Winter is (sort of) on the way out, and it’s basically pool weather in every state where holidays are legally allowed. So, chuck a few of these Airbnb listings in the group chat and break open that piggy bank because it’s high time for a weekend away by a big ol’ pool with a cocktail in hand.
Cooper Shoot, New South Wales
You can’t go and stay in a Spanish villa right now, but you can emulate the experience just outside of Byron Bay. This mammoth home for embodies indoor-outdoor living with its breezy timber decks, various dining areas, outdoor hot tub made from ornate barrels of yesteryear and, of course, a 15-metre infinity pool, which looks over untouched sprawling hills, for you to dip in and out of as you please.
The price tag comes in at a hefty $7563 per night, but It’ll comfortably sleep 12 which makes it perfect for a milestone occasion—like coming out of lockdown. Book The Range here.
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Gerringong, New South Wales
About an hour south of Sydney lies the charming Gerringong. There’s a sense of rugged seclusion that you’ll find in the area and in the property known as Ocean Farm itself. The coastal views from the king-sized beds should be enough of a sell, though just in case you’re not quite convinced, take a look at that pool.
Ocean Farm will fit 12 guests at $1,665 a night. Book in the squad here.
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The Guest House
Foxground, New South Wales
This one’s for the love birds, or two really good mates. The Guest House looks over the lush, sprawling hills of the cattle farm it’s built upon. More than half of the walls within are made of glass, which offers unobstructed views of the serene property. There’s a firepit for barbecuing up a wholesome meal and an infinity pool to while away the afternoon in.
Book the guesthouse for around $350 a night.
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61 Murphy Street
Port Douglas, Queensland
61 Murphy Street is best described as the Australian dream of your dreams. The three-level beaut sits on Murphy Street in Port Douglas, which is otherwise known as the millionaire’s mile. Plenty of marble, terraces off each level and a sizable pool by the porch—it checks out.
You’ll fit around eight people in 61 Murphy Street for around $1,450 a night. And yes, we know what you’re thinking with the positioning of that balcony and pool. Don’t be a hero. These things never turn out how you intend.Image credit: 61 Murphy Street
Noosa Heads, Queensland
There’s a certain romance that Aussies find in placing a body of water by more water, and that formula has been nailed at Callula. Tucked in the waterways by Noosa Heads, this luxe waterside villa will house up to 10 mates; the contemporary interior and balconies make for a pleasant stay, but it’s the pool by the inlet that sets this one apart as the ultimate Queensland getaway. You can also explore Noosa Heads with the included paddle boats and kayaks.
Book Callula for up to 10 guests at $1,430 a night here.
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Margeret River, Western Australia
This two-storey mansion has left no stone unturned. Rose gardens, over two hundred square metres of wall-to-wall glass windows overlooking the coastline and en suites in three out of four of the bedrooms. Float across the marble floors before you reach the backyard which looks out to the beach, with the only obstruction being the 28-metre infinity pool.
Book this beachside abode for up to nine people at just under $1200 per night here.
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That’s not a pool, this is a pool. This Rosebud gem has been given the Palm Springs treatment so that you can switch into ultimate vacay mode. You’ve got yourself—and the squad—a tennis court, an outdoor entertainment area for some serious barbecuing, a jacuzzi, an in-ground trampoline and, of course, a kidney-shaped pool just like you’d find in Cali.
Book in for up to 10 at around $1326 a night.
This one’s in Victoria, so it goes without saying you’ll need to follow the current COVID-19 restrictions before booking.
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Mount View Estate
Yarra Junction, Victoria
Mount View Estate is hidden in the mountains of Victoria’s premier wine region, so if you feel like you need to leave the house for whatever reason, take solace in the fact that you can find wine in almost any direction. This hillside manor has five king bedrooms, and four with en suites that overlook Mount Donna Buang, just as the infinity pool does, too. Great for a multi-couple weekend away, it’ll set you back $1543 for 10 people.
This property is located in Victoria, so keep in mind COVID-19 restrictions before booking.
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Image credit: The Range, Ocean Farm, The Guesthouse, 61 Murphy Street, Callula, Balinese Princess, Holiday Dream, Mount View Estate, Drew Dau.