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Big Backpackers Hostel

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In-room safe, individually furnished, free WiFi, bed sheets
Bar (on property)

Overview of Big Backpackers Hostel

Big Backpackers Hostel

2.0 star property
Within easy reach of Capitol Theatre
8.0 out of 10 Very good
8.0/10 Very good

294 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Airport transfer
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry facilities
  • Child-friendly activities
212 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Computer station
  • Front desk safe
  • Vending machine
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Fridge in a common area
Feel at home
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lift
  • BBQ(s)

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Surry Hills
  • Capitol Theatre - 4 min walk
  • Hyde Park - 6 min walk
  • Sydney Town Hall - 13 min walk
  • International Convention Centre Sydney - 14 min walk
  • Sydney Tower - 15 min walk
  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium - 21 min walk
  • University of Sydney - 23 min walk
  • Star Casino - 28 min walk
  • Circular Quay - 30 min walk
  • Overseas Passenger Terminal - 34 min walk

Getting around

  • Sydney Airport (SYD) - 24 min drive
  • Sydney Central Station - 5 min walk
  • Exhibition Centre Station - 15 min walk
  • Sydney Redfern Station - 22 min walk
  • Capitol Square Light Rail Station - 4 min walk
  • Museum Station - 5 min walk
  • Central Light Rail Station - 6 min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Yok Yor Thai Food Factory - 2 min walk
  • Saigon Summer - 1 min walk
  • Chonsiam - 3 min walk
  • Nomad Restaurant - 2 min walk
  • Yod - 2 min walk

About this property

Big Backpackers Hostel

Big Backpackers Hostel features a rooftop terrace and puts you a short five-minute drive from Circular Quay and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Other highlights include a terrace and a garden. Fellow travellers say good things about the helpful staff and nice bathrooms. The property is only a short walk to public transportation: Capitol Square Light Rail Station is 4 minutes and Museum Station is 5 minutes.


Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 35 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM until 10:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open Sunday - Thursday (9:00 AM - 10:00 PM) and Friday - Saturday (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • This property only accepts guests between the ages of 18 and 40 in dormitory room types.
  • This property’s lift will not be available June 13-August 8, 2023.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No on-site parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours a day)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • BBQs
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • Water dispenser

What to do

  • Table football
  • Bike tour information

Working away

  • Computer station


  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in reception
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Television in common areas
  • Bike parking
  • Lockers available


  • Lift
  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible public bathroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Handrails in stairwells
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Step-free path to entrance

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Laundry detergent

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Electrical adapters/chargers


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of AUD 16 per person
  • Late checkout can be arranged for an extra charge
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 1 per cent

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings, and can be accessed from outside the building via exterior corridors.


Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system and a first aid kit on site.
This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ+ friendly).
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.
This property reserves the right to pre-authorise the guest's credit card prior to arrival.

Also known as

Big Hostel Surry Hills
Big Surry Hills
Big Hostel
Big Backpackers Hostel Surry Hills
Big Backpackers Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

Frequently asked questions

Does Big Backpackers Hostel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Big Backpackers Hostel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Big Backpackers Hostel?
This property confirms that guests must provide documentation related to COVID-19 at check-in. Furthermore, disinfectant is used to clean the property, guests are provided with hand sanitiser and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Big Backpackers Hostel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Big Backpackers Hostel?
Sorry, there's no on-site parking at Big Backpackers Hostel.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Big Backpackers Hostel?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is AUD 16 per person.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Big Backpackers Hostel?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge.
Is there an on-site casino at Big Backpackers Hostel?
No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but Star Casino (4-min drive) is nearby.
What is there to do at Big Backpackers Hostel and nearby?
Big Backpackers Hostel has a garden.
What's the area around Big Backpackers Hostel like?
Big Backpackers Hostel is a short 4-minute walk from Capitol Square Light Rail Station and 4 minutes' walk from Capitol Theatre. Travellers say that the local area is good for shopping and very walkable.



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8/10 Very good

For a back packers it was okay
Stephen, 2-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Lucy, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

David, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Linda, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Location was good as it's closed to public transport (train, bus & light rail) , walking distance to great areas of the cbd . The expected noise area as it's right in Central
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10/10 Exceptional

Great stay
Had a great stay in a clean Hostel that is a few minutes walk from Central Station and not far to the Opera House and Bridge. The Staff were very friendly and helpful and they have a bbq every Friday for $5. The only downside was on the M floor there is only a disabled bathroom between everybody on the floor.
Robert, 3-night trip
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6/10 Good

Natalia, 3-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Staff members were friendly and helpful. Appreciated the filtered water in the kitchen. Room was adequate but dilapidated, ventilation was poor.
GERARD FELIX, 3-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

The Big Hostel offers excellent value for money, it is well maintained, the rooms are quiet & warm (winter in Syney was not a problem here - we were toastie warm and comfortable) The staff were cheerful, helpful & pleasant. Thank you for making our stay in Sydney so easy
Rhebba, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

David, 4-night trip
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