Australia’s Most Unusual Holiday Homes

Tired of holidaying in traditional hotels, apartments and cabins? We've uncovered some of Australia’s most unusual holiday homes, thanks to Stayz Accommodation

From an old church to a converted 100-year-old train carriage in Mudgee, there is a growing selection of unique properties for those looking for something a little different for their next holiday.

Here are 6 unique properties from all around Australia.

The Canopy Rainforest Tree House are five luxury timber and glass treehouses located in the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland. Perched high in the rainforest canopy on the banks of the Ithaca River, each treehouse is positioned for complete privacy. Features include king beds, double spas, fireplaces, fully self-contained kitchens and balconies with a BBQ and hammock. Guests can wake to a serenade of birdsong, relax in the luxury accommodation or spend their days exploring the pristine, old growth, high country rainforest. Price on application; sleeps 8.

Captain's Cottage in Long Beach, Batemans Bay, New South Wales has an authentic lighthouse attached to the main property. Located next to the beach, guests can paddle in the water, go fishing in front of the cottage or explore the rock pools at each end of the 1km long beach. Ideal for families, the cottage has three living areas, three open decks (one including a six person spa), a screened sunroom and covered deck area. The cottage also incorporates a fully equipped replica bridge from a 1930's cargo ship. From $350 per night; sleeps 10.

Down to Earth B&B in South Australia’s Coober Pedy is an underground, self-contained apartment on the edge of the Coober Pedy Opal Fields. The property comes with its own telescope, available to use for those interested in observing the night skies and there is also a plunge pool for guests to cool down in the summer heat. From $160 per night; sleeps 5.

The Old Church Byron Bay at Byron Hinterland in New South Wales gives guests the chance to stay in a church set in landscaped gardens and bordering a large macadamia plantation. The property has original features including arched windows and doors while providing indoor and outdoor dining with modern BBQ facilities available. Guests can also make the most of the spacious living areas as well as a big undercover deck and adjoining games room. From $200 per night; sleeps 12.

Castle Keep in Mount Lofty, Adelaide Hills was voted the Most Romantic Place to stay in South Australia at the Stayz Holiday Rental Awards 2012. The property is an enchanting multi-storey castle-like retreat with stone spiral staircase, an embellished stone baronial fireplace, early 19th century carved furniture, hand painted ceilings and a Juliet balcony on the first floor. The property even offers a “will you marry me?” package to grooms or brides-to-be looking for somewhere special to pop the question.

Ruwenzori is a 100 year-old converted train-carriage in a secluded bush retreat in Mudgee, New South Wales. Living and sleeping in converted 100-year-old railway carriages and decorated in Orient Express-style luxury, guests are provided with self-contained accommodation in three large antique railway carriages which all feature modern facilities for optimum comfort. In addition, Ruwenzori features a number of fascinating historical items from Australian railway past. The carriages are surrounded by cottage-style gardens, fountains and an abundance of unusual "objects" which contributes to the unique and fascinating nature of Ruwenzori. Price on application; sleeps 8.

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so cool