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Jolly Swagman Backpackers

27 Orwell Street, Kings Cross, Potts Point, Sydney, Australia (Show on map)

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  • Area: Potts Point
  • Rooms : 46

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Room Types
3-Bed Dormitory
Single Room
3 Bed Dorm
Single Room
Twin Room
Double Room
Female Only Dorm
Twin Room
4 Bed Dorm
4-Bed Dormitory
Female Only Dormitory
Double Room
6-Bed Dormitory
6 Bed Dorm
8 Bed Dorm
8-Bed Dormitory


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Features of Jolly Swagman Backpackers

airport transfer

ATM/cash machine on site

BBQ facilities

car park

express check-in/check-out

laundry service



luggage storage

safety deposit boxes

smoking area


vending machine

Sports and Recreation



Wi-Fi in public areas


car park


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Brilliantly located in one of Australia’s most vibrant cities, you are just a hop away from some of the best clubs, restaurants, and bars. The property organizes a lot of events and activities to create a perfect home-away-from-home feeling. For relaxation, you can chill out at the café-styled courtyard, watch TV, get in touch with friends on the Internet in your own rooms, or socialize with people from all over the world in the common room. You can choose between dormitory, twin rooms, and double rooms, all of which are newly renovated and feature comfortable beds, fans, smooth linens, and blankets for a good night’s sleep. Apart from offering great accommodations at affordable prices, Jolly Swagman Backpackers also arranges interesting trips for you. Brilliantly located in one of Australia’s most vibrant cities, you are just a hop away from some of ... see more
Children and extra beds:
Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 2-3 year(s)
Must use an extra bed

Guests over 3 years old are considered as adults.

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.

When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Check-In From
11:00 AM

Check-Out Until
9:00 AM

Distance from City Center
2 km

Distance to Airport
8.5 km

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Year Hotel Last Renovated

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Neale M. Solo travelers United Kingdom, April 4, 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
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Micky C. Groups Malaysia, August 26, 2014
Good choice for backpackers

Comfortable, Clean, Convenient
Comfortable, Clean, Convenient
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Yin S. Solo travelers China, May 31, 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.
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Teewin V. Couples Thailand, December 5, 2013
Not bad

If you want cheap one this place is good value
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Brad P. Couples United Kingdom, November 21, 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.
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Brett M. Solo travelers Canada, November 11, 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!
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Sze Y. Solo travelers Hong Kong, August 19, 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.
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Beng H. Couples Malaysia, August 11, 2012
simple room, good location

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!
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Gan C. Couples Malaysia, March 25, 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
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John G. Couples Sweden, February 21, 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.
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What's nearby? / Directions

Kings Cross Train Station (0.5 km), Royal Botanical Gardens (1.5 km), Sydney Opera House (2.3 km), Darling Harbour (2.5 km), Chinatown (2 km), Bondi Beach (6 km)

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Customers like this hostel for:
Nearest transport:
  • Kings Cross Railway Station (0.3 Km / 4 min walk)
Area recommended for:
  • nightlife
  • restaurants
  • sightseeing
Distance to airport:
  • Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (8.6 Km)
  • Bankstown Airport (21.9 Km)
Customer comments:
  • "Friendly staff" , "Good location" , "Nice hotel"
Top attractions in the area:
  • Kings Cross Inner City (0.2 Km / 3 min walk)
  • Potts Point (0.6 Km / 8 min walk)
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales (0.8 Km / 10 min walk)
  • St Mary's Cathedral (1.0 Km / 12 min walk)
Note: Distances are measured as a straight line, calculated from a starting point to a destination point.

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