Backpacking in NSW

Backpacking in Australia is more popular than ever, with a network of low-cost backpacker and hostel accommodation options all over Sydney and New South Wales (NSW). What’s more, staying in hostels is a great way to meet fellow travellers, get insider tips on what to do and where to go, and enjoy all the facilities you need for a hassle-free stay such as free wifi, communal kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities, and fun activities and tours.

YHA Australia has more than 30 hostels all around NSW in places like Yamba on the NSW North Coast, the alpine resort of Thredbo, country music capital Tamworth and world-famous Bondi Beach. There are also many other backpacker accommodation providers in Sydney and NSW. If camping is more your style, pitch a tent in one of hundreds of caravan parks or designated camping spots within NSW’s National Parks.

In Sydney, the most popular precincts for backpackers to stay are Bondi Beach, Coogee Beach, Kings Cross and the City, and the iconic northern beach of Manly. Student-friendly yet fairly central, Glebe and Newtown are also popular with backpackers and budget travellers staying in Sydney. NSW boasts a strong network of accredited businesses catering to the needs of budget travelers, with hostels, hotels and budget travel companies all offering great deals.

Backpacking in New South Wales

Thousands of years before backpackers created the Hippie Trail, Indigenous Australians used to go 'walkabout' around what is now New South Wales. In colonial times life on the road was taken up a notch, when prospectors, shearers and stockman travelled with lightweight bedrolls called swags.