While Australia is popular for its cosmopolitan cities like Melbourne and Sydney, there is more to the land down under than meets the eye. With more than 40 percent of the country still untouched, the nations boasts some of the most scenic landscapes in the world, treating visitors to ultra-luxurious experiences hard to come by in other continents in the world.
It comes as no surprise, then, that a new breed of exceptional lodges and camps are sprouting in some of the most beautiful and remote regions in Australia — ares that are completely overlooked by the unsuspecting tourist.
Unlike popular swanky hotels where cutting-edge architecture and sleek interiors play a starring role, these luxury lodges in Australia treats guests to five-star service and ultimate comfort while allowing their landscapes to take centre stage.
From a super glamorous eco-luxury camp with all-encompassing views of Ayers Rock to one of Tasmania’s most beautiful coastal sanctuaries, these luxury lodges in Australia make for destinations in their own right. Whether you decide to set out on a road trip, embark on a private jet journey, treat yourself to a scenic helicopter tour, or simply go on a weekend retreat, check out these sophisticated accommodations located in untouched locales that are just as breathtaking.
Located on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, Southern Ocean Lodge is one of Australia’s first luxury lodges. This true wilderness refuge sits atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, commanding peerless views of the Southern Ocean and Kangaroo Island.
The lodge blends pristine nature, fine dining and a personalised itinerary of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that range from guided hikes led by naturalist guides to up-close wildlife encounters with resident fur seals.
Nearest international airport: Adelaide
This mod-rustic coastal guesthouse is situated in an ancient angophora forest 90 minutes north of Sydney, offering four private pavilions each accommodating two adults with premium guest facilities. These include an open plan kitchen, dining room, sandstone fireplace, guest lounge, open bar, dining space, wine cellar, day spa, outdoor communal pool and poolside pizza oven.
In addition to exploring the golden beaches accessible via hiking trails along coastal sandstone cliffs, you can also take part in activities such as cultural tours with indigenous people, boating, sailing, water sports and mountain biking.
Nearest international airport: Sydney or Newcastle
A luxurious coastal sanctuary located on Tasmania’s east coast, Saffire Freycinet treats guests to views of the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the Great Oyster Bay.
The haven comes with 20 beautifully-appointed suites with Tasmanian timber furnishings and fittings, an exclusive day spa, restaurant, guest lounge and bar — perfect for those looking to experience all the underrated Australian island has to offer.
Nearest international airport: Melbourne
Boasting views of the world-renowned Ayers Rock, the newly-relaunched Longitude 131° is a luxury wilderness camp located right in Australia’s Red Centre. Accommodation comes in the form of luxury pavilions overlooking Uluru, featuring contemporary furnishings and artworks by local indigenous artists.
If you want to explore the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, while learning more about aboriginal culture, this is where you should be.
Nearest international airport: Sydney
This lake-side retreat offers chic studios, suites and Retreat Villas nestled in six acres of lush gardens that extend down to the scenic Lake Daylesford, a two-hour drive from Melbourne. The highlight at Lake House is its culinary offerings, with industry legend Alla Wolf-Tasker at its helm.
Its eponymous restaurant is regarded as one of the best restaurants in Australia boasting two Chefs Hats and topping many respected restaurant lists including The Hot 50, Wine List of the Year and Australia’s Best Food & Wine Experience.
Nearest international airport: Melbourne
Australia’s highest mountain lodge, standing 1,100metres above sea level is surrounded by panoramic views of south-east Queensland’s World Heritage listed Main Range National Park, Great Dividing Range and Scenic Rim.
Here, you can take part in a range of activities — such as nature walks, 4WD discovery tours, scenic helicopter tours, star gazing, and mountain biking adventures — designed to give guests an intimate opportunity to experience the Australian wilderness.
Nearest international airport: Brisbane