If ever there was a time to explore your local ‘hood and book a little staycay with your other half, your posse, or the fam, it’s now! And the good news is, the Gold Coast has an endless array of amazing Airbnb options to explore. Afterall, we already live in Australia’s holiday capital, so why not enjoy our own backyard….or, someone else’s backyard (see what we did there?!)
Here are five of our fave Gold Coast Airbnb abodes.
65 Hedges Avenue
If a magazine-worthy coastal abode makes you swoon, then call off the search – this one’s for you. Lovingly restored to luxe beach perfection, this classic beach bungalow is a real-life oasis. It features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and is located fittingly along the iconic Hedges Avenue. What’s its secret sauce you ask? This (not so) little beauty is built right on the edge of the sand, with direct private access to the beach. The simple and soothing colour pallet of whites, neutral tones, caramel leathers and white linen enhance the beach aesthetic, but with an air of refinement and coastal sophistication. The use of natural oak flooring works in tastefully with the neutral colour scheme, and the limestone tiles give just the right amount of wow factor. Offering the crème de la crème of alfresco living, with the indoors transitioning seamlessly to the outdoors, you can even pop upstairs to the private viewing deck for a sneaky sunset Bellini.
Where: Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast
Belleview on Beechmont
With 11 bedrooms (yep, re-read that) and 6 bathrooms staged across 3 living quarters; the main house, the guest house and the glasshouse, this awe-inspiring exclusive multi-faceted property sets the benchmark for Gold Coast grandeur. Set on 8 acres, Belleview on Beechmont embodies peace and tranquility, ensuring complete privacy and sheer luxury at every turn! Features include a brand spanking new tennis court, a 25-metre swimming pool, spa, sauna, wood fireplace (toasted marshmallows anyone?) and BBQ with alfresco dining. And, it would be rude not to give a special shoutout to the magnificent uninterrupted views, stretching from the hinterland to the city skyline, and out to the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The main house boasts two spacious lounge areas, a piano and a French Provincial-style kitchen, with bi-folding doors opening to the veranda. The 2-level stylish guest house, brimming with natural light, has everything you need for independent living, and the glasshouse (which once served as a chapel for Japanese weddings) delivers charm in spades. Yep, this one is special….
Where: Advancetown, Gold Coast
If a tree change is more your thing and you have a BIG group (we’re talking up to 21 peeps), then you can’t go past the majestic charm, stately vibes and countryside goodness of Rivermead Estate. Situated on 55 acres of spectacular hinterland, this showstopper is split into the main homestead (6 bed, 5 bath) and a guest house (3 bed, 2 bath, 1 kitchenette) because let’s be real daaarling – what estate-style property is complete without a guest house?!
Breathe in the fresh country air while watching horses graze on the international polo fields, or explore cascading rock pools, lush gardens, secluded forests and winding streams. Stretch out in a sun lounger by the pool or sit for an alfresco breakfast on the white-washed wrap-around veranda. Why not test your forehand on the private tennis court, or burn off those scones and jam with a workout sesh in the home gym. If you’re feeling a titch adventurous after playing lady (or lad) of the manor, book a helicopter tour of the nearby sprawling mountains and lakes. Then, treat-yo-self to a massage and unwind in the hot tub, before a night of entertainment in the billiards room, media room, and palatial bar and lounge areas. Can we just take a moment to take that all in?! Wowzers!
Where: Guanaba, Gold Coast
Hamptons on Burleigh Hill
If you fancy living like a Grayson (minus the outlandish storylines…and the 24-hour flight to get there), then the no-expense-spared ‘Hamptons on Burleigh Hill‘ has your name written all over it. This modern holiday mansion has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, entertainment on all 3 levels and a large sun-drenched outdoor area with a private pool. It’s perfect for larger families, or for getting the crew together to make some memories.
As you walk in the door, you’ll ooh and aah at the huge open space, luxury furnishings and breathtaking million-dollar views of our famous Burleigh beach. You’ll love the large, sun-drenched outdoor area where you can tap out and catch some zen, while the kids swim up a storm (and wear themselves out – yassss!) in the glistening pool. Then, channel your inner Jamie Oliver in the fully equipped gourmet kitchen…..or don’t, and instead check out the insta-worthy restaurants, all a hop, skip and a jump away.
Where: Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
You had us at infinity pool. Or was it the private hot tub or tennis court….or perhaps the basketball court? We’re not joking – this mind-blowing mountaintop gem has all three. Cue mic drop. Set on 20-acres with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms to accommodate up to 12 guests, it is anything but vanilla. Spellbinding and equipped with all the bells and whistles, staying here comes with one disclaimer: once you’ve experienced this caliber of living, you’ll never want to leave.
Floating over the Gold Coast with unparalleled panoramic ocean and skyline views of the entire glitter strip right up to BrisVegas (and huge windows to drink them in), the property promises a stay-cay to remember. With marble and limestone accents, a wood-burning fireplace, and a recent $1million+ architectural renovation of the entire house, you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into an episode of Selling Sunset. Do yourself a favour and book yesterday.
Where: Upper Coomera, Gold Coast
Words: Bianca Trathen.