Where to stay in Australia
Arkaba Conservancy, Australia
This 1850's five-bedroom homestead is set in the heart of the ancient Flinders Ranges, home to some of the most spectacular outback scenery in the country, and offers a taste of classic Australian country hospitality. Arkaba is a 60,000 wildlife conservancy whose craggy sandstone bluffs and dry creek beds lined with River Red Gum trees are a quintessential Australian scene, while the acclaimed geological amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound lies on the property's northern boundary. Just a four and a half hour drive from Adelaide (or a one hour scenic charter flight), the Flinders Ranges is undoubtedly one of the most accessible outback destinations in Australia.
Rawnsley Park Station, Australia
Rawnsley Park Station is a classic Australian outback sheep station located on the edges of the infamous Wilpena Pound in the centre of the Flinders Ranges National Park, about a 3 hour drive north of Adelaide. The One and Two Bedroom Luxury Eco Villas are ideal for independent travellers, self-driving to the flinders as they have every creature comfort you could wish for as a base including stunning 360 views of the ranges.
Stranraer Homestead, Kangaroo Island
Located on a 1290 hectare working sheep station in the centre of Kangaroo Island, this delightful homestead has been immaculately restored to provide four beautiful guest rooms – each decorated and furnished in a warm, romantic style reminiscent of the Victoria era, with polished antique furnishings and rich colours.
The Louise, Australia
Set atop a gentle hill with sweeping views of the Barossa Valley, The Louise is surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines that produce some of Australia’s most significant wines. The acclaimed on-site restaurant ‘Appellation’ showcases quality regional seasonal produce in a casually elegant setting. The property has just 15 suites offering absolute luxury and inspired design, with sunrise or sunset vistas over the surrounding vineyards.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge is Kangaroo Island’s only world-class wilderness lodge - a sanctuary of comfort, style and intimacy. Located at Hanson Bay on the island’s south west coast, the lodge adjoins two National Parks and is at the heart of the island’s major attractions.
Berkeley River Lodge, Australia
Berkeley River Lodge is isolated in splendour on the remote north Kimberley coast. The perfect base to experience some of the ancient wonders of the Kimberley. Explore rugged gorges and swim in crystal clear pools beneath thundering waterfalls. Berkeley River Lodge is isolated in splendour on the remote north Kimberley coast and only accessible via a soaring one hour floatplane flight over this epic landscape. In this hidden corner of Australia you can enjoy barefoot luxury on secluded white sand beaches, explore rugged river gorges and some of the most ancient wonders of the Kimberley.
True North Cruises, The Kimberley
Arguably one of the most unique adventure-cruise operators in the world, True North offers activity-based itineraries in ultimate comfort and style aboard the ‘True North’ – a spacious, state-of-the-art, 50 metre luxury cruiser, purpose-designed and built for exploring Australia’s remote coastal waters. With a ratio of just 36 passengers and 20 crew, personalised service is assured.
The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa, Australia
Blending effortlessly with the majestic rainforest which surrounds it, The Byron at Byron’s open-plan design is enhanced by the use of rich timbers and wide covered verandahs, oversized cane lounges and slow turning fans - all of which combine to evoke a feeling of serenity and harmony with the environment.
Lizard Island, Australia
Australia’s northernmost island resort, located right on the Great Barrier Reef (240kms north of Cairns and 27kms off the coast of North Queensland), offers a very special island experience with 24 soft powdery white sand beaches and secluded stylish accommodation decorated in elegant sand and sea tones.
In Greek Qualia translates as collections of deeply sensory experiences which this stylish resort delivers in spades. Positioned on Hamilton Island but well away from the madding crowd. On arrival your private golf buggy will transport you from the ordinary to the extraordinary in the space of 10 minutes. As arrival entrances go Qualia is up there with the best and the views from the Long Pavilion are nothing short of spectacular, but then they should be since the resort is slap bang in the middle of the world’s largest marine park
Capella Lodge, Australia
Lord Howe Island is one of Australia’s secret treasures, an unspoilt sanctuary which a mere 280 people are lucky enough to call home. From the moment your plane sweeps in over the island’s sea cliffs, skims across the surf break that rims the lagoon and drops you in the shadow of two dramatic volcanic peaks, you’ll be in no doubt that you have landed in paradise! The island – which is eleven kilometres long and two kilometres wide – has been recognised as an exceptional natural environment, with flora and fauna conservation beginning with the declaration of a botanic reserve in 1882 and culminating with a UNESCO World Heritage listing in 1982. Despite its feeling of remoteness, Lord Howe is easily accessible – less than a two hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane.
Bedarra Island, Australia
At first glimpse you would be forgiven for thinking you have arrived in Seychelles, for the pristine white coves, studded with immense granite rocks are certainly more indicative of the Indian Ocean, but we can assure you this is most definitely Australia. Bedarra is a little known private island where you really can escape the outside world. There are just 8 private villas, tucked into 45 hectares of spectacular rainforest and with no more than 16 guests at any one time; this really is a place of solitude, exclusivity and immense natural beauty.
Beach Club, Hamilton Island, Australia
Hamilton Island is a buzzy island located amongst Queensland’s 74 Whitsunday Islands. We love the laid back vibe here - you ca do as much or a little as you like. The island has its own airport so it is easily accessible from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. It has its own marina with bars, restaurants and shops, its own zoo and even a golf course. The Great Barrier Reef can be accessed by boat, seaplane or helicopter and the famous Whitehaven Beach is a must do whilst in the region. Those seeking rest and relaxation can indulge in the spa or simply laze around the pool or no the beach. There is a number of accommodation choices on Hamilton Island, The Beach Club is Hamilton Island's boutique beachfront retreat, perfect for honeymooners
Glen Isla, Australia
If you’re looking for an escape from Melbourne or a recommended stop before heading to the Great Ocean Road, there’s simply nowhere more welcoming than this intimate country-house retreat set in the grounds of the historic Glen Isla Homestead (c 1870) on Phillip Island’s north coast, just 100 metres from a pristine sandy beach.
