Sydney bed and breakfasts can be found throughout the metropolitan area. Just outside the city are Sydney Australia B&B inns that place you in lovely countryside, which still provide you with easy access to all of the city's many attractions.
There are cheap bed and breakfasts in Sydney that are centrally located and provide comfortable private rooms that are very affordable. Some of these are almost like hostels, with shared kitchen facilities (you make your own meals) and common rooms for lounging and watching television. The Manly Beach House is one of these, and has a great location allowing you to walk to the famous beach in only five minutes. This small, family-run property has single, double, and triple rooms. The singles and doubles each have their own private en-suite bathroom facilities, and the two triple rooms share a large full bathroom. The shared kitchen is modern and clean, and there are plenty of restaurants and other dining spots nearby.
Many of the cheap bed and breakfasts in Sydney are located in the Manly area, including the Periwinkle Manly Cove Guesthouse and the Manly Guest House. This little nonsmoking property is right across the way from Manly Cove and the ferries which offer one of the best things to do in the city with a 30-minute scenic trip to and from Sydney Harbour. If you have taken advantage of car rentals, you can also find good, reasonably priced bed and breakfast inns north of the city in the suburb of Newcastle and south of the city in Wollongong.
In addition to Manly, there are cheap bed and breakfasts in Sydney in the Bondi Beach area. This is without a doubt the most popular and famous of the area's beaches. Many of these are informal home-stay accommodations that provide more intimate interaction with local people, but still provide the amenities one expects from a traditional bed and breakfast inn. Most have only one to three rooms, and the larger ones have the same sort of atmosphere and accommodations of hostels. One of these is the Lamrock Lodge with 61 total rooms. There are private rooms as well as dormitory type rooms, all of which have kitchenettes and cable television.
Among the Sydney bed and breakfasts with a bit more history and character is the Russell Hotel, with a charming breakfast room where breakfast is served daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This historic property built in 1887 is in the heart of The Rocks, within easy walking distance of Sydney Harbour with its iconic Opera House and the popular Circular Quay area. There are plenty of shopping and dining spots nearby, including the Fortune of War Hotel, which is not a hotel at all. It is the oldest continually operating public house (pub) in the country, dating to 1828 and offering pub-style meals and a wonderful atmosphere. While not cheap by hostel standards, the Russell is affordably priced for such a charming and centrally located property. This traditional Sydney Australia B&B has a sunny and spacious sitting room with a balcony overlooking Circular Quay and a peaceful rooftop garden with wonderful views.
Kathryn's on Queen is one of the Sydney bed and breakfasts located in the CBD (Central Business District). Like many of the historic boutique hotels, it is set in a wonderfully restored Victorian house that is on the National Trust list. Kathryn's is furnished with period antiques and offers only three lovely rooms. Gourmet breakfast is served in the dining room or sunny courtyard. You are pampered in luxury and attended personally by your hostess.
If a Sydney Australia B&B isn't for you because you prefer the countryside, but still want to see the city sights easily, you might try farm stays. These are found in outlying towns as far to the west as the beautiful Blue Mountains, which are only about 35 miles from the city. Here are numerous lodges and properties where horseback riding and similar activities are possible, and where children can even help with farm chores.