After two years of cancelled holidays, everyone is searching for a beachside Airbnb this Christmas.
And searching. And searching.
And realising very quickly, that most holiday homes are already booked.
But not all. This week we asked Airbnb to send us a list of the beachside homes that you can actually book this summer holidays.
This list is based on the top 10 most searched Airbnb destinations. Needless to say, these places won’t last. Get in quick.
Queensland holiday homes
According to Airbnb’s internal search, most people really want to go to Queensland at Christmas. The Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast are the most in-demand destinations
And now that the Queensland border will open to vaccinated travellers on December 17, we expect demand to go sky-high. These two gorgeous beach homes currently have availability… but they won’t last long.
Luca at Maroochydore
Luca, is directly opposite Maroochydore’s pristine beach and has stunning views.
This spacious, newly renovated two-bedroom apartment boasts is just, metres from Cotton Tree Village with cafes, restaurants and bespoke shopping.
This property has European beach charm, from hand plastered finishes to brass tapware and soft french linen in the bedrooms.
The Breezeway Retreat Peregian Beach
The Breezeway Retreat is a brand new luxe coastal retreat located on a small acreage property at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast.
Just minutes from the shores of beautiful Lake Weyba, it is the ultimate stay for guests seeking coastal luxury, tranquillity and beautiful surroundings.
This home has two bedrooms both with Queen-sized beds and a gorgeous outdoor undercover deck.
Villa Verde – Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast
Capturing the nostalgia of the golden years when Mermaid Beach was a haven for the footloose and fancy-free, Villa Verde is a renovated beach house is an oasis for holidaymakers.
If you stay here you will be 450m to golden sandy beaches, Five minutes from the fabulous Miami Marketa and five minutes from Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.
Behind the humble weatherboard façade, this self-contained three-bedroom ground-floor guesthouse accommodates all the modern necessities such as WiFi and air-con with the yesteryear charm of a big backyard and cruisy coastal style.
New South Wales holiday homes
The NSW North Coast is the most searched for region this summer. NSW took out a LOT of places on the list most searched destinations. The places that made the list include Kingscliff, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Jervis Bay, Sydney and the Far South Coast.
Most people have booked something as close to Queensland as they can get because they’re nervous about Queensland slamming the border shut again. Others were searching for Sydney, just in case the city was still in lockdown.
These NSW Airbnb homes currently have summer availability.
Luxurious Bungalow Casuarina, NSW
This gorgeous beachside Airbnb is close to the resort area of Salt at Kingscliff, 15 minutes south of Gold Coast Airport and 40 minutes to Byron Bay.
From the home it’s a short walk to the pristine patrolled beach; walkways and bike paths. It’s also close to Cudgen Creek for kayaking, stand up board riding, fishing & swimming.
This one bedroom beachside Airbnb is fully self-contained with its own private entrance, kitchen and laundry. The bi-fold doors allow guests to enjoy the best of the sea breezes and the space this area offers.
Artful Warehouse, Byron Bay
Artful warehouse is like staying in an art gallery. Light pouring in from the large windows illuminates statement art pieces on Soaring concrete walls. The art continues outside too where a stunning mural overlooks a sunny terrace populated by potted cacti.
The enormous studio home has views of Mount Warning.
Guests can cook up delicious meals in the well-equipped galley kitchen.
Saint Helena, Byron Bay
This European-inspired studio retreat is an architecturally designed haven. The home is naturally lit with skylights scattered throughout.
Outside guests can lazy on a large deck and it’s only a short walk to Byron Bay town centre and the beach.
This place is an ideal escape for a couple or solo creative.
Seascape the Deck Way Way
Way Where? We will forgive you for not knowing this stunning little town. It is a secret gem. Way Way is near Scotts Head on the NSW mid-north Coast and about 45 minutes South of Coffs Harbour.
Close by is one of the longest, most pristine beaches on the NSW coast.
Seascape the Deck is strikingly designed and finished to an exceptional standard. The luxurious one or two-bedroom house boasts a private entrance, a double carport and of course, a spacious deck where you can sit back and take in the spectacular view.
Coastal Living At “Wiki’s” – Coffs Harbour
Designed for low maintenance, high-quality living, this desirable home has easy walkable access to Park Beach. And it’s not too far from the fabulous restaurant strip at the Jetty. Hint… try Lime Mexican. It will blow your mind.
