Bondi is one of the most famous beaches in the world, and the best way to experience it is to live like a local in one of these Airbnbs.
From architect-designed family homes to romantic bohemian apartments, Culture Trip has put together a list of Airbnbs in Bondi that covers it all, with plenty of photogenic ocean views and top local hang-out recommendations. You’ll be feeling at home in no time at all.
Bondi Beach Pad
Bed and Breakfast
This luxurious home combines industrial details with resort-style decor | Courtesy of Brendan and Amanda / Airbnb
Located in the heart of North Bondi Village, this luxurious four-bedroom home boasts a Balinese plunge pool, a tropical outdoor shower and industrial-meets-resort-style decor – think whitewashed brick walls, polished concrete floors and reclaimed timber decking. It’s just 10 minutes from the beach and close to shops and restaurants, including the popular deli-diner Lox, Stock & Barrel, which makes a seriously good breakfast.
It’s hard to know what to admire first in this light-filled three-bedroom condo – the panoramic city and ocean views through the floor-to-ceiling windows or the enviable assortment of designer furniture. Unwind in the morning on the private balcony, or get active in the shared pool and gym. When the weather heats up, head downstairs to Gelato Messina, which serves up some of the best gelato in Sydney, and then wander over to the beach just 300 metres (984 feet) away.
If you’re travelling in a large group, this six-bedroom, architect-designed home in North Bondi has everything you need. The striking timber-clad house sleeps up to 12 guests and is the ideal chill-out pad, with an outdoor pool, a huge kitchen and dining room and a TV room that opens out to a terrace and firepit via a dramatic hinged timber panel. There will even be a bottle of bubbles and a gourmet welcome hamper waiting for you on arrival.
This cool black-and-white one-bedroom apartment is filled with indoor plants, pops of bright colour and quirky designer touches, such as the black-and-white film still that occupies an entire wall in the dining room. It’s also conveniently located just a five-minute stroll from the bars and restaurants of Hall Street (check out Bills for breakfast) and 10 minutes from the beach. The stylish hanging fireplace and the deep soaking bathtub make it a top pick, no matter the season. There’s also a plunge pool that transforms into a jet-powered Jacuzzi at the touch of a button.
Want to live out your surfer dreams? Book a stay at this sleek three-bedroom apartment designed by a local surfer. As it’s located practically on Tamarama Beach – known by residents as ‘Tama’ – the views are hard to beat, and it’s just a scenic 30-minute walk over to Bondi along the Bondi to Coogee Walk. The interiors are all chic neutrals and timber and look straight from the pages of a design magazine. There’s a spacious timber deck with lounge chairs and a dining table overlooking the beach, so you’ll be able to make the most of the long summer evenings. Wander over to Three Blue Ducks in neighbouring Bronte for a taste of modern Australia.
You’ll feel like you’re staying in a five-star treehouse in this luxurious, sun-drenched two-bedroom penthouse as one wall is entirely glazed, framing views of the surrounding treetops. It’s just a five-minute walk to the beach and Bondi’s many bars and restaurants – but with a wrap-around balcony featuring a 10-seat dining table and a barbecue, you might be tempted to eat in. The hosts also provide guests with a local area guide and an up-to-date list of the best events taking place in Sydney during their stay.
This bright white one-bedroom apartment with a gorgeous slate-grey spa shower is in Bondi’s first six-star green boutique apartment block on Gould Street – where you’ll find some of Sydney’s best fashion boutiques. Stock up on luxurious cashmere and linen at Jac + Jack, playful pizza-themed jewellery at PLAYA by Lucy Folk and local designer labels at Bondi institution Tuchuzy. When you’re done with shopping, it’s just a five-minute walk across Bondi Park to the beach.
Unbeatable ocean views are the star feature in this one-bedroom apartment, and with vistas like this, it’s no wonder the rest of the interior is kept stylishly minimal. Bright white walls and whitewashed timber floors set the scene for a relaxing beachside retreat, while colourful details – including a bright orange surfboard – keep things fun. It’s so close to the beach that you’ll be able to check the morning waves from the breakfast table. It’s also just a short walk to Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, the famous beachside pool club.
This cute studio apartment might be small, but it’s certainly not short on character or convenience. It still fits a comfy king-size bed. Get ready for the day with a coffee at the breakfast bar with ocean views, or take a dip in the rooftop pool. There is also a mirror wall and a balcony, which features bar seating. When you’re ready to hit the beach, it’s a 20-minute walk away.
An eclectic mash-up of new and old fills this comfortable one-bedroom apartment with panoramic views of Bondi Beach. There’s a dining table handmade from 100-year-old timber, a vintage fridge, retro cane armchairs, plenty of cacti and a guitar. It’s just across the road from Bondi Massive Cafe, which makes excellent coffee, and is ideally located to explore the neighbouring beaches on the Bondi to Coogee Walk. If you still need convincing, check out the video tours of the apartment on its Instagram account, @bondicloud.
The elegant white walls and light timber floors of this two-bedroom apartment are a backdrop to playful, offbeat designer furnishings, such as the enormous penguin beside the television or the monkey holding up a side table by the sofa. There are also references to the nearby beach (just a two-minute walk away), with seashells and pieces of coral decorating the living room. Settle in on the private balcony for sunset cocktails, or wander down to one of the nearby bars, like local favourite Rosenbaum & Fuller, which specialises in local Aussie spirits.