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.

Things to do

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.

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 52,252 vacation rentals near Australia. From 28,546 house rentals to 1,282 villa rentals, 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 Vrbo.

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 Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Sydney: 3,291 vacation rentals
  • Melbourne City: 2,062 vacation rentals
  • Brisbane City: 939 vacation rentals
  • Gold Coast: 2,741 vacation rentals
  • Byron Bay: 617 vacation rentals

And Vrbo 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: 3,291 rentals
  • Melbourne City: 2,062 rentals
  • Brisbane City: 939 rentals
  • Gold Coast: 2,741 rentals
  • Byron Bay: 617 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:

  • Byron Bay, NSW (QYN): 1,233 vacation rentals
  • Sydney Airport (SYD): 3,622 vacation rentals
  • Port Douglas, QLD (PTI-Port Douglas Heliport): 641 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?

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

  • Melbourne Central: 2,194 rentals
  • Darling Harbour: 1,526 rentals
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge: 1,488 rentals
  • Coogee Beach: 3,640 rentals
  • Australia Square: 3,938 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Australia listed on Vrbo 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
3,291 vacation rentals
Melbourne City
2,062 vacation rentals
Brisbane City
939 vacation rentals
Gold Coast
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Byron Bay
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Perth
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Cairns
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Port Douglas
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Adelaide
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Surfers Paradise
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Sunshine Coast
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Bondi Beach
290 vacation rentals
Canberra
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Bright
375 vacation rentals
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Hobart
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