The Original Backpackers

160-162 Victoria StreetSydneyNSW 2011Australia
Show more hotels

About The Original Backpackers

A two-star hostel situated in the Kings Cross entertainment district, The Original Backpackers lies within a 30-minute walk of the Sydney CBD and Opera House. Amenities available to guests include 300MB of free Wi-Fi daily and a communal lounge with cable TV and Netflix.

Dorms accommodate up ten guests (max age 35). Linen and lockers are provided. Private rooms are also available, some with en-suite showers. As well as linen and lockers, private rooms offer fridges, safes, and TVs.

Facilities at The Original Backpackers include an outdoor courtyard, washing machines and dryers, and free luggage storage.

Guests have access to a fully equipped kitchen as well as an outdoor cooking area with barbecues. There’s a grocery store (Coles) and dining spots such as Jangling Jacks and Ms. G’s within a few minutes’ walk of the hotel.

This hostel lies within a ten-minute drive of Darling Harbour and The Rocks and 15 minutes from Bondi Beach.


160-162 Victoria Street, Sydney, NSW 2011, Australia
Telephone: +61(2)93563232 | Fax: +61(2)93681435 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car park
  • Concierge
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • PC with internet
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Fridge
  • Internet
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • Room safe
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Positive Reviews

Good central location

The location of this hostel is perhaps one of the most frequently mentioned positive features of this property. Guests report that the hostel is ideally located near Kings Cross Station which offers direct services to the CBD and beach. The area is also found to have an excellent choice of shops, restaurants, and bars.

Friendly and welcoming atmosphere

Previous guests have tended to enjoy the atmosphere at this Sydney hostel. There are the usual gripes associated with hostel stays but, in general, typical guests are easy going. The staff is friendly and helpful.

Decent selection of amenities

Overall, guests have been reasonably impressed with the selection of amenities available here. Sure, there are areas that could be improved but there's a decent choice of social spaces to enjoy as well as essentials such as Wi-Fi and laundry.

Negative Reviews

Surroundings can be noisy

It probably won't come as too much of a surprise to learn that a fair number of previous guests have complained about unwanted noise here. As well as internal noise, guests mention traffic and street noise.

Amenities unavailable at night

Although the selection of amenities here is generally found to be good, guests do note that the hostel limits access to amenities in the evening. The TV lounge closes as does the kitchen and outdoor area. Presumably, this is to limit noise but the closures have not suited all guests.

Kitchen facilities may disappoint

Aside from the closure of the kitchen in the evening, guests also note that the kitchen is small and, thanks to limited facilities, rather chaotic. Also, a number of guests have felt that the kitchen area could have been cleaner.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index ® based on 1659 reviews across the web
7.8 /10
  • hostelbookers
    8.5 /10
    6.0 /10
  • Other Sources
    7.6 /10
7.8 out of 10 based on 1659 reviews