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If this year has you yearning to escape, a cutesy campervan Airbnb weekend away might be just the ticket. Whether you like it kitsch, sleek or a little retro, here are our favourites.
This 31-foot American Airstream caravan is at Mansfield on the Manning, a retreat right on the banks of the Manning River in the mid north coast of NSW. Guests have access to the spectacular infinity pool that overlooks the river and 16 acres of land to frolic in. The experience is best paired with a glass of champagne, but for the more active guest the property can supply kayaks for cruising down the river, or mountain bikes for a bit of dirt-track adventuring.
If you’ve ever been told the ’70s called and wants its aesthetic back, book a weekend at this 1973 vintage caravan parked in a cottage garden in Bendigo, Victoria. It has all the kitschy-cute details of your wildest cottagecore dreams, including floral textiles, retro furnishings, a private outdoor terrace, a banana lounge for cocktail hour, and a record player and plenty of vintage albums. And — if it’s your vibe — five friendly cats that live on the property. You’re also close to Bendigo CBD if you feel like escaping your time warp for a bit of a wander.
Escape to the hills of Apollo Bay, Victoria, in this blushing-cute caravan, which comes with an outdoor fireplace for cosy cookouts and a tub for bathing alfresco. A queen-sized bed means you’ll sleep well, and the dreamy hilltop location is just 15 minutes from the local township. There’s a mini indoor fireplace to keep you warm in winter, and air conditioning for summer.
If you like to take your beauty sleep with a side of peaceful ocean waves, this beachfront Airstream Airbnb at Sunrise Beach is a vibe for you. With a queen bed, an outdoor shower for post-surf rinses (and vocal solos), hammocks for lazing about in with a cocktail and crossword, and uninterrupted views of the ocean we’d get in quick.
Fully self-sufficient with space for a family of four, this vacation on wheels – set in the tropical Tamborine Mountain region of Queensland – has twin solar panels, a mini kitchen with a fridge-freezer for all your beer and ice-cream storage needs, and outdoor furniture so you can dine in nature. The beauty of Bertie is you can take your holiday rental for a short drive. Explore the beautiful nature reserves, shops and national parks of the area and beyond.
If the wild is calling try this fully renovated 1969 caravan. You’ll be surrounded by wildlife on a working permaculture-focused farm set right on the banks of the Sturt River. A literal breath of fresh air and conveniently close to one of the country’s best wine-producing regions, help yourself to nature hikes by day and cosy glasses of pinot with a good book by night. Summer stays are now even better since the cabin installed aircon.
This glamping experience includes all the comforts of home and more, such as a firepit for marshmallow toasting, a hammock for quiet reading (and napping) and an outdoor entertaining area kitted out with a pizza oven overlooking the property’s deer sanctuary. Guests can access all 75 acres of the site, Kookaburra Park, which offers river swims and day hikes galore.