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Where to Stay on a Budget in Sydney

Sydney Harbour YHA Rooftop | © YHA Australia
Sydney Harbour YHA Rooftop | © YHA Australia
Although Sydney is consistently placed on many ‘most expensive’ lists, there are still plenty of options for places to stay that won’t break the bank. From inner-city stays with million-dollar views through to beachside beds a stone’s throw from the sea, we’ve rounded up the best budget stays in Sydney.

Cockatoo Island

Sydney’s only central camping ground is located on Cockatoo Island‘s waterfront, approximately 15 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay. There are campsites, camping packages, and glamping packages available for visitors that start from $45 per night. You will be spoiled with amazing views of the sunset, barbecues for use, and also restaurants and cafés near by. If you want to get away from the city without the journey, this is the perfect option.
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Sydney Harbour YHA

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Sydney Harbour YHA rooftop
Sydney Harbour YHA rooftop | Courtesy of YHA Australia
Located in the bustling, historical precinct of The Rocks, this YHA is the ideal place to be among the action and close to all the iconic sites of Sydney. The hostel’s best asset is the expansive rooftop area, which overlooks the harbour with epic views of the Opera House. There is also a barbecue area, so you can enjoy a feast with million-dollar views without the expensive price tag.
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Coogee Bay Hotel

If you’re looking for an affordable option by the beach, look no further than Coogee Bay Hotel. The hotel is part of the famous pub which also has a nightclub, Selina’s, so if you’re wanting to experience Sydney nightlife you can kill two birds with one stone by staying here. Many of the rooms also have access to the wrap-around balcony and boast incredible views of the beach across the road.
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Billabong Gardens Guesthouse

This cute-as-a-button guesthouse is located in the trendy, arty neighbourhood of Newtown. It has rooms varying in size, inside a tradition terrace home, and it’s a great way to have an authentic experience in Sydney. Guests are welcome to use the communal swimming pool and barbecue facilities. Outside the front door you will find some of the best bars and restaurants Sydney has to offer.

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These recommendations were updated on April 19, 2017 to keep your travel plans fresh.