Where to book holiday homes in Sydney with harbour and beach views

Want to see how the rich live? Get a taste of it on your next trip to Sydney with a holiday home smack bang in the city centre or on the NSW coastline.

With views of the city skyline, beaches and ocean, these holiday homes in Sydney give those 5-star hotels a run for their money.

And they could be cheaper as well!


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  • For tourist attractions: The CBD is a no-brainer if you’re visiting as a tourist and want to tick the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and Sydney Tower Eye off your list. Look for holiday homes in Sydney CBD, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo or Woolloomooloo for easy access to Sydney’s big attractions.
  • For beaches: Bondi Beach is famous the world over and there are stacks of homestay options that surround it. Staying in Bondi Junction can save you a bundle if you don’t mind a half-hour walk or 10-minute bus ride to get to the sand. Otherwise there are plenty of upscale cliffside homes. Coogee Beach and Balmoral Beach are other popular pieces of sand if you’d prefer to keep away from the crowds and tourists.
  • For families: You’ll find ample space to spread out on the outskirts of the city in suburbs such as Centennial Park, Balmain, Glebe and Potts Point. These locations are packed with old terrace houses and are a short trip into the city.
  • For romance and relaxation: Luxury staycationers can find themselves overlooking the harbour without the crowds by hopping over the bridge to Kirribilli and Mosman. For something even cosier, head west to the Blue Mountains where fires crackle in winter and trees grace the views from your private balcony.

Where to stay in Sydney for cheap

It goes without saying that the further out from the city you stay the cheaper your accommodation is going to get. Heading west to the mini city of Parramatta is a budget-friendly option but will mean a 40-minute commute on the train into the city.

For a good mix of affordable and accessible holiday homes in Sydney, pick an inner city suburb. Redfern, Glebe, Newtown and Balmain are hip-friendly options.

Where to stay in Sydney for luxury

The coastal suburbs of Kirribilli, Woolloomooloo, Darling Point, Cremorne Point and Rose Bay, and around the Sydney CBD are where you want to be for luxury. These expensive suburbs offer stunning mansions and million-dollar views to match.

Where to stay in Sydney for pet-friendly accommodation

You don’t have to travel far to uncover dog-friendly beaches and parks in Sydney. To stay central, aim for the city’s fringes. Rushcutters Bay Park and Macleay Reserve are waterfront parks that welcome furry friends. To the west of the CBD, Dog Park at Federal Park which borders Lilyfield and Glebe is a sprawling green space where they can stretch their legs.

When looking for a holiday home, filter your options to “pet friendly” to pinpoint the stays that’ll accept your pet. You might like to seek out homes with backyards for your pet to run around in and lockable fences to keep them safe.

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  • How many people can stay in a holiday home in Sydney? Under normal circumstances there would be no limit. However, due to COVID-19, the maximum number of people permitted in a holiday home is 20. This can be exceeded only if the people staying are from the same household. In an effort to reduce house parties, Airbnb has placed a mandate of a maximum of 16 people per rental.
  • What do I need to bring to a holiday home in Sydney? Most of Sydney’s attractions are big icons that are well maintained so you won’t need to bring anything special like hiking boots to get around. If you’re heading to the beach, bring a beach towel and sunscreen as holiday homes might not supply them.
  • How do I get to my holiday home? Sydney Airport is serviced by trains that can take you straight into the city centre in a few minutes. The city is serviced by trains, buses and light rail and as long as you’re not venturing too far out, you shouldn’t need a car to get around.

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