Summer is here and the holidays are nearly upon us. It’s the time of year when you sit at your desk and let your mind drift between Christmas shopping lists, the age-old question of turkey or ham, and most importantly where you will be spending the big day.

Whether you go away for Christmas to escape your family or to have a huge reunion with the whole gang, these quirky Aussie accommodation options will provide an interesting change of scenery for your festive celebrations this year.

For the wine lover

Did you ever love something so much you wished you could get inside and live there forever? That is how we feel about wine, and so this Wine Barrel accommodation in the Hunter Valley, NSW, is literally our dream come true. Ok, we’ll come clean, it is not an actual wine barrel. But it is close to a lot of wine, and probably just as cool. This refurbished miner’s hut built in the 1950s has three bedrooms, one bathroom and can accommodate six guests. The historic fully cylindrical building is a Nissan Hut, created for the “Ten Pound Poms” who immigrated to Australia after the war. The circular exterior shell creates a visually interesting interior, which is well thought out, has all the mod-cons and basic but fresh style. In terms of entertaining, the outdoor space is perfect for a relaxed BBQ with the fam, plus in the Hunter Valley you are only ever a few minutes away from a winery serving cheese platters, tasting menus and all sorts of incredible fare. Last but not least the Wine Barrel has a fully fenced backyard and allows pets, so your furry friends can come too!

To book the Wine Barrel click here.

For the recluse

Want to get as far away from your house, the ocean… your family, as possible? Then this underground motel is for you. Located just off the Stuart Highway near Coober Pedy in South Australia, the Look Out Cave Underground Motel is about eight hours drive from Adelaide (on road). You can spend your days exploring the outback, getting up close and personal with the local wildlife, or learning about the local history and opal mining industry. Or, you could just stay in your cave which boasts an LED TV, bar fridge, a toaster, and tea and coffee facilities, to just enjoy spending time toi tout seul. If you do change your mind about you-time and want to send a quick Merry Christmas FB message, they have free wifi too.

To book the Lookout Cave click here.

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For the explorer

If you can’t stay in one place for very long and you love experiencing new destinations, spending Christmas on the longest stretch of train line in the world could be right up your alley. The Indian Pacific route operated by Great Southern Rail stretches 4,352ks from Sydney on the Pacific coast, to Perth on the Indian Ocean, travelling through some of Australia’s most spectacular outback over four days. Leaving from Perth on December 24, this all-inclusive train adventure which includes food, drinks and day tours could be your best Christmas yet! Relax, enjoy the scenery, and let someone else worry about cooking the Christmas spread!

To book a Great Southern Rail journey click here.

For the luxers

If Harry’s recent popping-of-the-royal-question has one channelling one’s inner princess, wake up in a four-poster bed in one’s very own castle this Christmas. The Castle on Tamborine is just a 45-minute drive from Brisbane and makes for the perfect romantic getaway. Imagine opening your presents in the lounge room overlooking your very own heated plunge pool and waterfall, under an opulent chandelier. Work off your Christmas lunch with a wander around your private meditation garden, or a snooze on the observation deck. Later in the evening treat yourself at the day spa or transform the lounge into your own movie theatre with the drop-down projector and enjoy a Christmas flick or two. The service is second to none with breakfast served to you in the castle and a daily cleaning service. If you can’t escape the obligatory family time this Christmas why not drop a few hints and try to score some gift vouchers for this dreamy accommodation?

To book the Castle on Tamborine click here.

For the salty sea dogs

Along the Australian coastline there are a host of historic lighthouse keeper’s cottages, now no longer in use, they have been renovated and are available to rent out for your summer beach break. In a range of sizes and styles sleeping anywhere from four to six people all the way up to 22, these absolute seafront cottages are the ultimate choice for ocean-loving families. Because of their original intended purpose, these properties have uninterrupted ocean views in some of the best locations along our coast such as Byron Bay in NSW, and the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Imagine celebrating Christmas or ringing in the new year as you sit on the veranda and enjoy a tipple or two in the cooling sea breeze while you take in the breathtaking scenery of Australia’s east coast.

To book ones of these amazing lighthouses click here.

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