Accomodation for parents, Randwick

When your child is admitted to our hospital, staff will work with you to achieve the best outcome for your child. We know that hospitalised children respond best to treatment when members of their own family are part of the team effort.

If you require accommodation we recommend that you organise this as soon as your child’s admission date has been arranged or an appointment is booked.

Below is a list of accomodation options available at and near the hospital, as well as charges and fees. 

On the ward

You are welcome to stay overnight with your child, however, parent and carer accommodation on the ward is limited, so we ask that only one parent or carer (no siblings) stay on the ward with your child.

  • a parent may sleep in a recliner/sofa chair beside the bed
  • we ask that parents staying on the wards are dressed by 7:30am
  • sofa beds and recliners should be folded away when not in use
  • all linen is to be placed into the linen hampers.

In exceptional circumstances where a sibling is allowed to stay, please note that we are unable to provide food, nappies, clothing, bottles or supervision for children who are not patients.

A number of wards have parent retreat areas for parents and carers to sleep in. For more information, please speak to your ward’s nurse unit manager.

Parent hostel accommodation (ICU)

The parent hostel is located within the hospital and is only for parents/carers (no siblings) of children who have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

If your child has been admitted to the ICU please check availability with the clinical support officer. Availability cannot be guaranteed due to the nature of ICU. 


  • patients who live within 100kms of the hospital – $20 per room, per night.
  • patients who live more than 100kms from the hospital – $43 per room, per night (see IPTAAS information below for fee reductions)

Phone: (02) 9382 1156, 7am – 4pm

Listed costs are subject to change.

Ronald McDonald House, Randwick (pre-booking essential)

Ronald McDonald House, Randwick is committed to providing family-centred care allowing families who live more than 100km away from the hospital, to stay by their child’s side during their treatment at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

Whilst staying with us, you will be required to claim financial support towards accommodation and travel from the relevant government transport assistance scheme in your home state.

Please phone (02) 9382 1622 for further information.

IPTAAS – Do you live more than 100kms away?

Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Scheme (IPTAAS) provides financial assistance towards travel and accommodation costs incurred by a patient and one family member who needs to travel more than 100kms to access specialist treatment not available in their area.

For further information or to obtain an application for assistance form, please contact your nearest IPTAAS office, family doctor, or the social work department on (02) 9382 1021.

Local accomodation

Randwick and Coogee have a number of hotels and lodges within a short distance from the hospital. If you choose to stay in private accommodation with your child, and live more than 100kms from the Hospital, you may be able to make a claim on some of these costs via the IPTAAS scheme mentioned above. 

If you have private health insurance, some of your accommodation expenses may be reimbursed . Ask your health insurance fund to assess whether you are eligible. 

Last updated Tuesday 14th May 2024