Sydney may grab headlines and attract millions of tourists due to its world-famous landmarks, but for art, culture and nightlife, Melbourne is the place to go.
Australia’s cultural capital is an exciting place to visit no matter the time of year, as you can always find something relating to style, sport or art happening in its various communal spaces or down hidden laneways. And with it being home to a high number of cool restaurants, bars and pubs, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.
There are gardens for the outdoorsy – including a number of walking routes both in the CBD and further afield – races and stadiums for the sports-mad, and more laneway eateries than a foodie could ever hope to feast at.
Every traveller knows that the best way to experience a city is to do as the locals do, so skip the hotel – although if you must stay in one, Melbourne is home to some amazingly cool boutique hotels – on your next trip and book of the best Melbourne Airbnbs.
Warehouse-Style Apartment | CBD
This CBD apartment could not be more centrally located if it tried. Just off Little Collins Street and accessed via a laneway, this open-plan warehouse-style apartment oozes character with exposed beams and heaps of wooden furniture. It’s capable of catering for up to six guests, with a king bed on a mezzaine floor, a sofa bed and a floor mattress included. It might not be everyone’s idea of luxury, then, but with a tough-to-beat location and an incredibly cool living space, we don’t really care.
The Spaceship Penthouse | CBD
The owner of this apartment describes it as a spaceship and, to be honest, we can’t think of a better word ourselves. Serving up 270-degree views of Melbourne, looking over the Yarra River and out to the Rialto Towers, Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Docklands by way of a cockpit-style window array, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better view. In summer, the terrace offers a perfect place for al fresco dining and with access to the building’s gym included, it’s the perfect stay for couples or solo travellers.
Birdcage Penthouse | CBD
This could be the best-looking apartment in Melbourne, at least, in our opinion. Decked out in black with subtle pops of colour and strategically-placed lighting, this penthouse apartment at the top of the Birdcage North building scream bachelor’s paradise.
It’s huge, being able to sleep up to 9 guests in 4 bedrooms and caters for kids, with a separate playroom and a dedicated cinema room. Even though the best Melbourne has to offer is several floors down, you’ll probably find yourself struggling to leave.
Architectural Retreat | Hawthorn
If you don’t fancy staying so central, this Hawthorn home could be right up your alley. An architectural paradise if ever there was one, the home is dominated by walls of glass and steel that allow plenty of natural light to flood in. It provides plenty of space for you and up to seven additional guests, and if you head outside, you’ll not only be treated to a swimming pool, but also a garden teeming with all manner of edibles, whether it be veggies, herbs or fruits.
Toorak Luxury | Toorak
A far cry from the Toorak apartment we recently saw listed for sale, this Toorak home is opulence defined. Everything you could ever want or need from a home is included in the nightly fee (apart from maybe a butler) with grandeur around every corner and in every room. Premium appliances and every gadget you could dream of (there’s Sonos throughout) coupled with comfortable beds and a generous outdoors dining area. If you’re in Melbourne for some considerable time, this is where you’ll want to stay.
New York Style Apartment | Southbank
Similar to the opening apartment with its lofty, warehouse vibes, this Southbank pad is oh so cool. Perfectly located for the adbundance of entertainment on offer in Melbourne, this apartment has ample room for four people. Modern furnishings are paired with stripped-back brickwork and the upstairs area, accessed via a stunning staircase, leads you to comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. You also get access to the gym, heated pool and sauna included for a spot of pampering.
Converted Church | Brunswick
This Fitzroy home is pretty special, as not many other Melbourne Airbnbs can say they’re in converted churches. Impeccably finished inside with all the modern amenities you could want, all while retaining its cathedral ceilings, exposed brickwork and wooden beams. The home is split over three floors, so there is plenty to explore and a private outdoors area will provide space to continue an evening spent in the city drinking with friends.
Melbourne Castle | Kew
If it’s genuine uniqueness you’re after from your Melbourne Airbnb, look no further than this seven-storey home situtated inside what used to be Kew Asylum. No psychiatric patients roam the halls any longer, but instead you’ll find space for 12 guests and views over Melbourne’s leafy suburbs and across to the CBD. Your tenure includes access to tennis courts, swimming pool and bowling green, but with so many floors to explore inside, you may end up getting lost. It’s hard to describe this home in words, you’ll just have to book it and see for yourself.
Beachside Oasis | St Kilda
If you want to stay near Melbourne’s best known beach, then we reckon you’ll be more than comfortable staying in this three bed home. Architecturally designed, with each room flowing into the next. A separate, private studio can be used to store your annoying kids. Exposed copper pipework provides an interesting and refreshing change to usual house décor, but teamed with concrete, it’s the perfect touch. We imagine you’ll be spending most of your time at either of the two outdoor BBQ terraces, though, as they offer scintillating views across Melbourne.