Airbnb in Sydney: 15 Stays in the Heart of the City

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Sydney is a place that no matter how many times you visit, there’s always something new to discover. The city is bursting with impressive accommodation, but the best way to stay is undoubtedly in an Airbnb in Sydney. 

You can choose from central penthouses, beach bungalows, or charming flats on the outskirts of the city. Wherever you decide to make your home base, you’ll never be too far from the action. 

Read on to discover 15 of the best Airbnbs in Sydney. 

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Best Overall Airbnb in SydneyHistoric Darlo Cottage | Entire Home (1BR,1B)
Historic Darlo Cottage
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Best Budget Airbnb in SydneyUrban Oasis | Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
Urban Oasis
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Best Luxury Airbnb in SydneyDeluxe Penthouse Apartment | Entire Home (3BR, 2B)
Deluxe Penthouse Apartment
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Best Airbnb in Sydney for CouplesStylish, Unique, Beautiful, Location | Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
Stylish, Unique, Beautiful, Location
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Best Airbnb in Sydney for GroupsSpacious Luxury Loft | Entire Home (3BR, 2B)
Spacious Luxury Loft
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15 Incredible Airbnbs in Sydney

Black Diamond Studio

Black Diamond Studio

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Type: Entire Home (Studio)

Location: Rushcutters Bay

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

Situated in a prime location, this Sydney Airbnb is a great budget choice for those looking to stay near the center of the city. Large, floor-to-ceiling windows keep this studio bright and airy, and statement wallpaper and other thoughtful details make this cozy condo a great place to call home during your travels. 

A small kitchen is available for use, and a full-sized table and small patio table provide plenty of space to enjoy your meals. The bedroom area is outfitted with a plush double bed and large wardrobe, and the bathroom is equipped with a rain shower and basic toiletries. 

Located just five minutes from Kings Cross station, you’ll be staying in one of the best areas in Sydney. Rushcutters Bay is known for its waterfront park and scenic yacht club, and there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance. 

Why We Love It: Cozy studio in a great location at a budget price. 

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Luxe, Sunny, and Comfortable

Luxe, Sunny, and Comfortable

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Potts Point

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

You won’t feel like you’re on a budget when you book this light and bright Airbnb in Sydney. 

The studio has many top-notch amenities, including a new bed, large windows, high ceilings, and a walk-shower. Other perks include a fully functional kitchen with homemade granola and other snacks provided at no extra cost, a washing machine, and air conditioning (a must during the hot summer months). 

Potts Point is a great suburb for those looking to be close to everything, including world-class restaurants, bars, Kings Cross Station, and all of Sydney’s top tourist attractions. 

Why We Love It: Luxurious budget option in a central location. 

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New Luxury Apartment with Stunning View

New Luxury Apartment with Stunning View

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Haymarket, Central Business District

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

For a budget stay in a great location, this Airbnb in Sydney checks all the boxes. The modern apartment is situated in the central business district, so you’ll be steps away from the city’s main attractions, bars, and restaurants. 

The minimalist design and floor-to-ceiling windows make this place feel big and bright, and the small balcony offers sweeping views of the city. The apartment is equipped with a full kitchen, dining table, and pull-out sofa in the living room. The bedroom provides a plush bed and more incredible city views. 

Other perks of this modern apartment include an internal washer and dryer unit, air conditioning, and access to the facility’s outdoor pool. 

Why We Love It: Modern apartment in the city center with great views. 

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Bright Urban Studio with Private Terrace

Bright Urban Studio with Private Terrace

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Type: Entire Home (Studio)

Location: Chippendale

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

Chippendale is a great neighborhood to rent an Airbnb in Sydney. It’s a funky suburb with lots of greenery and is close enough to the city center that you won’t miss out on any of the action. It’s also just far enough away from the noise and lights that you’ll be able to get a good night’s rest in the apartment’s cozy queen-size bed. 

Although small in size, the studio will not leave you wanting for amenities. It’s outfitted with a washer and dryer, a large walk-in shower, a kitchenette with oven and stove top, and its own private terrace – great for enjoying your morning cup of coffee or a glass of wine at the end of the day. 

Why We Love It: Amazing amenities in a funky suburb not far from the city center.

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Urban Oasis 

Urban Oasis

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Darlinghurst

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

You’ll feel right at home at this stylish and comfortable Sydney Airbnb. Perfectly pegged as an urban oasis, this centrally located flat is convenient and tranquil, making it a perfect home base for your time in the city. 

A large designer sofa, a verdant verandah, and chic decorations await you, along with a small kitchen and study should you choose to do any cooking or working during your stay. The bedroom is outfitted with a plush bed, built in wardrobes, and statement wallpaper. 

