Where To Stay In Sydney Australia

Sydney is a wonderful location to begin your Australian trip. As the biggest city in the nation, and commonly known as among one of the most beautiful in the world, you certainly will not be let down regarding just what you discover here.

I would recommend allocating at least four days if you want to explore all of Sydney, Australia. That means you’ll need somewhere to rest your head while you are away and to make sure you’re fully informed. Here are some great locations to stay in Sydney.



If you want to get amongst the hustle and bustle of the city of Sydney than the CBD is the perfect spot for you. Located smack bang in the middle of Sydney, the Central Business District is filled with bars, public transport, shops and of course accommodation options.

As the CBD is an extremely popular and well-situated location, budget accommodation options are limited. There are a few hostels, however,  most of them being quite pricey for what is offered. If you are after budget accommodation I would recommend staying in a different part of the city!

There are quite a few mid-range hotel options in Sydney’s CBD. However, there is a variety of boutique and high-end hotels if that is more your style. The QT and Radisson Blu are always popular choices.



The Rocks district, located just next to Circular Quay,  is an area full of history with a story to tell around each corner. With cobblestone streets, cute cafes, boutique stores and some of the country’s oldest pubs, this is definitely a place to come and explore. If you want to have a drink or two and take in the view, check out the Glenmore Hotel rooftop bar.

In terms of budget accommodation, your only option here is the YHA Sydney Harbour, which isn’t the cheapest of hostels. However, the facilities are fairly modern and always clean, and the rooftop views are spectacular. You do not have to be a backpacker to feel like you fit in here, this is a great option for people of all ages!

If you want to go back in time with some classic heritage accommodation then The Rocks is a great place for you to base yourself. Some of my favorites include the Harbour Rocks Hotel and Lord Nelson which is Sydney’s oldest brewery, so it has great charm. Although, if you’re not willing to walk up a few flights of stairs, then this isn’t the greatest choice, as there is no elevator!




Surry Hills is a buzzing inner city neighborhood, just a stroll from Sydney’s Central Station. Take some time to make your way through the streets of Surry Hills where you will find busy cafes, creative restaurants, and eclectic bars.

Home to several art galleries and Belvoir Street Theatre, this fascinating area has something for everyone. Pick one of the many cafes that are dotted along the popular streets and enjoy people watching.

The dining in this area is phenomenal, with the streets having a great village feel. However,  if you are concerned about proximity to main attractions than perhaps Surry Hills isn’t for you as these are not within walking distance.

There are a couple of hostels in the area but once again they are never as cheap as you would find overseas, averaging at around $100AUD a night. However, there is a lot of pub type accommodations so you can immerse yourself amongst the locals.

Sydney is a fascinating city, with plenty to see and do so it’s important to base yourself somewhere convenient, but also exciting. These are several suburbs you could potentially choose to stay in and they are my three favorites!

******Thank you Alex for this great Guest Post!!


Alex J
is a 23-year-old lover of life, brunch & adventure. After moving to Sydney
when finishing a journalism degree, he began his blog https://www.inspireabetterlife.com
to positively influence others to get out there and see all life has to offer.
Join Alex as he discovers this life one day at a time, documenting his thoughts
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