Travelling to Australia? Read all updated requirements before you book.
Jolly Swagman Backpackers
Jolly Swagman Backpackers
Jolly Swagman Backpackers
Jolly Swagman Backpackers
Jolly Swagman Backpackers
Jolly Swagman Backpackers
Jolly Swagman Backpackers

Removed from saved list

7.3

Very good

396 reviews

396 reviews

See map

7.4

Very good

Location rating score

Very good location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Walkable places
Wayside Chapel

80 m

Kings Cross

110 m

Bourbon Restaurant

120 m

Adora Healthy Living

160 m

The Family Jewels

160 m

Popular landmarks
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

1.1 km

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

1.6 km

The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk

1.7 km

Sydney Opera House

1.9 km

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

2.1 km

Closest landmarks
Blakes Pharmacy

120 m

Soho Bar & Lounge

200 m

Lawrence Hargreave Reserve

240 m

KX Fitness

260 m

Hordern House

260 m

Jolly Swagman Backpackers

27 Orwell Street, Kings Cross, Potts Point, Sydney, Australia, 2011 - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Strategically situated in Potts Point, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Sydney Opera House. Rated with 3 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to restaurant and outdoor pool on-site.

Show more

Highlights

Located in heart of Sydney

Check-in/out [express]

310 meters to public transportation

Inside city center

770 meters to Art Gallery of New South Wales

Hygiene Plus
This property has self-selected and self-certified the following hygiene measures.Learn more
Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
See all amenities
Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Sterilizing equipment
Health and Medical
First aid kit
Doctor/nurse on call

Facilities

Car park

Shuttle service

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Check-in/out [express]

Swimming pool [outdoor]

Game room

BBQ facilities

Luggage storage

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Sydney every 14 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money6.8
Distance to city center2 km
Location rating7.4
Nearest airportSydney Airport (SYD)
Distance to airport8.8 km

Rooms available at Jolly Swagman Backpackers

Double Room with Shared Bathroom
...
  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed
Enter dates to see prices
Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
...
  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shower
  • 2 bunk beds
Enter dates to see prices
Deluxe Double Room with Shower
...
  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed
Enter dates to see prices
Deluxe Single Room
...
  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 single bed
Enter dates to see prices
Budget Single Room
...
  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 single bed
Enter dates to see prices
Budget Twin Room
...
  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shower
  • 2 single beds
Enter dates to see prices
Basic Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
...
  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shower
  • 3 single beds
Enter dates to see prices
Economy Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
...
  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shower
  • 4 single beds
Enter dates to see prices
Dormitory -- Female Only
...
  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Shower
Enter dates to see prices
Bed in 3 Beds Dorm
...
  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
Enter dates to see prices

Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Jolly Swagman Backpackers?

Check-in is from 01:00 PM, and check-out is until 09:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

How do I get to Jolly Swagman Backpackers?

A stay at Jolly Swagman Backpackers also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the hostel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Jolly Swagman Backpackers has a car park that's close to the hostel. Parking is available for an additional charge. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Sydney with private transportation, the hostel can arrange car rental for you.

Is breakfast offered at Jolly Swagman Backpackers?

Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at Jolly Swagman Backpackers.

What is the smoking policy at Jolly Swagman Backpackers?

Jolly Swagman Backpackers does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Jolly Swagman Backpackers?

Kings Cross Railway Station is the closest train, metro, or bus station, about 310 m away from Jolly Swagman Backpackers.

What restaurants are nearby Jolly Swagman Backpackers?

Jolly Swagman Backpackers is located in Potts Point, famous for good restaurants such as Dear Sainte Éloise, Mad Pizza e Bar and The Little Italian Place.

What popular shopping places are close to Jolly Swagman Backpackers?

Jolly Swagman Backpackers is located in Potts Point area which features shopping places such as The Family Jewels, Macleay on Manning and Hordern House.

What are popular attractions near Jolly Swagman Backpackers?

