The Best Cheap Airbnbs in Sydney, Australia

by Layla


View of Sydney Harbour and inner suburbs

Find cheap Airbnbs in Sydney Harbour and Sydney CBD

Sydney is a charismatic coastal city in Australia, best known for its sparkling harbour, iconic opera house and beautiful city beaches.

Sydney is the largest and most popular Australian city, receiving around 4 million international tourists a year.

This makes accommodation in Sydney in high demand, pretty much most of the year. Availability is even more scarce around Christmas time and New Year so booking ahead during these times is definitely recommended.

This popularity and demand for accommodation here push the prices up, making it challenging to find a cheap Airbnb in Sydney for under $150 a night – especially in a centrally located suburb.

And Sydney is a huge place so trust me, your Airbnb location is key!

Booking an Airbnb in Sydney is a great choice over a hotel stay, as they’re often more affordable, spacious and have more facilities.

And yes – you can even find cheap Airbnbs in Sydney in sought after locations such as Bondi Beach or Sydney Harbour.

I lived in Sydney for almost two years, and in that time I did lots of housesitting all over the Greater Sydney region and consider myself a local expert. I often stayed in Airbnbs in Sydney when I had a gap in between house sitting jobs.

In this post, I’m going to cover all the best areas to stay in Sydney so you can enjoy more of the fun things on your trip, without overspending on your accommodation.

Most of these Sydney Airbnbs are under $100 a night and all are centrally located. And I have also included the local attractions that are nearby for each Airbnb location.

So, let’s dive into our list of the Best Cheap Airbnbs in Sydney, Australia. 


Best Cheap Airbnbs near Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is a picturesque and happening area to stay in Sydney and accommodation here is highly sought after. You’ll have stunning harbour views and by staying here you’re centrally located to get to most of Sydney’s top attractions and hotspots. 

Staying in accommodation in Sydney Harbour for your trip is ideal if you want to see the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge or if you’re planning to do ferry trips over to:

  • Taronga Zoo
  • Manly Beach
  • Watsons Bay
  • Cockatoo Island 

Staying in Darling Harbour is perfect if you want to visit tourist attractions such as Sydney Sea Life Aquarium and Madame Tussauds, or shop in boutique malls such as Harbourside and Cockle Bay Wharf malls.


1. Sydney Harbour: Contemporary Charm with Spectacular Harbour Views

This entire apartment is located in the harbourside suburb of Millers Point, right on the southern side of the superb Sydney Harbour. This beautifully designed two bedroomed, two bathroom apartment sleeps four guests and has a view of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge from both the balcony and the master bedroom! 

Sydney Airbnb in Millers Point view from master bedroom.

This apartment has wooden floorboards throughout, contemporary furnishings and a few charming vintage features.

The light-filled living area has a 55″ Smart TV and the kitchen has premium appliances such as a Breville microwave and a Nespresso coffee machine. You’ll also have the luxury and convenience of a washing machine, dryer, air-conditioning and high-speed Wi-Fi.

An added bonus, this Airbnb is pet-friendly—for small, house-trained pets only—just ask at the time of booking.

And a hot tip, this apartment is only minutes away from Bradfield Park—a free vantage point for viewing the epic Sydney Harbour New Years’ Eve fireworks. 

This Sydney Airbnb location is good for:

The popular suburb of Millers Point is an excellent launchpad for taking part in fun activities on Sydney Harbour like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking or boat trips. You’re also on a short walk away from exploring these places:

  • Sydney Harbour
  • Circular Quay
  • The Rocks
  • Barangaroo Reserve
  • Taronga Zoo


2. Sydney Harbour: BADEN – Absolute Water Front Sydney Harbour Studio

This waterfront studio apartment boasts superb views of Sydney Harbour. Located on the northern side of Sydney Harbour this one bedroomed, one-bathroom apartment is at Kurraba Point, a headland suburb right next to Neutral Bay. 

This airy, bright apartment has a flat-screen TV with Foxtel, surround sound stereo, high-speed Wi-Fi, modern appliances and a hidden pull-down bed to maximise your day-time living space. 

Your personal balcony is as close as you can get to the water, without actually being in it and attracts lots of friendly birdlife. The perfect place to relax with a coffee or a glass of something stronger. 

Staying in Kurraba Point, you’ll be perfectly located for jumping on any of Sydney’s north shore ferries as the apartment is only a 5-minute walk from Kurraba Point Ferry wharf.

