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Sydney New Year’s Eve is arguably one of the biggest year-end events in Australia. This annual event, held every New Year’s Eve, centres around the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and neighbouring Port Jackson.

With the influx of local and international tourists, Sydney offers something for everyone. From party cruises to opera performances, harbour picnics, tall ships, sensational fireworks displays and dance parties, there is so much to see and do at this celebratory time of the year. 

Before the end of 2019 goes off with a bang, Sydney New Year’s Eve visitors have tons of exciting things to do and places to visit. There’s a myriad of things on offer to welcome in the new year. Your options for fun in the city before the biggest night of the year comes to a close are huge. But the big question is, where do you want to be and what do you want to be doing on Sydney New Year’s Eve?

What To Do In Sydney New Years Eve 

With so much happening this Sydney New Year’s Eve, the most difficult decision you have to make is narrowing down the countless options available. Research is time consuming, so we have scoured the internet in search of great ways to experience this NYE in Sydney.

From the harbourside to the dance floors, there’s countless things on offer to usher in 2020. Whether it’s on land or sea, with family of friends, in big groups or more intimate options, there’s a myriad of fun in the city before the biggest night of the year goes off with a bang.

2 Spectacular Fireworks Displays: Experience NYE Sydney Style

The main events are divided into 2 pyrotechnics displays:

  • Family Fireworks at 9 PM
  • Midnight Fireworks at the strike of midnight

Both events are nationally televised but the extremely popular Midnight Fireworks are televised globally.

The 9pm fireworks were created with families in mind. In Sydney, your kids don’t have to miss out on the spectacular NYE fireworks! YAY!

Sydney New Year's Eve Sensational Fireworks!

Have you planned your Sydney New year’s Eve?

Sydney New Years Eve Fireworks – The Best Locations Around Sydney

 

Having the best vantage points in the city is highly sought after if you want to truly enjoy Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks. More than 1 million people visit the Sydney foreshore, so we recommend arranging your NYE plans as soon as possible.

 

Barangaroo Reserve

A more expensive ticketed vantage point starts around $42 at Barangaroo Reserve. This is among the newest places to enjoy the fireworks on Sydney New Years Eve. However, please remember that it’s limited to those with advance reservations. Compared with other more expensive locations, Barangaroo is a steal! Here you will find some of the most idyllic spots for an evening picnic, as well as a wide array of food options and drinks on offer.

 

Bradleys Head, Mosman 

One of the most popular ticketed reserves and vantage points is at Bradleys Head, Mast Precinct in Mosman. This location provides different areas to enjoy the celebrations from the boardwalk and grassy areas around the mast, to the upper road. Arrange a family picnic or for something more convenient, simply purchase goodies from a variety of stalls offering delicious food and drinks. 

 

Enjoy this family-friendly NYE location that starts at 3pm and closes at 12.30am. Alcohol is prohibited at the Bradleys Head NYE event, making it ideal for families with young children. Tickets start from $29 and go up to $129. Spots are limited, as there’s a maximum of 1,600 people permitted. While you’re waiting for the main events – NYE fireworks, enjoy the live entertainment and music. 

 

Set up your picnic feast at the Athol Lawn, located at Mosman foreshore, which forms part of Bradleys Head. While a superb family-friendly option, please note that that this is an alcohol-free area. Enjoy wonderful views of the harbour at this practical North Shore option.

 

North Shore Parks

At North Shore Parks, there are several areas to enjoy the fireworks and choosing one in particular depends on your personal preferences. From Mary Booth Reserve to Bradfield Park, Quibaree Park and Blues Point Reserve, there is a great selection of prime spots. In the past, these were free but recently, these locations started selling tickets starting at $10 plus a booking fee of $2.75. For a small fee, you will be able to enjoy the impressive views of the Harbour Bridge fireworks.

Are You Looking For a Prime Sydney Spot to Avoid the NYE Queues?

 

To guarantee a great new year’s location without waiting for hours, a ticketed area is your best option.

