Top 10 Iconic Australian Accommodation
Coast to outback, Australia has a distinct natural beauty that has a way of staying with you. From urban hotels to remote lodges, these Australian hotels not only capitalise on their location but they have mastered the very essence of luxury. We have rounded up our favourite iconic Australian accommodation where luxury and nature go hand-in-hand.
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.
2352 Coles Bay Road, Coles Bay, TAS
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.
1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
Byron Bay is all things boho cool – impressive natural beauty, an incredible surf culture and relaxed vibes. Positioned on Byron Bay’s famed Belongil Beach, Elements of Byron has a nature-inspired vibe where guests can immerse themselves in fifty acres of lush rainforest and interwoven waterways. Recently renovated, stay in a luxury two-bedroom villa and sip a cocktail or two at their new pool with swim-up bar.
144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay
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?
Yulara Drive, Yulara
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.
7 Hickson Road, The Rocks
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.
20 Whitsunday Boulevard, Whitsundays
Sitting atop limestone cliffs on Kangaroo Island’s south-west coast, Southern Ocean Lodge seamlessly blends into the untamed beauty of its natural surrounds. Each of its 21 suites comes complete with a sunken lounge, generous sleeping area, modern glass-walled bathroom and outdoor terrace. The lodge, which has garnered a lot of attention for its design, has uninterrupted ocean views and is teeming with wildlife.
Hanson Bay Road, Kingscote
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.
Wilkinsons Road, Maryvale
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 fast-tracked to being one of Melbourne’s most talked about hotels – forty-six striking rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, original artworks, private decks and black Japanese bathtubs.
166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North
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, spa-like bathroom and terrace. The dining experience is second to none and if you really want to take in the scenery, jump on the back of a horse for an unforgettable trail ride.
2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley, NSW