This Sydney Airbnb location is good for:

Exploring the surrounding Sydney Harbour areas with a visit to:

  • Sydney Opera House at Circular Quay
  • Taronga Zoo
  • The Prime Ministers’ home suburb in Kirribilli
  • The little beaches of Sydney’s Lower North Shore


3. Darling Harbour: Pyrmont – 1 bedroom apartment Pool and Gym

This stylish one-bedroomed apartment is located right on Darling Harbour. Sydney’s second famous harbour lies next to Sydney’s CBD and is made up of trendy bars, fine dining, tourist attractions, a recreational precinct and parkland areas. 

This apartment has been recently renovated, sleeps 3 people and has its own balcony and sunny courtyard.

The kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel European appliances, including a washer and dryer. There is fast WiFi throughout the apartment, a  desk area and a new digital flat-screen TV. 

The apartment is within a historic hotel building that offers a gym, heated pool, sauna and lift access.

And for getting around, there are buses, trains, ferries and light rail all within a 5-minute walk, making this an excellent base for exploring the whole of Sydney. 

This Sydney Airbnb location is good for:

This fantastic harbour location means within a few minutes you can walk undercover directly to these places:

  • Darling Harbour bars and restaurants
  • The ICC
  • Lyric Theatre Casino
  • Boutique shopping centres

You’re also only 15 minutes walk to:

  • The Rocks
  • Circular Quay
  • Barangaroo
  • Chinatown


Best Cheap Airbnbs in Sydney CBD

Staying in an Airbnb in Sydney CBD is ideal if you want to explore the city’s buzzing bar, restaurant and theatre scene, tour the museums and historical buildings or just be close to a transport hub.

By staying in the CBD you can get to popular tourist attractions on foot and you are well connected by public transport to see the rest of Sydney. 

Staying in Sydney CBD for your trip is ideal if you’re planning to visit any of these top Sydney attractions:

  • Chinatown
  • Paddy’s Markets
  • Kings Cross
  • Rushcutters Bay Park
  • Oxford Street
  • The Mardi Gras Festival
  • Sydney Tower Eye
  • Hyde Park
  • Centennial Parklands
  • Paddington Markets


4. Sydney CBD: Airy art deco in Potts Point Sydney

This light-filled, spacious art deco studio apartment is well-equipped with a cosy vibe on a quiet cul de sac and sleeps 2 people. Located in Potts Point, you are only a 5-minute walk from Sydney Harbour and the CBD one way and a short walk from Elizabeth Bay the other way.

The living space in this apartment is spacious and artfully decorated, and there’s also a fully equipped kitchen, a sleeping alcove and even a study nook.

There are little luxurious touches offered, such as the deep bathtub, a rainfall shower and a Sealy Posturepedic bed.

You are only a 7-minute walk to Kings Cross station where the T4 Illawarra line train can have you at Bondi in 20 minutes. There are also cross-city buses running all along the adjacent road that will take you all over Sydney city.

Local grocery shops, restaurants and supermarkets are also only a 5-minute walk away.

This Sydney Airbnb location is good for:

This Airbnb in Potts Point is perfectly located for visiting these places:

  • Sydney CBD and Harbour
  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • Rushcutters Bay
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Darlinghurst
  • Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

At the weekends, don’t miss the nearby Farmer’s Markets for organic and local produced food.


5. Sydney CBD Darlinghurst **TOP STAR LOCATION** Renovated Studio- AC-balcony

This modern air-conditioned studio apartment offers a sleek design and comes fully equipped with every appliance and amenity you could need. It’s located right next to Hyde Park in Darlinghurst and has its own balcony with a BBQ and outdoor setting.

This apartment has been thoughtfully designed with a cosy living and sleeping space and a fully equipped kitchen complete with a coffee machine and dishwasher.

The bathroom even includes shampoo, soaps, a hairdryer, plus a washer and dryer — ensuring the guest has everything they need.

This apartment is perfect for remote workers or freelancers as it includes a 55″ smart TV with Stan & Netflix, a 24″ IMac and desk area, fast Wifi and USB charging outlets everywhere.

You’re basically in the Sydney CBD here, with both Hyde Park and Oxford Street only a few metres away. Museum train station is only a 5-minute walk and buses run up and down Oxford Street all day and night. 

Surry Hills has many excellent restaurant and cafe options and Oxford Street is the heart of Sydney’s proud gay community.

