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Top 10: Unique Stays in Sydney

If there is anything we love, it’s a surprising discovery that is easily accessible.

A unique and unusual place to stay can add a special something to your staycation or holiday, but, they can be often lost in the masses of places to stay and things to do. Here at Hunter and Bligh, we love finding the weird and wonderful to explore and enjoy, so we have curated a list of the top 10 unique places to stay in Sydney.

The Collectionist 

The Collectionist is a new concept hotel that offers a selection of room canvases that are chosen on arrival. There are four different room size categories, Bootstrap, Moonshiner, Tinkerer and Artisan. Upon arrival, you are escorted through the available rooms for the night where you can pick whichever one takes your fancy. The uniquely styled rooms are the brainchild of creative collaborations from leading Australian designers, architects and artists. Found in the inner west, the Camperdown location is a central hub to Sydney’s CBD, close to public transport and surrounded by an array of things to see and do.

The Collectionist – 9-13 Marsden St, Camperdown NSW 2050


When we’re talking unique, the tiny house’s phenomenon is definitely on the list, specifically In2thewild. This company specialises in tiny houses that are located in spectacular locations, all around less than two hours from the CBD. The locations include The Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Southern Tablelands, Wollongong, Hunter Region, Lake Macquarie and the Shoalhaven Coast Wine Region. The spaces have a queen-sized-bed on the upper level, a kitchen, a bench that can be turned into a bed that fits two, a toilet and a shower. The tiny houses are cute, fun and a great place to stay and experience Sydney in a different way.

In2thewild – Different locations

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

The Ovolo in Woolloomooloo is chic, cool and ultra modern as it combines art infused interior design and rustic authenticity. The hotel is a refurbished warehouse stretched along the longest timber-piled wharf in the world in Sydney Harbour. The Ovolo Woolloomooloo has 100 rooms, each of which tells a uniquely Australian story through art infused interior design. The room rate includes Wi-Fi, a mini bar, happy hour, a continental breakfast, 24-hour pool and gym, self-service laundry and as a bonus, one of the most amazing locations in Sydney.

The Ovolo Woolloomooloo – 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

Bubbletent Australia 

Experience something you’ve never experienced before in the first Bubbletent in Australia. The Bubbletent is exactly what it looks like, a clear and inflatable tent in which you can sleep under the stars in superior comfort and convenience in the remoteness of the country. This one is technically not right in Sydney, but it is too uniquely individual to not include. Situated on a secluded part of a 1000+ acre working farm and nestled between Lithgow and Mudgee, the tents are the ultimate escape; especially as they are overlooking the second biggest canyon in the world which doubles as one of the 50 IBA (Important Bird Area) sanctuaries around the globe for bird watching.

Bubbletent Australia – Lithgow

The Old Clare 

The Old Clare is situated along the re-developed Kensington Street precinct and is the first Australian hotel from the unconventional Unlisted Collection. It stretches across two iconic heritage-listed buildings – The Clare Hotel pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building and has 62 rooms that have been styled aesthetically but still reflect the history of the buildings they originally were. There are seven different suite styles, and just like how no two people are the same, neither are The Old Clare’s rooms.

The Old Clare – 1 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008

Glamping Cockatoo Island 

Glamping on Cockatoo Island in Sydney is the location one can only dream of, as it is a beautiful, exclusive location that sits on the water’s edge.  The Deluxe Camping Packages include pre-furnished tents for couples and groups as well as luxurious toiletries courtesy of Appelles Apothecary – ensuring the glamping experience is hassle-free, relaxed and unforgettable.

Glamping Cockatoo Island – Cockatoo Island

The Ultimo

The Ultimo was designed to make you feel more aligned with your star sign. From tailored city guides to more in-depth packages and consultations, The Ultimo will get you connected with your horoscope, or simply recommend the best places for you to explore, eat and drink based on your astrological sign. The boutique rooms are rustically chic, and the hotel being set in the heart of Sydney’s Chinatown district means it is a great distance from the CBD.

The Ultimo – 37 Ultimo Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

Roar and Snore, Taronga Zoo 

When it comes to a different experience that aligns with a unique place to stay, Taronga Zoo stands out by far. Featuring intimate animal encounters, fascinating keeper talks, delicious food and safari-style accommodation with spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour, the Roar and Snore is an ultimate must-do. To be expected when staying the night at Taronga is to get up close with the animals, have an exclusive night safari and sip and taste overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Roar and Snore – Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088

Love Cabins, Blue Mountains 

Prepare to be amazed. Love Cabins located in the Blue Mountains specialise in romantic cabins for couples in adventurous locations. Included in these locations are a treehouse, a cave, a tee pee and four cabins situated in the bush. The cabins are secluded, have amazing outlooks and are made exclusively for a romantic weekend away in a unique location.

Love Cabins – Blue Mountains