For many, Australia is one of those top bucket list destinations, and it’s easy to see why. The landscape is so diverse – from harbour cities, to beaches, to rainforests and the Outback.
To help you plan for your next Australian adventure, I asked a few fellow travel bloggers for their recommendations of the best and most amazing Airbnbs in Australia.
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1. Featherview Magic Moons & Mornings Vegan Farm Stay (Montecollum, New South Wales)
We often go to Byron Bay for scuba diving one of the best spots in Australia. For once, we wanted a different experience than staying in town. We were looking for nature and tranquillity, and that’s how we found Featherview on Airbnb.
It is an equipped studio on a banana farm near Mullumbimby, approximately 20 minutes away from Byron Bay. And there are many reasons why it is a fantastic and unforgettable place. The studio has many windows and a terrace so you can comfortably enjoy the outdoors. It offers one of the best views of the region from your bed over the lush countryside up to the ocean and Byron Bay lighthouse.
The host Gary was interesting to talk to. He accepted to take us on a farm visit, and he had prepared everything we needed to make excellent smoothies with his delicious organic bananas. He also understands privacy and was very careful to ensure we had a perfect stay.
Finally, the most remarkable thing about this place is the outdoor shower. It first feels weird to go outside for showering, but we ended up loving the experience. We waited for the darkness to relax under the trees and the stars and felt a special connection with nature.
(Recommended by Eloise from My Favourite Escapes)
2. Squeaky Windmill Boutique Tent B&B (Alice Springs, Northern Territory)
We’ve stayed in lots of cool Airbnbs but one experience really blew us away. Glamping in the middle of the Outback in Central Australia!
At Squeaky Windmill in Alice Springs, you get the benefit of being in the wilderness, waking up to that orange landscape so synonymous with the Outback, but with all the luxury of glamping. The tent is really comfortable with a proper bed, bathroom and a little kitchen area to make breakfast. The patio is the perfect place to sit with a glass of wine and watch the kangaroos grazing at sunset.
Central Australia has some of the best stargazing in the world and one of our favourite things to do at Squeaky Windmill was wait until it got dark and look up to see the sky lit up with thousands of stars. You could see the Milky Way so clearly that it felt like you could almost reach out and touch it.
Our insider tip for visiting Squeaky Windmill would be to make sure you get up for at least one sunrise; it’s truly spectacular and you don’t even need to get out your pajamas! It is also incredibly close to Simpson’s Gap, a beautiful but popular gorge; being so close means you can get there early and beat the crowds. Discover more top things to do in Alice Springs.
(Recommended by Cat from Walk My World)
3. Stonewood Views (Diwan, Queensland)
The most amazing Airbnb location I have ever stayed at with kids was Stonewood Views near Cape Tribulation in Australia. This incredible 3-bedroom house has unobstructed panoramic views of the incredible Daintree forest in a secluded and peaceful setting along Cooper Creek.
Modern finishes and a huge deck for enjoying the outdoors make this vacation rental a place you will want to stay for at least a week. Bird-watching here was spectacular with all kinds of activity and migrating flocks. Fruit bats also came out at dusk and were incredible to watch. Every evening, dragonflies would fly overhead mesmerizing us! Our two kids played outdoors and at the creek all day.
What makes this place special is that the house is environmentally sustainable and off-the-grid. A rain catchment system and solar panels make it energy efficient and self-reliant; an amazing feature for a house surrounded by forest. The close proximity to activities like Thornton Beach, Discovery Daintree Centre, and Cape Trib Horse Rides means you have all kinds of adventurous activities to explore during your stay. Stonewood Views is an incredible property with knowledgeable owners who have built a one-of-a-kind vacation rental that you will want to return to again and again. You can read more about where to go and what to do with kids here!
(Recommended by Cerise from Enchanted Vagabond)
4. The Virtue in Melbourne CBD (Melbourne, Victoria)
Melbourne was our first stop in Australia – a place we’d only ever dreamed of visiting since we lived all the way on the other side of the world in New York. We would be spending a week in the city, so wanted to find a comfortable place to call home, but we were on a year-long trip around the world so budget was a major consideration.
After being shocked by the prices of accommodations throughout the city (and the whole continent!), we were overjoyed to find this reasonably-priced apartment right in the middle of the CBD and steps from the Yarra River.
The apartment itself was perfectly sized for two people, although it also has a sofa bed so you could squeeze in a couple more. We made good use of the well-equipped kitchen, which also helped save money. And the gym was a welcome and much-needed amenity.
But the highlight – and what makes us call this an awesome Airbnb experience – was the view. From the apartment’s balcony, we were treated to an incredible view of Melbourne across the Yarra River. We watched the sun rise and set, hitting the buildings and creating the most gorgeous colors and glittering lights. It was simultaneously relaxing and exciting and the perfect way to start our time in Australia.
(Recommended by Sarah and Justin from Travel Breathe Repeat)
5. Talisman Stunning Clifftop Ocean Views (Portland, Victoria)
Along our drive from Adelaide to Melbourne, we stopped in the small town of Portland, Victoria. With Mount Gambier on one side and Port Fairy on the other, Portland is a great night stop on a drive along the coast.
We stayed at an adorable Airbnb.
We had the entire house to ourselves, with two bedrooms, a full kitchen, and one and a half bathrooms. The house is decorated like a modern beach cottage with bright blue accents and nautical decor. Just across the street is the Great South West Walk, a collection of bushwalking trails. The largest is a 250-km loop that starts and ends in Portland.
While the whole loop is ambitious, the trail runs along the waterfront in either direction from Portland, going past the lighthouse, war memorial, and visitors center. The best part of this Airbnb is the view. With floor-to-ceiling picture windows in the front of the house facing east, our vista of the sunrise over the foreshore was stunning.
(Recommended by Amy from Out Chasing Stars)
6. The Ringers Cabin (Sheffield, Tasmania)
Every now and again you come across an absolute corker of an Airbnb. Something that is truly wonderful. On a recent Tasmanian adventure, James and I decided to take a pit stop in Sheffield. A town more famous for the murals than anything else.
Just on the outskirts of town is the most marvelous Airbnb. What was once an old stable block that has been turned into a little bit of luxury – The Ringers Cabin. Bringing a rustic feel to your Tasmanian adventure. The room is balanced with local wood and tin. A great balance.
What makes The Ringers Cabin oh so special and worth your money? The space is immaculate, the bathroom is huge and the hosts are delightful. They are happy to show you around the property, give you tips on the local area or if you prefer just to leave you alone.
(Recommended by Jean from Traveling Honeybird)
7. Be Surprised With Half A House & Swimming Pool (Bundaberg, Queensland)
Lindy is a fabulous host who we stayed with in Bundaberg. When she advertises her house as half a house it is literally that! It’s so spacious, and her main kitchen is amazing. She loaned us reusable bags when we went to the supermarket, she made us breakfast and made us so very, very welcome. There’s a pool here and heaps and heaps of information, plus great wifi.
We spent two nights here, checking out the Bundaberg rum brewery – AND thanks to Lindy – finding out how to go help the baby turtles find their way into the ocean. Lindy also suggested that we head to the Bundaberg Ginger Beer store and that was an amazing find that we wouldn’t have seen without her. She’s well travelled and the most genial of hosts; this really is a home away from home.
(Recommended by Sarah from ASocialNomad)
So many amazing Airbnbs in Australia… which one do you think would be first on your list?
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