Sydney is one of the hottest tourist destinations on the planet, and the Harbour City is stacked with some seriously cool Airbnb rental properties. Quirky modern apartments, converted churches, beautiful beachfront flats, old fisherman’s cottages, glam harbourside pads, even your very own private luxury yacht — Sydney’s got a stylish Airbnb for travellers on any budget.
Luxury Yacht on Sydney Harbour
It doesn’t get much cooler than your own private yacht, and that’s exactly what this Airbnb brings to the table. The hand-made, 46-foot Wauquiez Centurion C45S is yours to take on a tour of Sydney Harbour then moor for a night’s sleep at Elizabeth Bay or Taronga Zoo. For $219 a night, not many holiday rental offer water views quite this panoramic!
Bondi Beach Perched by the Sea
This Airbnb provides the most scenic backdrop for your morning coffee you’ll ever have. Just across the road from the iconic Icebergs ocean pool, this spacious, comfortable, $330-a-night Airbnb in the heart of Bondi enjoys vistas of the blue horizon from its balcony, kitchen and living room; a short stroll from the sand if you can ever drag yourself away from that jaw-dropping lookout.
Massive Warehouse Loft Apartment
Marrickville is up there with Sydney’s coolest suburbs, and this Airbnb has to be the coolest rental property in the neighbourhood. Situated in the floor above an art studio in the trendy inner-west, the one-bedroom apartment occupies an airy floor of an old warehouse that originally served as a bakery in the 19th Century. A bargain at $119 a night.
Stylish Surry Hills Terrace
The property listing promises ‘without doubt the best location you could ever ask for when visiting Sydney’, and it’s hard to disagree. Surry Hills is one of the city’s most fashionable postcodes and this newly renovated terrace is right in the thick of the cafes, eateries and watering holes that make it so popular. Guests in the $134-a-night bedroom even receive a handmade luxury scented travel candle, courtesy of the owner.
The Little Black Shack
This property is a classic case of under-sell and over-deliver, because the name ‘Little Black Shack’ doesn’t come close to describing just how cool this Airbnb is. This beautifully maintained timber and sandstone fisherman’s lodge is perched right on the water at Pittwater’s serene Mackerel Beach, a little slice of tranquility on the northern outskirts of Sydney that’s yours for $501 a night.
Luxury Colonial Terrace
Situated on a quiet street in Sydney’s historic Rocks district, this beautifully appointed home combines the heritage of the city’s oldest European settlement with all the mod-cons a traveller expects. Sleeping six guests across three luxurious bedrooms, this elegant colonial terrace is just across the road from Observatory Hill in the middle of Millers Point, worth every cent at $545 per night.
Lux Sydney Studio with Dream Harbour Views
The view from this sleek studio is the sort of thing you’d see on a postcard, with an unimpeded lookout over Sydney’s most photogenic attractions including the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Located in the salubrious harbourside suburb of McMahons Point, this light-filled apartment — available for $180 a night — is also just a short walk from North Sydney’s top cafes and eateries.
Private Suite in Converted Church
You wouldn’t know it from the ultra-modern decor, but this property began life as a church in the early 1900s before being converted in apartments five years ago. Backing on to a leafy courtyard, this private ground-level suite contains an open-plan living space and bedroom — and even a friendly resident dog, Mucca — within walking distance of Newtown’s bohemian food, drink and cultural scene.
Funky and Bright Studio Apartment
Lovers of all things retro will love this colourful top-floor flat in the lively inner-city suburb of Darlinghurst. Located on level 17, with a balcony offering a bird’s eye view of the Harbour City, this Airbnb can be booked for $179 a night. Swim a few laps of the indoor pool, cook up a barbecue on the rooftop terrace or dive into the bars and restaurants of Crown St and Oxford St, the epicentre of Sydney’s nightlife.
Sydney City & Harbour at the Door
You couldn’t leave the top-ranked Airbnb in the city off this list. There’s a trail of more than 400 glowing reviews that have raved about the hospitality of hosts Vinh and Stuart, making this room in their stylish Pyrmont pad the No.1 listing in town. In fact, the great-value $76-a-night stay is in such hot demand that there’s even a secret code word hidden in the marathon property description.