Inside Australia’s Best Holiday Homes

Wary travellers will avoid crowded spaces and instead book private holiday homes as they ease back into travel. We’ve sourced the perfect abodes to suit every taste.



Travellers craving outdoor spaces to recharge in nature will be right at home at this exclusive rural retreat.

With Europe off-limits for the time being, this Euro-inspired abode is the next best thing for groups of friends, families or couples wanting a luxurious private oasis.

Set on two hectares in the lush hinterland of the Northern Rivers region of NSW, this sprawling six-bedroom, five-bathroom home is reminiscent of centuries-old building craftmanship.

Meticulously styled, Piccadilly House has an infinity pool, landscaped gardens, chic communal entertaining spaces and a fully-restored 1963 Airstream caravan beside the home.

Better yet, the luxe master suite has its very own fireplace, outdoor shower and private balcony so guests can live out their romantic holiday dreams.

Be sure to: take a scenic drive to the charming rural hamlet of Federal and try some of the freshest Japanese fare at Doma Café.

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Filled with natural light and boasting enviable views of the Indian Ocean, this is an elevated surf stay at its finest.

Located in the idyllic surf town of Yallingup in Western Australia’s picturesque South West region, this four-bedroom designer home offers seclusion and privacy but is still just a short stroll from the protected swimming lagoon and iconic local surf breaks of Main Break, Rabbits and Shallows. 

After a day enjoying the pristine beaches and natural wonders that the South West is famous for, kick back on the  Hamptons-style deck and enjoy a glass of Margaret River wine while watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

Be sure to: sample the local wines at one of the many world-class wineries in the region.

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Despite its humble moniker, this Byron Bay abode is no ordinary beach cabin.

The pinnacle of understated luxury, this contemporary abode is tucked away in a quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac, minutes from Byron’s iconic beaches and bustling township.

The brainchild of Byron Beach Abodes’ founder Taliah Lowry, The Cabin is a fusion of bold, modern design and soft earthy textures and hues, paying homage to the raw, natural beauty of its surroundings.

The home features elegant, high-end interiors, a horizon-edge pool – filled with water that is pure enough to drink – and a fully equipped American Oak kitchen where you can cook up a storm with the abundance of seasonal, local produce available in the Byron area.

The entire home is a design lover’s dream however the deep, round bathtub, which sits below a geometric window in the second master suite, looking out towards the Cape Byron Lighthouse, is as dreamy as it gets.

Be sure to: do the Cape Byron walking track to the lighthouse, which sits at the most easterly point on Australia’s mainland.

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A Frame

An underrated but no less beautiful coastal pocket than other more popular east coast beach towns, sleepy Scotts Head is a perfect place to escape to for a post-quarantine holiday.

Located atop a quiet headland with panoramic views across the NSW’s Mid North Coast, this absolute beachfront property will evoke memories of childhood holidays.

The 1970s’ A-frame home oozes character and charm with exposed beams, attic-style bedrooms and a fresh open-plan living spaces leading out to a flat grassed backyard, perfect for barbecues and summer cricket.

If this challenging period in our history has taught us anything, it’s that simple, slow living is the best for our physical and mental health and for making genuine connections with the ones who matter most. This character-filled home is the perfect place to do just that.

Be sure to: hit the beautiful Main Beach for a surf. It’s a perfect spot for all levels.

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Elder 1 by The Halliday

Tucked away in a desirable coastal pocket close to cafes, restaurants, bars and the iconic Burleigh Headland, this southern Gold Coast property is the perfect base for a stylish yet laid-back beachside holiday.

The three-bedroom cottage has been designed with the discerning traveller in mind and provides all of the luxuries of a five-star hotel as well as the comfort and conveniences of home.

Beautifully styled with selected pieces from local artists, creators and interiors brands, Elder 1 has open-plan living and dining areas as well as a fully equipped kitchen with a café-style servery, looking out over alfresco eating areas and a tropical backyard.

Live like a true God Coast local and do a surf check on the cruiser bikes provided, stroll to the local Commune café for a morning espresso and shop the slew of boutiques on the James Street strip.

Be sure to: savour the famous bug rolls and cocktails at absolute beachfront eatery, Rick Shores.

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Named after one of the most mythical islands in Greece, this Western Australian hideaway also provides an unforgettable escape from the every day.

While offering a more distinct Australian flavour than its Greek namesake, Ithaca is an architecturally designed home built high on a rolling hillside in the state’s scenic South West.

The high-end, two-storey home boasts enormous floor-to-ceiling windows, through which guests can admire the panoramic views of the famous Smiths Beach in the distance and the Gunyulgup Valley below from every room – even while having a long, luxurious soak in the bath tub.

Spend the day soaking up the blissful silence and beauty of the natural surroundings by the plunge pool. By night, the double-sided gas fireplace provides the perfect setting for a cheeseboard and bottle of wine.

Be sure to: check out the local art galleries – Yallingup has a thriving arts scene.


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