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  • Top 10 things to do in Sydney and Australia by Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney Hostel
    in Backpackers Sydney Tourist Attractions, Sydney Travel, Sydney, Sydney Events
    25 Mar 2014  | 0 Comments

    Ten things you MUST do or see when visiting Australia


    If you area backpacker planning a trip to Australia, you really need to get your itinerary down in advance. There is so much to see and do that we’ve put together a helpful guide to recommend the top ten things to experience during your visit.

    Sydney Opera House

    The iconic Sydney Opera House is synonymous with Backpackers in Sydney and a trip to Australia simply wouldn’t be complete without a visit. Opened in 1973, the Sydney Opera House receives a staggering 1.2 million visitors per year. Over 1,500 opera, dance, music and theatre performances are held there annually; there’s something for all artistic tastes.  It is claimed to be the most photographed building in the world (with the big Yellow Jolly Swagman Backpackers coming a close second).

    If you have been inspired by what you’ve seen on the big stage, you can always host your own show for you and your friends by getting in touch with and arranging your very own Burlesque night!

    The Outback

    One of the few places left on earth that is truly wild. The Outback is home to a myriad of wonderful creatures, including kangaroos, koala bears, wallabies and crocodiles. Just keep in mind that The Outback is still largely untamed and so if you are planning a trek out there, you need to be properly prepared and preferably have a guide with you.

    Great Barrier Reef

    One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef contains an incredible undersea world not seen anywhere else. There are hundreds of species of fish, mammal and crustacean living here and, if you grab yourself some scuba gear, you can take a trip down to see them.



    Located in the Northern Territory, Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of Australia. As a sacred Aboriginal site, you can no longer climb to the peak, but you can see wander around the springs, waterholes and rock caves and see amazing ancient paintings.


    Daintree Rainforest

    This tropical rainforest is the only one in Australia so it is definitely worth a visit. Located in Queensland, the Daintree Rainforest has an amazing ecosystem that contains 30% of all of Australia’s frog, marsupial and reptile species.



    Not actually in Australia but close enough! Tasmania is definitely worth the journey if you are looking for things to do during your stay. Most of Tasmania is taken up with reserves, National Parks and World Heritage Sites so you know there’s going to be plenty to keep you occupied.


    Australia’s Islands

    As well as Tasmania, Australia has many other islands for you to explore; each with its own unique identity and things to see. Kangaroo Island is pretty self-explanatory, but there is also King Island, Flinders Island and Groote Eylandt, as well as many others.


    Australian Open

    If you can get your timing right and you are a big fan of golf, then you will want to visit the country during the Australian Open Tournament, which is staged every December. Golfers from all over the world come together to compete and every year the event sees thousands of visitors flock to the area.


    The Grampians National Park

    For nature lovers, the Grampians National Park should be high on your list if you are visiting Australia. Boasting some truly amazing rock formations, high peaks and numerous waterfalls, the park is a perfect place to get back in touch with nature and rejuvenate yourself.


    The Great Ocean Road

    If you want to turn your adventure into a road trip, then the Great Ocean Road is waiting for you. One of the most scenic and beautiful journeys you will probably ever take by car, this road will lead you from Torquay in Victoria, right down to Allansford. Along the way there are many great sights to see, such as the Twelve Apostles rock formation and Port Campbell.


    At the Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney Hostel we have a fully licenesed travel agency to help you book your travel around Australia, we can give you the best advice and prices for visiting all the places above on a backpackers budget without missing a thing!


  • Backpackers in Sydney - the metropolis with a difference by Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney Hostel
    in Backpackers Sydney Tourist Attractions, Photograpy and Sydney, Sydney Travel, Hostel Life, Staying at a backpackers hostel, Sydney, Sydney Events, Sydney Festivals, Sydney Things to do
    19 Dec 2013  | 0 Comments

    The fact that Sydney is the most populous of Australia’s cities may make some backpackers think that it’s a crowded urban nightmare with nothing in the way of outdoor spaces or areas of natural beauty. How wrong those people are! The City of Sydney boasts over 400 parks and open spaces, which is pretty impressive for a bustling modern metropolis.


