For the first time in almost two years, Australia is opening its borders.
To celebrate – and to inspire – here’s a list of stunning Airbnbs that for a long time have been the sole enjoyment of Aussie residents.
These abodes have been revealed by Airbnb as the eight most ‘wish-listed’ properties in its Australia portfolio.
Dream homes for a dream trip.
There’s a romantic treehouse in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, a charming A-frame barn in Doonan, Queensland, and an eco-glamping retreat in Victoria. There’s also an eye-catching retreat in Tasmania with a unique fireplace made by a local blacksmith.
Scroll down to peruse a list of properties that’ll have you reaching for your passport, or your car keys if you’re already there…
The Pod, Lewisham, Tasmania
This sleek 40-square-metre home is compact but beautiful, says Airbnb. Floor-to-ceiling glazing gives way to panoramic views of the dunes, Frederick Henry Bay, the Southern Ocean and Mount Wellington. Described as a ‘love letter to Tasmania’, the retreat houses a collection of artisan fittings, from the unique fireplace made by a local blacksmith to the bespoke Huon pine outdoor tub made with timber sourced from the depths of Lake Pieman. It costs around 290 AUD per night (£153/$207), plus fees, with a two-night minimum stay
Eco-Glamping Retreat, Emerald, Victoria
This ‘stunning’ little straw-bale yurt has been featured in the glossy pages of numerous travel magazines. Just a 10-minute drive from Emerald, home of the Puffing Billy steam train, inside guests can get back to basics with a boho decor and outdoor kitchen. ‘There is everything you need to have a relaxing time including a Bluetooth speaker, board games and even some facemask cream… there is also a fantastic bbq with all the utensils, as well as a fire pit with marshmallows for smores,’ wrote Kyle in a review in 2020. It costs around 250 AUD per night (£132/$179) plus fees
Apple Orchard Farm Stay, Blackheath, New South Wales
This ‘exquisitely converted’ barn is located on the oldest remaining apple orchard on Shipley Plateau. Built in 1919, it’s been given a new lease of life with a modernist makeover, sleek floor-to-ceiling windows and a romantic outdoor tub offering dreamy views down to the Kanimbla valley, explains Airbnb. ‘I was never a bath person – but after using the treetop bath, I have now converted,’ wrote ‘Angelica’ in a review in 2022. It costs around 869 AUD per night (£460/$625), plus fees
Little Red Barn, Doonan, Queensland
‘This classically-decorated home,’ says Airbnb, ‘features soaring vaulted wooden ceilings, a huge veranda featuring a cast iron freestanding bathtub, quaint cottage interiors and even a heated plunge pool – the perfect place for spotting kangaroos.’ It costs around 254 AUD per night (£134/$182), plus fees, with a two-night minimum stay
Ryan’s Rest Tiny House, Pemberton, Western Australia
Nestled amongst the trees, this miniature off-grid home ‘feels like the ultimate escape’, declares Airbnb, ‘yet it’s just 15 minutes from the town of Pemberton’. The rental site adds: ‘Wake up to wrap-around views of the tranquil farmland and indulge in some bird-spotting from the comfort of your queen-sized bed. Outside there’s a picturesque river which is exclusively for guests to partake in wild swimming, canoeing or fishing.’ And ‘Tailor’ wrote in a review posted this year: ‘A self-sustaining slice of heaven with absolutely everything you need at your fingertips’
Bruny Island Hideaway, Bruny Island, Tasmania
One for design and architecture lovers, suggests Airbnb. It adds: ‘This minimalist cabin is kitted out with beautifully simplistic interiors and rustic Baltic pine floors. The off-grid retreat is set in 99 acres of conservation forest, meaning guests can enjoy birdsong during the day and the sounds of wallabies at night.’ ‘Eleanor’ wrote in a review in 2021: ’11/10… I spent a lot of time moving around the many cozy spaces, working my way through the library.’ It costs around 385 AUD per night (£203/$275), plus fees, with a two-night minimum stay
Treehouse, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Over to ‘Teddy’ for the verdict on this property. ‘I never thought it was possible to have a remote, rustic, hand-built treehouse that’s also seriously luxurious,’ he wrote in 2017. Airbnb adds that this ‘secluded’ treetop escape is ‘strictly couples only, making it the perfect romantic retreat for nature-lovers’. Activities are listed as hiking, rock scrambling, or ‘just taking in stunning views of the deep Bowen’s Creek Gorge and World Heritage Blue Mountains rainforest from the comfort of the sunken hot tub’
Clouds Safari, Beechmont, Queensland
‘One of the most glamorous safari tents we’ve ever seen,’ says Airbnb. Clouds Safari is based in the Gold Coast Hinterland with bushwalking routes from the doorstep, it reveals, adding: ‘After exploring their lush surroundings, visitors can soak in the bath while enjoying breathtaking views of the Springbrook mountain and Numinbah valley.’ ‘Beautiful location, lovely hosts and amazing accommodation,’ wrote ‘Ashleigh’ in a review in 2021. It costs around 260 AUD per night (£137/$186), plus fees