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7 unique getaways in Australia

Filled with a diverse range of land and seascapes, Australia has an adventure for every kind of traveller. It has beautiful islands, lush forests and majestic mountains home to flora and fauna you won’t find elsewhere! On top of that, it is also home to world cities with iconic destinations. Because of this diversity, Australia boasts a wide array of luxurious accommodations set in picturesque and one-of-a-kind locations. To help you experience our beautiful land, we’ve handpicked 7 unique getaways that will place you in the midst of nature along with unforgettable city haves that will treat you to Australian charm and hospitality.

Daintree Ecolodge, Queensland

At Daintree Ecolodge, you’ll be surrounded by the lush greenery of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. To fully immerse yourself in your surroundings, take a dip in the swimming hole or listen to the relaxing sounds of the on-site waterfall as you unwind. The lodge offers 15 spa bayans (treehouses) that will take your breath away. Imagine waking up to the panoramic view of the tropical rainforest from the comfort of your own bed. The floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors in the treehouses create a seamless connection between the indoors and outdoors, making the view feel like a living artwork of flora and fauna. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway or a family adventure, this getaway offers something for everyone. Take a guided tour through the thriving ecosystem or participate in a traditional smoking ceremony to cleanse your mind, body, and soul.

Wilson Island, Queensland

If you’re yearning to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience a slice of paradise, then Wilson Island is the perfect getaway for you. Nestled amongst the lush tropical vegetation are fully-furnished glamping tents that provide a comfortable and luxurious stay. With only 18 guests allowed on the island at any given time, you’ll be treated to an intimate and secluded retreat. This unique escape is an adults-only getaway with glamping tents dotted throughout the small island. Each tent comes with a furnished deck where you can enjoy a morning coffee or a sunset cocktail while taking in the breathtaking views. The real draw of Wilson Island, however, is its proximity to the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Just a few paces from your tent, you’ll have access to some of the richest and most pristine marine life in the world. Snorkel, scuba dive, or simply swim in the turquoise waters and be amazed by the beauty that surrounds you.

Domescapes in the Vines, Tasmania

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or simply a peaceful retreat, Domescapes in the Vines offers a unique and unforgettable experience in Tasmania. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by one of the bespoke geodesic domes. Each of the domes is equipped with en suite bathrooms and outdoor baths. With the Tasmanian weather in mind, these energy-efficient domes are built with double insulation and solar vents to ensure maximum comfort during your stay. The sweeping views of the vineyard and the starry night sky from inside the domes set the mood for a romantic and luxurious experience unlike any other! At this eye-catching getaway, you’ll also have the opportunity to indulge in an immersive wine lover’s adventure with their Tasmanian wine and cheese tour. Take a stroll through the vineyard, savour the flavours and aromas of local wines and cheeses, and learn all about the history and culture of the region.

Berkeley River Lodge, Western Australia

One of the most remote luxury getaways in Australia, The Berkeley River Lodge is only accessible via water or air travel—literally away from it all! This luxe escape offers only 20 villas ensuring an exclusive and intimate atmosphere where you can relax on your private balcony or take a moonlit dip in your outdoor bathtub. Each villa is designed with comfort and luxury in mind, complete with plush bedding, modern amenities, and breathtaking views of the wilderness. At Dunes, the on-site restaurant, you can indulge in flavours as rich as the scenery. Using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, the chefs at The Berkeley River Lodge create mouthwatering dishes that will tickle your tastebuds. There’s also an outdoor pool and guests have easy access to a private beach too. At this getaway, you’re invited to enjoy barefoot luxury in a wonderful and secluded location.


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Little National Hotel Sydney

If you’re someone who appreciates the beauty of minimalism, you’re going to love Little National Hotel Sydney. This stylish contemporary hotel features plenty of communal spaces creating a chic, compact, and modern environment that has everything you need (and more!) when on vacation. The rooms feature a Japanese-inspired style with efficient spatial planning that maximises every inch of space available—especially for the smaller rooms that are perfect for solo travellers. The calming neutral colour scheme in the rooms perfectly achieves that sense of zen and tranquillity which makes for a perfect relaxing haven in the city. Little National Hotel Sydney also boasts a stylish library and rooftop lounge where you can unwind, work, or simply take in the stunning city views.

Oval Hotel, North Adelaide

Wrapped around Adelaide’s iconic oval, the Oval Hotel offers a unique and luxurious experience for those looking to indulge in spaces with contemporary design while enjoying expansive views of the city’s historic parklands. The hotel’s rooms have been carefully designed to offer the best when it comes to comfort and luxury. The hotel also offers a range of dining options to suit every palate including the reservation-only Five Regions Restaurant, the bespoke wine bar and kitchen, as well as more casual options such as Malt Shovel Taphouse and Koffee Ink Cafe—both overlooking the picturesque River Torrens. The Oval Hotel is also packed with options for adventure both on- and off-site, making it the perfect choice for travellers seeking a mix of excitement and relaxation in the heart of the city.

