The natural beauty of Sydney lies in its pristine beaches, public gardens and, of course, in its world-famous port, all things worth seeing before heading out to explore restaurants and markets. Complete your tour with an excursion in the Blue Mountains, quite popular even among the locals. Here are some things you don’t want to miss if you’re going there: taking a dip in the picturesque beaches, discovering the most spectacular landscapes of Australia, having dinner in the best restaurants and booking one of our top Airbnb vacation rentals in the Northern Beaches in Sydney.
This top-story beach house offers one of the best views of Refuge Cove. Let the morning breeze cool unto you as you enjoy a cup of coffee on the balcony. Have a nice family night in the air-conditioned living room that also features a large TV with Netflix, so movie nights are also in order. Freshen up from your beach trip in the full-sized bathtub.
You can also easily have an intimate dinner party with your loved ones since there’s a fully equipped kitchen provided here.
Refuge Cove On Pittwater With ViewsSuperhost
Top guest reviewswe enjoyed breakfast on the balcony each morning taking in the water viewalthough no air-conditioning generous cross breezes and ceiling fans were welcomevery quiet relaxing place with spectacular views and lots of room to unwind enjoying the scenerylovely styling and attention to detail full kitchen and all the mod cons with beautiful water viewswe particularly enjoyed the little attentions (freshly baked bread breakfast starter and chocolates)clean and extremely comfortableall clean and well presentedit was spotlessly clean comfortable and very tastefulan truly warm clean and homely stayit was very clean and comfortable and well stocked with kitchen supplies and linens
Host:amazing hosts very friendly and helpfulhelpful host who made us feel comfortable for our stayrobyn was such a friendly hospitable host who provided us with everything we neededhad a fantastic time - great apartment and very generous and helpful hostsrobyn and ian were gracious hosts and helpful an excellent choice for exploring the northern beachesRead more reviewsvery close to the water and a beautiful locationa very nice quiet location in an established neighborhood on pittwater bayaccess to town is very easy by bus or car and there are great beaches within walking distancethe house was very well appointed and perfectly located close to our son's familythis is a fantastic property in a beautiful location
This private studio flat lies in the Northern Beaches’ most desired location: Bungan Beach. A grassy path will lead you to the beach and you won’t have to worry about the climate, as the flat is provided with both air conditioning and heating. You’ll be granted with full privacy, which makes this option particularly ideal for couples.
Beachfront - The Beach ShackNewport, New South Wales, AustraliaSuperhost
Top guest reviewswine coffee and other extras also great and the wifi is really solidthe bed was super comfy & the view is spectacularthe room was exactly as described and the beach is just gorgeousthe room was beautiful and comfortablethe flat itself is immaculately clean and tastefully appointedthe flat was beautifully clean comfortable and spaciouswell equipped and very cleanthe beach flat was also very clean and tidythe space was gorgeous - clean calm bright and modern
Host:janelle was a wonderful hostour hosts janelle and peter were so welcoming and friendlydelightful hosts very obliging and welcominggreat place and great hostjanelle was a great hostRead more reviewsan amazing location and beautiful private beachthe location is breathtaking we will be backincredible location thoughtful touches around the housethe place was in a fantastic locationeverything was perfect for a few days city break the beach was quiet and really close
Yes, you’re not dreaming, this Pittwater apartment retreat really exists, and it’s waiting for you at Clareville Beach, with its lounge area looking out onto Pittwater’s stunning water views. An indoor fireplace contributes to making the atmosphere even more magical and this accommodation even comes with long board and kayaking facilities! You’ll have full access to the “kitchenette” and be welcomed by the Superhost owner.
Put Yourself In This PictureAvalon Beach, New South Wales, AustraliaSuperhost
Top guest reviewsapartment is very private with great view towards pittwaterthe apartment was surrounded by lush vegetation and water views - so relaxingthe views are sensational great walks comfortable bed and nice extrasall amenities provided and thoughtfully decorated with everything you could need for a comfortable staywe didn't get to use the the cooking amenities but kitchen looked very nicevery clean place with nice touchesvery clean and had everything we neededit was modern clean and very comfortableit was very clean and had very nice touchesit was very clean and equipped with everything we needed
Host:great host as wellhe was a great hostguy was a wonderful hostguy is a fantastic hostguy is an amazing hostRead more reviewseasy walk to beachso close to everything and perfect accommodationamazing location on sydney's northern beachesstunning place in a beautiful locationlovely pittwater location and guy is very welcoming
Escape from the busy life of the city and come to this beach house for a blissful time to reconnect with nature. The house features a tree house terrace with the views of Pittwater horizon and Clareville Beach. Or, take a break and let yourself practice yoga in the private yoga space. Whip up delicious breakfasts in the well equipped kitchen. Make memories with family or friends by spending quality time in the comfortable living room. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms that are excellent for eight people.