The apartment is located on a leafy side street in Darlinghurst and is within walking distance to various bars, restaurants, and transportation hubs. 

Why We Love It: Stylish oasis in a great location.  

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Stylish, Unique, Beautiful, Location 

Stylish, Unique, Beautiful, Location

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Potts Point

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

The name says it all about this stunning, central Airbnb in Sydney. Located in the hip neighborhood of Potts Point, guests will be close to all the major attractions in addition to fantastic bars, restaurants, and cafes. 

High ceilings, mood lighting, and stylish furnishings all come together to make this apartment a show stopper, but the real star is the private terrace. Eloquently decorated with potted plants and LED lighting, you’ll have the city skyline and botanical gardens as your backdrop to enjoy a morning cup of tea or watch the sun go down. 

Other highlights of this chic apartment include a comfortable queen-size bed, a full kitchen to whip up meals, and a luxurious rain shower head. 

Why We Love It: Chic apartment with great amenities, including a private terrace with breathtaking views. 

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A1 Fantastic Apartment

A1 Fantastic Apartment

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Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1B)

Location: Surrey Hills

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

This spacious Airbnb in Sydney is a great choice for small groups or families looking to stay near the city center. This two-story, two-bedroom apartment is masterfully decorated and provides all the essentials you’ll need for a successful stay in Sydney. 

Downstairs you’ll find an open plan living area, complete with a full kitchen, dining area, and living room with a sofa bed. The bathroom is also located on this level along with a washer and dryer should you need to do laundry during your stay. The second level is complete with two bedrooms with room darkening shades, one with a queen-sized bed, the other with a double. 

Located in the Surrey Hills neighborhood, you’re just a ten-minute walk away from the city center and all of its attractions. If you are traveling with a vehicle, this property offers free parking, an amenity often hard to find in Sydney. 

Why We Love It: A spacious apartment great for small groups or families. 

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Contemporary Apartment with Rooftop Pool

Contemporary Apartment with Rooftop Pool

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Type: Entire Home (Studio)

Location: Potts Point

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

Stay in style at this sleek Airbnb in central Sydney. The trendy suburb of Potts Point is a great neighborhood to call home base, and this contemporary studio has everything you’ll need for a top notch stay in Sydney. 

The stylish apartment is outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, with unobstructed views of the skyline in the distance. You’ll sleep comfortably on the pillow-topped double bed, and relaxation is easily acquired in the large bathtub. Cooking is possible thanks to the full-sized kitchen, and the large rooftop common area is a great place to enjoy your meals. 

You’ll also be able to take in stunning city views from up on the rooftop, and you’ll have access to the pool and lounging areas. 

Why We Love It: Rooftop pool access and stunning skyline views. 

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Historic Darlo Cottage

Historic Darlo Cottage

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Type: Entire Home (1BR,1B)

Location: Darlinghurst

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

A five-star stay awaits you at this historic Sydney Airbnb. What was once a worker’s home in the 1850s and a later brothel to some of Sydney’s most notorious street gangs is now a cozy getaway in the heart of the city. 

This charming split-level apartment is extremely spacious, with the first floor comprising of a cozy living room, large kitchen, newly renovated bathroom, and sun-drenched dining area. Head upstairs and you’ll find a king-sized bed, a walk-in closet and office area, as well as a small balcony. 

The apartment is just a 15-minute walk into the central business district, and you’ll find plenty of dining options nearby, along with various cocktail bars and cafes. 

Why We Love It: Charming, spacious, and historic five-star stay.

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Penthouse Pad

Penthouse Pad

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Type: Entire Home (Studio)

Location: Bondi Beach

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

Those looking to stay near the beach will love this Sydney Airbnb in Bondi Beach. You’ll live just two blocks away from one of the world’s most famous beaches in one of Sydney’s most affluent neighborhoods. 

This penthouse pad offers a huge outdoor living space complete with BBQ, telescope, lounge chairs, and dining area. Inside the studio, guests will find a spacious living room, a mid-sized kitchenette, and a small desk area perfect for remote work. You’ll sleep soundly in the comfy bed, and the rain shower is a welcome luxury after a day at the beach. 

The waves are just two blocks from the apartment and you’ll be within walking distance of some seriously iconic bars and restaurants. 

Why We Love It: Huge outdoor living space and close proximity to Bondi Beach.

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The Rocks Quiet Luxury

The Rocks Quiet Luxury

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Dawes Point

Superhost: No

Price: $$$

Located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Sydney, this Victorian-style Airbnb offers stunning views in an incredible location. Just steps away from the Harbour Bridge, guests will live within walking distance of all the city’s main attractions. 

