Tim McIntyre is the senior real estate reporter for the Daily Telegraph and News.com.au.
Over the past decade, he has attained widespread knowledge of Australia’s many unique property markets and is an authority on all things buying, selling and investing.
His commentary appears every Saturday in the Daily Telegraph Real Estate lift out, as well as online at news.com.au.
Summer is almost here and when you have a climate like Australia’s, near enough is good enough from about September onwards. At this time of year, plenty of us are planning our coastal holidays.
And unlike those unfortunate souls in Europe and the UK, Australians don’t need a passport to see the world’s best beaches, they’re right here. Every state around the perimeters of the wide brown land has its own nooks, crannies and hidden spots where paradise becomes reality. And depending on where you go, and how simply you are prepared to live while on your break, you can stay in some breathtakingly beautiful locations without breaking the bank.
However, more than 95 per cent of the population lives close to the coast, and that number increases substantially come holiday season. So it’s important to book ahead of time. In fact, leaving it even as late as now might be stretching it, so it would be best to act quickly.
When it comes to beach holidays, the more friends you have, the cheaper it is, especially when booking a house or apartment rather than a hotel.
Some such properties can be less than half the price of a hotel and if you bring some friends along, you can end up renting a luxury property. This will work extremely well should you be able to travel with two or more couples, or perhaps combine two families on a holiday. Besides, how good hotels really are is definitely open to debate. Not everyone can justify the extra costs and endless added fees just to have someone else make your bed, pick up your towels and empty your bin.
The aforementioned helpful Aussie climate, which stays temperate for most of the year, means that you have the bonus option of saving even more money if you can delay your holiday to an off peak month. You might even find you have the beach, the movies and other family activity favourites to yourself.
To source the best deal for your location, simply head online. There are a wealth of sites dedicated to sourcing and displaying deals for coastal getaways, which simply require you to enter the location you wish to travel to and the dates you want to be there. There is also the option to stay in someone’s vacant house for even cheaper, or potentially house sit, if you are happy to explore all social media outlets.