This beachside Airbnb is spacious and bright with a northerly aspect. It has three generous bedrooms, a modern main bathroom with a bathtub, stylish kitchen and open plan living.
Iluka at Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay
This stylish, private, beautifully presented Airbnb beach house has great decks and lovely bush setting. Soaring ceilings and multiple skylights bring in abundant light to a spacious free-flowing floor plan.
The home has four bedrooms and contains everything a holidaymaker would need.
And it’s only a short stroll from the perfectly white sand of Hyams Beach.
The Shack is a classic, original 1950sthree bedroom beach cottage that has been stylishly renovated. It occupies a waterfront position at Sydney’s stylish Palm Beach.
This home is well equipped for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Even if you live in Sydney, it will feel like you have escaped.
The Elysium, Whale Beach
The Elysium is a sophisticated and intimate three bedroom Whale Beach holiday home, with interiors designed by the renowned Iain Halliday.
This beachside Airbnb boasts breathtaking views over the beach, headlands, ocean and suburb.
Guests will love the barbecue and outdoor entertaining area, the Jetmaster fireplace and open plan kitchen.
Large floor-to-ceiling windows welcome the Sydney sunshine in this stylish studio apartment furnished with chic, modern amenities.
Head to the roof to in gorgeous views of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House. While here you can take a swim in the pool or just relax on the deck.
The Cottage – Narooma, Far South Coast NSW
This beachside Airbnb offers the best of both worlds. It’s close to the NSW South Coast beaches, bit sits on six acres of rainforest.
The Cottage is right on the edge of all that Narooma has to offer. Private and perfectly positioned, it’s only a 2-3 minute drive into the heart of town and beaches.
This unique architecturally designed two-bedroom cottage is truly breathtaking, featuring a magnificent timber lined cathedral ceiling with dormer windows upstairs and tram ceilings on the lower level.
Lotte’s Hjem, Pambula Far NSW South Coast
Lotte’s is a beloved 150-year-old, three bedroom weatherboard cottage anchored in its past.
As a home, it is resourceful and imaginative, with a generous pantry, well-equipped kitchen, nooks for reading and a harvestable potager garden.
At heart, Lotte’s is a celebration of simple, domestic pleasures; flowers freshly picked from the garden; a library of books; cut wood burning slowly in a fireplace; morning coffee taken on the verandah; a loaf of bread, oven-warm, cooling on the counter.
Victoria holiday homes
All the rest of Airbnb’s most searched destinations were in Victoria. WA clearly didn’t make the cut because none of us can actually go there. Though we’re a little sad not to see Tasmania on the list.
Victoria has had a tough two years. But with high vaccination rates, the state is finally open to open up. And it would be great to support them by hitting the road and visiting some of these wonderful beachside holiday homes.
White Gables, Lorne, Great Ocean Road
This newly renovated property offers a new level of luxury and indulgence. It oozes Hamptons style with bright fresh tones, elegant styling and soft artworks.
The home features four bedrooms, flanking two main living zones. Decks on the front of the house are both equipped with stylish outdoor furnishings.
But it’s the view that will really get you. And the fact that the beach is just a stone’s throw away.
Bimbadeen on Busty, Apollo Bay
This beautifultwo bedroom, two bathroom home enjoys commanding views of the ocean, trees and the rolling hills.
Perched high in the clouds, it feels like a secluded haven.
Furnished and decorated to the highest of standards, everything about this property just exudes luxury & beauty.
Capri House, Mornington Peninsula
The beautiful fresh white weatherboard house is just 600m walk from St Andrews Beach.
It has three bedrooms, a cosy living room with a fireplace and an opening living kitchen and dining area with bifold doors onto a generous deck.
Best of all, this home is pet-friendly so you can bring your dog wit you.
Arthurs Bay Views, Arthurs Seat Mornington Peninsula
This two bedroom beachside Airbnb captures the essence of the Peninsula.
It is perched just under Arthurs Seat Lookout a few minutes walk to The Eagle chairlift, Enchanted Garden, Tree Surfing and wineries.
The home has grand soaring cathedral windows that spectacularly frame the changing landscape and large open plan living areas that are thoughtfully designed for comfortable living.
Coco Condo is an artsy, muso inspired cosy retreat. The facade of this one bedroom home is 1860’s original facade but inside this is a 2000’s renovated hub.
Cocos is the perfect spot to truly experience life as a local and enjoy the St Kilda beach, Luna Park and all the eclectic culture the area has to offer.
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