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11 Of The Best Gold Coast Beach Houses For A Summer Staycay

By Danielle Read
25th Oct 2022

With some of the most iconic beaches lapping at our doorsteps and waterfront villas available at a moment’s notice, it’s a tough life here on the sun-kissed Gold Coast. Sure, a beach visit’s nice. But a beach stay is where you really high-five the magic of blue skies, all-year round ocean swims and relaxation central on-demand. It’s no secret that locals and visitors alike appreciate the shimmering beauty of our golden coastline. 

So it makes sense to extend your beach days into a full-blown stay. Think, you and the besties downing a couple of frothies right on the seashore. But also with shade, clean feet and a real fridge. Make your next staycay or vacay an easy-breezy one at these stunning Gold Coast Airbnb beach houses in 2022.

The Coconut Crib

Burleigh Heads | Sleeps 5

Bring the outdoors in at this tropical oasis, in the heart of Burleigh Heads. With palm print throughout and dimly lit by the warm glow of pink neon, you’ll be forgiven for mistaking The Coconut Crib for a coastal escape to Malibu. Showered in mint-meets-powder pink stylings across two bedrooms, two bathrooms and even the living quarters, this boutique apartment is just a short walk from Justin Lane, Rosellas and Rick Shores. No doubt making it the best Gold Coast beach house Airbnb for a walking foodie holiday. Book here.

Kirra Wave

Kirra | Sleeps 7

Ample sea breezes rustling your hair from the third floor give this Gold Coast beach house Airbnb extra charm. Well, that and the option to sit mesmerised in front of the deck’s fireplace. Toys for the kiddos and floor to ceiling bi-fold doors opening effortlessly to a bird's eye view of Kirra Beach, this locale’s hard to beat. Kirra Wave features your own personal wine fridge, coffee machine and bath with optional spa jets, so settle in and soak up the blissful ambience from one of three bedrooms or two covered balconies while you’re at it. Book here

Crystal Pacific

Palm Beach | Sleeps 4

We’re spoilt for choice here on the Gold Coast, so you can afford to be a little greedy. Like pool, ocean and a seven-minute wander to Tallebudgera Creek kind of greedy. Freshly renovated, this coastal chic locale is nestled right by some of the Gold Coast’s bustling cafés like Espresso Moto and Custard Canteen. Soak up some rays on your suspended daybed, or maxo relaxo on the couch between dips. Hands down our go-to Gold Coast Airbnb for the best of all worlds. Book here.

The Tugun Pause

Tugun | Sleeps 5

Bathed in natural light with a front row seat to coastal breezes, The Tugun Pause is just what the doctor ordered. Styled by a reputable local wedding celebrant, this hideaway’s satisfying neutral interiors are everything your Instagram dreams are made of. Homing a cactus-lined magnesium pool, deep soak tub and even an a-frame cubby house for the little ones, take a 500-metre stroll and you’ll be barefoot on Tugun Beach. Named after the few second pause in conversation when a plane is landing, this is one of the best Gold Coast Airbnbs to chill with family, mates and even furry friends. Book here

Houston Beach Apartment

Currumbin | Sleeps 3 

Looking for a renovated 1950s mid-century classic beach house on the Gold Coast? Bit specific, but okay. Roll into paradise, park out front and say ‘welcome home, us’ at your very own waterfront Airbnb, Houston Beach Apartment. Whether your stay is for a weekend or for a week, this is the one of the best beach houses the Gold Coast offers for sun-drenched lunches on the patio, boozy beachside arvos and visits to Elephant Rock. With a king bed, room for a little tacker, chic coastal furnishing and cosy patio, it’s the leopard print tiled staircase for us. Book here

The Mermaid Quarters 

Mermaid Beach | Sleeps 5 

Spoiler alert: The Mermaid Quarters has a private heated pool and is situated a stone’s throw from the ocean’s shore. Decked out in stunning aqua and turquoise tones, this idyllic space is hands down one of the best beach houses on the Gold Coast for a Mermaid Beach escape. Think seaside home with a massive cubby house. The 1960s-styled abode features bunks for the kids while the adults drink and dine on the patio. A mere stroll to Bam Bam bakehouse, The Mermaid Quarters is nothing short of a beachside paradise. Book here.

Coastal Luxury 

Broadbeach Waters | Sleeps 9 

When it comes to accommodation, location is everything—and this Broadbeach home has it all. A quick stroll to hours of shopping at Pacific Fair, a show at The Star or catching rays on the beach. So you’ll want to stay a few nights to truly soak up your guaranteed parking. Enjoy alfresco backyard dinners and channel your inner Hamptons alter ego. Where simple furnishings balance perfectly with sophisticated design, giving guests a taste of the high life. The best bit? You can even bring your pooch. Book here.


Kingscliff | Sleeps 8

Nothing says I am dreaming of a beach house and I mean business quite like booking in at Paralian. Just be sure to call dibs on the master room to snag the jacuzzi, waterfront views, dressing room and ensuite. This expansive space has been tastefully decorated, featuring timbers, greenery and surfer chic details. A few laps in the infinity pool while overlooking rugged flora and fauna before a short stroll to the beach really can’t be beaten. Just a hop skip and a jump across the border, feel worlds away direct from one of the best Airbnbs in the Gold Coast’s backyard. Book here

Coen By The Sea

Casuarina | Sleeps 10

Hate to say it, but Coen By The Sea has one serious downfall. Your home will feel like a trash bag after a stay here. Indulge in a luxurious seaside getaway at this refined abode with tropical accents. We’re talking: five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a sprawling private pool, soaring ceilings, bi-fold glass doors open up to the backyard, and mere steps from the beach. Escape to the Gold Coast’s community-rich coastal neighbour dotted with top ntop-notchotch local cafes. Book here.

Beach Front Holiday House

Bilinga | Sleeps 6

Got a spark $10k in the kitty and wanna invest it in a beachside staycay or getaway with all the trimmings? This absolute beachfront holiday house is just the place. Its minimalistic, coastal interiors are hard to ignore, with high ceilings, crisp white walls and three sun-drenched living areas. That is, if you can peel your eyes away from the rolling waves literally on your doorstep. Upstairs living and two bedrooms with a self-contained granny flat below, invite the ‘rents, gramps or even someone you can only handle in small doses, thank us later. Deep sea blue armchairs, coral cushions and scaley back splashes. It’s giving boujee Arial. Book here.

Tropical Minimalist Architecture Villa 

Palm Beach | Sleeps 4 

Escape to a stunning beachside retreat with a little help from this tropical villa. The space has its own private pool, rain shower, and adorable breakfast nook—all the essentials for a dreamy weekend. The open-plan living area makes for easy-breezy coastal living guaranteed to put your worries at ease. Book here.

Looking for more Gold Coast Airbnbs that aren't on the prime beachfront? Check out our top ten Gold Coast Airbnbs, spanning from the hinterland to the ocean.

Image Credit: Airbnb 

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