The Edge, Australia

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It might not be the most dif­fi­cult of these prop­er­ties to ac­cess, but The Edge may well take out top honours for the most dra­matic architecture. As its name sug­gests, the space­ship­like hol­i­day home on the tip of Port Dou­glas ap­pears to be pre­car­i­ously perched on the side of Flagstaff Hill, can­tilevered over trop­i­cal jun­gle, with amaz­ing views of Queens­land’s Co­ral Sea and Four Mile Beach.

An hour’s drive from the near­est air­port in Cairns, the con­crete clam­like mas­ter­piece was con­ceived by ar­chi­tect Charles Wright to max­imise the ex­pan­sive views, but also en­sure that those vis­it­ing the pub­lic look­out above would not have their panorama hin­dered. The set­ting is the gate­way to two World Her­itage sites, the Dain­tree Rain­for­est and the Great Bar­rier Reef, and when you step through the front door and catch your first glimpse of the ocean, you’ll find it hard to leave.

With two bed­rooms and three bath­rooms, The Edge is not huge. But it’s de­signed to max­imise space and light, from the open-plan kitchen, liv­ing and din­ing rooms to strate­gi­cally placed mir­rors that re­flect the 10-me­tre in­fin­ity pool on the bal­cony, ac­cessed by re­tractable glass. Could this be Australia’s ul­ti­mate beach rental? www.stayz.com.au.

Only here: En­joy ul­tra-mod­ern architecture at its finest in a pri­vate abode on the verge of not one, but two, World Her­itage sites.

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