Travel Far Enough’s Top 10 AirBnbs in Australia

When I started thinking about choosing 10 Airbnb stays from my (Re) Discover Australia road trip, I was surprised at how many I had to choose from. Over the course of ten months, I have stayed in 35 Airbnb’s throughout Australia.  And they were all over. From the South Coast of N.S.W., Canberra, a few in the Melbourne area, the same for Adelaide, Perth and many, many places in between.

The variance between types of accommodation was vast as well.  I stayed in everything from a rustic cabin in the middle of nowhere, where you had to provide your own linen and where the heat was provided via a pot belly stove, to a luxurious house overlooking a peaceful bay, with nothing but the sound of birdsong and lapping water to listen to.  Most, however, were somewhere in between.There were a few Airbnbs that really stood out!

My top 10 choices I found to have a few things in common:

The hosts were delightful and provided a space that went beyond the often “furnished by Ikea” furniture.

The location was off the beaten path or provided a sense of peace and serenity.

The kitchens exceeded expectations which if you’ve stayed in a self-contained accommodation before, you know what a treasure this is.

And, they were beyond the normal ‘extended stay’ type of accommodation. Meaning, they weren’t ‘cookie cutter’ in any way.  They were unique in some particular way and I am ALL about that.

For each and every one of these AirBnbs, I wish I could have stayed longer.  I found a haven in each place. I would definitely return to any one of these.

Here they Travel Far Enough’s Top 10 Airbnbs in Australia, from #10 through to my #1.

# 10. Research, Victoria.  Melbourne urban fringe.

The Airbnb Link:   Rivington Vue

Airbnb Description:
Stay in our beautiful B&G Cole designed home nestled in the Artisan Hills boutique wine region. We are located in the Research/Eltham/Warrandyte area on the Melbourne urban fringe. You will enjoy totally private and tranquil accommodation with large lounge/theatre room, bathroom and a new gourmet kitchen. Outside patio with fire pit, seating, and breath-taking bush views will delight. Extensive wildlife all around and only 26km to Melbourne. Montsalvat, Yarra Valley, and St Andrews Market are nearby.

Why it makes it into the Top 10:
Tranquil setting only a short distance from Melbourne and the many vineyards in the area.  The view across the valley from the porch is breath-taking.  Kangaroos and other wildlife are abundant in the paddock out back.  Inside, the hosts provide a generous pantry of staples.  The newly built kitchen is exquisite.  It is a joy to cook in this kitchen!  If you’re feeling a bit lazy, enjoy the full-screen cinema in the lounge room.

# 9. Maffra, N.S.W.  Snowy Mountains Area.

The Airbnb Link:  Country cottage escape

Airbnb Description: 
3 Bedroom Cottage in a private serene garden environment. Private and self-contained. Well furnished with comfortable fittings. Country open plan style.  Easy access to many local attractions. – Skiing, Fishing, Local wineries, Bushwalking.

Why it makes it into the Top 10:
I absolutely loved this place.  It’s rural country living at its best.  Luckily, I visited in winter so I could take advantage of the slow combustion wood fireplace.  I spent a couple of wonderful evenings lakeside watching the native birds wade in the water while I were treated to spectacular sunsets.  Despite the rustic nature of the house overall (which is by no means a bad thing), the kitchen has modern equipment. This is a working farm, so you do have a chance to hang out with the many sheep and cows that live here too.

#8 Belconnen, A.C.T.   A suburb of Canberra.

The Airbnb Link:   Relax with lake views

Airbnb Description:
Canberra has never looked so good! North facing apartment in the heart of Belconnen CBD, situated on an upper level so you can enjoy plentiful natural light, warmth and lake views. Access to stunning pool, gym and bbq area.

Why it makes it into the Top 10:
This apartment was lovely.  Fresh and new, and located within minutes from the Parliamentary Zone, this Airbnb is located in a suburb bustling by day, yet a ghost town at night.  The views of Lake Ginny were spectacular no matter what the weather and it was the perfect spot to sit and get some work done.  The bed was really comfortable and the kitchen very well equipped. But if you needed anything, including groceries, the shopping centre was right across the road including restaurants all around if you weren’t in the mood to cook.  Modern, well positioned nd secure.

