A perfect getaway needs a perfect place to stay, fact. Luckily, Airbnb has got a place for every situation.
In here, you’ll find accommodation for you and your mates, your date and your pet. There are spots for beach days and back to nature getaways.
As an added bonus, by staying in some of these places you’ll be helping local businesses and communities recover from the bushfires. What better excuse to lay down some cash and treat yourself?
Whether you need something cosy for a romantic weekend, or something with a pool for a trip with your friends, here’s where you should stay.
The best pet-friendly homes
And why shouldn’t you want to take your dog on your next adventure? Dogs make everything better, but finding pet-friendly accomodation can be tricky. This cute cottage on a private beach is the perfect spot for you and your four-legged friend to get in a swim.
Your dog will enjoy running wild in the bushland surrounding the property (don’t worry, it’s all gated). Rest assured, though: the area is enclosed so your adventurous pup won’t be getting out any time soon.
You’ll enjoy a mini-bar stocked with beer, wine and soft drink and a hot tub with views over the water.
No need to travel far to reach this spot, either. It’s just over an hour’s drive from Sydney, plus a quick boat trip to Dangar Island. Whenever you’re not chilling on the jetty, check out the nearby cafe and restaurant (there’s literally one cafe and a bowling club with a restaurant on the island) and splish splash on Bradley’s Beach.
The best for you and your mates
Drop this house into your group chat and head out to Blue Mountains ASAP. This pet-friendly spot in Leura sleeps 11 and you’ll get free range of the kitchen, epic balcony, library (!!) and wood fireplace.
When you’re not pampering the hell out of yourself, your squad will be close to the Grand Canyon Walking Track, sandstone caves, waterfalls and the Three Sisters. Plus you’ll be helping local businesses recover from the bushfires — Katoomba and the Leura Candy Store are both a short drive away, so that’s the snacks for your day out sorted.
The best for a romantic getaway
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this Balinese-inspired retreat apartment has everything you need to feel extra loved-up. A private tropical water garden, a secluded outdoor spa, gazebo and a queen-size canopy bed — what more could you want?
You won’t even have to leave the city to get here — just head to Sydney’s Northern Beaches. You’ll be minutes away from iconic surfing beaches, restaurants and boutiques, and just fifteen minutes away from Avalon and Palm Beach.
The best quirky homes
Who would have thought there’d be a Wild West-themed house just a 90-minute drive from Sydney? Better believe it, because Walkers Run is 100% that bitch.
Between the steer skulls lining the walls, the rustic wooden furniture, clear views of the starry night sky and the cactuses in the garden, this place is extremely yee haw.
Expect visits from the local wildlife while you float in the pool or fire up the BBQ, then retire inside for a cosy night in.
The hats on the ceiling are an, um, interesting choice, but you asked for quirky and Walkers Run delivered.
The best beach getaway
The 3 hour drive is worth it, because the white sand beaches at Jervis Bay are some of the best in the world. This restored Fisherman’s cottage is just a one minute walk from Hyams Beach, one of the star attractions of the bay. You know the one — it’s got some of the whitest sand in the world and looks like this:
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When you’re ready to spread your wings and venture further afield, you’ll find stacks more swimming spots scattered around. Like Callala Bay, a pet-friendly beach with ultra-clear water and no waves. Or Nelson’s Beach, where you might spot a dolphin or two.
By staying here, you’ll also be helping the Shoalhaven area recover from the bushfires. Win win.
The best for hitting the slopes
Oak-clad interiors, an Italian stone bathroom and heated floors are just a five minute walk away from the village centre. Walk in, or head to the bus stop across the road from the apartment, for chairlift access, shopping, and Thredbo’s legendary nightlife and events program.
The best treehouse
If you’re ready to get back to nature, look no further than this treehouse in Kangaroo Valley. A two-hour drive from Sydney is nothing when your reward is a night among the tree tops.
You’ll be surrounded by gum trees and have a view over the gentle river rapids of the Kangaroo River. Say hello to the birds, then decide whether you want to soak in the super-sized bathtub or book an in-house spa treatment.
During summer you can splash in the swimming hole out back, and every winter an outdoor fireplace pops up in the sandstone courtyard below.
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Alana is the staff writer on AWOL who thinks the best way to travel is by taking spontaneous detours and stopping at every local bakery to try the cakes. She writes a lot about Australian TV, Big Things, cursed food, and theme parks. You can follow her on Instagram @alana.dotcom. It’s mostly dogs she meets along the way.