1: Thorngrove Manor – South Australia
With its distinctive and creative architecture, captivating style, and contemporary influence, Thorngrove Manor has to be one of South Australia’s most unique and ingenious luxury hotels. On the outside, it is distinctive and captivating with whimsical architectural expression. The romantic castle inspired towers and fantasy turrets are clues to the hotel’s artistic and flamboyant interiors. The signature property is inspired by the ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement and has an indefinable romantic ethereal quality; imaginative decor renders every room a masterpiece. The unique 5-star boutique hotel provides a fairy tale dreamland for guests—romantics, Thorngrove Manor could be journey’s end!
2: Longitude 131° – Northern Territory
Located at the entrance to UluruKata Tjuta National Park, Longitude 131° is the closest accommodation to one of Australia’s most endearing and enduring icons, the red rock formation Uluru. The luxury retreat provides unparalleled views of both the outback icon and the World Heritage-listed wilderness of UluruKata Tjuta National Park.
Fifteen luxury tented pavilions sit gracefully atop rust-red dunes and provide a private place to rest, relax, and refresh. The accommodation is strangely unobtrusive within the landscape and complements the pristine natural environment.
If you are looking for a truly immersive outback experience, rich in cultural heritage and history, this is the perfect luxury retreat.
3: Secrets on the Lake – Queensland
Secrets on the Lake is hidden amongst the rainforest on the shore of Lake Baroon, Montville. This is a romantic retreat designed for couples to spoil each other and soak with a glass of champagne in the double spa overlooking ‘Secrets’ gardens to the Lake. Each treehouse is designed to capture the stunning view and each retreat has its own theme, artwork, carvings, and wrought iron features. The flagship treehouse is Secrets, built high on the hillside, to which guests can journey to the end of a timber boardwalk to a secluded, magical space. Imagine stepping into your huge double shower, to the view of your very own waterfall behind your cabin. Relax on your timber swing seat leaving the worries of the world far behind you.
4: Mira Mira – Victoria
Mira Mira is comprised of three themed retreats: Tanglewood, Zen, and Cave, all of which are fully self-contained and include two bedrooms. Each retreat has a very distinct feel and is designed to take in the views of the property, whether it be the tree tops from Tanglewood balconies, lake views from the Zen, or valley vistas from the Cave.
On entering the retreats, the colours and beauty will take your breath away. Each retreat has been designed to set your imagination wild and to capture the light, views, and beauty of the natural environment. Mira Mira is the perfect setting for total relaxation, rejuvenation, and romance.
5: Zoofari Lodge – New South Wales
Zoofari Lodge is a truly unique accommodation overlooking the African Savannah at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. The resort consists of a series of 15 African-style tented luxury lodges located adjacent to a guest house which includes a fully licensed restaurant, bar, lounge room, and library; close by is the outdoor saltwater swimming pool. The new Animal View lodges feature an amazing view of the African savannah where giraffes, ostriches, and antelope roam. Guests can experience a once-in-a-lifetime African safari, waking up metres away from the majestic animals that call the Zoo’s savannah home. The Animal View lodges also feature African-inspired decor with luxurious king beds and double baths along with a private deck to relax and unwind on.
The Zoofari Lodge experience includes exclusive behind-the-scenes tours that provide magical opportunities to get really close to some of the world’s most exotic and endangered species. Guests also get to experience an African-style shared banquet dinner.
6: Wilderness Island – West Australia
Wilderness Island is an ecological paradise in Exmouth Gulf in North West Australia that offers small groups an exclusive and unforgettable experience on their own private island. The island has no permanent human residents, and a maximum of 10 guests at a time stay on the island. The cabins are bush luxury, and the experience is known as glamping: glamorous camping, which means you are as close to nature as it gets but with all the home comforts.
7: The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat – Gold Coast
The Mouses House Retreat offers a unique experience, located 30 minutes from the Gold Coast. The enchanted rainforest creates feelings of peace, tranquility, and being at one with nature. The accommodation consists of 12 individual chalets nestled throughout the rainforest. The song of native birds and the haunting call of nocturnal animals, as well as the sound of the gentle cascading streams, provide a lovely backdrop to the charming accommodation. At night the rainforest’s special residents, brush-tail possums, will visit the chalets.
8: Wanderer’s Retreat – New South Wales
Wanderers Retreat is a unique style of eco retreat which specialises in nature-based, high-quality accommodation. Each style of accommodation is private, uniquely individual, and offers a wonderful opportunity for guests looking for something a little different.
9: 1888 Hotel – New South Wales
As the world’s first ‘Instagram Hotel’, 1888 provides a unique platform for travellers to capture their adventures in videos and photographs to share with the world. As a result, many instagram ‘sharers’ received with a free night at the hotel.
A ‘selfie space’ has been installed in the dramatically unique hotel lobby. Guests can take pictures and images will instantly appear on the screens in reception.
Aside from the unique Instagram concept, the hotel itself is an uncommon vision of contradictions. The boutique hotel combines a little old-world charm with a lot of contemporary design and modern-day comfort.
1888’s collection of rooms boasts 3m high ceilings, exposed brick walls, original Ironbark beams, and huge sound-proofed period windows. There are recycled timber work stations, bespoke furniture, and artwork by Australian artists. There’s also complimentary WiFi, in-room iPads, and smart TVs with media hubs. For comfort, there is custom bedding with luxury MicroCloud bed toppers, and bathrooms featuring walk-in rain showers.
10: Possums Hideaway – New South Wales
Tucked away in the heart of the iconic Blue Mountains, Possums Hideaway offers idyllic seclusion for its guests. Possums Hideaway is comprised of four yurt-style cabins located in an old pine forest, and shares an eight-acre site with the Federation Gardens Resort. Hidden amongst the pines and eucalyptus, Possums Hideaway is the perfect romantic bush retreat. Designed specifically for couples, the quaint cabins offer quiet secluded surroundings whilst experiencing that Blue Mountains ambience. Each of the four hexagonal studio-style cabins has a queen bed and two person spa. There’s a cosy, slow combustion wood fire for the chilly mountain evenings. At dusk, place some fruit on the feeder outside your room for furry friends to pay you a visit!