Airbnb Host Awards

Australia

Airbnb is celebrating Australia’s most welcoming, creative and big-hearted Hosts in the first ever Host Awards program. Explore all the winners and finalists, across six categories, who go above and beyond for their guests and the wider community.

Meet the judges

Host Awards Judge
Steve Cordony
Australia’s leading Interior Design personality and influencer, who seamlessly matches his undisputed style and flair with an entrepreneurial spirit which lends to his standout projects, including Rosedale Farm and events Australia-wide.
Host Awards Judge & Host Advisory Board Member
Merrydith Callegari
One of Australia’s most engaged Hosts, Merrydith started hosting in 2016 and has been a Host Club leader for four years. In 2020, Merrydith was appointed to Airbnb’s esteemed global Host Advisory Board.
Host Awards Judge
Steve Cordony
Australia’s leading Interior Design personality and influencer, who seamlessly matches his undisputed style and flair with an entrepreneurial spirit which lends to his standout projects, including Rosedale Farm and events Australia-wide.
Host Awards Judge & Host Advisory Board Member
Merrydith Callegari
One of Australia’s most engaged Hosts, Merrydith started hosting in 2016 and has been a Host Club leader for four years. In 2020, Merrydith was appointed to Airbnb’s esteemed global Host Advisory Board.

2021 winners

Australian Host Awards

Host of the Year

Living on an historic farm that was her great, great grandfather’s, Kate continues to preserve her family history by sharing her two listings with others — complete with a taste of Kate's unique sense of hospitality.

"I believe welcoming and bidding farewell to my guests are an important element of being hosted. Making a lovely homemade breakfast like muesli, jam and bread for them makes all the difference."
— Kate
Eganstown, Victoria, Australia

Australian Host Awards

Best Designed Stay

With a passion for design, Lauren — together with her family and friends — combined her love of brutalist architecture with local artisans to create a home away from home in Hobart, Tasmania.

"I wanted to build something that would be comfortable and make the most of the views while also being moody, glamorous and relaxed."
— Lauren
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Australian Host Awards

Best Unique Stay

Rick and Steph built Gawthorne's Hut on their property in Mudgee, New South Wales — an eco hut designed for couples that offers guests peace, privacy and a sense of isolation.

"We kept the facilities fairly minimalist (no TV or radio) and just went off-grid so that guests could focus on the wilderness."
— Rick And Steph
Buckaroo, New South Wales, Australia

Australian Host Awards

Best Regional Stay

Surrounded by over 830 acres of land, this old grain shed was transformed by Neil and Bel into a private, wheelchair accessible bush sanctuary — the perfect place for guests to immerse themselves in the Aussie outback.

"We work with local Indigenous organisations to protect significant sacred sites on the property and continue preserving the iconic Australian bush scenes."
— Neil and Bel
Goomburra, Queensland, Australia

Australian Host Awards

Most Magical Experience

Cam turned his 30 years of surf and rescue experience into helping others discover Coasteering — a blend of rock-hopping, shore-scrambling, swell-riding, and rock-jumping, and definitely not for the faint-hearted.

"Silly jokes, on top of my rescue talents, put people at ease. It’s all about overcoming a challenge together and conquering your fears."
— Cam
Yallingup, Australia

Australian Host Awards

Best Community Contribution

Two years ago, Adrienne decided to open her doors to people who needed a place to take a break and recharge, after they had been caring for others.

"I wanted to do some form of community service, and when a good friend suggested using the downstairs self-contained apartment of my house, I took the jump. Today, I am a big advocate for Carers QLD."
— Adrienne
Sunshine Beach, Australia

Finalists around Australia

Homes

Petit Eco Cabin - Singles & Couples Retreat
Price:$457 AUD / night
Heartwood Cabin Farmstay
Price:$314 AUD / night
Bruny Island Hideaway
Price:$385 AUD / night

Experiences

Australia
Tea, Talk & Tarot consultation and chat
Australia
The Tasmanian Guitar Experience
Australia
Walking with Alpacas

Airbnb Host Awards

New Zealand

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