13 Of Australia’s Best Airbnbs To Book This Summer

By Morgan Reardon
6th Sep 2022

From a floating villa and a dreamy treehouse to a 1900s farmstay on an apple orchard, Airbnb is packed with unique stays that are equal parts luxurious and gram-worthy. But if you want to vacay at the best of the best (you really do), then you’ll want to check out Australia’s most wishlisted Airbnbs.

Covering every corner of the country and offering everything from jaw-dropping views and private lakes to outdoor baths, here are the most popular Airbnbs in Australia. 

The Point | Shute Harbour, QLD

Let’s just say, there’s no other way to experience the Whitsundays quite like this. The Point is a super luxe self-contained studio with views that will leave your jaw gaping for your entire stay. Swim in your very own 10-metre infinity pool, sip on champagne in the jacuzzi and keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles, whales, dolphins and dugongs. Dare we mention the stunning World Heritage mountains you’ll get to feast your eyes on all-day every day too? Book a stay here.

Yambara | Sleaford, SA

If you’re keen to get off grid and soak up the rugged Eyre Peninsula, Yambara is the tiny private oasis calling your name. Lying 80-metres from the secluded Sandy Point Beach, this hideaway also overlooks Sleaford Bay and Port Lincoln National Park, both of which mean you’re in for some spectacular whale watching. When you’re not frothing over your surrounds, the actual interior make-up leaves nothing to be desired in the way of stunning architecture and detailing.There’s a double shower, Moroccan tiles from Tiles of Ezra and beds pummelled in the goodness that is Bed Threads and I Love Linen. Book a stay here.

Bill’s Boathouse | White Sands, SA

Whether you’re up for a workation or just want to travel about in the most sustainable way possible, Bill’s Boathouse is the Airbnb that ticks all the boxes. Cosy, self-contained, romantic—this eco pod does it all. Catch a fish and cook it up on the Weber or kick back and soak up some bubbles in the outdoor bath while you stargaze at the night sky. This one sleeps up to two and yes, it’s even more magical in person. Book a stay here.

The Pod | Lewisham, TAS

If you’re a Grand Designs fan (right here) or are just a sucker for a beautifully crafted home, then you’ll want to book a vacay at The Pod stat! Located in the sweet seaside town of Lewisham (just a 35 minute drive north east of Hobart), this property was described by Grand Designs Australia host Peter Madison as a 'love letter to Tasmania'—and we back that. Floor to ceiling glass shows off stunning views of Frederick Henry Bay and the Southern Ocean as well as Mount Wellington/Kunanyi out to the west. At just 40-sqm the space is small but perfectly formed with a handcrafted suspended fireplace (that looks like a piece of art) and a bespoke Huon pine outdoor tub made with timber sourced from the depths of Lake Pieman. Yep, it’s no surprise why this is one of the best Airbnbs in Australia. Book your stay here

The exterior of The Pod in Tasmania

Alkira Eco-Glamping Hut | Emerald, VIC

Looking like something straight out of a fairytale, this dreamy hut called Alkira, is located on a sprawling 40-acre property in the Dandenong Ranges. Just an hour's drive from Melbourne, this secluded paradise will see you soaking up the natural surroundings with the hut’s outdoor kitchen and ample seating areas perfect for kicking up your feet and diving into a classic book. And while it’s tempting to spend all day in the straw-bale yurt, the property is on the doorstep of loads of must-see places like nearby Emerald Lake and the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk. Oh, and don’t be surprised if you see a cow, horse or alpaca when going for a stroll. Book your next vacay here. 

the queen bed inside Alkira

Apple Orchard Farm Stay | Blackheath, NSW

If you like your holiday to be both beautiful and unique then we have just the accommodation for you. This gorgeous farm stay will see you resting your head in a 1919 restored Machinery Shed on the oldest remaining apple orchard on shipley plateau. Perfect for a romantic stay, you’ll score your own private Blue Mountains escarpment views whilst soaking in the outdoor freestanding tub. Cosy up by the fireplace with a glass of vino in hand or explore the Orchard and it’s secret lookout where you’ll wander through the apple trees, meet the chickens and unwind in nature. This place is seriously dreamy. Treat yourself to a visit right here

A starry sky above the Apple Orchard farm stay

The Edge | Port Douglas, QLD

Your eyes do not decieve you, The Edge looks like it was plucked straight out of Spiderhead and into the real world. This fancy spaceship-looking Airbnb has been designed by Aussie architect Charles Wright and it sits directly above the township of Port Douglas (hence those magical views). While certainly not a stay for everyone, it obviously pulls a heft price tag, if you're into living a life of nothing less that luxurious—we think it's pretty safe to say you'll find it all here. Naturally, The Edge has a 10-metre infinity pool, a balcony with a built-in daybed, a butler's pantry and a wine fridge. Book your stay here.

