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Australia’s Harbors and rivers are visually significant staples of the overall landscape, offering plenty of outdoor adventures, including boating. Sure, you can walk to the edge and take in the beauty, or you can book a floating Airbnb for a literally immersive experience. Stay in vessels that are tucked beside bustling cities, or opt for nature enveloped abodes that come equipped with kayaks. Some of our picks allow folks to dip their toes into both nature and the city. Australia has some pretty stellar boat Airbnbs, but we think these are the coolest.
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Eleven bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen and plenty more space for 16+ guests to spread out amongst along a stay at Gold Coast Marinas Cove are the perks of this pick. However, guests can talk with hosts about dropping anchor near one of Australia’s lovely beaches. With all of that deck space, a sandy location may be the ticket.
A stone’s throw from Paringa, there is much on land to explore, near this gorgeous vintage paddle boat with an upper and lower deck, that is your private retreat during the entire stay. Inside takes a modern turn, so people get to experience the charm of something older, but the luxury of a boutique hotel. Your car is accessible for on-land adventures, and kayaks are provided to glide the waters.
Ultimately docking at Rottnest Island, the boat is on the more posh side, but walk into the accommodation space, and discover the coziest cabin with a true high end feel. Gaze out the window as the sun sets, then venture to a local scenic nook on foot. Island life is best from a yacht.
Apparently 1970s era paddle steamboats make incredible luxury boutique hotels. Several rooms are available on board this vessel set along the Murray River in Renmark, and rooms are poshly adorned, also offering a welcoming terrace to step out on every morning to watch the sun cast a golden sparkle over the water. Mingle in the commons decks with a cocktail, and an artfully prepared cheese plate.
Get an up-close view of the Harbor Bridge in Lavender Bay, and experience traversing around—something many boat Airbnbs don’t offer. Accommodations are cozy but svelte, as this is, of course, a 2015 Bavaria Cruiser 33. Complete with swim platform, hot showers and scenic lounging spots, this is a true yacht experience.
All the basics are tucked away in this classic schooner that will really immerse guests into the nautical world of boat stays. Teak interiors add the warm, welcoming factor to this Hindmarsh Island based vessel.
A gorgeous deck overlooking Hillarys Boat Harbor is the intro to this sport cruiser. Indoor and outdoor spaces offer ample room for relaxation, and the snug as a bug bedrooms look like the most awesome sleepover accommodations. Prep simple meals in the small kitchen, but also know restaurants and bars are within walking distance.
Like a swanky modern home afloat in Australia’s Hawkesbury River system, the catamaran is most definitely definable as a luxe abode. You have the option to be docked in different mesmerizing locations, and the open, airy interiors with sleek wooden floors open up to the views as if they belong together. Come see this solar-powered beauty for yourself.
Can you imagine embarking on a sunset tour of Sydney’s most incredible stops, but then not having to disembark? You’ll be left with delicious food to cook up on the grill, along with champagne and a scenic place to lay your head. Sounds totally dreamy right?
No doubt, the views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge might be the very best from this Lavender Bay accommodation. The stay is simplistic and quite private as the captain leaves you to enjoy the night on your own aboard the 40 foot Bavaria yacht. Wood finishes, a kitchen for prepping food and skylights for constant natural light are some of the exciting features. But be aware that you’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag and food to avoid extra fees.
A Riviera 36 foot cruiser right on the cusps of Sydney’s entertainment district sits scenically in Darling Harbor. Feel the waves lap against the side while knowing you can disembark anytime to grab something tasty to eat. However, many food places will deliver, so guests can have a romantic evening in the water without ever having to leave.
Simple, charming and affordable, this bed and breakfast is good about not having hidden fees, and even a basic breakfast is included. Who doesn’t love a good bowl of cereal? So if looking to celebrate a special occasion low key, the Docklands based boat awaits.