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)
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.
2. Unique Oceanfront Retreat (Swansea, TAS)
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?
3. The Gypsy Caravan (Bangalow, NSW)
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.
4. Igloo by the Sea (Trinity Beach, QLD)
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.
5. Adelaide Church Apartment
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.
6. Treehouse (Olinda, VIC)
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.
7. Waminda Wildlift Sanctuary Bus (Geraldon, WA)
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.
8. Vintage Airstream (Rye, VIC)
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.