Our Location


The location of Jolly Swagman Backpackers, Kings Cross, New South Wales

Map Reference - Sydway Greater Sydney 56 Q19 or 277 Q19

From Sydney International or Domestic Airport, call on arrival for our FREE airport pick-up! Free call: 1800 805 870 or use the 'Backpacker Info Board' at the airport!! From Central Station take the train (platform 24) to KINGS CROSS (only 7mins). Take the 'VICTORIA STREET' exit, turn down Victoria Street and walk approx 50 meters, turn right onto 'ORWELL STREET' and you'll see our big bright yellow building on the right.


24 - Hour Front Desk

Baby / Child Care

Complimentary Breakfast

Guest Laundry Facilities

Transportation to Airport




Bicycling / Jogging Trails

Billiards / Snooker

Diving / Snorkeling

Swimming Pool - Indoor

Swimming Pool - outdoor


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Jolly Swagman Backpackers


27 Orwell Street
Kings Cross, NSW, 2011


No Michelin Rating
No Mobil Rating


From $24.00 to $100.00 Australia Dollars

From $18.21 to $75.86 United States Dollars





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Welcome Jolly Swagman Backpackers

With a lively, energetic bunch of managers who've been, seen and done it all themselves, the Jolly Swagman maintains a reputation for the friendliest staff, the cleanest beds at the best rates! Only hostel open 24hrs with 24hr security, access and message service.

FREE use of our fully equipped kitchen: make your own meals - supermarkets, delis close by. Cheap counter lunches at local pubs and budget restaurants minutes away. 10 minutes' walk to the city: Kings Cross is the fun, cosmopolitan centre for backpackers in Sydney. 2 minutes' walk to buses and trains: - explore the city by train and bus - BONDI BEACH just 15 mins. away! 15 minutes' walk to the Opera House, Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour and Chinatown! FREE 24hr pick up to City Centre from airport. Safe, clean, affordable accommodation, 45 rooms - 135 beds. Twin, double rooms - 4 or 6 bed (single sex or mixed) dorms. FREE linen, FREE blankets. Modern bathrooms - laundry facilities. Lockers, fridge, fan and FREE colour TV in every room. FREE beer on arrival!


Room Types


Mixed Sex Dorm Beds

4 or 6 bed share room. These dorms are shared by men and women. Each room has its own fridge and you get own locker (you need a padlock) BREAKFAST INCLUDED.

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Female Only Dorm Bed

These dorms are Female Only. All Female dorm rooms have 4 beds.There is a fridge in the room and a locker for you your security. BREAKFAST INCLUDED.

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Private Room With
Single And Double Bed

The Multi has a bunk bed with a double bed on the bottom and single bed on top. It includes a kitchenette and sink area. This is a private room. BREAKFAST INCLUDED.

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Twin Private Room

This private room has 2 single bunk beds.

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Double Private Room

This room is private - sleeps 2 people in a double bed (no squeaks). and has a kitchenette and sink area. BREAKFAST INCLUDED.

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Mixed Dorm Triple

3 share room, with kitchette and sink area. This is a mixed sex room with men and women. BREAKFAST INCLUDED.

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Guest Reviews

Deposit and Cancellation Policy


"I thought the staff were awesome here! the atmosphere of the place was great there was always something to do and usually people to hang out with so you never felt alone when you were traveling independently. I would recommend this hostel to everyone" Hostelworld - July 2006 "Best social life, BBQs and trips ... the staff are friendly and helpful about getting work!" - The Lonely Planet 2003 " This 134 bed hostel has 24 hour security and a social life that gets the thumbs up from more than a few travellers. The rooms are modern and have lockers, fridges, reading lamps, fans & T.V (no T.V in dorms). Safety standards are high, and the staffs are friendly and helpful with information about getting work and getting around. " LONELY PLANET 2004

Thank you for choosing the Jolly Swagman Backpackers. We are looking forward to your visit. As we are such a busy hostel, we must ask you for a valid credit card number and expiry date. To confirm the reservation your card will be charged the price of the first night of your booking as a deposit. If you prefer not to be charged on your credit card you must call or email us to make the reservation, and we will hold your credit card number on file. Please be rest assured that our internet connection and management of credit card information is secure. On arrival, you are required to pay for the total nights you have booked. We accept payments by cash, credit card, eftpos or Australian dollar travellers cheques. If you need to cancel your booking a minimum of 48 hours notice is required, otherwise you will be charged for the nights you have booked. We will always strive to get you the room type booked and if you have booked multiple beds, we will always try to get you in the same room, however sometimes If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us and remember we are a licensed travel agency so we can help you with all your tours and travel bookings. SPECIAL XMAS AND NEW YEAR CONDITIONS PLEASE NOTE: - for all bookings made between 15th DECEMBER and 5th JANUARY, FULL payment will be taken at time of booking. This is to avoid any booking errors and ensure your booking is confirmed during this exceptionally busy period. There will be NO refunds or changes to any of these bookings, so please check very carefully before making a booking - CALL US FIRST IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

Please note that bookings include GST of 10.00 %

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