Local Escapes

17 Incredible Stays Near Brisbane For Big Groups

By Annabelle Allpass

The bane of every ‘organiser’ friend in the group’s existence, is without a doubt the ol’ accom. Between finding something everyone can afford, that is available the time you need to go, to it having the creature comforts we all need (um, AC is mandatory) to the place being actually nice and everyone getting a bed—it's a bloody nightmare. Enter: the maxi taxi of accommodations, a gigantic Airbnb. 

No need to book multiple rooms, because these incredible residences can fit the whole gang and then some. We’ve rounded up a few of the best Airbnbs perfect for big groups near Brisbane—so all that’s left to do is work out the maths (they’re cheap if you divide the price by eight) and find a date that everyone is free—hopefully sometime before 2026. 

Betty

Black Mountain | Sleeps 8

It's a surprise to virtually no one that this gem was featured in Grand Designs and Prestige Property Magazine. Betty graces 27 acres in the Noosa Hinterland–a short drive from Cooroy and 20 minutes from Noosa Heads. This architecturally designed farm-style retreat has four spacious bedrooms to accommodate eight, offering guests a warm and soulful spot to unwind, refresh and reconnect. With unrestricted views of the eastern rolling hills from the master suite, the space seamlessly blends modern comfort with hinterland tranquillity. As a cherry on top, you'll find a wrap-around deck with an alfresco dining patio, a solar-heated pool, and an outdoor firepit to accompany your late-night conversations under the stars. Book your stay here

Mountain Top Lodge

Nimbin | Sleeps 9 

Looking to take the family on a countryside escape but still want to enjoy a little luxury? Well this Mountain Top Lodge is just the spot. The hobby farm features over 150 avocado and mango groves, an outdoor cinema, fire pit, barn bar, picnic spot, plunge pool, wood fired hot tub, plus an abundance of local wildlife. It's the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure with something for everyone to do as you soak up the wilderness. Let the kids run wild in the mountain’s isolated forest while you nestle up with a book and cup of tea on the balcony hammock—or better yet, a glass of wine on the outdoor lounge accompanied by views of the northern NSW hinterland.  Book your stay here.

The Ranch 

Noosa | Sleeps 15 

A stay at The Ranch will feel like you are in your very own private resort. Nestled in a coveted pocket in Tinbeerwah, the property sprawls across seven acres of hinterland, meaning morning visits from neighbouring wallaby families are all but guaranteed. This six bedroom, five bathroom country estate can sleep fifteen and comes with luxe high vaulted ceiling and multiple entertaining spaces, including a movie theatre and fully equipped bar. 

That’s not all—your family getaway will be next level thanks to multiple outdoor dining areas, a mini golf course, a fire pit and a mega swimming pool complete with its own slide. In the unlikely chance you’ll want to step away from paradise, The Ranch is a 15 minute drive to some of Noosa’s best beaches like Sunshine and Peregian. Chances are one night won’t be enough to enjoy all that The Ranch has to offer. 

Dicky Beach Original Beach House

Dicky Beach | Sleeps 16

We’ve got your next family reunion covered with Dicky Beach Original Beach House: a 16 (yes–sixteen) person home just a few sandy steps away from Dicky Beach. This sprawling property boasts a four-bedroom house upstairs, a fully self-contained two-bedroom apartment downstairs, and a super boujee glamping tent that sleeps four, ensuring there’s plenty of room for the whole crew to spread out and chill. You won’t even need to leave the property when you can catch the game or watch a movie on the top-of-the-line outdoor cinema, gather around the onsite fire pit for some family bonding and challenge each other to a fierce round of ping pong—all from the comfort of this home sweet home. Plus, your fur-babies are welcome, and you’ll find the local dog friendly cafes and off leash beach a five minute walk away. Book here

The Witta Chapel

Witta | Sleeps 10

It's safe to say Country Style and Real Living know what's good because The Witta Chapel has graced the pages of both magazines, and, well, just look at it. Initially built in 1995 and refurbished just last year, this romantic and captivating home is perfect for a big group stay. 

As you head down the driveway, brace yourself for a picturesque entrance marked by white picket fences and a timber arbour. A separate, smaller house provides privacy for anyone who needs it, while the stunning main house features a country-style kitchen, outdoor deck, fireplace, and claw-footed baths. With over an acre of meticulously landscaped land at your disposal, enjoy the property's very own rose garden, den (in the old stables), fire pit, creek and bush walk. Book your stay here.

