I Own Australia's Best Home

Wild Colonial, Modern Surfside or Victorian Manor?

What makes a house Australia's Best Home? It's up to you to decide which house from each episode you would like to see go in the running for the grand final.

In Episode 5, Tim explores bold, mixed texture design in a unique Paddington Queenslander, Nick visits a home which embodies contemporary design at Whale Beach and Gillian experiences a gentler time in the Victorian splendour of an Ipswich mansion.

Find out more about the houses below then cast your vote to decide who should go through to the grand final and be crowned "Australia's Best Home."

WILD COLONIAL, Paddington, QLD

A classic Queenslander with bold, artistic finishes reflecting a love of Africa. Designer/owner Sophia has combined amazing tiles, colourful printed wallpaper and rich textured fabrics to give the house an eclectic, colonial vibe which marries surprisingly well with its classic Queenslander features. The forward thinking reno took 15 months and included 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, kitchen, pool house and 3 living areas which accommodate this lucky family and their friends in fine style.

MODERN SURFSIDE – Whale Beach, NSW 

David and Robert completed the build of their ultra modern dream weekender in 2006, after working with the highly regarded architect Alex Popov. They wanted the best beach house in the area and they’re pretty happy with the 3 story free standing modern architectural marvel they finally got. With its sleek masculine vibe, superior finishes, cool dark lap pool and superb location right on the beach, it’s definitely a home affording a magnificent lifestyle.

VICTORIAN MANOR – Ipswich, QLD

This 2 story Victorian mansion was built in 1864 and owned by the same family for 123 years until Genevieve and Graham bought it in 1988. They restored the kitchen and conservatory and replaced most of the verandahs while retaining the original design, character and heritage.  A sense of historic grandeur hits as soon as you enter a home which is very much a time capsule given all 25 rooms feature furniture and fixtures dating back to the 1800s. A truly wonderful place to raise 6 kids, it’s now being enjoyed all over again by 8 grandchildren.

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