Aussie travellers are increasingly choosing homestays

Rumrunner Resort – QLD
Rumrunner Resort – QLD

Recent research from Booking.com has revealed that the average Australian traveller’s preferred accommodation type is self-catering stays, with over 87 per cent of respondents choosing home stays or B&B-styles of accommodation.

In addition, the research showed 39 per cent of respondents prefer to do their own cooking and cleaning when on holiday. 

But the research also showed that a third of Australians are not talking their full annual leave each year, and 86 percent of respondents revealed they have experienced physical or mental burn out from not taking a break. 

If it’s time for a holiday, here are seven incredible homestays for you to choose from. 

Rumrunner Resort – QLD

Offering an outdoor pool, a steam room and a hot tub, Rumrunner Resort is situated in Mermaid Waters, on the Gold Coast. This five bedroom home also boasts free WiFi, a tennis court and an outdoor kitchen with a BBQ and bar. Set alongside Rumrunner Lake, this resort is 3 minutes' drive from Mermaid Beach and 5 minutes' drive from Broadbeach. The Wet 'n' Wild, Dreamworld and Warner Bros. Movie World theme parks are within 35 minutes' drive.

Burnside Windsor House – South Australia

Burnside Windsor House, South Australia

Burnside Windsor House, South Australia

Featuring an outdoor pool and a sunny deck, Burnside Windsor House is a detached holiday house located in Adelaide. Located just east of the CBD, the property is just what the doctor ordered for a quiet weekend away, with the sites of Adelaide on your doorstep.

Noraville On The Beach – New South Wales

Noraville On The Beach, New South Wales

Noraville On The Beach, New South Wales

If you’re after a peaceful weekend getaway but still want the creature comforts of home, Noraville On The Beach is ideal. Situated in Norah Head, 11km from The Entrance and only minutes from Hargraves Beach, the air-conditioned holiday home offers a fully equipped kitchen, indoor and outdoor living areas and scenic 180 degree ocean views.

Piermont Retreat - Tasmania

Piermont Retreat, Tasmania

Piermont Retreat, Tasmania

Overlooking Great Oyster Bay, Piermont Retreat boasts an outdoor pool, a tennis court and an award-winning restaurant. Just 4 minutes’ drive from the historic Morris’ General Store, it offers luxurious rooms with full or partial bay views.

All rooms have a flat-screen TV, DVD player and a Nespresso coffee machine. Each room has a bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Most rooms also have a fireplace or a spa bath.

Piermont Retreat Swansea is 5 minutes’ drive from Swansea Golf Course and 45 minutes’ drive from Freycinet National Park. Launceston Airport and Hobart Airport are each 90 minutes' drive away.

You can enjoy a meal in the BBQ area, or relax on the beach. The property also has a tennis court and offers free kayak, bicycle or mountain bike rental.

Luxury Penthouse with Spectacular Seaview – Victoria  

Luxury Penthouse with Spectacular Seaview, Victoria

Luxury Penthouse with Spectacular Seaview, Victoria

Luxury Penthouse with Spectacular Seaview in Melbourne offers accommodation with free WiFi, 800 m from Etihad Stadium and 1.1 km from Melbourne City Conference Centre. The property has sea views, plus is 1.5 km from Regent Theatre.

The apartment includes 3 bedrooms and a kitchen with a dishwasher and a kettle. A TV is offered.

At the apartment guests are welcome to take advantage of a fitness room. Guests can enjoy the indoor pool at Luxury Penthouse.

Luxury Penthouse with Spectacular Seaview, Victoria

Luxury Penthouse with Spectacular Seaview, Victoria

St Paul's Cathedral is a 19-minute walk from the accommodation, while Southbank Promenade is a 19-minute walk from the property. The nearest airport is Melbourne Airport, 18 km from Luxury Penthouse with Spectacular Seaview. 

West Melbourne is a great choice for travellers interested in markets, sightseeing and convenient public transport.

Busselton Beach House – Western Australia

Busselton Beach House, Western Australia

Busselton Beach House, Western Australia

Located 70 metres from the water, Busselton Beach House offers a serene retreat with direct access to the beach, as well as a terrace and a garden with a barbecue. With room for up to 8 people, Busselton Beach House is perfect for a family getaway or a relaxed weekend by the ocean with friends.

Wagait Beach Bush Retreat – Northern Territory

Wagait Beach Bush Retreat, Northern Territory

Wagait Beach Bush Retreat, Northern Territory

Situated 14.5km from Darwin International Airport, Wagait Beach Bush Retreat offers a secluded escape for up to four people. Immersed in the bush and just a 9-minute walk from the beach, this a real nature retreat for the weekend.

Wagait Beach Bush Retreat, Northern Territory

Wagait Beach Bush Retreat, Northern Territory