Canberra's cool factor has been rising for a while now. With a swag of fun bars, top-tier restaurants, leading cultural institutions, outdoor adventures, and surrounding wine country, the Aussie capital is teeming with reasons why you should visit. And if you haven't visited since your school trip to Questacon, then it's high time you went back.
Whether you plan on hitting up a bunch of vineyards, racing down trails on a mountain bike, wining and dining around town, or scoping out new exhibitions, what you will need to figure out is where to stay. And that's where we come in.
We've scoured Airbnb to find the best stays in and around Canberra—from cosy tiny homes to luxe modern apartments and country cottages just a short drive to the capital.
Ready for a vacay? These are the best Airbnbs to book for your next trip to Canberra.
Luxurious Waterfront Apartment
Water views? Great location? This swish one-bedroom apartment in the leafy suburb of Kingston is primed for a couple looking to get the most out of their getaway. You'll be a short walk from cosy cafes, popular restaurants, boutique shops, and that stunning foreshore. The bedroom has an adjoining balcony, both looking out over the water. There's also all the modern comforts like a new kitchen, WiFi, Netflix, access to a gym—you name it. But really, this place is all about those stunning views and close proximity to Canberra's greatest attractions. Book here.
Located in the 'burbs, this ultra-chic townhouse is the ideal getaway for those wanting max comfort while still within reach of the city—we're talking an easy 15-minute drive into the heart of town and with a bus stop right next door. It's also within walking distance to the picturesque Lake Ginninderra, which offers plenty of scenic hiking and bike trails, as well as plenty of neighbourhood cafes. And it comes decked out with two generously sized bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and living area, and on-site parking. Book here.
Now, this lil slice of paradise might not be close to all the hustle and bustle, but god it's gorgeous. Technically, it's within New South Wales, but falls within the Canberra Region and is primed for those looking for an outdoorsy escape. It's located about a 30-minute drive into town, too, so you can still check out all the restaurants, galleries, and shops—just plan accordingly. This off-grid couples' retreat is on a sheep property and comes with 360-degree views of the hilly landscape. Oh, and it has an outdoor, woodfired hot tub that is perfect for a soak under the stars. Book here.
Oakenstone Pool House
This quaint-looking cottage is actually a pool house—so, yes, you can go for a dip in summer which is a huge win. Heading there in winter? Then you'll be pleased to know that the Hamptons-inspired guest house also boasts a toasty wood fire and a spa bath. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, this place is tranquil to a tee while also being within minutes of Manuka, Parliament House, the National Gallery and the city centre. Book here.
This charming, off-the-beaten-track homestead is located in the nearby town of Wallaroo, just a 25-minute drive to the capital. The six-bedroom house sleeps up to 12 people so, if you're planning a trip with mates, this is the spot. It's located on a rugged 200-acre property that has views across the Brindabellas Mountains and Murrumbidgee River valley—so sit out on the wide verandah with a cuppa and soak up those vistas. There's also a private courtyard and a tennis court. Inside, there are roaring open fireplaces, two large baths, a huge chef's kitchen, art-adorned walls, and cosy living spaces. It's also close to some wineries, so it'd be rude not to check them out. Book here.
Charming Blue Cottage
Those looking for the best of both worlds will want to stay in this quirky Pialligo cottage. It's close to the airport and still close to the hubbub of Canberra's centre but also provides a chilled-out rustic vibe. The spacious accommodation is set within extensive gardens with plenty of beautiful blooms come springtime. There's a basic kitchenette, a queen bed and a single bed, plus you can go for a stroll in the orchard and pick herbs and veggies from the garden. Or, as you're so close, head over to the downright stunning Pialligo Estate for a day of wining, dining and unwinding. Book here.
Stylish Lakeside Apartment
Decked out with luxe furnishings, a plush queen bed, a dedicated workspace, comfy linen couch and views overlooking the city, this modern apartment is a winner for a quick weekend escape. You're within arm's length of all the main attractions and trendy restaurants and bars. Plus, it's pet friendly, so you can bring Fido along. Book here.
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