Hillside Carool 

Carool | Sleeps 16 

Just beyond the Goldie looms the impressive nine-bedder, Hillside Carool. This stunning sanctuary boasts a 20-metre lap pool, pool table, two fireplaces, vineyard, outdoor pizza oven and BBQ, cinema projector screen and a speaker system throughout the entire house. Talk about kitted out. It’s a bit out of the way, but with your best crew right there with you and all that to keep everyone entertained, who needs anything else? Book your stay here

The Visitor

Brunswick Heads | Sleeps 10

Straight out of your overflowing interiors Pinterest board and quite possibly a House & Garden Magazine, The Visitor in Brunswick Heads is your actual dream home materialised. Called The Visitor it may be, but one impeccable night in these gorg linen-clad beds and you’d much rather be ‘the resident’. The house sleeps 10 and is just a 15-minute walk to the beach, perfectly placed a stone's throw from some of the best eateries in town, Old Maids (fire burgs and beers) and Saint Maries (uber cool pizzeria and wine bar). You even score four bikes to get around on, how cool is that? Book your stay here.

Ultimate Noosa

Noosa | Sleeps 13 

Imagine yourself parked up on a breezy balcony with ocean views, sipping a good vino and having a proper catch-up with your friends while the kids slide down an adjacent waterslide for hours on end. This setup is as dreamy and downright relaxing as you're imagining and it can be yours when you book Ultimate Noosa. With ocean views, a short walk to the stunning beach, a 13-metre water slide and room to sleep up to 13 people in six bedrooms, this idyllic beachside oasis is the ultimate in spacious luxury and relaxation. Book your stay here.

Luxury Modern Country Retreat

Kin Kin | Sleeps 10 

Oh Noosa Hinterland, how we absolutely love you. Curl up in this five-bedder and be unwound to the max by not only the amazing finishes and interiors but the fact that you have…no immediate neighbours. Langville is a light-filled, luxurious residence on three acres, nestled amongst the peaceful rolling hills of our favourite hinterland. The house comes with a huge pool, sauna and fitness studio, a pool house kitchen and BBQ as well as a decadent soundproof eight-seater cinema room with a large projector. Yes, a cinema. Bonus (as if it could somehow get any better), pets are allowed. Book your stay here

The Palm House 

Palm Beach | Sleeps 10

Controversial statement but Palm Beach is seriously underrated. While it may be true this writer gives it extra credit because of the dog beach there, its holiday essence cannot be ignored. It’s only an hour from Brisbane and yet this sleepy beach town fully transports you to a land of relaxation. Topping things off with a stay at The Palm House is really the only proper next step. 10 of your nearest and dearest can park up, swim and slow down here, in a house owned by Dylan and Jenny from the 2022 season of The Block. The beach is only a hop skip and a jump away, as are many infamous eateries like our fave, Paddock Bakery. If you prefer a quieter day, simply sunbathe by the pool or explore the picturesque local area, with Laguna Park and a tranquil lake only steps away. Book your stay here.

Hidden Byron 

Myocum | Sleeps 8 

Hidden Byron, featured in the April 2022 ‘Luxe Country Homes’ edition of Belle Magazine, is utterly peaceful and private, yet within easy access of Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads and Byron Bay, not to mention a host of stunning beaches and national parks. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom country retreat can sleep eight and comes complete with multiple entertaining spaces, a hillside swimming pool and fire pit. This place embodies true ‘Airbnb’—it has a homely lived-in yet luxurious feel that makes it easy to feel frustrated that you didn't book it for longer. Book your stay here.

