Top 10 AirBnB Vacation Rentals For Exploring Sydney - Updated 2024

Top 10 AirBnB Vacation Rentals For Exploring Sydney - Updated 2024
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Whether you’re finding Nemo, enjoying a view of the Sydney Opera House, or jetting across the harbours of Australia’s most populated city, be sure to enjoy it with the right accommodations. Whether you’re a family, couple, or single traveller, we’re sure you’ve all felt the draw to visit The Harbor City. Not sure where to stay? If you’re new to Down Under, let us do the work and go with one of these top vacation rentals from AirBnB.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on February 07, 2024.

Sydney on The Rocks (from USD 396)

Stay near the heart of the city with this luxurious Airbnb apartment in the historical The Rocks neighbourhood. Named so after the local sandstone which helped build some of the earlier colonial buildings. It’s also close to Sydney’s oldest pub, The Fortune of War, which has been in operation since 1828. Get a touch of the old world with floor-to-ceiling dark wood. Office space with a wonderful view lets anyone get a good glimpse of the outdoors. Enough to inspire anyone to hit the sunny Australian streets for shopping, eating out, or exploration. The view from the top floor bedroom doesn’t hurt either. Watch the world pass by from the harbour bridge, and off in the distance the rotating Luna Park Ferris wheel is begging for a ride. This bedroom comes with a shoe rack fit for a king and queen! Your kicks aren’t the only thing that will get treated with luxury in this kind sized, soft white master bedroom. To top it all off, you get your own private garden. Great for late night talks, sunbathing, or if you have kids, let them expend some energy outdoors.

Millers Point, New South Wales, Australia
238 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi was reasonable but could do with better coverage throughout the house
good facilities and amenities
quirky interesting furniture well equipped kitchen
it was quite funny to have everyone sleeping in his own floor in this four floor apartment
a very nice view of the harbour bridge from the room on the top floor
the place was clean and well maintained
the house itself is clean n spacious
the house was very clean and comfortable
otherwise very clean and an enjoyable stay
the house was clean and all the beds were made when we arrived
hosts were very quick to reply to our questions and requests - great help
excellent hosts who were extremely helpful
lincoln is an amazing host
lincoln was extremely helpful from the moment we made the reservation
and the house owner is very friendly and nice
great restaurants close by
wonderful location and stunning house
amazing location beautifully restored
it is perfectly located close to circular quay 5mns walking distance
it was close to beautiful restaurants
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From Deck to Dawn in Sydney Harbor (from 106 USD)

Looking to get a bit closer to that beautiful bridge? Stay across from Circular Quay in this Airbnb private room. This vacation rental comes with access to a garden front built straight on the shoreline for spectacular views. The private room comes with its own bathroom and balcony. A classy accommodation choice for the single or couple traveller. The owner works from home, which makes the home even more accessible and hassle free than most. The top floor is the home, while the private porch featured with this accommodation is on the top left. Great for a lazy morning routine. It’s hard for that front private porch to compete with the backyard garden however! A glittering night city skyline awaits anyone who would choose to stay here. Daylight offers a fantastic view as well to sip in Sydney.

Waterfront Postcard View

Address: Sydney Harbor, Sydney (see map)

Price: from 106 USD

Number of Guests: 2

Musical Suite in Circular Quay (from USD 223)

Keep it classy in this gorgeous Airbnb apartment by Circular Quay. This charming suite boasts close proximity to the Sydney Harbor Bridge, The Rocks, Royal Botanic Gardens, Andrew Charlton Pool, Museum of Sydney, MCA, Palmer & Co, Mr. Wong, and the Gateway food court. Strike up the band with the piano and guitar left for use in the apartment. That will liven up any evening with some musical cheer if you’ve a pianist in your group. If pianos aren’t your thing, grab this guitar for a quick tune up and let out the jams! Could be great fun to gather around and sing some of your favourites. If you’re not a musician, then it’s at least a beautiful piece of decor and you don’t have to play to bring music to your ears nowadays. A beautiful bedroom comes with this suite, and there is additional room on the sofa bed. The cool blue and grey tones will keep you relaxed throughout your stay, minutes from all the fun. A taste of high tea or some champagne waits for you. Be sure to grab a bottle of something tasty, or brew a cup of our favorite drink for a taste of elegance. This apartment’s decor strikes a nice chord between the funky and the elegant. Not an easy feat.

