Party season is approaching so we’ve scoured the country from coast to coast looking for homes groaning with features to get your guests in a party mood.
5 beds, 6 baths, 10 cars
Celebrity chef Shannon Bennett’s zinc-clad holiday pad is almost brand new but it’s yours for your next party. Guest can admire the ocean view or hunker down on hot days by the 25-metre indoor pool. When the guests leave, chill out on the yoga deck.
Of course the home of chef means there’s an indoor and outdoor kitchen, a wood-fired oven, a Brazilian parilla grill – and a kitchen garden of vegetables and herbs.
4 beds, 3 baths, 6 cars
This three-level house wraps around a central entertaining with a plunge pool. It’s only a party pie throw away from the massive kitchen with a fully equipped butler’s pantry.
4 beds, 4 baths, 4 cars
Set on a double Main River block with a 30-metre east-facing river frontage, this house has entertaining sorted. Features include a spectacular skyline view, an inviting riverfront pool, a wet bar and a ballroom described as “modest”. Is there ever anything modest about a ballroom?
6 beds, 3 baths, 4 cars
This sizeable home has views over Middle Harbour to the city skyline, lift access to all floors, a “resort” backyard with pool – and, best of all, gatecrashers can be resisted due to its fingerprint security access, HD CCTV, alarm and video intercom.
6 beds, 5 baths, 4 cars
This redeveloped Art Deco mansion includes an extensive lawn, mosaic tiled pool, cabana and resort-style gardens overlooking the ocean.
There are also views of the city skyline, Opera House and Harbour Bridge from the upstairs rooms. Start planning your The Great Gatsby-themed party now.
3 beds, 3 baths
A snappy 45 minutes by boat or ferry service from central Sydney will find you in this timber retreat perched on Pittwater with national parkland on two sides. You could relax or party in the new year on the private jetty.
5 beds, 4 baths, 3 cars
This circa-1929 house set within what the agents describe as possibly South Yarra’s largest private garden – about 1060 square metres. There’s no pool or tennis court so it offers plenty of room for hosting a couple of hundred friends for new year’s.
5 beds, 4 baths, 4 cars
The interior brick work might be dated but just think about the spacious outdoor grass area overlooking the valley for a family wedding – just bring in the rose bower! The family room with wet bar leads to the gardens and pool area and features a central fireplace for when the summer storms roll in.
4 beds, 3 baths, 4 cars
Best described as a lifestyle retreat, this large family home is only 35 minutes from Adelaide and includes extensive grounds, and a spa, sauna and indoor pool which is perfect for your next Meet the Parents-themed party (BYO volley ball).
4 beds, 4 baths, 2 cars
This one-level oasis ticks the resort-style checklist. All roads lead to the north-facing outdoor entertaining area with a pool, tropical landscaping and built-in bench seating with artificial turf and charcoal tiles. You might never need to go to Bali again.
8 beds, 3 baths, 3 cars
Own a slice of Australian history with this heritage-listed sandstone residence from the 1880s. Offering a range of accommodation options including a stand-alone two-storey cottage, there’s ample sleep-over room to get the whole gang together for a classy festive shindig.