The Australian travel landscape has changed dramatically in recent years with the emergence of a new breed of luxury lodges and camps in some of the country’s most outstanding regions. Nineteen leading lodges and camps comprise the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection: independently owned and operated lodges, united by their delivery of a clear connection to place and providing authentic Australian experiences and showcasing the diversity of our sunburnt land.
Arkaba’s 24,000 hectares are shared by just 10 guests, taking the definition of exclusivity to a new level in Australia. Located in the ancient landscape of the Flinders Ranges, Arkaba is a blend of conservation and tourism.
Bamurru Plains is a bush experience on the edge of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. The Top End experiences some of the greatest climatic extremes (wet and dry particularly) of any region of Australia. The coastal floodplains of the north are home to prolific bird and wildlife (Australia’s answer to the Okavango Delta), while Kakadu and Arnhem Land are the heartland of the country’s Indigenous culture.
Celebrated as the pinnacle of luxury on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, Capella Lodge rests atop Lovers Bay, at the foot of the twin mountains rising above. An inspired architectural design welcomes views of the ocean, reef and mountains into the lodge.
Located on its own vineyard in the Margaret River Wine Region, Cape Lodge is likened to staying at a private country estate, yet with all the trappings and facilities of a world-class private boutique hotel.
Hidden in the outback of North Queensland, this secret outback mecca catering for only 10 guests at a time is an oasis of luxury perched over spectacular Crystalbrook Lake. The lodge is in remote outback bush, a 40-minute flight or three-hour drive from Cairns, and is part of the historic 34,000 hectare Crystalbrook Station.
In the middle of almost 405,000 hectares of wilderness park and 100 kilometres from the nearest town, El Questro Homestead sits in stark contrast to Western Australia’s rugged landscape. Perched atop a cliff, with vistas of one of the prettiest locations in The Kimberley, The Homestead is a relaxed retreat catering for a maximum of 18 guests.
Situated between two national parks and spread out at the foot of towering cliffs, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is set within its own private conservation and wildlife reserve. The resort itself occupies just 1% of the total land area of 2800 hectares and features 40 individual suites, each having its own indoor/outdoor swimming pool. The main homestead offers dining, luxury facilities and the stand-alone Timeless Spa.
This boutique getaway lies on the shores of Lake Daylesford in the heart of Victoria’s Spa Country, 90 minutes from Melbourne. The village-like cluster of cream buildings nestles in among two hectares of towering trees, country gardens and winding paths. These cascade to the foreshore providing guests with direct access to lake walks and the Wombat State Forest beyond.
Lizard Island, Australia’s northernmost island beach resort, is truly secluded from the rest of the world. It is located right on the Great Barrier Reef, 240 kilometres north of Cairns, and has 24 powdery-white beaches, over 1000 hectares of national park, 40 understated beach suites, the Essentia Day Spa, and clear blue ocean views from every angle.
Longitude 131° lies at the gateway to the dual World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, an illustrious desert camp with the finest accommodation and amenities.
Pretty Beach House is perfect for those looking for a private getaway. An escape nestled within the heart of the NSW Bouddi National Park and high above Pretty Beach, the hotel is a 90-minute drive or exhilarating 20-minute seaplane/helicopter flight from Sydney.
qualia is an Australian expression of an outstanding example of design. It is situated on the secluded northernmost tip of Hamilton Island and surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
Saffire Freycinet is a coastal sanctuary on Tasmania’s East Coast, delivering a private experience with ocean views.
Where the outback meets the reef. With 15 wilderness tents and one honeymoon tent hidden among the dunes overlooking Ningaloo Reef, Sal Salis provides a place from which to explore WA’s Coral Coast and one of Australia’s best-kept natural secrets.
Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa is located in a riverside location adjoining one of the oldest living rainforests – the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park – and is an ideal base from which to explore Far North Queensland.
Designed to float among the untouched coastal drama of Kangaroo Island’s southwest coast and commanding spectacular ocean, beach and wilderness views, this celebrated world-class lodge offers a unique fusion of nature and luxury.
Experience the height of luxury in Queensland High Country, a naturally inspired wilderness region just two hours from Brisbane. Perched atop a mountain on 3600 hectares, enveloped by the World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park and the Great Dividing Range is Spicers Peak Lodge, an exclusive, intimate Australian wilderness lodge experience.
The Louise, a vineyard retreat encompassing acclaimed restaurant Appellation, is situated on a hill and surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines, with vistas across the Barossa Valley. Just 15 luxuriously appointed suites, each with its own terrace, provide guests with complete privacy.
A cruise on True North has long been regarded as one of Australia’s outstanding and most revered adventure tourism experiences. All itineraries are activity based and designed for the discerning traveller who truly wants to ‘experience the destination’ in some of Australia’s most remote and hard-to-access coastal regions.