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
Love the salty scent of the ocean, the sound of the waves crashing against the sand, and the laidback vibes of a beachside town?
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
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
3. 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.
Cost: $100 – $225 per night
4. Beachfront Zilzie Holiday Home and Cottage, Zilzie
Get outta town and truly unwind with a relaxing holiday at the Beachfront Zilzie Holiday Home and Cottage.
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
5. Eco Queenslander Holiday Home, Maryborough
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.
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
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
7. Sunbird Gardens, 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).
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
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.
Cost: $165 per night
9. Homewood Cottages, Toowoomba
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.