New research from Airbnb shows that we’re hungry for unique, aesthetic, stylish stays like never before.
Searches for one-of-a-kind home stays have nearly doubled (up 94 per cent) since the start of the pandemic. Call it the TikTok effect, #DoingItForTheGram or simply a desire to make up for lost time, the demand for quirky, offbeat and distinctive getaways has never been greater.
Whether you’re after a beachside getaway, glamping in a yurt, a farmstay with a difference or an off-the-grid tiny home, you’re bound to find it here. These are Airbnb’s most wishlisted stays of 2021.
10. Clouds Safari, Beechmont, Queensland
Clouds Safari at Beechmont in Queensland. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
The luxury tent is set in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, this luxury tent is an African safari, closer to home. A brief five-minute drive away, you’ll find the world-renowned “heart-shape waterfall” also known as Killarney Glen, and the Gold Coast theme parks and beaches are also less than an hour away.
Boasting 180-degree views of Springbrook mountain and Numinbah Valley, Clouds Safari will suit romantics, adventurers, solo travellers and luxury lovers alike.
9. Treehouse, Blue Mountains, NSW
Treehouse in the NSW Blue Mountains. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
The cosy treehouse is nestled between National Parks and World Heritage listed rainforest. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
Located in picturesque Bilpin, in the NSW Blue Mountains, this secluded treehouse offers stunning views of the deep Bowen’s Creek Gorge and Blue Mountains rainforest.
Nestled between two National Parks and a World Heritage listed rainforest, the one-of-a-kind cabin comes complete with spa, kitchenette, queen bed, fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise those awe-inspiring views.
8. Retro Tram and Cottage, Lauriston, Victoria
Retro Tram and Cottage, Lauriston. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
It’s an incredibly unique place to stay. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
Yep, it’s a tram! Located just five minutes from Kyneton, near Lauriston in Victoria, this retro tram and cottage is one of Airbnb’s most unique stays.
The property in the Macedon Ranges sleeps up to four guests. Along with the accommodation, there’s also a retro tiki bar, undercover barbecue and campfire area surrounded by fairy lights. Although the tram was recently damaged by a storm, it’s currently undergoing restoration with the help of a GoFundMe page, with all donations redeemable towards a booking once it reopens.
7. Bruny Island Hideaway, Bruny Island, Tasmania
Bruny Island Hideaway, Tasmania. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
It’s perfect for going off the grid. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
Surrounded by 40 hectares of conservation forest, this adorable tiny house on Bruny Island in Tasmania feels a million miles from civilisation.
The 28sq m cabin is architect-designed, with chic, minimalist interiors and Baltic pine floors. Given its off-the-grid location, it’s an ideal spot for stargazing and spotting the Aurora Australis.
6. The Cube, Murray River, South Australia
The Cube on South Australia’s Murray River. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
It’s one of Australia’s most unique getaways. Picture: Fiona HunteSource:Supplied
This modern, floating eco pod on the Murray River in South Australia is a stylish getaway for two.
The fully equipped floating house has a queen bedroom, ensuite, kitchenette and a lounge area on the deck so you can barbecue with a vino in hand overlooking the river.
5. Ryan’s Rest Tiny House, Pemberton, Western Australia
Ryan’s Rest Tiny House, Pemberton. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
It’s the perfect city escape. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
Get off the grid in style. This handcrafted purpose-built tiny house is the ultimate tranquil nature-based getaway.
Nestled among the Karri trees just 15 minutes from Pemberton in Western Australia, it boasts a fire pit, outdoor patio, private waterway for swimming and composting toilets.
4. Little Red Barn, Doonan, Queensland
The Little Red Barn at Doonan. Picture: Patrick WoodsSource:News Corp Australia
It’s quickly become one of the country’s most wishlisted unique stays. Picture: Patrick WoodsSource:News Corp Australia
Surrounded by picturesque countryside, the Little Red Barn in the Noosa Hinterland features soaring vaulted ceilings and ultra-lush interiors.
Along with a heated concrete water tank swimming pool, it also boasts a freestanding cast iron bathtub on the veranda and sleeps seven.
3. Apple Orchard Farm Stay, Blackheath, NSW
Apple Orchard Farm Stay, Blackheath, NSW. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
As the name suggests, it’s located the middle of a scenic apple orchard. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
This romantic farmstay in the middle of an apple orchard offers both luxury and style, along with private views of the Blue Mountains escarpment.
The tastefully restored machinery shed, built in 1919, is fully decked out with fairy lights, a freestanding bathtub and an outdoor fire pit. Swoon!
2. Alkira Eco-Glamping Hut, Emerald, Victoria
Alkira Eco-Glamping Hut, Emerald, Victoria. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
Highly Instagrammable interiors. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
This exquisite straw-bale yurt is situated on a 16 hectare property in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges.
Just an hour from Melbourne CBD, the eco-glamping retreat boasts a chic outdoor kitchen, very aesthetic outdoor seating and one of the most instagrammable interiors you’ll find anywhere.
1. The Pod, Lewisham, Tasmania
The Pod at Lewisham, Tasmania. Picture: AirbnbSource:Supplied
How’s the serenity. Picture: AirbnbSource:News Corp Australia
Described by Grand Designs Australia TV host Peter Maddison as a “love letter to Tasmania”, this architecturally designed home is compact yet oh-so-stylish.
Boasting an artisan-handcrafted suspended fireplace, bespoke Huon pine outdoor tub and floor-to-ceiling glass to maximise the stunning views to the dunes, Frederick Henry Bay and the Southern Ocean beyond, it’s the epitome of aesthetic travel goals.
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