The Ultimate Guide to Luxury Accommodations in Australia


Australia’s unique style of luxury is where the brilliance of nature, culture, hospitality and exclusivity meet; inspiring deep and lasting connections with the Australian way of life. The luxury experience in Australia encompasses vast and diverse landscapes of natural beauty, connection with the world's oldest living culture and wildlife found nowhere else on earth, punctuated by memorable dining, exceptional accommodation and genuine hospitality. Here’s a glance at the varied luxury experiences to look forward to in Australia during your next visit.

1) Capella Sydney: This celebrates the heritage of Australia's First Nations meaningfully. The 192-room hotel — the first Capella Hotels and Resorts property outside Asia — sits in the Sandstone Precinct, just minutes from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was originally inhabited by the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, who were the First Australian custodians of the land. The hotel's historic sandstone building raises the bar when it comes to high-end hospitality committing to honouring Indigenous culture.

2) Pretty Beach House: Just outside of Sydney, this is the pinnacle of casual Australian luxury and elegance for those seeking a private escape. This gorgeous world-class hotel is a tranquil haven set in the middle of the NSW Bouddi National Park high above Pretty Beach. Sydney is a simple 90-minute drive or thrilling 20-minute seaplane/helicopter trip away. This is Australia's most exclusive hotel, with only four pavilions, and it comes with a great culinary all-inclusive hospitality package that strikes the ideal mix between intimacy, individualised service, and exquisite food.

Emirates One&Only, Wolgan Valley

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3) Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley: Stylish conservation hideaway situated in the Blue Mountains, a World Heritage Site, a 3-hour drive from Sydney. The resort immerses you in nature and revitalises the spirit since it is tucked away in 7,000 acres of wilderness that are protected and flanked by two national parks. Hiking, four-wheeling, mountain biking, and horseback riding over undiscovered paths, glistening streams, and epic ridgelines are just a few of the amazing outdoor activities that may be used to explore the resort's distinctive combination of local species, stunning landscapes, and heritage. One can also see Kangaroos all around the property in their natural habitat. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is also committed to achieving best-practised environmental and social sustainability and has partnered with EarthCheck, the world’s leading benchmarking and certification provider, CarboNZero.

4) Qualia: A distinctively Australian statement of first-rate luxury and a superb illustration of design. The Great Barrier Reef is all around this luxurious resort, which is located on Hamilton Island. It has a laid-back vibe and a hypnotic tranquilly that makes time appear to go on forever. Qualia’s Windward Pavilions provide flawless design, understated décor and each with a beautiful private plunge pool and expansive Whitsunday views. Everything in this unique location has been carefully planned to both calm the mind and indulge the senses. A handful of scenes in Ticket to Paradise the Julia Roberts and George Clooney starer were filmed at Qualia including the Long Pavilion which is featured in a scene where David is lamenting life, Spa Qualia and the resort’s own Beach House.

Lizard Island

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5) Lizard Island: The northernmost island beach resort in Australia is completely isolated from the outside world. To get to Lizard Island regular flights are available to Cairns from all Australian Capital cities. It offers 24 powdery-white beaches, more than 1000 hectares of the national park, 40 understated beach luxury suites, the Essentia Day Spa, and the clearest blue ocean views from every direction. It is ideally situated directly on the Great Barrier Reef, 240 km north of Cairns. The only activity on the beaches is the occasional set of footprints. The island is surrounded by coral reef gardens that sparkle brilliantly in the pure blue ocean. While nosy Potato Cod keep watch, enormous clams relax on the ocean floor. The marine life in this area is well-known on a global scale.

Lake House

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6) Lake House: Approximately 90 minutes from Melbourne, on the banks of the lovely Lake Daylesford, in the centre of Victoria's Spa Country. The village-like collection of cream buildings is tucked away on six acres of rolling hills, picturesque gardens, and meandering walkways. Visitors may reach the Wombat Forest and lake treks right from here cascading to the shoreline. Alla Wolf-Tasker AM, the co-owner of Lake House, is credited for inspiring and creating the prominence of Daylesford as a regional cuisine hotspot. The property also hosts a renowned bakery, the Bake House. A short walk away lies the picture-perfect village of Daylesford, which is mountainous, full of church spires, and intriguing historical structures. Its varied collection of art galleries, cafés, stores, and studios emanates a chic bohemian air and portrays a vibrant and creative neighbourhood.

7) The Louise: On a steep slope surrounded by hundreds of acres of grapes and offering spectacular views of the famed Barossa Valley is an exquisite luxury wine hideaway that includes the well-regarded restaurant Appellation. It is renowned as one of Australia’s finest regional restaurants. Dining in Appellation restaurant is integral to a stay at The Louise or as an unforgettable event for visitors to the Barossa. Only 15 lavishly furnished apartments, each with its patio, are located to provide visitors maximum seclusion. Every suite has a gentle, modern aesthetic with a focus on creative design and artwork.

Saffire Freycinet

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8) Saffire Freycinet: Tasmania's luxury resort is an Australian seaside hideaway that offers a refined and personal aesthetic as well as an inspiring experience. The Saffire Freycinet seamlessly combines man and nature with spectacular beauty. It is tucked away with a view of the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula, and the clear waters of Great Oyster Bay. Saffire Freycinet’s complimentary range of activities gives you options for every mood and every moment. From bee keeping to oyster farming the experiences are as varied as they come. In addition, the stay experience is a celebration of the art of service, internal and external health, regional culinary pleasures, historic landscapes, and plentiful wildlife. It has 20 opulent rooms, a private day spa, a restaurant, a guest lounge, and a bar.

Australia offers a plethora of ultimate luxury accommodations that cater to the diverse needs and preferences of travellers seeking an extraordinary experience. From stunning beachfront villas to world-class hotels, each accommodation provides a unique opportunity to indulge in luxury, comfort, and unparalleled service. Whether you're seeking a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Australia has something to offer everyone. So if you're looking to splurge on your next vacation, be sure to consider one of these ultimate luxury accommodations in Australia for an unforgettable experience that you'll cherish for a lifetime.