Australia has an extraordinary variety of hotels and lodges, most of which take advantage of the continent’s staggering natural beauty, diverse landscapes and gourmet culture. By no means an exhaustive list of luxury hotels in Australia – it would be impossible to name them all – we’ve highlighted a handful of exceptional stays to demonstrate the type of accommodation you can expect. From eco-luxe glamping on the fringes of the Indian Ocean to a safari-style bush hideaway, decadence in the desert and a pristine, off-grid island paradise, a stay in Australia is guaranteed to blow you away, so dive in and start dreaming.

Longitude 131

Longitude 131˚ is Australia’s most celebrated luxury camp. Offering direct views of Uluru and across the desert to Kata Tjuta, dotted among the red-rust dunes of the Central Desert are sixteen tented pavilions, each affording a connection with the outback landscape and its heritage, as well as a glamorous base from which to explore the wilderness.

Qualia, Hamilton Island

Qualia is situated on the northernmost part of Hamilton Island, surrounded by the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef and with views across the Coral Sea and Whitsundays. An oasis of Australian style, Qualia provides exceptional levels of award-winning luxury and intuitive, friendly service.

Lizard Island

Lizard Island presents elegant and understated Great Barrier Reef accommodation in a luxurious variety of rooms, suites and villas, all of which offer complete privacy. Activities include snorkelling, diving, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, visits to the Lizard Island Research Station, tennis under night lights, morning yoga on the beach and indulgent spa treatments.

Sal Salis

Stay at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and you can sleep under the stars in an eco-luxe safari tent, with the Cape Range National Park, the ocean and the night sky all to yourself. An opportunity to connect with nature in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the region, wake up with the sun and peek out onto miles of shimmering water and listed coral reefs.

Mona Pavilions

As befitting from a lodge linked to a museum of Australian modern art, Mona’s elegant dens on the river Derwent are a lesson in contemporary chic design. Not only is each named after an influential Australian artist or architect, but they also feature artworks from the Mona collection, so you can admire the view both inside and outside your pavilion.

Bamurru Plains

Immerse yourself in an extraordinary bush experience at Bamurru Plains, a safari lodge with exclusive access to 300 km of floodplains and savannah woodland on the edge of Kakadu National Park. Expect abundant bird and wildlife on your doorstep; there’s every chance you might bump into brumbies, buffalo, dingos and wallabies – or perhaps a sunbathing croc as you glide by on an airboat safari.

Lake House Victoria

Lake House lies on the shores of Lake Daylesford, near the Wombat State forest, an area of natural beauty complete with abundant local fauna and rejuvenating mineral springs. Play tennis followed by tea and refreshments in the  pavilion, a glass of wine by the fire in the cosy Argyle Library Bar or explore the myriad of sculptures and artwork from many of the region’s top artists.

Capella Lodge

Capella Lodge is Lord Howe Island’s premium luxury retreat, offering the ultimate island castaway escape with spectacular views of the ocean, subtropical reef and rolling green pastures. Nine island-style guest suites offer a relaxed, barefoot luxury atmosphere designed to reflect Lord Howe’s pristine natural environment, all rendered in a contemporary architectural style.

Freycinet Lodge

Freycinet National Park is the perfect spot to find peace and tranquillity, qualities echoed at Freycinet Lodge. Set in front of the dramatic Hazards Mountain range and overlooking the sapphire waters of Great Oyster Bay, expect secluded, stylish, and comfortable accommodation for a truly relaxing east coast escape.

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