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Bathtubs with a view

Soak up the best of Australia with these eight unforgettable bathtub experiences.

By Simon Webster
Published: 2 January, 2018

Travel in Australia can be exhilarating, inspiring and even life-changing. But every now and then, you’ve just got to kick back, relax and soak it all up. And there’s no better way of doing that than in a bath with a view.

From an outdoor tub overlooking the outback to a luxury bathroom in the middle of a zoo, here are eight Aussie baths you’ll never want to get out of. 

Where Australia bathes

Love life in Tasmania

You’re two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the nearest neighbour or road at Thalia Haven, a luxury retreat built from ancient stone in eastern Tasmania, making it the perfect spot for a bath in the great outdoors.

In Greek mythology, Thalia was an attendant of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and you can’t get a much more romantic spot than this, soaking up the serenity in an outdoor bathtub overlooking Great Oyster Bay. Try the wood-fired sauna and outdoor shower, too.

Soak up the atmosphere in Sydney

It’s a very different view from the Admiral Suite of Pier One, on Sydney’s Walsh Bay. The setting is equally spectacular however, with a standalone bathtub offering a water-level view of Sydney Harbour, Luna Park and the Harbour Bridge.

This is a luxury suite right on the water – with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private deck – in the heart of one the world’s great cities. It would be an amazing way to begin, or end, a trip to Australia.

'Bear' all in Canberra

If you feel like someone is watching you while you’re having a soak in a Jungle Bungalow at Jamala Wildlife Lodge, fear not: it’s probably just one of the local bears or tigers. Only a glass wall separates you from a wildlife enclosure at this remarkable luxury lodge in the heart of the National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra; it’s an incredible place to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most beautiful creatures. 

Watch the whales in Queensland

The wildlife is a little further away when you take a bath at Qualia in Queensland, but it’s still likely to leave a lasting impression. There’s a good chance you’ll see humpback whales (July to October) and dolphins from your bathtub at this amazing luxury resort on Hamilton Island. This tub in the top-of-the-range, north-facing Windward Pavilion offers incredible views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. Your room comes with a private plunge pool, too.

Soak up the outback in Western Australia

Australian experiences don’t come much more memorable than lying in an outdoor bath with a glass of sparkling wine and an epic view of the outback. The iconic El Questro lodge in Western Australia’s Kimberley region offers bathtubs galore; in a Cliffside Retreat, perched spectacularly atop an escarpment, the tub is freestanding, outdoors (yet private), and overlooks the ancient landscape of Chamberlain Gorge.  

Wine, dine and soak up South Australia

The historic Kingsford Homestead, built in 1856, can be found on a working sheep station in the world-famous Barossa wine region. Wine tasting in the stone cellar is among the homestead’s attractions, and superb Barossa vineyards are just a bicycle ride or a chauffeur-driven tour away.

So you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a bottle of something special to take with you on a little jaunt to the homestead’s signature bush bath, which is tucked away in a secluded corner of the property and just the right size for two. 

Slow down near Uluru, Northern Territory

A stunning bathroom with a deep tub offers soul-stirring views of the Central Australian Desert in the top-of-the-range Dune Pavilion at Longitude 131. This luxury desert basecamp is right next door to Uluru (Ayers Rock), in the Red Centre, the very heart of Australia, so take your time and soak it all in. For a bit of variety, you could always jump into the private plunge pool, where the views are even more spectacular.

Hit cruise control on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria

One of the world’s most famous road trips, the Great Ocean Road is home to some stunning destinations: the rock formations known as the 12 Apostles, the forests of Great Otway National Park, oh, and this bathtub, on the roof of an amazing holiday house near North Lorne beach.

Ocean House is a five-bedroom architectural stunner, with circular bedrooms, wrap-around terraces and a rooftop deck that features just the kind of bathtub that we like: deep, freestanding, open-air, and in an unforgettable location.

While you’re here, don’t miss these 10 spots on the Great Ocean Road.