Aussies love Airbnb—the home-sharing site has seen listings more than double in the last year. And with more than 15,000 rentals listed on Airbnb, Sydney is one of the top 10 cities in the world in terms of number of listings. In some of the most popular beach suburbs, as many as one in five dwellings are listed on the site. Translation: It’s never been more affordable to take a trip to the land down under. And it doesn’t hurt that temperatures this time of year are averaging around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Here are 10 of our favorite Airbnb rentals in the city.
1. ‘Le Studio’ at Potts Point; 2. Bronte apartment; 3. Curry Hills apartment; 4. one bedroom apartment; 5. Tamarama apartment; 6. Redfern apartment; 7. vintage-inspired apartment; 8. two-bedroom near Bondi Beach; 9. Writer’s Retreat; 10. Malabar apartment.
Paste’s Airbnb columnist Erica Jackson Curran is a former alt-weekly editor turned moonlight freelancer based in Richmond, Virginia.
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Located in a lively neighborhood halfway between Bondi Beach and Sydney's central business district, "Le Studio" at Potts Point is a charming little place with all the necessities—a kitchenette, table for two, and a comfy bed. Past guests rave about the central location, just steps away from Kings Cross Station and the trendy boutiques and cafes of this Art Deco-style neighborhood.
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Relax in a tranquil garden surrounded by orchids and avocado trees at this Bronte apartment, situated about a mile south of Bondi Beach. The studio has a bed, seating area, and small kitchenette, plus plenty of outdoor space for soaking up the Australian sun. It's 10 minutes from Bondi Junction, where you can hop a train into the city.
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This converted warehouse apartment is on a quiet street in Surry Hills, a cool neighborhood dotted with pubs and galleries. It's got plenty of light thanks to its top-floor location, plus views of the district from the balcony. Besides thoughtful perks like free Nespresso coffee and organic toiletries, you can also rent a pocket Wi-Fi device to stay connected.
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Get a taste of historic Sydney by staying in this one-bedroom apartment in a grand Victorian mansion, circa 1880. Guests have access to off-street parking and a communal garden, and they'll be treated to a free breakfast their first morning.
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Cool off in a shared pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean at this apartment in the glam beach village of Tamarama. The ground-floor space is just a quick walk to the beach, and guests say it's clean and convenient.
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With both a bedroom and a murphy bed in the office, this roomy apartment is perfect for a larger group of travelers. It's in Redfern, an artsy neighborhood that is home to Sydney's largest indigenous population. More than 200 five-star reviews praise Superhost Paul for being welcoming and informative.
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This vintage-inspired apartment is in an Art Deco building in Potts Point, which the host calls "Sydney's slice of Manhattan." There's a kitchenette, office space, and a nice little library, plus the square across the street is home to weekly markets. There's also a French patisserie located right downstairs.
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Ideal for families, this light-filled two-bedroom rental is a five-minute walk from Bondi Beach. There's a big backyard and patio just for guests' use, and more than one past guest refers to the entire place as a "sanctuary."
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With a shared front yard overlooking the harbor and the iconic Sydney Opera House, the "Writers' Retreat" is cozy and quaint. There's a full kitchen, living room, and bedroom with a Balinese door robe as well as a little study area.
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In a suburb of Southeastern Sydney, this Malabar apartment has plenty of windows and a large terrace with views of the bay. The local beach and ocean pool is more laid-back than many of Sydney's more popular coastal areas, making it perfect for those looking for a quieter retreat. Cafes, parks, and golf clubs are within walking distance of the apartment.