Relaxed Clareville Beach House & Yoga StudioAvalon Beach, New South Wales, Australia
Top guest reviewsthe rooms are spacious and clean
Host:rafaela is a generous hosts with good tips for things to dotommi and rafaela were perfect hostsRead more reviewsparadise beach at sunset is a must (just a short-walk from halcyon)beautiful house with great vibe and close to cafe and local shopsclose to plenty of shops and restaurants yet peacefully out of the way of the hustle and bustleit is close to clareville shops beautiful bush walks and avalon villagetommi and rafaela’s house in avalon is an ideal place to spend a relaxing weekend on sydney’s northern beaches
A new home with direct access to Pittwater, you’ll be able to rent the whole house, including three double bedrooms with an ensuite bathroom in each, a pool, a BBQ area, and two car parks. A very large and modern place to help you live the most authentic Australian experience you could think of. Spacious, serene, artistic, relaxing and inspiring, this is ideal for friends and families who want to treat themselves to an unforgettable holiday.
Direct Water Access to Pittwater from a Creative RetreatNewport, New South Wales, AustraliaSuperhost
Top guest reviewsthe master room has a wonderful view to the sunrise or sunsetloved my early morning view from bed and evening view from the deck with a glass winecomfortable home with all mod conswe had a morning dip in the pool and enjoyed a nice long lunch nearby in newportit was so peaceful being right on the water and having a pool was the cherry on topclean spacious and comfortablethe house was also very clean and tidyexcellent clean and spacious property in a beautiful settingthe house was very clean just expect some bugs as it is in australia and on the water
Host:host was helpful and responded promptlydoug was also a great hostdoug is a great host and very helpfuldoug was a friendly and accommodating hostdoug was helpful and replied promptly to my questionsRead more reviewspittwater paradise is a beautiful house set in a stunning waterside locationa great location with loads of characterfantastic house in a great locationthe location is amazing right on pittwater and central to all the northern beaches has to offergreat location close to 2 yacht clubs serving great meals
This beach apartment, reachable by a walking trail, will make you feel like you’re on another planet. It opens up so much that it will feel like you’re living outside. Among the outdoor zones you’ll find a spa, and a dining and seating area around a fire pit. The amazing view and panorama is just the icing on the cake in this friendly and welcoming apartment fit for four guests.
Stunning 1-2 bedroom beachfront 'gem'Warriewood, New South Wales, Australia
Top guest reviewsvery comfortable accomodation with amazing viewsfree wifi was a bonusthe road was busier than we though so a little noisywell stocked kitchen appreciated special touches like the nespresso coffee and the wine and beer in the fridgefabulous location and views very comfortable and had everything we needed during our staygreat little apartment in a lovely location with sea viewsapartment is clean bright and you can hear the ocean at nightplace was nice and cleanthe apartment was modern clean private and quiet everything we wanted really
Host:ali is a lovely hostali is a great hostali was a fantastic hostali was a wonderful host and has a beautiful homehouse was amazing and so were hostsRead more reviewsa perfect spot close to everythingthe location is beautiful - a short walk to the beachgreat location on the beachfantastic location for a quiet get awaywe enjoyed the location
7. Private one-bedroom in chic designer home for two guests in Sydey'sLower North Shore (from USD 59)
What’s a better way to experience local culture than staying in a local’s homestay when visiting a lovely place like Willoughby, Australia. Consider Margie’s stunning homestay where two guests can enjoy a private king-size bedroom with luminous white interiors with touches of modern midcentury furnishings that extend throughout the living space and bathrooms. Guests have access to the whole house, with proper usage of superb amenities like Wifi, Netflix, the study, flatscreen TV, a fully decked kitchen enough for six people to cook together in, as well as free parking and the garden area. The living space is an open area extending towards the backyard and garden where guests can enjoy a great meal with the hosts and with other travelers in the area. This elegantly designed home is located just ten minutes away from city cafes, restaurants, and shops on foot.
