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Missing Europe? Try these Aussie holiday spots instead

·Features and Health Editor
·4-min read

It seems 2021 is likely going to shape up to be very similar to 2020 when it comes to travelling overseas.

So if you’re feeling a little down and missing your dose of Europe, or even something a little closer like Bali or Hawaii, these incredible holiday homes right here in Australia will have you feeling like you're overseas in no time.

A young woman rides a gondola through Venice
A young woman rides a gondola through Venice

Luxury Home Hotel service, Luxico have put together 5 iconic holiday home options that you can swap for your overseas getaway - and you won’t believe some of these are actually in Australia.

Be transported to Provence with a French-inspired vineyard estate in the Southern Highlands (with every detail inspired, down to its full-length French doors) or to Bali with the most gorgeous tropical villa near Byron Bay.

Dreaming of Lake Como, Italy?

Lake Como, Italy
Was Lake Como, Italy on your list? Photo: Supplied

Try Mandalay House in the Whitsundays, with its Mediterranean inspired architecture, complete privacy and waterfront views.

A private deep-water marina, helicopter pad, gymnasium, cinema room, underground wine-cellar dining room, resort style swimming pool which laps the verandah are just some of the 7-bedroom, 9-bathroom home’s features.

Mandalay House in the Whitsundays
Mandalay House in the Whitsundays. Photo: Supplied

Dreaming of Provence, France?

provence france
Perhaps you were planning a trip to the french countryside? Photo: Supplied

Instead, try Wollumbi Estate, NSW, as it transports you to the tranquility and romance of the French countryside.

Behind the ochre façade and climbing vines are two vast levels of exceptional French provincial inspired interiors. Exposed timber beams, large open fireplaces, ornate ceilings, columns and splendid antique furniture combine for a truly opulent experience.

Full-length windows and French doors are used throughout this 7-bedroom, 5-bathroom home. A barn with fire pit and pool table will provide hours of entertainment, before relaxing among olive groves and a vineyard.

Wollumbi Estate, NSW,
Wollumbi Estate, NSW. Photo: Supplied

Dreaming of Santorini and Greece?

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There is nothing quite like a Greek holiday.. or is there? Photo: Supplied

Try Azure on the Sunshine Coast. The soft pared-back palette of Azure, with whites and marble against ocean hues is reminiscent of Santorini’s landscape. Ocean views and opulence throughout, Azure has every imaginable luxury and impeccable attention to detail.

The property is surrounded by stunning beaches, lakes, national parks and the lush hinterland of Noosa National Park.

Azure on the Sunshine Coast
Ocean views at Azure on the Sunshine Coast. Photo: Supplied

Of course, if Europe wasn’t on the cards, maybe you were hoping to head away on a tropical beach getaway instead. And there are some other amazing options around the tick that off your list right here as well.

Dreaming of Bali?

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Bali trip cancelled? Photo: Supplied

Try AJA in Byron Bay. Sleeping 10, this tropical oasis comes equipped with a salt-water pool, gazebo, covered outdoor entertaining area with a BBQ, outdoor lounge, outdoor bathtub and breathtaking mountain views, just 12kms from Byron Bay

AJA in Byron Bay.
AJA in Byron Bay feels like Bali. Photo: Supplied

Dreaming of Hawaii?

Beach lovers paradise in Hawaii. Photo: Supplied

Try Aqua, Whitsundays. Set within the serene aqua waters of the Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef Queensland Australia, AQUA is arguably Australia's finest seaside residence.

Situated on a secluded and private peninsula surrounded on three sides by the magnificent waters of the Coral Sea and Pioneer Bay, with its own private beach, marina and helipad, AQUA is akin to an exclusive luxury private resort, truly a rarity by international standards.

Whether it's sailing the 74 islands of the Whitsundays, diving the Great Barrier Reef, fishing, catching crayfish within the mangroves, kayaking, jet skiing, swimming or just relaxing AQUA has it all.

Aqua, Whitsundays
Aqua, Whitsundays. Photo: Supplied

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