Budget holiday rentals in Queensland

9 budget holiday rentals you can totally afford

Itching for a holiday but don’t have enough in the piggy bank for that five-star resort you’ve had your eye on? Don’t unfollow #travelinspo on Instagram just yet, because this list of budget holiday rentals will have you relaxing at your dream Queensland destination without breaking the bank.

They all come in under $250 per night so you can keep some cash for the bucket list experiences waiting on your doorstep.

TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND

1. Sea Pearl at Mission, Mission Beach

Sea pearl at mission | holiday rentals in Queensland

Love the salty scent of the ocean, the sound of the waves crashing against the sand, and the laidback vibes of a beachside town?

Then grab a few mates and head to Mission Beach, a nature-lover’s paradise where the locals run on island time and visitors explore the palm-fringed beaches.

Save your pennies by staying in the almost beachfront house, Sea Pearl at Mission. Only one street separates you from a sandy sanctuary in one direction, and a foodie haven in the other.

With three bedrooms, wrap-around deck, pool, and fenced yard (so pets can holiday too), this holiday rental is perfectly suited to families and groups.

Cost: $180 – $250 per night

2. Honeybee House, Mareeba

Honeybee House | holiday rentals in Queensland

Nestle into the Tropical North Queensland hinterland with a sweet stay at the Honeybee House in Mareeba, only a short drive from Kuranda.

Get there in style via the Kuranda Scenic Railway that takes you through the scenic heart of dense, ancient rainforest.

Once immersed in the World Heritage-listed rainforest, choose one of two self-contained units on the five-acre property.

The peaceful retreats can accommodate up to six guests each and have fireplaces to cosy up in front of in the cooler months. BEE sure (see what I did there) to explore the gardens, which are overflowing with fruit trees, butterflies and green tree frogs.

Cost: $90 – $170 per night

MACKAY REGION

3. Comfort Resort Blue Pacific

Comfort Resort Blue Pacific | budget holiday rentals in Queensland

Make the most of all that Mackay has on offer with a beachfront stay at Comfort Resort Blue Pacific.

Here you have a choice between three self-contained apartment types, with studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom designs available.

Located at Mackay’s northern beaches, you’re only a hop, skip, and a jump away from retail and restaurant precincts, pristine beaches, and the Great Barrier Reef. Oh, and if you don’t want to get up quite so early to see the ‘roos at Cape Hillsborough National Park, it’s a bit closer than downtown Mackay.

Spend your days relaxing on the beachfront lawn area of the resort, exploring the natural wonders on your doorstep, or casting a line at one of Queensland’s best fishing spots.

Cost: $100 – $225 per night

CAPRICORN COAST

4. Beachfront Zilzie Holiday Home and Cottage, Zilzie

Beachfront Zilzie Holiday Home and Cottage | budget holiday rentals in Queensland

Get outta town and truly unwind with a relaxing holiday at the Beachfront Zilzie Holiday Home and Cottage.

Explore the small sleepy beach town of Zilzie, near Emu Park, only 45km from Rockhampton on the Capricorn Coast.

There’s a two-bedroom house and one-bedroom cottage available on the property – perfect for groups and couples looking for a getaway on a secluded part of the Queensland coast.

For the two-bedroom house, think old school beachside luxury – with a mezzanine level accessible by a ladder.

Surrounded by coconut trees and pandanus palms, both accommodation options offer a tropical paradise at your doorstep with direct access to a pet-friendly beach. Pssst! Follow this Rocky must-do list while you’re in town.

Cost: $100 – $180 per night

FRASER COAST

5. Eco Queenslander Holiday Home, Maryborough

Eco Queenslander | budget holiday rentals in Queensland

Hailing from outside of Queensland? Settle in like a local with a stay in a traditional Queenslander house in Maryborough, Eco Queenslander Holiday Home.

Take in the polished wooden floors, high ceilings, claw-foot bath, and home-away-from-home feeling that earned this holiday rental its four-star rating. You can even book in for one of their French or English language immersion week-long retreats.

Located in the heart of the Fraser Coast, this refurbished 1940’s home is an ideal base for exploring Hervey Bay, Fraser Island and the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

As the home of Mary Poppins, Maryborough is a great spot to bring the kids for a holiday. Time your visit with the festival dedicated to the childhood character, and get out and about with this checklist.

Cost: $140 – $200 per night

6. Fraser Island Holiday Lodges, Fraser Island

Fraser Island Holiday Lodges | budget holiday rentals in Queensland

Make the most of your stay on Fraser Island by booking into one of the two holiday houses at Fraser Island Holiday Lodges and say goodbye to tents, sleeping bags, and wearing insect repellent to bed.

Built in the 60’s and 70’s, both holiday rentals have three bedrooms and sleeps up to eight guests.

Although it’s a step up from camping, you’ll still need to bring along the necessities. Pack some linen, toiletries, and some firewood and matches.

You’ll find it at Eurong on the eastern side of the island. Both holiday houses offer beachfront access and are only a short distance to island highlights like Lake MacKenzie, Eli Creek, 75 Mile Beach, and the Maheno Wreck.

Stay a while and you’ll wonder why you never ventured to the island paradise earlier!

Cost: $125 – $225 per night

GLADSTONE REGION

7. Sunbird Gardens, Agnes Water

Sunbird Gardens | budget holiday rentals in Queensland

If you’ve been looking for a romantic tropical getaway spot but don’t want to spend all your money on accommodation, then book a stay at Sunbird Gardens in Agnes Water.

Relax in one of the three Balinese-inspired villas, with a deck surrounded by tropical gardens. You even get your own verandah spa bath (enclosed in louvers for privacy).

It’s only a 300m stroll to Agnes Water Beach, the gateway to hidden gems that are sprinkled through the coastal paradise. Make your way through this list to explore the underrated town.

Planning for a special occasion? Let the staff know and you’ll be welcomed with a chilled bottle of Champagne in your villa to kick-start your holiday romance.

Cost: $110 – $160 per night

SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND COUNTRY

8. Dumaresq Homestead, Goondiwindi

Dumaresq Homestead | budget holiday rentals in Queensland

Pack the car and take off to the countryside, the Goondiwindi countryside to be exact. Set amongst 9,000 acres of rolling hills and grassy plains, the Dumaresq Homestead is perfect for larger families or groups with six bedrooms housing up to 12 guests.

The property is great for a gallop or two with purpose-built horse yards so you can bring your horse for this holiday.

Spend the days amongst nature, explore the house’s namesake, the Dumaresq River, and head into town for a meal and a cold one at the Victoria Hotel.

Cost: $165 per night

9. Homewood Cottages, Toowoomba

Homewood Cottages | budget holiday rentals in Queensland

Tucked away in the Toowoomba hinterland is a cosy getaway, perfect for a romantic weekend away from Brisbane and beyond.

Homewood Cottages is in the heart of the Highfields, a quaint township with views of the Bunya Mountains.

There’s a choice between two self-contained cottages – the Oak Cottage (one bedroom) and the Forest Cottage.

For a secluded, couples retreat, the Oak Cottage has all the bells and whistles with a fireplace and spa bath. For a group, the Forest Cottage offers bathrooms and private courtyards for both bedrooms.

Popular for garden weddings, there’s a nearby arboretum and both cottages are surrounded by trees and colourful flower beds.

Cost: $165 – $240 per night

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