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5 Free and Cheap Accommodation Options in the Blue Mountains

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by Rota (subscribe)
Still out and about
Published June 29th 2015
It doesn't have to cost the world
From free to cheap, you can find somewhere to stay in the Blue Mountains that agrees with your budget. The key is to seek out spots that aren't the usual tourist choices. Here are a few of my favourites to get you started:

Perry's Lookdown Campground

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Wake up to beautiful morning views

If you have camping gear, this is one of the easiest-to-access free camping spots in the Blue Mountains - with an excellent view from Perry's Lookdown and access to one of the most celebrated trails in the Blue Mountains - the Blue Gum Forest Walking Track. Although to be honest, it's more of a hike than a walk with a steep path from the cliff down into the valley linking Perry's Lookdown Campground with the Acacia Flats Campground.

There are basic water-less toilets at Perry's Lookdown Campground, but there's no drinking water, so be sure to bring your own. Also make sure to bring a camping stove as open fires are not permitted. On the other hand, the drive from the campsite to the main road only takes 15 minutes, so it's easy to pop over to Blackheath for dinner.

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5 Free Camping Spots designated by this sign

Gardener's Inn
Great Western Highway, Blackheath

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Rear of Gardners Inn

Gardners Inn is an all-in-one local country hotel, and is the best in the Blue Mountains for having a bit of everything. It's barely a stone's throw from the Blackheath Railway Station and, apart from accommodation, it has it's own pub with open fire place, bistro and restaurant on the ground floor.

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Sunny beers at Gardner's Inn

Located on Blackheath's main street within walking distance of the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens.

Blue Mountains YHA
207 Katoomba Street, Katoomba

The Blue Mountains YHA is a hostel located in a heritage building situated 15 minutes walk from Echo Point.

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Stay walking distance from the The Three Sisters Image Credit: Ali b via Wikimedia Commons

The Blue Mountains YHA is walking distance from the Katoomba Railway Station, and even less to the nearby main drag which has some nice cafes and restaurants. A popular option with it's cheap prices and open fireplace. Family rooms also available.

Blackheath Glen Tourist Park
Prince Edward St, Blackheath

A wonderful location that has many different options. The Blackheath Glen Tourist Park has cheap spots for pitching your tent, and is one of the best options for families with cosy cabins onsite as well. These cabins have kitchens with utensils - allowing you to keep your costs low by preparing your own meals.

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Park your camper van here

These cabins are also equally suitable for couples or singles and the place has a nice atmosphere - quiet and close to Pope's Glen Walk that takes you into the heart of Blackheath's most pictureque spots - Govett's Leap, Pulpit Rock and more.

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Cosy cabins

Easy to access if you aren't driving up as it is 10 minutes walk from the Blackheath railway station, but is in no way on the main drag. Near the Blackheath swimming pool and the pretty Blackheath Memorial Park.


I can't overstate the value of Airbnb. This is one of the most competitive means of finding accommodation both in the Blue Mountains - and elsewhere.

Because you will be mostly staying in private homes, it is a great way to meet locals, get information on how to get around the place cheaply, and be able to stay in places that normally wouldn't be stayed in by tourists.

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Nicer and more private than a hotel

With a bit of research you can stay in the most charming, interesting and unique homes. I was fortunate enough to stay in a beautiful stone house in Kurrajong built by the owners themselves.

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A very nice room in my hosts home

I was able to use their steamy outdoor spa that night as mist rolled down from the hills and they provided me with a simple breakfast the next morning.

Furthermore, you may find that you can get accommodation where there are pets in the house - another unique pleasure for the animal-loving traveller.

Overall Airbnb is great for cheaper accommodation, or places to stay that have a unique, often quirky touch.
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