Destination guide

Experience Australia in holiday homes to rent

Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans, Australia is a diverse and expansive country. Many of its major cities, including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, are coastal, while its capital, Canberra, and its quirkiest, Alice Springs, are both nestled inland. The country brings to mind iconic sites, all well worth a visit, such as the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef and the Outback, and you'll have some of the New World's greatest wine regions at your fingertips. Consider Australia vacation rentals in any of the 6 states, and you'll surely fall in love Down Under.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near holiday rentals in Australia

Choosing where to go in Australia depends entirely on your travel squad's vision of the perfect holiday. Melbourne's lively arts scene is perfect for museum lovers, and Sydney is a cultural mecca, too, full of art, history and theatre. Take nature lovers on the adventure of a lifetime to Uluru National Park or along the Great Ocean Road. The kids will be happy in any number of aquariums, zoos and theme parks scattered throughout the continent, while the adults will be thrilled to visit famous wine countries such as Margaret River or the Barossa Valley.

Activities

Things to do near holiday homes in Australia

The vast majority of Australians live in its major cities, and with good reason. Oz's cities are some of the liveliest and highest quality in the world. Melbourne, in particular, is repeatedly voted "most liveable city in the world", thanks to its arts scene, diverse culture and stellar food. Meanwhile, Sydney's glamorous beaches, quintessential sites and ideal weather make it a picture-perfect destination. If urban life doesn't appeal, Australia has you covered here, too. Head deep into the outback, surf along the coast or dive the Great Barrier Reef for the ultimate escape.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Australian holiday homes

The weather in Australia is as diverse as its people. Southern Australia is always fairly temperate and mild, while Queensland enjoys tropical humidity throughout the year. In the heart of Australia, you'll find a dry desert heat that can stifle in the summer, and only edges off slightly in winter. This makes June through August an ideal time to visit Oz's Red Centre, while December through February are the most popular months for visiting the coastal areas, including Sydney and Melbourne. Plan accordingly when browsing Australia vacation rentals.

Natural highlights

True Aussie beauty from coast to coast to coast

Australia is known for its extraordinary beauty, and with good reason. From Queensland to Tasmania, you'll find lush rainforests, turquoise waves and dusty, red desert. The coastline is more than just the Great Barrier Reef, dotted with islands and varying from rocky, craggy stretches to picturesque and sandy expanses. The wildlife is equally as unparalleled, and don't be surprised if you spot wild kangaroo hopping through the backyard of your Australia vacation rentals, or koalas hanging from the trees as you drive the Great Ocean Road. Along with Australia's 700-plus bird species, nature lovers can truly rejoice in Oz.

Beaches

Best beaches near Australian holiday rentals

Australia’s balmy climate and year-round sunshine make it ideal for a beach trip. Holiday homes are available near iconic beaches like Bondi Beach, a white-sand crescent with reliable surfing waves and ocean pools, and Fraser Island, a huge island with freshwater lakes and sandy coastline for swimming and water sports. You’ll also like the Whitsunday Islands, a collection of islands with white-sand beaches and turquoise seas by the vibrant Great Barrier Reef.

Food & drink 

Sample regional cuisine in Australia

The mass immigration to Australia gave it a unique blend of culinary traditions and adaptations from various cultures around the world, most notably indigenous, Asian, European and Pacific Islander cuisine. Organic and biodynamic foods are popular, such as cattle, wheat, fruit and nuts, vegetables, sheep, lambs, poultry and barley. You’ll also find an array of local wines and beers in local restaurants near your holiday accommodation.

Where to stay near Australia?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 50,988 holiday rentals near Australia. From 27,983 Houses to 1,264 Villas, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Australia for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Australia?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Australia. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Leura: 561 holiday rentals
  • Central Coast: 2,137 holiday rentals
  • Berowra Waters: 118 holiday rentals
  • Gold Coast: 2,708 holiday rentals
  • Daylesford: 504 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Australia! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Australia?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Australia with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Leura: 561 holiday homes
  • Berowra Waters: 118 holiday homes
  • Gold Coast: 2,708 holiday homes
  • Daylesford: 504 holiday homes
  • Tamborine Mountain: 199 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Australia?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Australia are:

  • Byron Bay, NSW (QYN): 1,203 holiday houses
  • Batemans Bay, NSW (QBW-Batemans Bay Heliport): 584 holiday houses
  • Echuca, VIC (ECH): 102 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Australia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Australia. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Melbourne Central: 2,195 holiday rentals
  • Dandenong Ranges National Park: 750 holiday rentals
  • Darling Harbour: 1,412 holiday rentals
  • Lakeside Joondalup: 819 holiday rentals
  • Mount Tamborine Winery: 1,815 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Australia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

Explore destinations around Australia

Leura
561 holiday rentals
Berowra Waters
118 holiday rentals
Gold Coast
2,708 holiday rentals
Daylesford
504 holiday rentals
Tamborine Mountain
199 holiday rentals
Howqua
78 holiday rentals
Healesville
256 holiday rentals
West Kentish
40 holiday rentals
Sunshine Coast
2,060 holiday rentals
Halls Gap
125 holiday rentals
Mount Victoria
554 holiday rentals
Byron Bay
590 holiday rentals
Mudgee
120 holiday rentals
Melbourne City
2,062 holiday rentals
Coolangatta
781 holiday rentals
Surfers Paradise
1,872 holiday rentals
Stone Well
118 holiday rentals
Sydney
3,131 holiday rentals
Moss Vale
327 holiday rentals
Nelson Bay
1,364 holiday rentals