7 unique getaways in Australia
By Mat Lewis on Apr 14, 2023 in Accommodation, Australia, Oceania, Regions, Resorts, Vacation Rentals
Filled with a diverse range of land and seascapes, Australia has an adventure for every kind of traveller. It has beautiful islands, lush forests and majestic mountains home to flora and fauna you won’t find elsewhere! On top of that, it is also home to world cities with iconic destinations. Because of this diversity, Australia boasts a wide array of luxurious accommodations set in picturesque and one-of-a-kind locations. To help you experience our beautiful land, we’ve handpicked 7 unique getaways that will place you in the midst of nature along with unforgettable city haves that will treat you to Australian charm and hospitality.
Daintree Ecolodge, Queensland
At Daintree Ecolodge, you’ll be surrounded by the lush greenery of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. To fully immerse yourself in your surroundings, take a dip in the swimming hole or listen to the relaxing sounds of the on-site waterfall as you unwind. The lodge offers 15 spa bayans (treehouses) that will take your breath away. Imagine waking up to the panoramic view of the tropical rainforest from the comfort of your own bed. The floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors in the treehouses create a seamless connection between the indoors and outdoors, making the view feel like a living artwork of flora and fauna. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway or a family adventure, this getaway offers something for everyone. Take a guided tour through the thriving ecosystem or participate in a traditional smoking ceremony to cleanse your mind, body, and soul.
Wilson Island, Queensland
If you’re yearning to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience a slice of paradise, then Wilson Island is the perfect getaway for you. Nestled amongst the lush tropical vegetation are fully-furnished glamping tents that provide a comfortable and luxurious stay. With only 18 guests allowed on the island at any given time, you’ll be treated to an intimate and secluded retreat. This unique escape is an adults-only getaway with glamping tents dotted throughout the small island. Each tent comes with a furnished deck where you can enjoy a morning coffee or a sunset cocktail while taking in the breathtaking views. The real draw of Wilson Island, however, is its proximity to the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Just a few paces from your tent, you’ll have access to some of the richest and most pristine marine life in the world. Snorkel, scuba dive, or simply swim in the turquoise waters and be amazed by the beauty that surrounds you.
Domescapes in the Vines, Tasmania
Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or simply a peaceful retreat, Domescapes in the Vines offers a unique and unforgettable experience in Tasmania. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by one of the bespoke geodesic domes. Each of the domes is equipped with en suite bathrooms and outdoor baths. With the Tasmanian weather in mind, these energy-efficient domes are built with double insulation and solar vents to ensure maximum comfort during your stay. The sweeping views of the vineyard and the starry night sky from inside the domes set the mood for a romantic and luxurious experience unlike any other! At this eye-catching getaway, you’ll also have the opportunity to indulge in an immersive wine lover’s adventure with their Tasmanian wine and cheese tour. Take a stroll through the vineyard, savour the flavours and aromas of local wines and cheeses, and learn all about the history and culture of the region.
Berkeley River Lodge, Western Australia
One of the most remote luxury getaways in Australia, The Berkeley River Lodge is only accessible via water or air travel—literally away from it all! This luxe escape offers only 20 villas ensuring an exclusive and intimate atmosphere where you can relax on your private balcony or take a moonlit dip in your outdoor bathtub. Each villa is designed with comfort and luxury in mind, complete with plush bedding, modern amenities, and breathtaking views of the wilderness. At Dunes, the on-site restaurant, you can indulge in flavours as rich as the scenery. Using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, the chefs at The Berkeley River Lodge create mouthwatering dishes that will tickle your tastebuds. There’s also an outdoor pool and guests have easy access to a private beach too. At this getaway, you’re invited to enjoy barefoot luxury in a wonderful and secluded location.
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Little National Hotel Sydney
If you’re someone who appreciates the beauty of minimalism, you’re going to love Little National Hotel Sydney. This stylish contemporary hotel features plenty of communal spaces creating a chic, compact, and modern environment that has everything you need (and more!) when on vacation. The rooms feature a Japanese-inspired style with efficient spatial planning that maximises every inch of space available—especially for the smaller rooms that are perfect for solo travellers. The calming neutral colour scheme in the rooms perfectly achieves that sense of zen and tranquillity which makes for a perfect relaxing haven in the city. Little National Hotel Sydney also boasts a stylish library and rooftop lounge where you can unwind, work, or simply take in the stunning city views.
Oval Hotel, North Adelaide
Wrapped around Adelaide’s iconic oval, the Oval Hotel offers a unique and luxurious experience for those looking to indulge in spaces with contemporary design while enjoying expansive views of the city’s historic parklands. The hotel’s rooms have been carefully designed to offer the best when it comes to comfort and luxury. The hotel also offers a range of dining options to suit every palate including the reservation-only Five Regions Restaurant, the bespoke wine bar and kitchen, as well as more casual options such as Malt Shovel Taphouse and Koffee Ink Cafe—both overlooking the picturesque River Torrens. The Oval Hotel is also packed with options for adventure both on- and off-site, making it the perfect choice for travellers seeking a mix of excitement and relaxation in the heart of the city.
Discovery Rottnest Island, Western Australia
Situated behind the sand dunes of Pinkie Beach, Discovery Rottnest Island offers low-impact glamping tents that provide the perfect space where you can disconnect from the world and immerse yourself in nature. Surrounded by undisturbed ocean views, the eco-tents offer a wonderful balance of comfort and tranquillity. Take advantage of the many activities available on the island such as snorkelling, diving, and fishing, or just relax and chill out on the pristine beach. In the evenings, enjoy a cool drink at the bar or dine at the restaurant which serves delicious local cuisine. Also, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the island’s resident cuties, the quokkas, known as the happiest animals on earth! Their adorable smiling faces will surely brighten up your day and will make your beach getaway even more memorable.
Collect one-of-a-kind moments at these unique escapes in Australia. Each of these amazing stays will add a special touch to your vacation!
Mat Lewis is Co-Founder & CEO of View Retreats. View Retreats is a luxury travel agency offering a handpicked collection of the world’s best hotels, resorts and villas.
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