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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 48,716 vacation rentals near Australia. From 26,139 houses to 13,181 apartments, 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.

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.

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.

The art scene of Australia

From cutting-edge contemporary art to classic pieces by established masters, there's a whole lot of creativity to be found Down Under. The National Gallery of Art, found in the nation's capital, showcases native works, as well as Asian, European, and American pieces, and is also home to the exceptional Sculpture Garden. You can take a stroll through the grounds and admire creations by Fujiko Nakaya, Antony Gormley, and Rodin, backdropped by lush ferns and colorful acacias. If you're interested in the National Gallery of Australia, vacation rentals in Canberra should be top of your wish list.

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.

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.