As part of my cooperation with YHA Australia when my parents came traveling with me last month we headed to Sydney to reveal them some of the well-known icons of the land down under – and with a lot to see and do we picked Sydney Central YHA as our base for their final few days…here’s how it fared.


Unlike the Melbourne Metro YHA which is somewhat out of the key section of the city Sydney Central YHA is slap bang in the centre of Sydney and lives up to its name!
Among the greatest lures of remaining there’s the fact the major bus terminals and Sydney Central Station are actually across the street from it – so it is easy to find when you arrive by bus or train (as was the case when we flew into Sydney Airport) and simple enough to rebound when you are prepared.
No lugging heavy bags or spending ages, expensive cabs or wanting to locate the place – simple from the word go!

In the hostel itself you’re within easy walking distance of pubs, stores and restaurants too so whether you’re eating out or cooking yourself there is no worries at all.
So there is food and some great markets to sample, China town is right on your own doorstep also!
In regards to the important sites and sounds of Sydney my parents were fantastic to head straight to the Opera House (as you’d!) which is around thirty minutes on foot to Circular Quay, or naturally you’ll be able to head to the train station and take the lazy option!

However, with all the walking alternative you can even detour via Darling Harbour and The Rocks which includes an impressive variety of restaurants and bars on the waterfront – the perfect place to soak Sydney living up.

What things to Expect in Sydney

Language: English is the predominant language, although there are also several Asian languages also spoken among their various communities.

Currency: there are a lot of ATMs although approval for AMEX is usually only at larger retailers situated throughout the town, while most shops will accept Mastercard and Visa.

Climate: Sydney enjoys mild winters and warm summers, with the record lows not dropping over 80 degrees consistently below freezing and summer highs.

Cold season: From June until August

Warm season: November until February