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Holiday homes in Canberra | Where to book your dream stay

Discover a home fit for your party and personality in Canberra that you can call yours for a short while.

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Looking for a place to stay in Canberra for a spin? Perhaps you're on a work trip? Or maybe you're touring the capital. Needless to say you have holiday home options at your disposal.

Where to book holiday homes in Canberra

HomeAway: Best for families
Explore dozens of homes and apartments that have ample room for you and your little one. There are spacious apartments in the city centre or mansions with room for them to run around near Ainslie and Watson.
  • Free cancellations
  • Taxes and fees are included in the price
  • You’ll need to pay for your stay on a date set by your host
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Booking.com: Best for professionalism
Many of Booking.com's Canberra holiday homes are managed by real estate agents. This gives you added assurance and confidence that your stay will be seamless.
  • Free cancellations
  • Taxes and fees are included in the price
  • You’ll need to pay for your stay on a date set by your host
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Stayz: Best for road trips
Hitting the open road? Stayz is a top option for exploring outside of Canberra as it has homes and apartments with parking access to make your trip smoother.
  • Free cancellations
  • Taxes and fees are included in the price
  • You’ll need to pay for your stay on a date set by your host
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Airbnb: Best for variety
Choose from over 300 properties in and around Canberra with prices and locations that work for you. Stay north of Lake Burley Griffin in furnished apartments or south of Parliament House in guest and tiny houses.
  • Free cancellations
  • Taxes and fees aren’t always included in the price
  • You’ll need to pay for your stay upon booking

How did we pick these Canberra stays?

Our editorial team selected these Canberra stays on this list based on price, location and real customer feedback from booking sites and review platforms. Where applicable, we used our own personal experiences in Canberra to make recommendations.

Where should I stay in and around Canberra?

  • Museums and tourist attractions: Braddon, Reid and Campbell are all central suburbs on the northern edge of Lake Burley Griffin. They're moments from Canberra Museum & Gallery and National Museum of Australia and right across the water from National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia and Questacon.
  • Business and conventions: Staying in Campbell or Ainslie means you'll be close to the National Convention Centre while still relishing in lake and mountain views.
  • Food and culture: Over the years, Canberra's oldest suburb Braddon has been transformed into a hip centre of boutique stores, trending food joints and pop-ups.
  • Wine and romance: The Canberra Region Tablelands is where Canberrans go to feast on local wines and produce. While the tablelands surround the city, a popular direction to head is north to the towns of Murrumbateman and Yass, where award winning charcuterie meets cool climate wines.

Where to stay in Canberra for cheap

The suburb of Acton sits right next to the Australian National University and is one of the cheapest suburbs in central Canberra. Book outside of the university semester and you could score yourself a super cheap bed as some students put their places up as holiday homes when they're away.

Where to stay in Canberra for luxury

Luxurious homes and apartments circle Canberra's City Hill and hug the edge of Lake Burley Griffin. For the ultimate stay, keep an eye out for rooftop pools, on-site gyms, balconies large enough to dine on and spa baths.

Where to stay in Canberra for pet-friendly accommodation

Being a government city, Canberra is heavy on the apartment side. If you have a large pet who needs its space you may have to venture further to the suburbs of Ainslie, Deakin and Kingston for suitable accommodation.

For smaller pets, there is a scattering of apartments that allow fur babies to stay.

If you have a choice, Campbell is within walking distance to the dog-friendly Boundless Playground, Grevillea Park and Commonwealth Parks. Stay near the Old Bus Depot Markets and you and your four-legged friend will have access to Bowen and Norgrove Parks.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Is it legal to stay at a holiday home in Canberra? Yes, it's legal to stay at a holiday home or homestay in Canberra. Some number restrictions might apply though. For example, Airbnb allows a maximum of 16 people per home.
  • What do I need to bring to a holiday home in Canberra? As Canberra is a tourist and government workers city, you don't need to bring anything special on your stay. Winters can get bitterly cold and frost is common, so bring layers to keep warm.
  • How do I get to my holiday home? From Canberra Airport you can get to the city (and your holiday home) by public bus, rideshare, taxi or car hire. The bus runs every 15 minutes and drops you off at City interchange, Belconnen interchange and Cohen St interchange to Spence Terminus.

Latest Canberra holiday home deals:


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Expires 30 Sep 2022
Available on stays from 4 April – 30 September 2022. Destinations include Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and more.

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Available on stays from 1 July – 31 December 2022. Destinations include Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and more. Minimum of 3 nights stays. T&Cs apply.

Up to 20% off 3+ night stays

Expires 31 Dec 2022
Available on stays until 31 December 2022 on select properties including in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.

Up to 65% off holiday packages

Available on select dates until December 2022. Destinations include Adelaide, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sydney, Cairns, Canberra, Hunter Valley and more.

Up to 35% off last-minute domestic escapes

Available on stays within the next 14 days. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Canberra and more. T&Cs apply.

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