A bed ahead
Book a bed ahead with these unique hotels and places to stay in Australia.
By Australian Traveller
From see-through pod tents to the last word in luxury, Australia has plenty of choice when it comes to unique places to stay.
Next level camping
Located in the spectacular Capertree Valley (considered by many to be Australia's Grand Canyon), just under three hours' drive from Sydney, Bubble Tent Australia's three off-the-grid see-through pods come with en suites, fire pits and telescopes for star-gazing.
A 30-minute drive from Brisbane, Sanctuary by Sirromet has 18 luxury canvas tents set up among the vines of this family-owned winery.
Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo Sydney is the ultimate inner-city wildlife encounter, with guests heading out after-dark to tour the zoo and waking up to the sound of roaring lions and views of Sydney Harbour.
Sitting in the heart of Western Australia's rugged and expansive Karijini National Park, the award-winning Karijini Eco Retreat runs in collaboration with traditional Indigenous owners and includes 40 deluxe eco tents.
Last word in luxury
Located on Hamilton Island in Queensland's gorgeous Whitsundays, qualia, a member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, consistently ranks as one of Australia's most luxurious resorts, offering up impeccable service and a truly dazzling location on the Great Barrier Reef.
Just over three hours' drive from Sydney in the Greater Blue Mountains, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is nestled in a spectacular valley surrounded by towering red-rock escarpments and teeming with wildlife including an elusive albino wallaroo. Each luxurious self-contained lodge comes with its own plunge pool.
Named the Best Hotel in Australia and New Zealand in 2018 by Condé Nast Traveler readers, Como the Treasury in the heart of Perth has 48 rooms and suites, a spa and an indoor pool within a historic grand façade.
Sleek and stylish
A giant black sculpture at the entrance of Jackalope leaves you in no doubt that the place is something special. The sleek modern hotel is filled with art and cutting-edge design and surrounded by the verdant vines of a working winery in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, 90 minutes from the center of Melbourne. Its premium Lair rooms include daily luxuries such as Champagne and oysters and massage treatments.
Art Series Hotels' collection of seven hotels are each dedicated to an Australian artist, from The Olsen, located in Melbourne's South Yarra and featuring the works of John Olsen, a living legend, to The Johnson in Brisbane's Spring Hill, dedicated to abstract artist Michael Johnson.
Having started life as a motel, Halcyon House in the sleepy town of Cabarita Beach on the New South Wales far north coast (just 20 minutes from Gold Coast Airport) got a spectacular makeover at the hands of Brisbane-based designer Anna Spiro to be reinvented as a breezy luxury hotel.
Far and wide
Views don't come more awe-inspiring than those at Longitude 131, sitting as it does within the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with uninterrupted views across the red dirt and low desert scrub to Uluru in all its glory. Each of the 16 tented pavilions is ultra-luxurious and reflective of the location, while the service and food are world-class.
Waterfront luxury is literally what you get at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, located on dunes in Western Australia's Cape Range National Park. Each of the 15 luxury eco tents looks out to the pristine Ningaloo Reef, hom eto over 500 species of fish, 250 coral species and the gentle giant that is the whale shark.
Located in Freycinet National Park on Tasmania's rugged east coast, Freycinet Lodge's Coastal Pavilions are a collection of nine architecturally designed wood and glass structures that cocoon guests in luxury within a pristine coastal bush setting.