Sydney’s Best Short-Term Rentals

Our view of holidays, rentals and working from home has changed dramatically. More of us are choosing to reinvent traveling and working in tandem by finding short-term rentals for an extended stay, “work,” or even a commute change.

But what exactly makes an Airbnb suitable for your short-term stay or extended getaway in Sydney? Great location, comfortable space, all the comforts of your apartment or home, and legitimate discounts if you rent for more than a month.

We’ve rounded up some of the best short-term rentals in Sydney, giving you insider access to some of our city’s best suburbs and helping you create a home for a few weeks or however long you need. We’ll also mention a few around NSW if you’re doing the reverse and looking to get out of town.

The best short-term rentals in Sydney

Urban chic terrace house

Paddington

There are perhaps no quieter, enviable streets so close to Sydney’s CBD than those in Paddington. That’s exactly what makes this charming Paddo terrace house, surrounded by restaurants, bars and shops aplenty, so desirable for an extended stay. This, along with its chic and quirky interior styles and a fully equipped kitchen ideal for the home-from-home feel. A recent guest review described a “horn of breakfast offerings”, which says it all. Book your stay here.

New York style suite

Surry Hills

Do you dream of this New York atmosphere? This stylish and luxurious Surry Hills apartment, located inside the Zara Tower, puts you right in the center of downtown Sydney with a king-size bed and all necessary amenities. It’s the perfect place to work and play. And don’t worry if your short-term stay involves lots of restaurant meals and drinks, as your accommodation includes a fully equipped gym that will help you maintain that usual fitness routine. While this accommodation is definitely in boujee price territory, the monthly discount offered is 40% off. Book your stay here.

Deluxe One-Bedroom Apartment

Darlinghurst

Nothing says luxurious downtown Sydney living better than a lovely apartment in the heart of Darlinghurst, walking distance to the CBD, among some of the city’s best hospo joints and an easy bus ride east and its beaches . This newly renovated apartment offers bright space, lots of light and all the comforts of home, including a 55” smart TV for evenings with a bottle of wine and local takeaways. Book your stay here.

Large Private Studio

Chippendale

This cozy Chippendale studio is a favorite with short-term travelers. It’s the perfect location if you’re looking to do a lot during your stay in Sydney, putting you in the perfect location for travelers near Broadway. You are within walking distance of suburbs such as Glebe, Newtown, Surry Hills and a short walk to Central Station which provides access to all other corners of Sydney. Book your stay here.

Modern apartment in Bondi

Bondy

Why not bring some friends with you for your short stay in Sydney? It won’t take much to convince them once you tell them you’ve found this ultra-sleek and bright three-bedroom apartment a stone’s throw from Bondi Beach. When you’re not swimming along the famous 1km stretch of sand across the road or spending your mornings brunching at the area’s excellent cafe, make the most of the giant floor-to-ceiling retractable doors opening to the living space and outdoor balcony. Book your stay here.

Amari five zero four

Bondy

If you’re looking to stay in Bondi, you might want somewhere with an ocean view, right? This modern stay in Bondi has a real apartment vibe, filled with characterful furnishings and neutral tones, plus a corner balcony that sees the big blue. You should have no problem staying a month or two here, in one of Sydney’s most famous and sought-after suburbs. Book your stay here.

The small spa

Virile

If we are looking for amazing seaside places in Sydney for an extended stay, Manly is somewhere at the top of that list. You are either a 30 minute ferry ride from the CBD or in the middle of the Northern Beaches bubble with no reason to leave. There’s a good reason this beach house-style unit is called “The Little Spa” – it comes complete with a real sauna. Have a drink amidst the leafy outdoor garden terrace and sweat it out in the sauna before heading to Manly Beach for a refreshing swim. Book your stay here.

Modern city rug

Darlinghurst

If you’re looking for a place that says refreshing, offers plenty of white tones and light, sandwiched between the CBD and downtown suburban life, this Darlinghurst pad is for you. This architecturally designed studio offers all the necessary comforts, an outdoor balcony and access to restaurants, pubs, bars, museums, tourist sites and more. Plus, the proximity to Gelato Messina is unbeatable. Book your stay here.

Seidler Luxury Apartment

Potts Point

Seriously, some of these places sell out. First, imagine living for a month in the charming, restaurant-filled suburb of Potts Point, close to town and everything you might need. Now imagine if the pretty pad you’re staying in is in a building with a rooftop pool that overlooks the harbor and some of the best city views in Australia. If you needed reminding, Sydney’s weather pairs pretty well with rooftop pools. Book your stay here.

Bondi Beach Penthouse

Bondy

It’s the mother of all beach views and a must-book if you want to be right above Sydney’s most iconic swimming spot. This two bedroom penthouse sits at the highest point in Bondi, with each bedroom enjoying stunning views of the sun rising over the Sydney coastline. The modern pad is equipped with everything you could possibly need such as an outdoor balcony, walking distance to Bondi’s main street, restaurants such as Icebergs dining and bar and the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Book your stay here.

The best short term rentals in New South Wales

Family house

Ewingsdale

Where would you rather stay a month, to live, work and relax than the Byron Bay area? This luxurious two-bedroom house in Ewingsdale, just west of the famous NSW north coast town, offers just that. This ultra-modern home is as comfortable and stylish as it gets, with plenty of space, natural light and an outdoor wrap-around deck space, set against a backdrop of green bush. The space even includes a dedicated home office space and a kid’s room with a playhouse and bunk beds if you’re traveling with the family. Throw yourself a 10-minute drive from Byron’s main beach, and that should more than seal the deal. Book your stay here.

Airline Themed Tiny House

Hill of the Knights

If you think tiny houses only exist for weekends, think again, my friend. As this little house in Knights Hill on the outskirts of the scenic and peaceful Southern Highlands can attest. Filled with airline memorabilia, this off-the-grid, eco-friendly, modern tiny home sits on a secluded farm surrounded by bushland and native wildlife. Explore nearby rainforest hikes and waterfalls or hang out by the outdoor fire – you can’t go wrong here. Book your stay here.

pier, beach, house

Port of Coffs

Again, the NSW North Coast and beach-rich areas like Coffs Harbor sell out when looking for short breaks. We couldn’t think of a better place to spend a few weeks than this 1920’s beach house, just steps from beaches, wine bars, cafes and restaurants. This spacious two-story, two-bedroom bungalow offers the perfect home experience to settle in, with a lush backyard, back deck, water views, and even a charger if you bring the electric car. Book your stay here.

Nulla Nulla Blacksmith’s Hut

Bellbrook

Bellbrook is about a five-hour drive north of Sydney, inland from Nambucca Heads. And hidden in its forest is the hut of the blacksmith Nulla Nulla, an ideal home for those seeking serenity and nature. This off-the-grid farmhouse retreat nestled beside a stream is as cozy and comfortable as it gets, giving you the much sought-after opportunity to completely unwind in a natural setting. End your day with a swim, a hike, dinner under the stars or a moment of relaxation in front of the fireplace. Book your stay here.

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