There’s something so soothing about staying on a lake. Maybe it’s the beautiful backdrop, whether it’s country or the coast. Maybe it’s the stillness of the water, broken only to swim, fish, boat, or indulge watersports. Or maybe it’s the thought of sipping coffee (or wine) while watching the sky change colours above. Whatever it is, we’re always down for lounging by the lake.
If you are too, this is the most lovely lakeside accommodation across Australia.
Jacks Corner Road, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
60 Majors Lane, Lovedale, NSW
In Tassie, the Lake St Clair National Park is pristine, and its lake is the deepest in Australia. There’s a 250-metre pier that juts out over the water, and Pumphouse sits proudly at the end. The 18-room hotel is the definition of industrial-chic: it’s imposing on the outside, yet cosy and luxurious inside, with floor-to-ceiling windows to soak up the incredible lake views.
Pumphouse Point Road, Lake St Clair, TAS
Top tip: Lake St Claire Lodge is the only other resort built within the World Heritage-listed area. The eco-friendly cabins are quaint and beautiful.
You deserve the finer things in life, so treat yourself to a stay at The Lakehouse in Daylesford – a charming country town known for its mineral springs and Victorian architecture. The retreat is luxe, with plush suites, a library and private cellar. It’s famous for the Salus Spa, where some services take place in treetop huts, and its restaurant, which holds two Chef’s Hats.
4 King Street, Daylesford, VIC
Can’t decide whether to spend your holiday by a lake or among the vines? These self-contained villas offer the best of both worlds. Built over a lake in the Mornington Peninsula, they’re part of Crittenden Estate, a vineyard that produces award-winning pinot noir. The villas come with all the mod cons, including a double spa bath and a balcony that extends over the lake.
25 Harrisons Road, Dromana, VIC
To venture to a hideaway a little closer to home, book the Cottage Point Inn. Sitting pretty on the waters of Cowan Creek and surrounded by Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, you will feel completely away from it all. And it’s all within a 50-minute drive to Sydney’s CBD. A foodie destination in its own right, they also offer two apartments that are designed as a romantic couples retreat.
2 Anderson Place, Cottage Point
For a similar vibe further south, check out Relbia Lodge, a luxury lakeside property that’s 10 minutes away from Launceston, making it the best base for day trips. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom house is gorgeous, and it can be divided into separate self-contained apartments. It’s next door to the Josef Chromy winery and restaurant – justtry to limit yourself to once visit!
338 Relbia Road, Relbia, TAS
It’s time to go cross-country – all the way to the Margaret River. Cape Lodge is a country house hotel-slash-gourmet-hotspot, and its location on the lake is the cherry on top. The hinterland estate has its own vineyard, as well as 22 luxe rooms and a restaurant that showcases the best local produce. Our tip? Do the Chef’s Harvest Dinner, held every Sunday.
3341 Caves Road, Yallingup, WA