Once Upon a Summer

in Queensland

From basking on Australia’s best beaches to snorkelling the truly spectacular Great Barrier Reef, summer in Queensland will leave you feeling connected with nature. And with each other.

Here are our top five summer spots in Queensland, and a selection of beautiful homes right nearby.

Sunshine Coast

Only an hour’s drive north of Queensland’s capital, the laidback lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast awaits. Paddle through the Noosa Everglades, listening to the birds. Swap bitumen for beach with the Great Beach Drive that connects the Sunshine Coast to Fraser Island. Eat at one of Queensland’s best fine dining restaurants to taste the region’s abundant flavours directly from farm or trawler. Or pick up fresh produce from the local markets to cook yourself back at your hinterland home.

Sunshine Coast

Only an hour’s drive north of Queensland’s capital, the laidback lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast awaits. Paddle through the Noosa Everglades, listening to the birds. Swap bitumen for beach with the Great Beach Drive that connects the Sunshine Coast to Fraser Island. Eat at one of Queensland’s best fine dining restaurants to taste the region’s abundant flavours directly from farm or trawler. Or pick up fresh produce from the local markets to cook yourself back at your hinterland home.

Stays on the Sunshine Coast

The Palm House - Relaxed Coastal Beach Abode
Price:$166 / night
Banyandah Bliss-Maroochydore Riverfront Gem
Price:$91 / night
1 bedroom apartment with gorgeous ocean views
Price:$89 / night

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

Combine adventure and relaxation within some of the greatest environmental wonders of the world. From the Great Barrier Reef where over 6,000 species of flora and fauna will greet you, to the remote beaches of the Daintree Rainforest where you won’t see another soul. Keep your eyes peeled for crocs and cassowaries though! Top your trip off with a truly unforgettable stay in a treehouse with your own private waterfall.

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

Combine adventure and relaxation within some of the greatest environmental wonders of the world. From the Great Barrier Reef where over 6,000 species of flora and fauna will greet you, to the remote beaches of the Daintree Rainforest where you won’t see another soul. Keep your eyes peeled for crocs and cassowaries though! Top your trip off with a truly unforgettable stay in a treehouse with your own private waterfall.

Stays in Cairns

Botanic Retreat two streets from Cairns Esplanade
Price:$138 / night
(78) Amazing Views at Trilogy Resort 1bdrm 1bath
Price:$142 / night
Secluded Tropical Oasis in the Heart of Edge Hill
Price:$37 / night

Whitsundays

Make the most of Queensland’s summer weather with a visit to The Whitsundays, an archipelago of 74 idyllic islands surrounded by tropical blue waters. From family fun in resort towns to totally uninhabited islands, there truly is something for everyone. Ride in a seaplane to explore the reefs from above then don your diving gear to be wowed by the world below, before heading home to your beachfront villa for unbeatable sunset views.

Whitsundays

Make the most of Queensland’s summer weather with a visit to The Whitsundays, an archipelago of 74 idyllic islands surrounded by tropical blue waters. From family fun in resort towns to totally uninhabited islands, there truly is something for everyone. Ride in a seaplane to explore the reefs from above then don your diving gear to be wowed by the world below, before heading home to your beachfront villa for unbeatable sunset views.

Stays in the Whitsundays

★The Point ★ Couple's getaway ★ Private pool & spa
Price:$356 / night
Belle Vue - "beautiful view" 12a Searene Studio
Price:$106 / night
Hamptons House on the Hill with WOW Island views
Price:$253 / night

Gold Coast

For the quintessential Aussie escape, you can’t go past the Gold Coast. Whether catching a wave or a rollercoaster, the natural and man-made attractions inspire holidaymakers of all ages to get out and play. With 70km of uninterrupted golden beaches, it’s easy to see how the area got its name but don’t forget to check out the green behind the gold—glamping in the rainforest hinterlands offers a relaxing change of pace.

Gold Coast

For the quintessential Aussie escape, you can’t go past the Gold Coast. Whether catching a wave or a rollercoaster, the natural and man-made attractions inspire holidaymakers of all ages to get out and play. With 70km of uninterrupted golden beaches, it’s easy to see how the area got its name but don’t forget to check out the green behind the gold—glamping in the rainforest hinterlands offers a relaxing change of pace.

Stays on the Gold Coast

Luxury Gold Coast Hinterland Villa
Price:$451 / night
Stargazer
Price:$190 / night
Oceanview Retreat... Best views on the mountain
Price:$104 / night

Brisbane

If you can’t decide whether to spend summer in the city or get back to nature, Brisbane offers the best of both worlds. Pack a picnic breakfast and watch the sun rise from the summit of Mount Coot-tha. Bike along the river’s edge where you’ll find no shortage of microbreweries. Get a real taste for the region with paddock-to-plate dining. Then catch the ferry back to your island shack for a swim beneath the stars.

Brisbane

If you can’t decide whether to spend summer in the city or get back to nature, Brisbane offers the best of both worlds. Pack a picnic breakfast and watch the sun rise from the summit of Mount Coot-tha. Bike along the river’s edge where you’ll find no shortage of microbreweries. Get a real taste for the region with paddock-to-plate dining. Then catch the ferry back to your island shack for a swim beneath the stars.

Stays in Brisbane

Stylish South Bank Apt w/ King Bed & HUGE Balcony!
Price:$72 / night
Central Valley Pad w/ Breathtaking Rooftop Pool
Price:$70 / night
Stylish Apt + Best Location w/ King Bed, Pool, Gym
Price:$76 / night
We’re doing our bit for domestic tourism

With international travel still off the cards, Australians are going to have to holiday a little closer to home this summer. But our incredible inventory of homes all across the country means that Airbnb is uniquely placed to support Tourism Australia in driving domestic tourism through their Holiday Here this Year initiative. So that’s exactly what we’re doing.

We’re doing our bit for domestic tourism

With international travel still off the cards, Australians are going to have to holiday a little closer to home this summer. But our incredible inventory of homes all across the country means that Airbnb is uniquely placed to support Tourism Australia in driving domestic tourism through their Holiday Here this Year initiative. So that’s exactly what we’re doing.