8 luxury holiday homes you need to rent in Queensland
Just because the “Great Aussie Dream” of owning a home has forced you to give up your avocado on toast, doesn’t mean you can’t still holiday like you own it. After all, why buy when you can rent one of these pimped holiday homes?
For little more than the price of a regular hotel room – when you’re splitting costs – you can live large every day (while on holidays) in one of these 8 luxury holiday homes in Queensland.
Hamptons Beachfront, Main Beach
Save on the return airfare to JFK because there’s no need to jet off to the Hamptons for your summer holidays when there’s holiday homes like this one claiming prime beachfront land at Main Beach on the Gold Coast.
These digs practically beg for the oysters and champagne to be chilled on ice and a VIP guest list of your nearest and dearest – those lucky enough to score an invitation, at least – to be sent on the double.
When you stay at Hamptons Beachfront you’ll make quick friends with your, ahem, personal concierge service, so you can get back to being fabulous and forget about the rest of the logistical stuff of holidays.
Set over four levels and sleeping up to 13 guests across five big-a** bedrooms (all with their own ensuites, because who needs to share?!) this holiday home means business in the entertainment stakes with a cinema room, air hockey, wine cellar, chef quality kitchen and 27m heated lap pool and heated spa.
Perfect for: The family in the running to be the next Kardashians.
While you’re there: Keep the high-rolling #lifegoals going with a scenic helicopter flight over the GC.
The Grand, Broadbeach
There are some pretty swanky Gold Coast hotels spread across Broadbeach but if you find yourself wishing for just a little more room – say, oh, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a home cinema, kind of room – you might prefer to book The Grand.
Push open the bi-fold glass doors and feel like a high-flying GC resident facing out onto the canal. The kids will be kept busy with kayaks, fishing rods and table tennis (and there’s Foxtel and an Xbox 360 for those rare rainy days).
You’re in prime position to hit the shops at Pacific Fair or head to the beach, but we bet you could happily spend your holiday in the luxe pool and jacuzzi (heated up to 27 degrees year round).
Perfect for: Two families holidaying together or just your own Brady Bunch of friends.
While you’re there: Your neighbour happens to be The Star Gold Coast, if you feel like dining at Kiyomi or brunching at Garden Kitchen & Bar.
The Bunyip, Scenic Rim
Like something straight from Grand Designs, you know this modernist piece of architecture would get Kevin Mcleod’s tick of approval for luxury holiday homes.
Perched high on Mt French on a private 100-acre bushland property in the Scenic Rim, the show-stopping views spread out in front of you through the floor-to-ceiling glass – to the Great Dividing Range and Fassifern Valley below.
You can retreat to The Bunyip with up to seven of your closest friends. While it’s ordinarily separated into four apartments rather than one large house, it’s also available for exclusive use. Each room has its own fireplace, Nespresso coffee machine, and complimentary non-alcoholic mini bar (you can BYO the rest).
In April 2018, there’ll be even more reason to add this to your bucket list with the new two-bedroom self-contained Bunyip Lair – with your own private plunge – set for completion.
Perfect for: Celebratory birthdays – the kind where the whole family manages to land in one place to spend a long, glorious weekend together.
While you’re there: Why not take a helicopter wine tasting tour?
The Farmhouse at Eumundi, Sunshine Coast
Ever muttered the words, “wouldn’t it be nice” while fawning over a glossy real estate brochure, wishing you’d bought a lotto ticket?
Opened in May 2017, The Farmhouse at Eumundi will make you feel as though all six of your numbers have come up.
You can book the main building (the Farmhouse) or go the whole hog and book the adjacent Guesthouse. There’s room for up to 10 people to spread out and enjoy high-design country living. We’re talking two king suites, swanky lounge and dining room and large outdoor deck.
Wake up to Ela’s Famous Farmhouse Breakfast on the deck, whilst overlooking 23 acres of lush Sunshine Coast Hinterland lawn and gardens. After breakfast, wander down to the paddock to feed the chickens, alpacas and resident horses, Spot and Lulu.
Perfect for: When your yearning for the simple life, but with all the luxury bells and whistles.
While you’re there: Visit the iconic Eumundi Markets, on every Wednesday and Saturday, and join a brewery tour at Eumundi Brewery at the 100-year-old Imperial Hotel.
Gooloolawa Luxury Lakehouse, Noosa
Set on the banks of Lake Weyba in Noosa, part of 50 acres of eco-conservation reserve, you and up to five others can check in and enjoy the Indigenous-themed styling and handcrafted adobe walls.
After days spent exploring in your canoe, drink in the serenity from your private lakeside deck. Located just eight metres from the lake’s edge, the floor-to-ceiling glass will make you feel as though you’re hovering over the water.
Perfect for: Those in need of a serious digital detox.
While you’re there: Keep the paddling up with an exploration day in the nearby Noosa Everglades, within the protected Noosa Biosphere.
Alinghi Beach House, Agnes Water
When there are holiday homes as epic as this one on the market, you don’t generally care too much about the location. As long as the view is nice, and you’re well stocked with wine, you could happily just hole up inside.
But when its an architecturally-striking mansion perched over a secret bay of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, where native wildlife encounters with nesting turtles and wallabies and kangaroos are almost guaranteed, it scores a few more brownie points.
Part of a larger complex, the Alinghi Beach House sleeps 10 across four bedrooms but also has an additional Master Pavillion which can be booked on special request. Located 6kms south of Agnes Water, you’re blessed with national parks, surf breaks, whale watching and some of the most epic sunsets in this under-the-radar slice of Queensland.
Perfect for: Whisking your visiting international friends off to for a mini break, just to show off your “backyard”.
While you’re there: In-house catering, private massages and yoga can all be arranged.
Trinity Beach Palace, Cairns
Your limousine transfer will whisk you to your sumptuous digs where you’ll be greeted with everyone’s favourite words: champagne, beer and cheese platter.
With decor described as “rich London townhouse meets Out of Africa”, this palace accommodates up to 10 people across five individually-decorated couple’s retreats.
The best part is, the only people on the property will be those you’ve invited.
Perfect for: Intimate weddings or fabulous birthday celebrations.
While you’re there: Head to nearby Palm Cove for a feast fit for a king at Nu Nu.
Bali Hai, Mossman
There’s no need to fly to Bali when you can book into the holiday home to beat all holiday homes in Tropical North Queensland.
The scene is everything you’d expect from a tropical fantasy. A freshwater creek flowing through the property, tropical fruit orchard, and wet edge swimming pool looking over it all.
Since you’ll be so relaxed the thought of moving from your daybed could cause a migraine, spa treatments can be arranged poolside. As can private yoga sessions and in-house catering.
Perfect for: Anyone who has been caught saying, “I can’t remember the last time we had a holiday”.
While you’re there: Tap into the Executive Retreats service to organise excursions to the Great Barrier Reef or Daintree Rainforest and book a babysitter so you can dine at Flames of the Forest.