    Hyde Park


    Summer is the best time for backpackers to get outside and enjoy all of Sydney’s amazing natural attractions. There’s no better place to start than Sydney’s Hyde Park, which is Australia’s oldest park and also the most well-known. Hyde Park is located right in the heart of the city centre and offers over 16 hectares of sanctuary for people looking to unwind. Impromptu picnics are perfect as there is an ample amount of lush grass and claiming a small area temporarily is never a problem. Sun worshippers are more than welcome too and clusters of them can often be found lazily basking in the sun’s rays.


    The Anzac Memorial can be found in Hyde Park south, along with other statues and monuments, including the Pool of Reflection and veterans or anyone with an interest in history should definitely check out this area of the park.


    Sydney’s Hyde Park:

    Hyde Park Sydney Backpackers must visit!


    Paddington Reservoir Gardens


    Paddington Reservoir Gardens is located in the City of Sydney’s east side and is an amazing place to visit. During the 19th century, the reservoir was a vital source of water for the city’s rapidly growing population. The site, which opened in its current form in 2009, now finds itself state heritage-listed and offers visitors a unique blend of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome. The immaculate gardens are the perfect place to stroll through with their wide boardwalks and the last place you will find any artificial grass in Sydney.


    Paddington Reservoir Gardens:

    Padding Sydney- Backpackers must visit!


    Centennial Parklands


    Covering an enormous 360 hectares, Centennial Parklands is a super park which is actually made up of a number of smaller green spaces. Consisting of Centenniel Park, Moore Park and Queens Park, Centenniel Parklands is located roughly five kilometres to the south-east of Sydney city centre.


    Centenniel Park covers more than 189 hectares and features gardens, ponds and plenty of beautiful grassy areas which are ideal for picnics. The park further boasts numerous sports fields with baseball, cricket, hockey and soccer all catered for but it’s not the place you’ll find an artificial lawn in Sydney.


    Keen golfers will definitely want to check out Moore Park and its 18 hole golf course, which is open to the public. Moreover, there are tennis and netball courts located within the grounds. It’s not all sports however and Moore Park also offers 115 hectares of wide open space to enjoy.


    Queens Park offers breath-taking views of the Sydney skyline and the park itself is set at the foot of sandstone cliffs in a natural amphitheatre. It is by far the smallest of the three parks at only 26 hectares but it still offers ample opportunities to get away from city life for a while and simply relax.

  • The Best Art Venues for Backpackers in Sydney by Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney Hostel
    in Photograpy and Sydney, Sydney Travel, Backpackers Bookmarks, Hostel Life, Kings Cross, Staying at a backpackers hostel, Sydney, Sydney Backpackers Expo, Sydney Events, Sydney Things to do
    9 Dec 2013  | 1 Comment

    After you’ve climbed the Sydney harbour bridge, visited the zoo and explored the various beaches you might fancy something a little more reserved when visiting the Sydney. If you’re searching for some serious art and culture then Sydney has an almost endless list of amazing art institutions and galleries to explore.

    Most Sydney art gallerys are free and the larger ones only charge a small fee – bonus! From antique posters, contemporary sculptures and live performances it can be hard picking which ones to choose. So here at the jollyswagman hostel we’ve picked some highlights of Sydney’s art scene.

    2 Danks Street

    The creative arts complex in Waterloo offers both contemporary international and Australian art.  Residing in a former warehouse this arts institute is home to over ten art galleries, a fine art dealer and a working jewellery studio open to the public. Opened by Leo Christie in 2001, 2 Danks street offers everything from Aboriginal and Pacific art to more experimental offerings and regular panel discussions.

