These 10 holiday homes have beaten a field of 40,000 contenders to be named Australia’s best.
From romantic escapes to family getaways, these 10 homes have taken out the honours at the Stayz 2016 Holiday Rental Awards.
The winners, chosen from a field of 40,000 registered holiday homes, were selected based on photographs, guest reviews, and the suitability of the home for its chosen category.
Without any further ado, here are this year’s picks.
Best Unique Property — The Arches of Allendale, South Australia
Holy holidays! Located 18 kilometres south of Mt Gambier in the Limestone Coast, this converted church has easy access to beaches, diving, golfing, wineries and river recreational activities.
Best Indulgence Property — Campbell Point House, Victoria
Inspired by the Chateaus of rural France, this grand residence boasts sweeping vistas across the Bellarine Peninsula and promises total seclusion and privacy.
Best Interior and Design Property — Clifftop at Hepburn, Victoria
A winner at the 2016 Master Builders Awards, Clifftop’s towering windows frame panoramic views of native bushland. Inside, you’ll find a Japanese-engineered Inada Sogno massage seat, and even a retro arcade console boasting 1,400 games and a Lord of the Rings pinball machine.
Best ‘At One With Nature’ Property — The Sanctuary, South Australia
Located on four acres of rambling gardens, native bush and open pasture, The Sanctuary at Deep Creek has been named the perfect escape for nature lovers. Guests can relax and watch birds and kangaroos at ‘home’, or venture out onto the many walking tracks in the adjacent conservation park.
Best Family-Friendly Property — Dalwood Country House, New South Wales
With six bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as a large pool, BBQ, pizza oven and two separate indoor dining areas, this is a great escape for families who need a little space.
Best Value Property — Sunshine Beach Garden Retreat, Queensland
From $135 per night, the Sunshine Beach Garden Retreat offers easy access to Noosa’s world famous point breaks and a variety of hiking and running trails in Noosa National Park.
Best Pet-Friendly Property — Wira Hideaway Noosa, Queensland
Well-behaved dogs are welcome inside Wira Hideaway, where swimming in the lagoon is a favourite activity for many four-legged guests.
Best Romance Property — Helmsman’s House, Tasmania
Located on a 200-acre working cattle farm owned by McLeod’s Daughters writer Posie Graeme-Evans, Helmsman’s House is a restored Federation-era farmhouse where you can make all your romantic outback fantasies come true.
Most Valuable Property — The Evening Star, Victoria
Hovering above Morses Creek and the Diggings Nature Reserve in the valley of Wandiligong, The Evening Star’s large glass doors, windows and decks capture the beauty and tranquility of the mountainous landscape. The wine and chocolate on arrival are a nice touch.
People’s Choice — Arafel Park, New South Wales
This renovated Southern Highlands 1930s estate won the public over with its decades-old Redwoods and Oaks and its stunning Pine Grove. The venue prides itself on privacy and luxury, and puts a particular emphasis on accommodating bridal parties who want to use the property for their wedding photography.
Where’s your favourite place to take a holiday in Australia? Let us know in the comments below!