Guests at Jolly Swagman Backpackers can easily visit Wayside Chapel, Kings Cross and Lawrence Hargreave Reserve located in the Potts Point area.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Jolly Swagman Backpackers?

Jolly Swagman Backpackers is located in the Potts Point area, which is famous for natural sightseeing destinations such as Macleay Point.

Show more questions
See map

Explore the neighborhood

Property ranking|Compared to 1,253 Sydney properties
See all rankings
Room comfort score
6.7/10
Value for money score
6.8/10
Location score
7.4/10
Service score
6.3/10
Better than
87
%
of Sydney properties
Better than
76
%
of Sydney properties
Better than
76
%
of Sydney properties
Better than
74
%
of Sydney properties
Overall rating:

7.3

Very good
396 reviews
Cleanliness
6.1
Facilities
5.8
Location
7.4
Read all reviews >
More about Jolly Swagman Backpackers

More about Jolly Swagman Backpackers

Jolly Swagman Backpackers

See the best of Sydney with a stay at Jolly Swagman Backpackers, which puts you right in the city center amidst the many sights and landmarks. With its convenient location, you can easily access to the city's must-see destinations. Looking for lots of choices? Jolly Swagman Backpackers spoils you for choices in activities, with its convenient location just 1.9 km from the Sydney Opera House.
Jolly Swagman Backpackers provides the best in services and amenities to help make guests feel comfortable. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the hostel's free Wi-Fi internet access. The hostel provides car hire and shuttle services to help you get to where you want to go in Sydney. Parking is always available, provided by the hostel for their driving guests.
While lodging at this wonderful hostel, the helpful staff at the front desk can assist you with multiple services that include express check-in or check-out, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. If you want seats to city's best entertainment, you can get help through the hostel's ticket service and tours. The hostel's on-site laundry service helps you keep your favorite travel outfits clean so you can pack less. In-room conveniences include room service, so you can relax and enjoy your stay.
The hostel is entirely non-smoking, ensuring a clean air environment. Smoking is restricted to the designated smoking areas.


Dining and things to do

Start your vacation days in the best possible way. Begin every morning of your stay with an in-house breakfast. Wake up bright and energetic in the mornings with a cup of good coffee offered at the cafe right at the hostel. Never let hunger affect your travel plans! Restaurants on-site provide convenient and tasty dining options. Light snacking is available day or night with the hostel's vending machines.
If you're truly selective about eating, you'll be grateful for the in-house BBQ facilities and shared kitchen available here.
Jolly Swagman Backpackers offers wonderful recreational facilities for guests to enjoy. The hostel's on-site pool invites you every day for a cooling dip or a few refreshing laps. Hot days can be cool fun with water activities like fishing, snorkeling and non-motorized water sports. In a competitive mood? Get sporty with your travel group or other guests at the hiking trails and bowling alley in the hostel.
Have some relaxing fun with family and friends at the library, games room and shared lounge and TV area.


Around the property

Take some time to explore Sydney. Engage in the city's best art at The Rocks located 2.0 km away, where you can learn about the local art scene and buy original works.


Reasons to stay here

Rooms here are cheaper than 90% of accommodations in the city.
This hostel's food and dining score higher than 85% of accommodations in the city.
Room comfort is said to be outstanding here, scoring higher than 86% of accommodations in the city.

Show more
Amenities and facilities
Review score
Facilities

5.8

Most talked about facilities

Breakfast

4 mentions

Housekeeping

2 mentions

Food & Dining

1 mention

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Chinese [Mandarin]
  • French
  • German

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Bowling alley
  • Fishing
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Hiking
  • Mini golf course
  • On-site entertainment
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Ticket services
  • Tours
  • Water sports (non-motorized)

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Body thermometer
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Doctor/nurse on call
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Free face masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Professional-grade sanitizing services
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Sterilizing equipment
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • BBQ facilities
  • Coffee shop
  • Grocery delivery
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurants
  • Room service
  • Shared kitchen
  • Vending machine