The trendy Victorian suburb of Paddington is only a 20-minute walk away along Oxford Street and the cycle-friendly Centennial Park is also nearby. 

This Sydney Airbnb location is good for:

This Airbnb in Sydney CBD is an excellent location if you’re in Sydney to socialise, eat and drink and cruise around the city’s parks and green spaces including:

  • Sydney CBD
  • Kings Cross
  • Darlinghurst
  • Oxford Art Factory
  • Paddington
  • Surrey Hills
  • Centennial Park


6. Sydney CBD Rushcutters Bay: Classic Inner City Hideaway

This two-bedroomed airy, classic, art deco apartment sleeps 3 people and is set in a gated community in the peaceful inner-city suburb of Rushcutters Bay.

Although located right next to Darlinghurst, Rushcutters Bay is more peaceful and boasts amazing views of Sydney from Rushcutters Bay Park. This Airbnb is ideal if you want more than a studio or need a little more space, whilst still being in close proximity to the CBD.

Securely located on the top floor of a boutique building, this apartment gets plenty of natural light and is fully furnished. 

It offers a modern kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave and fridge, a separate living area with TV, a washer/dryer, fast WiFi throughout and two furnished bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes.  

Kings Cross train station (which is just one stop from Sydney CBD) is just a short walk away, Oxford Street is also nearby and there are many excellent cafes in the Rushcutters Bay area. Jump on the T4 train line and be at Bondi Junction in just two stops. 

This Sydney Airbnb location is good for:

This Airbnb in Sydney CBD is ideally located for exploring these areas:

  • Sydney CBD
  • Kings Cross
  • Darlinghurst
  • Rushcutters Bay
  • Paddington
  • Bondi Junction 


7. Mosman: 1 Bedroom Apartment in Mosman

This cosy, 1 bedroomed apartment sleeps 3 people and is conveniently located in the leafy northern suburb of Mosman, with a stunning view of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

This apartment is comfortable, modern and has a fully equipped kitchen, premium linens, a study nook, TV, and fast WiFi.

The open plan living area is complete with huge windows offering Sydney Harbour Bridge views and overlooking the green spaces of North Sydney. 

Mosman is famous for being the home of the famous Sydney Taronga Zoo and staying at this Airbnb, you’ll only be an 8-minute walk to the ferry which will take you directly to Taronga Zoo. Or if you decide to walk to the zoo, it will only take you 20 minutes. 

Although officially in North Sydney, this Airbnb is still very close to Sydney CBD, and if you jump on the B line buses on Military Rd, you’ll be there in 10 minutes. Balmoral Beach is a beautiful inner-city beach and is only a 30-minute walk away.

Mosman itself is a beautiful suburb to walk around in and you can easily go on a few walks such as Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay which finishes at Clifton Gardens Beach.

This Sydney Airbnb location is good for:

This Airbnb in Sydney CBD is ideally located if you want to explore the area of:

  • Mosman
  • Sydney CBD
  • Taronga Zoo
  • North Sydney
  • Balmoral Beach
  • Bradley Heads to Chowder Bay



Cheap Airbnbs in Bondi, Sydney

Bondi in Sydney is a highly sought after location due to being the home of the infamous Bondi Beach. Set within rocky headlands, visitors flock to the golden sands and semi-unruly surf of Bondi Beach and due to its popularity, there’s never a dull day here.

The beach isn’t all Bondi has to offer, the suburb of Bondi is full of trendy and Instagram-worthy cafes, beach bars,  restaurants, juice bars and boutique stores. 

By staying here you’ll have stunning ocean views and you’re centrally located to get to most of Bondi’s top attractions and hotspots.  Staying in accommodation in Bondi for your trip is ideal if you’re planning to see or do:

  • Bondi Beach
  • Bondi Icebergs Bar
  • Bondi Markets
  • City2Surf Run
  • Sculpture by the Sea exhibit

Staying in Bondi is perfect if you want to do the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, or go shopping in boutique outlets at Westfield Bondi Junction Mall.


8. Bondi: Sunrise Splendour: Waterside Oasis at North Bondi

Enjoy sweeping ocean views at this beautiful beachfront apartment in North Bondi. This apartment decor reflects its ocean location and offers a beach-chic retro Bondi experience. North Bondi has all the perks of urban coastal living and its surfie culture makes it popular with both locals and visitors.

