JR's Eco Hut
Salt at Shoal Bay
Kangaloon Barn, Photo Credit Elise Hassey
Little Black Shack
Black Rose Cottage
Bask and Stow
With the New Year well underway, Christmas already feels like a lifetime ago (sob). And since there’s no turning back time, the best thing to do is look forward to your next little getaway. So pinpoint an upcoming long weekend (Australia Day is just around the corner) and book a stay somewhere super stylish or wonderfully unique – or both!
To help save you hours filtering through all the plain Janes, we dug deep into Airbnb’s endlessly quirky collection, to bring you some of the very best listings around Australia. You can thank us later...
Photo Credit - Elise Hassey
1. The Kangaloon Barn — Kangaloon, NSW
From the outside with its dreamy, ivy-covered walls, The Kangaloon Barn looks as though it’s been plucked straight from a fairytale. Though it’s even more enchanting from the inside. Once you step into this woolshed conversion, charm abounds – this rustic hideaway is like a scene from a designer magazine — a lesson on how to perfect that white, bright, eclectic look. Located on a beautiful farm in Kangaloon nestled in the majestic Southern Highlands of NSW, this Airbnb listing is the perfect country retreat for design-lovers.
From $350 per night (sleeps 6)
2. Salt at Shoal Bay — Shoal Bay, NSW
Salt at Shoal Bay is everything you can dream of when it comes to a modern beach house — it’s got a sleek, modern design, it’s been styled impeccably, and of course, it sits directly across a white, sandy beach. The property itself is located within Shoal Bay, a small, coastal town of Port Stephens, and has been split into three different luxury accommodation options, including ‘Ground Floor’ (sleeps 10), ‘Upper Level’ (sleeps 11), and a separate black freestanding cottage named ‘The Cottage’ (sleeps 5). Ideal for large groups and families, each option holds standout features of their own, such as a private backyard deck, an outdoor shower, and an entertaining area complete with its own dedicated bar.
Ground Floor: From $614 per night (sleeps 10)
Upper Level: From $924 per night (sleeps 11)
The Cottage: From $599 per night (sleeps 5)
3. 'The Tower' at Mount Ophir Estate — Rutherglen, VIC
This elegant French Provincial stay called ‘The Tower’ at Mount Ophir Estate was originally built in 1903 and has since undergone a luxurious transformation. Set within Mount Ophir Estate, a unique and exclusive property in the rural district of Rutherglen in northern Victoria, this truly unique listing features three levels with a spiral staircase that leads to a private sitting room on the second floor and a bedroom suite at the top. Stay here to fully immerse yourself within an extraordinary architectural landmark in Australian winemaking history.
From $550 per night (sleeps 2)
4. The Little Black Shack — Pittwater,NSW
Torn between a cosy cabin or a quaint seaside shack? The Little Black Shack may just be the perfect combination of both. And what’s more, it’s only an hour’s drive from Sydney, near the famous Palm Beach. You’ll need to catch an old timber ferry to reach this whimsical retreat. This place scores bonus points for those with a penchant for water sports – you have your pick of swimming, kayaking and snorkelling in the pristine waters of Mackerel Beach, just metres from the shack itself.
From $600 per night (sleeps 2)
5. Captains Rest — Strahan, TAS
Just footsteps away from the water, Captains Rest’s secluded cabin awaits. A four-hour’s drive from Hobart, set within the sleepy fishing village of Strahan, the scenic route is a journey of its own. Treasured for its fanciful surrounds, this popular retreat with ocean view Georgian windows and stylish, eclectic décor, tells a thousand stories. There’s even a white row boat on site, just in case you care for a romantic Notebook moment.
From $400 per night (sleeps 2)
6. Captains Cottage — Hobart, TAS
Should you need a resting place on your way to Captains Rest, this relatively new-yet-popular listing, Captains Cottage, ticks every box. Originally built for a ship’s captain in the mid-1800s, this heritage-listed holiday home is set in the heart of Hobart, within walking distance to Constitution Dock, Salamanca Place and Battery Point. Inside, a mix of natural-textured fabrics and furnishings fill the cottage with warmth, from the timber floors, the velvet sofa, all the way to the 100% linen bedding. There’s also a courtyard garden to enjoy, perfect for taking in that fresh, Tasmanian air.
From $220 per night (sleeps 3)
7. Black Rose Cottage — Mudgee, NSW
If you’ve ever dreamt of living in a house with a white picket fence, chances are, you were imagining a home much like Black Rose Cottage. This sunny, corner block cottage, is located just a stone's throw away from the heart of Mudgee, NSW, and can accommodate a large group of up to ten people. This calls for group celebrations, family getaways, or girls’ weekends — all the while taking full advantage of Mudgee’s many nearby wineries.
From $220 per night (sleeps 10)
8. Little Red Barn — Doonan, QLD
Perched high on the hill in Doonan, Queensland with beautiful countryside views, the Little Red Barn dwells ever so delightfully. This three-bedroom stay features a double-height living space, complete with a wood burning fireplace, and when it’s time to take a dip – a godsend given the warm Queensland weather – there’s a concrete water tank swimming pool where you can cool down from the sweltering heat. There’s also an outdoor bath on the deck where you can take a relaxing soak whilst taking in the dreamy panoramic vistas.
From $210 per night (sleeps 7)
9. Hayes House — Newcastle, NSW
This beautifully renovated, single-storey Victorian residence is nestled in the heart of Cooks Hills, Newcastle. A heritage home with a modern twist, Hayes House is all about the finer details – think snuggly sofas and linen bedding, a sunny private courtyard, and of course, the adorable hanging chair sitting quietly in the corner. It’s also within walking distance of Newcastle, too, so you can explore the many restaurants and bars the city has to offer.
From $285 per night (sleeps 6)
10. Bask & Stow, The House — Byron Bay, NSW
Quintessentially ‘Byron Bay’, Bask & Stow has multiple listings on Airbnb, consisting of ‘The HOUSE’ (sleeping 6) and four separate suites named ‘SUN’, ‘SALT’, ‘SEA’ and ‘SAND’ (each sleeping 2). Although located in the heart of Byron, this boutique bolthole wouldn’t look out of place in Palm Springs, thanks to its sleek, postmodern architectural lines, breeze blocks and scatterings of cacti plants and palm trees. Oh, and there’s also a shared plunge pool – winning.
The House: From $260 per night (sleeps 2)
Suites: From $800 per night (sleeps 6)
11. Vintage House Daylesford — Daylesford, VIC
Situated between Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, Vintage House Daylesford is a charming, two-bedroom property surrounded by willow, pine and fruit trees. Originally an 1860's miner's cottage, this home has been lovingly restored and beautifully decorated, with many standout features including three-meter high ceilings, an open fire place, and large arch windows. There are perfect spots throughout to relax, including not one, but three baths, and an outdoor table on the verandah that seats twelve, for alfresco entertaining.
From $475 per night (sleeps 6)
12. JR’s Eco Hut — Nangus, NSW
Fancy something a little different? Delve into the depths of the wilderness – but with all the mod cons conveniently on hand – JR’s Eco Hut is the ultimate in luxury glamping. An ‘A’ frame tent, sitting high on a hill with a 360-degree view of the Murrumbidgee river flats and the stunning Kimo Valley. An ideal getaway for couples or solo travellers who want to get away from it all and immerse themselves in nature. Bring a good book with you, stoke up the fire and soak up all those glorious sunsets.
$350 per night (sleeps two)