Local Escapes

14 Of Sydney’s Best Airbnbs For Your Next City Escape

By Jessica Best and Sammy Preston
22nd Sep 2022

A light filled lounge room in a Sydney Airbnb property.

Searching for the perfect place to stay in Sydney? Whether you're a local looking for a weekend staycation, or a traveller wondering where to stay, we've got you covered with this list of top-tier Sydney Airbnbs. 

From beach houses in sunny Palm Beach to city stays with sparkly pools, and dreamy Bondi Beach views, we've done the hard yards for you with a selection of central CBD homes and classic Sydney beach stays. Pro tip: with some pretty huge events hitting Sydney in 2023—like World Pride and South by South West—accommodation in Sydney is going to be a hot ticket, so we recommend booking well ahead of time if you can.  

So, without further ado, keep scrolling for the best Airbnbs in Sydney.

Sydney Airbnbs: City Stays

The Glass House


Award-winning, architecturally designed, filled with dreamy designer furniture, and located in leafy Darlinghurst. It doesn't get much better than this—so if you've got cash to splash, why not book a Sydney stay at The Glass House. The three bedrooms each have their own ensuite and the kitchen is decked out in stunning jade-hued marble and top-of-the-line European appliances. The whole home is wired up as a smart home and there's even sparkling water on tap. Did someone say luxury? 

Book your stay here. 

Tony Boneca Apartment

Rushcutters Bay

All you need to know is that this Sydney Airbnb has won a number of awards and when you scope out those interiors, it’s not hard to see why. This micro home may be small but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with a stellar aesthetic ("boneca"  means "doll’s house" in Portuguese). Designed for those on a short stay, this apartment puts everything you need at your fingertips, from pilates studios and cafes to harbour walks and cosy bars.

Book your stay here.

Drill Hall Apartment

Milsons Point

This heritage-listed harbourside apartment is steeped in Sydney history. Originally built in 1916 as a WWII army facility, the building has since been converted into luxury apartments. With two bedrooms, sweeping ceilings, a spacious kitchen and dining area, and easy proximity to city spots like Barangaroo and The Rocks, as well as the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, this is an excellent spot to experience some of Sydney's finest. 

Book your stay here. 

Luxury Warehouse Home


Once the home of Aussie radio presenter Merrick Watts, this insane converted warehouse in Sydney's Inner West could be yours for a few nights. It features five huge bedrooms, an incredible outdoor dining area complete with an above-ground lap pool, BBQ, cosy fireplace and library, and so much more. This is a luxe stay—and yes, you can add on airport transfers, activities and excursions, and even have the fridge pre-stocked for your arrival. 

Book your stay here. 

Newtown Area Warehouse Apartment

St Peters

Keen to be close to some of Sydney's best bars, cafes, and breweries? Base yourself out of this St Peters warehouse-style apartment. It's a stone's throw from South King Street and beautiful Sydney Park and an easy distance from other notable Inner West restaurants. The apartment features a sunny recently renovated kitchen, bathroom with bath, and a charming eclectic aesthetic. There's also a private courtyard to enjoy a cocktail or two before you hit the town. 

Book your stay here. 

The Attic

Kurraba Point

If you thought staying in stylish lofts and secret attics were just an NYC "thing", well, you’re very, very wrong. This Sydney Airbnb is a self-contained studio, perfect for weekend getaways or those of you prepared to spend more time out than in, if you catch our drift. What’s more is you’ll get 180-degree views of the harbour and you’ll be a short walk away from Circular Quay, Sydney’s transportation mecca. Catch a ferry to Sydney’s north or cruise over to Sydney’s Inner West. 

Book your stay here.

