Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes From the outside, this house is a total blast from the past. Elevated from the ground on stilts, it’s pure ’70s tropical beach house all over. At least until you step inside, whereupon you’re greeted by a blast of air-con, modern cream and brown décor with the odd splash of green, dark wood floors and gleaming stainless steel bathrooms.

Perched on high ground in one of the quietest cul-de-sacs in the inner-Darwin suburb of Larrakeyah, some windows have awesome CBD and harbour views, while others – like the one in the bathroom – are obscured by wide, wet palm leaves and creeping foliage, creating a sense of being in the middle of dense rainforest.

Coast has an open-plan living and dining area, a spacious kitchen and three bedrooms, all with their own TV and DVD player. It comes with bikes and fishing rods too, so guests can hit the nearby bike trails or jump on a fishing charter from Cullen Bay.

Details // Larrakeyah Terrace, Larrakeyah, NT. From $285 per night. www.morethanaroom.com.au, (08) 8942 3012.

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