Hotels in Australia
Hotels in Australia vary from luxury accommodations in the bigger cities to secluded bungalows tucked away in the rainforest. For a cozy home away from home, stay at Debbie’s Place. The potted plants and rooms with private entrances and deck areas make Debbie’s a refreshing respite near the scenic turquoise waters of Rainbow Beach in Queensland. Rocky Hills Retreat is one of the best hotels in Australia, located north of Hobart, Tasmania. It offers gorgeous panoramic views of Oyster Bay while being nestled in the hills amongst the treetops. There’s an art room, a bathtub on the deck, and a stocked fridge so you’ll want for nothing.
For some campy fun, try the Pink Flamingo Resort in Queensland. Flamboyant shades of fuchsia, purple, and orange-painted rooms are certainly unique to the hotel. Ten private villas provide a secluded experience, which is pet-friendly and adults only. If you seek to mingle with wildlife during your stay at hotels in Australia, stay at Samurai Beach Bungalows. Four wooden-floored bungalows are neatly arranged around a swimming pool in 3 acres of rainforest (full of koalas) just north of Newcastle in New South Wales.
You’d never expect that the charming and secluded Q Station, at the entrance to Sydney Harbour, was once a quarantine base for ship passengers in the 19th and 20th centuries. Sydneysiders now flock to the seaside resort, just seven miles away in the suburb of Manly.
Compact, designy, and set in an up-and-coming area right next to the gritty Kings Cross (read: red-light) district, Medusa attracts a young, arty crowd that’s too cool for chain hotels.
Situated directly on Bondi Beach, Ravesi’s Hotel is also just a 15-minute drive from downtown Sydney. Each of the 12 guest rooms is individually designed, but all are understated with clean lines, white linens, contemporary artwork, and oversize picture windows (some with panoramic beach views).
The collection fo six high-design apartments opened in September 2010; rooms have boldly colored silk Italian throws, Missoni bathrobes, and amenities by Aesop.
Modeled after luxury safari camps in Africa, Longitude 131° aims to bring guests face-to-face with nature. The rooms are individual tents on stilts, with glass doors that look toward Uluru—the massive block of stone formerly known as Ayers Rock—and slide open to the desert.
The Birdsville sits at the edge of Australia’s Simpson Desert, home to fat-tailed marsupial mice, sand dunes, and little else.
The resort has 25 beachside villas and 30 tents powered with solar panels and furnished with bamboo floors and private verandas. Not far from your bed, the empty beach extends for almost eight miles, and from October to January native sea turtles nest in nearby dunes.