Holidays—we love 'em. But there's no denying that scraping enough pennies together for a well-deserved getaway can be enough to turn us off booking that annual leave. Everyone needs a little R&R now and again but, for those of us on a tight budget, finding somewhere to stay can be tough.
Well, we've done the hard yards for you and found a bunch of affordable Airbnbs around NSW that cost $150 a night—or less. And that's not per person nor excluding those pesky fees—it's all-inclusive, baby.
From outback cottages and leafy mountain cabins to stylish studios and houses right by the beach, there are a handful of cheap Airbnbs out there.
Here are the best affordable Airbnbs in NSW that cost less than $150 a night.
This adorable A-shaped van, located in the Northern Rivers, is perched right by the Tweed River. The tiny stay is perfect for those wanting to spend days at the beach and exploring the surrounding hinterland, without having to fork out a heap of money. It comes with a double bed, kitchenette, and some simple outdoor furniture that allows you to take advantage of those river views. You can also access the pool on the property. The bathroom is your own private one though it is located 100 metres from the van. But hey, for less than $100 a night (fees included), we'll take it. Book here.
Watched The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert and have been dreaming of a road trip to Broken Hill ever since? Same. While it might take a solid 13 hours to drive there from Sydney (and petrol will cost a pretty penny), we have found a pearler of a property for you to stay at once you get there. Pooles Cottage is located on a station that's about a 30-minute drive from the iconic outback town. It sleeps eight people and costs just over $100 a night, too—you do the math. Book here.
Leafy Blue Mountains Cottage
This one is a bit of a rare find. After all, weekend getaways are in hot demand right now. But this cute-as-can-be guesthouse in the Lower Blue Mountains is both affordable and an easy drive from the big smoke. This converted garage is a short stroll from a train station (two minutes), which means it's perfect for those looking to get away without access to a car. Plus, it's on the doorstep of the stunning Blue Mountains National Park and within walking distance of Lawson. Book here.
Glamping usually costs a small fortune. And we get that glorified tents can be incredibly luxe, but come on. Well, this glamping-style situation is a treehouse and it costs just $70 a night (plus fees). Perfect for a couple, this cosy stay is located in the scenic Tweed Valley and it's an idyllic retreat for anyone looking to get back to nature. The simple semi-open studio has a double bed, basic kitchen, outdoor shower, and sitting area on a deck. Oh, and did we mention brekkie is included? Score. Book here.
Caernarvon Studio Cabin
Just a ten-minute drive from Orange, this log cabin just might be the cutest one on the list. The pint-sized stay is based at the foothills of Mount Canobolas and comes with a cosy queen bed, kitchenette, simple bathroom, and a big ol' barbecue on the deck. In short, if you're planning a cosy romantic escape to Orange, book here. The best part? It's plonked within the orchard, so "scenic" doesn't even cut it. And you get access to the tennis court, too. It's got a two-night minimum and is cheaper for a midweek stay. Book here.
Look, there aren't a heap of coastal stays in NSW that fit within the $150 budget—so this gem located in Kioloa is a pretty special find. Just south of Bawley Point—and about a four-hour drive from Sydney— 3 Beaches is a cosy studio perfect for a romantic getaway. It's an easy 300m walk from Pretty Beach, making it a great summer holiday spot. Plus, it's right by the stunning Murramarang National Park, meaning you'll be surrounded by wildlife and birdlife galore—including black cockatoos, kangaroos, and possums. Book here.
Black Cockatoo Cottage
This slice of paradise is five minutes from the colourful town of Nimbin yet secluded enough for those wanting some R&R (read: no internet and patchy reception). With views overlooking the awesome Nimbin Rocks and plenty of local wildlife, this no-frills Airbnb is ideal for a couple of two mates travelling through. It can accommodate more than two people, but it costs an extra $50 buck which does tip it over the budget. Book here.
Planning a trip to the country music capital of Australia? This quaint farm stay in Timbumburi, just a 15-minute drive from Tamworth, is the perfect place to rest your weary head after a day of boot-scootin' fun in town. It sleeps up to four guests and is also pet-friendly, so you can bring Fido along (although he'll have to sleep outside). The verandah is the perfect spot to knock back a wine or two while soaking up those bucolic views. Book here.
While Byron Bay accommodation prices have soared, Ballina still has some affordable options for those who are looking to hit the NSW North Coast. The bright and airy Newport Studio clocks in at $99 a night, plus the $30 service fee. That puts us well within budget, which we love. The airy studio is minutes from Shaws Bay, Lighthouse Beach, and the Richmond River. it's decked out with a double bed, fully equipped kitchen, TV, WiFi, and a modern bathroom. Book here.
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