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.

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About Elephant Backpacker

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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 we are a very social space and quite a large Hostel.


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    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 communal kitchen only in our breakfast area from 7am to 10am daily.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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 (between 7am and 10am) and hang out til your room is ready if you like.


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  • Are sheets and towels included?

    All of our beds come with mattress protectors, fitted sheets, pillows and duvets. Our private rooms come with towels included also.


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    Answered on September 11, 2019
  • How much does it cost to rent a lock?

    We don't rent padlocks at Elephant. However the nearest supermarket is less than 5 minutes walk away. You can purchase padlocks there. Also any chargers or adapters you may need can be picked up as well.


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    Answered on September 11, 2019
  • Can you accommodate children under 15 year old?

    Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate anyone under the age of 18 at Elephant.


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  • Is there any air condition in the rooms? Is it possible to book a room for only two people?

    Dear Guest Aircondition: We do not have air-conditioning in any of the accommodation rooms as the building is heritage. Every accommodation room has an opening window so fresh air is able to enter and circulate. Room for 2: We have private rooms that can accommodate 2 guests.


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    Answered on November 19, 2019
  • Do I need a lock for the lockers?

    Yes, bring your own padlock to use on the lockers supplied in each room. We also have dry food lockers near the kitchen, so bring a smaller padlock to use those ones.


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    Answered on September 11, 2019
  • Can I store my bicycle indoors as I will be travelling with my bicycle. Thanks

    Dear Guest No bike is able to be stored in the hostel. There are several bike racks directly outside the hostel and this area is under CCTV. So bring your bike chain and store it outside.


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    Answered on November 24, 2019
  • Son & friend due to arrive from U.K. On 23/3/20 and have to self isolate would they be able book in with yourselves

    Covid-19 Update You may have seen that all international travelers are now required to self-isolate for 14 days if arriving in Australia after the 16th of March. The Elephant is a communal living space which is great to meet new friends and save money but not so great for self-isolation. With shared bathroom facilities, kitchen, dining and other cool spaces the Elephant is set up to quite frankly be the exact opposite of isolation. We are simply not able to accommodate any new guests that have arrived off international flights after the 16th of March. If you were already in the country then you are most welcome to stay with us. If you have made a reservation and you need to cancel because of Coved-19, then please contact this platform directly rather than contacting the hostel. Its frustrating for everyone but we understand why. Hopefully for those guests we have to disappoint, we hope you understand too.


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  • Do you accommodate for a child 2 years old staying with mother ? Also child sleeps in bed with mother, no need for a portacot

    We are unable to accommodate anyone under the age of 18 at Elephant.


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    Answered on October 5, 2021
  • Can I use my own sleeping bag?

    Sleeping bags are not allowed at Elephant.


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Area Info *
Guests loved walking around the neighborhood!
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What's nearby
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
    0.2 miles
  • The Domain
    0.2 miles
  • St Mary's Cathedral
    0.2 miles
  • Australian Museum of Magical Arts
    0.3 miles
  • The Sydney Mint
    0.3 miles
  • Australian Museum
    0.3 miles
  • Crown St, Surry Hills
    0.3 miles
  • Hyde Park Sydney
    0.3 miles
  • Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital
    0.3 miles
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales
    0.3 miles
Restaurants & cafes
  • Cafe/Bar Colliers Sandwich Company
    0 miles
  • Restaurant East Sydney Hotel
    0 miles
  • Restaurant Riley St Garage
    0 miles
  • Cafe/Bar Flour and Stone
    0 miles
  • Restaurant Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel
    0.3 miles
Top attractions
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens
    0.5 miles
  • Hyde Park Barracks Museum
    0.6 miles
  • Circular Quay
    0.8 miles
  • Sydney Opera House
    1 miles
  • Australian National Maritime Museum
    1 miles
  • Harbour Bridge
    1.4 miles
  • Strathfield Private Hospital
    6.8 miles
  • Bicentennial Park
    8.1 miles
  • Sydney Showground
    8.7 miles
  • ANZ Stadium
    8.9 miles
Natural Beauty
  • Ocean/Sea Sydney Harbour
    0.9 miles
  • River Parramatta river
    9.9 miles
  • Mountain Mt Kuring gai National Park
    18.6 miles
Beaches in the Neighborhood
  • Lady Martins Beach
    2.1 miles
  • Athol Beach
    2.3 miles
  • Sirius Cove
    2.5 miles
  • Rose Bay Beach
    2.8 miles
  • Milk Beach
    3.1 miles
Closest Airports
  • Kingsford Smith Airport
    5 miles
  • Illawarra Regional Airport
    53.6 miles
How to get to Elephant Backpacker from Kingsford Smith Airport
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Amenities of Elephant Backpacker
Outdoors
  • Terrace
Kitchen
  • Shared kitchen
Activities
  • Live sports events (broadcast)
  • Library
Food & Drink
  • Chocolate/Cookies Additional charge
  • Bottle of water Additional charge
Internet
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Parking
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
General
  • Adults only
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Vending machine (snacks)
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Designated smoking area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Car rental
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
Accessibility
  • Visual aids (Braille)
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Wheelchair accessible
Health & Wellness Facilities
  • Yoga classes
Languages Spoken
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
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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!

Check-in

2:00 PM - 12:00 AM

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

Check-out

Until 10:00 AM

Cancellation/
prepayment

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

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

This property doesn't offer extra beds.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Pets

Pets are not allowed.

Groups

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

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

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

    • Library
    • Yoga classes
    • Live sports events (broadcast)

  • 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.

  • Guests staying at Elephant Backpacker can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 5.9).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Vegetarian

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

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