This two-bedroomed comfy, light-filled apartment sleeps 4 people and has a fully equipped kitchen with stove, microwave and dishwasher, a spacious living and dining area and a private balcony that overlooks Bondi Beach.

The two spacious bedrooms have storage space and the bathroom offers a full bathtub and complimentary boutique toiletries.

This Airbnb location is perched on the edge of the rugged Ben Buckler headland giving you a perfect view of the ocean and the buzz of Bondi Beach below.

The hub of Campbell Parade and Gould Street are both only steps away where you’ll find an array of Bondi’s trendy cafes, restaurants and boutique stores.

This Sydney Airbnb location is good for:

This Airbnb in Bondi is perfectly located if you want to explore Bondi further including:

  • Bondi Beach
  • North Bondi cafes and restaurants 
  • Ben Buckler Point headland 
  • Campbell Parade and Gould Street


9. Bondi: Large Bright 2 bedroom apartment across from Beach

This beautifully renovated space is perfect for beach lovers being only 50 metres walk from the sand and surf of Bondi Beach. Enjoy the beach lifestyle in this stylish and comfortable apartment metres from the buzz of Bondi.

This light, airy and spacious two-bedroomed apartment has been recently renovated with all brand new furniture, appliances and comfortable soft furnishings.

In the open plan living space, the lounge has plenty of space and comfort to relax with a Smart TV and the apartment also has fast, free Wifi throughout. The lounge flows into the kitchen which is fully equipped with an oven, dishwasher, stovetop and microwave and you’ll find a washing machine in the bathroom. 

There are air-conditioning units to cool you down in every room when the ocean breeze isn’t quite doing it for you. 

Keep in mind, there is no disabled access or lift at this property so if you have luggage to carry, you will have to carry it up a couple of flights of stairs. 

The bonus to this amazing apartment is the large open rooftop for sunbathing or just relaxing. It’s communal but all the residents are super-friendly.

This Airbnb is in an awesome location for immersing yourself in the Bondi lifestyle. Spend your mornings walking along the promenade with the locals, hit the surf for a morning swim or enjoy quality coffee from one of the nearby cafes.

 This Sydney Airbnb location is good for:

This Airbnb in Bondi is perfect if you want to immerse yourself in the Bondi beach lifestyle and is ideally located to explore:

  • Bondi
  • Icebergs Ocean Pools
  • Street art murals
  • Bondi to Coogee coastal walk
  • Bondi weekend Farmers Markets



Cheap Airbnbs in Inner West Sydney

The Inner West in Sydney is quirky, ambitious and sometimes retro. It’s a very popular location for people seeking live music, retro thrift shops,  eclectic bars, farmers’ markets, excellent cafes and chilled green spaces to relax in.

If you’re a social butterfly, a foodie, an art lover or a beer connoisseur you could never get bored here.

The Inner West covers a large area west of Sydney CBD and is made up of over 25 suburbs including Newtown, Enmore, Marrickville, Leichhardt, Haberfield, Balmain, Glebe, Rozelle and Alexandria. 

By staying here you’ll have access to an array of quirky cafes, culturally diverse restaurants and you’re centrally located to get to the Inner West’s top attractions. 

Staying in accommodation in the Inner West of Sydney for your trip is ideal if you’re planning to see or explore:

  • Enmore Theatre
  • Sydney Park
  • Glebe Markets
  • The Grounds of Alexandria
  • The Bay Run
  • Bicentennial Park in Sydney Olympic Park
  • Newtown’s diverse bars and live music scene

Staying in Inner West Sydney is perfect if you’re catching an event at the iconic Enmore theatre, shopping at Glebe Markets or you simply want to hang out in Sydney Park or amble The Bay Run. 


10. Enmore/Newtown: Vibrant Newtown Studio, Ideal Summer Rooftop

This awesome studio is beautifully designed and centrally located for everything Newtown and Enmore have to offer. Vibrant decor and comfy furnishings make this a perfect inner west base to spend some time exploring. The open rooftop area is an added bonus too. 

This stylish studio apartment sleeps two people and is fully self-contained with its own fully-equipped kitchen and laundry available. The Queen bed is situated in a corner nook so you get more living space to enjoy. 

The apartment building has a fantastic open rooftop space with seating areas, perfect for relaxing, chatting with locals or just enjoying the sunset with a drink.

Located in Enmore, you’re only 4 blocks from the intersection of Enmore Rd and Edgeware Rd, which is where you’ll find an array of excellent coffee options, unique eateries and lively bars.

