New Australian accommodation: February 2017

A wrap-up of the hottest accommodation in Australia from what's new to what is yet to open. New Australian accommodation: February 2017
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New Australian accommodation: February 2017

A wrap-up of the hottest accommodation in Australia from what's new to what is yet to open. 


By Jessica Wilkinson

Boutique hotels, luxury lodges, 5-star rooms and quirky stays – Australia’s dance card isn’t just full of the steadfast hotel offerings. We have a spate of interesting and unique accommodation options opening every month, each with their own story to tell and unique experience to offer. Here, we wrap up the best of what is coming to the accommodation scene in Australia over the next few months, from sleeping with the sharks to taking an astrology-themed overnighter with your dog. 

Jackalope at Willow Creek Vineyard, Victoria

Jackalope, Victoria

In April 2017, Willow Creek Vineyard will open a new boutique hotel called Jackalope. Set to be (another) testament to how well the vineyard/accommodation collaboration works, the property’s 46-room luxury hotel and the 30-metre infinity pool will sit overlooking the vines. At the same time, Willow Creek will reopen its eponymous cellar door and restaurant, which is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment.

Macq01, Tasmania

Brought to you by the people behind Saffire Freycinet and The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Macq01 is set to open its doors mid-2017. The idea behind the boutique hotel was to create accommodation inspired by the unique character and people of Tasmania and to offer a quintessentially Tasmanian experience. To this end, each of the 114 rooms tell a story about a Tasmanian character of note giving a little bit of history to every nook and cranny of the establishment. This intriguing hotel is located at the edge of Hobart's city centre, amongst the yachts, docks, restaurants and bars of the waterfront.

Thousand Lakes Lodge, Liawenee, Tasmania

Thousand Lakes Lodge, Tasmania

Bordered by Walls of Jerusalem National Park, sitting in the heart of the Western Lakes region, an old Antarctic training camp has been transformed into a premium boutique lodge. Located a two hour drive north of Hobart and 90 minutes south of Launceston, Thousand Lakes Lodge offers the perfect city escape with trout fishing, walking trails through the highlands and wildlife-spotting (including the Tasmanian devil). The lodge offers nine luxury rooms with private bathrooms and a communal dining and lounge room.

Howard Smith Wharves, Queensland

The redevelopment of the Howard Smith Wharves into a five-star, 164-room boutique art series hotel is set to wrap up and launch mid-2017. Not only is a hotel in the works, but the heritage buildings and wharf will be carefully converted into new restaurants and cafés, coffee-roasting and craft brewery, all to sit under Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge.

The Ultimo hotel, Sydney, New South Wales

The Ultimo, Sydney

Sydney is about to become home to the world’s first astrology hotel. An entire hotel dedicated to celestial study, The Ultimo is opening this month (February), with rooms ranging from single to family - some with pet-friendly courtyards (BYO dog). Specifics about how an astrology hotel actually works have been kept under wraps so watch this space for more information. 

Sleep with the sharks, Cairns Aquarium, Queensland

The Cairns Aquarium is set to open in May 2017 and with it comes the opportunity to snuggle into bed with a hammerhead shark or two. The sleepover experience gives participants a bit of an educational background about the reef at night, dinner and a bed complete with circling sharks. 

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