The sunny flat is tastefully decorated with french doors, marble details, and original timber floors. The bedroom is fit for a hotel with a plush bed and luxury sheets, and the living room sofa pulls out into a king-sized bed should you need additional sleeping space. 

There is also a full-sized kitchen and dining table for those looking to channel their inner chef during their stay. 

Why We Love It: Tastefully decorated flat just steps away from Sydney’s most famous attractions.

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Sydney City Penthouse

Sydney City Penthouse

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Type: Entire Home (2BR, 2B)

Location: Darlinghurst

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

Stay in the center of the city at this breathtaking Airbnb in Sydney. The panoramic views offered in this spacious penthouse are just part of the reason why this penthouse has earned a solid 5-star rating. 

Take in those incredible vistas from the large patio where you can enjoy a home-cooked meal or relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day. Additional dining space is located inside next to the modern kitchen and airy living room. Guests will have their choice between two bedrooms, each outfitted with a king-sized bed. 

The apartment is truly in the heart of the city, and you’ll be within walking distance of all the major sights, bars, and restaurants. 

Why We Love It: Panoramic views in the heart of Sydney.

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Spacious Luxury Loft

Spacious Luxury Loft

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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2B)

Location: Haymarket

Superhost: No

Price: $$$

Groups looking for an Airbnb in Sydney would be hard-pressed to find a better option. This spacious luxury loft has lavish conveniences in spades, and once you check-in, you may find it hard to leave!

From the glass walls to the outdoor living spaces, this sun-soaked penthouse is all about enjoying the finer things. Kick back on the oversized couch, whip up a group meal in the modern kitchen, or simply take in the city lights from one of the spacious balconies. Three bedrooms are equipped with lavish bedding, and the master offers an en-suite bathroom. Other conveniences include a barbeque grill, in-unit laundry facilities, and a gas fire to keep you warm during the winter months.

The penthouse is located in the center of Haymarket, so you won’t have to go far to enjoy various dining options, vibrant nightlife, or any of Sydney’s most popular tourist attractions. 

Why We Love It: A spacious luxury option great for groups in the center of Sydney.

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Elegant Paddington Sandstone

Elegant Paddington Sandstone

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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2B)

Location: Paddington

Superhost: No

Price: $$$

This Airbnb in Sydney is perfectly suited for those looking for a quieter location not far from the city center. Guests can spread out at this gorgeous sandstone retreat located in the middle of Paddington. A garage is available for those traveling with a vehicle, and public transportation is conveniently located just a few blocks away. 

With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, this elegant cottage is perfect for families (pets included!) or groups looking to stay near both the city and the beaches of Sydney. 

The ground floor bedroom features a queen-sized bed, and the other two bedrooms are located upstairs: one with a king-sized bed and the other with two twins. A large kitchen area is at your disposal, along with indoor and outdoor dining options. 

Why We Love It: Beautiful cottage with sandstone walls and plush furniture located between the city center and beaches. 

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Deluxe Penthouse Apartment

Deluxe Penthouse Apartment

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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2B)

Location: Darling Point

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

Delightful views, spacious living areas, and a fantastic location are just a few of the highlights offered at this deluxe Airbnb in Sydney. Centrally situated in Darling Point, guests will be close to all the hotspots of the city when they choose this penthouse as their home away from home. 

The apartment is furnished in mid-century style and is spacious enough for families or groups to stay comfortably. Cooking is easy in the large, modern kitchen, and guests can eat, drink, and relax on the large balcony as they take in jaw-dropping views of the city and harbour. 

The master bedroom is outfitted with a king-sized bed and en-suite bathroom, while the remaining bedrooms offer comfy queen-sized beds. This penthouse has something for everyone… book lovers will appreciate the substantial library, and sunbathers can soak up the rays from a lounge chair on the balcony. 

Why We Love It: Spacious, central living with skyline and harbour views. 

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Things to do in Sydney, Australia

  • Go Surfing on Bondi Beach – Learn how to surf on one of the world’s most famous beaches. During the two-hour introductory course, you’ll learn all the basics of surfing, and with any luck, you’ll be catching waves in no time!
  • Hands-on Sailing in Sydney Harbour – Enjoy a different perspective of the city as you set sail around Sydney Harbour. You’ll have the opportunity to help steer set or up sails as you discover secret beaches and glide past Sydney’s top tourist attractions. Of course, you can always just sit back and enjoy the ride, too!
  • Guided Tour in “The Rocks” – Experience Sydney like a local as you learn about its history and culture. This two-hour walking tour will take you through some of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods and photographic viewpoints. The tour ends in Circle Quay, where you’ll find plenty of dining and drinking opportunities.

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