Elegance and Poise in this Upbeat Suite

Address: Circular Quay, Sydney

Price: from 217 USD

Number of Guests: 3

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
281 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
also free wifi modern kitchen and bathroom
well appointed kitchen and wonderful coffee and espresso maker
great quality furnishings and the tv was great
breakfast food and coffee was provided and much appreciated
lots of natural light secure & private building and very comfortable furnishings
really clean and nice additional touches
it is also very clean
the apartment was immaculately clean stylish and very comfortable
the accommodation was stylish clean comfortable and secure
the apt itself was clean stylish nyc decor
nice host and reasonable price
amazing host judy always answered my questions anytime
host was so considerate & accommodating
thirdly the host jen is one of the most lovely people you will ever encounter
love the piano and also an amazing host
great location very comfortable apartment
outstanding location with circular quay train and ferry station just 5 min walk away
amazing apartment in perfect location
the location was great as well
very nice apartment located in the heart of sydney just a walk away from circular quay
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Tucked Away Terrace in Paddington Neighbourhood (from 244 USD)

Don’t let this neighbourhood pass you by! The area is home to such historical sites as the Victoria Barracks, Oxford Street, and the Paddington Reservoir, which is not a sunken garden. The vacation rental is nicely situated between the downtown festivities and the infamous Bondi Beach whether on foot or by public transit. A charming quiet neighbourhood, close enough to the action without having to pay the traffic and noise penalty. The famous Victorian style architecture that much of Sydney is known for shows its colours in the outside decor. A small terrace is available to keep taking in the beautiful fresh air. The glass doors help bring in the beautiful Australian sunlight to this rental home. An open, but private bedroom plan helps keep this feeling light and free. Snuggle up under these vaulted ceilings, and let the warm sunlight wake you up to another day of adventuring.

Victorian Home Near the Heart of Sydney

Address: Paddington, Sydney (see map)

Price: from 244 USD

Number of Guests: 6

Sydney Tour Guide

Jo Henwood

Jo Henwood

Jo Henwood has been a Tour Guide since 1998, working primarily as a site Guide and Education Officer in many heritage sites around Sydney, building a rich understanding of Sydney’s history and culture, particularly around the Harbour. Jo is passionate about sharing stories about Sydney’s history, leading her own walking tours in Windsor and Liverpool, and women’s history tours of Sydney. Jo is an Accredited Storyteller with Australian Storytellers, an accredited Professional Guide with the Institute of Australian Tour Guides, and a member of Interpretation Australia and the Australian Folklore Network. She coordinates the Australian Fairy Tale Society. Jo’s qualifications include BA (Library Science), Tour Guiding Cert III, Grad Dip Museum Studies, Grad Cert Gifted Ed, and M. Cultural Heritage.

Tours by Jo

Balmoral Beach and Rainforest Trees

You don’t always have to literally build a tree in a house to get a nice experience. With this Airbnb home, backed against a local rain forest, and a short walk to the Balmoral Beach, one can get the best of both worlds. Views on the deck let you look out to the nearby harbour’s shoreline. A quiet afternoon can be spent listening to the waves, the wild birds, all from this beautiful wooden deck. A short walk to the beach indeed! Guide your senses to the salty shore, or recline and relax by the local vegetation that hugs this accommodation. It is sure to impress any nature lover without having to move too far from your rental home. Drink in the natural wonders from the bedroom. Splendidly decked out in white, blue, and green tones that are a sure reflection of the natural colours beyond the glass door.

Bondi Beach Getaway (from USD 128)

By far, Sydney’s most talked about beach is the infamous Bondi Beach. Get ready for the sun rays and some serious beach bod. Access is just a short walk down the road from this apartment. The beach is visible from the vacation rental on the horizon. A sophisticated apartment with two bedrooms, and plenty of space to eat, lounge, and relax. The location keeps it simple and clean with neutral coloured decor, amenities, and a touch of the outdoors with house plants. A real home that will warm up to you like the sand under the sun. Make sure you get a chance to visit the beach too! Beautiful visages by sunset. The best months for taking a dip are December through February for a bit of summer sun.

Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia
160 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is an excellent ceiling fan in the lounge and fans in the bedrooms
nice apartment exactly as the photos
we had a fantastic stay in bondi and pip's apartment lived up to every expectation
the apartment is gorgeous looks very similar to the photos
the full kitchen was perfect for cooking when we didn't want to eat out
the apartment was clean and “as advertised”
the bathroom was very clean as was the whole apartment
the apartment was clean and cozy
lovely place clean and spacious great bathroom too
pip’s place is great very clean and comfortable
pip is a great host :)
wonderful place and a great host
and pip was the perfect host
pip was a great host would definitely stay there again
pip was the most accommodating and responsive host i’ve ever had
great location for bondi
great location close to everything
this is an ideal location in bondi
excellent location everything worked perfect
great location in a wonderful place
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Harborside Style in Sydney (from 4443 USD)

Why stay landside? Sydney is a large port filled with plenty of tourist destinations, boat rides, and sea life viewing sessions. But why pay for the privilege of setting out with others when you can take control and see Sydney harbour on your own terms? Luckily this Riviera sports boat is for rent on Airbnb. Can’t steer? Don’t worry, the vacation rental comes with a captain of its own. Sunset, sunrise, you can see it all and on your own terms. Take this boat out to the clear skies, hit the beach, and take in this East Coast city for all its worth. A beautiful semi-covered deck allows for plenty of sun bathing. Enjoy a view of the waves, a city skyline, or the ocean’s horizon from the comfort of the deck. The boat itself accommodates up to 6 people, making it a nice vessel for smaller, intimate parties. Hungry? This boat sports a ceramic Cook-top, microwave over, convention oven, and outdoor BBQ to ensure you can whip up anything that comes to mind. Be sure to book this boat for your next Sydney trip!

