Looking to add a splash of luxury to your trip Downunder? Australia offers one of the world’s highest standards of living for locals, so it’s only fair that visitors get to enjoy a taste of the good life on their travel to Australia. Aussies also appreciate good value for money, so accommodations catering to luxury travellers work hard to deliver a stay worthy of Australia’s most eye-catching and memorable destinations.
Here are ten top Aussie stays to add a dash of the high life on your travel to Australia.
The Park Hyatt, Sydney
There’s no Sydney view more iconic than the Sydney Opera House backed by the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Now, just imagine staying in between them, right on the waterfront, with those familiar white sails to greet you every morning. On your back doorstep is the historic Rocks district, with the ferries, trains, and buses available from nearby Circular Quay, ready to open up the rest of Australia’s most iconic city. On Goway’s Park Hyatt package, you’ll have time to explore on your own, along with a tour that includes the Rocks, Queen Victoria Building, Paddington, the Pacific cliff walk, Bondi Beach, Dover Heights, King’s Cross, Mrs Macquarie’s Point, and more. Back at the Park Hyatt, round the clock butler service takes care of the little things, providing an ideal start –or a relaxing end – to your Australia vacation.
4-Day Park Hyatt Sydney: Stay of Distinction
Lilianfels Retreat, Blue Mountains
A short drive west of Sydney, the Blue Mountains rise as a natural monument to the beauty of the Australian bush. Overlooking them at one of their most popular lookout spots, Lilianfels offers luxury and seclusion, with the best of the Blue Mountains all still at your fingertips. This 5-star resort and spa is located on the edge of Katoomba, just five minutes walk from the most popular lookout over the majestic Three Sisters. Goway’s Lilianfels package includes a Blue Mountains Wildlife Discovery tour, which takes you to Featherdale Wildlife Park. Hand-feed kangaroos, emus, and wallabies, and stroke a koala if you wish, before exploring more of the best views and prettiest towns in the Blue Mountains. It’s the perfect outdoor escape on your travel to Australia, after spending several days in the big city.
3-Day Lilianfels Retreat: Stay of Distinction
Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef
In tropical North Queensland, you’re going to want to visit the Great Barrier Reef. Yet if you also want to escape from the crowds, you might want to consider a private retreat on Lizard Island, in the far northern part of the reef. The island is home to 24 white sand beaches, and is surrounded by coral reefs. In fact, it’s in prime position for exploring the better preserved sections of the reef. The retreat itself offers diving, snorkeling off the beach, reef fishing, private beach picnics and a fully equipped spa for when it’s time to indulge. All meals (including those picnics!) are included in Goway’s Lizard Island package, and are of a standard befitting this gorgeous 5-star property.
4-Day Lizard Island: Stay of Distinction
Silky Oaks Lodge, The Daintree
On one side of Cairns lies the Great Barrier Reef. On the other, the spectacular rainforest habitat that is the Daintree. Silky Oaks makes the most of its location with treehouse lodgings and common areas that almost feel like a natural extension of the rainforest. The Lodge’s aesthetic is all about low impact luxury, but if you can tear yourself away from the facilities for a day, embark on a Cape Tribulation Daintree tour with a naturalist guide. Take a cruise on the Daintree River, keeping your eyes peeled for crocodiles, Southern Cassowaries, and other wildlife, and take in the view from atop the Alexandra Range. Here’s where the rainforest meets the reef, and it’s an unforgettable setting for a very special part of your travel to Australia.
4-Day Silky Oaks Lodge: Stay of Distinction
Qualia, Hamilton Island
Located on the southern fringes of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands are the perfect meeting point between tropical and temperate Australia. The water temperature holds steady in the 20s (Celsius) year round, and its flawless azure colour invites hours of reflection and relaxation, whether it’s on the beach or from your private pavilion at Qualia on Hamilton Island. 30 acres of tropical gardens surround the property, which features a private beach, two infinity pools, and even a guest library. Your time here on Goway’s Qualia package is completely at leisure, meaning you can indulge in anything from a helicopter flight over the reef to a spa treatment.
4-Day qualia: Stay of Distinction
Bamurru Plains, Kakadu
The wild wetlands of Kakadu offer a side of the Outback you’ve never seen, one packed with adventure and wildlife, including fearsome saltwater crocodiles. As anyone who’s been on an African safari will tell you, adventure is best enjoyed with a comfy place to rest your head. Bamurru Plains offers one such place on travel to Australia, located on the edge of the Mary River flood plains. This 5-star luxury bush lodge offers just 9 safari suites, to ensure the utmost relaxation and privacy, with a range of activities at your fingertips. Go looking for crocodiles, or see the gentler side of the wildlife on a bushwalk. A helicopter flight will give you a taste of what the view’s like for the many bird species in the area.
3-Day Bamurru Plains
Longitude 131, Uluru/Ayers Rock
Conditions can be harsh in the Australian outback, but you can stay cool and comfortable, on travel to Australia, as you enjoy the best views of Uluru at sunset. A stay at Longitude 131 is all about enjoying the area’s natural features and history, as well as its cultural and spiritual connection to the local Aboriginal people. With that in mind, meals and activities at Longitude 131 are designed to immerse you in what makes Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and the surrounding land here so special. You might embark on a walk around the base of Uluru with an Aboriginal guide, or take a tour focused on the flora and fauna that thrive in the desert. Then return each night to a view through floor to ceiling windows of the rock itself.
3-Day Longitude 131: Stay of Distinction
The Louise, Barossa Valley
Australian wine is famous, but no region has contributed more to its reputation than the Barossa Valley. Staying at The Louise, you’re ideally situated in the middle of the Barossa, with one of its best restaurants, Appellation, right on site. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of vineyards, you’ll have a wide range of amazing flavours at your fingertips, not limited to wine. The Louise features just 15 suites, each with a private terrace to enjoy the sunset over the hills. You can even take a cooking class at nearby Casa Carboni Enoteca. Suffice to say, many of Australia’s luxury properties offer great food, but few offer a complete taste experience on par with The Louise.
3-Day The Louise: Stay of Distinction
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island
South Australia’s reputation as Australia’s tastiest state is assured. It’s also the location of “Australia’s Galapagos,” Kangaroo Island. Staying at Southern Ocean Lodge offers you a spectacular view of the mighty Southern Ocean, which has shaped perhaps Australia’s most dramatic coastline. An oasis of pure luxury surrounded by wild nature, each of the lodge’s 21 suites is designed with sustainability in mind as well as comfort. A wide range of wildlife and other Kangaroo Island experiences can be arranged, and Signature Lodge Experiences are included in the nightly rate when you book Goway’s Southern Ocean Lodge package.
4-Day Southern Ocean Lodge: Stay of Distinction
Saffire Freycinet, Freycinet National Park
The Freycinet Peninsula is one of Australia’s natural treasures, with one of its most famous beaches at Wineglass Bay. Saffire Freycinet is a luxury boutique property offering guests views over Great Oyster Bay, set on 12 hectares of private land surrounded by forest. This secluded location provides an ideal refuge for local wildlife, so don’t be surprised if a few furry or colourful faces come snooping around! Tasmania is all about being immersed in nature, so it only makes sense to immerse yourself in a little luxury as well, while on travel to Australia.
3-Day Saffire Freycinet: Stay of Distinction