Located close to the heart of Sydney's CBD, Elephant Backpacker offers budget-friendly accommodations in a historical building from circa 1894. The property features a convenient 24/7 check-in service and is walking distance from local attractions including the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Domain and the Sydney Opera House. Free unlimited high-speed WiFi is available.

Elephant Backpacker offers a variety of room types including large mixed and female-only dormitory rooms. Private rooms are also available, which include complimentary linen and secure locker storage.

You can start your day by visiting the property's cafe, where a free breakfast is served. Elephant Backpackers also features a Juliet balcony to relax on, as well as free secure bike storage, wheelchair access and a large shared kitchen and dining room which is open 24 hours and includes personal cupboard lockers.

You can also unwind in the shared TV room at the property, which features a large TV, free book exchange and seating. There is also a modern reading room for those requiring a quieter location. Convenient 24-hour laundry facilities are also offered, which include updated laundry machines and complimentary ironing facilities.

Elephant Backpackers is just 5 minutes’ walk from Hyde Park and 13 minutes’ from shopping at Pitt Street Mall. It is 15 minutes’ bus ride from Bondi Beach.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.3 for a two-person trip.

Elephant Backpacker has been welcoming Booking.com guests since May 6, 2013

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.2)

Breakfast Info

Continental, Vegetarian

Loyal Customers

There are more repeat guests here than most other properties.


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Property questions and answers
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  • Is it quiet at night?
    Elephant Backpackers is in a great location. The area is nice and quiet without lots of foot traffic and street noise. We are not a party Hostel but w..
    Answered on September 11, 2019
  • Do you have a microwave and tea coffee making facilities available
    Dear Guest We have a microwave in our communal kitchen as well as a kettle to boil hot water. We do not have tea bags or coffee available in the comm..
    Answered on November 18, 2019
  • Do you provide iron for the guest to use?
    We have an iron and ironing board in our guest laundry.
    Answered on February 3, 2020
  • Where is there parking?
    We are lucky enough to have a Wilsons car park across the road from the hostel. There is also paid parking around the Hostel. This is free at night time.
    Answered on November 13, 2020
  • Do you offer luggage storage?
    We have free luggage storage at Elephant. If you arrive early for your booking you can store your bags, use the free Wifi, enjoy our free breakfast (b..
    Answered on September 11, 2019
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Amenities of Elephant Backpacker
  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • City view
  • Terrace
  • Shared kitchen
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Bicycle rental Additional charge
  • Live sports events (broadcast)
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Lockers
  • Baggage storage
  • Express check-in/out
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Adults only
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Vending machine (snacks)
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Designated smoking area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Car rental
  • Carpeted
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Visual aids (Braille)
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Upper floors accessible by elevator
  • Yoga classes
Languages Spoken
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
Sustainability initiatives
This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

House rules

Elephant Backpacker takes special requests – add in the next step!


2:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


Until 10:00 AM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children not allowed.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Pets are not allowed.


When booking for more than 6 people, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Mastercard Visa UnionPay credit card Elephant Backpacker accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Passports are required for check in by international guests and photo ID required for domestic guests.

Please note that there is a 1% charge when you pay with a credit card.

Please note that children under 18 years cannot be accommodated.

Please note that when 2 or more beds are booked there is no guarantee that the guest will be in the same dormitory room.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

It's not possible to stay at this property for coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine purposes.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Please inform Elephant Backpacker of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

The New South Wales Government has issued a mandatory code of conduct outlining the rights and obligations of people either hosting or renting accommodations on a short-term basis, including a complaints process.

FAQs about Elephant Backpacker

  • Guests staying at Elephant Backpacker can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 6.2).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Vegetarian

  • Check-in at Elephant Backpacker is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • Elephant Backpacker is 2,450 feet from the center of Sydney.

  • The prices at Elephant Backpacker may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Elephant Backpacker by:

    • Airport shuttle (public) 30min
    • Taxi 45min

  • Elephant Backpacker offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Live sports events (broadcast)
    • Yoga classes
    • Bicycle rental