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 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."
Eganstown, Victoria, Australia
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."
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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
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
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."
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."
Sunshine Beach, Australia