If you’re visiting Australia for the first or fifth time, Sydney is always a must. With such a vibrant city life but close to the countryside, Sydney is the perfect getaway for couples, families, and solo travellers. Deciding where to stay can quickly become overwhelming, so we’ve compiled a list of the different types of accommodations to make your life—and trip—infinitely easier. Cheers, mate!
If you’re looking for a quality hotel in Sydney, you won’t have to look hard. There’s a wide range of hotels, with everything from 2-5 stars available to suit your budget. If you can afford it, try for a harbour-side hotel to maximize your view. If you’re on a short trip, hotels are your best bet because they’re likely to be in the centre of the action and the most comfortable (they’ll definitely have the best mattress cleaning Sydney can offer).
Renting an apartment for your stay is a very affordable and smart option; you’ll pay much less than a hotel (especially if you’re staying for a week or more), you can cook your own food to save money (eating out in Sydney isn’t exactly cheap), and the owner of the apartment can likely recommend the best things to do in the city. The cons? You might have to stay outside of the downtown core and trek in by the Metro or taxi, and you’ll have to make sure there are plenty of good reviews on the apartment.
If you’re a backpacker, you simply can’t beat the hostel option in Sydney. While it will cost a lot more than a hostel in South America, the backpacker energy in Sydney is out of this world. You’ll quickly meet travel buddies and have a blast—that is, as long as you don’t mind sharing a dormitory with 18 (possibly smelly) strangers. If it’s in the budget, upgrade to a double room or a room with its own bathroom and you will be so much more comfortable.
Bed and breakfasts are a great option for couples or older travellers. They’re quaint, quiet, and have much more of a personal touch than most other options. A great option is opting for a small cottage on someone’s property; you’ll have plenty of privacy and the great outdoors, but still be close enough to civilization.
For those looking to save some serious dime, camping might be your best bet in an expensive city like Sydney. There’s actually great camping in and around Sydney, but it’s not the most luxurious or comfortable getaway option. Bring bug spray, TP, and a trusty flashlight.
- Farm Stays
If you haven’t heard of farm stays before, you might find them surprisingly appealing. Farm stays range from rustic to luxury, so you can pick your comfort level. You get the legitimate farm and country experience, but you’re definitely going to be out of the way. If you’re looking to explore the city of Sydney, this isn’t the getaway for you; if you want to experience the great outback close to Sydney, you and the kids will love the authenticity of a farm stay.