Some locations include the Royal Botanic Gardens NYE Events, the National Parks and Wildlife Harbour Islands as well as Barangaroo. Here you will experience picture-perfect views of the fireworks and they are less crowded too.

 

Dance parties and concerts are popular in Sydney, especially during this time of the year. However, please note that not all parties offer wonderful views of the Harbour. 

Luna Park and Taronga Zoo have some of the craziest fun-filled New Year’s Eve dance parties to bring in the New Year.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney offers 6 spectacular events for Sydney New Years Eve 2019. But book early! 3 of the 6 events are already booked out!!!! There are still tickets available for Harbour Hoopla, Garden party at the Calyx and New Year’s Eve Picnic.

To Avoid Chaotic NYE Crowds, Book a Ticketed Venue

 
If you want to experience a sensational panoramic view while avoiding raucous crowds, then booking a NYE ticketed venue is your best option.

There are many locations to choose from but each option will depend upon your budget.

For ticketed areas, the lowest fee starts at $20 – $30 and a more expensive option will set you back $500+.

Cruise Around Sydney Harbour This New Years Eve

 

One of the most incredible ways to experience Sydney New Year’s Eve is on the harbour! When in New York, everyone wants to be in the centre of Time Square to see the ball drop. In Sydney, the heart of the action is being on a cruise in the middle of the harbour.  

Cruises include private boat tours and shared NYE cruises. Here are 4 of our top picks!

  • Fantasea NYE Cruise 

Fantasea Cruises offer a fantastic range of cruises to best cater to your specific needs. From a 90 minute Sydney Harbour cruise to a 6 hour experience, NYE on a Sydney Harbour cruise it undoubtedly a once in a lifetime experience! Cruises depart from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour. 

There are many different options to choose from and these include the New Years Eve Midnight Fireworks Spectacular Cruise starting from $495 a person, the New Years Eve Family Friendly Fireworks Cruises starting from $190 (children) and $290 (adults). Family packages are ideally suited to families with 2 adults and 2 children and are priced at $799. 

If you want something that extra special! Book the Ultimate New Years Eve Dinner Cruise. Be quick, as they’re offering an early bird special of $850. To find out more information, simply follow the Sydney New Years Eve Fantasea Cruises link.

 

  • Bella Vista New Year’s Eve Cruise

Bella Vista New Years Eve Cruise is regarded as one of the most luxurious, this glass vessel offers unparalleled views of Sydney’s New Years Eve fireworks displays. State of the art technology is used to create a truly five-star venue with uninterrupted views of the stunning Sydney Harbour fireworks. Start your journey in Pyrmont and spend approximately 6 hours on the harbour cruise. Prices start from $799.

 

  • New Year’s Eve Tall Ship’s Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour

The New Years Eve Tall Ship Dinner Cruise is a 6 and a half hour NYE cruise that sets off from Dawes Point and is priced from $949. If you’ve always dreamed of bringing in the new year aboard a traditional square-rigged tall ship, then this is the way to celebrate New Years in Sydney. Enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner, unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks, as well as music, dancing and front-row views of Sydney’s breathtaking fireworks. Watch the procession of colorfully illuminated vessels on Sydney Harbour while feasting on meat, fresh seafood and vegetable dishes. Enjoy the spectacular Sydney Harbour fireworks from right in the middle of the harbour!

 

  • Sydney Harbour Party Boats

Boarding at Lavender Bay, begin your Sydney NYE Harbour Cruise that offers one of the best positions to see the Harbour Bridge fireworks. For approximately 7 hours, you will enjoy a 3 course meal, open bar and onboard DJ. Tickets are selling fast and given the Kraken vessel’s maximum capacity of 80, this is sure to be a comfortable way to enjoy your Sydney harbour cruise. 

Celebrate Sydney NYE at a Fantastic Restaurant with Harbour Views

 

If you want a peaceful dinner with a view of the Sydney Harbour, there are plenty of fabulous restaurants in the area to choose from. Sydney restaurants offer special menus for New Year’s Eve but please remember that some may require an early reservation.