#7.  Albany, W.A.   On the Southern Coast of Western Australia.

The Airbnb Link:  Cuthbert House

Airbnb Description:
Beautiful home in historic Albany town centre – walk to Farmers markets, restaurants, bars, cafes and shops.  Cuthbert House is just 1-minute walk away from York Street, in a quiet location. Walk to city street festivals, shopping, wining and dining, foreshore attractions and entertainment and events. Close to hotels, museums and Albany’s Marina. We are providing wireless Internet, DVD’s and Xbox 360 for family entertainment.  You are renting the entire home with a well-equipped kitchen and laundry.

Why it makes it into the Top 10:
Cuthbert house is beautiful house situated in the heart of historic Albany, WA.  The place exudes old world charm.  In fact, I felt like I had retreated to a simpler time, free from the trappings of the chaotic lifestyle that seems to permeate so many lives today.  The furnishings and decor are elegant and nicely suits the space.  The township is easy to walk to from the house, and despite its central location, the place offers much welcomed peace and quiet.

#6.  White Beach, Tasmania.   An hour from Hobart.

The Airbnb Link:   Put your feet up at Wedge Bay Retreat

Airbnb Description:
Relax in privacy in our two-bedroom open-plan cottage with all conveniences, 2 minutes’ walk to a beautiful white sand bay.  A cosy, light-filled beach cottage. Convenient off-street parking. Great views of beach and bush. Large sunny deck all year round. Stepping off point for the many attractions on the Tasman Peninsula.

Why it makes it into the Top 10:
Wedge Bay is the epitome of a coastal cottage.  Enjoy the well laid out and well-appointed kitchen for creating your own meals while you gaze out the window towards the pristine water.  The location is fabulous, with easy access to the beach just across the road.  Port Arthur is also a mere 10km away if that’s on your agenda.   Makes it super easy to join the Ghost Tour without a long drive in kangaroo country.  Walking around the area is a breeze too.  I took a walk to the end of the peninsula to discover a number of properties for sale.  It’s nice to dream but ultimately decided it was too exposed to wind anyway.

#5 Burnside, S.A.  In the Adelaide Hills.

The Airbnb Link:   “Fernlea” private garden apartment

Airbnb Description:
‘Fernlea’ is a modern BnB set in the Adelaide foothills amongst beautiful trees and gardens. The surrounding neighbourhood is well known for its abundance of trees, native animals, and spacious homes.

Why it makes it into the Top 10:
This modern apartment is located in the upscale community of Burnside, nestled in the foothills of Adelaide.  The owners go out of their way to provide the best of everything. The generous inclusions far exceeded our expectations.  Frozen pizzas and dinners are available from the freezer as well as pantry stocked full of staples, “in case hungry travellers need an easy meal after a long day of exploring.” Wine, a homemade tart… it just continued. And then you walk into the bathroom where the floors are heated, there are luxury amenities and a shower you’ll simply sigh with relaxation just by sight.

The owners could easily charge double what they are asking, and travellers would still return again and again. But as they mentioned to us, they aren’t in it for the money. They simply want to provide a comfortable space for travellers, whom they enjoy meeting. The gardens on the property are gorgeous.  A local koala even visits from the adjacent Nature Reserve from time to time.  This place is really a high-end hotel with all the bells and whistles, but the good-natured owners make you feel right at home.

#4. Forrest, A.C.T.  Near the Parliamentary Zone of Canberra.

The Airbnb Link:   CENTRAL! Spacious, modern, comfy and private home.

Airbnb Description:
Spacious one bedroom apartment in the heart of the parliamentary triangle – minutes away from Canberra’s key attractions (Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin, the Foreshore, national museums/galleries) and government departments. Sleeps up to four. Comfortable (ergo flex mattress and king furniture sofa/sofa bed). Full kitchen, separate laundry – with a covered balcony – and a bathroom with a tub. Secure underground parking.

