09 May 2021
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Seaside abodes with private beaches, cottages tucked in orchards and tiny homes immersed in nature await at South Australia’s most popular Airbnb properties.

From the Adelaide Hills to the Yorke Peninsula, we’ve rounded up the most coveted places to stay on Airbnb. Go off grid and get back to nature, settle down by the sea or cosy up in a converted farmhouse with all the creature comforts. Stop wishing and start planning with our guide to 10 of the most wish-listed Airbnb properties in South Australia. 


1. Ode to the Orchard, Adelaide Hills

Sink into an outdoor tub perched above the rolling valleys of the Adelaide Hills at Ode to the Orchard. Surrounded by orchards, vineyards, bushland and dreamy hills landscapes, rustic romance awaits at the 1890s-built country cottage. This idyllic Airbnb lies deep in the Adelaide Hills on 16 acres in picturesque Lenswood and is the ultimate destination for a couple’s getaway. After soaking in the view from the claw foot bath, retreat inside to sip wine by the fire or make apple crumble using a secret family recipe and local ingredients supplied by the hosts.


2. BlueSeas Beach House, Kangaroo Island

Ever dreamt of having your own private beach? Check into Blueseas Beach House and step out your front door and onto secluded sandy shores where your footprints are guaranteed to be the only ones in the sand. Sitting in prime position overlooking D’Estrees Bay just half an hour from Kingscote, this seaside Airbnb is one of the best family friendly places to stay on Kangaroo Island with two generous bedrooms sleeping up to six guests. Stroll by the sea, swim, surf, snorkel, explore the surrounding bush and finish each day on the deck - a wine in hand - as the sun sets over the bay. A true island paradise. 


3. The Lodge at Papershell Farm, Fleurieu Peninsula

Nestled among an almond orchard on the doorstep of the vineyards of McLaren Vale, The Lodge at Papershell Farm is the stuff of Airbnb fairy-tales. Wake up to birdsong outside your window and look out across orchard canopies to the jaw dropping Fleurieu Peninsula coastline beyond. Pick your own fruit from the surrounding orchards, make breakfast with local supplies including garden produce, fresh eggs from the farm, almonds from the orchard and whatever else the season offers up and meet the resident sheep and chooks. If you stay between late July and August, a blanket of almond blossoms will welcome you to the farm. It’s little wonder this self-contained cedar studio is one of the most wish-listed properties on Airbnb.


4. The Coach House, Barossa

Unpack your bags and kick back in a heritage-listed building with all the modern creature comforts at the Coach House. The perfect launching pad to explore the Barossa, this picturesque Airbnb is tucked in the heart of Gawler within walking distance of the local pubs, restaurants and shops. Other unique touches include an open-roof rain shower, loft bedroom and generous kitchen and living spaces. Sleeping up to seven guests, each of the three bedrooms is complete with a king size bed and is perfectly equipped for a wine-filled weekend away.


5. Appleton House, Adelaide Hills

Set among 2.8 hectares of bushland in the Adelaide Hills, Appleton House is one of the most popular Airbnbs in the Adelaide Hills. From the living room, soak in views over the hills, Adelaide and to the ocean beyond. Watch kangaroos, koalas and kookaburras just outside your window, sip your morning coffee in the garden or curl up by the fire in cooler months. Nearby, drink cool climate drops at some of the best wineries in the Adelaide Hills, have brunch in the leafy hamlet of Stirling, traverse to Mount Lofty lookout and or picnic in Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. All this awaits just minutes from Adelaide.


6. Bayside Glamping, Yorke Peninsula

Cosy up by the coast in a luxury glamping tent or charming seaside tiny home at Bayside. Nestled within walking distance of Marion Bay on the doorstep of Innes National Park, the luxury glamping tent and off-grid tiny home are two of the best Airbnbs on the Yorke Peninsula. Choose the tiny  home and soak in views of the surrounding native grassland from every window, climb the ladder and retreat to your loft-style bedroom, sip your morning coffee on the deck with kangaroos and emus for company, then cook breakfast in the fully equipped kitchen before venturing out to explore. Opt for the glamping option and fall asleep beneath the stars in a fully kitted out bell tent. Solar powered, rainwater reliant and with a natural composting toilet, your stay will have minimal impact on the pristine surrounding environment. 


7. Bandicoot Springs, Adelaide Hills

Looking for one of the best eco-friendly Airbnb stays? Welcome to Bandicoot Springs. A tiny log cabin on the edge of a natural spring in Ironbank, Bandicoot Springs is the perfect place to retreat in nature with wildlife as your only company (yep, including the illusive bandicoot!). Tucked in the picturesque bushlands of the Adelaide Hills 10 minutes from Stirling and with all the creature comforts you need, spend your days bushwalking, birdwatching, foraging or winery hopping. - the famous cool climate wines of the Adelaide Hills are on your doorstop. 


8. The Cube, Murray River, Lakes and Coorong

Wind your clock back to river time and wake up on a floating eco pod. The ultimate riverside escape on the banks of the Murray River, The Cube is one of the most immersive ways to experience life on the river, just outside Murray Bridge. An hour’s drive away from Adelaide, this dreamy Airbnb sleeps two people with a queen bed, ensuite and kitchenette complete with breakfast supplies making it the perfect place to base yourself for adventures along the Murray River. Kick back on a sunlounge on the deck and watch as boats cruise by, take to the water in your very own kayak or cosy up by the fire pit with a glass of red in hand.


9. Tinyhome Private Escape, Adelaide Hills

Grazing kangaroos, rolling hills and star-filled skies. You can take it all in from your secluded outdoor bath at Tinyhome Private Escape in Bridgewater. Nestled on a private organic farm in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, this unique Airbnb brings together the best elements of glamping and tiny home accommodation and is the perfect place to getaway for the weekend. We’ll give you a second while you add this property to your Airbnb wish-list…


10. Earthship, Adelaide Hills

Taking sustainable accommodation to the next level, this ecological bed and breakfast is Australia's first council approved Earthship. The quirky hideaway will get you off-grid and back to nature just a stone’s throw from the city and is one of the most sustainable housing concepts in existence. Ticking every box for solar, water and energy efficiency this self-sufficient home is made from a variety of natural and recycled materials, including car tyres filled and rendered with earth and an incredible beer and wine bottle brick wall making it one of the most eco-friendly options on Airbnb.

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Looking for more accommodation inspiration? Check out our guide to off-grid accommodation, the best glamping spots in South Australia or discover more accommodation here.


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