Services and conveniences

  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Food delivery
  • Invoice provided
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace

For the kids

  • Family room

Access

  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Safety/security feature
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Car park [charges apply]
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Rental car
  • Shuttle service
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • Continental
  • Vegetarian
Location
27 Orwell Street, Kings Cross, Potts Point, Sydney, Australia, 2011
Very good
Location

7.4

Airports

  • Sydney Airport (SYD)
    8.8 km 20 min drive
  • Bankstown Airport (BWU)
    21.9 km 37 min drive

Public transportation

  • Kings Cross Railway Station
    320 m 4 min walk
  • St James Railway Station
    1.1 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Blakes Pharmacy
    120 m

Shopping

  • Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
    1.6 km

Convenience store

  • EzyMart
    370 m 6 min drive

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    140 m 2 min walk
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
    1.1 km
  • Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
    1.6 km
  • The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk
    1.7 km
  • Sydney Opera House
    1.9 km
  • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
    2.1 km
  • The Rocks
    2.1 km
  • Darling Harbour
    2.2 km
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
    2.6 km
  • Bondi Beach
    5.2 km
  • Manly Beach
    10.2 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Wayside Chapel
    80 m
  • Kings Cross
    110 m
  • Bourbon Restaurant
    120 m
  • Blakes Pharmacy
    120 m
  • Adora Healthy Living
    160 m
  • The Family Jewels
    160 m
  • Backroom Night Club
    160 m
  • Gazebo Wine Garden
    170 m
  • Jimmy Lik’s Restaurant and Bar
    170 m
  • Macleay on Manning
    170 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 2-3 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 4 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from13:00
  • Check-out until09:00

Getting around

  • Distance from city center2 km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)40

Extras

  • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee3 AUD

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
  • Number of floors4
  • Number of rooms 46
  • Most recent renovation2010

Reviews of Jolly Swagman Backpackers from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
6.5
/
10
Cleanliness6.1
Facilities5.8
Location7.4
Room comfort and quality6.7
Service6.3
Value for money6.8
High score for Sydney
Rating
9+ Exceptional (3)
8-9 Excellent (5)
7-8 Very Good (6)
6-7 Good (9)
<6 Below Expectation (18)
Time of the year
Mar - May (10)
Jun - Aug (10)
Sep - Nov (12)
Dec - Feb (9)
All guests (49)
All languages

Show reviews that mention 

Showing 41 verified guest comments
123
8.8
Excellent
Elizabeth from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in July 2016

Aloha Jolly Swagman”

Loved the staff at the Jolly Swagman! Super nice to stay at a smaller hostel - get to know people better! Love the group activities offered!! Super kind and helpful and friendly! Nice having the fridges, cubbies, and lockers in the dorms. Love that each bunk has a light fixture. Limited outlets per room, but has full length mirrors and lots of natural light!

Reviewed July 12, 2016

See room deals

6.7
Good
Gan from Malaysia
Couple
Stayed 5 nights in March 2012

On average”

Nice staffs

we had four nights in jolly swagman. initially, i am worried after running through some bad reviews of the hotel eg: bad rooms v poor facilities, lots of night drunken etc. however, my overall stay is quite smooth and nothing much to complain given the cheap prices they charged. before arriving, i actually sent an email to jolly expressing my concern on the stay and hope to get rooms (we have 4 people and booked 2 double rooms) on the top floor to avoid all those noise from drunken. the reply is that they would try their best to arrange for us. on the day itself, upon arrival in sydney airport, the shuttle driver is very efficient to pick us up within 10 minutes. once arrived in jolly, they arranged two top floor’s rooms for us. one thing i am not satisfied with is that they don’t have lifts. we have to carry the luggage from ground floors to 3rd floors. but the staff was good enough that she asked if the other two young man stayed in the hostel could help to carry the luggage as we are all girls. after looking at the room, my mum commented that we would better choose 2nd floor’s rooms as it was pretty hot for top floor’s room. we are very lucky that the kind staff was willing to change the rooms for us

