11 Luxe Aussie Destinations You Didn't Know Existed
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Ever had deep fomo while scrolling through Instagram watching your favourite ~influencers~ living it up at some luxury hotel? Yep, us too.
But you know what kids? Maybe one day that dream could become a reality, and we're going to show you a bunch of uber ~LUXE~ Aussies destinations that'll give you some motivation to make the booking. Thanks to our friends at Vodka O we invite you to please drool over these 11 luxury escapes you never knew existed Down Under. And who knows, you could be that person on Instagram who people get jealous of. Can you I-M-A-G-I-N-E?
1. Thalia Haven - Great Oyster Bay
In our beautiful state across the Tasman, you'll find Thalia Haven, a property that looks as majestic as it sounds. Perched atop a peninsula in Great Oyster Bay, this hotel boasts sprawling coastal views, roaring fires, rich wooden architecture and our personal fave, an outdoor bath overlooking the sea. Described as being, "dramatic", "elemental" and "wild" this little slice of coastal sounds exactly like the perfect moody holiday.
2. The Pole House - Great Ocean Road
When travelling along Victoria's Great Ocean Road, you'd expect to see some ocean. You'd be bitterly disappointed if you didn't. But could you ever imagine staying INSIDE the ocean? Widely considered the most photographed home along the infamous stretch of coastline, The Pole House is a luxury rental property that spikes out 40m above Fairhaven Beach. The pictures alone, show just how breathtaking this luxury location is, you'll truly be swimming with the fishies here.
3. Longitude 131 - Uluru National Park
When you think of the dusty desert landscape surrounding Uluru in Northern Territory, you might be mistaken for thinking you'd be roughing it out there. Well not at Longitude 131. This luxury resort sprawls across the basecamp featuring 16 tented pavilions that are a lot less camping and a lot more glamping. Outdoor plunge pools, lavish decks overlooking the great heartland of Australia and beautiful Aboriginal artwork all make this one of the most iconic locations in our backyard.
4. One&Only - Wolgan Valley
Nestled in the Blue Mountain's stunning Wolgan Valley, this "ultra-luxury" resort is perfect for anyone interested in a cosy getaway. Relax inside one of the homestead villas complete with a double-sided fireplace, private pool and a veranda to watch the locals (Kangaroos) out on their morning run. Go into ultimate leisure mode with a trip to their spa, or indulge in the locally sourced menu at their restaurant OR simply...do not much at all.
5. Jackalope Hotel - Mornington Peninsular
Like your holidays with a splash of art? The Jackalope Hotel in Victoria's Mornington Peninsular was designed in collaboration with some of Australia's sharpest creatives. The rooms are reflective of this, with sleek minimalist designs, moody grey colour schemes and incredible art installations for you to stare at all day. Oh and if that isn't enough to entice the ~cool~ kid inside of you, there's also a vineyard on the estate. Done and done.
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6. Mansion Hotel & Spa - Werribee
As the name suggests, this hotel is quite literally a mansion. This former Seminary, 30 minutes outside of Melbourne, is the perfect getaway if you want to feel like royalty without actually being a royal. And we all can't have a Meghan Markle fairytale ended, can we?! There's a library, a spa, a restaurant, but most impressive of all are the Mansion's palatial gardens that ooze 18th century French aristocracy. We want in!
7. Southern Ocean Lodge - Kangaroo Island
Head to Kangaroo Island in South Australia and you'll find the impressive coastal Southern Ocean Lodge. In an almost perfect row, 21 lodges sit along the coastline, peering out into the vast seascape. Guided hikes, outdoor spas, 5-star dining, spa facilities or simply breathing in the fresh air - there's something luxurious for everyone here.
8. Spicers Retreats - Scenic Rim
For those adventure-hungry travellers out there who still like a taste of the good life, then we've got just the place for you. The Scenic Rim mountain-range is home to some of the best hiking trails this country has to offer, and the perfect place to rest your weary tootsies after a long day, is the Spicers Retreat luxury canopy glamping camp. Complete with a hot tub, a king size bed and polished timber floors - you'll forget you're in the great outdoors and not inside a 5-star hotel room.
9. Thorngrove Manor - Stirling
Ever wanted to stay inside a castle but haven't got the time to travel to the historical landmarks in Europe? Well look no further than Stirling in Adelaide, where you can let your imagination run wild with tales of dungeons and dragons. Rooms at the manor hotel feature canopy beds with tapestry draping, rich wood carvings, and rustic surrounds. Fit for a fair m'lady.
10. The Berkeley River Lodge - Kimberley Coast
The Kimberley Coast in Western Australia really has to be seen to be believed. And what better place to do that than at The Berkeley River Lodge. The villas are simple, so don't expect anything overdone, but the luxury truly is in the view. And if you want a little more, take a 4WD drive along the beach or dine at their impresive restaurant.
11. Paperbark Camp - Jervis Bay
Want to go bush? You've got to head to Jervis Bay in New South Wales and stay at the Paperbark Camp - it's a glampers dream. Don't muck around either and nab a King Deluxe safari tent right in the thick of the gum trees. These private canopy tents will help you escape into your own little slice of the bush, but you'll still be able to enjoy all of the mod cons including electricity, running hot water but they do encourage you to switch off your phones and become one with nature. We reckon we can handle that. BRB.