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With Australia’s diverse natural beauty, vibrant cities and world-famous food and wine, there is a wide range of unique experiences to take in.
The best luxury destinations in Australia fulfil bucket list fantasies by bringing epic natural beauty, world-class wine regions and world-class restaurants to your doorstep.
Whether it be viewing the landscapes of Uluru or the Kimberley from your own window seat in a unique hotel, camp, or lodge or marvelling at the sea views from a private pool on the tropical island resort of Hamilton Island, there are thousands of affordable luxury destinations and luxury beach resorts in Australia.
For the ultimate luxury Australia holiday, add one of our ten affordable experiences to your Australian itinerary.
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1) Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island is off the East Coast of NSW, and is the home to only 380 residents. Even better, only 400 visitors are allowed on Lord Howe Island at one time, keeping the crowds to a limit.
Lord Howe Island is 600 kilometres north-east of Sydney and south-east of Brisbane and is one of the lesser known luxury destinations in Australia.
Surrounded by a coral reef and marine life in semi tropical waters, diving and water sports are very popular here. Hiking and fishing are also sought after pastimes on this island.
Eleven kilometres long and barely two kilometres at its widest point, Lord Howe Island is home to the worlds most southerly coral reef, beaches where king fish swim around your ankles, beautiful kentia palm forests, an array of rare birdlife and one of the most challenging one-day walks in Australia, the climb to the summit of Mount Gower.
There are many accommodation options on Lord Howe Island. It is advisable to book luxury travel accommodation in this area ahead of time.
An affordable luxury beach resort in this part of Australia is Lorhiti Apartments which has wonderful service and its own private track to Neds beach.
Cost: $1500 AUD for 3 nights for 2 people
A long time favourite among royalty, musicians, actors, and visiting dignitaries, the Langham Sydney hotel maximizes the property’s Darling Harbour and Observatory views.
Darling Harbour is known as one of Sydney’s largest dining, shopping and entertainment neighbourhoods- complete with waterfront dining, the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, the Wild Life Sydney Zoo, and the world’s biggest cinema screen at the IMAX.
Located on the edge of one of the largest natural harbours in the world, Sydney Harbour, it offers visitors spectacular views of the harbour, the bridge and Sydney Opera House.
Cost: Beginning at $427 AUD Per Night
3) Blue Mountains
Only 90 minutes west of Sydney, the Blue Mountains boast some of Australia’s most lush scenery and have long been a popular day trip for both Sydney locals and tourists and is one of the best luxury destinations in Australia.
From day trips to all inclusive getaways, the Spicers Sangoma Retreat in the Blue Mountains is an hour from Sydney. 5 star food and wine. The cost is a lot higher for this style of accommodation, but if you’re searching for Top class relaxation you won’t be disappointed.
4) Wolgan Valley
Emirates One and Only Wolgan Valley is also set in the Blue Mountains, and offer the ultimate luxury Australia holiday with butler service, staff rooms, gourmet cuisine and a private pool.
Emirates Wolgan Valley is pricier than most luxury accommodation options, but you get what you pay for with the many unique facilities and services.
Champagne breakfasts, gourmet picnics, spa treatments and horse riding are only some of the options when staying at this high end luxury accommodation, all set in the breathtaking surroundings of the Blue Mountains.
Cost: Beginning at $2000 AUD Per Night
5) Port Lincoln
This beautiful township of Port Lincoln with views of Boston Bay is known as Australia’s seafood capital and is an ideal base to explore the coast and experience the best of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.
Tononga Luxury Eco Lodges, set on the Eyre Peninsula, offer a unique luxury Australia holiday experience, situated in the Tanonga area (the indigenous meaning for ‘sweet water’). These Eco Lodges are one of the incredible, luxury holidays South Australia offers and is a short drive from Port Lincoln.
Cost: $330 AUD Per Night
6) Kangaroo Island
Ecopia Retreat, Kangaroo Island offers unforgettable ocean views, fantastic food and wine, and a wide range of guided activities including beach walks with sea lions.
A stay at Ecopia Retreat includes is a complete Kangaroo Island experience and is another one of the best luxury holidays South Australia has on offer, with unique experiences that create an authentic connection between the accommodation and the natural landscapes, wildlife, and lifestyle.
Cost: Ranging from S1599 AUD for 3 nights
7) Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island is full of private and secluded beaches, including Whitehaven Beach, one of the most pristine beaches in the world. Visitors here have the entire beach for a luxurious experience.
The Reef View Hotel on Hamilton Island begins at $351 per night. An idyllic, easy, luxury beach resort in Australia to stay once you are on Hamilton Island.
If you decide to book luxury travel accommodation at The Reef View Hotel, you’ll have the use of kayaks, windsurfers, snorkelling equipment, tennis court, gym and spa. To be noted, Kids stay eat for free!
Cost: Beginning at $350 AUD Per Night
Best affordable Infinity Pool Australia!
Gaze out over the Brisbane river from your decadent surroundings of the Emporium Hotel South Bank. Highlights include a terrace rooftop bar and 1920’s glamour.
With a variety of suites and deals to choose from, and close to the nearby attractions of Brisbane, this hotel is super affordable and accessible.
Nearby attractions include The Wheel of Brisbane, Streets Beach Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Epicurious Garden, Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Markets and a wide range of top rated bars and restaurants in the area.
Or of course swim in the stunning infinity pool, 23 meters long, and gaze out at the river and city views.
COST: $249 AUD Per Night
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9) Red Centre
Australia’s magnificent lodges offer the opportunity to flirt with luxury and enjoy some of the most famous views in the world. From Uluru, the rugged red Kimberley and the vast outback stations, to the coral reefs at the edge of the islands.
If that sounds a bit like outdoor country, there are luxurious lodges in wild places with exclusive access to wildlife experiences and excellent tasting food.
Longitude 131 really is truly one of the top luxury destinations in Australia, set in the most natural and breathtaking landscape of the red centre.
With day spa’s and breakfast included, Longitude 131 is very popular and it is advisable to book luxury travel accommodation here ahead of time.
Although on the expensive side, I have included this luxury hotel for its completely unique experience of luxury while experiencing the famous Australian wilderness first hand. See for yourself
COSTS: Beginning at $800 per night, with a minimum 2 night stay.
10) Wilsons Promontory
If you venture down to the southern tip of mainland Australia, Wilsons Promontory National Park is a breathtaking, natural wilderness park and a place close to my heart.
A luxury alternative to camping at Tidal River is the Eco Lodges, located alongside the river, equipped with a kitchen, heating comfortable beds and even a bath.
Designed with full glass doors on one side, opening onto a secluded deck, designed for privacy and to be at one with nature.
COST: $280 Per Night