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A beginner's guide to cheap accommodation in Sydney

Travelling to the Harbour City? This bustling and beautiful city offers a wide range of budget accommodation options. Read this article, which is a brief guide on finding the best, cheap and quality accommodation Sydney has to offer.

Hotels and motels

Sydney can be an expensive city to visit, particularly due to the strong Australian Dollar. Luckily, there are many cheap accommodation options for the budget-conscious traveller. Whether visiting the historic Rocks, beautiful Bondi or bustling Darling Harbour, accommodation in Sydney ranges from cheap and cheerful backpackers, chain and boutique hotels to luxury five-star resorts. A visit to a website such as offers a range of discount hotels across the city, often from as little as AUD$30 per person. Like most big cities, Sydney has its share of cheap hotel and motel chains including Travelodge, Econo Lodge, Holiday Inn and many others. For unique and atmospheric accommodation in this historic city, boutique hotels are a great option. A site such as or will take you to some of the best hotels in Sydney; affordable and luxurious rooms at hotels such as the Springfield Lodge and the Russell Hotel.

Hostels and backpackers

For many students on a working holiday to Australia, hostels and backpacker accommodation are by far the cheapest option. Hostels with shared dorm rooms under AUD$20 a night can be found across the city and in the beach-side suburbs including Bondi, Coogee Beach and Bronte. Most Australian hostels also offer private single and double rooms for less than the cost of a standard hotel. For a range of hostels and backpackers across Sydney, including the beachfront Bondi Backpackers, visit (hostels) (Sydney).

Other accommodation options

For those staying in Sydney for a week or more, renting a short-term apartment is another way to find cheap accommodation. Usually with a minimum stay of seven nights, furnished apartments are available to rent, many for under AUD$100 per night. Residents may also rent out single rooms in a share house; these can be found very cheaply - often for under AUD$50 per night. Apartments and rooms to rent can be found on sites including (Sydney). With a little research, travellers can find the option that best suits their needs, leaving more money to spend on their Sydney adventure.

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