Five best South Australian Airbnbs

Known for its rugged coastline, arid desert, many wineries and gourmet menus, South Australia is on most travellers’ wish list.

When it comes to accommodation, South Australia is no stranger to secluded views and beautiful stays. In fact, when I ranked the country’s six coolest Airbnbs late last year, two of the top listed stays were found in South Australia. For diversity’s sake, I won’t be including those two – admittedly exceptional – stays in the state’s top five, as there is no shortage of contenders.

Paddle Steamer PS Federal Retreat
4.95 stars
$150 per night

Resting on stilts in the River Murray, close to the Southern Ocean, this 1902 Paddle Steamer is the perfect getaway for small groups dreaming of life at sea. It is a 10-minute stroll from the Goolwa Visitor’s Information Centre, sits adjacent to a bird sanctuary and is perfectly situated for canoeing, kite surfing, water skiing or many other water sports. The steamer is off the grid, runs on solar power and comes equipped with a bottle of wine and some breakfast essentials.

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The Treehouse Organic Vineyard + Sea
4.87 stars
$390.43 per night

Enjoy an entire luxurious farmhouse to yourself when you stay in this Max Pritchard designed home that overlooks its own vineyard from its cradle amongst native trees. This 23-acre property is just a 50-minute drive from the city and is located close to the beach. You can play I spy with the native animals you’ll be calling your neighbours, or lie back at night and admire the stars from your bed. 

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Camel Beach House
4.96 stars
$308.57 (average) per night

This 250-acre ocean front heritage property is set above the stunning Mount Camel Beach on South Australia’s  ‘Wild West’ Eyre Peninsula. Enjoy absolute privacy in this architectural, rustic, off the grid home. You can even request to bring Fido along, provided he’s happy to spend his stay on the huge deck surrounding the home. With views like these, I don’t think he’ll be complaining. I’ve said enough, these pictures speak for themselves.

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The Sky House
4.91 stars
$530 per night

While this house may not be the most affordable accommodation on stunning Kangaroo Island, it is a once in a lifetime stay. This rammed-earth villa offers sweeping views of the coastline and screams romance with its huge Villeroy and Boch bathtub, internal floor heating in the bath and bedroom, private courtyard, record player and combustion fireplace.

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Springmount Eco-Retreat
4.75 stars
$478.57 per night

This fully self-contained eco-retreat is an experience like no other. Each guest will share the communal areas with one another, and take part in the preparation of meals, cleaning and setting up of the fire. The retreat is oriented towards a tech-free stay, with emphasis instead on inclusive games and activities. Guests are invited to roam the 90 acres of pristine heritage land and enjoy the area’s native flora and fauna. This is the perfect getaway for solo travellers, or couples wanting to meet and connect with other adventurers.

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Which of these Airbnb’s would you choose to stay in? Have you travelled around South Australia before? Where would you recommend staying?

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Written by Liv Gardiner

Writer and editor with interests in travel, lifestyle, health, wellbeing, astrology and the enivornment.

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