Local Escapes

8 Of The Best Airbnbs On The Gold Coast

By Cayleh Ferguson
24th May 2016

Airbnb is one of the world’s largest online accommodation sites, that allows owners to rent out a bed, room, or their entire home to visitors.

A platform that has well and truly shaken the travel industry, offering unique styles of lodging to suit everyone’s needs. From inner city pads, to rustic wilderness retreats, 360-degree views, and beach backyards… it’s all available with a lil’ digging online.

Whether you’re aching for a staycation somewhere nearby, or you’re holidaying from interstate, we’ve found the best Airbnbs on the Gold Coast for your browsing pleasure. You ready?

The Luxe Tree House | Broken Head

Born to be wild, this treehouse is an adventure fit for the free-spirited soul. Nestled among 17 acres of subtropical rainforest and organic gardens, this dwelling in the branches will make for the most relaxing and rejuvenating weekend ever. Highlights include the eco-friendly and recycled furnishings throughout, ocean views from the bedroom, and an outdoor spa bath that’ll have you reconnected with nature in a matter of minutes. Just be prepared, Bodhi the parrot has been known to pop by for a visit.

The Hinterland Estate Escape | Carool

This Wirui Estate guest house sits atop an award-winning coffee estate, high in the Tweed hinterland and just 20 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport. With expansive views over the glitter strip skyline and across to Stradbroke Island, a humungous paddock, library, Balinese-styled interiors, and saltwater lap pool under the palms, you’ll be so relaxed you won’t want to come back to reality. If you’re anything like us, and can’t function in the morning before coffee, then we suggest organising a tour of the award-winning artisan coffee farm that’s right on your doorstep. Yes, please!

The Huge Entertainer | Broadbeach

If you have enough cash to splash, then we suggest you splurge on this five-star home situated right on the waterfront in Broadbeach. The words elegance and luxury are a bit of an understatement when it comes to this two-level, four-bedroom and three-bathroom abode with a pool, jetty, and private beach. Featuring Smeg appliances as well as a three-showerhead shower, seven-metre walk-in wardrobe (load up the suitcases!), built-in BBQ with huge entertaining area… need we go on? The photos of this gorgeous house will have you reaching for your calendar and credit card.

The Quiet Cottage | Mount Tamborine

For a blissfully romantic weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the coastline, head directly to this quaint private cottage at Witches Falls, tucked atop Tamborine Mountain. Forget about the worries of the world while you soak in the double spa bath, sip some fine local wine by the fireplace, and receive breakfast delivered to your door on the daily. Be sure to explore the local area as there are plenty of national park walks, award-winning wineries, antique breweries, country markets, and art galleries to discover. Our tip: try some local hand-made fudge, it does not disappoint!

The Rural Retreat | Cedar Creek

This country-styled haven plonked on 66 acres in the Gold Coast hinterland is a guest house full of rustic charm that’s certain to have you relaxed in no time. With enough beds to accommodate 10 people, we reckon it’s the perfect spot for a weekend away with your besties. Boasting a wood-fired pizza oven, bring the flour and have a pizza making competition, MKR-style. Or just relax on the deck and play spot the wallaby. Offering yoga, meditation, horse trail rides, beauty treatments, and breakfast hampers, this is one Airbnb where you’ll very likely want to unpack and stay for good.

The Perfect Penthouse | Surfers Paradise

Get your best pals together, pitch in, and you can live the dream at this glamour beachside apartment. Spread over two floors, this one-of-a-kind designer penthouse is worth every cent. With access to all the resort facilities including the pool, spa, BBQ, tennis court, gym, and steam rooms, you can either have a healthy fit-fuelled few days, or live it up and visit the Hooters restaurant just downstairs (just kidding!), nearby casino or Surfers’ clubs and pubs and party like it’s 1969.

The Backyard Beach Shack | Kingscliff

For those who can’t stray too far from the beach, then this 60s-style beach shack located on Surf Street (no joke) is the answer for a salty weekend away. This small and affordable studio has a private entrance separate from the main home. Sit among the lush tropical gardens, and spend the morning soaking up the sunshine while tucking into a complimentary continental breakfast. It’s just big enough for a lover’s retreat or a solitary soulful stay-cation—the perfect weekend getaway that’s happily humble and endearingly rustic.

The Safari-Style Glamping Experience | Witheren

No need to sacrifice home comforts when you go camping these days, ‘cause glamping is where it’s at. Each eco-friendly tent at this Witheren Airbnb is equipped with an ensuite including heated towel racks, a fully-equipped kitchenette, and a large deck with an built-in hydrotherapy spa. This joint is the perfect vantage spot to explore the Scenic Rim, a truly spectacular part of Queensland. Don’t be confined to the coast and opt for an inland retreat where you can enjoy the slow-paced lifestyle from the slumber of your sleeping bag. Just joking, there’s a comfortable king-sized bed with lush linen and super soft towels at your disposal. Sign us up!

Know of another gem deserving a spot among the best Airbnbs on the Gold Coast? Tell us in the comments. 


Photo Credit: Airbnb.com

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