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Cheap accommodation in Canberra

By divion123 - 20 January 2010 34

Well here am I in Wollongong & contemplating a few days in Canberra. I am solo, kids have now grown up! As a single dad, we used to visit Canberra at least twice a year as they were growing up. Just got over major illness so $ are at a premium.

Wondering where are the value places for accommodation these days?

Don’t want to spend $100 plus for a room just for a shower & 8 hours sleep

Thanks for your help

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Cheap accommodation in Canberra
Skidbladnir 1:21 pm 20 Jan 10

There’s the Greenleigh Central Canberra Motelout the back of Curtin (Cotter Road), near the riding school.
Yes, its the very essence of spartan.
A Review
They charge $65 a night.

Slum it at the Dickson backpackers for $30? (beware, reviews are mixed) or one of the other YHAs?

Mike Bessenger 1:08 pm 20 Jan 10

Caravan sites are $31 per night so I assume tent sites would be half that.

emd 12:55 pm 20 Jan 10 should have something.
The caravan park in O’Connor is pretty good, they have cabins as well as campsites.
Australian Hotel School is also pretty good, it’s in a heritage-listed hotel a short walk from the Parliamentary Triangle (Art Gallery, Questacon, Parl Houses etc).
Or check for a holiday apartment or B&B.

Jack Kirby 12:40 pm 20 Jan 10

YHA‘s are usually pretty good. I’ve no experience with the Canberra City one – but the price is right. If you are driving up be aware there is no on-site parking. Plenty nearby, just add $9 a day during the week to pay for it.

Funky1 12:31 pm 20 Jan 10

If it’s basic accommodation you are after, you couldn’t go past the trusty Formule 1 at the Northern enter to Canberra;

Ernie 12:00 pm 20 Jan 10

Have a look on and search for maximum price and you will come up with a few places less than $100. Formule 1 in Watson, Australian International Hotel School (Hotel Kurrajong) Barton, a couple of other places. I was curious to see what is around ACT under $100 and it turns out – not much! Hope you find somewhere suitable.

toriness 10:23 am 20 Jan 10

or the YHA in the city – you could share a dorm with 9 other people and only pay about $30!

rosebud 10:17 am 20 Jan 10

Have you considered the Youth Hostel in Civic? Friends of mine have stayed there when visiting and found it quite acceptable. Another friend camped at the Caravan Park in Fyshwick, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. It was cheap and suited him fine. He had breakfast everyday at the markets and loved it, but it seems a bit down market for me.

caf 10:15 am 20 Jan 10

The Canberra City YHA might suit.

toriness 10:06 am 20 Jan 10

YHA at the back of lyneham/o’connor.

neanderthalsis 9:39 am 20 Jan 10

Cheap accommodation is not something that is generally not heard of here in Canberra. You can normally get a serviced apartment during peak season right on the beach at the Gold Coast for cheaper than you can get a dodgy motel room here in Canberra or Queanbeyan. Low supply, high demand type scenario and a lot of business travellers.

Going by the wotif website, there are not too many options under $100. Greenleigh Central Canberra Motel had rooms for $65 a night (have driven past it, looks very Hitchcockesque…) while the formule (so called because the rooms are like stabling for mules) is $84.

You could try one of the caravan parks.

dorrie 9:34 am 20 Jan 10 has rooms at Formula 1 (Antill Street, Watson) for $85. You probably won’t find anything cheaper. Premier Inn Belconnen around $115 or Pavillion on Northbourne also $115.

realityskin 8:56 am 20 Jan 10
Mike Bessenger 8:55 am 20 Jan 10

I’d be bringing a tent and camping down at the cotter. From memory it’s around $6. Not sure what the fee is for (maybe firewood). But basically it’s cheap, and about 20-25 minutes from the city.
Other wise from $79 per night.
There is a backpackers in civic, but not sure what the criteria is.

Thumper 8:16 am 20 Jan 10

Formula One motel

Cnr Federal Hwy and
Antill Street, Watson

It’s probably around $75-80 per night

or check this site out..

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