100 Great Australian Holiday Homes

100 Great Australian Holiday Homes: From simple beach shacks to multi-million dollar mansions, welcome to AT’s pick of Australia’s most fascinating homes away from home.

Australia's Greatest 100 Holiday Homes

Mali Mali in Mossman QLD. One of Australia’s 100 greatest Holiday Homes

There’s a lot to love about the Holiday Home. Being able to stretch out with your family and friends in a way that’s simply not possible in your average hotel can make for the best – and most memorable – of getaways. You can self-cater and self-monitor, you can bring your pets to many of them, and generally have the run of the place. But what makes for a truly Great Australian Holiday Home?

Whatever your preference, from six star opulence on down, we’ve tried to give you a good cross-section of some of the remarkable options out there.

For some people, a holiday home can’t be great unless it has won a swag of design awards, cost several million dollars to build and is crammed full of plasma TVs, top-end kitchen appliances and looks out over a horizon pool or two.

Others believe true Holiday Home greatness can be found in the simplicity of a cute beachside shack with a woodfire stove, a wrought-iron bed and the nearest neighbours three bays away.

Whatever your preference, from six star opulence on down, we’ve tried to give you a good cross-section of some of the remarkable options out there. Australia is blessed with a stunning number of beautiful, welcoming properties at every price point, and this is by no means an exhaustive list. It would have been easy, for example, to pluck 100 Great Homes from Queensland or NSW alone, or Tasmania for that matter, or even just the Mornington Peninsula or Palm Beach. But it’s a big country, so we’ve cast the net wide, and must say we’re very pleased with the result.

Neither, we should point out, are these properties ranked; we’ve arranged them for you alphabetically by state, then alphabetically by property name within what we consider to be popular holidaying areas. So, enjoy browsing through the links below for your dream home. And, as always, if you feel like there’s a special gem out there that we’ve overlooked – you’re probably better off keeping it to yourself. But in case you feel like sharing your good holiday fortune, let us know via editor@australiantraveller.com . . . and happy house hunting!

The Australian Traveller Team


100 Great Australian Holiday Homes


New South Wales
Byron Bay & Surrounds
The BlueGreen House, Byron Bay Hinterland
Emerald Valley Villa, Byron Bay Hinterland
Partridge Cottage, Byron Bay
The Rock Retreat, Bilambil
Hunter Valley
Billabong Moon, Pokolbin
Lilies Cottage, LovedaleSydney & Surrounds
Berowra Waters Guesthouse, Berowra Waters
The Boat House on Hawkesbury, Wobby Beach
Heatherton House, Blackheath
Rockridge, Palm Beach
Snapper Lodge, Newport
True North Palm Beach, Palm BeachCentral Coast & North Coast NSW
East Kunderang Homestead, via Wollombi
Gloucester Art House, Gloucester
Liapari & Sapphire Seas, Coffs Harbour
Ocean Muse, Anna Bay
Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Cottages, Seal Rocks
Villa Vivante, Coffs HarbourSouthern and Outback NSW
The Dairy @ Cavan, Kangaroo Valley
Emaroo Argent, Broken Hill
Green Cape Lighthouse Assistant Keeper’s Cottages
Moonbah Hut, Jindabyne
Redleaf, Browns Mountain
The Settlers Hut, BerrimaNorthern Territory
Darwin & Surrounds

Coast, Larrakeyah 
Mandalay Luxury Stay, Darwin
Pearl, Darwin
Villa La Vue, DarwinQueensland
Tropical North Qld

Altitude ONE40, Mission Beach
Bali Hai, Mossman Valley
Horizon Vista, Port Douglas
Mali Mali, Mount Somerset
Mystique Beach House, Newell Beach
Oak Beach Villa, Oak Beach
Sejala Beach House, Mission Beach
Shambhala, Whyanbeel Valley
Si Como No, Oak Beach 
Villa Empat Puluh Dua, Port Douglas
The [w]right House, Port DouglasGold Coast, Hinterland & Noosa
The Angkasa, Coolum Beach
Knotsofar Cottage, Tallebudgera Valley
Nautica, Palm Beach
Strandhaus, Rainbow Beach
Queensland Villa 519, Noosa

Island Escapes
Ala Moana, Hamilton Island
Bedarra Beach House, Bedarra Island
Coign House 1, Tangalooma, Moreton Island
Istania Beach House, South Stradbroke Island
Nahmahlu, Magnetic Island
Sunset Waters, Macleay Island


South Australia
Barossa & Surrounds
Atrium at Greenock Creek, Western Barossa Valley
Christabelle Cottage, Lyndoch
Dumas House, Mt Barker
Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage, BarossaCoastal
Beach Huts Middleton, Middleton
Birks River House, Goolwa
Deep Creek Retreat, Deep Creek
Splash Luxury Beachfront Retreat, Robe
The Summer House, Port Elliot
Tanonga’s Ridge Site Luxury Eco Lodge, Charlton GullyKangaroo Island
La Viv, Vivonne Bay
The Sky House, Snelling BeachMurray River
Blackdogz Shack, Caurnamont
The Manor, BlanchetownTasmania
East & Northeast Tasmania

Avalon Coastal Retreat, Swansea
Wielangta, Bream CreekWest & Southwest Tasmania
Fair Light Tasmania, Cygnet
The Peninsula, Dover
Villa Talia, Wattle Grove
Wheelhouse Luxury Apartments, StrahanCentral & Northern Tasmania
Armytage House, Bagdad
Eagles Nest Retreat, West Kentish
Hide-away Cottage Retreat, BurnieHobart & Surrounds
Corinda’s Cottages, Hobart
Kinvara House, West Hobart

Southwest Coast

Abaleen House, Queenscliff 
Gwinganna Country House, Apollo Bay
Marriners Falls Cottages, Apollo Bay
Moonlight Head, Wattle Hill
The Pole House, Fairhaven

Southeast Coast
Delgany Portsea, Portsea
Zealandia, Portsea

Northeast Victoria
Abby’s Cottage, Wandiligong
Hazeldene, Yarra Valley

Northwest Victoria
Boroka Downs, Halls Gap
Stoneleigh, Muskvale/Daylesford

Western Australia
Southwest WA

A La Plage, Gnarabup Beach
Jahangir, Eagle Bay
Maitraya, Nanarup
The Roozen Residence, Prevelly
The Third Place, Peppermint Grove Beach
True North Ashore, Eagle Bay
Wild Fig Jam, Yallingup

Perth & Surrounds
Mulberry Mansion, Fremantle
Tannamurra, Swan Valley

North of Perth
Broome Lagoon, Waterbank
Rockpool Beach House, Dongara
Yanchep Sea Shack, Yanchep