Are you in need of a holiday? From South Coogee's 'The Edge' to Campbell Point House in Victoria, here's our hit list of the swankiest spots to stay around the country.
1. The Nest, Killcare, New South Wales
With panoramic ocean views, this architecturally designed beach house captures the stunning coastline from Killcare to Putty Beach over three levels. Making for the perfect trans seasonal getaway, this 5-bedroom, 8-guest beachside residence boasts a fireplace perfect for snuggling up and watching the annual migration of the whales in winter, paired with multiple outdoor entertaining areas for balmy summer evenings.
Ocean views, bush surrounds, multiple lounge areas, a fully equipped kitchen perfect for entertaining, tasteful furnishings and an unbeatable location make ‘The Nest’ at Killcare an ideal beach retreat for couples, business travellers, and families alike.
2. Magic House, Smiths Beach, Victoria
Nestled between Sunderland and Cunningham Bay in Phillip Island, this cliff top oasis boasts spectacular views of one of Australia’s most secluded coastlines. This 5-bedroom, 12-guest designer house comprises high-end modern amenities including four sonos sound system zones for your weekend boogie, an outdoor TV set for the ultimate cinematic experience, and a stunning spa to unwind after a long, sun-soaked day. Designed by Phillip Island’s locally renowned mastermind Steve Smart, this exclusive property is one of few houses located on the Cliff at Smiths Beach.
With private access to the beach, breathtaking views of the coastline and optional inclusions of yoga, massage and professional catering services, the ‘Magic House’ provides an indelible experience.
3. The Edge, Port Douglas, Queensland
Awarded Australia’s house of the year in 2015, this iconic property sits directly above the beach and township of Port Douglas. Designed by renowned Australian architect Charles Wright, this 2-bedroom 4-guest house is constructed entirely from concrete with an overlooking 10-metre heated infinity lap pool, balcony with built-in granite daybed, and an alfresco dining area capturing the cinematic disclosure of the horizon. If waking up to views of Coral Sea’s white sandy beaches is not enough, prepare to be blown away by the luxurious kitchen equipped with granite bench-tops, modern appliances, a full butler’s pantry and wine fridge, and an open plan living room complete with a built-in fireplace. Perfect for a couple’s retreat or getaway with your friends, ‘The Edge’ makes for the perfect tropical escape.
4. Eagleview Park, Foxground, New South Wales
Located in the stunning Illawarra region of New South Wales, Eagleview Park provides the ultimate luxury experience on the South Coast. This 5-bedroom, 10-guest property boasts spectacular views of lively verdant paddocks leading to the ocean. Complete with a horizon edged pool, indoor and outdoor wood fires, and a booming sonos sound system, there will be plenty to keep you busy at this charming residence.
Close to the beaches and villages surrounding Berry and Gerringong, this property is perfect for both a family retreat and weekend getaway with friends. Boasting a warm interior, artwork-lined walls, shelves filled with magazines, novels and cookery books, and a fully equipped kitchen ranging from cocktail shakers to cake mixers, this modern country home caters for the ultimate wholesome experience. If fresh farm eggs and breathtaking views of Crooked River and Seven Mile Beach tickle your fancy, ‘Eagleview Park’ will not disappoint.
5. Luana Estate, Fernleigh, New South Wales
The rolling hills of Australia get a classic-Hawaiian twist at this breezy villa in Fernleigh. Luana Estate have put their best foot forward in providing the ultimate luxury experience in this 5-bedroom, 10-guest property. After touching down on the helipad, navigate your way around the warm wood interiors and wall-length openings to the terrace where you will enjoy a myriad of scenic viewpoints. This mini-resort style property is the ultimate playground boasting a hot tub, tennis court, lap pool, smart TV, ping pong table, barbecue and outdoor fire pit. Located in close proximity to the Broken Head Nature Reserve, Ballina and Byron Bay, this property is well positioned to enjoy the many benefits of its surrounding holiday destinations.
From working on your swing at the Teven Valley Golf Course, to business in the home office, to afternoon’s spent on the tennis court, ‘Luana Estate’ provides the ultimate ubiquitous entertainment experience.
6. The Edge, South Coogee, New South Wales
With breathtaking views of one Sydney’s most iconic beaches, this South Coogee oceanfront villa enjoys expansive views of the Pacific from its living areas, rooftop terrace and each bedroom. Designed by the heralded contemporary architect Renato D’Ettorre, this 10-guest 5-bedroom house blends a modernist aesthetic with exquisite accents of natural wood and earthy red brick.
A luminous swimming pool invites you to a refreshing plunge under the sun or stars, while a dining table beckons you to barbecue meals in the gentle breeze. All five ocean-view bedrooms open to balconies with a soaking tub included in the master room. Excellent opportunities for beachside dining, delicious coffee, and world-class surfing and snorkelling abound in this area, while the iconic attractions of downtown Sydney are in easy reach. With Sydney Airport eight kilometres away, ‘The Edge’ is a convenient choice for destination wedding guests, or an easy weekend escape with family and friends.
7. Campbell Point House, Leopold, Victoria
Take in a magnificent Victorian sunset from the shores of Lake Connewarre from this premium, lakeside mansion. Baroque style runs throughout this stately property, with broad, lake-facing windows and white pillars. Walk groomed pathways to the property’s sculpted garden. Graceful, bright interiors characterize the living areas, with golf, beaches, wine country and Geelong town nearby. This 15-bedroom 16-guest property ensures that groups can occupy the wings that best suit them, with full equipped apartments in the main house, lake house, cottage and stables.
Wading birds and parrots dot the shoreline, with the golden sands and blue water of Ocean Grove Beach a short drive away. Complete with a pier, tennis court and infinity pool, ‘Campbell Point House’ offers the ultimate seventeenth century experience with the convenience of modern day luxury.
8. Emu Bay, South Australia
Located on the north coast of Kangaroo Island in South Australia, this architecturally designed, 4-bedroom 8-guest beach house boasts stunning ocean views from every room, overlooking the beautiful Emu Bay. Underfloor heating and a fireplace ensure the cosiest of stays during colder months, whilst the sizeable 5.5 acres of private land reinstates the secluded nature of the property. Just 500 metres from Emu Bay beach, this South Australian gem makes for the perfect private escape away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.