Destination guide

Australia: Getting to know the land down under

A benevolent climate, thriving art scene, and some of the world's most awe-inspiring natural wonders have contributed to Australia's current status as Oceania's leading vacation hot spot, lending the country an enviable diversity that few competitors can rival. Water-sports enthusiasts flock to the sun-kissed beaches of the Gold Coast, nature lovers seek out the unspoiled splendor of Norfolk Island, and cultured jetsetters head for the art galleries and museums of Perth, Sydney, and the nation's capital, Canberra. To discover all the highlights of Australia, vacation rentals are just the ticket, offering the flexibility you need to soak everything in.

Activities

Australia's park pleasures

Grampians National Park in Victoria, with its 4 distinct landscapes, has long been a favorite spot for hikers, rock climbers, and thrill-seekers. The rugged mountains and jagged outcroppings of the Grampians Peaks Trails promises panoramic views at the end of an invigorating excursion, while the sweeping vistas from Reeds Lookout are accessible for the less experienced hiker. For water babies looking to make a splash in Australia, vacation rentals near Victoria's Lake Bolac are perfect for sailing, boating, and fishing, while wine-tasting tours in the nearby vineyards are a surefire hit with oenophiles.

Weather

Forecasts for Australia

Due to its size and position along a subtropical high-pressure belt, Australia boasts a number of shifting climatic zones. The northern states have a tropical climate, which promises long, sunny days during the dry season; these means that rentals in Darwin and its neighbors are particularly popular at this time. July highs on the Gold Coast reach the 80s, making it the ideal spot for sunbathers, while the cities of Adelaide, Perth, and Melbourne enjoy lofty averages in the 70s during the summer months. Much of the inland terrain is made up of arid desert, offering a startling contrast to the fertile coast.

Natural features

Indigenous Australia

The imposing sandstone formation of Uluru has long been one of the country's most emblematic sights, and vacation rentals in Australia's Northern Territories region allow you to set up shop a stone's throw away. Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park also displays a surprising biodiversity, with over 400 plant species found in the area. These once served as a source of food and medicine to the traditional landowners of this sacred space. Indigenous snake and reptile specimens are frequently spotted by trekkers and backpackers, while the 178 types of bird recorded here make it a bird-watcher's paradise.

Where to stay around Australia?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 51,021 vacation rentals near Australia. From 28,202 Houses to 1,258 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Australia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Australia?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Australia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Sydney: 2,930 vacation rentals
  • Melbourne City: 1,869 vacation rentals
  • Gold Coast: 2,528 vacation rentals
  • Sydney: 1,921 vacation rentals
  • Perth: 984 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Australia! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Australia?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Australia:

  • Sydney: 2,930 rentals
  • Melbourne City: 1,869 rentals
  • Gold Coast: 2,528 rentals
  • Perth: 984 rentals
  • Brisbane: 853 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Australia?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Australia are:

  • Noosa, QLD (NSA): 1,701 vacation rentals
  • Sydney, NSW (RSE-Rose Bay Seaplane Base): 3,532 vacation rentals
  • Proserpine Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP): 151 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Australia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Australia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Melbourne Central: 1,981 rentals
  • Australia Square: 3,506 rentals
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge: 1,283 rentals
  • Darling Harbour: 1,325 rentals
  • 1842 Gallery: 171 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Australia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Australia

Sydney
2,930 vacation rentals
Melbourne City
1,869 vacation rentals
Gold Coast
2,528 vacation rentals
Perth
984 vacation rentals
Brisbane
853 vacation rentals
Cairns
200 vacation rentals
Bondi Beach
271 vacation rentals
Sunshine Coast
2,376 vacation rentals
Port Douglas
601 vacation rentals
Noosa
1,283 vacation rentals
Surfers Paradise
1,641 vacation rentals
Hobart
324 vacation rentals
Noosa Heads
1,133 vacation rentals
Manly
1,309 vacation rentals
Margaret River
331 vacation rentals
Canberra
82 vacation rentals
Central Coast
2,080 vacation rentals
Dunsborough
583 vacation rentals
Broadbeach
1,595 vacation rentals
Darwin
121 vacation rentals