Coast to coast, from the beach to the bush Australia's a distinct natural beauty leaves a lasting impression. From urban hotels to remote outback lodges, these Australian hotels manage to simultaneously harness the beauty of their surrounds and master the very essence of luxury. We're holidaying here this year so make the most of your Australian adventures by choosing accommodation that offers more than just a place to lay your head. These iconic hotels are the main event, serious drawcards that are worth planning your holiday around.
Enviable locations, unbelievable architecture and next-level luxury, you couldn't ask for more! Check out our edit of the most iconic accommodation in Australia.
The Most Iconic Accommodation in Victoria
In the wine region of Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, Jackalope weaves a story from the moment you arrive. Stumbling on a winning combination of architecture, design, a vineyard and two destination restaurants – Jackalope is a striking boutique hotel. Already one of the best luxury hotels on the Mornington Peninsula, Jackalope is fast-tracked to being one of Melbourne’s most talked about hotels. With forty-six striking rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, original artworks, private terraces, an outdoor infinity pool and black Japanese bathtubs. The hotel is also home to acclaimed fine dining restaurant, Doot Doot Doot from executive chef Simon Tarlington and sumptuous spa services.
From $1300 per night
166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North
The Most Iconic Accommodation in the Northern Territory
The spiritual soul of Australian culture, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is everything that is beautiful about the Australian landscape, and then some. Bask in the unparalleled views and changing lights of Uluru at Longitude 131°. Their 16 tented pavilions feature king beds, private balcony, climate control and complimentary in-suite bar. What more could you ask for?
From $1700 per night
Yulara Drive, Yulara
The Most Iconic Accommodation in South Australia
It's no secret that we have a massive crush on these two stunning holiday homes. The love story behind this beautiful boutique accommodation just makes us fall even deeper in love with this oasis. Emily and Richard Young both grew up holidaying on Kangaroo Island and later met on the island and fell in love with the land and each other. The two houses Hamilton House and Dune House pay tribute to the time they've spent on the island. With mid-century vibes and contemporary conveniences these two houses are truly iconic and enviable. Keen to keep browzing dreamy Kangaroo Island accommodation? Check out our guide.
From $800 per night
Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island
The Most Iconic Accommodation in New South Wales
As the only beachside resort in town, Elements is the very definition of indulgence. Nature-inspired with a lavish dose of bling, this blissful sanctuary is one of Byron’s main drawcards. What makes this one of the most luxurious accommodations in Byron Bay? Easy, the beautifully designed eco-villas, which come surrounded by acres of lush rainforest and interwoven waterways, whilst glistening lagoon pools, white cabanas and pop-up taco vans provide endless respite. All cabins have private access to Belongil beach so you can spend endless days lounging on the beach. Make sure you check out the swanky restaurant onsite and book in some time for pampering at their day spa. Pure bliss.
From $380 per night
144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay
Sitting in the shadows of one of Australia's most iconic landmarks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Park Hyatt well and truly capitalises on its harbourside location. They offer residential style guestrooms, harbour front dining with views out towards the Opera House, and a rooftop pool. The icing on the cake though is the round-the-clock butler service.
From $1000 per night
7 Hickson Road, The Rocks
Situated on a 7,000-acre wildlife reserve in the exquisite Wolgan Valley, One&Only have created a conservation resort without compromising on luxury. There are 40 freestanding suites, each with their own private pool, fireplace, , four-poster bed, spa bathroom and terrace. When you’re not blissing out in your villa taking in the truly epic Blue Mountains accommodation, explore the property with guided nature walks horse rides or indulge in a spa treatment before a next-level dining experience.
From $3000 per night
2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley, NSW
The Most Iconic Accommodation in Queensland
With the Great Barrier Reef as its backyard, Qualia could not be any more Australian or luxurious. There are 60 individual pavilions, all with stunning views of the Coral Sea. For something ultra-exclusive, experience their secluded Beach House with a large bedroom, 10-person dining area, private full-sized pool and separate guesthouse.
From $1350 per night
20 Whitsunday Boulevard, Whitsundays
Experience Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge and book a stay at Spicers Peak Lodge. Situated on 10,000 acres on Queensland’s Scenic Rim, there is no better way to relax in the country air. With a range of accommodation from loft suites to private lodges, expect luxury features like marble bathrooms and king-size beds. As for the food, its award-winning and every little bit delicious.
Price on application
Wilkinsons Road, Maryvale
The Most Iconic Accommodation in Perth
Housed in Perth’s historic 19th-century State Buildings, COMO The Treasury is a beautiful balance of Victorian and contemporary luxury. The two restaurants, a bar, lounge and library form part of The Treasury’s offerings, but with views extending across Swan River, The Treasury’s signature restaurant Wildflower garners the most attention, especially on the foodie trail.
From $565 per night
1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
The Most Iconic Accommodation in Tasmania
Drawing on Tasmania’s finest, Saffire Freycinet sets the standards for pure indulgence. Bespoke guestrooms, some with relaxing decks others with courtyards, overlook the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the turquoise waters of Great Oyster Bay. Take in the full Tasmanian experience with tailored culinary moments and immersive cultural experiences, otherwise dine at the exclusive Palate Restaurant. Keep the good times going with our guide to the best things to do in Tasmania.
From $2500 per night
2352 Coles Bay Road, Coles Bay
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