Discover diverse and dramatic landscapes, people and places with Australia’s luxury offerings.
By Leah Dobihal
More than spacious rooms, metres of marble and fine cuisine, Australia’s premium experiences are about finding inspiration in exclusive places, chasing your passion and pausing to revel in moments of true awe.
Discover the best of Australia with this luxury guide.
Indulge in exquisite food and drink
Australia’s food and drink offering is delicious and diverse, serving up some of the best wine, spirits and cuisine in the world. But a food journey here isn’t just about what’s on the plate; it’s about how you savour it, connecting with the makers and the produce of the place, and soaking up the scenic surrounds and sharing the experience with the ones you love.
Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia take guests beyond the cellar door, offering exclusive experiences full of insight, history, hands-on connection and decadence. You can move between the countries best wine regions, taking part in private tastings, intimate degustations, insightful cooking classes, and more. Taste premium semillon matched with individually garnished oysters at Brokenwood in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley, take a journey through Western Australia’s Margaret River before embarking on a behind-the-scenes tour of Leeuwin Estate or indulge in a Prestige Experience, where you’ll be whisked away in a private helicopter over South Australia’s lush Barossa Valley before being dropped at St Hugo for a private tasting.
It’s not just Australia’s wine that deserves the attention. Around the country, you’ll find distilleries crafting world-class, creative spirits with a uniquely Australian twist. Kangaroo Island Spirits in South Australia distils their Wild Gin with native juniper foraged from the coast of the island. At Archie Rose in Sydney, you can blend your own signature whisky and bring home a bottle, as well as the cask it was matured in. Also worth sampling is the Archie Rose Vegemite gin.
Australia’s food scene is just as exciting, with restaurants focusing on the inventive, the unexpected and the ultra-local. Each dish is a tangible taste of the earthy soil, clean water and rich landscapes that help grow the country’s beautiful produce. Restaurant Orana in Adelaide expertly prepares native ingredients like green tree ants and wattleseed - the same ingredients Australia’s Aboriginal people have been sustained by for tens of thousands of years. Brae in regional Victoria is all about unhurried comforts, while Sydney’s Aria serves up spectacular seasonal dishes alongside harbour views. Melbourne’s Attica embraces Australia’s overlooked ingredients, creating a refined yet relaxed atmosphere where eating with your hands is encouraged.
Experience unforgettable nature and wildlife
Australia is bursting with incredible activities, but a trip here is also about the simple luxury of being among some of the world’s wildest, unspoiled nature and seeing wildlife, much of it unique to Australia, in the wild.
Follow your passion for the outdoors on one of Australia’s Great Walks. You’ll marvel at the vibrant orange boulders on the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk and the ancient, ethereal landscapes of the Larapinta Trail. But more than that, you’ll become a part of the place, finding a powerful connection not only with the land beneath you but those that walk alongside you.
To immerse yourself in Australia’s wildlife, explore the many experiences on offer from Australian Wildlife Journeys, all characterised by expert guides and underpinned by strong conservation principles. You can swim next to whale sharks in the azure waters of Exmouth in Western Australia, or spot tree kangaroos and southern cassowaries with FNQ Tours in Tropical North Queensland. Embark on an expedition with Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris, where you’ll have the privilege of accessing some of Australia’s culturally significant sites and most cherished ecosystems, brimming with crocodiles, birds and buffalo.
Stay in luxurious lodges
Australia’s luxury lodge accommodation is as much about connecting with an experience of place as it is about a beautiful place to stay. Each corner of the country offers a unique scene, from the raw wilderness of Tasmania to the red dirt of the Australian outback.
Longitude 131, sited just outside the Northern Territory’s Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, is one of the most impactful examples of a profound sense of place. Its privileged location allows views of Uluru from each pavilion. Slide open the floor-to-ceiling windows of your luxury tent pavilion to stare out at Australia’s spiritual centre, with the amber hues of Uluru changing as the day brightens. Step out onto the private balcony or watch the sunset form the dunetop bar, and let the feeling of the Australian outback fill you up.
Across the country, on the Great Barrier Reef’s Hamilton Island, you’ll find the impeccably-appointed qualia. The private pavilions frame a mesmerising view of the turquoise waters and layers of Whitsunday islands on the horizon. Guests of qualia have priority access to Australia’s only championship island golf course, Hamilton Island Golf Club, and can arrange private experiences like gourmet picnics on a remote beach or scenic helicopter flights over the jaw-dropping Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach and nearby reef. Orpheus Island Lodge, also in the Whitsundays between Cairns and Townsville, offers immaculate coastlines and a truly memorable escape, along with unforgettable dining, incredible underwater experiences and luxuriously relaxed rooms.