Boonabaroo 

Wallace’s Creek | Sleeps 8 

Boonabaroo is Wallace’s Creek’s opulent answer to country escape if we’ve ever seen it. Upon arrival, draw yourself a nice long, hot bubble bath in the outdoor tub underneath fairy lights just off the main bedroom and feel the worries of city life soak away—glass of local winery red optional. There is also a large central bathroom with a claw foot bath, double sink and rain head shower along with a separate powder room and second toilet. You can charm eight guests at this picturesque retreat which is only an ultra-convenient seven-minute drive to Boonah and only three minutes to Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm. Bust out your best (and longest) stick and toast marshmallows in the fire pit, cuddle up around the fireplace or even just take your time cheffing up a delicious feast in the unbelievable kitchen. Book your stay here

Mabel 

Doonan | Sleeps 8 

A true best-of-both-worlds situation, Mabel is surrounded by the delicious privacy of lush neighbourless tropical rainforest but also a speedy scenic 15-minute drive from Noosa. This multi-level Airbnb can house eight with enough space for everyone to not be bumping into each other the entire time. It’s complete with a playroom with bean bags, board games, children's books and a tepee, as well as a huge entertainment system. The floor-to-ceiling windows have remote-controlled blinds (sleep-in secured), and there's an idling creek that runs through the property that can be heard from the backyard where you can gather around the fire pit and watch the kids play in the cubby. A family-sized Weber BBQ means alfresco dinners and sunset cocktails also await you in this incredible entertainer’s oasis. Book your stay here

Blackbutt House 

Suffolk Park | Sleeps 8 

Arriving at Blackbutt House, it is obvious that each and every design detail has been properly, properly thought out. Bright light seems to ricochet around the entire house, bouncing across high ceilings with exposed rafters, onto the drool-worthy brown leather couches, and all through the Italian-style kitchen. Smeg appliances can't help but sparkle in the glorious light just as your mind can't help but wander to slow breakfasts your holiday self finally has time to make. There's enough room for eight here, and many of the 5-star reviews have sung praises of how kid-friendly the place is. Outside, the pool is perfectly speckled with shade as a bar fridge and drinks cart seem to wait patiently to be wheeled out poolside. Book your stay here.

Hikari House

Kingscliff | Sleeps 8 

The best thing at the end of a long and fun beach day is in fact, an absolutely minuscule commute home. You can absolutely look forward to that at Hikari House, Kingy’s premier four-bed beachfront Airbnb of your dreams. Sure, this one might be spenny, but can you really put a price on a spending a glorious evening around a bonfire with your crew? Bonus, Hikari House is only a few minutes walk to the patrolled beach and a deliciously eclectic collection of cafes and restaurants (hint hint). Book your stay here

The Lakehouse Folk Cottages

Montville | Sleeps 10 

The perfect spot for the long-awaited squad (plus multiple sprog) reunion need not be held anywhere but The Lakehouse Folk Cottages. Spread over two luxurious cottages and ten acres of pristine Lakeview property, this space offers maximum solitude and serenity. In a coast-meets-country vibe that is ideal for keeping little ones busy and adults relaxed, 10 people can snuggle up in gorgeously kitted-out beds over two cottages and recharge for a day of taking advantage of the pool. Book your stay here

Magical Malindi

Montville | Sleeps 10 

No, this isn't Iron Man’s house, this is Magical Malindi, an aptly named unbelievable Airbnb with room for 10. Breathtaking views from floor-to-ceiling windows and absolute privacy is coupled with the feeling that you are a million miles from nowhere and yet the picturesque village of Montville is only around the corner. Looking out over the beyond-luxury kitchen and outdoor sitting space, panoramic views of the Sunshine Coast hinterland’s lush rainforest seriously take your breath away. Book your stay here

The Easton 

Maleny | Sleeps 8 

Giving unpretentious luxury, The Easton in Maleny is the perfect destination for wedding stays, poolside long lunches or cosy winter weekenders with friends and family. The drive there is about as staggering as the views of the green rolling hills—it's actually the only estate in Maleny available with uninterrupted views of the Maleny dairy fields and Mount Beerwah and the Glasshouse Mountains. This property is off-grid and can happily accommodate eight guests overnight. Mega bonus, there's also George Saint Pierre-designed calisthenic equipment, pilates reformer machines, and yoga facilities available. Book your stay here

Amity House 

Doonan | Sleeps 8 

Walking into Amity House feels like a familiar hug, except it's from your rich auntie that always smells FANTASTIC. This Airbnb is a beautiful Queenslander home ideally located between Noosa and Eumundi and sleeps eight with ease. It's the perfect base for your family holiday, gal's getaway or really any group stay… a quiet country stay 20 minutes away from stunning beaches like Noosa and Peregian. Head out to the beach in the morning, then spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool before toasting marshmallows around the campfire at night. Book your stay here

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