Local Escapes

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

By Jessica Best
29th Oct 2021

A loft apartment with green velvet armchair and wide skylight-style windows

Whether you’re new in town or keen on an epic city staycation, Sydney is a city worth staying in and exploring. 

And look, there’s a time and place for fancy hotels, and for that we suggest you head here for some of the dreamiest in Sydney. For the other times, the weekday getaways or cheeky weekenders where you want to feel like you’re an actual Sydneysider, you’ll want to hit up the best Airbnbs across our glorious city. From inner-city lofts with postcard views of the harbour to tropical beachside studios a little further away from the noise of the big smoke, we've got you covered right here.  

Read on for the best Airbnbs in Sydney.

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.

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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Kirribilli Harbourside 


apartment balcony looking over sydney harbour bridge

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.

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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.

Tony Boneca Apartment

Rushcutters Bay

modern apartment

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 (with ‘boneca’ literally translating to ‘doll’s house in Portuguese’). Designed for those on a short stay, this apartment puts everything you need at your fingertips, from pilate’s studios and cafes to harbour walks and cosy bars.

Book your stay here.



cool inner-city airbnb

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 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.

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Image credit: Airbnb and Tom Ferguson

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