Australia

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.

Bold landscape murals from New South Wales artist John Olsen hang in the public spaces at the 229-suite property.

With 24 beaches fringing the Great Barrier Reef, and accomodations for just 40 couples, Lizard Island is in a category all its own. Open-plan suites are done up in the blues and whites of the sea, with hammocks and decks discreetly hidden from view.

The 1848 Tudor-style lodge in Bothwell, a Tasmanian town known for game hunting, offers a dizzying roster of activities.

Set on an achingly beautiful stretch of east-coast beach, this boutique hotel occupies what was once a private mansion aptly named Grandview.

Suites at this Provençal-style inn have huge wraparound decks.

Hip hotels are slowly trumping the staid in the ski community of Falls Creek, about four and a half hours by car from Melbourne. Consider Huski, a Cubist riot of timber and glass, to be the edgiest entry.

Tent cabins, en-suite baths, and an open air dining room. Closed during the wet season.

Book one of the twelve suites at this 2010 property. The rooms connect to the Isika spa via a private staircase.

Just a few hours north of Adelaide, the Flinders Ranges National Park is known for high peaks, cavernous ravines, and wildlife-dotted plains.

Hayman is one of the reef’s big, historic resorts, with 209 guest rooms, 350 employees, acres of marble flooring, four dining venues, and three bars. In 1936, the American novelist Zane Grey filmed "White Death" on the island, and in 1970 the resort was severely damaged by a cyclone.

Sophie Newland’s Hog Bay Hill, in K.I.’s northeastern corner, has only three rooms, each with a deck and a panoramic view, and is furnished with her discerning eye. There’s no restaurant, but Newland sometimes serves dinner.

Patterned after the original Government House, this Darlinghurst hotel in a Colonial Georgian residence was once a nightclub (the hotel's name comes from a Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Freeway because the band members were regular guests here).