    Art gallery of New South Wales

    The art Gallery of NSW for Backpackers in Sydney to visit with FREE entry

    The Art gallery of NSW was founded in 1871 and since then has gone on to become internationally renowned and is one of Australia’s leading cultural institutions. With over 40 exhibitions, collections, live programs and research projects the gallery is a must see for serious engagement with culture. The gallery is open 7 days a week and stays open till 10pm on Wednesdays where late night lectures, workshops and film screenings all take place; the best part is its free entry.

    Object Gallery

    The Object gallery in Surry Hills boasts itself as Australia’s leading centre for contemporary design – attracting over 390,000 people annually it’s hard to argue. If you are interested in exploring local craftsmanship, product innovation and contemporary design practice then this gallery is a must visit attraction during your stay.

    Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

    The Museum of Contemporary Art - FREE entry for backpackers in Sydney

    In 2012 a redesigned and larger exhibition spaced was unveiled to the public. Designed by architect Sam Marshall the MCA combines old, classic, new and contemporary all within a cutting edge space that is sure to please art lovers of any background. The $53 million makeover now plays host to regular social events and global exhibitions. MCA is open 10 – 5 daily and with something for everyone here it is really worth checking out for any backpackers in Sydney.


    Oxford Art Factory

    The Oxford Art institute is a multi-room Andy Warhol inspired complex of various artistic offerings. Visual and performance art as well as gallery’s and exhibitions take place in this sprawling warehouse venue. Drawing over 5,000 people into its complex weekly the Oxford Art Factory is a real platform for emerging and well-known local artists.  By utilising its experience of industry leaders it establishes itself as a must visit attraction for those seeking something a bit different.

    Global Gallery

    Globo Gallery - awesome place for backpackers to visit in Sydney for some art culture

    Residing in the area of Paddington, the Global Gallery specialises in showcasing cutting edge paint-making, photography and printmaking. There are always multiple exhibits running simultaneously to each other and it’s easy to get lost in the pictures that are on show. The focus here is really on Australian contemporary art with local talent old and new.

  • Anzac Day Sydney by Michael Ex-Serviceman
    in Backpackers Sydney Tourist Attractions, Sydney Travel, Sydney, Sydney Backpackers Expo, Sydney Events, Sydney Festivals, Sydney Things to do
    20 Apr 2012  | 0 Comments

    On this day 25th April (every year) please remember:

    Its not just a holiday for barbeques, drinking and playing two up! 

    Anzac Day is a day that we should remember, thank and respect that many persons (both male and female) gave their lives and lots of pain to let us be free and able to lead an everyday life in this world!

    Also remember the wives, husbands, children, parents and other family and friends of these brave people whom gave their lives for us on this ANZAC DAY.  Also we should pay our respects for those involved in military actions around the world over the past years.


    Lest we forget.


    For all the details on the History, Services and Playing TWO UP duing ANZAC DAY - please click - your complete guide to ANZAC day Sydney.


  • Backpackers in Sydney for Winter by Ciaran
    in Sydney Travel, Sydney, Sydney Events, Sydney Festivals, Sydney Things to do
    8 Jul 2009  | 0 Comments

    If you prefer the cold to heat, especially if seeking to escape the northern summer, the best time to visit Sydney could be in the Australian winter from 1 June to 31 August.
    As one of the world's great backpacker travel destinations, Sydney offers a myriad of winter escape options for backpacking and adventure travel.

    New South Wales' temperate winter climate (it really doesn't get that cold if you campare it to where i'm from) ensures the famous Sydney harbour, dynamic food scene and vibrant cityscape is perfect year round - and the ideal destination for a winter break.

    Sydney hosts many different festivals and some of Australia's largest social and cultural events over the winter months.

    Some of these include the Biennale of Sydney - the international festival of contemporary art held every two years since 1973, the Sydney Film Festival and many other smaller film festivals and Sydney's new winter festival - a magical winter wonderland of real snow from the Snowy Mountains recreating the splendour of alpine winter celebrations.

