9 budget accommodation picks in Australia

Posted by Casey Warrener on Monday, October 6, 2014

Some people tell us there is no such thing as budget boutique accommodation, but we never say ‘never’, and we love a challenge. So we’ve hunted high and low to bring you Australia’s best budget accommodation, with all the boutique and luxury trimmings. And the best bit? All prices start from under $200 a night. Is it rude to say “we told you so”?

Elliminook, Great Ocean Road, VIC

First built in 1865 and located in Birregurra on Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Road, Elliminook has been beautifully restored to maintain its heritage charm. Driving up the sweeping hedge-lined driveway makes it hard to believe this grand homestead is so easy on the wallet. There are gaping arched fireplaces in the lounge areas, spacious bedrooms with huge wrought iron beds, and a quaint courtyard that’s begging you to sit out there and enjoy high tea.

From $160 a night, sleeps 10

Ocean Inlet, Great Ocean Road, VIC

With three contemporary beach houses to choose from, and views of Aireys Inlet and its iconic lighthouse, Ocean Inlet is a top choice for a luxe weekend away without the price tag. Choose the Shorehouse for its master bedroom with own private spa bath, and a deck that was made for sunset drinks.  Or, get your Steve Zissou on in the award-winning Coral Cove with its aquatic-themed decor.

From $90 a night, sleeps 2-8 guests across three separate houses.

Alouarn Apartments, Margaret River, WA

Located in Augusta in the southern Margaret River wine region, Alouarn Apartments offer up the town’s most luxurious accommodation.  With sleek kitchens, open plan dining, spacious bedrooms with luxe ensuites and relaxing out-door spa, it’s hard to believe the apartments are powered entirely by solar. This boutique beauty is low on cost and conscience. 

From $185 a night, sleeps 6

Dalblair Bed & Breakfast, Yarra Valley, VIC

For a luxe-for-less weekend away in the Yarra Valley look no further than Dalblair Bed & Breakfast. Tucked away at the end of a quiet lane, and conveniently located opposite the Seville Estate winery, there are three cottages to choose from all with views of the magnificent gardens and across the picturesque Yarra Ranges beyond. Here, low-cost doesn’t mean low-brow, but it does mean you’ll have more to spend on award-winning Yarra Valley wine. 

From $180 a night, sleeps 2-4 across three separate properties.

Sun Worship Luxury Eco Villas, North Coast, NSW

The Sun Worship Luxury Eco Villas are located in the chilled-out beachside town Crescent Head, in North Coast New South Wales. Here, being green doesn’t mean compromising on quality. Every villa is architecturally brilliant, set over two levels, with open plan living decked out with modern furnishings and opening up onto the courtyard and spa. Turns out it is easy being green.

From $150 a night, sleeps 5-7

43 Degrees Bruny Island, Bruny Island, TAS

Set by the stunning beaches of Bruny Island, with an eye-catching semi circular corrugated iron exterior, 43 Degrees is an eco-friendly home that effortlessly combines unique style with creature comforts. The patio overlooking the ocean is the perfect place to indulge in as much Bruny Island cheese as you can manage. Just add a glass of Tasmanian pinot and the sunset, and you’ve got yourself one pretty sweet holiday.

From $190 a night, sleeps 1-4

Buoys on Queens, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula is a destination with serious holiday cred: sparkling azure waters lapping at the white sands on the front beach, famed waves breaking on the back beach, and a quaint historic village with bustling shops and restaurants. Just 500 metres away, in a quiet cul-de-sac, Buoys on Queens is the perfect place to enjoy all of this. There are spacious bedrooms with big beds to sink into, contemporary open plan living and dining, and loads of natural light spilling in. All you need to do is arrive and enter holiday mode.

From $180 a night, sleeps 6

Coolart Studios, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Another modern Mornington Peninsula beauty, contemporary Coolart Studios stuns with minimalist, sophisticated decor. High ceilings and huge windows and doors open onto the large timber deck looking across the native gardens.  Conveniently located on the Western Port bay side of the peninsula, this is the perfect base to explore the region’s wineries, spas and award-winning restaurants. Warning: this boutique studio is incredibly difficult to leave.

From $180 a night, sleeps 2-10

Captains Cottage, Fleurieu Peninsula, SA

By the beach in Port Willunga on the Fleurieu Peninsula, you’ll find Captains Cottage, a modern holiday house overlooking the ocean. With its open plan kitchen and dining, comfortable lounge room including deep couches you could sink into for days, this is a house that really feels like a home away from home. And, with two queen bedrooms, one twin single, and one children’s room with four bunks, this is the ultimate place for a boutique family holiday that won’t break the bank.

From $170 a night, sleeps 10