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10 Perfect Australian Beachside Airbnbs For Summer

Unroll the beach towel.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have arrived. We have reached the pot of gold, the spoils of our sunburnt country, the thing Australia does best – summer has finally (finally) arrived.

So you know what that means: long hazy days of sunshine, a swimsuit that barely dries before it’s worn into the water again, and the ultimate in Aussie chill time: the summer holiday. We reckon the best place to be is stretched out on a towel along one of Australia’s many lengths of coastline, so to encourage you to get your body beachside, we’ve rounded up 10 of the country’s very best coastal Airbnbs to book this summer.

Whether you’re looking for a weekend break or a three-week all-in zen session, you’re bound to find a sunny spot to unwind below.

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Oak Beach, QLD

This airy home on the edge of Queensland’s Oak Beach is the ideal place to perfect the art of tropical living. It sleeps eight in its three bedrooms, all positioned to take in the shimmering emerald Pacific, and there seems to be more deck space than Noah’s ark. For the water baby, you’ve got a bath overlooking the sea, a wrap around saltwater pool, or – naturally – the actual ocean almost lapping at your door.

Book here.

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Whale Beach, NSW

The only thing better than being on the beach is being above the beach, on a cliffside, overlooking the whole spectacular scene in a deckchair with a cocktail in hand. That’s exactly what you can do at this clifftop beach house that offers prime positioning over New South Wales’ Whale Beach, just north of Sydney. This picture-perfect home sleeps five people and comes with a garden full of fresh herbs and salad greens for your BBQ accompaniments. You can’t get much more summer than that.

Book here.

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Palm Beach, QLD

The Gold Coast is so much more than the Surfer’s Paradise high-rises, as this delightful home demonstrates. It sleeps 15 people – perfect for a group getaway with friends or family – and the living area spills directly onto the beautiful blonde sand of Palm Beach, as though the environment is just an extension of the house. There are five bedrooms and four bathrooms across three levels, and the property is so secluded that the memory of the city will be as distant as its outline on the horizon.

Book here.

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Exmouth, WA

The best way to ensure you get a front-seat view of the beach this summer? Park your house there. By hiring this two-person campervan and booking a campsite, you can literally sleep on the doorstop of the incredible Ningaloo Reef at Exmouth, Western Australia. The caravan is equipped with linen, towels, a beach umbrella. chairs and cooking utensils; all you need is a vehicle that can tow it.

Book here.

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Mount Martha, VIC

Look, that view really says it all. On a quiet street in the seaside town of Mount Martha, an hour or so out of Melbourne on the Morning Peninsula, you’ll find this Airbnb, listed as ‘Sunsets on the Deck’. The name sums up the superlative activity here, in this spacious dwelling that accommodates nine. The house has all of the amenities you need, including a huge TV, but we doubt you’ll be able to tear your eyes off the view for long enough to watch it.

Book here.

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Boat Harbour Beach, TAS

Did someone say group trip? Take a much needed break from your busy lives and head down south to relax at this Boat Harbour Beach property in Northern Tasmania. Boasting prime views of the turquoise waters of the Bass Strait, this holiday house can house up to 10 people, with all the essentials provided. Kick back on that killer upper deck, listen to the waves and breathe in that sweet ocean air.

Book here.

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Seal Rocks, NSW

It’s a lighthouse keeper’s cottage. We repeat: it’s a lighthouse keeper’s cottage! That’s reason enough to head on over to Seal Rocks on the Mid North Coast of NSW. The charming Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse rental offers three self-contained heritage cottages on a hill below the light station. Built in 1875, they’ve been beautifully restored with old world charm, and feature modern conveniences like a flat screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry and an abundance of outdoor space. Anyone else suddenly feel the urge to watch Round The Twist?

Book here.

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Henley Beach, SA

If the glowing reviews don’t push you over the edge, the views certainly will. This is House of Henley, a swish seaside property just outside Adelaide’s CBD. Close to parks, shops, restaurants, parks and public transport, this stylishly decorated home is such a people pleaser, you’ll want to pack up shop and move in permanently.

Book here.

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Arnhem Land, NT

Close to the township of Nhulunbuy, just a hop, skip and a jump over from Darwin, is this beautiful, fully-catered eco retreat. You’ll be able to experience all that East Arnhem Land has to offer, including its rugged coastline (stay crocodile safe, though), a rich Indigenous culture, and true seclusion. Watch the sunset from your beachfront tent, equipped with a king bed, ensuite and an outdoor sitting area, perfect for those nights when you just want to sit and watch the sun set – sooo basically every night. Arnhem Land is home to the traditional landowners, the Yolngu people, and permits are required to visit.

Book here.

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Aireys Inlet, VIC

It’s location, location, location for this cliff edge property along the iconic Great Ocean Road in Victoria’s south west. It has panoramic views over the dramatic Aireys Inlet coastline, accommodation for up to eight people, and an expansive deck with a barbecue – oh and did we mention the views? Because they’re all killer, no filler. Grab your car, your swimmers and some snags for the barbie and enjoy a weekend of pure beachside bliss.

Book here.

(Lead image: Boat Harbour Beach/Tasmania)

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