From elevated riverside apartments, to quirky rainforest retreats, Brisbane certainly has a plethora of Airbnb options. Here is our selection of our favourite local spots to stay in this river-bound city.
With tropical weather conditions all year round, a river running through the heart of the city, and it’s thriving internationally-renowned art and dining scenes, this metropolitan gateway to both the Sunshine and Gold Coasts is a must-see spot on your Queensland adventure. See Brisbane like a local with some of the best Airbnbs in town.
Five Star Feels at Southbank - City Views & Infinity Pool
This modern apartment, decorated with chic earthy-toned furnishings, is situated right on the river in the South Bank area, a stone’s throw from some of the city’s best museums and galleries. Soak up the Brisbane sun and take in the views of the sky-scraper lined river – and the city beyond – from the spectacular rooftop pool.
This amazing one-bedroom spot in the West End feels like staying in the plant-filled house of a very cool friend. The city centre is short trip away on public transport, but the surrounding neighbourhood is worth taking time to explore. It’s filled with vintage boutiques, bars serving craft beer and organic coffee shops.
Shack is the Australian word for a smaller house, and this place truly pushes that term to its limits. This one bedroom, one bathroom unit is located inside a converted shipping container – although you would have no idea once inside the space. Beautifully designed, complete with an airy deck with views of the city and a retro Smeg fridge, this house has all the amenities you could need – all just a short stroll from James Street, one of Brisbane’s most popular boutique shopping and dining precincts.
This two-bedroom apartment is ideal for a family or group of friends thanks to its incredible amenities which include a rooftop pool, gym, free parking and a communal outdoor barbecue space complete with huge seating areas and a pool table. Admire the city from above on your private balcony, and then make the short walk to the abundance of cultural sights in the thriving South Bank area.
Surrounded by greenery, this two-bedroom apartment is located just outside the city centre, close to one of the city’s main parks. A true local area, be sure to stay over the weekend to make the most of the farmers market a short walk from this incredible spot. Featuring some of the city’s most popular food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, and fresh produce, it’s the perfect place to not only eat before a big day of exploring, but also to grab some local treats to bring home with you. Take in the views of the city through the trees from the apartment’s vast terrace.
If it’s the seaside you’re after, then Raby Bay, a residential area defined by a series of canals, is the way to go. This apartment is situated right on the coastline with waterfront views. It has two bedrooms – both with queen size beds – and a shady terrace for DIY sundowners. A short distance from the beachside location of Raby Bay Foreshore Park and a 40-minute drive from the city centre, this is an ideal location for anyone looking to combine the best of the beach and the city.
Make the most of your time in Brisbane with a stay in a Queenslander cottage, an architectural icon in history-rich Paddington. Distinctive in style, these houses were built specifically to manage the city’s subtropical climate, with an emphasis on keeping the houses cool in the city heat. Sleeping four people, this bright and airy house feels like an oasis. It’s just minutes from amazing cafés and restaurants housed in re-purposed Queenslander Villas, and Brisbane’s first antique store, Empire Revival, where you can step back in time and browse some of Australia’s best vintage items, from furniture to jewellery.
A short walk from the ferry and many green spaces such as Hawthorne Park, this is the perfect base from which to explore the city like a local. With many locally loved eateries and pubs in the surrounding area – such as Il Molo and craft-beer favourite Revel Brewing – as well as cultural and dining hub New Farm just across the river, this space truly offers the best of both worlds; local charm and great proximity to the city. Recently renovated in the downstairs space of a beautiful Queenslander villa, the Airbnb is airy and spacious. A beautiful brightly coloured clapboard exterior makes way for a recently renovated interior, with all the modern comforts you could need.
You would be hard done by to find another apartment in the Southbank area with better views of South Brisbane. The apartment itself is beautifully furnished, and the rooftop infinity pool has some of the best views over the river and the city centre. The complex features a Sauna, fitness centre and communal BBQ area, and the apartment has everything you need for a comfortable stay – including tea, coffee, bathroom amenities and fresh hotel-grade linen.
Located about as central as you can get, this three-bedroom apartment is perfect for those wanting to stay in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. Within walking distance from the city’s main restaurants, shops and bars, and sights such as the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and Museum of Brisbane, this apartment is the perfect base. Dine at CBD restaurants like Otto – river-side contemporary Italian with views of the Story Bridge, and Walter’s Steakhouse – prime Australian beef, a wonderful wine list, and amazing martinis, all housed in a historical building, and make the short stroll home through the city afterward. With a pool and gym in the building, you have everything you need for an incredible adventure in Brisbane.
If you’re after an unusual place to stay, this kooky studio apartment is perfect. It’s only a 20-minute walk from the city centre, but it backs onto what feels like your own private rainforest, and the apartment itself is truly an oasis within the city. Once inside, it’s easy to feel a million miles from anywhere, with sumptuous red furnishings and carpets, a beautiful chandelier and a leopard-shaped coffee table. With incredible transport links, you can be back in the bustle of the city in no time, but retreat back to the quiet when you need to.
With the Brisbane River flowing directly in front of the property – overlooked by a palm-fringed balcony – New Farm’s cultural hub Powerhouse, incredible restaurants directly opposite, and the city centre a short ferry ride away, this studio apartment could not be better located. Decor is white and bright, with splashes of colour in velvety soft furnishings, and although the space is compact there’s a well-equipped kitchen. With an unbeatable view, and bordered on every side by some of Brisbane’s best areas, what more could you want?