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Jolly Swagman Backpackers

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Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room | Individually furnished, desk, laptop workspace, iron/ironing board
Individually furnished, desk, laptop workspace, iron/ironing board
Double Room with Shared Bathroom | Individually furnished, desk, laptop workspace, iron/ironing board
Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room | Individually furnished, desk, laptop workspace, iron/ironing board

Overview of Jolly Swagman Backpackers

Jolly Swagman Backpackers

2.0 star property
Central hostel with 10 restaurants, connected to a shopping centre, near Royal Botanic Gardens

7.2/10 Good

500 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Shared kitchen
  • Bar
27 Orwell Street, Potts Point, NSW, 2011
Main amenities
  • 10 restaurants and 10 bars/lounges
  • Outdoor pool access
  • 10 coffee shops/cafes
  • Airport drop-off service
  • Terrace
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Arcade/games room
  • Library
  • Computer station
  • Communal living room
  • Front desk safe
  • Snack bar/deli
Feel at home
  • Cookware, dishware and utensils
  • Terrace
  • Laundry facilities
  • Arcade/games room
  • BBQ(s)
  • Free parking nearby

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Potts Point
  • Circular Quay - 24 min walk
  • Sydney Opera House - 29 min walk
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge - 41 min walk
  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium - 13 min drive
  • University of Sydney - 16 min drive
  • Star Casino - 16 min drive
  • Bondi Beach - 19 min drive
  • Luna Park - 14 min drive
  • Coogee Beach - 23 min drive
  • Taronga Zoo - 24 min drive

Getting around

  • Sydney Airport (SYD) - 26 min drive
  • Sydney Redfern Station - 6 min drive
  • Exhibition Centre Station - 6 min drive
  • Sydney Circular Quay Station - 27 min walk
  • Kings Cross Station - 4 min walk
  • St. James Station - 18 min walk
  • Edgecliff Station - 19 min walk
  • Airport drop-off service


  • The Bourbon - 2 min walk
  • Coffee Tea & Me - 2 min walk
  • Douce France - 2 min walk
  • Apollo - 3 min walk
  • Ms.G's - 3 min walk

About this property

Jolly Swagman Backpackers

Placing you within a 15-minute drive of Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House, Jolly Swagman Backpackers offers airport drop-off service (available 24 hours) for AUD 40 per vehicle. Guests looking for a bite to eat can visit the 10 restaurants, and the 10 bars/lounges are nice spots to grab a drink at the end of the day. There are 10 coffee shops/cafes, a snack bar/deli and in-room conveniences such as fridges and microwaves. The helpful staff and location get good marks from fellow travellers. The property is only a short walk to public transportation: Kings Cross Station is 4 minutes away.


Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Intertek Cristal (third-party expert - Global)

Social distancing

Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 46 rooms
  • Arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time from 1 PM until anytime
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 9 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open Monday - Friday (7:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
  • Guests will receive lockbox information
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free 24-hours off-site parking within 16 ft
  • Street parking available


  • Airport drop-off on request (available 24 hours a day)*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • 10 restaurants
  • 10 bars/lounges
  • 10 coffee shops
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • BBQs
  • Private dining
  • Free reception (selected days)
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • Snack bar/deli

Travelling with children

  • Children's games
  • Cabinet locks

What to do

  • Private winery tours
  • Access to nearby outdoor pool
  • Access to nearby health club
  • Bike rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby

Working away

  • Computer station
  • Co-working spaces


  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • 1 building/tower
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Television in common areas
  • Communal living room
  • Arcade/games room


  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Well-lit path to entrance


  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Malay

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Fan
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Hairdryer

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Stovetop
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Cookware, dishes and utensils


  • Cleaning supplies

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Deposit: AUD 20 per person, per stay

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of AUD 40 per vehicle. Maximum occupancy 3

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Intertek Cristal (third-party expert - Global).


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have lifts.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Jolly Swagman Backpackers Hostel Potts Point
Jolly Swagman Backpackers Potts Point
Jolly Swagman Backpackers Pot
Jolly Swagman Backpackers Potts Point
Jolly Swagman Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

Frequently asked questions

Does Jolly Swagman Backpackers offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Jolly Swagman Backpackers does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Jolly Swagman Backpackers?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Jolly Swagman Backpackers?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Jolly Swagman Backpackers?
No, unfortunately, but there's free parking nearby.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Jolly Swagman Backpackers?
Yes, a shuttle from the hotel to the airport is available. The charge is AUD 40 per vehicle.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Jolly Swagman Backpackers?
You can check in from 1 PM - anytime. Check-out time is 9 AM.
Is there an on-site casino at Jolly Swagman Backpackers?
No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but Star Casino (16-min drive) is nearby.
What is there to do at Jolly Swagman Backpackers and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities such as cycling and hiking. Additional recreation nearby includes ecotours. Enjoy amenities such as 10 bars, an arcade and access to a nearby health club.
Are there restaurants at or near Jolly Swagman Backpackers?
Yes, there are 10 on-site restaurants. Nearby restaurants include Gypsy (3-min walk), Café Holm Expresso food catering (3-min walk) and Bootleg Bar and Italian Food (4-min walk).
What's the area around Jolly Swagman Backpackers like?
Jolly Swagman Backpackers is in Potts Point, a short 4-minute walk from Kings Cross Station and 13 minutes' walk from St Vincent’s Hospital. Travellers say that the area is walkable and ideal for skiing.

Overall score and ratings






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Property conditions & facilities



4/10 Fair

Not as clean as expected. Didn't have flat sheet for the bedding, and saw some bugs in the bedroom. Good that late checkin was smooth. The receptionist was not available in person until very late in AM, but she is very friendly.
3-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Jess, 1-night trip with friends
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6/10 Good

Gabriella, 3-night trip with friends
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8/10 Very good

Convenient location.
Veronica, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Enjoyed our stay
Nice place for what it is. Very friendly staff
Larry, 3-night trip
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2/10 Poor

1-night trip
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6/10 Good

Location was great. Although the lack of air con is a big issue and everything’s a bit dated and sad. It could do with a spruce and lick of paint. Which they can definitely afford to do with the amount they charge, especially for the extras like washing machines and lockers. I paid an 8th of the price for hostels in south east Asia with better amenities and quality, And they felt like 5 star hotels. The WiFi was absolute garbage as well. It all feels a bit stingy, they really cut corners to save money, when they could do with air con, better WiFi (it’s the 21st century), electric locks, free luggage storage like the rest of the world.
Average, 4-night romance trip
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4/10 Fair

I paid for a 2-person girls only room. I was placed in a room with 6 other girls and one of them handed her key out to anyone including men. It was a total mess
4-night trip
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6/10 Good

4-night trip
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