Discovery Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Situated behind the sand dunes of Pinkie Beach, Discovery Rottnest Island offers low-impact glamping tents that provide the perfect space where you can disconnect from the world and immerse yourself in nature. Surrounded by undisturbed ocean views, the eco-tents offer a wonderful balance of comfort and tranquillity. Take advantage of the many activities available on the island such as snorkelling, diving, and fishing, or just relax and chill out on the pristine beach. In the evenings, enjoy a cool drink at the bar or dine at the restaurant which serves delicious local cuisine. Also, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the island’s resident cuties, the quokkas, known as the happiest animals on earth! Their adorable smiling faces will surely brighten up your day and will make your beach getaway even more memorable.

Collect one-of-a-kind moments at these unique escapes in Australia. Each of these amazing stays will add a special touch to your vacation!

Mat Lewis is Co-Founder & CEO of View Retreats. View Retreats is a luxury travel agency offering a handpicked collection of the world’s best hotels, resorts and villas.

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Mat Lewis

Mat Lewis is a co-founder of View Retreats and has been in the travel and hospitality industry for over two decades. He established View Retreats in 2013 in Australia as a specialist platform for luxury hotels, resorts and one-of-a-kind havens of relaxation where unforgettable travel memories are made. The online travel company now features over 5,000 properties in more than 120 countries worldwide. Mat is a self-confessed travel junkie who has lived in Asia, the UK and Europe, and currently resides in the beautiful Barossa Valley wine region in South Australia. He loves fine wines and local culinary creations that tell the story of the land. His epicurean tastes don’t get in the way of enjoying life’s simpler pleasures though, and he enjoys gardening, bush-walking, and exciting street food flavours too!

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  1. Obviously, I’d like to stay in all of them. Though if I had to choose I think I’d probably go for the Berkeley River Lodge as there’s a real sense of romance about it.

    1. I totally agree Cheryl. The remoteness of this lodge makes this one so special. Even better when shared with someone you love.

  2. There’s some great things going on with these new high-tech domes now. Another thing is that they’re not too intrusive in the landscape. The ones I’ve experienced have had phenomenal locations.

    1. They are so beautiful aren’t they. They give you such a sense of place. Where have you been and stayed in one, Sally?

  3. These 7 getaways are incredibly different which really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has visited Australia. It’s a country of amazing diversity.

    1. So many different experiences to have here in this beautiful country. It certainly never ceases to amaze.

  4. For us, Australia is a long, long way from home and we visit we don’t want to always be living out of a suitcase as we hop from one hotel to the next.

    Last time we visited we put down roots for 4 days in a place like one of these. Though, it wasn’t anywhere near as luxurious as these 7.

    1. I completely get it, I spend too many nights away from the family in hotel rooms. When we travel it is good to be together with the family in a house or villa, much better than bring spread across hotel rooms.

    2. I agree. Sometimes people try to squeeze too much into a very short period. I think it’s best to stay in one place for a bit longer and explore from your new ‘base’.

  5. Even from these few pictures and also a bit from the descriptions you get some idea of how well located in natural settings these properties are. It looks as though they’ve been designed to make the most of their environment.

    1. Hi Derek, these stays are located in some beautiful places around Australia and have most definitely been designed to make the most of their surroundings. So beautiful

  6. We’re hoping to take a month out of life and head for Australia for the first time ever in 2024. Call it a third-life crisis.

    We’ve never been to a rainforest let alone stayed in one. Nor have we done a treehouse so something like the Daintree Ecolodge would be a whole new experience for us.

    1. If a third-life crisis brings on an adventure to Australia, then bring it on I’d say Jess. What a great experience to look forward too. When you do come to Australia, spend a week or so in Cairns/Port Douglas/Daintree Rainforest. Here you can experience the oldest rainforest + the largest reef in the world. So beautiful.

  7. Not sure that I could face watching England get humiliated in an Ashes series in Australia yet again. Basing myself at the Oval and watching a state game could be a very enjoyable experience. I like it when at stumps at the end of the day you don’t have to walk too far for a shower and to get changed for a beer or two in the bar.

    1. The Oval Hotel is such an amazing place to stay and being so close to the action. Sounds like this would be your perfect spot, Phil!

  8. I really get the ethos behind View Retreat. Many of us work long and stressful hours as the days of 9 to 5 are long gone. In my line of business it’s more like 7 to 7.

    When I do get a break, the sanctuary has to be luxurious and spot on.

    What impresses me about View Retreat is that it’s got so much choice. So many properties across so many countries.

    1. Hi Sarah, that’s exactly right and also why we created View Retreats. We spend way too much time working and not enough time for ourselves and truly relaxing. This made me think that you might be interested in our soon-to-be-launched Wellness Holidays. Keep an eye out on our website over the next couple of weeks.

  9. I like the look of all of these selections. Rottnest had to be my number one. I can see myself going for a jog along the beach as the sun is rising with no one else around.

    1. Great choice Stephen. Rottnest Island is fantastic and so beautiful. Watching the sun rise whilst jogging the beach would be incredible.

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