Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes
Tucked into one of those unique Sunshine Coast black holes that doesn’t allow for too much development, Rainbow Beach’s Strandhaus is one of those places that shows us what all those Queenslanders mean by “beautiful one day, perfect the next”. And although it’s German for “beach house”, there’s something unmistakably Australian about the setting for Strandhaus, around two hours north of Noosa.

Enclosed by thick bush on every side, the two-storey, three-bedroom, open-plan home has wonderful high ceilings designed to make the most of slightest sea breezes, a generous kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining and living areas and is clean and simple throughout. Multiple levels of back decking lead straight to a narrow bush pathway, which in turn vanishes through the woods only to reappear 300m later at Cooloola Beach.

All the wonders of a Fraser Island day tour are yours to be had just a few kilometres up the road, while the Great Sandy National Park is directly to the south if you fancy a bushwalk or a spot of camping.

Details // Naiad Court, Rainbow Beach, Qld. From $230 per night. www.strandhaus.com.au, (07) 3102 0853.

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