Few travellers set out to have an ordinary holiday, which is why we believe that your holiday accommodation should be as unique as the experiences you seek. Step outside of the box and surround yourself with distinctive architecture, exceptional service, unforgettable landscapes and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Our thoughtfully curated list of the Top 10 Unique Getaways features a range of incredible properties in stunning locations around Australia. Choose to stay in a remote luxury safari camp, a fairytale castle in the hills or maybe a lighthouse cottage along the rugged Australian coastline. Each of these lavish retreats guarantees you will experience the extraordinary and leave with memories that will last a lifetime.
1. Thorngrove Manor | Adelaide Hills | SA
LOCATION: Crafers, SA | GETTING THERE: 25 min drive from Adelaide | RATES FROM: AUD$899 p/n
Experience a world of enchanted luxury with at stay at Thorngrove Manor, a uniquely designed boutique accommodation that is one of Adelaide’s best kept secrets. Exquisitely crafted, this magical 5 star retreat features five private and imaginatively designed room types, making it the perfect setting for a very memorable honeymoon or a romantic escape for an anniversary or special birthday.
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2. Balinese Retreat | Dandenong Ranges | VIC
LOCATION: Montrose, VIC | GETTING THERE: 50 min drive from Melbourne | RATES FROM: AUD$999 p/n
Designed with intimacy, relaxation and romance in mind, Balinese Retreat is a luxurious private retreat nestled in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges and located fifteen minutes from the heart of the beautiful Yarra Valley. Romantic getaways don’t get much better than this, designed to soothe the mind, body and spirit as well as indulge the senses, there are plenty of spa treatments to enhance your stay at Balinese Retreat.
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3. Sal Salis | Ningaloo Reef | WA
LOCATION: Exmouth, WA | GETTING THERE: 2 hour flight from Perth | RATES FROM: AUD$750 p/n
Nestled in the sand dunes, Sal Salis is a rugged luxury beachside safari camp in the remote and secluded location of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park. Boasting sixteen wilderness tents and a stunning coastal bush setting, this unique retreat is one of Australia’s best kept secrets and a perfect vacation spot for a romantic couples escape or a memorable honeymoon.
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4. Longitude 131 | Red Centre | NT
LOCATION: Yulara, SA | GETTING THERE: 50 min flight from Alice Springs | RATES FROM: AUD$2,400 p/n
Timeless and enriching, Longitude 131° is one of the most iconic luxury lodges in all of Australia. Located at the gateway of the dual World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, this superb boutique resort provides its guests an experience they will never forget. Featuring fifteen individual luxury tents, Longitude 131° is perfect for couples seeking seclusion, romance and five star luxury while experiencing the peace and serenity of this extraordinary landscape.
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5. Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse | North Coast | NSW
LOCATION: Seal Rocks, NSW | GETTING THERE: 4 hours drive from Sydney | RATES FROM: AUD$450 p/n
Located in the sleepy fishing town of Seal Rocks is the historic Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Head Keeper’s Cottage, a unique self-contained heritage accommodation in a truly spectacular location. Steeped in history and built in 1875, The Head Keeper’s cottage is an idyllic place to spend a weekend amongst family and friends, as well as being a great base to explore the coastal towns and the beaches of Myall Lakes National Park.
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6. Berkeley River Lodge | Kimberley Coast | WA
LOCATION: Berkeley River, WA | GETTING THERE: 1.5 hour flight from Darwin | RATES FROM: AUD$825 p/n
Nestled atop a spectacular sand dune in one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth, lies the luxurious Berkeley River Lodge. Accessible only by air or by boat, this completely secluded retreat offers an indulgent outback experience with a breath-taking view of the Timor Sea on the Kimberley Coast. Boasting twenty luxury villas perfectly positioned along a 65 metre high dune, this private wilderness escape is perfect for the ultimate couples getaway or a super special honeymoon.
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7. Bamurru Plains | Top End | NT
LOCATION: Mary River Flood Plain, NT | GETTING THERE: 3 hour drive from Darwin | RATES FROM: AUD$1,100 p/n
Situated on the edge of Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory, Bamurru Plains is a luxury, safari-style bush lodge on the Mary River floodplains. Home to an abundance of bird and wildlife, this ecologically sensitive luxury camp brings a touch of style to the discovery of this remote and visually stunning wilderness. With ten luxurious safari bungalows, this is a birdwatchers paradise and a must visit for anyone who is seeking a unique and luxury safari bush experience.
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8. Arkaba Homestead | Flinders Ranges | SA
LOCATION: Wilpena Pound, SA | GETTING THERE: 25 min drive from Adelaide | RATES FROM: AUD$899 p/n
Situated in the heart of the Flinders Ranges, Arkaba is a luxurious 5 bedroom homestead that offers its guests a truly memorable outback experience. Set on 60,000 acres of private conservancy, this historic homestead, which dates back to the 1850’s, boasts spectacular views of Wilpena Pound as well as some of Australia’s most breath-taking outback scenery. Its seclusion, comfort and fantastic location makes this wild bush luxury retreat perfect for an outback escape for two or a short getaway for wildlife and bird lovers.
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9. Wildman Wilderness Lodge | Top End | NT
LOCATION: Point Stuart, NT | GETTING THERE: 2 hours drive from Darwin | RATES FROM: AUD$360 p/n
Located in the beautiful majestic Mary River National Park Wetlands of the Northern Territory is Wildman Wilderness Lodge, a stunning nature retreat comprising of a central lodge and 10 luxurious cabins and 15 African-style Safari Tents. Surrounded by a seasonal floodplain and well known for its incredible wildlife, this beautiful unique retreat is ideal for wildlife lovers and adventure seekers, or simply those looking for a safari style outback escape with family or friends.
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10. Angel Wing | Blue Mountains | NSW
LOCATION: Ganbenang, NSW | GETTING THERE: 2 hour 45 min drive from Sydney | RATES FROM: AUD$1,000 p/n
Nestled deep in the Blue Mountains just a short distance from Jenolan Caves, Angel Wing is a luxurious, contemporary, secluded oasis, ideal for a small group of friends looking for the ultimate country escape. Also known as Peter Stutchbury’s award winning ‘Invisible House’, Angel Wing emits a magical ambiance and its ideal location makes it a great base to explore the picturesque Blue Mountains region.
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This list is part of our annual Top 50. Check out the full Top 50 Boutique & Luxury Getaways in Australia for 2016.