Some of the places to choose from include the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar, Bennelong at the Opera House, O Bar and Dining, Cafe Sydney and Quay among others. Dance parties and concerts are also popular here during this time of the year but not all parties may have a wonderful view of the Harbour. 

 

Cockle Bay Wharf restaurants 

Cockle Bay Wharf is absolutely stunning! A great range of restaurants and dining options awaits you this New Years Eve.

Do You Want To Celebrate Sydney NYE in Style?

For a less crowded alternative, why not select a fantastic Sydney restaurant! Imagine feasting on delectible food and wine with a priceless view of Sydney Harbour.

Enjoy a peaceful dinner with friends and family while being captivated by the sensational Sydney city skyline is most certainly a brilliant choice!

There are many restaurants to choose from that have special menu options to bring in the new year. If a tantalising meal is what you’re looking for, then make sure you book, as many require early reservations. 

Some of our favourite picks include the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar, Bennelong at the Opera House, O Bar and Dining, Cafe Sydney and Quay Restaurant among others.

 

Private New Years Party for 15 – 30 People 

If you want to experience a once in lifetime Sydney NYE, then the VIP packages at Bungalow 8 Sydney NYE will definitely impress. Choose between the incredible half balcony and full balcony packages. The half balcony package offers entry for up to 15 people and is priced at $3,000. Included in the package is a 3 hour standard beverage package, 1 x Champagne Magnum & 1 x bottle of spirits, as well as an assortment of canapes. The package also includes wait staff!

The full balcony package can be arranged for up to 30 people! The package is priced at $6,000 and includes a 3 hour standard drinks package, canapes and designated wait staff.

Are You Celebrating NYE in Sydney with Children?

 

When you’re travelling with kids, many of the common suggestions prove useless. That’s why we decided to dedicate a section for people travelling with families and young children.

 

Sydney offers fireworks specifically at 9pm, so that people with kids don’t have to miss out on the sensational firework displays. Families with young children can enjoy an 8 minute display, so you can avoid the late-night crowds arriving. There are even some events that start earlier in the afternoon offering rides, food and great entertainment from 4pm. Don’t worry mums and dads, as starting earlier means you won’t have to alter your children’s bedtimes too drastically. 

Family Friendly New Year’s Eve at Dudley Page Reserve

Dudley Page Reserve is one of the most incredible places to view the Sydney Harbour fireworks. This local park comes alive on December 31st offering many fun things to do. Enjoy face painting, a great jumping castle, kids’ playground, DJ, music & dancing. In keeping with a great Aussie tradition, why not grab a blanket and sit back and relax the whole night with friends and family watching the incredible views of the fireworks display. Adults will be pleased to find a licensed bar & food stalls, to start the NYE celebrations. Simply click on the link to book your Dudley Page Reserve NYE tickets or email help(at)iwannaticket.com.au

 

Enjoy Family Friendly NYE in the Sydney CBD

Barangaroo offers a fantastic family friendly NYE option. If you’re concerned about your kids being around alcohol, then this celebration is definitely a great choice. In between the 9pm and midnight fireworks, you can choose from a selection of Sydney’s best food trucks and great live entertainment.

Darling Harbour is one of the best family-friendly locations to celebrate the new year. Parents will be happy to know that the event is both glass and alcohol free. Enjoy free fireworks and flame shows every hour from 7pm, as well as the main fireworks shows on Cockle Bay at 9pm and midnight. Food and beverages can be purchased from the many on offer.

Are You Searching for Budget Friendly Sydney NYE Options?

 

When you’re travelling on a budget, it’s important to plan ahead, so you can take advantage of the great Sydney NYE choices on offer. Planning ahead will make it easy to find a spot right in the middle of the action when midnight strikes. If you want the best seats in the house, make sure you arrive early. Most free areas become very crowded and you don’t want to be the last one to arrive. There are a number of free areas along the beach that offer wonderful views of the fireworks displays. 