Kirribilli Harbourside 


If waking up to sunrise views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a must, look no further than Kirribilli Harbourside. This super bright and airy apartment will give you one of the most incredible views of the harbour and Sydney’s glistening skyline. Tucked inside one of Kirribilli’s most picturesque leafy streets, this Airbnb puts you in a direct line of great cafes, shops, supermarkets, foreshore walks, scenic lookouts and harbour pools as well—a bonus in Sydney’s scorching summer. As far as "workations" in Sydney go, this property is a no-brainer and also features a workstation for anyone travelling on business.

Book your stay here.



Chimneys is another immaculate Sydney Airbnb with huge attention to detail and more flair than the Opera House itself. Much of a secluded urban hideaway, this two-level apartment has been carefully put together for the refined traveller. Boasting original artworks, Chimneys has been designed for those on the run but with that in mind, a short stay doesn’t mean you have to skimp out on the good stuff in life. For when you’re not hitting the town, lap up the Miele oven, a Nespresso coffee maker and a 50-inch flat-screen. Around the neighbourhood, you’ll have street art to find, art galleries to peruse and too many coffee shops to count.

Book your stay here.

Sydney Airbnbs: Beach Getaways 

Bismarck House

Bondi Beach

This breathtaking Bondi home has collected a bunch of awards and has been featured in ArchDaily and Dezeen. Designed by Andrew Burges Architects, it is a design-lovers dream, complete with a breezy Bondi Beach vibe. Expect designer appliances and furniture, landscaped gardens, and four spacious bedrooms—one of which can be added on as a self-contained apartment or second living space for your stay. The beach is a 10-minute stroll away and you are an easy distance from all of Bondi's best cafes, restaurants, and bars. 

Book your stay here. 

Hip Designer Apartment

Bondi Beach

Complete with a plunge pool and designer furniture, this light-filled Bondi Beach apartment has everything you need for a cute beach escape for two. There's a full kitchen with top-tier appliances, a bathroom with bathtub, dining room, a fireplace, and even a little library. It's also a cruisey distance from the beach and all of Bondi's best restaurants. 

Book your stay here. 

Magical Maianbar Retreat


open air studio with bed

For something a little further away from the hustle and bustle, this Sydney Airbnb will feel like a world away. Located in Sydney’s south, it’s less bustling bars and restaurants here and more bush, ferns and hey, even a stone bath if you’re that way inclined. Situated on Maianbar lagoon, this beautiful studio is perfect for two during a mid-week stay or intimate getaway.

Book your stay here.

Palm Beach Getaway

Palm Beach

stunning waterfront property

Water views, sunsets, palm trees and an infinity pool—it’s nothing less than Hamptons-vibes here. You’ll find this one hidden way up in Sydney’s north, overlooking the iconic waters of Pittwater (any keen kayaker’s version of heaven). Super private, this house is dedicated to all the wholesome moments you might not be able to score at home which includes quiet reading spots, a big kitchen to cook up hearty feasts in and yes, the said 70-litre infinity pool for dips any time of the day.

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Beachside Private House



If you’re out to legitimately holiday in Sydney, you’ll want to be out of the city and in the midst of swimming spots, wholesome cafe culture and coastal walks. That’s where this Beachside Private House comes in. Taking up some hot real estate in Malabar, you’ll be within walking distance of Malabar Beach, one of Sydney’s best spots for paddleboarding, kayaking and snorkelling. Elsewhere, you’ll have the likes of Little Bay Beach, La Perouse, Kamay National Park, Malika Bakehouse, One Drop Brewing Co. and Yarra Bay all close by as well.

Book your stay here.

The Bunkie At Ethel And Ode’s


small beachside shack

For another beachside getaway, The Bunkie is your best bet. Just a few steps from Jibbon Beach in Bundeena, this property features everything from a private balcony, water views, and easy street parking. Made for two, The Bunkie is the heart of an area great for surfers, keen adventurers ready to explore the famous Royal National Park, weekend markets, and a whole strip of damn good pubs.

Book your stay here.

For more incredible places to stay, check out Sydney's best hotels

Image credit: Prue Ruscoe, Airbnb

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