There is something super cool about staying in someone’s home instead of a sterile hotel room. We went through Airbnb to find South Australia’s coolest listings – not only can you rent an entire house, apartment, mansion or even boat, you also get to experience all the little and important comforts of home.
One we stayed in had a mega-friendly cat and the most over-friendly chickens we have ever met, who liked to share our outdoor shower.
Yes, you can find rooms from $24 per night if you’re happy to share and meet new people, or you can splurge and go all in at $1000 per night for an entire pub.
Here’s 20 listings from South Australia that have taken our fancy.
Romantic Couple’s Getaway, Kangaroo Island
Seclusion and luxury are nestled beside the rugged landscape of Lathami Conservation Park, just a stone’s throw from Stokes Bay. These natural stone and timber architectural getaways called ‘The Nest’ and ‘The Sleepy Hollow’ are extremely private and come with everything from fluffy robes and wood fires, to hot tubs and saunas––all for an ultimate romantic couples escape – Winter or Summer. The hosts love to go the extra mile, and even bake their guests a complimentary loaf of fresh bread upon arrival.
Port Lincoln Seaside Home
Newly renovated, open floorplan, seaside home. Wake up to the ocean views, over looking Boston Bay, characterised by the chestnut timber floors, fire places, oversized bathtub, well equipped kitchen full of natural character. From the deck, sit back while listening to the birds, and watch the fishing boats come in with their catch. The peace of the location will ensure you have privacy yet only a short drive from the main hub of town. Be sure to keep an eye out for whales from on the deck.
Adelaide Church Apartment
South Australian winner of Most Romantic Place To Stay 2013 and multi-award finalist since 2013. This unique icon is set in the heart of the sought-after and enviable eastern suburbs of Adelaide, only five minutes from the city centre and all Adelaide events. Providing a stunning and sumptuous stay, the church apartment incorporates the entire west wing of the church, accommodating up to five people across three beds. All church rooms are individually designed, creating a memorable and romantic escape.
BlueSeas Private Beach D’Estrees Bay, Kangaroo Island
Take a deep breath, relax. Seclusion and comfort in a pristine environment. BlueSeas Beach House is a stunning modern self-contained two-bedroom home that accommodates up to six people. Sea views are everywhere, even from your bed. Enjoy your very own private beach. Sited to maximize the expansive sea views, the local stone construction nestles into the landscape with pleasing curves
Iluka’s Eden, Clarendon Retreat
Enjoy this beautiful rammed-earth home set on 37 acres on an elevated site with sweeping views across the valley. Feel totally secluded in a private and luxurious sanctuary, yet with everything at your doorstep. The best of both worlds, and then some!
The Dolls House, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island
A historic, gorgeous cabin in the heart of the township. Loft bedroom with comfy queen bed, downstairs kitchen and lounge, shower and toilet. Cozy and quaint perfect for a short stay and adjacent to all restaurants and town facilities. It’s a landmark of the township and part of the history of Kangaroo Island.
Trader Jack’s, Robe
What a find! Set in a private coastal garden this well appointed, cleverly decorated space will define the ethos of your stay. What makes this place unique? Is it the free-standing bath you gaze at from your bed? Or just the extra comfy king-size bed? Or the awesome open fireplace?
Paddle Steamer PS Federal Retreat, Goolwa South
The PS FEDERAL paddle steamer built in 1902 rests on stilts in the River Murray adjacent a bird sanctuary where spoon-billed cranes, pelicans, black swan families, egret, purple swamp hens, dusky moorhens and black-winged stilt reside. Ideally located on River within walking distance of Goolwa beach. Two bedrooms, large lounge and kitchen with beautiful views of Hindmarsh Island and watercraft on the Murray River.
The Treehouse in a Vineyard, Sellicks Hill
This architect-designed two-storey house overlooks our vineyard all the way to the sea. Just 40 mins from city yet private country with gorgeous beaches close by. Mclaren Vale Wine Region, one of two self-contained houses suitable for couples. Vineyard accommodation with bottle of estate wine.
The privacy of this property and yet its accessibility to Silver Sands beach and McLaren Vale wine region, and its location amongst the vines, makes Sellicks Chills Holiday Retreats unique.
