As anticipation builds towards a release from lockdown, that itching you’re feeling is the travel bug, nesting and hatching. And while NSW and Vic residents get ready to unleash on summer holidays, AirBnB has held their very first Australian Host Awards, naming the greatest finds on the global accomodation booking app. It’s basically The Oscars of home-stays, with less tears and walk off music.
Judged by interior stylist Steve Cordony and esteemed global Host Advisory Board member Merrydith Callegari, the properties named winners have excelled across six categories, including most outstanding host, most magical experience and contribution to the community.
Check out the full list of winners below, and whilst we’re sure they’re going to be in hot demand thanks to their recent podium finishes, perhaps they’ll provide some much need inspiration for your next getaway, whenever that may be.
Host of the Year
Living on an historic farm that was her great, great grandfather’s, Kate continues to preserve her family history by sharing her two listings with others — complete with a taste of Kate’s unique sense of hospitality.
“I believe welcoming and bidding farewell to my guests are an important element of being hosted. Making a lovely homemade breakfast like muesli, jam and bread for them makes all the difference.” — Kate, Eganstown, Victoria, Australia
With a passion for design, Lauren — together with her family and friends — combined her love of brutalist architecture with local artisans to create a home away from home in Hobart, Tasmania called Slow Beam.
“I wanted to build something that would be comfortable and make the most of the views while also being moody, glamorous and relaxed.” — Lauren, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Surrounded by over 830 acres of land, this old grain shed, named… The Grain Shed Retreat… was transformed by Neil and Bel into a private, wheelchair accessible bush sanctuary — the perfect place for guests to immerse themselves in the Aussie outback.
“We work with local Indigenous organisations to protect significant sacred sites on the property and continue preserving the iconic Australian bush scenes.” — Neil and Bel, Goomburra, Queensland, Australia
Cam turned his 30 years of surf and rescue experience into helping others discover Coasteering — a blend of rock-hopping, shore-scrambling, swell-riding, and rock-jumping, and definitely not for the faint-hearted.
“Silly jokes, on top of my rescue talents, put people at ease. It’s all about overcoming a challenge together and conquering your fears.” — Cam,Yallingup, Australia
Two years ago, Adrienne decided to open her doors to people who needed a place to take a break and recharge, after they had been caring for others.
“I wanted to do some form of community service, and when a good friend suggested using the downstairs self-contained apartment of my house, I took the jump. Today, I am a big advocate for Carers QLD.” — Adrienne, Sunshine Beach, Australia