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Joey1007 26 Jan 2009 00:51

Sydney Accommodation?

I'm arriving into Sydney next week and just wondered if anyone had any recommendations of places to stay in Sydney. Am looking for somewhere on a budget - camping or motel type - with parking for the bike, and access to the sights on public transport.

Any ideas? Cheers,


Frank Warner 26 Jan 2009 22:06

About the closest camp site - bus some 300 metres away (takes you to Chatswood then train from there to the city)
Lane Cove River Tourist Park

There should be a train line operating at about the same location as the bus .. say end of 2009 ? (was 2008 ... but not now).

It is alongside a national park :palm:.. so you can expect possums (a favorite export to NZ :oops2:) lizards etc .. swamp wallabys are on the other side of the river .. but they are shy.

flying biker 26 Jan 2009 23:12

There are lots of motels in suburban Sydney. I'd strongly recommend getting one near a railway station.

The camping ground at Lane Cove is a fairly pleasant location but it's nowhere near any railway yet operating, and the bus journey from there to the city can easily take an hour.

Don't know of any other camping grounds in Sydney, even though I lived there for most of my life.

Frank Warner 26 Jan 2009 23:36


Originally Posted by flying biker (Post 225525)
There are lots of motels in suburban Sydney.

Cheaper places (pubs, backpackers) don't usually have bike parking. You might get lucky and they'll let you park it inside there property.

There are a few camping grounds around the place, some down by the beach others on the outskirts of Sydney. The closest one I know of is the Lane Cover River one .. the bus takes you to Chatswood Railway Station - train from there to the city.

The cheapest way is a pub/backpackers in teh city, walking distanct to the sights .. but parking and secureing the bike will be a problem. If the bike arives some time (a week say?) after you then staying in the city while you do the sights and wait for the bike is a good idea. Once the bike arives - move to the better location for the bike.

Gongrdn 27 Jan 2009 09:13

South Sydney Accom.
Hi Joey1007,

Just with your accommodation in Sydney, like the others i'm unaware of any budget type of acco in the CBD area with secure parking for your bike, the main stream hotels often having secure parking - common basement parking but often charge up to$20-25p/d.

There is a small cabin type of caravan park at Heathcote on the southern suburbs, about 30km from CBD but it's right on the train line and its a 25-40min train ride to CBD. Don't know about their parking, its fairly open. Has a few shops and service stations very handy but it is a little out of the way. On the very Positive side it is right on the edge of the entry to the Royal National Park - great riding and you can easily access SeaCliff Bridge/Stanwell Park (Hanggliding) scenic drive to Wollongong. It's not to far from access to Southern Highlands and Macquarie Pass, Barrengarry Mountain and Cambawarra Mountain and south western Sydney. This offers access to sydeny/cronulla by rail.

Heathcote Tourist Park
Princes Highway, Heathcote
02 9520 8816

Cronulla Caravan Park
200-202 Kingsway, Woolooware
64 sites (no camping)
Sydney Tourist Park
215 Port Hacking Road, Miranda
111 sites
Heathcote Tourist Park
1350 Princes Highway, Heathcote
50 sites (no camping)
Woronora Caravan Park
1 Menai Road, Woronora
63 sites (no camping)

You might also consider the Quarentine Station at Manly - Sydney North Head. It's an old quarentine station that's been done up, right on north head of Sydney Harbour entrance, with tours and restaurants great experience - one off but a bit pricey.


FUTURE 29 Jan 2009 19:24

If you want to stay close to the city try in the Redfern/Strawberry Hills area as there are many backpackers there. There is one on the corner of Cleveland and Chamers Street Strawberry Hills. Opposite Prince Alfred Park.

Bennett 30 Jan 2009 21:32

Sydney Accommodation?
I find the YHA at Central,convenient when I visit Sydney.They have some parking under the building and I have always been able to squeeze my bike in,advise though to ask if booking there.They do charge extra for parking.The hostel is near Central Railway,so access to the city centre by bus,train or a bit of a walk,well a fair walk.
Enjoy Australia.

Chris Cowper 15 Feb 2009 12:04

G'day Joey,

Email me at: farcombehall@hotmail.com and come and stay at my place when you are in sydney.


Toby2 25 Feb 2009 12:21

I stayed a while at the Allishan Guest House (think that's how you spell it, was a while ago), 100 (I think) Glebe point road, Glebe, You are within walking distance of the City. It has secure parking in a gated yard. Very safe. It has hostel rooms - 4 to a room plus ensuite private rooms, nice shared kitchen and lounge, in an old colonial style house. I'm presuming its still there, I was using it back in the late 90s but driven past it since. I used it for several months on and off. Good fairly cheap base with great access to the City, lot cleaner, nicer, more upmarket than most hostels as felt more like a Guest house. Good compromise between easy walking access to the City whilst not being stranded right out in the sticks. Lots of the hostels are quite run down and the central YHA is just big and souless with lots of people passing through. This tends to get more long term backpackers who are working for a couple of months so nicer feel to the place.

flying biker 17 Mar 2009 08:13

Updating my earlier post, that train line is now open - and very nice it is too.

Chris Ball 7 May 2009 12:33

I live in Bondi (apartmernt so cant put you up) but theres heaps of backpackers around here. Noahs (which is on Campbell Parade in Bondi) is a big backpackers right in front of the beach. WOuld be cheap and not only is there one of the most famous beaches right out front, there the 380 bus which runs you straight into the city (if you want to leave the beach!)

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