Sometimes losing yourself is the best mode of discovery. We uncover Australia’s leading luxury retreats.
May 05, 2023 1:00am
If you haven’t visited this luxury Tasmanian lodge, chances are it’s been topping your lust list since it opened in 2010. Sublime undulating architecture is embedded into the even more sublime and undulating surrounds to make this the place to go when you need more awe in your life.
Each of the 20 rooms has views for days while the four private pavilions – each with its own plunge pool – offer the ultimate luxe stay. The elegant food and drinks are on free flow and service is delivered with a hyper-personal touch. It’s also one of the few luxury lodges where childen are welcome, if it’s family connection you crave.
On the rugged coastline of Tasmania’s King Island, surrounded by the Bass Strait, two chic one-bedroom lodges sit separately but together in quiet, perspective-shifting luxury. The off-grid, edo-friendly luxury accommodation is surrounded by rugged coastline, pristine beaches, lush grassy landscapes and adorable wildlife.
This sequestered stay sits on a 24,000 hectare private wildlife conservancy at the most southern point of the Flinders Ranges National Park. Sandstone cliffs and river red gums line the boundaries of the geological amphitheatre, which is home to Arkaba’s sandstone homestead, dating back to 1856.
Guests can choose from walking, driving or air safaris to get up close with the area’s wildlife, including emus, echidnas and more. The arrival of chef Calvin Von Niebel (who spent time working in Yotam Ottolenghi’s kitchens in London) promises you’ll always be well fed, no matter how far you roam.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Formerly a sheep and cattle station, this ultra-luxury Blue Mountains retreat is now 15 years into a regeneration program designed to return the surrounding landscape to its pre-colonial state. More than 200,000 native trees have been planted as part of the revegetation program, which guests can participate in.
Teeming with kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and more, a stay here is like heading on Australian safari – with the added benefit of world-class dining.
Explore the Barossa Valley by day, relax in splendour at night, as The Louise pairs nature with nurture in all the best ways. The hedonist of the Baillle Lodges’ family is fresh from the three-million-dollar refresh, resulting in a European atmosphere across each of the 15 villa-style guest suites, complete with sund-dapppled private courtyards overlooking the neighbouring vines.
Of course, the biggest drawvard for a stay at The Louise is the opportunity to sample the dégustation with matching wines at in-house Appellation and then roll into bed.
Wander on Kangaroo Island
Overlooking the rugged coastline of Kangaroo Island, Wander’s sleek eco-conscious lodges allow you to slow right down and connect with the island’s striking beauty. There are only four ‘WanderPods’, each positioned to take advantage of the Great Australian Bight views, making them perfect for a romantic off-grid getaway.
Each lodge boasts a plush king bed, luxe linens and amenities, and an outdoor stone bath for soaking under the stars.
Perched on a sacred site, Mt Mulligan Lodge in north Queensland proves to be a traveller’s outback delight. It’s a unique north Queensland getaway, which genuinely merits the description “outback escape” as it is 28,000-hectare working cattle station.
It’s an all-inclusive property but the pleasures of staying here are as much about what’s not part of the package. For example, there’s no formal reception area, check-in fussing or having to present a credit card to cover extras. With a maximum of 32 guests at any time, there’s a hyper-personal approach to everything.