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Australia's priciest holiday homes - $18,000 per night to travel like a rock star

Crowds at Sydney airport and Australian currency to represent spending on travel.
Crowds at Sydney airport and Australian currency to represent spending on travel.

When most of us browse Aussie holiday home listings, our nightly price limit doesn't reach into the thousands of dollars, but for some, dropping $18,000 per night on a short stay is well within budget.

Where would one even find a place to stay at that price? Well, fast becoming a favourite with celebrities and high-rolling international guests is Luxico, which describes itself as a luxury home-hotel service that has "opened the doors to some of Australia's most exclusive and beautiful properties".

Luxico manages $700 million worth of property in Australia, including more than 220 properties across the eastern seaboard.

Each comes appointed with a 24/7 concierge to attend to any guest requests, along with premium finishing touches such as a hamper of local goods on arrival.

Luxico's listings are so exclusive that only one in eight homes that apply are approved and the ones that are need to be "beautifully furnished" and "filled with character".

10 of Australia's most magnificent mansions for hire

Here are 10 of Australia's most expensive and lavish holiday mansions.

1. Makepeace Island - Noosa, Sunshine Coast, QLD - from $18,000 per night

Makepeace Island
Makepeace Island sleeps 22. (Source: Luxico)

Combining modern living with traditional tropical island design, this tranquil estate was developed as a private retreat for family and friends of the owners, Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Australia co-founder Brett Godfrey. In 2011 its doors were opened for exclusive-use hire, and since 2020 it's had bespoke menus curated by award-winning chef Zeb Gilbert, who previously held two Chefs Hats at The Wasabi Group in Noosa.

2. Sky High Estate - Upper Coomera, Gold Coast, QLD - from $2,890 per night

Sky High Estate
Sky High Estate sleeps 10. (Source: Luxico)

Set high above the Gold Coast in a 20-acre estate, this mountain villa has ocean and skyline views of Brisbane City and the entire Gold Coast glitter strip. Features inlclude marble and limestone accents, wood-burning fireplace, basketball and tennis courts, and spectacular infinity pool.

3. Wollumbi Estate - Moss Vale, NSW - from $8,250 per night

Wollumbi Estate sleeps
Wollumbi Estate sleeps 14. (Source: Luxico)

Set in the Southern Highlands 90 minutes from Sydney, the sprawling Wollumbi Estate offers seclusion and a palatial French provincial style homestead. The opulent interiors feature exposed timber beams, large open fireplaces, ornate ceilings, chandeliers, columns and antique furniture. Outside, you'll find olive groves, a vineyard, a lake and a barn with fire pit and pool table. While driving through the stately entrance would be an experience in itself, there is also helicopter access for guests who prefer to arrive by air.

4. Spyglass - Sunshine Beach, Sunshine Coast, QLD - from $4,500 per night

Spyglass sleeps
Spyglass sleeps 10. (Source: Luxico)

This luxurious home boasts breathtaking ocean and coastal views. Sleek architectural lines are offset with sophisticated finishes, cascading water features and lush tropical gardens. Stylish interiors feature imported Italian Carrara marble floors, designer lighting, and award-winning kitchen and master ensuite.

5. The Edge - Coogee, Sydney, NSW - from $5,138 per night

Living room overlooking the ocean in The Edge, Coogee, Sydney
The Edge sleeps nine. (Source: Luxico)

An incredible, castle-like coastal property, The Edge features polished concrete, natural stone and exotic timber throughout. The modern interiors are almost as breathtaking as the ocean views, which can also be enjoyed from the infinity pool outside or from the many terraces.

6. AQUA - Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, QLD - from $12,298+ per night

Aqua
Aqua sleeps eight. (Source: Luxico)

An iconic architectural masterpiece set on the waters of the Whitsundays, AQUA is one of Australia's finest seaside residences. Situated on a secluded and private peninsula surrounded on three sides by ocean, with its own private beach, marina and helipad, AQUA is akin to an exclusive luxury private resort.

7. Sweven Estate - Cattai, Sydney, NSW - from $4,013 per night

Sweven Estate
Sweven Estate sleeps 10. (Source: Luxico)

Nestled on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, Sweven is set on 141 acres, with a lake, tree plantations and sheep filled paddocks. Designed by internationally renowned architect Timothy Moon and completed in 2012, this treehouse-style home comprises a series of linked timber and stone pavilions.

8. South Melbourne Penthouse - Melbourne, VIC - from $2,529 per night

Melbourne Penthouse
Melbourne Penthouse sleeps six. (Source: Luxico)

This luxuriously designed penthouse is perfect for when you want to be in the middle of the action. With 360-degree CBD views, the home features custom joinery, lighting and cabinetry, dramatic ceilings, American oak flooring, grand fireplace, custom bar, rooftop pool and expansive alfresco dining.

9. Luana Estates - Fernleigh, Byron Bay, NSW - from $2,100 per night

Luana Estates
Luana Estates sleeps 10. (Source: Luxico)

This boutique resort-style property is nestled in the Byron Bay hinterland, with vast living spaces inside and out. Indoors, the home features stone, a white palette and plenty of timber. Outdoors, there's a swimming pool, tennis court, lush gardens and even space to park your helicopter.

10. Sutherland - Darling Point, Sydney, NSW - from $5,290 per night

Sutherland, Darling Point
Sutherland sleeps 10. (Source: Luxico)

This newly built architect-designed home is ideally located on Sydney Harbour and enjoys panoramic water views from multiple open-plan living areas, games room, media room, private gym and infinity pool.

Special mention: Soma - Byron Bay, NSW - price on application

Luxury rental home
Soma sleeps 20. (Source: Luxico)

If you watched the 2021 TV series Nine Perfect Strangers starring Nicole Kidman, you would've fallen in love with this contemporary hinterland oasis in idyllic Byron Bay. Nestled within 22 kilometres of rainforest, Soma is suitable for a yoga, meditation or corporate retreat, or simply a relaxing family holiday. Resort-style interiors with a luxury industrial aesthetic open to incredible views, a heated freshwater lap pool, bamboo forest and a 100-square-metre yoga dome with underfloor heating and clear ceiling for stargazing.

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