebergs will cost you $8 to use.
If you’re looking for a quieter and lesser known walk, then you should definitely consider walking north from Bondi Beach to Watson’s Bay.
The seven kilometre cliff walk should take you around 1.5 hours each way. Along the cliff walk are jaw dropping views, sandstone cliffs and you will also pass Australia’s oldest lighthouse.
This also happens to be one of Sydney most popular spots for wale watching (May to November) – keep your eye on the horizon!
It’s definitely a great choice if you have have more than one day in Bondi, have already taken on the Bondi to Coogee walk and would like to experience another gorgeous coastal walk, too.
The great thing about beaches is that they’re always a cheap day out. You can swim, lounge around and eat homemade picnic food. You can chat with your friends, take to the surf and even do some snorkeling for very cheap. (Many hostels in Sydney hire out snorkel gear and surfboards often for free).
But there are definitely some additional ways to save cash in Bondi. Here are some top tips given by real backpackers just like yourself.
Travel on Sundays!
Travel around all of Sydney is CHEAP on Sundays. You can access all of the busses, trains and ferries for a grand total of approx $2.70 all day long with an opal card. This means that those lengthy journeys that would otherwise rack up the dollars will literally cost you next to nothing one day each week.
If you are planning to commute from the city centre to Bondi, Sundays should be your main days for doing this. The savings really will rack up and you can even treat yourself to a cheeky beer on the beach with your money saved!
Cheap Weekly Backpackers Deals
A great way to save some cash in Sydney is to take advantage of weekly specials on accommodation. You can book these in for up to 4 weeks, to really save some cash, depending on the hostel.
It’s also a great way to learn some backpacking social skills, get to know the area better and feel as a bigger part of your hostels community too. Making friends in Australia is much easier when you get to stay somewhere long term to really meet others and discover the area like a local would.
Choose your Backpackers hostel wisely!
Choosing which backpackers hostel you stay at is very important. It can really enrich your experience in a certain area when you choose to stay at a backpackers that is helpful, accommodating and has a great community spirit.
Many travellers like to choose a backpackers with a good reputation for taking care of their guests. A place with high cleaning standards and good deals such as free snorkel equipment hire, free breakfast and also free barbecues some evenings.
This is where Jolly Swagman backpackers Sydney comes in…
For over 20 years the Jolly Swagman Backpackers has been the go-to hostel in Sydney. Not only does the Jolly Swagman have incredible reviews, an airport pick-up service, FREE daily breakfast, FREE Wi-Fi and incredibly helpful staff. But they also have a homely feel, a friendly vibe and down to earth attitude.
Better yet, the Jolly Swagman is conveniently located in the vibrant Kings Cross. A busy neighbourhood surrounded with great nightlife and tasty restaurants. The hostel is also super close to all public transport links and is easy walking distance into the city centre. What more do you need?
Getting from Jolly Swagman to Bondi Beach
Due to the Jolly Swagman Backpackers being so well located, it’s actually incredibly easy to get to Bondi beach. It will take you around 6 minutes by train to get from Kings Cross station to Bondi Junction (much quicker than going from the city centre).
Since Bondi Junction is on the same line as Kings Cross station (T4), you won’t need to worry about taking multiple trains and busses to get there.
We hope that you found these Bondi backpacker tips useful and that you can utilise them to have an amazing time on your trip to Bondi.
Hopefully this article has given you lots of useful ideas for places you can visit for finding your travel resources for within and around Sydney.
But if you do need any more advice, then feel free to 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