SUFFERING from a touch of cabin fever? Escape the pandemic panic with a staycation in one of southeast Queensland’s stunning home getaways.
International travel might be off the cards, but there are plenty of options — from the bush to the beach — for families and couples looking for a break close to their own backyard.
Short-term rental accommodation providers say big houses are the popular choice to maintain health and safety standards in the current climate.
A spokesperson for short-term rental accommodation management company MadeComfy said rates for properties were “good value” and there was the possibility of getting an even better deal if contacted directly.
MadeComfy chief marketing officer Nina Jung said Queensland had some of the best “getaway” properties, with plenty of large homes to escape to.
“We’re finding our larger homes popular at the moment with families and couples looking to book somewhere they can have an entire place to themselves. All of our properties are fully furnished with kitchen, laundry facilities and separated living spaces, which is lacking when you stay at hotels and resorts,” Ms Jung said.
If you live in Brisbane the perfect escape is right on your doorstep in Wellington Point, where a big family home with stunning views across Moreton Bay can be rented for just $133 a night through MadeComfy.
For a touch more luxury, a five-bedroom, three-bathroom house in the Gold Coast hinterland is available to rent for about $2400 a night.
The spacious house in Pacific Pines offers sweeping views of the hinterland skyline and has plenty of room to maintain “social distancing”.
Imagine sunning yourself on the timber pool deck surrounded by trees and complete privacy.
With air-conditioning, a pool, laundry, parking and free wifi, there’s little reason to leave the property, but if you do decide to break ranks, Pacific Pines Village, Movie World and Wet’n’Wild are all within a 4km radius.
Nerida Conisbee, the chief economist at realestate.com.au, said working from home does have its advantages and there are a number of beautiful properties available to rent in southeast Queensland.
“As we embrace working remotely for the time being, now might be an opportunity to set up temporarily in your dream location,” she said.
For anyone renting 65 Commodore Street in Paradise Waters on the Gold Coast, this may cause a problem — they may never want to leave. The eight-bedroom (all with ensuites) house in a private riverfront enclave is set over four levels and has everything you could need for an indefinite stay. This includes a games room, theatre room, executive library, sauna, private gym, office, entertaining terrace, heated pool, spa and a private pontoon, should you want to moor a boat.
The only sticking point could be the $5500 a week rental price.
A little lighter on the pocket, yet no less luxurious, is 33b Harbour Road in Hamilton, where for $3,850 a week you can rent Balaam, an eight-bedroom landmark property on Brisbane’s waterfront. The architecturally-designed building has a cantilevered heated swimming pool with adjoining bar, wine cellar, gym and sauna, and secure children’s play areas with a cubby house and animal enclosure.
However, a word of caution: using a holiday or short-term rental as a way to self-isolate is not advisable. Australia government department of health directives stipulate that anyone required to self-isolate should stay in their own homes.