Sometimes we find ourselves daydreaming out the window about where our next West Aussie staycay is going to be, and sometimes we find ourselves daydreaming a little further abroad…
Today that daydream has turned into an article exploring some of the wildest, most unique Airbnbs you can find around Australia (with a couple of local spots thrown in for good measure).
Check it out below, and if you’re feel extra adventurous here are some crazy treehouses around the country to climb high on your next trip.
Chalet with a view! (Roleystone, Western Australia)
Despite spreading across three luxurious levels, this Roleystone property is packed with charm, comfort and warmth with some epic views of the Canning and Churchman’s Brook Valleys. If you can’t be tempted by a short walk down to nearby Roley Pool, the upstairs tub overlooking Canning Valley may also do the trick. You’re also down the road from one of our fave restaurants in Seven Sins, it sleeps up to nine people and makes for the perfect weekend getaway with family and/or friends.
House on the Lake (Denmark, Western Australia)
You’ll have to travel a little further in WA for this tranquil oasis on the lake in Denmark, architecturally-designed and only a short stroll to the town centre. Featuring three big bedrooms all with their own garden views, the main king bedroom’s ensuite overlooking the garden and private deck is begging for a good book and a glass of the region’s famed vinot. It’s that stunning deck over the lake that has us dreaming of sunset barbecues before retiring in front of the cosy fire later in the night though.
Alkira (Cape Tribulation, Queensland)
Okay now we’re taking things up a notch with this insane-looking slice of luxury located on a private beach, smack-bang in the middle of the Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland. Designed by world-renowned architect Charles Wright, it’s fully sustainably and features a never-ending amount of unique features, many of which are based on unique postage stamp designs over history (that’s right). These include the central swimming pool, six massive cantilevered wings capturing the unique framed viewpoints of the water they rest over, open-air theatre, walk-in cool room and even a heli-pad.
Gawthorne’s Hut (Mudgee, New South Wales)
Winner of the Airbnb Host Awards Best Unique Stay in 2021, Gawthorne’s Hut is an off-the-grid eco hut just for couples, set with spectacular views of a picturesque rural property. Natural timbers are used throughout with large windows and doors overlooking Mudgee Valley for a truly secluded escape with plenty of creature comforts and sustainability front of mind.
The Enchanted Cave (Bilpin, New South Wales)
For something a little more earthy, how about a clifftop cave built onto a natural rock platform overlooking the Blue Mountains? Unleash your inner hobbit as you step into a couples-only cave, enjoy incredible balcony views or retire to the spa bath for utter relaxation up in the clouds.
The Pole House (Fairhaven, Victoria)
Stumbling across this crazy house along the Great Ocean Road basically inspired this list, if we’re being honest, and it is one of the most photographed houses in the region/the country! Suspended 40m above Fairhaven Beach, it’s been recently renovated for a luxurious, modern stay above the crashing waves of the southern Indian Ocean – wild!
Cortes Kiln (Gapsted, Victoria)
Bet you’d never thought you’d be sleeping in a restored 100-year-old Tobacco Kiln nestled on a heritage Walnut Farm did you? That’s what you’ll find at Cortes Kiln, a unique stay designed for couples to decompress and de-stress by the lush green internal courtyard. Or simply take in the rolling green hills of Gapsted, wander the orchard or take the bikes down to the river for a relaxing swim – delightful.
Huntingdon Tier Forest Retreat (Dysart, Tasmania)
This little Tassie devil was a finalist in the 2022 Airbnb Host Awards for Best Unique Stay and it’s not hard to see why – a refurbished school bus set in the treetops of the remote Tasmanian wilderness – wow! Featuring epic valley scenes over trees and mountains, viewed from the lounge area, outdoor deck and hot tub, it’s the perfect spot to disconnect with no wifi or TV to be found. Spot some wedge-tailed eagles only 200m away, head down to the private natural cave for some serious meditation, or simply curl up with a great book by the cosy fireplace – this is the proper Tasmanian experience.
The Keep (Goulds Country, Tasmania)
The Keep is a 1983 supernatural horror film and we wouldn’t be surprised if it was set around this related-in-name-only stay, perched upon a 650m rocky pinnacle overlooking Tasmania’s north-east. Location aside, The Keep is a luxuriously-appointed stay designed for privacy, relaxation and reconnection with a long outdoor bath that might have some of the best outdoor bath views in the country. Indoors you’ll find polished timber stairs, king size bedroom, a cosy library, spacious bathroom with a huge tub and walk-in shower and even a record player with vinyl to choose from. Out of this world.
Slow Beam (West Hobart, Tasmania)
Another Tasmanian gem, Slow Beam will force you to slow down with a unique, modern design contrasted beautifully with the rugged bush environment it finds itself within. Only eight minutes from the Salamanca water front, you’ll find great views of the Derwent River, South Hobart, Sandy Bay and beyond thanks to the carefully considered architectural efforts of some of the world’s finest.
The Gypsy Rose Wagon (Balingup, Western Australia)
Finally we’re finishing on something a little different, and much closer to home: The Gypsy Rose Wagon down in Balingup. It’s a little bit weird, a big bit funky, and the perfect home base for some adventure around some of this state’s most majestic forests and charming towns. Explore the secret garden, enjoy some bubbles and birdwatching on the pirate deck or find the large pond for a relaxing soak in summer – magical!
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