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Four Star Budget Accommodation
In the heart of Sydney’s bustling King’s Cross

You’re on holiday…which means…having fun, meeting new friends and getting the most out of our amazing city. And to be honest, we wouldn’t have it any other way!

When you stay at The Jolly you’ll find everything has been designed to ensure your trip is fun packed and memory filled!

So, as well as offering an unrivalled social atmosphere and friendly environment and staff every night of the week, our hostel is equipped with:

Great communal areas

So you can meet, chat and hang out with fellow travellers. Plus free access to an X-Box for the gamers out there!

A TV room with pay TV

If you want a quiet night in watching a movie, catching up on your favourite TV soap, or staying up to date with the latest news.

An outdoor terrace

Where you can relax and have a few drinks while the sun sets over the city skyline and Sydney Harbour.

FREE wifi 24/7

So you can keep in touch with friends and family back home, or plan your next trip.

Plus, as we believe in fun with a capital F, we also offer a jam-packed schedule of entertainment, like our world famous pizza nights, which we run seven nights a week.

Alternatively, if you want to explore the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the world’s greatest city, then you have Sydney right on your doorstep. Or if you’re all partied out, then you can always retire to your super comfy room for some well deserved “me-time”.

We don’t care if you call us a hostel Sydney, youth hostel Sydney, cheap backpackers Sydney, Kings Cross backpackers or cheap accommodation Sydney, as long as you recognise that we offer the best value for money hostel in Sydney.

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It’s all about location, location, location

Want to be close to the action? Well you’ve come to the right place!

The JS is located on a quiet leafy street in Potts Point, just seconds to the beating heart of Sydney’s nightlife that is King’s Cross. Here’s where you’ll find many of the city’s coolest bars and pubs, and some of the cheapest, tastiest eats in the whole of Sydney. The JS is also incredibly close to the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, buzzing Darling Harbour and sunny Bondi Beach. Explore more of Sydney by jumping on the train just minutes from the door.

And that’s not all

As part of great value travel experience, all guests staying with us will receive:

  • FREE Airport Pick up
  • FREE breakfast every day
  • FREE WIFI, 24/7 access
  • FREE Bed Linen and Blankets
  • FREE assistance with finding work (Sydney Jobs)
  • 24/7 Reception And Security

What's On At The Jolly

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Join the Welcome Meeting for all new guests at 6.00pm in the common area.


PIZZA NIGHT in Jolly: choose from 7 different delicious $5 Domino’s pizzas all delivered to the door around 7.30pm!


Be ready for your MOMENT OF GLORY during Karaoke Night in the O’Malleys Irish Bar, or just watch and have marvel the talent before you.


At the 6pm welcome meeting you’ll become a member of the Jolly Swagman Family!


Free BBQ for all guests at 7.30pm outside reception – be there or be square


WORLD BAR: FREE ENTRY + FREE DRINK: Backpacker fun night at the world bar with drink specials, dancing, different rooms and a great vibe.
TRADEMARK TUESDAY: FREE ENTRY + FREE DRINK before 11pm & $5 drinks all night long!

We’ll try to visit both places then see which is offering the best time.


Join the 6pm welcome meeting to meet a whole lot of new friends!


Family Dinner: impress everyone and cook your speciality from back home or make a change and taste what some guests have prepare for you from their country! Sign up at reception early to avoid missing out.


Free bus, free entry, free drink at Side Bar. Cheap drinks and a huge party all night and meet the crew of Bondi Rescue!!


Everyone loves FREE things and at the welcome meeting you will get a whole goodie bag full to make your stay amazing.


Sign-up at reception before 6pm to order delicious and famous $5 Fish n’ chips – this is a must do dinner of the week – a Jolly Swagman favourite.


Join us for Party Tour organised by IRock Entertainments in the busy and vibrant KINGS CROSS district: 3 bars / 3 free drinks starting at 8.45 pm. Fun for all.


Join the 6pm Jolly Swagman Backpackers Welcome Meeting and receive lots of discount vouchers and a free sim card


Enjoy the second FREE BBQ of the week: Sausage sizzle cooked with love by Jolly Swagman staff members for all our precious guests!


Tonight we start at 5 Boroughs for drink specials and a cosy atmosphere followed by free entry & a free drink in Soho nightclub to dance the night away.


At the welcome meeting receive lots of information about the hostel, the activities for you to join and lots of ideas to make the most of your time in Sydney.

Enjoy your evening in one of two clubs (we alternate each week):

KINGS CROSS HOSTEL: Cheap drinks all night , and a lively atmosphere. 5 levels to choose from.

HOME BAR: Join the party bus bringing you directly to HOME in Darling Harbour an awesome venue and a must-do at least once while you are in Sydney.


Jolly Swagman Backpackers Welcome Meeting is a great place to meet new friends and learn about the best places to visit while in Sydney.


Choice of Free food at the World Bar or a delicious $5 Pizza at Hugos


COMEDY CLUB at the World Bar: free food starts at 6pm with acts till 9pm

STYLE –UP and head to Trendy HUGOS for a $5 pizza (voted best pizza in Australia) and a free drink at Hugo’s

Our guests think we’re awesome. But don’t just take our word for it. Read what they have to say about us…


Make your next trip a Jolly one!

Whether you are looking for cheap accommodation or a great place to meet new people from all over the world,
contact the friendly staff at the Jolly Swagman and book your stay today.
You won’t regret it!