Everyone loves to cosy up beside the fireplace during winter with a nice glass of red, but let’s be honest: most of us would prefer to bypass the chill altogether. Fortunately, the top half of Australia lies within the warm tropic of Capricorn, and View Retreats has handpicked some of the most exclusive tropical properties available in northern Australia for a timely escape:
Evocative of a luxurious safari camps in east Africa, the Wildman Wilderness Lodge is the Northern Territory’s own slice of hinterland heaven. Set in the heart of the Mary River National Park Wetlands, this world-class escape provides proximity to the area’s incredible wildlife and tours of the surrounding territory. Comprising a central lodge, 10 air-conditioned cabins (‘Habitats’), and 15 luxury Safari Tents, the resort offers families, couples and groups the ideal location to make the most of Australia’s captivating Top End.
From $360 per night for 2 guests in a Safari Tent…more
The ultimate in remote getaways, an escape to Berkeley River Lodge is an adventure in itself; access is via air or sea only, so make use of the private helipad and arrive in style if you’re looking for something extra special. Once inside the retreat, take in the imposing Kimberley panoramas stretching from Joseph Bonaparte Gulf to Reveley Island. Each private villa boasts its own deck for lounging in the Kimberley climate, as well as dramatic glass fronting to enjoy the view from the air-conditioned interior. And with a swimming pool and private chef on-hand, you’ll have to drag yourself away to enjoy everything that awaits on the magnificent Kimberley Coast.
From $1650 per night for 2 guests in a private Villa (transfers excluded)…more
A retreat to take your breath away, Skylodge epitomizes luxury and is an ideal escape for one or two couples searching for an elegant getaway. Set within an original Queensland homestead, Skylodge is an award-winning example of Australian architecture. Sweeping verandas provide an elegant setting to gaze out over the impressive mountain ranges, and a heated infinity pool is a tempting viewpoint from which to watch the moon rise over the ocean as the glittering Gold Coast lights come to life. With the option of a private chef, masseuse and spa therapist, a visit to Skylodge will no doubt leave you feeling fully recharged, relaxed and rested.
From $1,400 per night for 2 guests in the Lodge with breakfast…more
You know the luxury comes guaranteed when your accommodation boasts an indoor waterfall, and the Rainforest Estate offers just that – as well as a lagoon-style heated pool, a traditional red cedar hot-tub and gourmet kitchen. Set on 9 acres of spectacular tropical gardens complete with elevated boardwalks, the entire property is yours for the duration of your stay. And with the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Atherton Tablelands and an array of historic settlements on the doorstep, the Rainforest Estate is an ideal base for your tropical escape. With every conceivable mod-con, as well as the option of your own chef and spa therapist, this exclusive resort offers year-round tranquility and spectacular comfort.
From $995 per night for up to 6 guests in the Estate (sleeps 16)…more
A Hamilton Island holiday is something that every Australian daydreams about during the dreary winter – white sand beaches, warm, turquoise waters and a palm tree to sip cocktails below. Villa Illalangi encapsulates all of this, and offers the ultimate Hamilton Island getaway. With four luxury bedrooms, the villa is designed to optimise your enjoyment of the surrounding tropical landscape. Guests can enjoy the swimming pool, spa and stunning outdoor areas that make this feel like your own private resort. And with such a unique location and ocean views, Villa Illalangi will feel like paradise.
From $1,250 per night for up to 8 guests in the Villa…more