We don’t know about you but for us, just looking at beautiful cottages and striking modern houses is enough to inspire a trip to a new destination.
From farmhouses, to tiny houses and converted trams, Australia has plenty unique accommodation options. You’ll find them by coasts, in the middle of desserts and hiding in jungles.
If you’re craving an Australian escape like one you’ve never had before, check out the full list of Australia’s most wishlisted Airbnb stays.
Cost: $280 per night
Dubbed the pod, this 40-square-metre architecturally designed home is a high-design home lover’s dream. It’s not hard to see why people have wishlisted this stunning home. Its floor-to-ceiling glass offers views of the Southern Ocean and Frederick Henry Bay. Inside, you will find one bedroom, one bathroom, and a modern kitchen nook. The suspended fireplace is stylish and cosy in the cooler months. And if all that wasn’t enough, the bespoke Huon outdoor tub is sure to seal the deal. There is no internet connection out here either, just you and nature.
Cost: $220 per night
Set on 40-acres in the Dandenong Ranges, this glamping retreat is a secluded slice of paradise only an hour’s drive from Melbourne. The straw-bale yurt is a unique design reminiscent of a structure you would find deep in the hills of France. Expect a simple, classic accommodation with a separate outdoor bathroom. Guests can take a stroll around the farm to meet the local animals, including cows, horses, and ducks. There’s even an outdoor fire pit for cool nights, as well as indoor heating.
Cost: $785 per night
If you’ve always wanted to know what it would be like to live on an apple orchard, then this one is for you. Boasting uninterrupted Blue Mountains views, secret lookouts, and of course, apple orchards, this restored machinery shed is your home for however long you want. The house faces the dramatic cliffs and Kanimbla Valley. While it does have an indoor bathroom, it also boasts an outdoor bathroom hidden among the trees. You will have views from every corner of the house, including the bed which sits under a ceiling of fairy lights. It really is the perfect romantic escape.
Cost: $317 per night
The Little Red Barn in Noosa Hinterland is a chic three-bedroom barn, fitted with country-style furnishings and a stunning freestanding cast iron bathtub on the veranda. Awe at the vaulted wooden ceiling and heated concrete water tank swimming pool while soaking in the serenity of the natural hinterland surroundings. Ideal for a weekend or week away with family and friends, this little red barn is what your Pinterest board inspiration is made of.
Cost: $185 per night
Tiny houses are taking over our Instagram feeds, and this one in Pemberton is perfect for a romantic weekend away. Here, you’re completely off-grid, set by a lake and on a farming property, approximately 15 minutes from town. The tiny house is equipped with a kitchen, fridge, gas stovetop, hot and cold water, and a full-sized bathroom with a shower. There’s a queen-size bed downstairs and a double bed in the loft area. The outdoor patio is great for barbecues and fires at night.
Cost: $284 per night
The Cube is a floating eco-pod offering the best experience you can have on the Murray River. The one-bedroom floating house is equipped with a queen bed, ensuite, kitchenette, and lounge area, with commanding views of the river. If you’re looking for a private stay, this would be it. In the morning, you’ll find eggs, milk, bread, and a few other ingredients to cook your own breakfast. You’ll also have access to two kayaks so you can explore the river.
Cost: $385 per night
Expect a simple and minimalist life at the Bruny Island Hideaway. Surrounded by 99 acres of conservation forest, you’ll find yourself immersed in Tasmania’s iconic wilderness, with the opportunity to stargaze at the Southern Lights at certain times of the year. As for the house, it’s a uniquely designed cabin with a sunken outdoor bath on the deck. Cosy up by the fireplace, take in the view, and enjoy being off-grid. Water and power are limited here, and you will need a 4WD to get through the unsealed roads.
Cost: $320 per night
Here’s your chance to stay in a tram that was operational between 1920 and 1980. So what does a tram converted into accommodation look like? Well, inside you will find a lounge area, comfy chairs, a bedroom with a queen bed, and a simple kitchen set up, and a full bathroom. If you’re looking for something different, the tram is sure to fulfil your desires. A cottage around 30 metres away offers a cosy space and sleeps two.
Cost: $1,095 per night
This stunning treehouse sits on 600 acres of private wilderness in the iconic Blue Mountains. It’s not your normal treehouse, though — this one’s got a spa overlooking the valley and fireplace, as well as a bed facing the mountains. It can only fit two people, so save this for a couples getaway. There is a kitchenette for basic cooking needs, too. Nearby, you can explore Wollemi National Park, and go on a glow worm tunnel tour at night.
Cost: $288 per night
The Clouds Safari is a tent nestled on a perch overlooking the Gold Coast Hinterland. The tent is completely self-contained with a kitchenette, bathroom, and outdoor patio with a BBQ. There’s even a TV screen that drops from the ceiling, but with views like this, it’s not needed. There are several walking trails nearby and is only a five-minute drive from the iconic Heart Shape Waterfall. It’s also only a 30 minute-drive to the Gold Coast. If you’re looking to escape the city, then consider Clouds Safari.