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Settle In For A Staycay At 9 Of The Best Gold Coast Airbnbs

By Isabel Croker
3rd Jan 2023

Whether you’ve long called the Gold Coast home or if you're simply looking to spend a few days in our beachside pocket of paradise, Airbnb is showing holidaymakers a whole new side to life in South East Queensland. 

From luxurious waterfront villas, to rustic wilderness retreats, 360-degree views and quirky retro cottages, we’re head-over-heels in love with these stays that go above and beyond. Whether you’re aching for a staycation somewhere nearby, or you plan on holidaying from interstate, we’ve found the best Airbnbs on the Gold Coast for your browsing (and staying) pleasure. 

The Halliday 

Mermaid Beach & Burleigh Heads

Two next-level Gold Coast Airbnbs presented by The Halliday, The Hilda is a modern beach house that boasts three bedrooms, three beds and three bathrooms and is positioned only 50 metres from the stunning shores of Mermaid Beach. This stunning house has been redesigned and still retains its original beautiful features like the timber floors, while the backyard is mesmerising with a relaxing day bed, a dreamy hanging chair, an outdoor shower to wash off the salt and an outdoor setting worthy of entertaining. They’ve also included four cruiser bikes so you can coast down to cafes for breakfast or even bike the short 1.5 kilometres to Broadbeach for a spot of exploring.  The Halliday has another Airbnb just up the road in Burleigh Heads which sleeps six guests and is every bit as beautiful. Elder 1 is a renovated, light-filled three-bedroom beach abode which is the epitome of laidback luxury whilst paying homage to the Southern Gold Coast’s relaxed way of life. The fresh white walls, soft rugs, timber floorboards and pops of greenery from the indoor plants balance the smattering of strong, darker-hued furniture and prints in this striking home. Talk about Insta-worthy.

Heartwood Cabin


Not to be confused with Heartwood Cabin in Springbrook Gorge, this Heartwood is tucked up in the Gold Coast hinterland, in the ridiculously photogenic Tweed Valley. On the one side you’ve got Mount Warning and the Burringbar Ranges, on the other you’ve got tree-lined views out towards the ocean. This baby is set on 100 acres of private land, with an indoor fireplace, LPG cooktop stove, outdoor barbecue and built-in sound system. Note the Aesop products in the bathroom, too. Classy touch. And you’re not completely cut-off from civilisation either: the cute town of Burringbar is just 10 minutes down the road. This beautiful spot books out early (for very obvious reasons), so be sure to secure your stay early.

Avalon Abode 


From the creators of Trader Trove homewares store in Miami, this luxury holiday rental is dream home goals. The stylish space is newly renovated with high ceilings, double-glazed windows, a soothing colour palette and strolling distance to one of the Gold Coast’s best beaches. At Avalon Abode you will feel at home, away from home, on your holiday with all the special touches making it a stress-free stay, from complimentary tea, Nespresso coffee machine, beer, wine, toiletries and Netflix. You won’t need to fight over who gets the big bedroom either, as there are two master bedrooms in this indulgent abode. After a stay here, you might get a little inspired and head to Trader Trove to pick up some rattan and rustic furniture to take home with you. If you’re hunting for one of the best Airbnbs on the Gold Coast, stop the search, 'cause you've found Avalon Abode.

The Hangar 


Lauren from The Borrowed Nursery is no stranger to all things aesthetically pleasing and therefore it’s no surprise she has the cutest little Airbnb in Bilinga Beach, aptly named The Hangar. Once a garage, then a workshop, this space is now a sanctuary studio that accommodates two and incorporates the industrial elements of its history as well as embracing the coastal and aviation surrounds in its style. The roller door on the garage has been transformed with tiny portholes—a nod to the round windows of aircraft—while a vintage pine propeller from an old glider frames the facade. And, of course, the courtyard is filled with greenery from Lauren’s main love affair, The Borrowed Nursery

Chippewa Cottage 

Mermaid Beach

This cozy little cottage has a breezy retro vibe with the quaintest touches throughout, reminiscent of a 1960s beach retreat. The beach home sleeps six people with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, has a plunge pool that looks like it belongs in Palm Springs and is a quiet and private space just one block from the beach. Chippewa Cottage’s living room also opens out onto an alfresco dining area with a perfect backyard view. The kitchen has touches of the old school mixed with modernity, like the sleek Smeg fridge and other appliances, while the bathrooms are pretty psychedelic with the cutest old pink basin. Chippewa Cottage is probably the most unique stay on our list of beautiful Gold Coast Airbnbs and is definitely for those appreciative of finer details among us.

Waterfront Villa

Surfers Paradise 

It’s all about location with this stunning Waterfront Villa in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Enjoy a picnic on the deck overlooking the river before heading out for a paddle, then take a dip in the heated pool to relax your muscles. The interior of the home is modern and spacious, but be warned—you’re going to walk away with some serious kitchen envy. With three levels of luxury, this stunning villa promises a truly incredible stay. 

Cabin Retreat Among The Trees


Harmoniously marrying a modern aesthetic with traditional antique and rustic elements, this stunning Cabin Retreat in Bonogin bathes in an abundance of natural light against a breathtaking forest backdrop. Reset and get back to nature by strolling down the path to the nearby creek, or meander further through the paddocks. But once you step inside, you might not want to head back out—this luxurious yet secluded cabin is fitted with everything you could possibly wish for and more for the ultimate relaxing stay.

Burleigh Beach Escape

Burleigh Heads

This northwest-facing Burleigh Beach Escape is on the 6th floor, which can only mean one thing: uninterrupted panoramic views of the hinterland and ocean glimpses. This stunning apartment gives off a light and bright vibe, with neutral tones and quality fittings and fixtures throughout. Plus it’s set directly across from the pristine coastline of Burleigh Heads, where you’ll be right in the midst of bustling James Street. This special spot is always in high demand, so jump onto Airbnb and book your stay before the rest of the Gold Coast does.



If you want to fall asleep under the stars but in the comfort and warmth of a bed, Stargazer house has you covered. The house’s glass ceilings make stargazing possible from rooms all over the house and glass walls make watching the sunset possible from the bathtub. Apart from the stunning glass ceilings and walls, there’s an outdoor fireplace, entertainment deck and a pizza oven. Yes, a pizza oven, you read that correctly. Enjoy the views of rolling hills and ridges and the starry night sky with a woodfired slice of pizza in hand—it’s only right. Hands down, this is one of the best Airbnbs on the Gold Coast.

Narrowed down your favourites among the best Airbnbs on the Gold Coast? Best make a reservation at some of the Gold Coast’s best restaurants next.

Image credit: Burleigh Beach Escape, Hayley Williamson for Chippewa Cottage,  Louise from The Design Villa for Avalon Abode, The Hangar, Heartwood Cabin,  The Hilda for The Halliday, Cabin Among The Trees, Stargazer

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