Make bedtime the best time of the day at these unique locations. Escape from the usual corporate hotel chains to these cabins, boats, and campsites. Below we’ve gathered together the best unusual sleeps in Sydney to make booking that next adventure all the easier.
1. Cockatoo Island
Spend a night in the middle of Sydney Harbour at this unique campsite. With varying levels of luxury, from a basic tent to glamping, there’s options to suit every taste. Cockatoo Island’s long history has given it a spooky reputation, which you can explore during the Saturday night guided tours. This unique location guarantees the best of both worlds, combining the great outdoors with all Sydney has to offer. Make sure to bring some grub to cook on the campsite’s barbeques, or alternatively grab a snack from the onsite cafe.
2. Great Mackerel Beach Cottage (Airbnb)
Affectionately known as the ‘Little Black Shack,’ this cosy cottage is the perfect hideaway. It’s also ideal for the traveller looking for an eco alternative to the usual hotel. As well as antique and reclaimed furniture, candles and oil lamps are available for electric free lighting, and rainwater is harvested for washing and maintaining the lush garden. While it’s away from the bustle of central Sydney, ferry services can drop you close to well-connected transport links.
Website: Little Black Shack
3. Whale Beach Apartment (Airbnb)
This secluded apartment is just a 10 minute stroll from the golden sands of Whale Beach. Mixing modern living with rustic charm, it’s the ideal retreat for couples or small groups. Large windows make the most of the stunning views through the leafy garden towards the coast, and there’s a generous patio for sunbathing. An hour away from the city, this is a tranquil base from which to explore the beauty of NSW’s coast.
Website: Whale Beach Apartment
4. Taronga Zoo Roar and Snore
Get a safari experience right in the heart of Sydney with this unique accommodation. Book a night inside Taronga Zoo where, as well as sleeping on-site, you’ll be able to get close to some of the resident animals. A guided night safari and complimentary day tickets are included in the price, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to explore. Safari style tents offer all the creature comforts, as well as a stunning view across Sydney’s harbour. This is a truly unmissable experience for any animal lover.
Website: Taronga Zoo Roar and Snore
5. Darlo Heritage Property (Airbnb)
Fancy your accommodation with a slice of history? Look no further than this property in the inner-city suburb of Darlinghurst, on the once infamous Chapel Street. Built back in the days of the fearsome razor gangs of the 1920s and 30s, this now quaint terraced house had a colourful past as a brothel. It’s a 15 minute walk from Sydney’s bustling CBD and the city’s key attractions are also close at hand. The light and airy house is complimented by a small balcony for soaking up those evening rays.
Website: Darlo Heritage Property
6. Pittwater YHA
This eco youth hostel is located within the stunning Ku-ring-gai National Park, and is only accessible by ferry. While Sydney is close at hand, the youth hostel is on the doorstep of some of Australia’s most beautiful natural landscapes. Twilight sailing tours, hiking trails, scenic flights, and watersports are all on offer. Pittwater YHA is also dedicated to sustainability, making use of solar panels and rainwater tanks. Both private and communal rooms are on offer.
Website: Pittwater YHA
7. Sydney Harbour Yacht (Airbnb)
For a truly unique stay, book this boat with a front row seat of Sydney’s top sights. This sleek yacht is equipped with two cabins, spacious saloon, bathroom, and a shaded cockpit for outdoor dining. The owners also offer the opportunity to take a sailing tour while on board, so you can take in the sights from the comfort of your accommodation. At night the boat is moored adjacent to Luna Park and Harbour Bridge, making this the best seat in town.
Website: Sydney Harbour Yacht