If you’re looking for a home-like environment that can fit just about any budget, try looking at short stay apartments.

Available throughout Australia, these kitchen- and laundry-equipped units can be very convenient for families and groups, as well as for anyone travelling on a budget. If you’re on a business trip, the convenience of a downtown location and daily service, plus the usual fitness amenities offered at higher-end accommodations, might mean more to you than a washer and dryer.

Temporary digs like these are used by people for many different reasons: Travelers on extended stays, people relocating to a new place, and homeowners who are in the midst of messy renovations.

For anyone new to Australia or anyone in the midst of a transition there, we’ve gathered a list of 21 resources to start your search for short stay accommodation. These include national booking sites, house sitting options, and more typical and location-specific apartments to consider. There are so many choices available that you should find something that fits your situation, desired location and budget perfectly.

Booking Sites


If you’re looking for short-term rentals anywhere in Australia, Stayz is a great resource. With a range of accommodations, from beachside shacks to country mansions, you’ll find some 40,000 holiday homes listed for you to consider.


Book anywhere in Australia at Roomorama. This online booking platform connects you to ocean villas and executive apartments as well as to studio apartments and single rooms across the country.

Short Breaks

You’ll need to stay a minimum of two nights if you wish to book your room or apartment with Short Breaks Australia. Under the Short Breaks tab, hover over your location from the drop-down menu, and then select “Accommodation”.

House Sitting

House Carers

If you’re looking to exchange house sitting and/or pet sitting services for a free place to stay, take a look at House Carers’s Australia section. You’ll need to register as a house sitter and be extremely flexible with location, date and lengths of stays. The upside is that you stay in a home free of charge, sometimes with the use of the homeowner’s vehicle.

Aussie House Sitters

With about 1,000 new home sitting ads per month on the site, and many more homeowners connecting directly with sitters instead of listing their homes, registered sitters at Aussie House Sitters can usually find short stay accommodation that fits their schedules and desired locations.

Trusted Housesitters

If you choose the annual membership plan, the cost to join Trusted Housesitters works out to about A$10 a month. The majority of the stays are short term; Sydney, Melbourne and Perth are the top cities for house sitting.



There are studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments at Bonaparte’s Apartments for short-stay and longer-term guests. All are fully self-contained and equipped, and the building itself is a 10-minute walk from downtown in Spring Hill, located adjacent to Chinatown.

Central Apartment Hotels

There are three locations of these serviced apartments in Brisbane (Milton, South Bank and Dockside), offering a mix of hotel rooms, studios, and one- or two-bedroom self-contained apartments. Central Apartment Hotels focuses on both the corporate and leisure traveller, serving short-term and long-term stays.

The Capitol Apartments

Located on Peel Street in the center of South Brisbane, The Capitol Apartments are also close to the cosmopolitan West End. The self-contained one- or two-bedroom units have fully equipped kitchens and in-room laundry facilities, while on-site amenities include a day spa, gym and pool.


City Stay

The location of the City Stay Apartment Hotel is a real draw: it’s right on Perth’s main street, has Harbour Town shopping center directly across the street and is a block from the train station. The self-contained apartments have one and two bedrooms, and on-site facilities include a swimming pool and exercise room.

Regal Apartments

In the heart of East Perth, the Regal Apartments are within walking distance of the Perth CBD (or five minutes by taxi), and close to everything from restaurants to parklands that include a waterfront cove. Each apartment has two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and separate laundry area.

Espresso Apartments

You’ll find Espresso Apartments throughout Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane as well as Perth. These are luxury furnished accommodations meant specifically for short stay rentals. You can choose the best location from seven in Perth, and up to three bedrooms. The self-contained units have fully equipped kitchens with an espresso coffee machine complete with an initial supply of coffee.


Top End

Free car packages are available when you stay at some of these apartments, and there are several across Darwin, with 12 executive suites on Litchfield Street that have up to three bedrooms. The largest Top End apartment is a two-story, three-bedroom penthouse suitable for a family or group.

We Stay in Darwin

If you haven’t yet found short term-accommodation that suits your schedule or budget, you might want to try the search and booking site called We Stay in Darwin. The site lists serviced holiday apartments in Darwin and the surrounding areas, including the waterfront precinct, as well as short-term executive rentals.

Darwin Wharf Escape

Wharf Escape features two luxury waterfront apartment buildings. Each apartment has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen and is pet-friendly, too. Located in Darwin’s waterfront precinct, the premium suites in these holiday apartments feature panoramic sea views. The buildings are within walking distance of the CBD via a sky bridge.


Melbourne Short Stay Apartments

When you know you’ll be staying in the Melbourne area, Short Stay might be the right choice. They have apartments in six locations in Melbourne’s central business district (CBD) as well as Southbank. The units are self-contained with as many as three bedrooms and full kitchen and laundry.

City Tempo

Located in Melbourne’s CBD, City Tempo is a high-rise apartment hotel a few minutes walk from Queen Victoria Market and the Melbourne Central Railway Station. There are five apartment types to choose from — all with kitchenettes — and there’s a fitness area, sauna and business center on site.

Alto Hotel

You can choose from studio to three-bedroom apartments at the Alto Hotel on Bourke, in the center of Melbourne. Housed in a renovated 19th Century building, this boutique apartment hotel is environmentally smart, and is Australia’s first carbon-neutral hotel, featuring rooftop beehives and an electric car for guest use.


Meriton Apartments

Offering fully furnished, daily serviced apartment accommodations in Sydney and its suburbs (as well as in Brisbane and the Gold Coast), one of Meriton’s downtown Sydney properties is located on Kent Street. This Meriton building has 431 suites, each with a fully equipped kitchen and laundry. Onsite recreational facilities include a heated lap pool, spa, sauna and gym. Here, you are close to Chinatown, the Spanish quarter and Darling Harbour.

Metro Hotels

On Darling Harbour, Metro Apartments is one of several Metro Hotel properties in the city, and offers 24 fully contained apartments, many overlooking Sydney’s famous harbour. The loft style apartments have a bedroom and bathroom on the upper level with a fully equipped kitchen, laundry, lounge and balcony downstairs. The Executive loft offers the same features plus cathedral style windows from floor to ceiling to take full advantage of the view.

Manly Surfside Apartments

A 30-minute drive from Sydney, you’ll have the best of both worlds at Manly Surfside. The executive apartments are housed in a small building with two units per floor. The two-story penthouses occupy the top two floors of the building. All have beautiful views of the beach, and gourmet kitchens and laundry are included in each of the apartments.

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