HomeAway is one of the world’s largest online travel sites that allows house owners to rent out a bed, room or their entire house to visitors.
It is fast becoming many people’s preferred way to find accommodation when travelling both domestically and internationally.
Travel Therapy has picked out some of our favourite listings from all around the country.
From wilderness retreats to inner city pads, 360 degree views and beach backyards, here are the best on HomeAway right now.
1. Beachfront Heaven - Collaroy Beach, NSW
Anchored to the sands of Collaroy Beach with ever-changing ocean scenes forming a tantalising backdrop, is this meticulously renovated residence of undeniable lifestyle appeal. Crafted to facilitate the perfect blend of relaxed coastal luxury and free-flowing indoor/outdoor living and entertaining with top quality inclusions throughout.
Min stay 1-7 nights
From $868 per night
2. Family Friendly Winter stay
Picturesque and peaceful, Killcare and Hardys Bay offer an idyllic coastal lifestyle. Residents have beaches and bushland at their disposal and they take maximum advantage of both. Putty Beach is a firm favourite, and the Bouddi Coastal Walk, which stretches all the way to Macmasters Beach, is a local go-to. Bouddi National Park is a natural delight, with walking trails, mountain biking tracks, fishing spots and beautiful beaches that are a world away from the daily grind.
Min stay 1-7 nights
From $515 per night
3. Artistic Opulence in the Dandenong Ranges
This 100 year old grand villa is located conveniently behind Sassafras Village. Apart from shopping and dining at your fingertips you are surrounded by amazing walking trails, waterfalls and native wildlife. For our foreign guests this is the ultimate Australian experience and for our local visitors this is the luxury getaway you need.
Sassafras and the Dandenong Ranges offer an abundance of opportunities to unwind and relax with award winning restaurants and experiences at you doorstep. At the end of our street you can walk into an endless forest full of native wildlife.
From $550 per night
4. Sydney Harbour Views
Wake to the beautiful sounds of boats on the water in this gorgeously appointed, chic apartment with hardwood floors it's perfect for a weekend getaway or even a longer celebration stay. It's even great for a girls shopping trip.
With direct Harbour Bridge view, there is no better spot for New Years and Australia Day Fireworks, with panoramic water views from the comfort of its own private balcony.
Min stay 1-3 nights
From $383 per night
5. Blue Mountains Village traditional splendour
Balancing traditional period elements with modern comfort, our beautiful home is a perfect getaway.
Enjoy beautiful Leura village, a short 500 metre stroll, or world famous lookouts and bushwalks, all close by.
This house offers warmth, and charm which flow seamlessly throughout, with three separate living areas, a new designer kitchen with luxury appliances, and all the comforts to make your stay special.
From $529 per night
6. Walters Beach House, Coles Bay
Situated at Swanwick, a short drive to Coles Bay, Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay this is a idyllic apartment to enjoy all The East Coast of Tasmania has to offer.
Min Stay 1-7 nights
From $267 per night
7. Beach House to the Famous, Byron Bay
Echoes Beach House is located on a magnificent 1074m2 private beachfront block on Tallow's Beach, this is ideal for the perfect family Byron Bay beach holiday. Set amidst green lawns and tropical gardens, the spacious four bedroom three bathroom, fully refurbished beach house is absolute luxury throughout.
Min stay 1-7 nights
From $766 per night
8. Gold Coast waterfront mansion
The Beach House mansion provides you with a relaxing getaway whilst ensuring you have all you need to stay in style. Just a short walk to Broadbeach beach, The Star, Casino and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, you'll enjoy staying right in the heart of Gold Coast heaven.
Min stay 1-2 nights
From $936 per night
9. Princess House, Margaret River
The beautiful formal gardens set on 8 acres that sweep down from the terrace, past the pool deck and onto the lawns below all with a view across the Leeuwin Ridge to the Indian Ocean provide the spaces and ambience for a beautiful relaxing and memorable getaway.
The house was architecturally designed and built about 15 years ago for a Balinese princess, striking minimalist design, glass floor to ceiling windows everywhere accentuated with Balinese design and décor. The second floor hosts the Master bedroom with ensuite marble bathroom, shower & bath with views to the Indian ocean. Two guest bedrooms with ensuites each with views across the estate to the Leeuwin Ridge.
From $1,757 per night
10. Tropical Rainforest Retreat, Palm Cove
Designed from a Traditional Papua New Guinea Long house, you are so close to nature, with common sightings of native wildlife just off the doorstep with wallabies, quoll and the musky rate kangaroo regular visitors. The Rainforest is right on your doorstep.
From $650 per night
11. Million dollar luxury 90ft yacht
This luxury multi million dollar 4 bedroom vessel is available for 5 Star accommodation . book your luxury getaway on even exploring places like Tangalooma, Bryon Bay , Noosa or Fraser Island.
