Top Travel Destinations, 2017 in Review

Posted by Megan Osborne on Sunday, December 31, 2017

Say goodbye to 2017, and ring in the New Year by checking out our most popular stays on Beautiful Accommodation. From beach houses to country cottages, all the way to lakeside winery accommodation; here are your favourite getaways. Plus, we reviewed what you reckoned were the top holiday destinations and places to visit in 2017.

We can't wait to get back on the road in 2018 to uncover more beautiful getaways around Australia. We look forward to bringing you the best and newest boutique hotels, luxury lodges, and grand getaways in Australia, that you can discover and book at the click of a finger.


The top holiday destinations you dreamed of visiting


1: Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Mornington Peninsula Blairgowrie, Victoria

Home to wineries producing astounding cool-climate wines, stretches of coastal paradise, and a plethora of stylish holiday houses, boutique hotels and vineyard accommodation, who wouldn't want to travel to this top destination? The Mornington Peninsula is fantastic in summer time, due to its abundance of fruit picking options, and al fresco wining and dining possibilities, not to mention taking a pleasantly warm dip in the calmer waters, or a surf at one of the many back beaches. Don't be afraid to pay a visit in the cooler months however. The many walking and riding trails offer the Peninsula's natural beauty at it's best, and a dip in the Peninsula Hot Springs and a drop of Pinot Noir will be sure to warm you up. Explore our Mornington Peninsula accommodations here.

The Summer house at Shelter Jackalope Pool Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate

Pictured: The Summer House at ShelterJackalope Mornington PeninsulaLakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate


2: Great Ocean Road, VIC

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria's most visited travel destinations, with a string of beachside towns that offer something different and exciting in each. Take your breath away with clifftop vistas of the Twelve Apostles, take a stroll down Lorne's long stretch of sand, cast a line at Apollo Bay, or traverse treetop canopies in the Otways. Stop along the way for a longer trip, or drive to one destination and explore the Great Ocean Road from a great base stay. See our collection of this top destination here.

Drift House La Perouse Lorne Ocean Inlet

Pictured: Drift House, La Perouse Lorne, Ocean Inlet

3: South Coast, NSW

South Coast NSW Sea Cliff Bridge

Head along the Grand Pacific Drive—arguably one of Australia's most scenic routes, especially when passing the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge—and explore the South Coast of NSW. Kiama is a beach destination popular with families, or those who fancy a surfing holiday should head for Gerringong. Depending how far South you venture from Sydney, spend a weekend or even a week exploring the gorgeous stretches of sands and charming historic towns worth making detours inland for. Explore our South Coast stays for your next NSW getaway here.

Raintree Bed and Breakfast Flatrock Ora Beach House

Pictured: Raintree Bed and Breakfast, Flatrock, Ora Beach House

4: North Coast, NSW

North Coast Byron Bay

Home to iconic beach towns such as Byron Bay, Port Stephens and Coffs Harbour, the North Coast is an idyllic travel destination both for local Sydneysiders and those from further afield. Music festivals, regional food and wine celebrations and historic ports with abundant fishing (and eating) opportunities. Explore the lush hinterland or stay right by the lapping waves. Choose from our range of North Coast boutique accommodation.

Kamala Elements of Byron Arajilla

Pictured: Kamala, Elements of Byron, Arajilla Retreat


5: Barossa Valley, SA

Barossa Valley Hot Air Balloons

Photography Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

Arguably one of Australia's most popular wine regions, the Barossa Valley celebrates all that is food and wine. Definitely one for the gourmands, this South Australian destination boasts well-established vineyards and winemaking families that go back generations. Traverse through the vines to cellar doors while you stop to sample at providores and acclaimed restaurants. Check out our range of vineyard cottages, luxury accommodation and more Barossa Valley stays here.

STonewell Cottages and Vineyards Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage Strathlyn Estate

Pictured: Stonewell Cottages and Vineyards, Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage, Strathlyn Estate Bed and Breakfast


6: Daylesford and Macedon Ranges, VIC

7: Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, VIC

8: Hobart and Surrounds, TAS

9: Sunshine and Fraser Coast, QLD

10: South West, WA


Which stays you checked out the most—and boy are they good looking!

Top travel destinations most viewed

1. Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate

2. Johanna Seaside Cottages

3. Treetop Stay

4. White Lodge at Hyams Beach


So where should you go in 2018?

We're excited to see where travel will take you in the New Year, and we hope you continue to enjoy using Beautiful Accommodation to book your next unforgettable getaway. Check out our collection of New Stays to see the latest and greatest additions to our site, or view our Book Now collection to secure your next stay right away! You know what they say, the early bird gets the best boutique accommodation, right?