Queensland’s capital is more than just a convenient base for trips to the Gold Coast. Some even say it’s Australia’s most underrated city.
Bustling Brisbane is a city on the rise. There’s an edgy arts scene, booming nightlife – thanks to a number of cool bars – and an array of coffee shops and restaurants. There are the refined City Botanic Gardens, the picturesque Queenslander homes and enough outdoor attractions to make even an Ironman sweat.
Despite being the third most populous city in Australia, Brisbane still feels like it’s waiting to be discovered. Your explorations begin with securing accommodation. While you could stay in one of Brisbane’s coolest hotels, for truly unique stays, you’ll want to turn your attention to Airbnb. We’ve scoured the listings, from the upscale luxury of the CBD to the bohemian charm of West End, and found these to the best Brisbane Airbnbs that offer something for every kind of traveller.
Luxe Cottage | Closeburn
We’re starting outside Brisbane CBD with this cottage found in Closeburn, around a 40-minute drive North West of Brisbane. Sure, you might not have access to everything Brisbane has to offer on your doorstep, but when you see the views you get instead, we’re sure you’ll happily leave Brisbane behind. Hilltop views over some 70 acres of bushland which can be seen from the balcony and outdoor spa and even the bathroom, you and your significant other (there is only space for 2) will find absolute sanctuary in this cottage.
Woolstore Warehouse | Newstead
Ok, back to the innercity now and this one-bed apartment in Newstead, near Bowen Hills and Fortitude Valley. Found within the renovated Teneriffe Woolstore, built in 1910, this unequivocal New York Loft style designed apartment may be compact, but it makes for up for it with huge character and offers open plan living, along with immediate access to the Brisbane River. Also on your doorstep is a range of cafes, restaurants, shops and micro-breweries.
The Vale Cottage | Red Hill
Just on the outskirts of Brisbane CBD is the suburb of Red Hill, which is where you’ll find this quaint cottage. Built to resemble the style of the 1800s but totally modern in its approach, this cottage has space for six guests, who will all be treated to lashings of exposed brickwork, wood panelling and vintage pieces of furniture. It certainly makes a change from the vast quantities of uber-modern apartments and homes you’ll find elsewhere in Brisbane.
Victoria Residence | Balmoral
Speaking of modern, let us show you this four-bedroom home in Balmoral. If only the finest, most luxurious Airbnb stay will do for you, then you can’t really go wrong with this home, with ultra-modern fixtures and fittings in every room and copious amounts of white and black anthracite used throughout. Your own plunge pool in the courtyard will be perfect for cooling off on hot summer days, and it’s close enough to the CBD to make easy trips in.
Sea Cottage | Beachmere
Of course, you’re probably also going to go to Brisbane for the clear and warm waters, and this Sea Cottage in Beachmere will put you closer to that than most other Airbnbs in the area. A good hour north of Brisbane CBD, this cottage quite literally gives you immediate access to the beach, letting you step off the front lawn and onto the sand. With ample room for eight guests and what can only be described as your own private beachfront, this cottage exudes serenity.
Licorice Cottage | MacLeay Island
An hour south of Brisbane now (and a short ferry ride) is this cottage on MacLeay Island. Designed to be a romantic escape for couples (complete with champagne on arrival) this cottage will take you away from the hubbub of Brisbane for an escape like no other. Best of all, you can enjoy it with your pooches if you wish, with dedicated facilities for dogs, including their own dog bowls. The Island itself has its own assortment of restaurants, clubs and pubs, and a courtesy bus will take you anywhere you want to go (for a small fee).
Vintage Loft | Spring Hill
Heading back into central Brisbane to Spring Hill and this three-bedroom loft that has been designed and decorated to instil a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Exposed brickwork, plants aplenty, wooden beams but with modern touches placed throughout (including a communal pool within the building) this cottage is an ideal innercity sanctuary for your and your mates (just make sure you don’t intend to party, as there are strict rules).
Gumnut Cottage | Mount Mee
The Glass House Mountains north of Brisbane are a sight to behold, and you’ll be able to view them in all their glory when you book this one-bed cottage in Mount Mee. Built from stone and exuding charm, this private abode is perfectly located for quick access to the D’Aguilar National Park and its number of bushwalks.
Zen | West End
While the owners of this home admit you’ll want to go out and explore Brisbane’s West End for its social scene, they also say you’ll be hard pushed to leave the home due to its luxurious and zen atmosphere. Each room is individually designed, but there is an overall aim to make sure all guests remain calm and relaxed throughout the stay. We’re pretty sure you and your guests will be, and if we were to stay, we wouldn’t want to tear ourselves away from the outdoors bed.