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Architects in Australia have been busy over the last few years, plotting and planning some of the latest stars of our Smith & Friends stylish self-catering collection. We’re suckers for knock-out structures (especially when they come with dreamy, pared-down interiors), so here’s a handful of our new favourites, from the Sunshine Coast to Tasmania…


THE SEIDLER HOUSE, South Coast

Designed by architectural icon Harry Seidler, this is one of Australia’s most impressive residential buildings, set high on a rocky gorge over a river, with 150 acres of Southern Highlands wilderness to its name. Inside, there’s modern furniture from Eames and Breuer mixed with Aboriginal art and pieces from the owners’ travels.

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ANCHORS, Great Ocean Road

These three eco-chic cabins are set in Port Campbell on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road – more rural than coastal, but still within easy reach of the beach. Each cabin has a kitchen, spa bath, fireplace and king-size bed on a raised platform.

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ANNALILLI, Byron Bay

This bright and breezy holiday house is in a nature reserve, five minutes from the beaches of Byron Bay, in northern New South Wales. It’s home to a stunning collection of Aboriginal and contemporary Australian artworks.

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GLASS ON GLASSHOUSE, Sunshine Coast

These three modern structures are in a back-to-nature setting amid kangaroos and mountain views, but with all the creature comforts – king-size bed, spa bath, lounge room with fireplace.

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AVALON COASTAL RETREAT, Freycinet Peninsula

This modern glass and steel pavilion is perched above Great Oyster Bay in Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula, with wall-to-wall windows showing off the jaw-dropping natural scenery.

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