The Best Holiday Apartments to Book in Sydney

Enjoy the spacious holiday apartment of Luxury Terrace a Peaceful Yet Convenient Location
Enjoy the spacious holiday apartment of Luxury Terrace a Peaceful Yet Convenient Location | Courtesy of Luxury Terrace a Peaceful Yet Convenient Location / Expedia
Alexis James

As one of the most-visited cities in the world, Sydney’s popularity owes much to a coastal culture and sunny climate, which make it one of the trendiest places to be seen. Famous Sydneysiders include Russell Crowe, Rebel Wilson, Hugh Jackman and Iggy Azalea – but before we get carried away, rest assured, you don’t need to be an A-lister to enjoy the Emerald City high life. Not with hundreds of holiday rentals to choose from at prices we mortals can afford. We’ve picked out the best holiday apartments in Sydney – all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Darling Harbour Getaway, for glamorous interiors

Boutique Hotel, Serviced Apartment, Hotel

Leather and wood furnishings in large living room with skyline views at the Darling Harbour Getaway holiday apartment
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You’ll do well to find a better view of Sydney than the one that comes with this dashing holiday apartment on the 12th floor of the One Darling Harbour residential complex. The furniture is so fashionable, smart and angular, it might just be superstar Russell Crowe’s second home. The lounge permits an unrivalled seat overlooking the Pyrmont Bridge that splits the harbour in two, and the imposing Sydney Tower is among the dozens of skyscrapers that will fit into your viewfinder from the veranda. It all makes for the best spot in the city to take in Cockle Bay’s Saturday night fireworks display.

2. Apartment CBD – Pitt, for private-pool fun

Apartment, Short-term Rental

Open living and dining space with polished wood floors and marine blue and white decor
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With their enviable location in Sydney’s CBD (Central Business District), a kangaroo-hop from Hyde Park, these vacation digs take clean and minimalist design beautifully beyond the call of duty – we love the way the vivid blue and purple furnishings stand out so dramatically against the cool white walls. The large kitchen includes a ton of cupboard space, towering fridge freezer, oven and dishwasher. Top tip – don’t stock up on bottled water, as it’s supplied free of charge. The Smart TV includes a Netflix subscription – but try not to spend the whole time glued to those Scandi-noir series. For a start, you’ll enjoy free use of the outdoor pool – and all the while sexy, sensational Sydney is waiting.

3. Oaks Sydney Castlereagh Suites, for fine city views


Carpeted living room with neutral decor and sliding doors to balcony with city views
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The open-plan apartments on Castlereagh Street, which runs north-south, just west of Hyde Park, are home to some great one- to three-bedroom spaces. Most have balconies with city views. If jet lag needs calming, indulge in the well-equipped gym, 16m (52ft) heated pool and bubbling restorative spa. For incurable competitive times, there are even table-tennis facilities. The team will be able to arrange for use of a barbecue whenever the Sydney sun is shining. For food that you don’t have to cook yourself, there are plenty of banquets in the restaurants of nearby Chinatown.

4. The Little Darling of the Harbour, for cosy comfort

Apartment, Short-term Rental

Loft bedroom in soft, light colors and en-suite bathroom
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This is a quaint name for a quaint place that makes for a cosy stopover in the heart of Sydney. Despite the name, the shocking-white kitchen is a very good size, featuring an oven, hob and dishwasher. The lounge is also roomy, practical and modern, with jet-black furnishings including a four-person dining table for those rare evenings when you don’t want to sample Sydney’s fabulous dining scene or sightsee – SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is close by. Not only does the bathroom include a combined shower and bath, but also one of the most impressively installed dryers you’re likely ever to use.

5. Manly Surfside, for beachy hedonism

Apartment, Short-term Rental

Bright and airy living room with sand coloured interiors and balcony at Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments
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Manly Beach is one of the most famous patches of sand in all of Australia, acclaimed for a surfing culture that emerged from the first world championships held here in 1964. But despite the property name, a stay at Manly Surfside doesn’t require you to know your cutbacks from your kick-outs. Anyone can appreciate all that they offer. There are more than a dozen classily decorated apartments in five spread-out locations along the coast, with beige and white furnishings allowing the impressively wide windows and the landscape they look out on to take centre stage.

6. St Valentines Apartments, for unfussy affordability


Cosy carpeted bedroom with wood furniture, original artwork and picture window overlooking neighbourhood
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Built in the early 1960s, these holiday apartments aren’t named after the patron saint of love, but one of the owners of Valentines Restaurant, a thriving Sydney hotspot in the wake of World War II. Locals may also recognise the name from the renowned Valentine Sports Park west of the city. These apartments don’t overdo it on gimmicks or frills – what they do offer is easy comfort mixed with decorative style, with a lovely setting on the Balmoral Slopes in Mosman, overlooking Sydney Harbour.

7. One Darling Harbour – Pyrmont, for rooftop swimming

Apartment, Short-term Rental

Snug bedroom with stylish patterned wallpaper, dark accents and panoramic views of Sydney
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Thanks to its prime location, this slick two-bedroom apartment enjoys the rare advantage of free parking, and does a great job of delivering both practicality and luxury. Along with said parking, a work desk and generously equipped kitchen can be filed into the former, while the rooftop pool, balcony sofa and epic view towards the Anzac Bridge tick every box in the latter category. The two well-sized bedrooms comprise a twin and a double – in premises this select, you don’t want a crowd.

8. Luxury Terrace, a Peaceful Yet Convenient Location, for sunny balcony lazing


Light bedroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors to outdoor deck
Courtesy of Luxury Terrace a Peaceful Yet Convenient Location / Expedia

The name of this vacation apartment may not win any Hemingway awards for brevity, but it certainly does what it says on the tin – there’s no better way of summing up its headline traits. The peaceful and convenient location in question is Burwood, a charming western Sydney suburb home to more than a dozen heritage buildings, including the head-turning post office with its soaring Italianate clocktower, designed by English architect Colonel Walter Liberty Vernon in 1892. Large canvas paintings adorn the walls of the ground-floor apartment, and for a morning coffee in the southern sun, the terrace has your name on it.

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