Reviewed April 04, 2012

See room deals

7.2
Very good
Kriengkrai from Thailand
Solo traveler
Stayed 9 nights in February 2017

it worth what you pay for”

- The staff are extremely helpful, in almost every way. - There is a kitchen, you can borrow all equipment and cook ur own thing - I stay in single room, room is ok, not good but im not picky so it's fine with me. - Toilet has some problem about flashing. - There are also washing machine, but due too many ppl it might always be a queue. - The place in Sydney is always expensive, so if you are on bugget this is as good as any

Reviewed December 14, 2017

See room deals

6.3
Good
HEO from South Korea
Solo traveler
Stayed 7 nights in August 2015

A hostel lack of cleaness”

Location, location, location

I could enjoy my trip in sydney as the hostel is located in Kings cross which is close to Sydney CBD. I visited most tourist attractions like Opera House by walking. I think the location of the hostel is great. In addition, there are a lot of nice cafes and restraunts near the hostel. But the problem was the hostel's cleaness. If you are planning to stay in this hostel less than a week, I will recommend this place. However, I never recommend this place for more than a week.

Reviewed September 09, 2015

See room deals

5.0
john from Sweden
Couple
Stayed 4 nights in February 2012

Cheap but dirty place with good location”

Serviceminded personnel, location

The Jolly swaggman place was very good located but we expected to have a double room with shower and the shower was located in the corridor and they were uncleaned and not fresh. The room was otherwise ok but with no aircondition, The room was silent. First sight was a cackroach (don´t know the spelling)in the room. The breakfast was better then expected but as all other common places shared with others the kitchen was dirty and plates and cups also. the personnel was very nice and helpful.

Reviewed February 28, 2012

See room deals

7.0
Very good
xiaona from China
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in February 2011

Small hotel and small room.”

Good location. 20 mins walk distant to Opera House

Very small room, good location, but very crowd. typical backpacker hotel.

Reviewed February 13, 2011

See room deals

8.7
Excellent
Danny from Malaysia
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in August 2011

Not only a hostel, it's like a home”

Clean, friendly staff, great location, great value

very clean room and shared bathroom, walking distance to train station and a stop for tour bus. the area where the hostel located is secured, alcohol free and other security policies controlled by local authority

Reviewed September 07, 2011

See room deals

7.3
Very good
Fong from Hong Kong SAR, China
Solo traveler
Stayed 7 nights in December 2011

Ok fine”

big room

the location is kinda convenient as it closed to the tram station. the room is pretty big with 4 beds only. (maybe because i had tried the 6 beds dorm room and 3 beds dorm room and they all are small.) the toliet/shower room are shard, but clean. and i enjoy the shower lol and the good thing is that it includes breakfast. although the breakfast is simple..... anyway, the room rate is acceptable for this. thank you.

Reviewed December 11, 2011

See room deals

5.6
Dee from Ireland
Couple
Stayed 4 nights in October 2017

Beware of late check in "policy" regarding passports...otherwise it's fine.”

Stayed in double room here for three nights and it was fine!The location is good, in the heart of kings cross and a nice scenic walk,maybe 30min, to the Opera House. Also not too far from bus to Coogee/Bondi. Staff were helpful in regard to making plans and suggesting things to do. Only issue was being given an ultimatum on late check in to hand over our passports as deposit until the morning or find somewhere else to stay. This was even after we offered proof that our room was already paid in full and offered a copy of both passports. We also gave a cash deposit. The passports were not stored in a safety deposit box. When I spoke to the man in charge in the morning he was extremely dismissive saying he "didn't see the problem as we have them back now" and couldn't understand the issue unless we "had something to hide". He eventually agreed to "take it onboard" after going around in circles for a while. A review of late check in procedure is badly needed here as otherwise it was fine.

