With sandy stretches of coast, mountain views and rainforest walks (complete with secret swimming holes), and a thriving dining scene, the Gold Coast’s attractions go well beyond stomach-dropping roller-coasters and neon-lit clubs. Book one of these Airbnbs to experience local life at its best in the sunshine state. Settle in for a week-long stay or indulge in 48 hours of sun for your next weekender.

Hillview Dairy, Currumbin Valley

On the doorstep of Springbrook National Park, this hinterland shack – that was once a thriving dairy farm – is a relaxing hideaway complete with magnesium plunge pool, pizza oven and mountain views. Retro appliances, high quality linen and considered furnishings add a luxury touch to this renovated farm stay, which sees the original barn doors rehung for the space, while the handcut timber-panelled exterior was restored to its former glory. The barn comfortably accommodates four people with two king-sized beds, however the host is happy to provide additional linen for the sofa beds in each room for extra guests. You’re welcome to bring your furry friend, just read the pet policy and add a note to your booking. Only 20 minutes’ drive from Gold Coast Airport and 45 minutes to Byron Bay, this property has a rural feel while remaining close to all of the region's attractions.

Villa de Palms, Palm Beach

A modern beachside duplex framed by greenery, this spot is perfect for those looking to indulge in a taste of local life. Located 150 metres from the sands of Palm Beach and a short walk to the main street, everything you need is at the doorstep. With four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, as well as open living spaces and a backyard complete with a plunge pool, daybeds and a barbeque area, book this stay with a group of friends or bring the whole family.

Acute Abode, Currumbin Valley

Exposed timber beams and floor-to-ceiling windows bring a cosy atmosphere to Acute Abode’s open-plan accommodation. With room for four, this leaf-surrounded stay is set in the heart of the Currumbin Valley, about 20 minutes’ drive from Gold Coast Airport and a similar distance to Burleigh Heads. A full kitchen and barbeque mean you’re well equipped for meals on-site. Lounge on the deck with a good book or enjoy a glass of wine by the firepit after a day spent exploring the rainforest or kayaking in the private stretch of creek adjacent to the property. Pets are welcome with pre-approval from the host.

The Merillo at The Mysa Motel, Palm Beach

The Merillo room is one of seven rooms at the Mysa Motel, where retro-cool meets polished beachside charm. Hailing as a self-service motel, this stylish, minimalist space still feels homely and inviting. Split across two levels, it has two queen beds, a full bathroom, well-equipped kitchen and access to the shared magnesium pool. Using upcycled furniture and other sourced materials, the renovation pays homage to its former life as the Palm Trees Motel.

The Valley Cottage, Currumbin Valley

Peachy tones, clean lines and modern furnishings welcome you at The Valley Cottage. Set on the same property as Acute Abode, this stay is primed for switching off. With access to a private stretch of creek that's perfect for swimming and kayaking, spend the day adventuring before returning home to the cosy verandah and an outdoor bathtub. Nestled in the Currumbin Valley, this leafy shelter is ideal for a couples getaway but can sleep up to four people.

Chippewa Cottage, Mermaid Beach

A quintessential beach house with retro flair, Chippewa Cottage is perfectly positioned to enjoy the spoils of Mermaid Beach. Six guests can stay at the property with three bedrooms and three bathrooms kitted out with homely appeal. A chequered tiled pool is the star of the backyard, and two al fresco entertaining areas offer ample opportunity to (safely) soak up the sunshine. There’s a full laundry for stashing sandy items after a day at the beach, which is only a short walk away.

Homeostasis Retreats, Tamborine Mountain

The Main Haus at Homeostasis Retreats is an eco-conscious venue on Tamborine Mountain. Encouraging slow stays, the spot caters for up to seven guests across four bedrooms. Natural interior finishes complement the surroundings. A deep soaking tub in the main bathroom is begging to be filled with bubbles. And the outdoor firepit is perfect for gathering around with friends and family. There’s a bamboo grove to explore, as well as organic permaculture gardens, beehives and resident chickens pecking about. You can indulge in complimentary wellness treatments and pre-order a breakfast basket filled with local goods to make relaxing mornings even better. A sister site to the Main Haus, the Wellness Cabin is a separate smaller booking option, designed for couples who want an off-the-grid relaxation retreat.

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