Perth is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Australia.
The stunning Swan River, with its famous black swans that give the river its name, cuts through the city, flanked by numerous riverside parks and picturesque views. Meanwhile, Kings Park and Botanic Garden – the largest inner-city park on earth – boasts views that take in the city, the river and South Perth. The city certainly has a lot to offer to both visitors and residents.
Demand for Airbnbs in Perth has been growing exponentially since it launched in 2016, so there’s no better time to list a home on the short-lets platform. In December 2018 alone, Airbnb hosts in Perth accommodated nearly 14,000 guests!
The way Perth is Sprawled along the West coast means that you’re never far from a glorious white sandy beach. However, this doesn’t mean the city is uniform – each Perth suburb has its own unique personality and offers something a little different to potential guests on Airbnb.
While every Airbnb property has its own charm, there are some neighbourhoods that stand out as perfect places to be an Airnbn host in Perth. Here are our top 5:
Located just 20 minutes from the City, Scarborough is perfect for a weekend escape.
With cool bars and restaurants lining the seafront you can enjoy a locally brewed beer or Aperol Spritz and watch the sunset. On Thursday evenings in the summer you can visit the Scarborough Sunset Markets and choose from cuisines from all over the world while watching live music at the amphitheatre on the beach.
As a result, the area is undeniably popular for visitors. Airbnbs in Scarborough are booked out 75% of the year, while hosts are raking in an average nightly rate of $164.
What’s more, the Scarborough Esplanade has recently undergone a $30 million revamp – it has never looked better!
Perth’s most popular seaside location, with over a kilometre of stunning white sand beaches, Cottesloe offers incredible ocean views from the many restaurants and bars along Marine Parade.
The suburb has that wonderful small town feel, making it perfect for those looking to escape the city life, but with a return to the city only a short train ride, or 20 minute drive away.
As with Scarborough, Cottesloe’s Airbnb hosts have their home books out 75% of the year, with nightly rates even higher – averaging over $230 in the area.
In March, guests can enjoy the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition on Cottesloe Beach all month, with sculptures by multiple artists displayed on the sand.
With everyone flocking to the gorgeous beaches to make the most of the Aussie sunshine, it’s the perfect time of year to get a property in Cottesloe listed on Airbnb, .
Subiaco, known locally as ‘Subi’, can be found just on the other side of King’s Park. It couldn’t be easier to get out and visit Subiaco from the city, just hop on a train from the city and Subi’s the next stop.
The neighbourhood has earned a reputation as Perth’s ‘urban village’, with tree-lined streets and beautiful, characterful homes. If you’re looking for cool boutiques, quirky wine bars and cosy coffee shops, Subi’s Rokeby Street is the place for you.
While there’s loads to see in Subiaco itself, it’s also a great base from which to explore Perth. In fact, Airbnb’s in Subiaco are booked out 80% of the time throughout the year, and Subi’s Airbnb hosts are earning an average of $150 a night from bookings.
4. South Perth
Sitting right on the south shore of the Swan River, South Perth has stunning views of the City.
Just 10 minutes from the main city, South Perth is easily accessible from train stations across Perth. Its popularity is clear – Airbnb hosts in South Perth are averaging $160 a night at their properties, with 70% of their available nights booked each year.
Sir James Mitchell Park lines the water, and hosts numerous food stands for South Perth ‘StrEATS’ from Wednesday to Sunday evenings – a great place to grab something tasty to eat while watching the sun go down on one of the small riverside beaches.
South Perth is also home to Perth Zoo, an enormous 41-acre zoo with a range of experiences on offer, from bushwalking to exploring an Asian rainforest.
At the mouth of the Swan River, Fremantle (or ‘Freo’) is one of Perth’s more relaxed, bohemian areas, complete with cool indoor markets, colourful coffee shops and seafront bars and restaurants.
When wandering Fremantle’s streets, you can expect to see Victorian-style architecture and countless street performers. You can also enjoy a dip and a bite to eat at Bathers Beach.
Freo’s an ideal place to stay while visiting Perth. You can take a 30-minute ferry from the port town to Rottnest Island, home to the utterly unique quokka – a smaller relative of the kangaroo.
With over 700 guests staying in Freo each month, Airbnb’s are booked an average of 70% of the year, and hosts in Fremantle make over $150 per night, on average.