With so many unique choices of accommodation to stay in when visiting Australia, there’s no excuse to plump for a standard hotel. Your accommodation can be an experience in itself – combine both for a truly unforgettable stay.
Find out more about these alternatives to regular holiday homes in Australia, from the surreal to the sophisticated.
Old Leura Dairy, New South Wales
These dwellings in the Blue Mountains are constructed from 80% recycled materials to create a cluster of eco-lodges. Choose from ‘The Milking Shed’, ‘Moo Manor’, ‘Buttercup Barn’ and more – all cosied up amid the forests with private balconies and luxury facilities. Snuggle by the fire or unwind on your patio platform under canopy shade: a perfect tranquil holiday spot.
Satellite Island, Tasmania
In the midst of the gorgeous D’Entrecasteaux Channel, a small secluded island is circled by sea eagles and wild shellfish. There, you can rent the entire location, including a summerhouse, a boathouse, and a luxury bell tent – exclusively limited to 8 guests.
The going rate for hiring out the island includes gourmet breakfast each day and unlimited access to fresh oysters caught at the on-site sea farm. It’s a wild ocean paradise and life-affirming experience for all who stay there.
Broome-Time Accommodation & Art Gallery, Western Australia
This integrated hotel and art galleries in breath-taking Broome have Have a great selection of artists-in-residence who produce stunning native Australian inspired art pieces. Broome is a beautiful town adorned with red cliffs, crystal white oceans and waterfalls, for an authentic Australian experience.
Visit the on-site gallery to peruse its full collection, but benefit from art within each room, too. Choose from luxury suites and studios fit for one or the whole family and be sure to stop by the art shop for a memento of your trip before checking out.
Fancy staying in a concrete high-rise car park? No? Wait – you haven’t heard about this one.
Notel is not a hotel. It’s a unique accommodation experience, perched nondescriptly on the roof of a Melbourne car park. Up there, you’ll find 6 shiny chrome trailers, kitted out with luxury linen, your own iPad Pro complete with Netflix and a virtual concierge, and its own outdoor deck with a communal area where you can meet other travellers. One of these designer trailers also features a private ‘Saphire Spa’ – a fluorescent-lit jacuzzi overlooking the urban street below.
Love Cabins, New South Wales
Nestled among the treetops in NSW’S Blue Mountains are the Love Cabin getaways – a stay in one of their romantic retreats will turn you off normal hotel rooms for life. If you had to pick between a treehouse, a tee pee, a solar-powered cabin, and a large wood and glass house in the forest, all encased by mountains, ravines and birdsong… which would you choose? It’s a tough call, so you may need to come back more than once.
Injidup Spa Retreat, Western Australia
On the coast of Yallingup, you’ll find the sanctuary of Injidup Spa Retreat, an ocean-view getaway complete with top of the range pampering facilities. Choose from one-bedroom, two-bedroom or honeymoon villas, each providing guests with their own complementary hamper on arrival.
Enjoy in-floor heating, your own fire, LCD TV, and an iPad docking station per room, plus inclusive access to the on-site Bodhi J Spa. Book yourself in for a massage, facial and body wrap, then take a dip in the pool as the sun sets. Beautiful!
Longitude 131°, Australia’s Northern Territory
Situated in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the rich Aboriginal culture of the Northern Territory, you can rent a lodge beneath Australia’s iconic Ayers Rock out in the absolute seclusion of the red-sand desert. Camping never got so surreal or had a view so magnificent. Within the community of luxury lodges, there is also restaurants where you can soak up panoramic views of the dunes, and Spa Kinara, where you can treat yourself to a therapeutic massage or deep cleanse facial.