Private Room in Elegant Design Home with Back DeckWilloughby, New South Wales, AustraliaSuperhost
Top guest reviewswe had a good sleep with a heater to keep us warm when neededmargie was kind enough to iron our clothes and also offered us breakfastthe room en-suite and little study are just wonderfulbeautiful breakfast comfortable bed and warm conversationthe complimentary breakfast was a nice and healthy touchcommunication was great and the house was clean and beautifulclean and tidy comfortable bedthe room is clean and comfortableclean quiet fabulous place to stayvery clean tidy and comfortable house
Host:the hosts were very warm and friendlydelightful hosts warm and welcomingfantastic place and great hostvery nice place with very very nice hostsgreat bed lovely hostsRead more reviewslocation was fantastic close to city and chatswood offering food options and conveniences just a short walk away5 star accommodation great locationreally good location to get around - close to chatswood crows nest and sydney cbdexcellent location close to public transport and very comfortable spacegreat location very peaceful and accessible
A hidden garden retreat surrounded by beautiful landscapes and in a very convenient location. Sit back and relax in the garden, or use the outdoor table and chairs to share a meal in this homely but exotic atmosphere. Perfect for families, friends, couples, and furry friends are welcome too!
1 Bedroom Private Air Conditioned Garden Unit.North Narrabeen, New South Wales, Australia
Top guest reviewscomfortable linen and coffee providedwhen the wifi wasn't working she helped me straight away which was lovelyeasy drive to finest beaches ever with beautiful rock swimming pools as wellthe mattress on the double bed is of high quality - very comfortableit has all the necessities for a comfortable stay my favourite was the coffee machine and podscomfortable clean and recently remodeledit was clean and comfortableit is clean and well appointedwe found the flat very clean and tidycomfortable and clean excellent value
Host:spencer & susan are great hostsspencer and susan were great hostslovely place and lovely hostshost was quick and helpful with queriesgreat place and really nice hostsRead more reviewsa lovely quiet location very close to rslin a fantastic locationawesome location at a greg pricelocation was great for the beach and lagoonawesome place very close by to a local bar
If you’re a couple, check this one out. This secluded cabin for two offers a romantic view of Pittwater and the national park. You’ll be able to relax on the lounge chairs in the covered veranda or in the separate terrace equipped with a day bed and fireplace. This peaceful hideaway is accessible only by water and will surely make you feel like you’re part of a fairytale.
Romantic, private stylish cabin for two
Close walking distance to Avalon and Whale Beaches and Avalon village, this seaside style cabin will steal your heart. You’ll be provided with an ensuite bathroom with shower/toilet and basin. Whether you’re here to surf, have a swim or just to relax, this will make your holiday dream come true by providing a very quiet space far away from touristy and crowded locations, but close to wonderful beaches.
Beachside cabin northern beachesAvalon, New South Wales, Australia
Top guest reviewsalso mattress was comfortablethe bed was comfortable and the cabin had all the amenities you would need for a short staywe had a little bit of trouble with the wifi range but otherwise we really enjoyed our staybeautiful little private cottage well presented and very comfortable for an overnight stay (or longer)the bed was comfortable good coffee and food just a few minutes drive awayvery clean and spaciousclean cosy and comfortablereally nice and clean cabinextremely clean & the bed was so comfortablethe shower is also very clean and spacious
Host:great place really nice hostbeautiful place & awesome hostreceptive host and cool personal toucheshendrika is a truly amazing hostshe was very hospitable and welcoming and we had a great timeRead more reviewscute little place great locationthe location was brilliantgreat location and very privategood location and privacywonderful cabin location is excellent
Here comes a real luxury retreat that will make your experience unforgettable… are you in? This super stylish cabana soaked in nature will make your dreams come true and you’ll never want to leave. Surrounded by exotic flowers, tropical palms, and garden art, this haven perfectly combines wood, wicker, and bamboo accents with antique styling in a comfy, sunny home. Needless to say, this Airbnb Plus accommodation will provide you with all the facilities that you’ll need to have a perfect stay.
