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The 7 Best Spots to Buy a Holiday Home Around Australia

The holiday home market is booming and here’s our pick of where to buy around Australia right now.

Whether you’re looking to make additional income on a short stay property or enjoy a ‘workcation’ experiencing some of Australia’s most scenic regions, here are seven places around the country we currently have our eye on.

Mount Gambier, SA

Tucked halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne, the city of Mount Gambier has experienced a surge in buyer interest, particularly from interstate investors. The area is rich in natural wonders, including the photogenic Blue Lake, the jewel in Mount Gambier’s crown. Be inspired by the unforgettable beauty of the Umpherston Sinkhole and get your thrills cave diving the Kilsby Sinkhole or exploring the underwater world of Piccaninnie Ponds. Capturing the ideal mix of city amenity and country charm, this is certainly one to keep on your radar.

Queenscliff, VIC

Nestled on the Bellarine Peninsula, pretty Queenscliff is one of Victoria’s most idyllic seaside resort towns. Bounded on three sides by water, life here revolves around the coast, with sandy stretches for throwing down a towel and a historic pier and harbour popular with fishermen. Hesse Street is dotted with beautiful Victorian buildings housing a variety of shops and cafes. Properties here are mostly updated cottages, that blend modern conveniences with the suburb’s heritage charm.

Cessnock Hunter Valley (Image Credit Sitchu)
Cessnock Hunter Valley (Image Credit Sitchu)
Cessnock, NSW

Fringed by breathtaking countryside, the town of Cessnock is the gateway to Australia’s oldest wine region. Close enough to both Sydney and Newcastle, it is a popular weekender spot and wedding destination, meaning holiday homes are in high demand. There are classic country pubs, boutique wineries and award-winning restaurants, that’ll have you feeling as though you’re in the south of France. Families love the colourful Hunter Valley Gardens and close encounters with native animals at the Hunter Valley Wildlife Park. Many of Cessnock’s cottages have been restored to highlight period features with contemporary comforts and sit footsteps from local shops and cafes.

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Miami, QLD

On Queensland’s glitzy Gold Coast, the suburb of Miami retains its laidback charm. Backing a golden beach with patrolled swimming and surf breaks, holiday homes are mix of sorts, ranging from original beach shacks to retro 1960s units and luxury new builds. It boasts a thriving café scene, boutique breweries and the much-loved Miami Marketta, which serves a melting pot of street food as well as local live music. Follow the rainbow staircase to Mick Schamburg Park atop Miami headland for sweeping views up and down the coast.

Dunsborough, WA

A three-hour drive south of Perth, the town of Dunsborough in Margaret River has become a favoured holiday location among city siders. Blessed with crystalline waters and secret bays, it offers a postcard-perfect lifestyle come summer. Along the Dunsborough foreshore families gather for fish and chips, while the region has garnered a reputation for its world-class wineries and restaurants. Cast a line barefoot off the beach, test your balance on a stand-up paddle board and take in sunset over Sugarloaf Rock. Purchasing a holiday house here is all about being at one with nature.

Ulladulla, NSW

The neighbouring Shoalhaven towns of Ulladulla and Mollymook lie on the NSW South Coast and strike an idyllic balance between bushland and coast. There are plenty of opportunities to get out on the sea, with aquamarine waters for swimming, paddle boarding and diving. While a drive inland reveals national parks and walking tracks through forest and creeks. Ulladulla is home to a pretty harbour and fishing port, with plenty of restaurants dishing up the daily catch. Choose from new homes, updated cottages or private acreages with plenty of room to roam.

George Town, TAS

Regional Tasmania has seen big gains over the past year proving a solid investment for those looking to buy a holiday home. On the northern coast, George Town is Australia’s third oldest European settlement, steeped in maritime history. A landscape of vineyards, rolling hills and lavender farms, George Town is also popular among surfers and swimmers fronting the glistening waters of the Bass Strait. There are heritage walking trails, bicycle rides and fishing charters, along with plenty of cool climate wines to sample along the way.