Sleep Smarter in Sydney on New Year’s Eve

By University Stays, PRNE
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SYDNEY, September 28, 2011 -

- Rooms are selling fast but there are still great options available even for the budget traveller.

Sydney hotels and hostels are never busier than on New Year’s Eve. A quick look at hotel booking websites reveals most city hotel rooms are already booked or cost a small fortune. Hostels have limited beds available on the night of 31 December but often require a fourteen night stay. Another option is a stay in a student room at a University College close to the city centre and viewing spots for the fireworks.

Online booking website University Stays has just listed rooms in colleges from November until the end of February in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The rooms at the University of Sydney are in historic university residential colleges including St John’s College, located just 4km (2.5 miles) from the city centre. Room prices start at $60 a night for a single room. Double rooms with en-suite bathrooms in the new building are a step up from what most people expect from student accommodation. Other bedrooms in the heritage buildings have leadlight windows and outlooks to cloistered quadrangles, gardens and the University grounds. A stay in the historic sandstone College is truly a Harry Potter experience.

Other less expensive options are available outside the city centre. Parramatta for example is located a forty minute train ride from the city. However, this may not be a journey you want to face after a night of celebrations!

New Year’s Eve in Sydney is a highlight for many international tourists, interstate travellers and locals alike. Crowds vie for the best places to watch the fireworks, whether it is the rooftop of a building or a place at one of Sydney’s many harbour foreshore parks. Want to splurge? Book a Harbour Cruise or attend an event at the Opera House or Royal Botanic Gardens.

But why pay on New Year’s Eve when Sydney offers so many great viewing spots free of charge in parks and gardens around the foreshore? The best spots fill up early so take a picnic and spend the day taking in the beautiful harbour views.

Experience the best Sydney has to offer on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy the fireworks before coming home to a character filled College within the University of Sydney.


Louise Kenny

Christine Roehm

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