The top chalet stays as Aussies' favourite accommodation options

The unprecedented events of 2020 have led to Aussies rediscovering a love for local travel. New research from looks into just how much travel has changed this year, and some of the surprising undiscovered gems Aussies across the country are now picking for their next holiday.

When it comes to accommodation choice, Aussies interestingly favoured chalets this year, followed by camping stays, indicating a rise in ski trips and bush escapes from the end of 2019. To encourage Aussies to continue this travel trend and get amongst nature, has pulled together a list of their top chalet stays across Australia, the perfect quirky stay for any time of the year.

Margaret River Bungalows


Margaret River Bungalows is nestled in the Margaret River, known for its craft breweries, boutiques and surrounding wineries. The chalets are perfect for a romantic couple getaway, with numerous nearby sights and activities to be explored. The accommodation is 43 km from Busselton and 37 km from Dunsborough.

Celestine Retreat

Featuring deluxe chalets, surrounded by lush gardens, Celestine Retreat boasts stunning panoramic views over the Southern Ocean, Wilson Inlet and the nearby valleys. Each self-contained chalet features a 2-person spa bath and a balcony. Celestine Retreat is 10 minutes' drive from Denmark and a 15 minutes' drive from Ocean Beach.

The Polish Place

The Polish Place offers award-winning, self-contained chalets, set on the escarpment of Tamborine Mountain with 180 degree views facing towards The Great Dividing Range. Each of these European-style mountain chalets includes fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. All have a dining area, private balcony, "cathedral ceiling" and a loft-style bedroom.

Pencil Creek Cottages

The beautiful spacious Pencil Creek Cottages situated in Mapleton, are perfect for a fun-filled stay. Great for active travellers looking to explore the area, the accommodation is close to hiking trails, golfing and cycling.

Bellingen Koompartoo Retreat

Set in Bellingen in the New South Wales region, Bellingen Koompartoo Retreat, features stunning patio and garden views. The chalets are fully equipped with the bedroom, kitchen with microwave, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and bathroom with a shower.

Birches Luxury Spa Chalets

Set on 12 acres in the heart of the Victorian Alps, this exclusive country estate offers luxurious accommodation featuring a spa bath and gorgeous mountain and valley views. Guests at the Birches Luxury Spa Chalets can even enjoy on-site massages.