A break from the city: 5 luxury getaways

Create an unforgettable (and well-deserved) mini-break at these luxury lodges. A break from the city: 5 luxury getaways
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A break from the city: 5 luxury getaways

Escape the city to one of these luxury destinations.

Create an unforgettable (and well-deserved) mini-break at these luxury lodges that seamlessly blend sophisticated design with the surrounding natural environments, outstanding food and wine, and bespoke experiences - all with the added bonus of being located within easy driving distance from either Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

                                                                                   Words by Luxury Lodges of Australia



The Louise is an idyllic luxury vineyard retreat located 75 minutes from Adelaide airport. It is situated on a gentle hill surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines, with breathtaking vistas across the world-renowned Barossa Valley. Just fifteen luxuriously appointed, contemporary styled suites, each with its own terrace, are sited to provide guests with complete privacy.

A selection of must do experiences: 

Farmer's market: On a Saturday morning join one of Appellation’s chefs at the Barossa Farmer’s Market and share in their delight for the food of the region.

Hot air ballooning: Float over the wide valley floor with its mosaic of vineyards and orchards bound by the rolling hills leading up to Eden Valley. Relish an experience of a lifetime as the sun rises on a new day in the Barossa. The flight lasts a breathtaking hour, giving you time to take in the sights and enjoy the serenity.

Wineries: Spend a day touring a selection of (over 100) wineries that have made the Barossa Australia’s most famous and revered wine region. Or ask The Louise staff for a special introduction to one of their ‘private winemaker’ or ‘food producer’ connections for a very personal connection to the Barossa.




Located on 8000 acres at the peak of the ridge, with breathtaking views of the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park and Scenic Rim, Spicers Peak Lodge is Queensland’s highest mountain lodge retreat and only a two hour drive from Brisbane. Mountain-biking, hiking and wildlife discovery give the opportunity to suck in the pure mountain air; while two-hatted restaurant, The Peak and purpose-built Spa Anise make the lodge an ideal place for some much deserved R&R.

A selection of must do experiences: 

Picnic: You can have a picnic hamper to be delivered to one of many scenic picnic locations. A table can be set in the wilderness so guests can arrive after a mountain bike ride or hike to chilled champagne, stunning views and nothing to unpack.

Spa Anise: An hour with a professional therapist is sure to ease away the tensions of everyday city living. A range of relaxing and indulgent therapies are available including the popular hot stone massage.

Fine dining: By night sample fine food and wine at the two-hatted restaurant The Peak, relax by the fire or take a moment to look up and enjoy stargazing in the clear mountain skies.



Lake House lies on the shores of idyllic Lake Daylesford in the heart of Victoria’s spa country just 70 minutes from Melbourne airport. Lake House is justly regarded as one of Australia’s outstanding sustained regional dining experiences and the region is a mecca for foodies and culinary nomads. An eclectic mix of artists’ studios, cafes, excellent restaurants, boutique day spas and holistic healing centres – spa country exudes a sophisticated bohemian feel. This beautiful region boasts more mineral water springs than anywhere else in the Southern hemisphere.

A selection of must do experiences: 

Signature spa experience: Book in for a treatment at the private treetop mineral spa. Using 100% pure Daylesford mineral water and set in a magical location, private circular spa tubs sit in secluded tree top cabins and look out through the waterfront willow trees.

Farm gate and winery tour: Head out for the day with a local guide and meet the farmers, producers and winemakers who passionately connect the ‘paddock to plate’. There’s organic and biodynamic producers, rare breed farmers, producers of goat and sheep’s milk cheese, cider, beer & winemakers, bakers and more.

Fine dining: Dine at the multi-award winning Lake House Restaurant. Under the direction of Executive Chef Alla Wolf Tasker and Head Chef David Green, the kitchen works from the ground up producing virtually everything, from house baked breads to an extensive charcuterie range, on the premises. Lake House simply oozes food integrity and flavour.




The sumptuously appointed Pretty Beach House (two hours from Sydney airport) is nestled into the escarpment, high above Pretty Beach on the NSW Bouddi Peninsula. Pretty Beach House redefines the typical guesthouse tradition and sets a new benchmark with its signature appointments and world-class approach to every aspect of the guest experience.

A selection of must do experiences:

Explore on foot: A leisurely 20 minute stroll through untouched native flora to the tip of the Aboriginal Dreaming sacred site of Box Head is breathtaking, with stunning 180 degree views of the five surrounding waterways including Broken Bay to Palm Beach and the Barenjoey light house. Multiple other hikes and walks are possible too.

Cruise the beach: A tailored expedition aboard the Pretty Beach Cabo Sports Cruiser can be pre arranged and booked upon reservation. The Pretty Beach Cabo cruiser can also collect guests from Sydney and bring them to Pretty Beach up the coastline (or vice versa).

Cooking Classes: Take a class with one of Stefano Manfredi’s expert chefs always on hand, guests can learn the secrets of the Manfredi kitchen using locally harvested seasonal produce.




Easily accessible with a three hour drive from Sydney airport, the Greater Blue Mountains is a wilderness covering more than one million hectares of rainforest, canyons, eucalypt forests and heath lands. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Australian wilderness at the conservation-led Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. This is the quintessential Australian bush experience, combined with distinctive dining, dramatic scenery, heritage and 7000 acres (2832 hectares) of private conservation reserve to explore.

A selection of must do experiences: 

Horse riding: Trail riding on horseback in Australia’s Blue Mountains is the ideal way to become familiar with the land, and the types of terrain while encountering the reserve’s wildlife including wombats and the rare albino wallaroo.

Enjoy the views: The Valley Bar & Terrace Lounge offers an expansive terrace to enjoy in the warmer months, or an open fireplace indoors for when it’s cooler. At any time of the day or year, panoramic views across the valley frame the varying hues of the seasons, encouraging guests to sit back, rest and recuperate.

Take a dip: Enjoy a refreshing swim in your own private lap pool.


This article originally appeared on Luxury Lodges of Australia

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