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Airbnb Host Award Winners for 2023 Revealed

Australia's most welcoming, creative and thoughtful Airbnb Hosts have been recognised as part of the platform's third annual Host Awards.

Celebrating the top Hosts and their listings on offer across the country, the Airbnb Host Awards aim to shine a spotlight on exceptional Hosts for the incredible hospitality they offer guests, along with the benefits they bring to their communities. 

With categories including Most Unique Stay and Best Design Stay, winners range from a converted 1920s steam train carriage in Victoria’s Otway Ranges, to a beautifully restored terrace in the Southern Tablelands.

The Cottage at Dunmore Farm – a circa 1860 homestead set on a working farm in Molyullah among the idyllic picturesque valley of Victoria’s High Country – picked up the award for Best Nature Stay. 

This year’s Host of the Year award went to Veronica and Colin Eastmure who treat their guests to a range of wholesome experiences, such as handwritten welcome notes, marshmallows by the fire pit, comfy robes and fluffy slippers, at their stunning Down at The Dale farmstay in the rural Sunshine Coast township of Conondale. 

West Australian Host Sarah Abbott took out the Best New Host Award for her luxury light-filled loft located in the beating heart of Fremantle's historic West End district.

This year’s new category, Best Room Host, was awarded to Skye Lanser who provides a room in her design-forward Forest Lodge home in Sydney offering the ultimate inner-city experience.

Winning Hosts were selected based on extensive Airbnb data, guest scores and reviews, with oversight from a panel of judges that included Australia and New Zealand Airbnb Country Manager Susan Wheeldon and Superhost Sarah Huang (Yang-Fen) who also sits on Airbnb’s global Host Advisory Board.

You can explore the incredible winners and finalists of the 2023 Host Awards here.

It’s the third year that Thrive has delivered this campaign for Airbnb completing our Always On PR calendar, so of course we have some highlights over the past few years. Here are our favourites!


In the biggest and first Australian ‘Only On Airbnb’ ever, we brought the iconic Heeler home to Brisbane – for real life!


To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, guests were transported to Middle-earth™ with an exclusive overnight stay at the iconic Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand.

Nine Perfect Strangers

Newsjacking the hottest show on Amazon Prime by listing the incredible Byron Bay retreat where it was filmed on Airbnb Luxe.

Barbie’s Malibu DreamHouse

In celebration of the highly anticipated release of BARBIE, Ken invited two lucky guests to stay in the newly revamped Malibu DreamHouse in all its Kendom glory.

Owen Wright

Australia's first surfing Olympic medalist and Airbnb Superhost, Owen Wright, offered one family the chance to enjoy an unforgettable summer getaway in his luxury Byron Bay surf shack.

Steve Cordony

Interior stylist Steve Cordony opened the doors to his idyllic Rosedale Farm estate for an exclusive Easter getaway.

Gwyneth Paltrow

The Goop founder gave one lucky fan the opportunity to live like an A-lister (for one night at least) by listing her Montecito guesthouse on Airbnb. The stay even included the opportunity to meet the star herself!

Logan Martin

To mark one year to go until Paris 2024, Olympic gold medalist and champion BMX rider Logan Martin offered one group an unforgettable getaway at his Gold Coast pad. The stay included a once-in-a-lifetime BMX demonstration and session with Logan in his state-of-the-art backyard skatepark.

$10 million OMG! Fund

The OMG! Fund was announced to help finance out-of-this-world spaces, giving 100 people the opportunity to turn their ideas into actual OMG! Category listings, which are Airbnb’s collection of the most unique homes.


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