The following are 2 FREE Sydney New Year’s Eve options:

Sydney Opera House

If you thought there’s no way you can actually be at the Opera House on New Year’s Eve then you’re going to love the following information. This iconic Sydney wonder provides a unique opportunity to marvel at the stunning view. Capacity is limited to 7,000 people. Entry is FREE but you need to arrive early. Last year capacity was reached at 11am! Alcohol is sold at this location but please remember that unfortunately you are not allowed to bring your own.

All Opera House visitors are strongly encouraged to use public transport wherever possible. Scroll down for useful information about getting around Sydney on New Years Eve.

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is a terrific and free New Year’s Eve locale. This colourful and vibrant tourist hotspot has a capacity of 40,000 people, so this is a great choice when you’re travelling in a group. There’s a wide range of food and beverage options that you can purchase. You will even be able to see Darling Harbour’s own NYE fireworks and flames’ shows that begin at 7pm.

This family friendly NYE celebration is glass and alcohol-free and begins at 1pm until 1.30am. Unlike many other Sydney NYE events, fireworks show every hour in Darling Harbour, which is why your kids will love it!

Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay Nightclubs

What’s great about spending New Years at Darling Harbour is that there are many adult only options too. Dance and party all night at popular nightclubs such as Home Sydney, Cargo Bar and Bungalow 8. Please note, there are cover fees at the nightclubs and early bird release prices start from $29, with general admission starting from $39.

 

7 Of The Best New Years Eve Parties In Sydney

The New Year’s Eve parties in Sydney are one of the most popular NYE events to attend in Sydney. If you want to enjoy the fireworks, and experience a more high voltage celebration, then being at one of these parties is a must!

  • Cruise Bar

Located directly underneath the Harbour Bridge, Cruise Bar offers panoramic views over the iconic Sydney harbour. The place is lively and full of dynamic energy with the sound of popular Aussie DJs and clinking glasses to the theme of Carnivale. Tickets start at $109 plus booking fee.

  • Harbour Party at Luna Park

Harbour Party at Luna Park is a fantastic NYE party! This year, the energetic and vibrant NYE event is celebrating its 15th year anniversary! If you to enjoy fireworks, then this is one of the best places to choose for NYE because it offers one of the best vantage points in Sydney. Feel like a kid again and ride the roller coaster and countless other fantastic rides. Rides are open until one o’clock in the morning. Read about the best Sydney transport options to and from Luna Park this new years eve.

Early bird, 1st, 2nd and even the 3rd released tickets are sold out! Remaining tickets are priced from $190.

  • Pier One Sydney Harbour

The Pier One New Years Eve Party offers incredible and uninterrupted views of Australia’s famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world renowned New Year’s Eve Fireworks. Some of Sydney’s best DJs will make this party a night to remember! While this might be one of the more expensive NYE parties, it definitely has unparalleled views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge just below the fireworks site. General tickets start from $599 and VIP tickets are priced at $799 per person. This all-inclusive event includes entertainment with unlimited food and drink.

  • Victoria Park

The NYE party at Victoria Park is a great way to bring in the new year. Aptly referred to as NYE in the Park, this location often features some of the biggest and most popular names in the dance party scene. Known as one of the best New Year’s party places in Sydney, they even have a VIP SkyDeck for uninterrupted views of the acts. First, 2nd and even 3rd release tickets are sold out, so if you want to dance all night, then book asap. Final release tickets start from $129.90, with VIP garden tickets priced at $169 and Sky deck experience tickets priced at $799.

  • The Butler

The Butler Sydney NYE party is conveniently located in Potts Point, right next to the Sydney CBD. For a more formal evening, experience the extraordinary culinary delights from Head Chef Amber Doig. In addition to incredible food, cocktails and champagne, enjoy the special live music performance from a surprise band! NYE shared banquet feast is priced at $195 per person. This all-inclusive package includes 8 courses with a glass of champagne on arrival. Located right next to the  city centre, you’re definitely going to experience one of the best views of the Sydney NYE fireworks display.