    In Sydney, Backpackers find that winter really isn't harsh and the weather's generally very pleasant. It's great for touring the city on foot and for bushwalking.

    Backpackers in Sydney (and Australia in general) find it VERY hard to believe that there are great SKI RESORTS IN AUSTRALIA!!  From Sydney, the ski resorts are really not that far away- see more about the snow below!!

    Holiday time

    It doesn't make a difference to backpackers in Sydney, as every day is a holiday, but during the winder Australian public holidays include the Queen's Birthday holiday weekend in June and the school holidays in July. Aside from within those periods, cheap accommodation in Sydney will be easy to find.

    Winter activities

    • The weather's fine for a  tour of Sydney. Visit The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australian Museum, Hyde Park, Chinatown or Darling Harbour.
    • Go on a Sydney Harbour Cruise. At the very least, take a Sydney ferry and cross the harbour to Manly.
    • Spot the whales as they travel north in the whale migration season. A great spot is from Watsons Bay and The Gap National Park, or come to reception to organise a whale watching trip on a boat.
    • Go bushwalking, at the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, just a train ride away from Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney Hostel
    • Sample Sydney cuisine.
    • Take a day trip to the Blue Mountains which is out in the west of Sydney and experience the beauty of these majestic mountains.
    • If you feel like skiing, drive - or take an organised bus tour - to the Snowy Mountains. Note that accommodation in the ski resorts can be expensive and difficult to find unless you've booked well in advance - just ask Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney Hostel staff to sort this for you.
    • Australia's mild winters mean that in most parts of Australia, regular outdoor sports can be played all year, and indeed more vigorous sports are more comfortably played in winter. Australian rules football and rugby league, the two most popular spectator sports in Australia, are played primarily in winter.

    When it's summer in northern hemisphere countries, get away from the heat and come to the snow, for it'll be winter in Australia.

    In New South Wales, in just about half a day by road from Sydney, there's skiing and snowboarding up in the snow, and a roaring fire to come home to.

    Travel southwest to Cooma and climb up the Snowy Mountains.

    From The Jolly Swagman Backpacckers in Sydney, the closest places for skiing in New South Wales are Thredbo and the Perisher ski resorts - Thredbo being the more familiar and better known, yet Perisher is larger and offers more terrain. Depending on one's preferences, both are great destinations for skiing in New South Wales.   Many Europeans are surprised to find out that we have snow fields in Australia, and most report that they are pleasantly surprised by the quality of the snow and the terrain on offer.

    Half a day to the snow
    It takes half a day to get to the Snowy, depending on road conditions, and if you're driving and there's snow on the road, you may need to have snow chains fitted to your tyres. Or you can take a charter or tour bus.  The Jolly Hostel in Sydney can organise and recommend the best organised tours for you to take.

    You can stay at some lovely resorts ON snow, however if your budget doesn't quite stretch that far (they can be very pricey) you may want to stay at one of the "ski towns" close by, and transfer up and down the mountain each day. You also have the freedom of skiing at the different resorts when you stay at the nearby towns:


    Some may decide to drop by the Cooma Visitors Centre and find accommodation at Cooma and bus up and down the Snowy instead, leaving early in the morning and coming back at night.  APPROX 75 KMS to the snow fields.


    The lakeside town of Jindabyne lies 465 kilometers southwest of Sydney just before the snowfields in the Kosciusko national park.APPROX 35 KMS from Snow Fields.

    There's a Snowy Region Visitor Centre on Kosciusko Rd in Jindabyne.
    If you haven't brought your skiing gear, and don't want to buy skis, boots and skiwear, etc, you can rent them here. They are also available at the ski resorts in Thredbo, Perisher but you'll find it a little more expensive up at the slopes!

    Accommodation is available in Jindabyne and one can take to the Perisher slopes through the Ski tube.

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