About Us


As one of the leading hostels Sydney, Kings Cross Backpackers is a clean, friendly and affordable hostel with a community vibe and party atmosphere.

Kings Cross Backpackers, a leading hostel Sydney, is located in famous Kings Cross – otherwise known as the party capital of Sydney. You’ll find us down a quiet street just a few seconds walk away from the best bars, clubs, restaurants and cafes.

KXB is a hostel small enough for everyone to become fast friends and feel like a family during your stay, and big enough to ensure there is a fun vibe with something always going on.

Whether you are traveling by yourself or with friends, KXB is the place to meet new people, with weekly BBQs on the rooftop and the greatest events board ever, hosting daytime and nightly activities.

Kings Cross Backpackers

KXB Front Door



Kings Cross Backpackers, a premier hostel Sydney, was newly renovated in 2015, with new and modern equipment and furniture. Spacious dorms, modern kitchen facilities and awesome common rooms allow guests to relax and play in their home away from home!


Kings Cross Backpackers Dorms


Our dorms are newly renovated, cleaned daily, with large security lockers for your bags and valuables. With plenty of hanging space, strong bunk beds, new quality mattresses and brand new timber floors, your room at KXB will ensure a comfortable stay.

Common Areas

Kings Cross Backpackers Common Areas

Common Areas

In the common room at KXB, you’ll find a spacious lounge room with comfortable modern furniture, free Wi-Fi, and a huge 50” TV with Cable/Foxtel and sports. You can even challenge your friends to a game at our beer pong table. Our events board is packed with fun nights out, pre-drink parties at the hostel and more…


Kings Cross Backpackers Kitchen


Our kitchen is renovated with stainless steel, with new ovens and cooktops, commercial fridges and freezer, plenty of food storage, and trendy eating areas in the common space near reception. Join us for free meals a few nights a week!


Kings Cross Backpackers Rooftop


Views, views, views! The newly-renovated rooftop at Kings Cross Backpackers is the heart of the hostel. Join us under the fairy lights for drinks, BBQs and good conversation with travelers from around the world.


Kings Cross Backpackers Basement


In the basement, down a spiral staircase, you’ll find a general chill out zone. Catch up on the latest blockbusters in our movie room, visit the book exchange and reading area, and play some pool or video games at the Playstation gaming centre.


FREE Ultra-fast Wi-Fi
FREE Playstation gaming centre
FREE Tea/coffee
FREE Rooftop parties
FREE Pool/beer pong table
FREE Cable TV & DVDs on a 50″ screen
FREE Lockers in every room
FREE Travel and local advice
FREE Book exchange and games
FREE Luggage storage
FREE Hot breakfast at Mad Monkey Restaurant (8am to 10am)

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Mad Monkey Kings Cross Events Timetable



Mad Monkey Travel can hook you up with any Australian trip when you’re backpacking Australia. Below are our favourite ones, which we call the Mad Monkey BucketList!


Lucky for you, Kings Cross Backpackers also owns Mad Monkey Travel & Bar (www.madmonkeytravel.com.au) here, just around the corner from the hostel. If Sydney is the start of your Australian adventures, we can help you make this the trip of a lifetime. Drop in to the store and speak to Marketa our experienced travel store manager or one of our other friendly travel staff. If you’d like to book some travel before you arrive in Sydney, email [email protected] or 02 8188 9789 for a friendly chat.

See below an example of one of our typical trips of a life time organised in store


Mad Monkey Travel Planner

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How to get to Mad Monkey Travel & Bar:

Walk 300m up Bayswater Rd, turn right onto Darlinghurst Rd and 170m on the right (side opposite to train station) you will find our store!


Meet The Team

Kings Cross Backpackers, one of the most popular Sydney backpackers, is owned and operated by best friends Peter McLeay and John Paull, born and bred in Sydney. The two 20-something-year-old mates admit they’re slightly immature, which makes for an amazing time living and laughing at Kings Cross Backpackers. Between the two of them, Pete and John have traveled to most parts of the world and absolutely love the hostel experience. Come and have a BBQ on the rooftop and share travel stories and adventures – they’re always keen for a chat.

Pete works in logistics by day and spends the rest of his time at Kings Cross Backpackers (usually on the rooftop cooking up a BBQ and having pre-drinks). Be careful at night… he is pretty skilled at enticing backpackers to come with him on nights out in Sydney! John is a doctor at a local hospital, so if you have any small medical emergencies, just go and see him and he will be happy to help. The boys hope that your stay at Kings Cross Backpackers will be full of memories, and your home away from home.

Pete and John also own a sister hostel Mad Monkey Backpackers which is just up the road. Come and join us for a drink during your stay.

Peter McLeay

Peter McLeay

John Paull

John Paull

Peter McLeay

Peter McLeay

John Paull

John Paull


Contact Us

Kings Cross Backpackers is located in Kings Cross - the party capital of Sydney! This central location provides an ideal base for your Sydney adventures, with some of the best bars, clubs, restaurants and trendy cafes only a few seconds walk from the hostel. Don’t worry, we have a Thai restaurant, Japanese and pizza just up the road, to keep you safe when hunger strikes!

We are conveniently located just a 20-minute walk to some of the most famous locations in Sydney, including the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Botanical Gardens and Sydney Tower. The hostel is a short one-minute walk to Kings Cross station, which allows you to travel quickly into the city, or travel to other famous Sydney landmarks like Bondi Beach, Manly Beach and the Blue Mountains. Please call reception for all enquires.

For any business enquiries, the Pete and John can be contacted at [email protected].