Posted October 19th, 2004, 05:24 PM
It obviously depends on your budget but you can anticipate, at current exchange rates, things being about 20% cheaper in Sydney than in the US. That's a generalization but prices in Australia usually include taxes and the tipping mentality is nowhere near as pervasive.
If you do a Google Search on "Sydney apartment hotels" you'll get a lot of choices. They are a very popular concept in Australia as a cheaper alternative to hotels. I have stayed at at Wardorf apartments in South Sydney. They are very pleasant and start at around US$65.00 per night. The complex has a pool, gym, coffee shop and restaurant. The prime differences from a hotel are that the rooms are a lot bigger, usually with a sitting room and separate bedroom, and they have cooking facilities so you can save on eating out too though that is one of the joys of Sydney you shouldn't miss. Unlike a hotel they are generally serviced weekly so you make your own bed.
Location is good too. It is just out of the city (which is in walking distance) with very good public transport around. If you want to be right downtown or have a harbour view, expect to pay a lot more for the same concept. It's winter at that time of the year but expect an LA type winter with a bit more rain. There is usually great theater, music etc at that time of year.
Have a great vacation!