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Inside the Pod in Lewisham, Tasmania, the most unique Airbnb stay in Australia

In the one of a kind home called ‘The Pod’ – complete with a hanging fireplace, outdoor wooden tub and breathtaking ocean views

  • Australia’s 10 ‘Most Wish List’ Unique Airbnb Stays Revealed for 2021
  • Number one is ‘The Pod’, a box-like structure on stilts overlooking the ocean in southeastern Tasmania
  • The one bedroom retreat owned by travel writer Alice Hansen is the perfect romantic getaway for couples

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A wooden box on stilts overlooking the ocean on the wild coast of South East Tasmania is Australia’s ‘highest wished’ unique residence for 2021.

The Pod, a box-like structure in Lewisham, 21 miles west of Hobart, is owned by travel writer Alice Hansen, who likes to think of her property as a ‘love letter’ to the country’s famously picturesque island nation.

Hanging meters above a mossy hill, the 40m² one bedroom retreat is the perfect getaway for couples and inspires guests with its breathtaking views and quirky interior.

The romantic getaway, with a free-standing outdoor pool and fireplace hanging from the ceiling, comes at a remarkably affordable price, with a nightly rate of just $280 (AUD) for two.

A wooden box on stilts overlooking the ocean on the wild coast of southeastern Tasmania is Australia's 'highest wish list' unique residence for 2021

A wooden box on stilts overlooking the ocean on the wild coast of southeastern Tasmania is Australia’s ‘highest wish list’ unique property for 2021

The Pod, a box-like structure in Lewisham, 21 miles west of Hobart, is owned by travel writer Alice Hansen, who likes to think of her property as a 'love letter' to the country's famously picturesque island nation.

The Pod, a box-like structure in Lewisham, 21 miles west of Hobart, is owned by travel writer Alice Hansen, who likes to think of her property as a 'love letter' to the country's famously picturesque island nation.

The Pod, a box-like structure in Lewisham, 21 miles west of Hobart, is owned by travel writer Alice Hansen, who likes to think of her property as a ‘love letter’ to the country’s famously picturesque island nation.

The floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the surrounding area and offer a panorama that includes Frederick Henry Bay and the Southern Ocean to the east and Mount Wellington/kunanyi to the west.

It has a custom pine couch and kitchenette equipped with the latest appliances, according to the Airbnb listing, but you have to be prepared to go off-grid as the Pod doesn’t have Wi-Fi.

Guests left dozens of glowing reviews after their stay, earning the property a rating of 4.86 out of 5 stars online.

A woman who spent three nights there in early July called it “an honor to stay in your incredibly designed and well-thought-out home.”

Others called it a ‘very cozy and special space’ with a ‘great’ view.

Floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the surrounding area

Floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the surrounding area

Floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the surrounding area

The romantic getaway includes a freestanding outdoor pool (pictured) and a fireplace hanging from the ceiling

The romantic getaway includes a freestanding outdoor pool (pictured) and a fireplace hanging from the ceiling

The house has a custom pine sofa and a bathroom with a large waterfall shower

The house has a custom pine sofa and a bathroom with a large waterfall shower

The romantic getaway includes a freestanding outdoor pool (left) and a fireplace hanging from the ceiling

Guests have left dozens of rave reviews after their stay, giving the property a 4.86 out of 5 stars online

Guests have left dozens of glowing reviews after their stay, earning the property a rating of 4.86 out of 5 online

Guests have left dozens of rave reviews after their stay, giving the property a 4.86 out of 5 stars online

Australia’s Top 10 ‘Most Wish List’ Stays on Airbnb

1. The Pod, Lewisham, TAS ($280 per night)

2. Alkira Eco-Glamping Hut, Emerald, VIC ($220 per night)

3. Apple Orchard Farm Stay, Blackheath, NSW ($785 per night)

4. Little Red Barn, Doonan, QLD ($310 per night)

5. Ryan’s Rest Tiny House, Pemberton, WA ($185 per night)

6. The Cube, Murray River, SA ($284 per night)

7. Bruny Island Hideaway, Bruny Island, BAG ($385 per night)

8. Retro Tram and Cottage, Lauriston, VIC ($320 per night)

9. Treehouse, Blue Mountains, NSW ($1,095 per night)

10. Clouds Safari, Beechmont, QLD ($288 per night)

Demand for quirky accommodation has skyrocketed since the pandemic began in early 2020, with Australian hosts of unique stays earning $12.5 million (AUD) collectively between March 2020 and April 2021.

A third of Australia’s 100 ‘most wished-for’ Airbnb properties have been classified as unique places, according to the travel platform, with a tram, tree house and ocean-floating house being the most popular.

Searches for unique lodgings have nearly doubled since the outbreak of the Covid crisis and it seems interest is only growing.

In the first three months of 2021, Australian searches for yurts – portable, round tents covered in hides or felts traditionally used as homes by nomadic groups in Central Asia – rose by 80 percent compared to the same period last year.

A woman who spent three nights at the Pod (pictured) in early July called it an “honor to stay in your incredibly designed and well-thought-out home.”

The house has a kitchenette (pictured) equipped with the latest appliances but you have to be prepared to go off grid as it has no wifi

The house has a kitchenette (pictured) equipped with the latest appliances but you have to be prepared to go off grid as it has no wifi

The house has a kitchenette (pictured) equipped with the latest appliances but you have to be prepared to go off grid as it has no wifi

Demand for tiny houses jumped 76 percent, the platform reported, while searches for farm houses also skyrocketed 66 percent.

Airbnb’s country manager for Australia and New Zealand, Susan Wheeldon, urged Aussies with quirky properties to capitalize on the enthusiasm for domestic travel by hosting the site.

“More than ever, Aussies consider their lodging itself the destination – and that means homes that are a fun, quirky adventure in their own right,” Ms Wheeldon said.

She added, “The sky really is the limit when it comes to the kind of spaces people can put on Airbnb.”

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