10 of Australia's best beachfront resorts

Feel the sand between your toes, smell the salt air and relax in the sunshine. Stay at one of these luxurious beachfront properties and enjoy Australia's unrivalled beach lifestyle. 10 of Australia's best beachfront resorts
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10 of Australia's best beachfront resorts

Feel the sand between your toes, smell the salt air and relax in the sunshine. Stay at one of these luxurious beachfront properties and enjoy Australia's unrivalled beach lifestyle.   


By Mal Chenu

Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with resorts to match. From five-star hotels to deluxe glamping and idyllic island retreats, there's a beachfront resort that's right for you. Here are 10 of the best.

SAL SALIS, CAPE RANGE NATIONAL PARK, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Sal Salis, Cape Range National Park, Coral Coast, Western Australia

Sal Salis isn't just by the beach. It's on the sand. About 45 minutes drive north of the town of Exmouth (a two hour flight north from Perth on Australia's west coast), this gorgeous wilderness camp is found in a World Heritage-listed landscape among powdery white sand dunes fringed by pale topaz water. There are just 16 semi-permanent glamping (glamorous camping) tents here, and guests dine in style at long, communal tables under an outback starry sky each night. The star attraction is Ningaloo Reef, where you can swim with whale sharks and humpback whales.

SHERATON MIRAGE, PORT DOUGLAS 

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Queensland

This five-star resort in tropical north Queensland is located in the stylish seaside town of Port Douglas, an hour north of Cairns. Many suites look out onto Four Mile Beach, so named because you can walk for four miles (6.4 kilometres) without seeing a building. The Sheraton Mirage has two hectares (4.9 acres) of swimming pools, lush tropical gardens, fine-dining and casual restaurants and an 18-hole golf course. The Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest are both easily accessible from here.

ONE&ONLY HAYMAN ISLAND, WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS

One&Only Hayman Island, Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

On a private island on the Great Barrier Reef (one of the 74 Whitsunday Islands), One&Only Hayman Island has suites and villas that are lavishly appointed. Some have private pools and personal butlers. Kids are welcome here, and will enjoy the resort's handful of pools as well as its expansive palm-lined beach. Fly direct into nearby Hamilton Island from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and be transferred on the resort's boat, or enjoy a truly scenic transfer in one of its helicopters.

THE BYRON AT BYRON BAY

The Byron at Byron Bay, Byron Bay, New South Wales

This resort and spa complex is found on the fringe of Byron Bay, arguably Australia's most famous surf town. Many Byron Bay locals embrace "alternative" lifestyle movements, and in true local form you can start each day here with a free yoga session, indulge in local, organic produce at the onsite restaurant and go to sleep knowing the resort was sustainably designed. You can also enjoy a sauna, visit the award-winning spa and wander two kilometres (1.2 miles) of rainforest boardwalks. There is a beautiful infinity pool and, of course, a beach.

SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE, KANGAROO ISLAND 

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

The amazing Southern Ocean Lodge is set on a cliff on Kangaroo Island, off the coast from the city of Adelaide, in South Australia. The lodge consistently ranks among the world's 10 best hotels, most recently appearing at No.4 in US magazine Travel+Leisure's 2016 World's Best Awards. Its 21 luxury suites overlook the rugged Southern Ocean coastline. Kangaroo Island is home to fur seals, sea lions, koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and seabirds. You can get here by a 30 minute flight from Adelaide or by taking a 45 minute ferry from the mainland township of Cape Jervis, about a 90 minute drive south from Adelaide.

SAFFIRE FREYCINET, TASMANIA

Saffire Freycinet, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania

Tasmania's Saffire Freycinet regularly receives high accolades. In 2014 it was named the world's best boutique hotel at the World Boutique Hotel Awards. You'll find Saffire at Coles Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula, a scenic two hour drive north-east from the Tasmanian capital, Hobart. This is the ideal place to stay if you'd like to experience Wineglass Bay, which, with its white sand and pale sapphire waters, regularly appears on top 10 destination lists around the world. 

QUALIA, HAMILTON ISLAND, WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS

Qualia, Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

This exclusive luxury resort is tucked into a private cove at one end of Hamilton Island, in Queensland's Whitsundays Islands. Despite Hamilton being the largest and most popular of the islands here, guests at Qualia enjoy absolute privacy in large stand-alone villas. Half of these have their own private plunge pools, and all feature expansive views of the surrounding islands and sparkling ultramarine sea. Qualia boasts excellent dining, an opulent day spa, helicopter tours of the Great Barrier Reef and a wonderful private beach. You'll also be given your own golf cart to drive around the resort and the island. You can fly to Hamilton Island from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

PULLMAN BUNKER BAY RESORT, MARGARET RIVER REGION 

Pullman Banker Bay Resort, Cape Naturaliste, Margaret River Region, Western Australia

This resort is on Cape Naturaliste, in the world-famous Margaret River wine region, in the south-west corner of Australia. The sprawling property has accommodation for couples and families, a day spa, restaurant and infinity pool. It's three hours' drive south from Perth and the pretty seaside town of Dunsborough is just 10 minutes away. Head to local wineries for tastings and a relaxed lunch (try the marron and truffles). Explore the caves and tall forests or just relax on the beach.

PEPPERS BEACH CLUB & SPA, PALM COVE 

Peppers Beach Club & Spa, Palm Cove, Cairns region, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Palm Cove is a small beachside town halfway between Cairns and Port Douglas in tropical north Queensland. The plantation-style Peppers offers deluxe accommodation, a day spa, children's playground and three swimming pools, including a lagoon pool with sandy beaches and swim-up bar. It is an ideal base from which to explore the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Wander along the palm-fringed beach and build up an appetite for the many excellent restaurants nearby.

INJIDUP SPA RETREAT, MARGARET RIVER REGION 

Injidup Spa Retreat, Margaret River region, Western Australia

This exclusive resort is in the Margaret River wine and food region, a three hour drive south of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. Perfect for a romantic holiday, the 10 villas all have private verandas, plunge pools and ocean views. Book an indulgent spa treatment and a private four-course dinner served in your villa. Explore the wineries and providores before relaxing on the beach as the sun sets into the water.

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