Stylish Comfortable Beach HavenNarrabeen, New South Wales, Australia
Top guest reviewscarparks were easy to find just outside the apartmentthe bali-inspired yard is a great touch that adds to the magic of this open-plan living apartmentit was a comfortable stay for 5 adultsthe place was great very comfortable with a really well equipped kitchen and a lovely sunny gardenthe townhouse was clean and comfortable breakfast was lovely and communication has been promptit was very spacious clean and invitingsuch a beautiful house and perfectly cleanthe apartment was very clean and inviting which made it feel like homedale was very friendly and the house was clean and well presented
Host:dale is a friendly hostdale was a great host very friendly with wonderful hospitalitydale was a kind and helpful hostthe host was great with communicationdale was also very responsive and attentiveRead more reviewsthe property and location were perfectand a fabulous walking distance to the beachvery good restaurants a walk awaygreat stay - comfortable convenient and wonderful locationbeautiful home great neighbourhood really close to beach and cafes
If you imagined all boat sheds as very rustic huts with the only purpose of storing boats, then think again! This Superhost managed to turn his boat shed into a beautifully designed home for the adventurous types among you. This location surely doesn’t lack activities: paddle a kayak and explore if you feel energetic, or relax and go for a bush-walk in the National Park to a lookout overlooking Pittwater, visit the dam, explore the creeks or go further afield… discover the West Head peninsular, reachable within walking distance, or simply sit, relax and watch the world go by while you enjoy the view.
The most beautiful boatshed on Pittwater.Morning Bay, New South Wales, AustraliaSuperhost
Top guest reviewseverything you need is available with a fully equipped kitchen and space to swim eat drink and relaxwe also loved the simplicity of showering outdoors and and enjoying the view whilst at itwe cooked two delicious meals both nights and the kitchen was well equipped for our needsthe loft (and very comfortable bed) is a real highlightthe boathouse is beautiful very minimalistic clean and tidythe accomodation itself is clean and tidy with everything you could think of
Host:tim & grace were wonderful hoststim was a fantastic hosttim was a fabulous hostlovely hosts who went out of their way to make us feel welcometim and grace were wonderful communicative hostsRead more reviewswonderful location and very quiet comfy boatshedthe boathouse is an amazing location absolutely ideal if you want to get away from it all and relaxtranquil and peaceful amazing location and beautiful boatshedamazing place so close to sydney and yet you feel so far awaywow - what an incredible location and home
Are you a beach lover, but you really dislike touristy over-crowded areas? Have a look at this quiet two-bedroom unit: no neighbours on either side, a short walking distance from cafés and restaurants and, of course, located on the beach! Ideal for both short and long stays, you’ll find all the amenities you’ll possibly need to have a comfortable stay. This is also a perfect option if you have very high standards of cleanliness. The sheets and towels that are used are high quality hotel standard linens, which are guaranteed to be clean, fresh and pressed at your arrival. Cleaning personnel are hired before the arrival of each guest, making sure the accommodation will live up to your standards.
Surf & Swim at this Secluded Narrabeen Beach StayNarrabeen, New South Wales, Australia
Top guest reviewsthe sunrise view from the comfortable family room is incrediblewe also appreciated the juicer in the kitchen the wifi and the car spaceour family of four were very comfortable for our week in narrabeenapartment is a nice layout with plenty of space and had pretty much everything we neededthe apartment was full of mold and the refund ellie promised was not paid100% clean and tidythe unit was very clean and tidy and had everything required for a short or longer stayif you like it clean this place is not for youwith the cleanliness issues being addressed it is great
Host:very nice host swift responses and great cooperationjonathan was friendly and attentivejonathon responded quickly to any questions which was very helpfuli was immediately impressed by jonathon's prompt responses and helpful advicei would definitely stay there again jonathan the host was super friendlyRead more reviewsgood location and very relaxinga great location and excellent accomodationclose to great facilitiesthe location of this sweet place is awesomea beautiful in an amazing location highly recommend
Have fun in the Northern Beaches!
Reaching these locations won’t be a problem: Sydney Airport is served by direct flights from the main international airports and it’s located only twenty minutes by taxi or train from the city centre. Often considered the “gateway to Australia,” you’ll have the chance to relax on the sunny beaches, have dinner at an award-winning restaurant and enjoy some shows while you’re in this beautiful city. Make the most of these Airbnb offers and live an authentic Australian experience!
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