A luxury holiday in Australia is many trips in one, from the vibrant cosmopolitan cities of Sydney and Melbourne to the eerie silence of Australia’s vast desert interior.
If it’s ‘big’ scenery you’re after then there’s no shortage of options in Australia – from the rugged mountains, wild bushlands and deserted beaches of Tasmania to the wildlife abundant Kakadu National Park, the mystical Uluru (Ayers Rock) and stunning scenery of Flinders Ranges National Park. Australia’s cities are as varied as the landscape that surrounds them; Sydney – famous for its iconic Harbour – is a glamorous cocktail of beaches, boutiques and bars, Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital known for its arts and lleyways, Perth abounds in sunshine and surf beaches, whislt the tropical northern frontier town of Darwin and chilly southern sandstone city of Hobart couldn’t be further apart in both geography and atmosphere. If you’re looking for time relaxing on the beach you’ll be spoilt for choice as Australia has a total of 50,000 kilometres of spellbinding coastline – varied, unspoilt and for the most part, uncrowded – whilst food and wine lovers will enjoy Australia’s famous wine regions that include Margaret River near Perth, the Barossa Valley near Melbourne, and the Hunter Valley near Sydney.
The sheer scale and variety of Australia makes it tricky to choose our favourite accommodation but luckily we’ve travelled many, many miles to find you the very best.
With its impressive location at the tip of Sydney Cove and a rooftop pool overlooking the Harbour Bridge on one side and the Opera House on the other, the Park Hyatt remains the ‘grand dame’ of Sydney’s harbourside accommodation. In Melbourne we recommend the Lyall Hotel for it’s elegant, unassuming style and award winning spa in the heart of Melbourne’s leafiest suburb, South Yarra. Art lovers will enjoy The Olsen Hotel on the fashionable Chapel Street, a quirky boutique bolthole full of the artist John Olsen’s colourful abstract works and prints – one of a series of boutique art hotels in Melbourne.
The 19th Century Arkaba Station is an archetypal Australian homestead with all the comforts you could want, set in the beautiful Flinders Ranges of the South Australian outback. In the heart of the continent, Longitude 131 provides a luxury base from which to view Uluru whilst in the far north Bamurru Plains bush camp offers a truly luxurious, wilderness experience on the coastal floodplains of the Mary River delta, on the edge of Kakadu National Park.
Beach lovers and diving enthusiasts naturally flock to the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland – world famous for snorkeling and diving – and the Whitsundays, 74 pristine, palm-fringed islands tucked inside the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. On the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island, Qualia resort is set amongst native Eucalypts, each pavilion handcrafted from natural materials and offering expansive views out across turquoise water and white sand beaches. Further south in New South Wales, The Byron at Byron is set within a stunning 45 acre lush rainforest a short stroll from the beach, the perfect base from which to explore Byron Bay, famous for its glorious surfing beaches and a lifestyle that combines hippy chic with hedonistic fun. Enjoy pristine beaches all to yourself on Tasmania’s stunning Freycinet Peninsula at the five star Saffire Freycinet, or for a more dramatic coastline head to Kangaroo Island in South Australia, where Southern Ocean Lodge perches atop a cliff overlooking stormy seas. For something completely unique, visit the place where the outback meets the beach at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef Resort, an exclusive safari camp hidden in the white sand dunes of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park where guests can enjoy world-class diving and have the chance to swim with whale sharks.