Sports Riviera Boat in Sydney

Address: Rose Bay, Sydney (see map)

Price: from 4443 USD

Number of Guests: 6

Sydney in a Super Luxury Yacht (from 16293 USD)

There are few things that say luxury like a yacht on the sea. If you’re looking for the high-class experience, a rental of this 5 bedroom yacht with an 80-person capacity is right up your alley. Never mind finding the good party scene, you can just create your own with its extensive decks, lounge space, and amenities. Plenty of space to turn up or tune out. Ride the sea, open up to the sound of the waves, and bask in the luxury of this Airbnb yacht. Take a group out to create the experience of a lifetime. Beautiful white, natural wood and gold tones set up a taste of elegance and high class. The interior is designed by the renowned Ed Dubois. The boat boasts five lush bedrooms able to accommodate up to 12 people. A wonderful, spacious set of rooms that doesn’t have the typical clustered and claustrophobic feel of a boat. Keep that sunshine on your body all year round! If the ocean is a little too cool, you can always take a refreshing dip in the pool on deck. Plenty of pillows and lounging space to ensure you’re taking in the sun all year round on your own terms. Jump in, jump out, sunbathe on the deck, and or get indoors with some good company. The best part is you’ll have an experienced captain to help steer and chart the boat. All you need is to sit back and relax!

Swiftly Sailing Luxury Yacht

Address: Point Piper (see map)

Price: from 16293 USD

Number of Guests: 12

Beautiful Direct Harbour View (from 204 USD)

Want a one-way ticket to the best view in town? This vacation rental stretches across the harbour, offering unrestricted views of the Harbor Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, and access to a private jetty. Great for basking in a beautiful New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular, or enjoying a romantic, quiet evening with a loved one. Based in McMahons Point, this rental is a mere 9 minutes Ferry Ride to Circular Quay via the nearby Luna Park. You don’t have to get out on the water to enjoy the fireworks. Here’s a view of a fireworks display as seen from the apartment. So be sure to stick this rental on your list if you’re looking to celebrate the coming of a New Year! Don’t think the view is the only amenity. You’ll also be able to take in some rays by the pool, set up a BBQ feast, and enjoy a spot of the outdoors without having to leave. The view is accessible from nearly all rooms including the master bedroom. The owner has stated you can even get a nice view from the bathroom if you’re willing to keep the door open! Don’t worry, it will still be there when you come out.

Spectacular Harbor View Home

Address: McMahons Point (see map)

Price: from 204 USD

Number of Guests: 4

Apartment with shoreline view for whale watching

Are you more of a sea faring creature but suffer from sea sickness? Stay afloat of the latest ocean breeze and action in this lovely Airbnb apartment rental. The shoreline is visible from both inside the home, as well as on the private deck- complete with its own BBQ of course. This is Australia, mate! Inside is a small but spacious apartment fit for 5 guests. Ideal for a family with 3 beds to accommodate a couple and two singles. The apartment is set in Sydney’s exclusive Vaucluse neighbourhood. Ahoy, matey! The apartment sports a beautiful standing binoculars for whale watching. It is located 10 minutes by bus (5 minutes by car) from Bondi, 20 minutes’ walk (through the gorgeous cliffs) to Watsons Bay and Camp Cove beach, and features easy access to the city.

Vaucluse, New South Wales, Australia
15 reviews  
Entire apartment 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great apartment in a quiet area with amazing views
kitchen well equipped wifi was good for streaming for one device
i would highly recommend adriano and his apartment to others
we had an amazing weekend and i couldn't ask for a better host
amazing cliff walks and close to the city
a lovely place to stay
grocery and bottle shop 10 min walk away gorgeous coastal walks on all sides
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Stay true to Sydney!

Get the most out of the most populated city in Australia, Sydney. Full of a wonderful shore side night life, ocean action, harbour-side shopping and more! Plenty of opportunities for a family trip to explore museums, a couple’s romantic sunset getaway, or a single traveller looking to take on the beaches through these hand-picked Airbnb vacation rentals. We hope you’ll stay soon!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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