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14 Of Queensland’s Best Airbnbs That Will Make You Want To Book A Summer Staycay Immediately

By Victoria Patapan
25th Nov 2020

A coastal style cottage, with a pool.

Now that travel within Queensland is back on the cards, just about everyone is planning their next holiday. The usual hot-spots are sure to fill up fast, especially with carriers announcing epic flight deals to get you back in the air. But instead of heading to the same old holiday house you’ve been staying at every year since you were three, why not take this opportunity to stay someplace new?

While we've got plenty of tips on where to find the best Airbnbs in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, you shouldn't limit yourself to your own city. We’ve collated the best stays across the state guaranteed to fill you with wanderlust. Check out 13 of Queensland’s best Airbnbs below, and get booking—before we do. 

Luxury Home With Stunning River View

Maroochydore | SLEEPS 6

The good news is that ‘Luxury Home With Stunning River View’ does exactly what it says on the tin. This is an over-the-top-luxe waterfront pad, overlooking the Maroochydore River, with six bedrooms, air con, barbecue, unlimited WIFI and a shed full of kayaks and paddleboards ready to roll. What else does a sane human really need? Hang out on your gigantic timber deck drinking G&Ts with ice from the ice-maker. Spend your days paddling all over the Maroochydore estuary, or head east towards the main beach and Cotton Tree Point. Hell, there’s even a basketball hoop if you feel like some 3v3.

The Palm House 

mooloolaba | Sleeps 4 

Styled with furnishings and homewares from everywhere from the ancient cities of Morocco to the shores of India and Indonesia, The Palm House will provide the perfect getaway for those looking for coastal vibes. Sip cocktails as you longue by the pool and admire the cottage’s boutique charm, courtesy of its European oak floors and French doors. This stunning abode is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.  

Interior of a bright cottage, looking into the kitchen.

La Boehme Whitsundays

Jubilee Pocket | Sleeps 4 

Tucked away in the hills of the Whitsunday mainland lies La Boehme, a beautiful open cottage designed with beachgoers in mind. At La Boehme, the Great Barrier Reef is at your doorstep, with world-renowned attractions like Whitehaven Beach just a day trip away. The house itself has its own pool, but don’t pass up the chance to explore the world's largest coral reef system by booking a snorkelling tour. 

A bright red barn cottage, with a small pool out the front.

Little Red Barn 

Doonan | Sleeps 7 

Nestled amongst the countryside of the Noosa Hinterland sits Little Red Barn, a gorgeous barnhouse worthy of any Insta feed. Its soaring vaulted wooden ceiling opens the space to light and air, while its carefully selected furnishings give off a modern vintage vibe. But the true star of the show is the outdoor plunge pool, which gives guests glorious views of the countryside. Don’t worry—the pool is heated, so you can enjoy the views all year round.   

Interior of a small loft-style apartment.

The Pool House 

Mooloolaba | Sleeps 2 

This chic New York style home will give you serious Gossip Girl vibes, and transport you straight to the Humphrey’s loft in Brooklyn—just with a little more natural light. The hand-picked furnishings were sourced from Morocco, Indonesia and even the Greek Islands to give the home an eclectic sense of style. Not only is The Pool House walking distance to the beach, it also features a stunning plunge pool, as well as a fire pit for the cooler months.

Massive outdoor space with high ceilings and lounging furniture in front of a pool.

A Shore Thing 

Noosa | Sleeps 6 

For next-level luxury that will take your breath away, look no further than Noosa’s A Shore Thing, just a seven-minute walk from Sunrise Beach. Enjoy a coffee from Hastings Street as you watch the louvered windows filter the sunlight that streams across the wooden floors, and admire the view from the alfresco dining area. Spend your days lounging by the lap pool, and your nights popping open a bottle of wine from the fridge inside.

Dining space in a small house, with book shelves covered by international object.

Mid-Century Studio 

Ilkley | Sleeps 2 

After some bohemian-vibes? This chilled Mid-Century Studio is filled with funky, eclectic pieces that fill the home with the warmth and love that modern hotels are missing. Toast marshmallows by the fire pit, grill dinner on the barbecue, or sit back and relax in the peaceful garden nestled amongst the natural bushland. Spend an evening watching Netflix before treating yourself to an amazing night’s sleep in luxurious designer bedding, dreaming of the morning breakfast hamper.

A white cottage with a pool in the side yard.