Mount Mulligan, located about 3.5 hours from Cairns, offers an entirely different Queensland experience. Instead of reefs and beaches, you’ll find tabletop mountains and eucalyptus woodland. At Mount Mulligan Lodge, you’ll discover the breathtaking balance between adrenaline-inducing outback activities like cattle mustering and quiet tranquility in the stunningly secluded accommodation.
See all Luxury Lodges of Australia to find your perfect ‘privilege of place’.
Discover ancient cultures
Australia is home to a wealth of unforgettable experiences, but few are as profound - or personal - as the journeys you can take into Aboriginal cultures.
Aboriginal cultures are both ancient and complex, dating back more than 50,000 years. Australia’s Aboriginal peoples are warm, welcoming and generous of spirit, inviting you to experience exquisite art, exclusive accommodation, ancient pilgrimages and unrivalled adventures. To share, discuss and learn from Australia’s traditional custodians is a truly special privilege. And for many, a treasured spiritual connection with place.
Cape Cultural Tours shares with you the Boodja (country) of the Wadandi people in Western Australia. The Margaret River region will come alive as your guide reveals the Noongar seasons and the never-ending connections with the rivers, seas, animals and plants. You’ll walk along the spectacular Cape to Cape Track, hearing the Aboriginal interpretation of the surrounding seascape. Arrange a private, customised tour for an even more immersive experience.
Aboriginal experiences are also accessible from some of Australia’s most beautiful accommodation, including Pretty Beach House and their welcome to country, Longitude 131 in the Red Centre and their connection with the desert art community or the stunning wilderness huts along the wukalina Walk. A stay at Silky Oaks Lodge, located in the lush green of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, not only brings true tranquility but also the opportunity to explore the Kuku Yalanji people’s environment with Walkabout Cultural Adventures. Your guide, Juan, has led journeys through the Daintree area for more than 15 years, but his connection to his tribal lands stretches back tens of thousands, and as such, he can take you to places others aren’t able to go. Amble through the world’s oldest living rainforest as Juan shares with you ancient wisdom and practices. You may find yourself collecting shellfish, stopping for a swim in a freshwater stream or simply listening to Juan as he explains how his totem is the crocodile - he looks after the crocodile, and the crocodile looks after him.
Browse Discover Aboriginal Experiences to seek out Australia’s many authentic cultural journeys.
Partake in premium adventure and sport
From remote island golf courses to secluded coves for fishing, Australia has so much to offer the avid or aspiring athlete and adventurer.
With an abundance of over 4,000 species of fish, lightly fished waters and over 36,000 kilometres (22,000 miles) of sparsely populated coastline, Australia is one of the world’s best angler destinations. The fishing experiences in Australia are as diverse as they are exciting, offering up everything from deep sea fishing in the bright waters of Darwin to fly fishing in the rushing rivers of Tasmania.
One of the most spectacular fishing adventures available is heli-fishing in the Kimberley, one of Australia’s last true wilderness frontiers. With Helispirit, you’ll board a private helicopter to access remote waterways, your pilot bringing you to the very best billabongs and coastal flats. Venture away from the coast into the heartland of Tasmania to fly fish with Driftwater, toss a line in the glass-like waters of Ningaloo with Ningaloo Fly Fishing or pull in kingfish and salmon right in the iconic Sydney Harbour with Sydney Flyfishing.
Whichever type of fishing feeds your passion, you’ll find sensational fishing adventures in Australia.
With seven of the top 100 golf courses in the world, golfers are spoilt for choice when it comes to world-class courses in Australia. From the championship Sandbelt region of Melbourne to the country’s only championship golf course on its own island, Australia has some of the best courses in the world, as well as unique greens worth seeking out. Play a round at the country’s most well-known course, Royal Melbourne Golf Club, or take on the wild and remote coast of Tasmania at Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links.
Discover more Great Golf Courses of Australia that seamlessly blend the beauty of nature with the precision of design.
Make the most of your time
Whether you’re sitting in a bustling café in a Melbourne laneway or stepping out of your private pavilion to panoramic views of the Whitsundays, Australia’s sheer scale and tempo invites our guests to disconnect from the whirlwind of daily life and reconnect with the world around you - sharing the Australian landscapes and way of life with the people who have joined you on the journey.
Tailor-made itineraries mean you can make the most of every moment, enjoying the unhurried attitude that makes Australia unique, along with a genuine exclusivity of access to our people, places, produce and experiences.
Destination specialists including Southern Crossings, Epic Private Journeys, Alquemie, Abercrombie & Kent, The Tailor, Touring Treasures and others create bespoke itineraries that maximise the time you have in Australia with family and friends. They pair private transportation with seamless experiences, moving effortlessly between purposeful leisure and riveting adventure.