  • The Loft

If music is high on your list of things to make this new years eve unforgettable, then you can’t get much better than The Loft NYE party. There is a massive DJ line up with headliners like A-Tonez and Helena Ellis. General admission tickets start from $29 per person and there’s even an all access pass that will provide you with access to Bungalow 8, Red Room NYE and Cargo Bar from $69 per person. If you want to raise it a notch, the VIP package is priced from $80 a person and includes a 2 hour beverage pack, including house beers and wines.

  • Darling Island

Regarded as one of the biggest parties of the year, Darling Island NYE Party at doltone house, darling island is sure to delight! Dress code is cocktail and begins 7pm on new years eve until late. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés overlooking the incredible Sydney city skyline. A selection of red and white wines, beer, house spirits and soft drinks, as well as a 5 course award winning set menu and seafood sharing platter per table await you. The live band and DJ are sure to get you up dancing all night. Prices start from $50 to $299. 

How to Get Around Sydney this New Years Eve

 

Sydney definitely comes alive on New Year’s Eve, which is why it’s bustling with people. Traversing the city can prove challenging if you don’t plan ahead. First of all, you need to decide what type of event you want to attend. This is important because the city can get very crowded and most roads are closed during this period. To make your decisions easier, the following help you choose your mode of transport on new years eve. 

 

NYE Sydney by Car

Sydney’s population and the many visitors to Sydney mean that it’s essential to book ahead. Finding a taxi at the last minute might prove very challenging. You can take a taxi, Uber or even a chauffeur driven limousine. Sydney Luxury Limousines Water Limousines Sydney

 

NYE celebrations Sydney by Public Transport

People usually travel by public transport, as catching a cab will be no easy task. Expect trains and buses to be full, so moving around the city can be quite difficult by 7 PM. To avoid frustrating delays, make sure you know where you are going for the New Year’s Eve event and arrive early, before the rush hour begins.

 

Trains on NYE

From 5pm until midnight on New Year’s Eve, trains Trains will not stop at Circular Quay station. Transport NSW provides some great alternatives, recommending people to use Wynyard, Martin Place or St James stations.

 

Buses on NYE

From 2pm on New Year’s Eve, buses will be relocated from Circular Quay to Martin Place and relocated to Hyde Park from 6pm as CBD roads close. 

 

Ferries on NYE

From 5pm on New Year’s Eve, ferries will not stop at Circular Quay.

 

Important Public Transport Information for Sydney NYE

If you’re taking a train, bus or ferry on New Years Eve, it’s important to remember the closure times of certain stops. Click on the following link to view all available information regarding Sydney public transport on NYE

How to Get Around Sydney this New Years Eve

 

Sydney definitely comes alive on New Year’s Eve, which is why it’s bustling with people. Traversing the city can prove challenging if you don’t plan ahead. First of all, you need to decide what type of event you want to attend. This is important because the city can get very crowded and most roads are closed during this period. To make your decisions easier, the following help you choose your mode of transport on new years eve. 

 

NYE Sydney by Car

Sydney’s population and the many visitors to Sydney mean that it’s essential to book ahead. Finding a taxi at the last minute might prove very challenging. You can take a taxi, Uber or even a chauffeur driven limousine. Sydney Luxury Limousines Water Limousines Sydney

 

NYE celebrations Sydney by Public Transport

People usually travel by public transport, as catching a cab will be no easy task. Expect trains and buses to be full, so moving around the city can be quite difficult by 7 PM. To avoid frustrating delays, make sure you know where you are going for the New Year’s Eve event and arrive early, before the rush hour begins.

 

Trains on NYE

From 5pm until midnight on New Year’s Eve, trains Trains will not stop at Circular Quay station. Transport NSW provides some great alternatives, recommending people to use Wynyard, Martin Place or St James stations.

 

Buses on NYE

From 2pm on New Year’s Eve, buses will be relocated from Circular Quay to Martin Place and relocated to Hyde Park from 6pm as CBD roads close. 

 

Ferries on NYE

From 5pm on New Year’s Eve, ferries will not stop at Circular Quay.

