It is vacation time and you have selected Australia as your relaxing destination. The idea of the Australia vacation rentals is to have the feeling that you are in a “home away from home.” Of course, before choosing this type of stay you have to know what your options are.
In the whole of Australia, there are generally two kinds of self-served accommodations. There are the standard condos, cottages, and villas in resort complexes and the free rentals offered directly by the owner. The former are more costly and are especially abundant in the big tourist hubs such as Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef. These are more costly, but you get a certain guarantee that the property is well managed and maintained. Also, you will have a variety of dining and entertainment facilities nearby in the complex. These types of Australia vacation rentals are perfect for large groups and especially for families with children. If you want to get a discount there you should book well in advance.
Your alternative is to hire a property that is managed and rented by the owner. These are generally cheaper than the previous type and you can reduce the costs of your stay even further by opting for a place with more modest furnishing that is further away from the tourist spots. Another advantage of these Australia vacation rentals is that you do not have to deal with a travel agent or a hotel chain, but directly with the owner. There are numerous websites with lots of ads posted that offer you to contact the landlord directly and do not charge you for the service. This allows you to negotiate the terms as well as the price of your stay. Australia is predominantly a tourist country so the owners know how the whole bargaining process works and you can expect to make a beneficial deal.
There are also certain disadvantages of hiring Australia vacation rentals from their owner. Unfortunately, some of the offers are fake or sometimes the owners are not honest do not let you see the real condition of the property before you go there. Thus, it is always best to ask them about how well maintained the place is and to show you some recent pictures. Also, you must not pay anything before you and the landlord have signed a written agreement beneficial for both sides. Some websites offering vacation homes in Australia offer to offset this risk for you for a small sum. Such a guarantee will protect your deposit as well as protect you from staying in a property that is in poor condition.