To experience Sydney like a true local, hit up its famed beaches, explore the scenic coastal walks, and rent out one of the best Airbnbs in town. We’ve put together a list of homes listed on Airbnb, ranging in style and size, from minimalist industrial lofts in Chippendale to cosy coastal stays on the Northern Beaches. Take your pick from luxury high-rise suites in the CBD to hide-out cabins found off the beaten track.
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The best Airbnbs in Sydney
This northern Sydney cabin combines modern comforts with a nostalgic old-world appeal. Peppered with vibrant hues of blue and exposed wooden beams, the accommodation is a clever crossover between a beach house and a log cabin. Though immersed in leafy surrounding, it is only a ten-minute walk to the beach. From $130 a night, sleeps 5.
Fancy an Eat, Pray, Love vacay but discouraged by the outrageous airfare? Brimming with intricate wall tapestries and hand-woven accessories, the bushland apartment in Kirrawee can easily be mistaken for a holiday villa in Bali. It has an open-plan lounge, outdoor barbecue stand and a private pool so beautiful that even Julia Roberts would be envious. From $96 a night, sleeps 2.
This deluxe three-bedroom apartment is ideal for the wannabe city dweller. Equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and overlooking harbourfront high-rises, the apartment looks similar to a penthouse suite in a five-star hotel. It has a smart TV, a built-in sound system, heated bathroom tiles and walk-in rain showers. It sits only steps away from popular tourist attractions like Darling Harbour, the Star and Sydney Fish Market. From $900 a night, sleeps 6.
Housed in a historical site dating back to 1886, this two-level property in Woolloomooloo sports a quirky mash-up of bygone eras. It has lavish chandeliers and palazzo rugs that look like they're straight off the set of Downton Abbey, but also artworks and armchairs upholstered in bold prints that look straight out of Mad Men. From $159 a night, sleeps 6.
Welcome aboard! This beachside flat takes a minimalist approach to traditional nautical design; it’s decked out (pun-intended) with surf illustrations, blue and white pillows, and a braided rug with a subtle coastal motif. Step outside and you’ll find an intimate alfresco dining space overlooking the Wharf. From $169 a night, sleeps 4.
Once an industrial warehouse, this Chippendale location has been transformed into a spacious loft with natural lighting streaming through ceiling-to-floor glass panels. You’ll have plenty of room to sprawl out between the king-sized bed and outdoor bar table. As tempting as it may be to lounge around all day, take the opportunity to explore nearby restaurants Ester, LP’s Quality Meats and Automata. From $128 a night, sleeps 2.
This secluded blue hut nestled on the top of a slope will instantly put you in a relaxing mood. Chill out on the shaded veranda or the cushioned window bench to take in a bird’s eye view of Pittwater and the Pacific Ocean. It's based near the entrance of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, so take a trip up to Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse or enjoy breathtaking sceneries at the West Head Lookout. From $225 a night, sleeps 2.
Make your way under crawling vines and across the sandstone entryway to reach this red and white cottage. Behind French doors there's a queen-size bed, en-suite bathroom and full kitchenette. Just a two minute walk away from the village and beach, the apartment is in a good location for checking out the neighbourhood. From $127 a night, sleeps 2.
Perched above an aged fortress, this beachside shack at Great Mackerel Beach takes sustainable living to a whole new level. Rainwater is harvested for washing and garden irrigation, candles and oil lanterns are available for electricity-free lighting and all the furniture has been sourced from antique markets or pieced together using recycled materials. The cottage is only a ten-minute ferry ride away from the mainland and Palm Beach. From $500 a night, sleeps 4.
This spacious one-bedroom apartment sits on the top floor of a boutique block, offering stunning views of the nearby beach. It comes with a brightly-lit sunroom for guests to laze around on. The design is simple and modern with a nod to the coastal theme. It’s located right next to Coogee Beach, so make sure you pack your swimmers. From $124 a night, sleeps 2.