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10 Of The Best Airbnbs To Hit Up This Summer On The Gold Coast

By Cayleh Ferguson
1st Sep 2021

Looking for the perfect accommodation on the Gold Coast for your post-corona getaway? The search stops with Airbnb. 

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 plan on holidaying from interstate, we’ve found the best Airbnbs on the Gold Coast for your browsing pleasure. 

Heartwood Cabin

Burringbar

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.

Avalon Abode 

Currumbin

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. 

The Hangar 

Bilinga 

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 place on our list of beautiful Gold Coast Airbnbs and is definitely for those appreciative of finer details among us.

The Halliday 

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.

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 villa promises a truly incredible stay. 

Cabin Retreat Among The Trees

Bonogin

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 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.

Stargazer

BEECHMONT

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.

Triangle House 

Cabarita

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. 

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, Cabin Among The Trees, Stargazer

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