Looking for once-in-a-lifetime moments? At Australia's bucket list stays, the luxury is second-to-none and the settings are jaw-dropping.
For a country that is as expansive as it is incredible, there are almost too many enticing Australian bucket-list-worthy experiences on offer. From stunning secluded sites deep in the outback to modern luxuries hidden within palatial heritage buildings – incredible escapes are abundant from the coast to the desert.
These are the most luxurious, iconic and unbelievable Australian escapes that every luxury traveller must experience at least once in their lifetime.
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Orpheus Island Lodge, QLD
Private island luxury at its most exclusive, Orpheus Island Lodge hosts no more than 28 guests at any one time to preserve absolute coastal serenity. Beautifully appointed rooms and a sparkling infinity pool nudge up against the wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef for this Australian bucket list experience. Sprawling over 1,000 hectares of lush tropical parkland and 11 kilometres of sparkling turquoise coast, this calming coastal oasis is crisscrossed by tranquil walking trails. The lapping waves and sandy shoreline are all yours to enjoy as you please – from paddleboarding to doggy paddling. Drink in balmy evenings with a cocktail in hand at the alfresco Pavillion Bar or sink into absolute relaxation with a restorative treatment at the Gwandalan Spa.
Marramarra Lodge, NSW
Natural wonders and unbridled luxury exist in pure harmony at Marramarra Lodge, which redefines glamping as elevated escapism. Allow yourself to experience the magnificence of this visually incredible destination through all your senses. Tune into the call of rare native birds as they find their way through the lush Marramarra National Park and feel the soft breeze floating over the breathtaking Hawkesbury River. Treat your palate to a wonderous journey through the flavours of the region at Budyari Restaurant, slip into a new state of mind with an aromatherapy treatment at Iyora Day Spa, or discover the stories of the incredible landscape on a once-in-a-lifetime Indigenous guided walk.
Bullo River Station, NT
It’s not every day you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of Australia’s Top End. At Bullo River Station you have the rare chance to experience unbelievable native wildlife and unique bushland without sacrificing a luxurious experience - without a doubt, bucket-list-worthy. Unwind in impeccably styled spaces with touches that pay homage to the glorious landscape while maintaining an array of modern comforts. Let this inspiring space ignite your sense of adventure – explore nearby gorges on horseback, cruise the sparkling Bullo River, or admire the unrolling desert and learn about ancient Miriuwung-Gajerrong culture while sky-high on a helicopter tour. As the sun sets over the picturesque horizon, stretch out on a hammock strung between palm trees and soak up every last morsel of serenity.
Mt Mulligan Lodge, QLD
Boutique accommodation at its finest, Mt. Mulligan Lodge has a sleek, modern take on the spirit of the outback and ensures a comfortable and secluded stay that beats all expectations. Occupying an idyllic pocket of pristine North Queensland outback, the lodge is set at the foot of the monumental Mount Mulligan, also known as Ngarrabullgan. Set on a thriving cattle station, the expansive site provides premium five-star luxury where you least expect it – in the thick of an untamed natural landscape. Zip around your lodgings aboard your own personal golf buggy, from spectacularly designed rooms to refreshing drinks at the Sunset Bar and serene swims in the sparkling infinity pool.
The Frames, SA
Deep in the heart of South Australia’s tranquil Riverland region, overlooking the flowing Murray River, you'll find five-star peace and quiet at The Frames’ adults-only self-contained retreats. Perched along ochre clifftops with sweeping views over the expansive bushland and a magnificent riverway, this property is sure to take your breath away. Sink further into a relaxation mindset with a visit from a personal masseuse, watch your worries float away in the hydrotherapy spa or pool, and indulge in private chef dining experiences on your private balcony. Traverse thriving flora-filled parks, cruise along the storied riverbanks, and adventure through iconic vineyards on this bucket list-worthy stay.
COMO The Treasury, WA
Stylish above all, COMO The Treasury’s carefully crafted interiors and invigorating atmosphere are sure to leave a lasting impression. Become immersed in a world of five-star opulence as soon as you step through the 19th-century heritage facade and into glittering spaces filled with eccentric furnishings. Endowed with a cascade of awards and currently rated the #1 Perth hotel on Tripadvisor, a stay at COMO provides the best of the West in the way of old-world grandeur and modern luxury. From the comfort of plush, masterfully styled rooms and curated fine dining spaces, bask in panoramic views of Perth’s impressive skyline – best admired as the sun sets.
Feature image: Mt. Mulligan Lodge.
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