From $1536 or only $170pp per night
12. Billabong Falls Olinda, Yarra Valley
International award winning landscape designer Phillip Johnson opens his home and garden to you for a weekend of pure luxury among towering Mountain Ash trees and lush natural bushland in the beautiful Yarra Valley.
Escape to peace and quiet and reconnect with nature, listen to cascading waterfalls and watch the abundant birdlife from the comfort of this two bedroom retreat.
Min stay 2 nights
From $608 per night
Rawnsley Park Station, Flinders Ranges
Ranges Kids can learn about wool classing and shearing on this outback station, which runs 2000 head of Merino and Dohne sheep. Explore the property and neighbouring Flinders Ranges on foot or by mountain bike, four-wheel drive or helicopter. Families can book the 1950s two-bedroom Rawnsley Homestead or luxe Eco Villas with views of Wilpena Pound, while those on a budget can opt for a self-contained unit with a shop, swimming pool and the Woolshed Restaurant nearby.￼
Wooleen Station, Murchison
“The romance of the Australian outback is part of our identity and Wooleen cattle station is all about its conservation,” says host Frances Jones. Kids will love spotting kangaroos, emus and sand goannas and pedalling through the bush on the two mountain-bike trails. A pair of rammed-earth, self-contained two-bedroom guesthouses sit amid the mulga landscape. Families can also set up tents and caravans on the Murchison River.
Brickendon Estate, Longford
“Discovering newly hatched ducks, taking in the perfumes of the old roses, being visited by the descendants of convicts on the trail of their family’s past... our family is so lucky to have called Brickendon home for nearly 200 years,” says owner Louise Archer. Just south of Launceston, the estate’s World Heritage-listed colonial Farm Village – which includes a chapel, blacksmith’s shop and cookhouse – dates back to 1824. Stay in the Farm Cottages or convict-built Historic Cottages.￼
Ratho Farm, Bothwell
You’re in wild trout territory here in Tasmania’s Central Highlands. Even the young or inexperienced can go fly-fishing with a guide in the Clyde River or play a round on the golf course thought to be the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest. Stylish minimalism meets rustic chic in the convict cottages and stables by the river, with camping and homestead rooms available for bigger family gatherings.￼
Stonehurst Cedar Creek Cottages, Wollombi
“Guests can taste the grapes straight from the vine and are welcome to explore the 550 acres of farm, organic vineyards and hillsides,” says Laura Heslop, fifth-generation owner of the eight-hectare Stonehurst Cedar Creek estate in the Hunter Valley. Each self-contained convict-brick, timber-slab or sandstone cottage has a wood fire and spa bath and the rate includes a hamper with breakfast supplies. Half an hour up the road, the interactive Hunter Valley Zoo will delight the kids with keeper talks and the Meerkat Encounter.
Kings Creek Station
Families on the big drive around Australia can discover Kings Canyon, in Watarrka National Park, using this nearby camel and cattle station as their base. Sleep under the stars at the Old Drovers’ Camp or stay in the canvas Safari Cabins with solid floors, share bathrooms and a self-catering kitchen (the rate includes a bushman’s breakfast). At the nightly camp fire, kids can toast damper on a stick. Quad-bike safaris and heli rides are also available.
Mango Hill Farm, Sunshine Coast
The Glass House Mountains are the backdrop to this farm in Peachester, where kitchen gardens and fruit trees offer their harvest to guests and children can interact with the horses, goats, sheep and chooks. Bed down in a 100-year-old Queenslander, a two-bedroom workers’ cottage or a former mango packing shed offering accommodation for six people, a kitchen and a barbecue area.
Myella Farm Stay, Baralaba
Ride a horse, crack a stockwhip or toast a great day at the sunset lookout on this 1052-hectare cattle station, 140 kilometres inland from Rockhampton. Stay in the basic rooms (some with ensuites) or camp out. And be sure to gather in the outdoor dining hut for a homemade meal using fresh farm produce.
Traditionally when booking flights the earlybird gets the worm. This is still true, especially if you are wanting to fly in busy holiday periods, such as Christmas and during school holidays etc. As a standard rule of thumb did you know that often the best time to book domestic flights is approximately 3 weeks in advance (Excluding holiday periods).
Another great way to save on flights is checking out their weekly domestic sales. Virgin Australia’s Happy Hour is on every Thursday between 4 – 11pm which has a selection of reduced fares each week offered exclusively during this time. Jetstar also runs a Friday Frenzy from 12 – 8pm every week with their discounted departures.
To get a better deal on international flights booking at least 6 months in advance will help you pay a fairer price. Most airlines allow you to book up to 11-12 months in advance.