Lake House, Australia
Just a 1 hour 20 minute drive north-west of Melbourne, this small luxurious retreat offers a relaxing and indulgent gourmet experience in the heart of Victoria’s Spa Country. It is set on the tranquil shores of beautiful Lake Daylesford and boasts 33 rooms and suites furnished in a chic country-style. Surrounded by waterfall-fed streams and using minerals from the nearby natural hot springs, the state of the art Salus Spa boasts nine treatment areas including idyllic hot mineral water tubs in private tree-houses overlooking the lake. Other facilities at Lake House include an outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court.
Peninsula Boutique Hotel, Port Douglas
This lovely boutique property has one of the best locations in Port Douglas, it’s right on the beach and within walking distance of the café’s, shops and restaurants on Macorssan Street. This lovely property has one of the best locations in Port Douglas, it’s right on the beach and there is no traffic noise to mar the tranquil sounds of the sea. This is not a big, brash all singing, all dancing resort, rather a thoughtful adult’s only hideaway, perfectly suited for those looking for a relaxing stay in North Queensland.
Mount Mulligan Lodge, Australia
Mount Mulligan Lodge is a relative newcomer to Australia’s luxury lodge scene, offering laid back luxury in the heart of Queensland’s outback, with the 18-kilometre long sandstone escarpment of Mount Mulligan offering an impressive backdrop. Just a 35-minute scenic helicopter transfer or two-and-a-half-hour drive through the outback, Mount Mulligan is remote, rugged and quintessentially Australian.
The Reef House Resort & Spa, Australia
The Reef House Resort & Spa is a luxurious boutique resort with a sophisticated yet easy-going atmosphere and a stunning beachfront location in the heart of Palm Cove - at the gateway to the world’s most amazing natural wonders; the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Rainforest.
Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Australia
Wildman Wilderness Lodge is a high quality retreat set amidst the lush wilderness of Australia's breath-taking Top End, just outside Kakadu National Park (and 2 hours from Darwin). Its location in the Mary River Wetlands ensures a memorable nature based experience.
Smith’s Beach Resort, Margaret River
Location is everything and Smith’s Beach certainly has the best spot in Margaret River. Located among the sand dunes, this quintessential Australian resort is just steps from a beautiful stretch of pristine white sand, where surfers ride the waves just metres away.
COMO The Treasury, Perth
The fabulous new Treasury hotel occupies a group of late Victorian stone and brick buildings – known at ‘State Buildings’ which have paid an important role in the Perth’s history in the past 140 years, serving variously as a post office, land titles office, and treasury.
Quay Hotel Perth, Perth
Perth is emerging as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Australia, with billions of dollars of investment. A brand new addition to Perth’s dining scene, Elizabeth Quay is a waterfront area with sophisticated restaurants and cafés. The new boutique Quay Perth Hotel is situated right on the Esplanade, just behind Elizabeth Quay with incredible views over the Swan River.
Discovery Rottnest Island, Australia
Tucked behind the powder-soft sands of the renowned Pinky Beach, one of Western Australia’s most beautiful coastal locations, Discovery Rottnest Island is the ideal base to stay in while exploring this unspoilt island. Plus, it’s only a half-hour ferry ride from Perth!
The National Hotel Fremantle, Perth
A true labour of love, The National Hotel Fremantle, located right in the heart of historic Fremantle (or Freo as the locals call it) now boasts twelve individually styled rooms, a traditional stylish pub with some of the finest live music ‘Freo’ has to offer and a stunning rooftop bar with 360-degree views across the city and ocean.
Glass on Glasshouse, Australia
Just a 45 minute drive from Brisbane, Glass on Glasshouse is the perfect place to relax and unwind at the start or end of your Australian holiday. Accommodation is provided in three stylish architect designed cottages with free-standing glass on two sides to enhance the magnificent views of Mount Beerwah and Mount Coonowrin.
Henry Jones Art Hotel, Tasmania
The result of an exciting transformation of a row of historic 1820’s sandstone warehouses and a former jam factory located on Hobart’s vibrant waterfront (the very site where Europeans first landed in Tasmania over 200 years ago), the Henry Jones is Australia’s first and only dedicated art hotel.
Avalon Coastal Retreat, Tasmania
Avalon Coastal Retreat is a contemporary three-bedroom beach house which looks out across Great Oyster Bay on Tasmania’s stunning east coast. The house, which was designed by award-winning Australian architect Craig Rosevears, is a stylish blend of steel, glass and timber.
Peppers Seaport Hotel, Australia
This stylish contemporary hotel takes its character from its thriving waterfront location - it is set on the Tamar riverfront in Launceston, in the heart of the city’s redeveloped Seaport Dock area which has undergone a major transformation in recent years from an historic wharf into a vibrant social hub with shops, restaurants and cafés.
Rocky Hills Retreat, Tasmania
This bijou little love nest for two opened on Tasmania’s east coast in March 2010, set in 250 acres of wildlife-filled ancient forest, up a stony unsealed track. Owners Brett and Brian, who built the award-winning Avalon Coastal Retreat, have filled Rocky Hills Retreat with rich and provocative art, edgy books and sumptuous furnishings.
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