Cashed holidaymakers rush to luxury rentals as Australia’s borders reopen

But people are also keen to stay closer to the city.

In the upscale suburb of South Yarra, Wisteria Place is for rent for just over $ 39,000 per week. Tenants benefit from an immaculate home with a heated swimming pool, high-end furnishings and gourmet cuisine.

Melbourne isn’t the only city to experience a rush for last-minute luxury rentals for short stays, with Sydney’s luxury rental market also gaining the upper hand, although it has yet to recover. pre-COVID-19 levels, Villa Getaways co-owner and sales manager Kris Clements said.

Wisteria Place has gourmet cuisine.Credit:Luxico

Mr Clements said owners of luxury homes in Sydney are now looking to book overseas vacations in Aspen and the Maldives, returning their homes to the short-stay rental market before they leave. And many people who had been kicked out of Australia were planning to return for vacations.

“I’ve had a few bookings from people in America – LA and New York – these are mostly Australian expats who want to return home after two years away,” Mr. Clements said.

Hong Kong travelers, Clements said, face a three-week hotel quarantine upon their return home, but that hasn’t stopped them from traveling in ultimate luxury.

Some of the best properties in Sydney include a Spanish-style villa known as the Manor House overlooking Grand Rose Bay Harbor. With stunning views of Rose Bay, a pool, cabana, and lush gardens, the home costs $ 29,750 per week to rent.

The Grand Rose Bay Harbor View mansion costs almost $ 30,000 per week to rent.

The Grand Rose Bay Harbor View mansion costs almost $ 30,000 per week to rent.Credit:Villa Getaways

The rush to Queensland, and the resort town of Noosa in particular, has been envisioned for many vacationers, especially those stuck between the states.

Niche Luxury Accommodation Managing Director Sue Willis said demand is so high that large properties are being booked until mid-2022.

“When there was the announcement of the reopening of the borders, the phones rang,” Ms. Willis said.

There's even room for a helipad at Mandalay House in Queensland.

There’s even room for a helipad at Mandalay House in

It was a similar story in the Whitsundays, where properties have been fully booked as people return to Australia, including Mandalay House, which has a rent of $ 20,000 a night, or $ 140,000 a week, during the holiday season.

The house has a private marina.

The house has a private marina.Credit:Mandalay

The house was rented out over the New Years, said Ray White Whitsunday Vacations rental manager Chris van’t Hoff.

The luxury home near Airlie Beach has six bedrooms with a private marina and beach, Horizon pool, home theater, and helipad.

Mr van’t Hoff said the rush to tropical vacation destinations in Queensland came as no surprise after the lockdown.

“Where would you like to be? ” he said.

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