 

Important Public Transport Information for Sydney NYE

If you’re taking a train, bus or ferry on New Years Eve, it’s important to remember the closure times of certain stops. Click on the following link to view all available information regarding Sydney public transport on NYE

Conclusion:

Whether you’re planning a family-friendly New Year’s Eve, a decadent upmarket restaurant offering, dancing the night away at one of the many dance parties around Sydney or basking in the light displays from a cruise on Sydney Harbour, Sydney has so much to offer.

We LOVE hearing from our travel community, so share your NYE plans and let’s celebrate this New Years Eve together!

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When Airbnb was launched, it helped redefine the vacation rental market. A new type of vacation emerged by providing accommodation other than hotels. Besides a few lesser known sites like Sabbatical Homes, for the first time, Airbnb offered travellers a hotel alternative for their holiday. The notion of being able to access owners of short term apartment rentals was solidified. Airbnb distinguished its accommodation booking platform by focusing on providing travellers with the opportunity to experience a particular destination just like a local. The question is why should you be searching for an Airbnb alternative?

Difficulties With Airbnb Result in People Investigating Alternative Platforms

It’s become common practice for both guests and hosts to experience challenges with the Airbnb platform. A lack of quality control, questionable customer service practices and countless errors means that the experience can prove rather frustrating. 

When you consider that this is a hospitality booking platform, it begs the question whether the people booking feel like valued guests? Could this be the primary reason why guests and property owners began to investigate AirBnB alternatives?

Top 7 Reasons for Choosing an Airbnb Alternative

General Lack of Hospitality

It’s a sobering thought when you consider that Airbnb is a business in the hospitality niche. It appears like an oxymoron that the term hospitality is used in the same sentence as Airbnb. While the company has never been particularly customer service oriented, as time has progressed, this aspect has almost been completely eroded. 

 

Lack of Human Touch and Self Check in 

Articles have appeared citing that Airbnb has lost the personal touch because too often, “the only human interaction you get is when you get your keys at the beginning of your stay, often from an apartment concierge rather than the actual host or owner”. Many individuals and even companies have self check ins with zero human contact. How can this be the standard for hospitality businesses? 

This lack of human connection is a marked reality, especially when you consider that this is an accommodation booking platform, where the people making the booking are paying customers.

Contacting an Actual Human is Arduous

 

Do you have the time required to wait on hold for ages?

If you have patience and can wait until your call is answered by a call centre in Asia or the Middle East, the best you will hear is someone regurgitating a carefully written template.

To say it’s robotic is a complete understatement. At times it feels like you’re speaking with a computer, as all you hear are corporate one liners, aimed at silencing your questions. The language barrier is also something that presents challenges.

Lack of Accountability 

Being shifted backwards and forwards from one support staff to another is infuriating. When support staff doesn’t feel like addressing an issue and finding a successful outcome, they invariably close the chat session. The entire process and having to explain the problems encountered then have to be repeated and with another nameless person with no direct line to the support member. Why staff is able to merely close support chat sessions before satisfying their customers is quite simply unacceptable.

Questionable Security Protocols

On AirBnB, it’s possible to upload a photo for your account quite easily. But is the guest who is staying, actually the person you’ve tried to vette via their positive reviews? There exists no security measure to ensure that the guest who’s staying in your apartment is the person displayed in the account profile image. This is a concerning error of the platform, as there’s no way to ensure that the person staying in your apartment is the real owner of the account. There is a definite lack of security protocols, which are imperative when vetting potential guests.

Apartments not providing what’s promised 

What can you do when you arrive at your selected apartment only to discover that the host lied. The reality is that there are 3 flights of stairs and no washing machine, even though it included a washing machine in the description.  A supporter of AirBnB identified this glaring issue when writing the following. “I’ve seen/heard of some properties that haven’t been kept very well, are lacking basic holiday features, or don’t look very good.” Can you even imagine situations in which the ‘fast speed wifi’ isn’t working, even though that’s what displayed on the platform and what the listed property promised? 

 

Communication Problems 

Who has time to constantly message Airbnb, report your dissatisfaction and spend countless hours attempting to resolve the situation? You’re trying to enjoy your holiday and instead are forced to waste time in an often futile attempt to resolve matters.  

