Wake Up in Sydney, Australia

by Jess Dixon

Jess, a blogger/photographer living a sustainable lifestyle and passionate about making the world a better place.

We recently spent an amazing week in Sydney, it’s now one of our favourite cities in the world (Francis’ number two, behind London of course…). We stayed at Wake Up Sydney which is a huge hostel right in the centre of the city with SO much going on we really needed to have stayed longer to fully experience everything.

The building itself is magnificent, it used to be a department store back in the day in which each floor was dedicated to a different type of clothing. Wake Up have made sure this history stays within the walls by keeping to the theme and naming each floor a different country. It sits perfectly centred where George Street and Pitt Street meet right across the road from Central station (2 min walk).

Inside, the space is set out in an open way, encouraging interaction with other guests and giving the communal spaces a real homely feel. Off the side of the building is Roy’s Cafe which serves an amazing breakfast and good beers in the afternoon.

Down under the building (no pun intended) is Side Bar where all the evening activities happen including pool competitions, trivia nights, fiestas, live music, a beer pong comp (that Francis won!!) and endless amounts of drink and food deals – we took advantage of the pizza and beer ones!

If you’re like me – more of a morning bird than a late nighter, Wake Up also organise free trips around the city – on Wednesday’s the famous Bondi to Coogee Beach Walk, and Mondays and Fridays a Guided City Tour. We seem to have a habit of going on walking tours on our last day in a city but make sure you do this one ASAP! We learnt so much and saw some parts of the city we hadn’t even heard about from our local friends or instagram!

One of the most undeniably great things about Wake Up is the location. Sydney Harbour is 30 min walk or about 10 mins on the train. Get to Bondi beach in 30 mins and the Blue Mountains in 2hrs, all from central station which is a 2 min walk from the hostel. Even without the metro, you’re right on the edge of the CBD so there’s so many great restaurants and shops within a few mins walk.

Thanks again to Wake Up Sydney for having us for the week, we were exhausted by the end of it but managed to see so much of Sydney and meet some amazing people here! Especially recommended for solo travellers, beer fans and those of you that don’t like to walk far for an epic breakfast.