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Mount Buller, Victoria

Australia's top holiday homes feature incredible outdoor amenities, inspiring our booking habits in 2024.

The Stayz 2024 Holiday Homes of the Year, featuring 10 of the most remarkable private holiday homes across Australia, recognises spectacular waterfront homes, wine region stays, ski and countryside escapes in destinations including Hamilton Island, Mount Buller, Margaret River and Kangaroo Valley.

Across the board, the homes offer infinity pools, firepits, outdoor spas, a playground, an alfresco kitchen, and even a video arcade.

In 2024, it’s what’s on the outside that counts. Analysis of Stayz travelers’ booking habits shows that they are increasingly influenced by what outdoor amenities are on offer

In fact, according to consumer research conducted on behalf of Expedia Group, 31% say that the quality of a home’s outdoor amenities is the key factor in deciding which vacation home to book

What stands out to me is the variety in this year’s Holiday Homes of the Year – from outdoor baths and saunas to wine cellars and alfresco outdoor dining facilities," Stayz travel expert Sarah King said,

Stayz Holiday Homes of the Year 2024:

1.KANGAROO VALLEY, NSW: Nestled on 70 acres adjacent to Morton National Park is “Robinsons Run”, an exceptional luxury country home and perfect for large groups.

Walking trails, landscaped gardens, and a bike track are on the grounds. The unique architectural design of this three-story property enables guests to enjoy breathtaking nature views from every room.

Impressive features include multiple outdoor entertainment areas, an infinity edge swimming pool, spa, fire pit, outdoor bathtub, and media room with video arcade. 

2. SYDNEY, NSW: Relax in style at the incredible “Luxury Waterside Home” which showcases 360-degree water and district views, soaring ceilings, and an abundance of natural light.

Spanning four levels, this stunning four-bedroom home in Kyle Bay offers seamless open-plan living and dining areas, a state-of-the-art kitchen with deluxe marble finishings, and oversized rooftop terrace perfect for entertaining.

The home provides spectacular features including a premium gas fireplace, heated infinity pool, rumpus room - and even a lift.

3. MACMASTERS BEACH, NSW: Positioned a short 10-min stroll from Macmasters beach, “Casa Scenic”, boasts six bedrooms spread over two levels on a sprawling 1.6-acre private estate boarded by Bouddi National Park.

This outstanding luxurious Hampton-style pet-friendly home provides the ultimate place to relax, unwind in nature, and create a truly memorable group holiday.

With terrific features including indoor and outdoor entertaining options, a firepit, a magnesium therapy pool, and a kids’ playground, the home is perfect for holidaying with family members of all ages. 

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4. MALENY, QLD:  “The Easton at Maleny”, pictured above, is an off-grid luxury Hampton’s style countryside retreat.

Located only a few minutes' drive from the famous Maleny township, this spacious holiday home is a unique stay in a tranquil setting with acres of privacy and surrounded by stunning views of rolling hills.

Guests will enjoy the sprawling indoor living area that flows seamlessly to a large outdoor deck overlooking the pool, harvestable and manicured gardens with space for lawn sports.

The home also boasts impressive features including an open plan chef's kitchen, wine cellar, sun-drenched magnesium salt pool, sauna, fire pit, and large deck area with daybeds.

5. HAMILTON ISLAND, QLD: “Lotus House” is an extraordinary four-bedroom residence situated on the northern tip of the island offering incredible views of Fitzalan Passage with private and direct water access.

Designed with a perfect balance of indoor and outdoor waterfront living, it offers a spacious living area inside seamlessly connected through bi-fold doors to an extensive outside entertaining space.

Complete with two golf buggies and a sleek wet-edge pool, the home provides an idyllic retreat for families or groups seeking unparalleled beauty and relaxation.

6. BERRI, SA: A beautiful tree-lined driveway welcomes guests on arrival at “River Hamptons”. Situated on a vast estate in the heart of Riverland, this gorgeous private Hampton’s inspired homestead provides a sanctuary for family and friends looking to escape, indulge, and relax.

The home offers luxury living spaces inside, an outside pool area with a whirlpool spa, a tennis court with a basketball hoop and a sprawling garden oasis.

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7. YALLINGUP, WA: “Sunrise Tranquility”, pictured above, is a stunning rural stay overlooking Yallingup Hills with lush green landscaped gardens and tranquil water features.

The home offers many great ways to entertain including a spacious indoor dining area with views or a cosy outdoor kitchen complete with a fridge, stove, pizza oven, and plenty of seating.

Relax in the six-seater heated spa or unwind on the comfy lounges by the alfresco Ethanol burner. Big and little kids alike will also enjoy the fun games area housed in the garage with table tennis, foosball, and kayaks. 

8. YALLINGUP, WA: Perched on over two glorious acres, “Inji Dreaming” is a luxurious secluded holiday home surrounded by native bushland in Injidup.

This architecturally crafted minimalist-styled retreat radiates Australian allure. It's ideal for large groups seeking relaxation with alfresco dining and a designer kitchen.

Located just moments from renowned beaches, wineries, and galleries, it promises the ultimate getaway. 

9. ROWELLA, TAS: “Mount Edgcumbe House” showcases a grand luxury three-bedroom home on Pointe Rapide Estate nestled on 37 acres with botanical gardens, a vineyard, and historical significance.

Overlooking the Tamar Valley, this beautifully restored heritage home, built in 1835, was one of the first homesteads established in Tasmania.

A fabulous stay for family and friends with space to sleep 8, guests will enjoy curling up by the cosy fireplace, cooking in the modern kitchen and sitting on the patio soaking up the spectacular views. 

10. MOUNT BULLER, VIC : “Wild Fauna” offers a luxury eco-friendly getaway in a spacious modern home surrounded by an abundance of Australian wildlife. Guests have reported sightings of kangaroos, deer, and birds along with the occasional wombat and emu.



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