If this was a hotel, you would simply complain to front desk, demand the wifi be fixed and worse case scenario, speak with the manager. However, when you arrive at an apartment, you would be lucky to receive a ‘meet and greet’, let alone a dedicated manager to help you with your stay.

Are you seeking an Ethical alternative to Airbnb?

 
One of the problems with Airbnb is that the company lacks a true corporate ethos. If you ask yourself what Airbnb prioritises and cares about, I’m sure you would be hard pressed to find an answer. Providing a local experience would be the only defining factor that might be mentioned.

As we continue to evolve and in an effort to establish more ethical practices, people are choosing companies based on their company values. 

Airbnb is still yet to denounce certain corporate practices and nowhere does the company take a stance on environmental concerns. No rule exists that would prevent a property owner from employing a complete disregard for the environment. 

Gen Z cares about corporate business practices

Gen Z has heralded a new standard and companies that ignore their wants and needs will feel the effects. Unlike generations before, Gen Z more than any other group demands more from companies. Nowadays, companies’ corporate practices and values have been placed in the foreground. For example, if there are 2 brands and 1 is committed to only using eco-friendly products, then a gen z will choose the ethically minded company as opposed to the alternative.

Read the following PDF to learn more about Gen Z’s consumer habits

Where can you find Airbnb alternatives Australia?

Accommodation platforms that are similar to Airbnb include:

 

  • Homestay
  • VRBO
  • Booking.com
  • Trip advisor
  • FlipKey 
  • Sydney Holiday Apartments

What similarities and differences do Airbnb alternatives provide?

 

Many have commented on the fact that “Homestay is what Airbnb used to be”. On this platform, people stay in the host’s home as a guest. The platform caters to both short and long term stays, as well as those who are travelling for business. It is ideal for those seeking a more hosted travel experience. 

 

VRBO is Vacation Rentals by Owner. It’s been operating since 1996, far longer than AirBnB and some of the security considerations are far better than Airbnb. For example, HomeAway requires people signing up to the platform to take Photos in real time, so that the person renting the apartment is the actual person. The platform only rents out holiday properties, so it’s not a hosted experience.

 

Booking.com is one of the most popular hotel booking platforms and years ago they began adding apartments and vacation rentals. Unlike Airbnb, the platform doesn’t charge guests for the privilege. However, apartment owners pay approximately 25% of a booking as a fee to the platform. From the host’s perspective, this hefty fee and a lack of customer service are 2 major flaws associated with the platform.

 

More people are choosing short stay accommodation platforms for travel

 

Interestingly, the short term accommodation model continues to gain popularity with more and more people occupying both traveller and host positions. Research conducted by Booking.com in 2017 revealed that “one in five people would consider listing their own home on a travel accommodation site”.

Why is Sydney Holiday Apartments a great Airbnb alternative Sydney?

 

Sydney Holiday Apartments was carefully created to better satisfy both property owners and valued guests. Airbnb doesn’t have a specific target demographic, merely all travellers visiting for work or a vacation. Sydney Holiday Apartments is dedicated to elevating the short term rental market. They’re not seeking to appeal to all people and you won’t find any shared apartment rentals or hostels, only quality apartments that appeal to savvy travellers who want fully furnished apartments in prime locations. Property owners are turned away if their apartments don’t adhere to the high standards expected and this is something unique to the platform. 

 

Guests are actually treated like paying customers 

 

The term guest connotes a certain level of customer service. After all, these guests represent your customers and target demographic. Unlike many accommodation booking platforms, Sydney Holiday Apartment guests are treated like paying customers, deserving of exceptional customer service. The customer is valued and extra measures are taken to make their holiday or business trip enjoyable and hassle-free. 

Conclusion:

Travellers and property owners are continuing to use alternate Airbnb accommodation platforms, due to the many concerning issues that present. Guests are customers and therefore their wants and needs must be met and ideally exceeded. When a company like Airbnb ignores this basic tenet of business, it leaves the market open for a disruptor to enter. It will be interesting to see what other travel and booking platforms arise as a result.

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