Poinciana House 

Noosa Heads | Sleeps 10 

The luxurious Poinciana House is the perfect base to explore everything Noosa has to offer. Lay back with a book in the reading room, or laze around the pool surrounded by towering palm trees. When evening comes, dine al fresco under the shade of the majestic Poinciana tree and enjoy a relaxing dip in the pool before bed. The house is filled with thoughtful touches, like Saya Skincare products that will make your skin sing. 

A luxe bedroom with double doors opening out onto a deck over the canals.

Waterfront Villa

Surfers Paradise  | Sleeps  8 

It’s all about location with this stunning Waterfront Villa in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Enjoy a picnic on the deck overlooking the river before heading out for a paddle, then take a dip in the heated pool to relax your muscles. The interior of the home is modern and spacious, but be warned—you’re going to walk away with some serious kitchen envy. With three levels of luxury, this villa promises a truly incredible stay. 

A canopied bed in a tree-house style cabin.

Noosa Treetop Eco Retreat 

Noosa | Sleeps  2 

Ever wanted to stay in a treehouse? Now’s your chance. The Noosa Treetop Eco Retreat promises a stay unlike any other. The bedroom is enclosed with glass, timber and bamboo and sits high above the ground, giving you incredible views of the sunset from the comfort of a king size bed. Guests are treated to an outdoor candlelit bath, and can even book an in-house professional massage or yoga class.The beach and shops are all within walking distance, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays you can make the drive to Eumundi to visit the famous Eumundi Markets. 

A white, tent looking cabin overlooking mountains.

Clouds Safari 

Beechmont | Sleeps  2 

Sure, camping is fun and all, but why bother setting up your own tent when you can stroll right into Clouds Safari? In the heart of the Gold Coast Hinterland, Clouds Safari boasts 180 degree views of Springbrook Mountain and Numinbah Valley, and is just a five minute drive from the world-renowned Killarney Glen waterfall. The tent features stunning wood furnishings and homewares reminiscent of African safaris, as well as an enormous four-poster bed, free-standing bath and an outdoor fireplace to keep you nice and cosy. 

A white cottage in the middle of a farm paddock.

The Cottage At Conondale Station 

Conondale | Sleeps  6

Hidden on a hill surrounded by mountain ranges lies Conondale Cottage, a quaint country home offering incredible 360 views. Just a 20 minute drive from Maleny, the cottage promises absolute privacy, with no noise other than the sounds of baby calves and bellbirds. The small but blissful farmhouse offers a breath of fresh air, with simple yet modern stylings that allow guests to really connect with the nature around them. 

Steps leading up to a cabin with a curved roof and a hammock style chair out front.

Cabin On Acreage 

Cairns | Sleeps 2  

You’ll have to venture a fair way north for this one, but we promise that it’s worth the trip. This resort-style cabin is nestled amongst the foothills of the world’s most pristine rainforests, with easy access to Port Douglas, the Daintree and of course, Far North Queensland’s fabulous beaches. The home is surrounded by wildlife, including cockatoos, kookaburras and curlews, so prepare to make some friends. The cabin’s sliding doors lead out onto an elevated timber deck shaded by a magnificent poinciana tree, with stairs leading down to a heated spa.  

A designer concrete hideaway perched on the edge of a cliff.

Alinghi Beach House 

Agnes Water | Sleeps 10  

Okay, okay, we know—$1000 a night is a lot to drop on accommodation. But it’s well worth the price when you consider that Alinghi Beach was voted one of the top five beaches in the world. Plus, it sleeps 10, so get a group of friends together, split the cost and suddenly, it’s a lot more affordable. There’s really no need to sell you on this one—the photos speak for themselves. Perched on top of a cliff, it overlooks stunning Honeymoon Bay, and guests are treated to a luxury hamper to make their stay that much more enjoyable. 

A huge silver lodge with 'wings' stretching out over a lake.

Alkira Award Winning Luxury Beachfront 

Cape Tribulation  | Sleeps 12  

Yep, you can stay in this epic, space age looking house, though you might need to sell a kidney to do it. The award-winning Alkira Award Winning Luxury Beachfront is located in the heart of the Daintree, on a private 600 metre beachstrip along the Great Barrier Reef. Everything about this place is truly magnificent, including the five separate bedrooms wings (yes, this house has wings) each with its own ensuite, and its own gym. Oh, and did we mention the helicopter pad? To top it all off, Alkira is made of sustainable materials that are designed to become part of the surrounding environment over time. 

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Image credit: Airbnb 

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