Little Red Barn | Doonan, QLD

Pulling up to the Little Red Barn in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, it’s not hard to see why this Airbnb is one of the most popular stays in Australia—it’s straight up stunning. Oozing country charm with modern luxuries, you and six of your mates can have the ultimate vacay here. With high vaulted ceilings and a sprawling kitchen and lounge room (surrounded by a fireplace of course) the space is perfect for groups. There’s wrap-around decks offering incredible views of Noosa Valley but our favourite part has to be the freestanding outdoor claw-foot tub and the heated above-ground pool that is just screaming for you to have a cocktail in it. Book a stay at one of Australia’s best Airbnbs here. 

the lounge room at Little Red Barn

Ryan’s Rest Tiny House | Pemberton, WA

How would you like to wake up with your love or BFF in a totally off the grid retreat? If you’re nodding your head excitedly then Ryan’s Rest Tiny House is for you. Located in Pemberton, which is about an hour and half’s drive south of Margaret River, this tranquil escape is netsetled on private farm land, surrounded by the Karri trees and Warren River frontage which is exclusively yours for swimming, canoeing or fishing. The accommodation itself has a full size queen bed down stairs and a double bed in the loft (all fitted with French linen bedding), and a full-sized bathroom and kitchen. Outside there’s a patio area with a gas barbecue and fire pit that you can watch the sunset from. Our fave part? The hammocks strung amongst the trees on the edge of the river. Book your trip here. 

the bedroon of Ryan's Tiny Rest House

The Cube | Murray River, SA

Picture this: you’re relaxing in a hanging chair, vino in hand, your feet so close to the Murray River you’d think you’re floating on it. Only you actually are because you’ve checked into The Cube, a floating eco pod docked on South Australia’s famous riverway. This is the kind of accommodation you’ll pinch yourself for staying at because it’s so dreamy. With space for two, there’s a queen bed, full ensuite with shower, plus a kitchenette and lounge area that goes out onto the deck adorned with fairy lights and a BBQ. The good folks who run The Cube will also stock your fridge with brekky for two (think: bacon, eggs, avocado, tomatoes, bread), plus a two-man kayak should you want to explore your stunning backyard. What are you waiting for? Book your stay at this incredible spot here. 

Two hanging chairs along the Murray River

Bruny Island Hideaway | Bruny Island, TAS

If you haven’t yet been to Bruny Island yet, put it to the top of your must-visit list. Home to the freshest seafood, tastiest wine and cheese, a stay here is essential and this gorgeous hideaway is just the place to rest your head. Surrounded by 99 acres of conservation forest, you’ll hear the birds during the day and wallabies at night, while eagles soar in the sky. It’s also perfectly located to get a glimpse of the famous Southern Lights. The cabin itself is minimalist chic with clean lines, large windows and Blatic pine floors. There’s a cosy bed in the upstairs loft, a stylish bathroom, compact kitchen and fireplace. This cabin is all about celebrating the natural surroundings so you’ll absolutely be spending a lot of your time soaking in the outdoor tub or sunning yourself on the deck. Book a stay at the Bruny Island Hideaway here

The stunning interior of Bruny Island Hideaway

Treehouse | Blue Mountains, NSW

Make like you’re in a Disney movie at this truly breathtaking Airbnb. Located amongst 600 acres of private wilderness in the Blue Mountains and perched high in the sky this secluded treehouse offers a back-to-nature experience in style. Nestled between two National Parks and a World Heritage listed rainforest, this place is totally one of a kind. With floor to ceiling windows so you can soak up the sweeping views of Bowen's Creek Gorge this accommodation is all about blissing out. There’s a cosy lounge with a fireplace, a deck to sip wines on, a queen bed and best of all, a spa. Yep, you've hit peak holiday mode. Book your stay at the treehouse here

The lounge room and deck of a treehouse in the Blue Mountains

Clouds Safari |  Beechmont, QLD

Perfect for couples, besties or a solo adventure it’s not hard to see why Clouds Safari is one of the best Airbnbs in Australia. Situated in the Gold Coast’s lush hinterland, and just a five minute drive from the world renowned "Heart shape waterfall" also known as Killarney Glen, the location is a 10/10. The glamping style tent is fitted out with all the luxuries you could want, including a four-poster bed with a romantic canopy, a free standing tub, a sprawling deck complete with outdoor dining room and BBQ, plus floor to ceiling windows providing jaw-dropping views from every angle. And to complete your stay, they’ve even got a huge projector screen so you can have a movie marathon from your bed or bath. Now that’s fancy. Head here to book your stay. 

a timber path leads to a white glamping tent called Clouds Safari

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