Killcare, New South Wales
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Decks and patios abound at this three-storey beach house (aptly named The Nest), each with stunning views of national park or ocean.
Avalon Beach, New South Wales
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The enormous balcony overlooks boats bobbing in the bay and the water’s edge is literally on the doorstep of this five-bedroom home.
Tamarama, New South Wales
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Spanning two storeys, this penthouse apartment in an Art Deco building has three bedrooms and unbelievable views over the iconic Bondi Beach and Tamarama.
Watsons Bay, New South Wales
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This four-bedroom beach house in Sydney is so close to the water you can watch the ferry to Taronga Zoo arriving from the sun-drenched deck.
Kingscliff, New South Wales
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The enormous open-plan living space with glass doors opening out onto a spacious balcony is just one of the many things we love about this three-bedroom home.
Merimbula, New South Wales
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A huge poolside entertaining patio, five bedrooms and the beach just a few minutes walk away make this modern home, named Sybella, A-grade holiday material.
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There are four stone cottages and a stretch of private beach at Thalia Haven, a 52-hectare property surrounded by the sapphire waters of Great Oyster Bay.
Port Elliot, South Australia
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Floor-to-ceiling windows and an absolute beachfront position mean this modern four-bedroom beach house has plenty of natural light and ocean breeze.
Cannon Valley, Queensland
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Depending on which way you look, the view from this hilltop mansion will be mountains, ocean or forest. Pepperberry House has seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, a pool and a shaded meditation and yoga platform.
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
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The Sky House is just as appealing in winter as it is in summer. In the warmer months, it’s all about swimming, naps and al fresco dining, while in winter it’s red wine by the slow-combustion fireplace to the soothing sounds of the crashing waves.
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The four-bedroom O Retreat sits amid 10 hectares of private forest, with views across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island. It’s located close to wineries, cheese-makers and restaurants.
Albany, Western Australia
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Wineries, restaurants, bushland and, of course, the beach make this five-bedroom property a summer-holiday dream. The main bedroom has a bathtub with arguably the best view in town.
Hamilton Island, Queensland
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The Cowries has two kitchens, a pool, loads of outdoor spaces and two golf buggies to get around the island. It sleeps 14, making it perfect for several families holidaying together.
Agnes Water, Queensland
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It’s inspired by the humble Aussie beach shack, but this modern four-bedroom house has been designed to include all the modern comforts.
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An open-plan space with polished concrete floors, modern furnishings with mid-century accents and incredible views over the Mornington Peninsula, this apartment is beach living reimagined.
Port Douglas, Queensland
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Imagine: palm trees sway, the Coral Sea waves crash and the ceiling fans circulate fresh air around this house. There are four bedrooms, all with en suites, making it perfect for a friends’ tropical getaway.
Scotland Island, New South Wales
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There’s a private wharf, kayaks to use and a dingy to take out on fishing expeditions at this five-bedroom island home that’s only accessible by boat.
Palm Beach, New South Wales
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The front of this spacious one-bedroom home opens up completely and the infinity pool overlooks Pittwater.
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The floor-to-ceiling windows in the bathroom at Nautilus 2 open to a vista of blue ocean and rugged, windswept hills. The remote property has two bedrooms with en suites and absolute water frontage.
Oak Beach, Queensland
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This sprawling three-bedroom beach house is so close to the water its backyard is mostly sand – that is, the areas that aren’t shaded decks, swimming pool or outdoor kitchen.
St Kilda, Victoria
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A former squash court is now a plush beachside apartment in Melbourne’s hip St Kilda. The three-bedder is steps from the beach, the tram and Luna Park.
Emu Bay, South Australia
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A state-of-the-art barbecue, outdoor fireplace and daybed, not to mention water views and a lush green lawn, make it hard to stay inside at this four-bedroom home.
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