Hottest rentals on Homely in May

James Lowther
8 min read

In the midst of Australia’s challenging rental market, finding the perfect rental can be overwhelming. At Homely, we specialise in simplifying the process. In this second instalment in what will no doubt be a groundbreaking series (have faith), I’ll be highlighting a further ten vibrant suburbs with competitive rental markets where you can find your ideal Homely home.

As an experienced renter, I prioritise convenience, comfort, and security in a rental. Location is crucial, with proximity to schools and workplaces being key factors. Reliable public transport, good coffee, and lively bars are also important to me. What are your must-haves for rentals? Remember one persons suburban nightmare is another persons Neighbours dream, ‘off the beaten track’ can mean Central Australia to some, and Noosa to others (if you know, you know). It’s all about finding what’s right for you – if we all wanted the same thing, life would be just that – same same.

Fortunately here at Homely we have the very best that the Australian retail market has to offer. Read on to get inspired for your next chapter in your Australian rental dream.


More than just the home to a certain feline-esque AFL team (though not the superior Big Cat team that trains on Punt Road), Geelong is home to a perfect coastal beauty and community warmth. Just over an hour from the state capital of Melbourne, Geelong is a city in its own right, with stunning beaches, vibrant festivals, welcoming neighbourhoods and diverse dining. Geelong offers a fulfilling lifestyle with endless opportunities for recreation, growth and connections.

Join the Geelong conversation on Homely now.

229 Bellerine St, Geelong VIC 3220 Tiffany Andrew
Geelong Property Managers – $600 per week

This exquisite residence underwent a stunning transformation, seamlessly integrating modern aesthetics with Geelong’s characteristic exterior charm. Ideally located for Geelong commuters, it’s just a brief stroll to charming cafes, scenic parks, and the picturesque waterfront, with the added convenience of being within walking distance to South Geelong train station.

Find the best that Geelong has to offer on Homely now.


Caulfield is not only home to the iconic races, this vibrant suburb in Melbourne, offers a dynamic blend of urban convenience and leafy tranquility. Renowned for its prestigious racecourse and bustling shopping precincts, Caulfield also boasts diverse dining options, lush parks, and excellent transport links, making it a sought-after locale for residents and visitors alike.

6 Mcgrath Street, Caulfield VIC 3162 Chris Stoupas
Thomson – Malvern – $550 per week

Experience comfort and convenience in this semi-detached house in Caulfield. With desirable features and prime location, this property impresses. The two-bedroom home boasts beautiful hardwood floorboards, a well-lit atmosphere, and convenient amenities. Enjoy a spacious back garden and off-street parking, with easy access to local amenities.

Find out more on why our Homely users consider “a great family suburb” and perfect for schools and public transport, join the conversation and put in your two cents on Homely now. Get on the Caulfield express to your new rental now


Redfern, a vibrant inner-city suburb of Sydney, pulsates with cultural diversity and urban energy. Known for its rich vibrant multicultural heritage, trendy cafes, and bustling markets, Redfern offers a dynamic mix of history and modernity. With excellent transport links, it’s a thriving hub for arts, dining, and community living.

38 Maddison Street, Redfern NSW 2016 Sonia Beresford
Bresic Whitney – Darlinghurst – $2,300 per week

Oh how the other half live! Sure the brief for this blog was to keep things competetive and affordable, but indulge me just this once and allow me to dream! This renovated Victorian home features a studio above the garage and offers ample space for family living, guest accommodation, and more. Situated on the desirable ‘East’ side of Redfern, it boasts a premier end-of-row position with a north-facing rear aspect on a 135sqm plot of land. Just a 5-minute walk from supermarkets, cafes, parks, and transport, this property seamlessly merges old-world charm with modern luxury, showcasing exceptional quality and attention to detail.

Redfern is a hot topic on Homely! Join the conversation and find your dream Redfern Rental on Homely now.


Cottesloe, a coastal gem in Perth, enchants with its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and stunning sunsets. Renowned for its laid-back atmosphere, iconic Indiana Tea House, and vibrant arts scene, Cottesloe offers a perfect blend of relaxation and recreation. It’s a paradise for beach lovers and culture enthusiasts alike.

1/76 Marine Parade, Cottesloe WA 6011 Ariane Anning 
Shellabears – $995.00 per week

Discover paradise in Cottesloe with this stunning beachfront apartment on Marine Parade, steps from the renowned ‘telephones’ Surf break. Featuring three bedrooms, a bathroom, garage, workshop, and additional car bay, plus air conditioning and ceiling fans. This complex of only six apartments offers panoramic ocean views from the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. Wake up to the sound of waves and sunset views every evening. Positioned south of the Seaview golf course, it’s a haven for coastal living enthusiasts. Don’t miss this opportunity for luxury coastal living.

Join the Cottesloe paradise by perusing listings on Homely now.

North Adelaide

North Adelaide, an elegant suburb of Adelaide, exudes historic charm and sophistication. With its tree-lined streets, heritage architecture, and boutique shops, North Adelaide offers a refined lifestyle. Enjoy leisurely strolls in lush parklands, fine dining experiences, and proximity to the city centre, making it an idyllic residential enclave.

4/14 Childers Street, North Adelaide SA 5006 Jolanta Fabian
Refined Real Estate – $450 pw

I mean I know it’s 2024! But something about this property takes me back to chariots and rocking chairs. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to secure a spacious and bright one-bedroom apartment on the upper floor of a stunning heritage building. Situated in the vibrant heart of cosmopolitan North Adelaide, just steps away from O’Connell Street, you’ll have shops and dining options right at your doorstep. Perfect for singles or couples, this is an opportunity you won’t want to pass up!

