About Us

Mad Monkey Backpackers is a fun, clean, affordable hostel Sydney with a community vibe and party atmosphere.

Located in the famous Kings Cross – otherwise known as the party capital of Sydney! You’ll find us arms reach from the best bars, clubs, restaurants and cool, trendy cafes. This central location provides an ideal base for exploring Sydney.

Mad Monkey is renowned for its family atmosphere, so you are guaranteed to make fast and we ensure there is a fun vibe with something always going on. Whether you are traveling by yourself or with friends, Mad Monkey is the perfect place to meet new people, with the greatest events board, hosting day & night activities.

Mad Monkey Kings Cross Team

About Us



Mad Monkey Backpackers is a popular hostel Sydney and was newly renovated in 2015, with new and modern equipment and furniture, making it the premier hostel in Sydney. Spacious dorms, modern kitchen facilities and awesome common rooms allow guests to relax and play in their home away from home!

Complimentary Hot Breakfast

Mad Monkey Kings Cross - Breakfast

Facilities – Complimentary Breakfast

Mad Monkey Backpackers is the only hostel in Sydney that provides their guests with a super awesome, hot breakfast. Also served with FREE cereal, or fresh fruit salad. Or treat your hangover on Sunday, with a homemade Pancakes. Breakfast is served from 8am to 10am every morning just next door at Mad Monkey Travel & Bar – www.madmonkeytravel.com.au


Mad Monkey Kings Cross - Dorms

Facilities – Dorms

Our dorms are newly renovated, air-conditioned, with large security lockers (BYO Padlock) for your bags and valuables. Every room is cleaned daily and has plenty of hanging space, strong bunk beds, new quality mattresses and brand new timber floors to ensure a comfortable stay for all of guests at Mad Monkey Backpackers.

Common Areas

Mad Monkey Kings Cross - Common Areas

Facilities – Common Areas

Spacious common room with comfortable modern furniture, free Wi-Fi, and large commercial fridges. Start your night with a few pre-drinks or challenge your friends to a game at our 8ft professional beer pong table. You can even check out our events board; which is packed with fun nights out, pre-drink parties and more…


Mad Monkey Kings Cross - Kitchen Facilities

Facilities – Kitchen

Our kitchen is renovated with stainless steel, new ovens and cooktops, commercial fridges and freezer, plenty of food storage, and trendy eating areas in the common area. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro-chef though, as you are in luck; our sister bar – Mad Monkey Travel & Bar, serves great, quality food at affordable backpacker prices. Gourmet Pizzas from $7 & drinks from $4. It is just next door to the hostel and you can find it on the main strip (40B Darlinghurst Rd).

TV Room

Mad Monkey Kings Cross  - TV Room

Facilities – TV Room

Next to the common area, you’ll find a general chill out zone. Catch up on the latest blockbusters in our movie room with a 50” TV, Foxtel, Apple TV, Cable and surround sound. Or visit the book exchange and reading area, and just put your feet up and relax!  

Gaming Area

Mad Monkey Kings Cross - Gaming Area

Facilities – Gaming Area

As a backpacker, you will probably start feeling the effect of all that goon and those late night parties. But why not relax & recover by challenging your new hostel mates to a cheeky game of Fifa on our Playstation or an old school game of Crash Bandicoot on our Nintendo 64; it’s a hostel favourite!  

Friendly Staff

Mad Monkey Kings Cross - Friendly Staff

Facilities – Friendly Staff

As soon as you walk through our doors you will be greeted by our awesome Mad Monkey team; a group of friendly, young travellers, whom are always happy to help. Whether it is for help during your stay, advice on local amenities, or awesome travel deals throughout Australia & worldwide; we are always there for you!

Location Location Location

Mad Monkey Kings Cross View

Facilities – Location Location Location

As well as being located in the party capital of Sydney, Mad Monkey is also an ideal base for your city adventures. We are a scenic 20-minute walk to some of the most famous locations in Sydney, including the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Botanical Gardens & Sydney Tower; or just a minute walk from Kings Cross station.


FREE Hot Breakfast at Mad Monkey Restaurant (8am to 11am)
FREE Ultra-fast Wi-Fi in all dorms
FREE Gaming Centre (Nintendo 64)
FREE Tea/coffee
FREE Hostel parties
FREE 8ft Beer Pong table
FREE Cable TV & DVDs on a 50″ screen
FREE Large lockers in every room
FREE Travel and local advice
FREE Book exchange and games
FREE Luggage storage

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Mad Monkey Travel, the travel experts, can hook you up with any Australian trip. Below are our favourite ones, which we call the Mad Monkey BucketList!

 If Sydney is the start of your Australian adventures, we can help you make this the trip of a lifetime. Check out our website www.madmonkey.travel or email our travel experts at info@madmonkey.travel.

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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Meet The Team

Mad Monkey 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 Mad Monkey 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 recently left the Military as a logistics officer and now splits his time between working on the businesses and backpacking himself. He loves all things travel so feel free to say hello. You will probably find him cooking a BBQ or organising pre drinks for the backpackers before heading 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 Mad Monkey Backpackers will be full of memories, and your home away from home.

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

Mad Monkey Kings Cross Team

Mad Monkey Team

Mad Monkey Owners - John & Peter

Mad Monkey Owners

The Friendly Mad Monkey Team Kings Cross

Mad Monkey Team


Contact Us

Mad Monkey Backpackers is located in Kings Cross - the party capital of Sydney! Staying in this central location provides an ideal base for your Sydney city adventures; with some of the best bars, clubs, restaurants and cool cafes within arms reach. We also have an awesome sister bar with cheap eats next door to keep you safe when hunger strikes!

We are just a 20-minute scenic walk to some of the most famous locations in Sydney, including the Botanical Gardens, the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Sydney Tower. The hostel is a short walk to Kings Cross station, so you have easy access into the city, or to travel to other famous Sydney landmarks like Bondi Beach, Manly Beach and the Blue Mountains.

For any enquiries please call us on (02) 8004 9947.

For any business enquiries, please contact our General Manager at emily@madmonkeygroup.com.au.