As travel habits change, so have the seasons. You can grab a great airfare if you are savvy and know when the airlines release their Sale Fares. Europe Early bird fares are usually released for sale around Sept/Oct for specials for the following year. Canada and the USA are typically on sale around June. Asia and other South Pacific destinations often have sales on throughout the year, if you want to grab a bargain, January always has great New Year sale fares if you are open to any destination that may be on offer.
The best deal is always when you get free flights. Some travel companies offer Free flights when booking one of their exciting land and cruise tours. We have some exclusive Travelmarvel fly free offers available for Europe / Canada /Vietnam and Cambodia. Click through to take advantage of them now. CLICK HERE
10 STUNNING BATHROOMS IN AUSTRALIA – RIGHT ON OUR DOORSTEP
Australia is a land of vast beauty, with so many stunning landscapes in our own backyard.
We have compiled a list of simply some of the most beautiful bathrooms to take in these landscapes, relax and soak all your worries away. Some of these bathrooms are destinations in themselves!
SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE – KANGAROO ISLAND, SA
Southern Ocean Lodge, located in Kangaroo Island in SA - has been designed to blend into it's rugged cliff top setting. Floor to ceiling windows take in the expansive and secluded Island views. After a day of exploring this natural wonderland enjoy the sounds of the thundering ocean below while relaxing in your own bathroom oasis.
KINGSFORD HOMESTEAD – BAROSSA VALLEY, SA
Enjoy peace and quiet after a day exploring in the renowned Barossa Valley Wine Country. Kingsford Homestead truly understands the balance between luxury and nature. Tucked away on this extensive property you will find a beautiful claw footed bath, a magic place to open that bottle of red you just purchased from the cellar door.
JAMALA WILDLIFE LODGE - CANBERRA, ACT
This bathroom experience is for the wild at heart. Imagine that only a glass wall is separating you from majestic animals such as Lions, Cheetahs, Tigers and Malayan Sun Bear.
Jamala Wildlife Lodge in ACT is family run and are passionate about the conservation of these amazing animals.
THALIA HAVEN - EAST COAST, TASMANIA
Is this the most scenic bathtub in Australia?
Thalia Haven on Tasmania’s East Coast is the ultimate location where you can truly get away from it all. From the sounds of the rugged ocean below, unforgettable views of the rocky islands of Great Oyster Bay. It is a true natural wonder.
THE STAR - SYDNEY, NSW
The Star Sydney is on the doorstep of one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world. Take in the energy and vibe that Sydney has to offer then come back to the Star where you can recharge in your own spa overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour.
PARK HYATT - MELBOURNE, VICTORIA
Have you ever wanted to experience how the other half live? The Park Hyatt in Melbourne is at the height of luxury. Imagine relaxing in one of Melbourne’s largest bathrooms made almost entirely from imported Italian marble. The oversized spa bath even has is own hidden television.
PULLMAN SEA TEMPLE RESORT – PORT DOUGLAS, QUEENSLAND
This striking bathroom is found at the Pullman Sea Temple Resort in the tropical resort town of Port Douglas. The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. After a day of exploring the surrounding natural wonders come home to this private tropical oasis and reminisce on your days adventure in luxury.
DEJA VU ESTATE - POKOLBIN, HUNTER VALLEY, NSW
If you are looking for modern country luxury in the Hunter Valley, this may just be what you are looking for. Déjà vu estate in Pokolbin is a true luxury getaway. The inside Barbados bathtub even has its own 24 carat gold plated splash back. You can also take in this secluded estates scenery while relaxing in the large outdoor spa bath.
HILTON HOTEL – SYDNEY, NSW
The Hilton Sydney is another luxurious gem in the heart of this metropolis city. Imagine relaxing in your own hydra spa bath, while using essential oils from a complimentary holistic relaxation kit.
Relax in celebrity style, you won’t want to leave this place.
SPICERS PEAK LODGE - MARYVALE, SCENIC RIM QLD
Spicers Peak Lodge in Maryvale QLD is the ideal escape from the everyday, located about a 90 minute drive from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Of if you'd like to arrive more quickly, take advantage of the helicopter landing pad welcoming aircraft from all over South East Queensland.
Imagine soaking in your own private heated infinity spa while watching the warm Queensland sun set. The Lodge is set in natural bushland and is a perfect getaway all year round with a stunning double sided fireplace you can stoke in the cooler months.
With Asia on our doorstep, Australian travellers have a plethora of stunning Villa style accommodation just a short flight from home, with Thailand and Bali villas some of our most booked holidays.
If the idea of renting a villa, perhaps in the Caribbean retreat owned by Mick Jagger, or a French Villa summerhouse of a notable aristocratic family, sounds impossibly glamorous, but it’s not impossible at all.