Take a step back in time and find your perfect North Adelaide rental abode on Homely now.


Narrabeen, nestled along Sydney’s Northern Beaches, captivates with its pristine coastline, rolling surf, and tranquil lagoon. Embrace an outdoor lifestyle with surfing, kayaking, and coastal walks. With vibrant cafes, a relaxed atmosphere, and stunning natural beauty, Narrabeen offers the perfect blend of coastal charm and urban convenience.

4/23 Park Street, Narrabeen NSW 2101 Natasha Burke
Upstate – $1,300 Per Week

If you think it’s time for a seachange it doesn’t get much better than this apartment with stunning views. This two-story apartment boasts spacious interiors, exquisite finishes, and modern coastal living, with captivating ocean views. Situated near shops, cafes, restaurants, Collaroy Beach, and convenient bus services to the city and local areas.

Find out why one Homely user calls Narrabeen has “the untouched feel of paradise about it” on our suburb reviews and find your new home in Narrabeen on Homely here.


Bilingurr, located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, mesmerises with its rugged beauty and rich Indigenous culture. Explore ancient rock art, pristine beaches, and the majestic landscapes of the outback. With its warm climate and vibrant community, Bilingurr offers a unique and unforgettable Australian experience.

6 Said Bend, Bilingurr WA 6725 Shannen Howard
Ray White – Broome

There’s truly something otherworldly and magical about Broome and this “touch of class” is the perfect place to cool down and relax in after a day of sunshines and surf. Built in 2016, this contemporary residence features a generous open-plan living space that seamlessly connects to an outdoor deck, ideal for entertaining or enjoying family time. The master bedroom includes an ensuite, while the remaining two bedrooms share a central bathroom.

Take the plunge into Broome here.

Aldinga Beach

Aldinga Beach, nestled in South Australia, captivates with its pristine shores, turquoise waters, and dramatic cliffs. Embrace a relaxed coastal lifestyle with swimming, fishing, and beachside picnics. Enjoy stunning sunsets, local wineries, and a tight-knit community, making Aldinga Beach a serene haven for residents and visitors alike.

8 Palmer Street, Aldinga Beach SA 5173 Angela Parkin
Harcourts – Wine Coast – $460 /week

Aldinga Beach is truly out of a picture book, uniting stunning beach and country vistas, sometimes in the same view. Live by the sea surrounded by beautiful trees in this coastal three-bedroom home offering easy maintenance and convenient beachside living, just a short 150m stroll from the shore! Inside, you’ll find an open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area with a split system air conditioner. The modern kitchen boasts electric cooking and ample bench space. The master bedroom features built-in cupboards and a bay window, while bedrooms 2 and 3 offer built-in robe storage. Outside, enjoy a fenced yard with an undercover patio and beautiful trees.

Find out more about the “Home of the pristine Silver Sands Beach!” in our Aldinga Beach suburb reviews page on Homely and find your perfect rental in the “holiday location you’ll never want (or need) to leave” on Homely now.


Albury, a charming city in New South Wales, harmoniously combines urban amenities with natural beauty. Nestled on the banks of the Murray River, it offers scenic parks, historic buildings, and vibrant cultural events. With a thriving arts scene, outdoor recreation, and welcoming community, Albury embodies quintessential Australian living.

624 Wyse Street, Albury NSW 2640 Harcourts Wine Coast – $460 /week


This tastefully updated red brick art-deco home in Central Albury offers modern comforts and stylish living. Inside, you’ll find polished floorboards throughout, complementing the beautiful kitchen with gas cooking and an island meals area. The home features three bedrooms, a spacious lounge room, and a formal dining area. A new modern bathroom with a bathtub adds a touch of luxury. Outside, enjoy the enclosed backyard with stunning views and a lockup garage. Located in one of Albury’s finest areas, it’s just a short stroll to Dean Street and close to parks and schools.

Start your Albury-Wodonga adventure on Homely now.


Swanbourne, a coastal suburb of Perth, enchants with its pristine beaches, tranquil parks, and relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy outdoor activities like swimming, surfing, and picnicking by the sea. With its leafy streets, trendy cafes, and proximity to the city, Swanbourne offers a perfect balance of beachside living and urban convenience.

116 Shenton Road, Swanbourne WA 6010 Kerry Baldwin
Acton | Belle Property – Dalkeith – $1,300 per week

Welcome home to Swanbourne’s ideal location! This 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom residence with a study offers a warm family environment. The master bedroom features a walk-in robe and ensuite, while the kitchen/dining/living area provides ample space for gatherings. Step onto the balcony or enjoy two outdoor entertaining areas. Additional features include storage, air conditioning, and secure parking. Situated near parks, Claremont Quarter, schools, and local amenities, this home offers unbeatable convenience.

For your perfect Swanbourne rental, start your Homely journey now

The Takeaway

Finding your way through Australia’s rental market during ongoing crises can feel daunting. Yet, Homely specialises in discovering perfect homes, highlighting lively, competitive neighbourhoods where families flourish. Prioritise what matters most to you in a home and community, and kickstart your search with Homely.

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James Lowther
James is passionate about Homely and real estate. A 2017 graduate from the University of Melbourne where he honed his love of writing, he is thrilled to bring property news and lifestyle content to Homely readers across Australia.

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