Why it makes it into the Top 10:
Out of the many places I stayed in Canberra, this of one of favourite places to stay. Located within the Parliamentary zone, it’s in a great location for exploring. It’s close to shops and restaurants.  It’s easy to find and easy to park. It has a really spacious bedroom with a very comfortable bed. The hosts were thoughtful and gracious, especially when I accidentally took their hairdryer (I returned it, don’t worry).  I found this place an oasis in Canberra and add in a great Wi-Fi, a great shower, and enough room to relax after long days in Canberra, it was a great find.

#3.  Kergunyah, Victoria.  In the Victorian Highlands of Kiewa Valley.

 The Airbnb Link:  Caddy’s Cabin

Airbnb Description:
Caddy’s cabin offers amazing rural views from a comfortable fully self-contained one bedroom cabin.   Enjoy local wineries and historic gold mining towns. Falls Creek is one hour away (75km), and we are located in the stunning Kiewa Valley.


Why it makes it into the Top 10:
Stunning scenery.  Tranquil Forest.  The hosts are gracious and welcoming.  Welcome to the glorious Kiewa Valley.  What more can I ask for?  Well, maybe Wifi, but you get so taken with the surroundings and the ability to relax. The cabin itself is tucked into the foothills of surrounding mountains and has everything a traveller requires for self-contained accommodation.  The kitchen is spacious and thoughtful equipped with plenty of counter space with some lovely views from the picture windows.  I found the cottage to be exceptionally peaceful and quiet.  Guests are welcome to walk around the beautiful grounds in hopes of spotting local wildlife.  You might even stumble upon the memorial for the cabin’s namesake, Caddy the horse, where a tree has been planted in her honour.

#2. Merimbula, N.S.W.  On the N.S.W. South Coast.

The Airbnb Link:  Annie’s Apartment.

Airbnb Description: 
This newly built apartment assures privacy and comfort. Great ocean, lake and bush views. Open plan lounge, dining, kitchen with spacious balcony, and barbecue.

Why it makes it into the Top 10:
I didn’t think I could find a better Airbnb than Annie’s place.  It was one of the first places I stayed as I embarked on our round Australia adventure.  It was the mark to beat for the longest time.  I kept comparing each new place to Annie’s and saying, “Nope.  Annie’s place still rules.”  The apartment sports amazing views of the Southern Ocean and Merimbula from her very spacious verandah.  Everything you need for a comfortable stay is available here, but restaurants are close by if you want a night out.  I think chatting with Annie on the last night of our stay made the place so special.  She is a remarkable person.  Further, Merimbula is one of the nicest coastal towns I’ve ever encountered

#1. Oyster Cove, Tasmania.  A half-an-hour from Hobart.

The Airbnb Link:  Shuckers’ Retreat – a private, peaceful getaway

Airbnb Description:
A private getaway just 30 minutes from downtown Hobart, with views over Oyster Cove to Bruny Island. Ideal for a peaceful family getaway, or a romantic retreat. Stay in a modern architect-designed home that is very comfortably furnished and has everything you need provided. Every bedroom has picturesque views of the surrounding bushland and water, a built-in or walk-in robe and, most importantly, an incredibly comfortable bed to guarantee a wonderful night’s sleep.

Why it makes it into the Top 10:
Life on the road gets tough at times so every so often I splurge on a house to rest our weary bones.  I don’t do it often (as a frugal traveller) but it was Christmas and my sister was staying with us for this one, so plenty of room was needed every one.  Let me tell you, Shuckers Retreat is worth every penny I spent.  The luxuriousness of the place is complemented by comfort.  From the super comfy chaise lounge sofa to the super comfortable beds, everyone could find a space to mingle or retreat as needed.  Every room in the house offers a magnificent view looking down on Oyster Cove and the surrounding bush.  The ultra-modern kitchen is fully equipped with everything you would expect from a high-end accommodation.  Ideally situated to everything Southern Tasmania has to offer, this place easily earned the number one spot in out Airbnb top 10.

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