Australia is home to picture-perfect beaches, UNESCO-recognised coral reefs, world-famous architecture, and bustling laneways with amazing coffee and organic eats. Add the fact that most airlines fly directly into the country, and it is no surprise that many Singaporeans have frequent vacations there. Who likes multiple airport transfers to get to a destination, anyway?
The laid-back country has been experiencing a massive boom in its hospitality industry, especially with the increasing number of tourists coming into Australia. The result? New hotel openings taking place from coast to coast — literally.
If you’re planning a trip to the Land Down Under this year, we’ve picked out the most exciting hotel openings in Australia for 2017. Now all you have to do is plan your itinerary to enjoy what the various Australian cities have to offer. G’day, mate!
(Main image: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour)
Opening: November 2017
Set on Darling Drive, the hotel is Sydney’s first new-build five-star hotel in 15 years. It complements the new Sydney International Convention Centre and features eateries, a ballroom, and a rooftop club lounge and outdoor pool deck with panoramic harbour and city views. Designed by renowned Sydney architect Richard Francis-Jones, the hotel is encased in a striking lacework glass facade.
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, 12 Darling Drive, 2000 Sydney, Australia
Opening: September 2017
The Pullman Brisbane Airport, part of a twin hotel complex (which includes a 3.5-star Ibis,) is part of the wave of airport hotels opening in Australia. Adjoining a new Brisbane Airport Conference Centre, the hotel will feature 130 rooms (including presidential suites,) a free-form leisure pool, a 20m lap pool with poolside daybeds and pergolas, a restaurant, and club lounge.
Pullman Brisbane Airport, Airport Drive, 4008 Brisbane Airport, Australia
Opening: December 2017
W Brisbane, part of a mixed-use development, marks the re-entry of the W brand to Australia. Upon completion, the hotel will offer 305 stylish guest rooms, including 25 suites and an Extreme Wow Suite (the presidential suite.) It will also feature more than 960sqm of meeting and event space, a business centre, spa, workout facility, indoor heated swimming pool and retail space, as well as three restaurants and bars.
W Brisbane, 300 George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia, +61 1800 025 525
Opening: June 2017
Located on the water edge of the Macquarie Wharf in Hobart is Macq 01. The hotel, described as a “storytelling hotel”, references a different character from Tasmania’s history in each of its 114 rooms — including two 105sqm luxury harbour suites. The hotel will also include a bar and restaurant that celebrates the state’s early industries.
Macq 01, 18 Hunter St Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
Opened: March 2017
Marriott International introduces Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands to Melbourne’s rejuvenated and popular Docklands area, forming part of the much anticipated Marina Tower complex. The hotel will feature 273 contemporary rooms and suites boasting harbour and city views. It is also within proximity of Melbourne’s iconic attractions and laneways, markets, boutiques, and exhibitions and galleries — all accessible via a free tram.
Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands, 443 Docklands Drive, Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, 3008, Australia