Stayz reveals its award winners in the 10th annual Holiday Home of the Year Awards

Stayz, Australia’s original holiday home website, has released its annual list of Australia’s top 10 holiday homes with a Sunshine Coast home beating Lennox Head and the Mornington Peninsula to the gold medal.

In the awards’ 10th year, the coveted gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to    properties listed on Stayz on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Red Hill in Victoria and Lennox Head on New South Wales’ Far North Coast, with the wins set to boost regional tourism as the industry works towards a post-pandemic recovery. 

“We are thrilled to announce the 2021 winners of the Stayz Holiday Home of the Year Awards. The awards couldn’t come at a better time as many Australians, particularly those that have been in lockdowns, are bursting to travel again when they can,” says Simone Scoppa, Travel Expert at Stayz.

“The winning homes reflect today’s travel trends where we’re increasingly seeing holidaymakers take frequent and sometimes last minute road trips to private holiday houses in coastal locations. The homes are also reflective of the different tastes that Aussie families have in homes from luxe coastal experiences to unique regional accommodation. Interestingly, all the gold, silver and bronze medal winning homes are pet friendly - reflecting another trend of how much Aussies embrace man’s best friend as part of the family,” added Scoppa. 

The gold award goes to ‘Barra Luxe Beach House’, a reimagined 1970s beach shack at Point Arkwright on the Sunshine Coast. The once shack is now an immaculately styled  five-bedroom, four bathroom holiday property with the addition of a swimming pool, covered deck, galley kitchen and all the mod cons of a luxury beach home. Guests love the home’s relaxed vibe and its close proximity to Yaroomba Beach,  where they often spot Loggerhead turtles, sea hawks, black cockatoos, dolphins and whales.

Silver has been handed to ‘Nord House’, a luxurious three bedroom family home down a quiet country lane in the heart of Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula, just a short drive to popular Point Leo Beach. This Scandi chic home has been styled to perfection and is just as popular in summer as winter, with a cosy fireplace and north facing garden.

The ‘Dragon Tree House’ in Lennox Head takes the bronze medal. Nestled in Lennox’s bustling village and only a couple of blocks from the beach, this open plan holiday house has a gourmet kitchen, outdoor BBQ, pool and outdoor private bath tub, all of which proves popular with families.

The seven other holiday homes on the shortlist include: 

  • A converted church in Echuca, Victoria. Originally built in 1869, The Wesley now offers travellers a once-in-a-lifetime stay with stained glass windows, a full size bar, swimming pool and outdoor entertainment area among the modern design features. 

  • resort-style home set on five acres of rainforest in the Whitsundays that makes guests feel like they’re holidaying on their own private island. With a swim-up bar for the adults and a cubby house and pool room for the kids, everyone’s a winner at this home. 

  • cosy pet-friendly 1930s cottage in Mudgee, NSW, that sets Instagram alight with its modern interiors.   

  • New York loft style retreat at Encounter Bay in South Australia. The pet-friendly two storey home oozes industrial cool and is popular for its entertainment spaces.

  • A beachfront getaway in Busselton, WA. With eight rooms, large entertainment areas and a hot tub, it’s popular amongst families who travel together. 

  • beach house in Margaret River, overlooking historic Cave House and a short stroll from Yallingup Beach. 

  • The Three Arches in Glenelg in South Australia. The aptly-named home has arched windows, high ceilings, a teenage retreat and entertainment spaces.  

Full details of the 2021 winners list can be found at and you can save the Stayz Award winners tripboard to your Stayz profile here.  

The awards, now in their tenth year, were based on a judging criteria determined by Stayz. The criteria included  bookings over past year, traveller reviews and star ratings and relevance of amenities and the home catering to Aussie families.  

Download images of properties HERE. 

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Editor Notes: Stayz Cleanliness Guidelines can be found here. Please always check government advisories before booking and travelling. Holiday homes in the 2021 awards were judged by Stayz on a combined criteria of bookings, traveller reviews and star ratings and relevance of amenities and the home catering to Aussie families.