The Best Holiday Homes in Australia for 2021

The best holiday homes in the country have been decided for 2021 with Aussie travellers over the last year checking into these award winning homes with their family and friends. In it's tenth year, the annual Stayz Holiday Home Awards showcase the very best homes on your next holiday.


Barra Luxe Beach House - Point Arkwright, QLD

5 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom, Sleeps 12

Barra Luxe Beach House is a reimagined 1970's beach shack just over an hours drive from Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast. The modern family home features a dream kitchen that is the heart of the home where everyone can gather for meals and relax and overlooks the pool. The loft area is a dream kid retreat with four single beds and room to play with their siblings and cousins all day, and night.

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Nord House - Red Hill South, VIC

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

This luxurious three bedroom family home is nestled down a quiet country lane in the heart of Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula and is a five minute drive to popular Point Leo Beach. The cool Scandi style is perfect for the cool months of the year with its cozy fireplace, and in the warmer months enjoys the best of indoor outdoor living with a north facing garden.

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Dragon Tree House - Lennox Head, NSW

3 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom, Sleeps 9

Nestled in Lennox Head village a couple of blocks to the beach, this open plan house with a gourmet kitchen, outdoor BBQ and inviting pool is all you will ever need for a week away with the family. The outdoor private bath tub is a must see and do.

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Balinese Style Private Villa - Woodwark, QLD

5 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom, Sleeps 10

This stunning home overlooking the Whitsunday Islands, and close to Airlie Beach, is like your very own Balinese style private resort. Situated on five acres of rainforest and your very own wet edge pool with a swim up bar for the adults, and cubby house and pool room for the kids, it is a family holiday dream ready to transport you to another world.

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Cliff Beach House - Yallingup, WA

5 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Sleeps 10

Photo credit: Rae Marie Photography

Cliff Beach House is located in the secluded Caves Ridge Private Estate overlooking the gardens of historic Caves House and is just a short stroll from Yallingup Beach. The home is recently constructed and the luxury architect designed home is an ideal stay for extended family groups or two families staying together. The home has a great mix of indoor and outdoor entertaining areas and beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding national park.

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New York Loft Style Esplanade Retreat - Encounter Bay, SA

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

This New York loft inspired two storey home oozes industrial cool and is perfectly located on the esplanade at Encounter Bay. The modern architecture, concrete walls, stainless steel benchtops and pressed tin stairs are perfect for any traveller that appreciates interior design. The home is also pet friendly and features a great grassed area with entertaining space for warm summer nights.

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Normandie Cottage - Mudgee, NSW

4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 12

Normandie Cottage, built in the 1930s, is cosy and the perfect place for a weekend getaway with the family. The modern interiors are instagrammable, the home is also suitable for kids with bunk beds and the home is also right in town and only minutes from the main cafes and wineries out of town. Did we mention it is dog friendly too?

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Sunset Cove - West Busselton, WA

8 Bedroom, 6 Bathroom, Sleeps 12

This large recently renovated home boast ocean views from every room and is a modern family holiday home that accommodates groups of families travelling together. Equipped with bunk beds for the kids, chic outdoor and indoor dining options, plus a pool table, the location across from the beach is one of WA's best.

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The Three Arches - Glenelg, SA

3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

Located in the beach side suburb of Glenelg, this home is defined by the magnificent arched windows and high ceilings and modern aesthetic. Featuring an upstairs teenagers retreat, complete with its own TV room upstairs, as well as a large yard with BBQ and outdoor entertaining, this accommodation is the perfect blend of modern beachside living while on holidays.

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The Wesley - Echuca, VIC

5 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom, Sleeps 10

An iconic local building, the Wesley is a recently restored church, located in the heart of Echuca. With two living areas, one for the adults, the other for the kids, the home is perfect for indoor and outdoor entertaining and also features an outdoor inground pool.

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About the Awards

In its tenth year, the Stayz Holiday Home Awards celebrate the best holiday homes in Australia. In another year where the country has seen lockdowns and travel restrictions continue, holidaying closer to home is a top priority and there is a holiday home out there for any sized family or group of friends when the time is right to travel again.


The medalists and finalists of the best holiday homes in Australia was based on a combination of criteria including star ratings from traveller reviews, booking data from Stayz from August 15, 2020 to August 15, 2021, relevance of the home catering to needs and amenities for families and traveller reviews. Finalists were also asked to submit an entry on why they should be awarded the top honour which was judged by a Stayz judging panel.