Already thinking about your next family getaway? It’s not always easy to plan a holiday for the whole family when you have so many competing needs to consider. That’s why our team of Getaway Specialists have done the hard work for you by compiling the Top 10 Family Getaways around Australia in 2016.

Our list this year features the finest luxury holiday homes available in some of Australia’s best holiday spots. Each one is self-contained and offers all of the privacy, space and facilities you need for a fun and relaxing family holiday. One thing is for sure, you will remember your stay in any one of these beautiful retreats for many years to come.


1. Seidler House, Southern Highlands, NSW

Seidler House, NSW

LOCATION: Joadja, NSW  |  GETTING THERE: 1 hour 45 min drive from Sydney |  RATES FROM: AUD$1,400 p/n

Designed by Australia’s architectural master, the late Harry Seidler, this stunning contemporary 4 bedroom masterpiece with views over New South Wales Southern Highlands is the perfect luxury accommodation for sophisticated holiday makers and wine buffs. Built into the natural rock formations, The Seidler House is dramatically positioned on the edge of a rugged sandstone escarpment, boasting breath-taking panoramic bush views over the deep picturesque gorge of the Wingecarribee River.

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2. Port Douglas Villa, Port Douglas, QLD

Port Douglas Villa, QLD

LOCATION: Port Douglas, QLD  |  GETTING THERE: 1 hour drive from Cairns |  RATES FROM: AUD$890 p/n

Located in the exclusive and gated residence of the Beachfront Mirage Estate, Port Douglas Villa is a private and prestigious holiday accommodation located just a stone’s throw away from the famed Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas. Boasting four bedrooms and numerous awards for its architectural design, this luxurious home makes the perfect retreat for families and friends travelling together in search of an exclusive and private tropical escape.

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3. The Glasshouse, Hamilton Island, QLD

The Glasshouse Hamilton Island, QLD

LOCATION: Hamilton Island, QLD  |  GETTING THERE: 1 hour 45 min flight from Brisbane | RATES FROM: AUD$1,800 p/n

Stunning, unique and spacious – The Glasshouse is one of the most exclusive and spectacular homes on Hamilton Island. Boasting breath-taking views of the Whitsunday waters, the Glasshouse is a grand private residence beyond compare – making it ideal for those seeking an indulgent escape with family or friends.

Read more about The Glasshouse, Hamilton Island, QLD.

4. The Ocean Retreat, East Coast, Tasmania

The Ocean Retreat, TAS

LOCATION: Falmouth, TAS  |  GETTING THERE: 1 hour 45 min drive from Launceston | RATES FROM: AUD$690 p/n

Perched on the shoreline on the Falmouth Coast, The Ocean Retreat is an indulgent, contemporary holiday home boasting spectacular ocean views and luxury amenities. Located just under 2 hours drive from Launceston and 3 hours from Hobart, this secluded beach home is an ideal retreat for families and friends looking for a slice of paradise where they can relax, unwind and recharge.

Read more about The Ocean Retreat.

5. Alinghi Beach House, Central Coast, Queensland

Alinghi Beach House, QLD

LOCATION: Agnes Water, QLD  |  GETTING THERE: 2.5 hour drive from Rockhampton | RATES FROM: AUD$875 p/n

Boasting sun, sea, sand and luxurious style, Alinghi Beach House is located within an exclusive estate on a pristine coastal stretch, 6kms south of Agnes Water. This five bedroom architect-designed residence is the ultimate in luxury beach accommodation and is perfect for an indulgent family vacation or an escape with friends.

Read more about Alighi Beach House.

6. North Shore, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

North Shore, VIC

LOCATION: Sorrento, VIC  |  GETTING THERE: 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne |  RATES FROM: AUD$750 p/n

Perfectly located in Sorrento, just a short 15 minute walk to one of the Mornington Peninsula’s best beaches, North Shore is a holiday home that has positioned itself as the epitome of boutique and luxury coastal living. With a total of four bedrooms and expanses of space, this contemporary retreat is the perfect escape for a modern discerning family or group of friends seeking a private coastal weekend away.

Read more about North Shore.

7. The Hutt, Sydney & Northern Beaches, NSW

The Hutt, NSW

LOCATION: Whale Beach, NSW  |  GETTING THERE: 1 hour drive from Sydney |  RATES FROM: AUD$1,200 p/n

Enjoy sweeping ocean views and indulgent luxury living at The Hutt, a four bedroom contemporary holiday home that boasts an absolute beachfront position in one of Sydney’s most prestigious beach suburbs, Palm Beach. With direct access to the iconic Whale Beach, this stunning home is perfect for a luxurious and exclusive vacation with a group of friends or family.

Read more about The Hutt.

8. Wilderness Rise, South West, Western Australia

Wilderness Rise, WA

LOCATION: Margaret River, WA  |  GETTING THERE: 3 hour drive from Perth |  RATES FROM: AUD$715 p/n

Nestled on eight hectares amongst lush native bush, Wilderness Rise is a superb luxury holiday home in the beautiful and popular Margaret River region. Boasting 180 degree bush views and in close proximity to world renowned wineries and pristine beaches, this secluded residence is the ideal beach escape for families seeking peace and the opportunity to experience the amazing natural landscape of the Margaret River region.

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9. Byron’s Brae, Byron Bay & Surrounds, NSW

Byron's Brae, NSW

LOCATION: Possum Creek, NSW  |  GETTING THERE: 2 hour drive from Brisbane |  RATES FROM: AUD$750 p/n

Set on 7.5 magical acres of north coast sub-tropical landscape in the hills of Possum Creek, Byron’s Brae is designed to capture every ray of sunshine, offering its guests a comfortable and private holiday home with views that stretch forever. Located only 20 minutes from the vibrant surf town of Byron Bay, this is the ideal luxury holiday home for families looking to spend some quality time together relaxing by the pool and exploring the local sights.

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10. The White Beach House, Great Ocean Road, VIC

The White Beach House, VIC

LOCATION: Barwon Heads, VIC  |  GETTING THERE: 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne | RATES FROM: AUD$650 p/n

Situated in a calm, tree lined cul-de-sac of old Barwon Heads is The White Beach House, an elegant luxury holiday home located at the start of the stunning Great Ocean Road. Ideally located just moments away from the river and a short walk into Barwon Heads town centre, The White Beach House is the perfect holiday accommodation for a retreat away from the city with family or friends.

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This list is part of our annual Top 50. Check out the full Top 50 Boutique & Luxury Getaways in Australia for 2016.