Airbnb is one of the world’s largest online accommodation sites that allows owners to rent out a bed, room, backyard granny flat or their entire home to visitors, and if you don’t know it then it’s time to crawl out from under that rock. Airbnb is a platform that has well and truly shaken the travel industry, offering unique styles of lodging to suit everyone’s needs.
From inner city pads, to rustic wilderness retreats, 360-degree views and beach backyards, it’s all available with a lil’ digging online. Whether you’re aching for a staycation somewhere nearby, or you’re holidaying from interstate, we’ve found the best Airbnbs on the Gold Coast for your browsing pleasure.
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.
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.
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 place on our list of beautiful Gold Coast Airbnbs and is definitely for those appreciative of finer details among us.
Mermaid Beach + Burleigh Heads
Three 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 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. Need room for double the people? The Halliday has another Airbnb up the road which sleeps 12 guests. Aptly named the Hampton’s, this is a place you will never want to leave. Fancy something a bit more chill and affordable? The Beach Shack in Burleigh Heads might be more your style; an airy oasis just 150 metres from the Gold Coast’s iconic Burleigh Beach.
Romantic Getaway By Lake Orr
Fancy an affordable, romantic getaway without having to sit in traffic or rack up airfares on the credit card? Look no further than this sweet townhouse in Varsity Lakes, perched right on the lake. This top Gold Coast Airbnb is a picture perfect modern home that will make you feel a million miles away from the chaos and to-do list of your home. Featuring two bedrooms with queen beds, two bathrooms and a spacious high ceiling living room, it’s a place that is incredibly affordable for a couple of nights to yourself. The complex also features a recreation room and a stunning pool to really encapsulate those vacay vibes.
Coen By The Sea
Now, not technically on the Gold Coast, this Airbnb is well worth the mention. A luxury beachside dwelling nestled in the coastal corner that is Casuarina, Coen by the Sea is the perfect location for a celebration, or just a weekend getaway with friends. This gorgeous abode has five bedrooms and comfortably sleeps 10; while ideal for entertaining, the kitchen opens up to the outdoor area and overlooks the pool with a sweet view when cooking up a feast for the crew. Coen by the Sea is so enviable you’ll be taking tips for your own dream home, all whitewashed, airy and light, it’s a stay that will have you soaking in the sea breeze el rancho relaxo.
Another beauty south of the border, this charming 1970s A-frame is like something from a fairy tale. Plonked right on the waterfront, the Triangle House has a spiral staircase, a swing hanging from the fig tree in the garden, a fire pit and plenty of spots to perch with a perfect story book for an afternoon soaking in the sunshine. It’s styled like a true home should be, with books on the shelf, board games in the cupboard and the comfiest French linen on the beds. You’ll be surprised the place has three bedrooms, sleeping six with two bathrooms; making this the perfect little getaway for a family, or a bunch of friends or just a romantic getaway with your significant other.
Bohemian Beachfront Duplex
This townhouse is coastal living at its finest with 24/7 uninterrupted views of the ocean a mere hop, skip and a jump away. Not only do you have the world’s biggest pool in your backyard, you also have an everyday pool too. The Bohemian Beachfront Duplex is a tranquil oasis with a mix of woven and wooden furniture, fresh white decor and a touch of a bohemian flair. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, it’s almost a bathroom for each bedroom! Not one thing has been forgotten in this little slice of paradise and it’s guaranteed you will have a memorable stay here just steps away from the more deserted sands of the southern Gold Coast.
Stunning Waterfront Home
If you have cash to splash, we suggest you splurge on this five-star home situated right on the waterfront in Broadbeach. The words elegance and luxury are an understatement when it comes to this two-level, four-bedroom and three-bathroom mansion with a tennis court, pool, jetty and private beach. Featuring Smeg appliances as well as a three-showerhead shower, seven-metre walk-in wardrobe (load up the suitcases!), built-in BBQ with huge entertaining area—need we go on? The photos of this gorgeous Gold Coast Airbnb will have you reaching for your calendar and credit card.
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