Best for… business travellers
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Small but perfectly formed, this one bedroom Georgian cottage decorated in impeccable modern style is in the heart of Battery Point and just a stroll to central Hobart, and equipped with all the essentials for a business traveler including wifi and 24-hour check-in.
Best for… city slickers
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History collides with the contemporary at this renovated sandstone cottage with north-facing terrace and views to the river. Decorated in style with a modern art collection, it has two bedrooms, dressing room with daybed, and secret sandstone den - all within a few minutes’ walk of central Hobart and its booming waterfront district.
Best for… families
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A charmingly renovated heritage-listed house in central Hobart with views of the Derwent River, the Art House has one bathroom, two bedrooms and sleeps five (with an overflow bed in the study). There’s a private sandstone courtyard, all the accoutrements needed for kids (portacot, linen, books and toys), and train-themed Caldew park is just a few minutes’ walk away.
Best for… private pool
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A sprawling resort-style house in Mount Nelson set on an acre of riverland gardens features everything the outdoor type could wish for, including children’s playground, trampoline and 25-metre heated lap pool with adjacent outdoor kitchen and fireplace. Inside there are six bedrooms, four bathrooms and games room with pool table and table tennis. As for Hobart, it’s a mere 4.5 kilometers away.
Best for… romantic couples
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Featured in the TV show Love Shack, the two-level waterfront home in Lewisham, 40 minutes from Hobart, is an architectural triumph with uninterrupted views of the ocean. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a huge open-plan living area with terrace and open fire are decked out in sleek modern style.
Best for… lovers of the unusual
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An absolute beachfront hideaway with a difference, the Lighthouse resembles an old-fashioned galleon right on Opossum Bay Beach, 45 minutes from Hobart, complete with red lighthouse. Decked out in singular ocean-going style, the three bedrooms have magnificent ocean views and the house comes equipped with a canoe for fishing.
Best for… city views
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High above North Adelaide with the city displayed in panaromic splendour below, HillHaus comes with a swing chair on the top-floor deck perfect for soaking up the views of the bright lights and the water - plus the smart modernist house has three bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms and is only minutes to the Salamanca restaurant strip.
Up Next: The 8 Best Airbnb Properties in Melbourne
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Want to live like a local in a foreign city? A five-star hotel can be wonderful (who are we to argue with 1000-thread-count sheets?) but stepping into the shoes of the people who call a city home adds a layer of authenticity to the experience. With Airbnb you can choose your own adventure, so we’ve chosen eight of the best accommodation options to get you into the Melbourne swing.