There are some extraordinary villa offerings around the world. Here are some of our favourites.
OUTRIGGER KOH SAMUI
Outrigger Hotels are well known for their subtle extra design elements, and Outrigger Koh Samui does not disappoint with it’s lush landscaped gardens, where each of the 52 private suites and villas
The dreamy resort pool, Outrigger’s Edgewater Restaurant’s circular platform protrudes over the sand for views to fight for any time of the day, while The Wet Bar, with it’s day bed cabanas allow you to enjoy beach views in privacy. Save up to 47% for a limited time.
Closer to our doorstep, you can try some exquisite Australian villas and live it up in outback luxury like Nicole Kidman, at Voyager’s Longitude 131, overlooking the majestic Uluru. Visit the critically acclaimed Field of Light exhibition (Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku), where 50,000 spindles of light cover more than 7 football fields. As one of the bespoke Luxury Lodges of Australia, this iconic Australia retreat indulges it's guest with exotic experiences such as bespoke guided tours or nearby gorges, a sumptuous Table 131° four course degustation menu with accompanied wines and visiting the remote Ernabella Arts Studio.
While France’s countryside is dotted with villas, you don’t need to be a celebrity to afford to stay there. Villa Lara, Normandy’s newest boutique villa stay accommodation has rooms from just $315 per night. Don’t miss the UNESCO world heritage listed Queen Matilda’s Tapestry at the nearby Bayeaux Museum, or Australia’s war history at Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum. Compared to the prices of luxury hotels in Europe, that's not a bad deal. You have the run of the elegant villa, its pool and gardens, without having to share with strangers.
For something truly unique, the Manta Resort’s Underwater Room gives you the chance to sleep in one of the most inspiring bedrooms in the world, located 250 metres from the shore in a marine conservation area. An all-inclusive 5 star experience.
A remote tropical and pristine island off the east coast of Africa, untouched by mass tourism. The resort promise it is for those who will endure the extra bumpy mile to discover a haven of non-polluted serenity, of silence, solitude and inclusion.
Punta Aquila, Mexico
Mexico continues to be one of the fastest growing destinations for Aussie’s to flock to, following in American footsteps, who have long enjoyed golden sands and sapphire waters on family and romantic holidays. Sleeping up to 8, the Condo Aquila, on Mexico’s exclusive resort area of Punta Mita offers ultimate luxury and just a few short footsteps from the sand.
PARK HYATT HADAAHA
Secluded barefoot luxury offerings are second to none at the iconic Park Hyatt Maldives Hadaahaa. Escape reality at these 50 intimate villas, relax at the onsite spa after your speedboat arrival or cool off in one of two freshwater pools or dive through the diamond like crystal waters surrounding the island.
Bingin Beach, Bali
Australians continue our love affair with the Island of the Gods, with over one million visiting every year. The Shack at Bingin is a two storey villa, just back from the cliffs at Bingin Beach, catering for larger groups or couples. Modern tropical interior design and ocean views top off the modern creature comforts here and the T Shape pool is surrounded by cloud like sun lounges served upon by the attentive staff.
HORSESHOE BEND ESTATE
Wanaka, New Zealand
For those of us who prefer not to spend 24 hours in a metal cylinder traversing the skies to Europe, a short Tasman flight to Australia’s “other state”, New Zealand, has the ultimate in luxury family villas at the stunning Horseshoe Bend Estate, Wanaka. The riverside location hosts never ending rural and mountain views and is only a 5 minute drive to the nearby Wanaka township. Manicured lawns, a tennis court, steam room, hot tub, petanque court and huge outdoor entertaining areas are perfect for a large family, but offer the intimacy and luxury for a special couples getaway.
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Continuing the trend of ultra modern, minimalist stays, the luxury Mia Resort is set a spade’s length from the hotel’s private beach in it’s own palm-fringed bay surrounded by the South China Sea. Light flooded interiors, patio with sea views, glass encased open plan dining overlooking the sea front infinity pool and 5 bedrooms sleeps up to 10, just a short car trip from Nha Trang.
Perfect for a large family or 5 couples travelling together.
Sapodilla Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos Islands
Soft sand, warm water and just enough room for the two of you. Typed into a crescent of beach on Sapodilla Bay and beautifully appointed with Carrara marble, the one bedroom villa is like your own Resort. Villa Capri all has everything you need to take full advantage of it's spectacular location, from lounge chairs and paddle boards to kayaks. Spend the day sunbathing on the Terrace next to your private pool, then cook up local seafood on the barbecue and watch the waves as you enjoy a meal at the alfresco dining area. Nearby you can enjoy the natural wonders of the Princess Alexandra National Park, visit JoJo the wild dolphin declared a national treasure and the nightlife at Turtle Cove.