Bimbimbie Hideaway, Coromandel East
Bimbimbie Hideaway is nestled in the Australian bush and feels a world away from the bustle of city life. Yet it is only 30 minutes from the centre of Adelaide. Thirteen acres of Australian bush paradise. Wake up to bird song or relax on your private deck to enjoy a coffee. At times you may be fortunate to see the semi-resident koalas and kangaroos. Take time out to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty and the peace and quiet of our special location in the Adelaide Hills.
Saunders Gorge Sanctuary, Sanderston
An eco tourism accredited private conservation area with abundant native fauna and flora. Relax, experience, explore and enjoy nature while staying in the self contained lodges. You’ll have access to all scenic walks in the 200-acre conservation area, that includes the rugged Saunders Gorge and surrounding hills. Ideal for couples or solo adventurers. Located 75km from Adelaide and close to the river town of Mannum, the Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills wine regions.
Yates Cottage (Little Pug House), Melrose
This small, comfortable, pet-friendly cottage at the foothill of Mt Remarkable, South Australia. Bring your walking shoes and bikes for lovely walking/bike trails on the mountain. Enjoy the peace and tranquility.
Bed In A Shed, Leasingham Clare Valley
Unique vineyard accommodation located on a working vineyard in the beautiful Clare Valley wine region 90 minutes north of Adelaide. Artistic and quirky private retreat that has been designed and built by your host, who is the resident artist. The main bedroom has great vineyard views and features an extensive use of interesting recycled materials. The corrugated iron walls being fully insulated, as is the timber feature ceiling.
Coorong Cabins, Meningie
You are guaranteed to love this venue overlooking the Coorong Lagoon. Coorong Cabins are the perfect place to stay and explore the natural beauty of the Coorong National Park. The Coorong Cabins are nestled in an award-wining garden and they provide a private place to relax after a day of exploring.
The Coach House, Gawler East
Enjoy a stay in one of Gawler’s historic buildings which has been stylishly brought up to modern day luxury while embracing the heritage of a past era. Whether for business, overnight stay, wine tour or just because, come and stay in this stunningly appointed heritage building. Five minute walk from Gawler Central Train Station. Walking distance to local shops, restaurants, supermarket, pubs and cinema. Close to bike track which can lead you to the Barossa Valley.
Manor Estate, McLaren Vale
Manor Estate has six fully equipped self-accommodating guest suites and some common areas set in a grand Georgian manor house capable of accommodating up to 14 guests. A tree-lined avenue brings you into the grounds of Manor Estate where luxury and comfort await you! The Grand Fireplace suite takes you into the room of your dreams. Huge fireplace towering to the lofty raked timber ceilings. The most gorgeous handcarved four-poster bed quilted and decked with pillows and exotic rugs. The perfect environment for the special wine or Champagne in front of a roaring fire. Guests are able to book from one suite to the whole estate for short and long term stays.
Designed by architects, it is a colourful house that is great to relax and socialise in. Personally designed and built from sketch to completion. Utilising a mixture of modern and traditional methods while incorporating recycled materials, it is full of custom quirks and interesting corners to explore. It is a short and safe bike or cab ride to Adelaide CBD. There is a beautiful garden and big Asian inspired fishpond. A treasure trove of the unexpected.
The Unicorn Houseboat, Berri
Unique moored houseboat accommodation on an older style house boat moored on beautiful River Murray only a five-minute drive into Berri township. The Unicorn is a comfortable and classic houseboat with fully equipped kitchen and air conditioning. Guests will have full access to the entire boat and be able to experience all the fun of being on the river without having to drive and maneuver the boat. There are two kayaks and fishing rods included for guest use.
Glamping, Coffin Bay
The tents are close to the beach and Coffin Bay National Park. Each tent includes: two single or one queen bed, linen, pillows, floor rugs, floor cushions/stools, side tables, outdoor chairs, outdoor table, internal lighting, and a lantern. Upgrade options include beanbags and a fireplace.
St Vin’s Cottage, Adelaide
St Vin’s Cottage sits happily within the City of Adelaide and is comfy, quirky and full of character. The cottage is just a two minute walk to many wonderful cafés and restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, bottle shops, post office and banks. Super cute and comes with a friendly cat!
Have you stayed in a super cool South Australian Airbnb that didn’t make our list? Let us know in the comments below.