6 luxe Sydney stays to book for your harbour city stint

From a Palm Beach penthouse to a Newtown hideaway.

By Jessica G. Lynch
Although known as the harbour city, there's much more to the physical character of Sydney than the bridge or opera house. Bush and beach abound in the New South Wales capital with hidden architectural gems speckled within the natural world's grandeur.
You'll need somewhere to retreat to throughout your days of hiking through Royal National Park, luxuriating on the sands of Avalon, meandering through the AGNSW halls and exploring the haunts of inner west expression.
Be it a metropolitan stint or a crossing of the bridge to the Northern Beaches to break the rhythm of inner city living, there's a luxe Sydney getaway for every discerning traveller.
Read on for some of Sydney's best Airbnbs to book – from a Palm Beach penthouse to an architecturally-designed Newtown apartment.
A two-bedroom retreat in the heart of Newtown. Photo: The Bercin 001 via Airbnb.

The Bercin 001, Newtown

Best for: Inner West exploring
In front of the beloved AP Bakery, right off Newtown's lively King Street is The Bercin 001 – an architecturally-designed apartment primed for exploring the thriving culinary and arts scene of Sydney's inner west. Featuring timber accents and contemporary furnishings, this space is one for the modern aesthete.
Key features:
  • Fully equipped kitchen and stocked pantry
  • Shared rooftop barbecue space
  • Samsung Frame tv, Sonos speaker and Playstation 5
  • City skyline view
  • Air conditioning
A reading nook with an unrivalled view. Photo: Airbnb.

Oceanfront apartment, Manly Beach

Best for: seaside strolling and people watching
Between Manly and Shelly Beach, this oceanfront apartment has one of Manly's most enviable addresses right on Fairy Bower. Have a morning dip in the big blue, spend the arvo reading on the rooftop terrace or bay window, and stroll seven minutes along the coastal walk into Manly village for a seafood dinner.
Key features:
  • Sleeps five guests
  • Ocean and ocean pool views
  • Waterfront location
  • Shared rooftop terrace
  • Espresso machine
  • Ferry wharf nearby
  • Concierge services available on request
You're guaranteed to not be disturbed at this water access-only stay. Photo: Soul Home via Airbnb.

Soul Home boathouse, Mccars Creek

Best for: Forest bathing and waterfront luxuriating
Bordering Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and only accessible via the water, Soul Home is an escape in every sense of the word. With an extended lawn terrace to the water's edge, vistas from every room, and swimming spots, walking tracks and waterfalls within minutes, this unique Airbnb is a true Romanticist's retreat.
Key features:
  • Waterfront location with water views
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Backyard and patio
  • Fire pit
  • Barbecue
  • Kayak
  • Boat access only (ferries, water taxies and bookable boat services available)
  • Some pets allowed
An Eastern Suburbs hideaway. Photo: The Arc via Airbnb.

The Arc, Bondi Beach

Best for: Eastern Suburbs stay-cationing
Less than a 10-minute stroll from Bondi Beach lies The Arc, a newly completed, architect-designed home teeming with contemporary glamour. The lush garden atrium through both levels of the house blur the line between indoors and out, marrying of polished concrete floors, exposed brickwork and marble give an industrial texture while the eclectic furnishings create warmth within the space. Featuring a entertainer's kitchen, travertine terrace and plunge pool, you're all set for a staycation of epicurean proportions.
Key features:
  • Four double bedrooms with built-ins
  • Master suite with a private balcony
  • Glass mosaic-tiled plunge pool with heating
  • Outdoor speakers
  • Outdoor shower
  • Outdoor gas barbecue
  • Natural stone bath
  • Zoned air, smart sound and electric blinds
This Palm Beach penthouse overlooks Whale Beach. Photo: Airbnb.

Palm Beach Penthouse, Palm Beach

Best for: an intimate beach stay
Beyond the winding road of the Bilgola Bends, in the most northerly suburb in Sydney is this breezy Palm Beach penthouse. Sip your morning cuppa on the balcony overlooking Whale Beach, before making your way to the shore for the afternoon or strolling five minutes to Jonah's for dinner. An ideal stay for couples or a small group.
Key features:
  • Balcony with ocean views
  • Coffee maker
  • Onsite parking

Heatherbrae, Kirribilli

Best for: harbour views
Heatherbrae is a stone's throw away from the CBD, just north of the Harbour Bridge in Kirribilli. With unrivalled bridge views from almost every room and cosy bars and restaurants in the nearby village, it's a memorable harbour city stay.
Key features:
  • Large entertaining balcony
  • Five minutes to train station
  • Three bedrooms
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Pet-friendly