The 8 most unusual places you can rent on Airbnb in Australia

Sleep in a cave or gypsy caravan for the night.

Staying in a standard hotel room is a thing of the past. If you’re looking to discover your state or the rest of Australia but want something different, check out the unusual places you can rent out.

1. Enchanted Cave (Bilpin, NSW)

Enchanted Cave

Built on a natural rock platform, this enchanted cave is straight out of the Hobbit. With an incredible view overlooking the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area, cosy up to a warm fireplace, or if you’re an outdoors-enthusiast, get amongst the Blue Mountains bushland for some serious trekking activities.

From $980 per night, your “Caveman” host has warned that all guests must respect the cave - an innovative work of artisans that goes way back.

The Enchanted Cave

The Enchanted Cave from Airbnb

Rent the Enchanted Cave in the Blue Mountains, NSW, for $980 per night.

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2. Unique Oceanfront Retreat (Swansea, TAS)

Unique Oceanfront Retreat

The Thalia Haven is a set on a private 130-acre peninsula surrounded by the Great Oyster Bay in Swansea, Tasmania.

With your very own exclusive garden and beach, this luxurious home will set you back $650 per night - but who else can say they’ve laid in a hot tub overlooking the ocean?

Thalia: unique oceanfront retreat

Thalia: unique oceanfront retreat from Airbnb

Rent the Thalia Haven in Swansea, Tasmania at $650 per night.

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3. The Gypsy Caravan (Bangalow, NSW)

Gypsy Caravan

For the ultimate bohemian experience.

From $120 per night, you can get some z’s gypsy-style in this caravan in the heart of the Bangalow district. Quirky and artistically decorated, this caravan is an ideal spot for those travelling to and from the Bluesfest in Byron Bay each year.

Sip on cups of tea and enjoy a hearty breakfast while hearing the owner Jan’s fascinating life stories from the comfort of her hand-painted caravan.

The Gypsy Caravan (Bangalow, NSW)

The Gypsy Caravan (Bangalow, NSW) from Airbnb

Get some zs gypsy-style in this caravan, for $120 per night.

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4. Igloo by the Sea (Trinity Beach, QLD)

Igloo airbnb

Offering an unconventional experience from your standard hotel room, you won’t find anything quite like this within Cairns or the rest of Australia.

For $105 per night, the Igloo by the Sea sleeps two people, but there is an option to squeeze in a couple of other eskimos on the sofa bed- a plus if you’re a budget-conscious traveller looking to get more bang for your buck.

A perfect location right across from the beach, and within walking distance to the bustling cafes of Trinity Beach, this is a rare find.

Igloo by the Sea (Trinity Beach, QLD)

Igloo by the Sea (Trinity Beach, QLD) from Airbnb

The Igloo by the Sea,for $105 per night.

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5. Adelaide Church Apartment

Church airbnb

Taking out the title for the 2013 State Winner Romance award, and securing a finalist place for 2014 Award Finalist Indulgence awards, St Marks Church offers a unique alternative for those looking for something above and beyond an impersonal hotel stay.

Featuring stained glass windows and one hundred year-old baltic floors, this accommodation has a great deal of character, and is conveniently located just 5 minutes from Adelaide CBD.

Just like a boutique hotel, but without the exorbitant price tag.

Adelaide Church Apartment

Adelaide Church Apartment from Airbnb

Adelaide Church Apartment located just 5 minutes from Adelaide CBD, without the exorbitant price tag.

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6. Treehouse (Olinda, VIC)

Treehouse airbnb

Located in the Dandenong Ranges, this treehouse accommodation is one to add to your itinerary. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings overlooking 2 acres of garden oasis with stunning views of the Silvan valley below.

For $111 per night, you’ll find a range of restaurants and shops in nearby villages, and your choice of wineries to go tasting in the Yarra Valley, located just 30 minutes away.

Treehouse (Olinda, VIC)

Treehouse (Olinda, VIC) from Airbnb

Rent this treehouse located in the Dandenong Ranges, for $111 per night.

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7. Waminda Wildlift Sanctuary Bus (Geraldon, WA)

Sanctuary Bus

Embrace your sense of patriotism as you embark on a true Aussie outback experience - while sleeping in a bus.

‘Waminda’ translates to peace and tranquility in the Aboriginal language, which is a farmland that spans 11 acres, providing shelter to injured wildlife.

Not only will you find yourself among the likes of dingoes, kangaroos and emus, but you’ll also learn a thing or two about self-sufficiency.

Waminda Wildlift Sanctuary Bus (Geraldon, WA)

Waminda Wildlift Sanctuary Bus (Geraldon, WA) from Airbnb

Rent the Waminda Wildlift Sanctuary Bus and experience the dingoes, kangaroos and emus while sleeping in a bus.

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8. Vintage Airstream (Rye, VIC)

Airstream airbnb

Explore Australia’s beautiful coastline while ‘glamping’ in style in Victoria’s Rye district. From $204 per night, why not spend the night in this ultra-trendy vintage airstream caravan?

With a plethora of properties to choose from, airbnb and other accommodation listing sites have an infinite range of unconventional accommodation options.

Next time you’re on the move, keep an eye out for a unique property experience.

Vintage Airstream (Rye, VIC)

Vintage Airstream (Rye, VIC) from Airbnb

Rent the vintage airstream caravan, for $204 per night.

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Belinda Punshon

Belinda is a journalist here at Specialising in the home loans and property sections, she is passionate about helping Australians improve their financial wellbeing.

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