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

By Sammy Preston
8th Jan 2024

The lounge area at Bismarck House, one of the best Airbnbs in Sydney

Searching for the perfect place to stay in Sydney/Eora? 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. So, without further ado, keep scrolling for the best Airbnbs in Sydney according to Urban List.

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Sydney Airbnbs: City Stays

The Glass House

Darlinghurst

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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. 

Architect Designed Studio

Redfern

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This laneway studio in leafy Redfern has won design awards and has been featured in architecture magazines. Light, airy, and cosy, it has everything you need for a great city staycation.

The bed nook can be opened up or closed to create more space in the living room and there's a dedicated kitchen with top-notch appliances. Heading out? Check out the best cafes in Redfern or Surry Hills' best restaurants

Book your stay here. 

Drill Hall Apartment

Milsons Point

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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

Lilyfield

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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.

Luxury Converted Warehouse

Woolloomooloo

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This stunning light-filled one-bedroom stay, an easy walk to both the CBD and Kings Cross, is hosted by renowned local florist Hermetica Flowers, so you know you're in for an aesthetic stay at every turn.

The converted 1860s laundromat is packed with designer finishes and floral styling throughout the studio-style space, with modern and vintage touches working in perfect harmony. There's a huge art frame TV, a full kitchen and massive bathroom, and plenty of creature comforts for a luxe longer stay.

Book your stay here.

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Newtown Area Warehouse Apartment

St Peters

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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

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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 Sydney 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.

Chimneys

Redfern

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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 

The Arc

Bondi Beach

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The Arc is a spacious and sleek, industrial-style home close to Sydney's ultra-famous Bondi Beach. The home is an architect-designed oasis with luxe features like Miele appliances, a Carrara marble bathtub in the master bedroom ensuite, and an Italian glass mosaic-tiled plunge pool with heating. 

The home sleeps up to nine guests across four bedrooms and is super close to the best Bondi restaurants and cafes. 

Book your stay here. 

Hip Designer Apartment

Bondi Beach

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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 a bathtub, a 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

Maianbar

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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

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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.

Book your stay here.

Beachside Private House

Malabar

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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

Cronulla

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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.

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