Imagine waking up to ocean views, relaxing in a sprawling outdoor entertaining area (undercover and pool-overlooking, of course) and, at the end of a long day, retiring to a master bedroom to spend hours soaking in its massive, stand-alone tub.
It’s how you’d imagine the life of a millionaire. And, for non-millionaires, it’s available by renting a lavish home — either with one other person, with a group of friends or family or completely on your own because, well, you deserve it.
Fortunately, New South Wales has no shortage of beautifully-designed, amenities-filled holiday homes. From an oceanfront mansion in Mosman, to a six-bedroom pad in Byron, steps from the area’s best beaches and cafes, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites. Book these, and you’ll be faking that millionaire dream in no time.
Balmoral Oceanfront Haven – Mosman, NSW
This beachfront property right sleeps 10 so is ideal for a group. Though a 10-minute drive from the city, it feels worlds away with a private pathway to the water, lush gardens and generally quiet neighbourhood surroundings. Tuck into dinner alfresco on its timber deck that looks out over its gardens and the ocean beyond.
Sutherland – Darling Point, NSW
Water views from all five bedrooms, a media room and games room and a heated infinity pool overlooking Sydney Harbour – a stay here is bound to be one you’ll never forget. The home in prestigious suburb Darling Point also features a lift, two kitchens and a full-sized gym.
Wallangra – Dover Heights, NSW
Relax poolside or go for a dip, cook up a barbecue or spend the day exploring the nearby Eastern Suburbs beaches during your time at this three-bed holiday home. At night, eat in its undercover outdoor dining area or kick back on its comfy sofas and put on a film.
Abachi – Byron Bay, NSW
For a big group getaway or family holiday to Byron, book Abachi, which sleeps 12. The main house holds five bedrooms — four of them with ensuites — while a separate one bedroom apartment sits outside and is completely self-contained with its own bathroom, courtyard, lounge room and even laundry facilities. Green Grocer and Café is only a one-minute walk away or walk eight minutes to Main Beach.
Seabarn – Byron Bay, NSW
This four-bed home in Byron features a beautiful indoor-outdoor flow with an open-plan design and tons of natural light so you can take in the lush surroundings even while you’re inside it. All bedrooms have oak flooring, while the kitchen and lounge have polished concrete. Outside, you’ll find an alfresco area, manicured gardens and an in-ground pool heated from May to October.