Let’s be real, you deserve a holiday. Whether you’re looking to stay somewhere in Victoria, or elsewhere around the country, there’s so many beautiful and interesting destinations to uncover. And, where you choose to stay for the night can enhance the experience, and leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. So, why don’t you stay somewhere really special? In no particular order, here are the Most Wishlisted and Unique Airbnb Listings in Australia, based on data from 2021.
1. Creekside Tiny House in a subtropical rainforest, Foxground, NSW
Cost: $252 per night, with a two night minimum.
This off-grid tiny house is nestled by a creek in a rainforest. It features an indoor fireplace for the colder months, as well as a hot outdoor shower, outdoor BBQ and firepit area.
2. Gawthorne’s Hut, Mudgee, NSW
Cost: $440 per night, with a two night minimum.
Perfect for couples, this off-grid Eco hut was designed by architects, and is one of three country escapes set on the 480-acre property of Wilgowrah. It features stunning views of Mudgee Valley and is close to the vineyards.
3. Hideout Cabin – Luxury Tiny Home, Moss Vale, NSW
Cost: $449 per night.
Set in the Southern Highlands, this luxury tiny home is situated on a dam of a working horse farm. The farm itself stretches over 150 acres, and guests can interact as much or as little as they like with their surroundings. There’s also the option to go on a horse ride around the farm with a staff member, as long as you give a week’s notice.
4. Bruny Island Hideaway, Alonnah, TAS
Cost: $385 per night, with a two night minimum.
This sustainable hideaway is surrounded by 99 acres of conservation forest. Discover abundant wildlife, try gazing, and if you’re lucky, spot the Aurora.
5. Alkira Eco-Glamping Retreat, Emerald, VIC
Cost: $260 per night.
This adults-only yurt is both warm in winter and cool in summer. It’s surrounded by wildlife and farm animals, that you’re welcome to meet and feed, as well as gorgeous views of the Yarra Valley and Warburton Ranges. Picnic hampers and in-house massages are also available on request, and must be booked prior to arrival.
6. Spiral House – Luxury Couples Retreat, Robertson, NSW
Cost: $277 per night, with a two night minimum.
The Spiral House on Cloudfarm is perched at the highest point of the Illawarra escarpment. Wake up to views of the ocean and surrounding areas, soak in an open air bathtub, and stroll around the 33 acre property.
7. Rosewood Farm Stay, Binda, NSW
Cost: $394.20 per night, with a two night minimum.
Unwind in this luxurious glamping tent, and enjoy views of rolling green hills. Sleep comfortably on a four-post queen bed, and enjoy a BBQ on the deck.
8. The Pod, Lewisham, TAS
Cost: $305 per night, with a two night minimum.
In this tiny home, you’ll take in views of the dunes and the Southern Ocean, thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass. This pod features a modern kitchen, outdoor tub and suspended fireplace.
9. Mountain Tiny House, Warburton, VIC
Cost: $218 per night.
Tucked between Redwood Forest and La La Falls is this tiny mountain getaway. Surround yourself with nature and wildlife in this luxury, off-grid space. It features a fully equipped kitchen, spacious deck and queen-sized sleeping area.
10. Orchard Escape in the Blue Mountains, Blackheath, NSW
Cost: $935 per night.
In this farm stay experience, you’ll stay inside a luxurious and restored Machinery Shed on an apple orchard. Wander through the apple trees, meet chickens, and relax by the fireplace. Take in views of Kanimbla Valley while soaking inside a freestanding bathtub.
11. Noosa Hinterland Hideaway, Kin Kin, QLD
Cost: $180 per night.
Relax in a cabin made from a former shipping container, complete with a king size bed, surround sound system and spacious deck. Wake up to wildlife and gorgeous valley views. Take your relaxing getaway up a notch with an onsite massage.
12. Lakeside at Ryans Rest, Pemberton, WA
Cost: Unknown, this house is currently booked out for the foreseeable future.
This off-grid Tiny House is nestled on a working farm, next to a large waterway. You’re welcome to swim, canoe or fish on the water, and look out for wildlife in the valley. The house features a queen bed and outdoor patio area.
13. Vintage van ‘Stevie’, Pumpenbil, NSW
Cost: $295 per night, with a two night minimum.
Stevie is a restored van that’s placed under the foothills of Mt Warning and The Pinnacle of the Border Ranges. Soak in the hot tub on the deck and enjoy panoramic views of the valley, then spend the day immersed in nature, walking through the bush, cycling, or driving out to the beach 50 minutes away. There’s also an in-house chef, who can enhance your stay with a cooked breakfast, afternoon antipasto plate or dinner.
14. Japanese Studio, Fitzroy Falls, NSW
Cost: $240 per night, with a two night minimum.
Find a bit of serenity in nine acres of garden, find a moment of peace on the lake, and then relax inside the Japanese Studio. This features an open plan bedroom and living room, with a bathroom. Although there’s no kitchen, the studio includes a bar fridge, microwave and kettle.
15. Treehouse Blue Mountains, Bilpin, NSW
Cost: $1140 per night, with a two night minimum.
Stay in a secret treehouse nestled between two National Parks and a World Heritage-listed rainforest. This treehouse provides stunning views of the Blue Mountains, and features a spa, kitchenette, queen bed and fireplace. This forest getaway is suited for couples, not children.
Note: Prices for these getaways do not include cleaning fees or service fees.
Airbnb OMG! Fund
Now that you’ve seen the most wishlisted and unique Airbnb destinations in Australia, are you feeling inspired? Airbnb is looking around the world, for 100 of the craziest house ideas to bring to life. They’re giving out USD $10 million to 100 people, to create a unique new home and add it to the Airbnb OMG! Category listing. That’s USD $100,000 per person, or approximately AUD $144,277. Current homes in the OMG! category include a submarine house, a UFO house and a boot house straight from a fairy tale.
“Now more than ever, Aussies are looking to maximise their travel and stay in unique spaces to create a full experience with their holiday,” said Susan Wheeldon, Airbnb Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand. “From tiny homes with breath-taking landscapes, to treehouses in the mountains and a picturesque van called ‘Stevie’, Australians are looking for the out of the ordinary to help take a break from everyday life.”
The OMG! Fund competition is now open, and will close on July 23 at 1:59pm AEST. After that, the winners will be selected by an expert panel, with the intent of having their creative constructions complete next year.Find more information here.