The suburb border between Newtown and Enmore is basically one road and both suburbs are often thought of as one and the same. 

You’re ideally situated for public transport as the Newtown trains station is only 100 metres away and buses run along nearby King St and Enmore Rd which will take you anywhere in the inner west, Sydney CBD or the eastern suburbs.  

Go for a walk in Sydney Park,  a 40-hectare recreational parkland with landscaped gardens, hill views, a wetland area, a cafe, and heaps more. This park is very popular with dog walkers and runners and you can catch a great sunset on top of one of the hills. 

Or visit The Grounds of Alexandria, a delightful, picturesque and immersive space that includes a roastery, cafe, restaurant, organic bakery and a secret garden.

This Sydney Airbnb location is good for:

This Airbnb in Enmore / Newtown, Sydney is ideally located if you want to explore:

  • Newtown’s cafes
  • Enmore Theatre
  • Eateries in Marrickville 
  • Sydney Park
  • The Grounds of Alexandria


11. Newtown chic studio apartment

This sleek, newly refurbished studio apartment sleeps two guests, is located in the centre of Newtown and has a rooftop garden space with city views. 

The comfy living space flows into the fully equipped kitchen and there’s also a laundry area with a washing machine and dryer.

Enjoy air conditioning and fast Wifi throughout and a flat-screen TV in the lounge.

This Airbnb is situated at the back of a boutique building, set around a light-filled central atrium, keeping it quiet and peaceful and the intercom system ensures it’s safe and secure.

The building’s communal rooftop garden is perfect for sun-baking, dining al fresco or just relaxing.

You’ll find being based at this Sydney Airbnb handy for everything.

You’re only a short walk from King St which is the epicentre of Newtowns live entertainment, bar and arts scene. And there’s also a supermarket on Erskineville Road and grocery stores nearby.

You’re set up for easy transportation options here, as you’re only a short walk from Newtown train station which will take you anywhere in the inner west, CBD or the eastern suburbs.

This Newtown Sydney Airbnb location is good for:

This Airbnb in the heart of Newtown is perfectly located if you want to explore:

    • Newtown’s King St vibrant cafe and bar scene
    • The Old 505 Theatre
    • Dendy Cinemas Newtown
    • Sydney Park
    • Erskineville Farmers Markets 


12. Glebe: Hidden Gem in a central location to explore Sydney

Bright, airy and cosy, this centrally-located apartment is newly refurbished and is close to all that Glebe has to offer. Situated on a quiet laneway, this apartment is full of functional and thoughtful finishing touches to ensure all guests’ stays are comfortable. 

The lounge space includes a comfy couch, a huge 55″ SmartTV with Netflix and Stan and a dining area. And the kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances and stocked with basic staples, like coffee pods, milk, oil and cooking spices.

The bedroom has a queen bed, wardrobe storage space and a ceiling fan, plus a dedicated workspace with plenty of natural light. 

You’ll find a laundry area in the bathroom with a washing machine, dryer and ironing facilities.

And theres’ fast unlimited wifi included throughout the apartment, perfect for streaming your favourite shows and unwinding after a busy day exploring Sydney. 

By staying in this Airbnb, you really are perfectly located for exploring Glebe and the surrounding inner west area. You are only a short walk from Blackwattle Bay,  and if you keep on walking you’ll reach Rozelle Bay.

You’re also close to the cafes and shops of Glebe and Rozelle including the popular Broadway Shopping Mall.

And Leichhardt, Sydney’s ‘Little Italy’, is just a couple of stops away on the Light Rail or the bus. From Leichhardt, you can walk—or run—around the bays, also known locally as The Bay Run.

If you have a car, there’s a dedicated open car park space next to the building. Otherwise, the Light Rail and the buses run regularly through Glebe and are just a short walk from the apartment.

This Glebe Sydney Airbnb location is good for:

This inner west Sydney Airbnb in Glebe is ideally located if you want to explore or visit the following attractions:

  • Glebe Markets 
  • Sydney Fish Market
  • Blackwattle Bay
  • Rozelle Bay
  • Norton Street in Leichhardt
  • The Bay Run
  • Bones Cafe and Dog Park 


So, that’s my round-up of the best cheap Airbnbs in Sydney. I hope you’ve found some of these helpful to plan your stay in Sydney.

Happy Travels 🙂


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