As the largest city in the Land Down Under, Sydney has no shortage of quality accommodations you can choose from. Still some of them are better, or at least different than others. Just like its wildlife, Sydney has an astonishing array of unique accommodation choices. From a hostel with a view, a modern flat, to a historic hotel or a wild experience, you should definitely check out these unique local accommodations in Sydney.
1. Sydney Harbor Youth Hostel, The Rocks
When it comes to unique budget places to stay in Sydney, none can compare to the Sydney Harbor Youth Hostel. Opened in 2009, the hostel is located on top of one of the earliest convict-era houses in the historic Rocks district, blending modern design with the remnants of Sydney’s past. The YH also has a sensational view of the entire Harbor from its rooftop deck, including Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Sydney’s wild nightlife and high-end dining experiences are also around the corner, making Sydney Harbor Youth Hostel more than just your usual backpackers’ choice.
2. Avonmore on the Park Boutique Hotel, Randwick
Built in 1888, the Avonmore on the Park is a true representative of an amazing boutique hotel unique to Sydney. Nestled in Randwick, overlooking Sydney’s Central Park and a 15-minute walk from Coogee Beach, the hotel gives its guests a chance to experience a good night’s sleep, while remaining at the center of things. Combine this a magnificent Victorian mansion and a picturesque interior, and a room in Avonmore on the Park becomes stylish and original city retreat, definitely worth exploring.
3. ADGE Apartment Hotel, Surry Hills
If vintage just doesn’t cut it for you, check out and check in at the ADGE Apartment Hotel in Surry Hills. All apartments are spacious, with a trendy design, bold murals and the latest techy home essential any 21st-century person needs. This includes free Wi-Fi, LED TVs, sound system, a new age kitchen, you even get a free welcome drink. A hotel like ADGE might seem out of place anywhere else, but in Surry Hills, as it blends magnificently with the sea of modern galleries, indie record shops, jazz clubs, farmer’s markets, and the all round artistic scene surrounding it.
4. Renting a Cottage, Killarney Heights
Away from the hustle of modern life, renting a cottage in Killarney Heights gives Sydney’s visitors a chance to rest in a natural backdrop after a hard day touring the city. Located in one of the fragrant eucalyptus forests surrounding the Harbor, Killarney is well connected to Sydney via bus. Still, the all-natural setting, with its golf course and numerous parks, is ideal for families looking for a place to unwind.
5. Camping, Cockatoo Island
Backpackers arriving in Sydney will be pleased to hear that the city also hosts a waterfront camping experience. A campsite at Cockatoo Island is also the cheapest place to stay in the city, setting you back only $45, unless you don’t want to cut down on comfort and choose a glamping alternative. The island is equipped with bars and cafes, and even a self-catering camp kitchen. To reach Sydney, all you have to do is jump on a 10-minute ferry to Circular Quay, while the best views remain all around you.
6. Roar and Snore, Taronga Zoo
If you are looking for a completely different place to stay, and a wild one at that, Sydney’s Taronga Zoo gives visitors a chance to stay at the Roar and Snore safari sleepover. Australia’s single largest animal collection, Taronga houses over 4000 different species. At night, once you settle in at the Roar and Snore, you are surrounded by all the zoo’s creatures, while remaining cozied up in your opulent safari tent, with a dazzling view of the Opera House in the back.
Each one of these amazing and intriguing accommodations is unique. Each one is completely native to Sydney, and each will give you a completely different perspective of Sydney. All that you have to do is make a decision and travel to Sydney to enjoy it.