Dotted like gems across Australia’s most captivating landscapes, from water-bound islands to UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonders, these boutique retreats offer an escape like no other.
When it comes to unique stays around Australia, boutique lodges are the perfect choice for those wanting to escape the bustle of the city and enjoy solitude, without forgoing life’s luxuries. There’s a lodge escape to capture the imagination of even the most discerning of travellers: be it a country lake estate with bespoke spa treatments and exquisite restaurants, a Heritage-listed haven in the heart of Australia, or a waterside paradise only accessible by boat or plane.
Here is our handpicked list of Australia’s best luxury lodges, each offering seclusion, awe-inspiring landscapes, and rare serenity.
Adults-only bliss: Marramarra Lodge, NSW
Occupying a secluded plot of native New South Wales bushland surrounded by the Hawkesbury River is the adults-only oasis, Marramarra Lodge. Discover what secluded romance feels like at this all-inclusive retreat, which is less than an hour’s drive from Sydney and only accessible by water – you will find nothing quite so withdrawn from the hustle of everyday life. Choose from a luxurious tent overlooking the river, or a well-appointed bungalow framed by towering native trees. Allow the river to guide you on an unforgettable adventure, from oyster tours and crabbing to canoe and SUP expeditions.
Secluded luxury: Berkeley River Lodge, WA
Nestled between Berkeley River and the expansive East Kimberley landscape, Berkeley River Lodge is your gateway to Western Australia’s hidden gems. Accessible only by private plane, this beachfront oasis boasts breathtaking views of the Timor Sea and is home to luxury villas with private al fresco ensuites, so you can gaze across the unique scenery from the comfort of your cooling bathtub. Experience gastronomic delight as all-inclusive dining leads your senses from gourmet hampers to a five-course degustation crafted with top-quality ingredients, at the hands of Executive Chef Ruwan Liyanage.
World Heritage Wonders: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, NSW
Discover an intoxicating combination of nature and uninhibited luxury in the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains at the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley resort – where untamed nature invites you to explore by foot or horseback. Indulge in true seclusion in the freestanding villas with private pools, each boasting breathtaking views of the valley to create an immersive experience in nature’s wonder. Sip, toast, and taste the exquisite flavours of Australia, with the resort’s exclusive 1832 Wolgan Gin available at the prestigious Valley Bar & Terrace.
Refurbished Oasis: Southern Ocean Lodge, SA
Southern Ocean Lodge is set to celebrate its new beginnings in November 2023 with a luxe renovation at its home, Kangaroo Island, a secluded haven off South Australia’s mainland, beloved for its striking bushland and native animals. Known for its views overlooking the ocean and coastal wilderness, the resort has positioned itself to capture the best scenery of the island and the ever-crashing cobalt waves. Luxurious pavilions feature breathtaking views and private pools and can be reached via a scenic 50-minute drive from the island’s airport, or a 90-minute drive from the ferry terminal.
Gastronomic mastery: Saffire Freycinet, TAS
Breathtaking scenery, culinary expertise and luxury accommodation joyfully collide at Tasmania’s Saffire Freycinet – a wonderous retreat focused on promoting wellness. Overlooking the spectacular mountain ranges and coastlines, this lodge is home to one of the most exclusive restaurants on the island – Palate, a fine dining masterpiece. Executive Chef Paddy Prenter constructs multi-course degustation menus, matched with the perfect local wine, creating gastronomic greatness with every bite from the resources of the land. Discover the transformative nature of the resort as you enter the spa for a bespoke treatment, or physically transform with a bush or beach walk and a private yoga class.
Iconic scenery: Longitude 131°, NT
Untouched Australian scenery adds inimitable magic to the celebrated luxury of Longitude 131°, whose tented pavilions overlook the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park. Amid the iconic red dirt of the outback is this exclusive retreat, designed to honour the heritage of the land and its sacred indigenous culture. Immerse yourself in the astonishing beauty of the region with guided Uluru sunset tours and the Field of Light exhibition, dine beneath a blanket of twinkling stars that cover the night sky, and feast on a four-course degustation served by masterful chefs working by torchlight.
Countryside sophistication: Lake House Daylesford, VIC
Reinvigorate heart and soul at the elegant Lake House Daylesford, a perfectly blended rural retreat incorporating sophisticated pleasures and fine dining. The dreamy lakeside location is a five-minute stroll to Daylesford's charming main street, or venture along the Peace Mile Walk circling the tranquil lake landscape. This country oasis boasts an indulgent atmosphere, with The Spa offering bespoke pampering and cuisine crafted with the highest quality ingredients at the two-chef-hatted Lake House Restaurant. Culinary Director Alla Wolf-Tasker utilises home-grown produce from the olive grove to the heirloom orchard, creating culinary treasures determined by the changing seasons.
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