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Located opposite Central Railway Station, Wake Up Sydney Central features a lively onsite bar/nightclub and a huge range of free activities. It is set in the heart of Sydney’s backpacking hub, surrounded by nightlife precincts and travel shops. Wake Up Sydney Backpackers is in Sydney CBD (Central Business District), a 5-minute walk from Chinatown and a 15-minute walk from Darling Harbor. It is 20 minutes' by public transport from Circular Quay, where you can walk to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Sydney International Airport is a 30-minute drive away. Private rooms and mixed or all-female dormitories are available. All rooms feature secure lockers and a bedside lamp and power point. All rooms have modern furnishings and large windows that allow plenty of natural light in. Private rooms feature a TV. Guests enjoy the convenience of 24-hour reception and a tour desk. Some of the fun free activities include city walks, trivia and pizza nights. Onsite Side Bar offers a great party atmosphere, with live DJs and bands. Also on offer are laundry facilities on each floor.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.5 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.4)

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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free Wifi
High score for Sydney
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  • Angela
    Canada Canada
    Very spacious rooms and bathrooms. Fun activities, common areas and a huge very clean kitchen , perfect location close to everything ! Kept extending my stay!
  • Elouise
    Philippines Philippines
    Facilities are always clean. Felt safe all the time.
  • Lisa
    Germany Germany
    Great location in the city center of Sydney! The room was spacious (in a weird layout :D) and clean. We only stayed one night and without even knowing during the Taylor Swift Tour. So, a lot was offered all around that from the hostel. The staff...

Area info

1 Restaurant On Site

  • Roy's Cafe
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Brunch • Lunch • Dinner
    • Ambience
      Family-friendly • Traditional
    • Dietary options
      Vegetarian • Dairy-free

Amenities of Wake Up! Sydney Central
Great facilities! Review score, 8.3

Most popular amenities
  • Free Wifi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Heating
  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • City view
  • Shared kitchen
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Bingo
  • Live music/Performance
  • Tour or class about local culture
  • Happy hour
    Additional charge
  • Themed dinners
  • Walking tours
  • Bar crawls
    Additional charge
  • Evening entertainment
  • Nightclub/DJ
  • Entertainment staff
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
Wifi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Lockers
  • ATM on site
  • Baggage storage
  • Tour desk
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Cleaning Services
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key card access
  • 24-hour security
  • Adults only
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Vending machine (snacks)
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Car rental
  • Carpeted
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages Spoken
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Dutch
  • Portuguese
  • Russian

House rules

Wake Up! Sydney Central takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 2:00 PM

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 more than 4 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Mastercard Visa Eftpos Cash is not accepted Wake Up! Sydney Central accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print
Must-know information for guests at this property

Please note that children 17 years and under cannot be accommodated at Wake Up! Sydney Central.

Please note that as Side Bar is located beneath rooms, you can expect some noise during the night with the bar closing at 03:00.

Please note that there is a 1.5% charge when you pay with a credit card. Credit card used at the time of reservation must be presented upon checkin. For last minute, multiple person reservations (in periods of high demand) it may not be possible to put all occupants in the same room. We shall certainly do our best though!

Christmas and New Year Bookings

The full remaining cost of any booking for stays between the 20th of December and the 7th of January (inclusive) must be paid at the time of booking. Payment will be processed using the credit card that you nominated at the time of your booking, and will be nonrefundable. If the credit card you nominated is not chargeable, you will be contacted by management, and should no chargeable credit card be provided, your booking will be canceled.

Please note that should you wish to alter the booking at all, this will only be possible before the 1st of December.

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.

FAQs about Wake Up! Sydney Central

  • Wake Up! Sydney Central is 0.9 miles from the center of Sydney. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Wake Up! Sydney Central offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Evening entertainment
    • Live music/Performance
    • Happy hour
    • Entertainment staff
    • Walking tours
    • Bingo
    • Tour or class about local culture
    • Nightclub/DJ
    • Bar crawls
    • Themed dinners

  • Check-in at Wake Up! Sydney Central is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • The prices at Wake Up! Sydney Central may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Wake Up! Sydney Central has 1 restaurant:

    • Roy's Cafe