Reviewed October 19, 2017

See room deals

6.7
Good
Yin from China
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in May 2014

Centrally located”

Good location

The hotel is not far from Kings Cross station. It's a backpacker's hostel. Do remember to bring your own necessary toiletries as the room is really very basic.

Reviewed June 15, 2014

See room deals

8.3
Excellent
Brett from Canada
Solo traveler
Stayed 6 nights in November 2012

Decent enough place”

helpful staff

I enjoyed staying here, as both the staff and the other travelers were considerate, kind, and helpful folks. It's always nice when a place includes a free breakfast, even if it's just cornflakes & toast!

Reviewed November 14, 2012

See room deals

4.0
Sze from Hong Kong SAR, China
Solo traveler
Stayed 4 nights in August 2012

Tiny messy dorm”

cheap and convenience

I spent 5 days in this backpacker hostel however I 'd not recommend you to stay there if you require a clean and comfortable environment. I booked a 3 beds female dorm but I was assigned to live with 2 other boys. The room was messy and unclean. Staff are nice. People there were all teenagers so they make noise at night. It was really cheap and the location is great if you want to live in King Cross. Anyway, the people there are fine only the rooms are too messy and tidy.

Reviewed August 27, 2012

See room deals

6.7
Good
Beng from Malaysia
Couple
Stayed 1 night in August 2012

simple room, good location ”

convenient

overall was ok. good location near station, easy access to food anytime. only setback was the hotel guests we encountered were making too much noise even in the middle of the night!

Reviewed August 14, 2012

See room deals

6.3
Good
Brad from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in November 2013

Comfortable stay.”

It was clean, room was comfortable and it was close to public transport links.

To be honest, we were hardly in the hostel but the time we were, we had a comfortable stay. It was clean in all areas, but one thing which let it down was the check out time of 9am which didn't really help.

Reviewed November 22, 2013

See room deals

4.7
Hidajaty from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in October 2011

The room is dirty and old, no elevator”

Simple breakfast provided

The room is old and dirty, no towels provided, no elevator. Location is not good either. Upper bunk has no railguard.

Reviewed October 17, 2011

See room deals

2.3
Neale from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in April 2015

Worst hostel i've stayed in”

This place is poorly run. first off when i check in i was told i would need to change my room the next day. also the key i was giving for my first room would only open when it wanted to. this was annoying but i didnt mind so much but the next morning i go and ask for my new room key told i cant go in untill they cleaned it. so i had to leave my stuff in the TV lounge where anyone could come and move it etc. Also i had valuables in a bag so didnt want to leave that in the tv room was told i could use the lockers which cost me 5 dollars and they didnt offer to compensate me considering it wasnt my fault i had to check out and move room. this was compounded by the reception area looked more than big enough to have stored that. toilets/showers weren't very clean and shower water power was. it was also rowdy and the tv room was full of yobs. the free breakfast is just cereal/toast. Also i booked into an all male dorm and had a girl in my dorm. AVOID at all costs

Reviewed April 05, 2015

See room deals

6.7
Good
Teewin from Thailand
Couple
Stayed 1 night in December 2013

Not bad”

Location

If you want cheap one this place is good value

Reviewed August 09, 2015

See room deals

5.3
Kevin from France
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in October 2011

Nice hotel, good location”

Good mood, nice hotel

Convenient location, close to kings cross, places to go out. Breakfast sucks

Reviewed October 20, 2011

See room deals

6.3
Good
Micky from Malaysia
Group
Stayed 3 nights in August 2014

Good choice for backpackers”

Comfortable, Clean, Convenient

Comfortable, Clean, Convenient

Reviewed September 10, 2014

See room deals

5.3
Minji from South Korea
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in February 2011

Jolly Swagman Backpackers”

free breakfast and one hour free internet

location was quite good but the problem is bed.

Reviewed February 22, 2011

See room deals

123
This is a popular property. Don't miss out!

Back to search results

Back to room choices

|

Dismiss