Step outside of the box and experience something different on your next getaway. We have compiled a list of the Top 10 Unique Escapes in 2021, featuring extraordinary and one of a kind retreats in the most impressive locations around Australia. From rugged bush luxury camps and nature domes to wildlife lodges and private islands, each of these retreats promises a special experience that will create lasting memories for years to come.
Camp Island Lodge, Camp Island, QLD
Escape to breathtaking ocean views and awe-inspiring sunsets at Camp Island Lodge, a stunning private island resort set on Camp Island in Queensland. With 4 ensuite villas and the whole island for the taking, this resort provides accommodation for only one booking at a time of up to eight guests, offering the ultimate in privacy and luxury amidst crystalline waters and dazzling island scenery.
Campbell Point House, Leopold, VIC
Nestled in a secluded hamlet in Leopold on the Bellarine Peninsula, Campbell Point House is a scenic waterfront lodge set among sprawling gardens overlooking Lake Connewarre. This French-chateau styled mansion features brilliant and refined interiors, complementing the gorgeous views outside. Eight elegant suites are a testament to this property’s uniqueness, complete with modern amenities for an elevated level of luxury and sophistication.
Domescapes in the Vines, Sidmouth, TAS
Glamping at its finest, Domescapes in the Vines is an immersive accommodation experience nestled in the heart of the Tamar Valley Wine Route in Tasmania. This Eclectic retreat boasts 3 unique geodesic domes, complete with their own ensuite, and huge panoramic windows perfect for soaking up the picturesque landscape or for stargazing under the night sky.
Freedom Shores, Airlie Beach, QLD
Sprawling over 22 acres, Freedom Shores in Airlie Beach is a boutique accommodation surrounded by lush gardens and tropical forests overlooking the Coral Sea. Cleverly designed to depict a dry marina, this resort features 10 boat bungalows with private decks and resort amenities that promise a distinctive tropical paradise experience.
Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Canberra, ACT
With rooms adjoining a variety of wildlife enclosures, Jamala Wildlife Lodge is a unique safari-themed hotel nestled within the national zoo and aquarium in Canberra. Bring out your literal wild side as tigers, giraffes, lions, and other animals linger just outside your room’s window. Feel the thrill in one of 18 individually decorated guest rooms, complete with luxurious amenities and conveniences.
Longitude 131, Yulara, NT
With expansive views direct to Uluru and across the desert to Kata Tjuta, Longitude 131 is Australia’s most celebrated luxury camp. Fifteen self-contained pavilions are dotted along the red dust dunes of the Central Desert, each offering refined amenities for a luxurious retreat, all while escaping to the awe-inspiring views of the great outback landscape.
Sal Salis, Cape Range National Park, WA
Sal Salis is a remote, beachside bush camp nestled snugly in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park near Ningaloo Reef. Designed to highlight the landscape and surrounding wildlife, this mesmerising retreat invites guests to disconnect from routines and connect with nature by escaping in one of 9 eco-luxe tents beautifully dotted along the coast where the outback meets the reef.
The Berkeley River Lodge, Kimberley, WA
Berkeley River Lodge is a collection of 20 luxury seaside villas sat atop a spectacular sand dune overlooking the Timor Sea on the Kimberley Coast. This tranquil, all-inclusive lodge offers all the joys of the outback wilderness combined with the luxury of five-star comfort and service. Head down to the water and enjoy a day at the private beach, or take advantage of other recreational amenities, which include an outdoor pool and restaurant.
Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, Mosman, NSW
Wildlife Retreat at Taronga is a beautifully designed eco-retreat overlooking Sydney Harbour and some of the iconic furry residents of Taronga Zoo. This hotel offers 62 designer rooms in a relaxed bush setting, complemented by modern conveniences for a relaxing and memorable stay. Also found on-site is the award-winning Me-Gal restaurant, serving a seasonally modified menu and carefully curated wine list.
Thousand Lakes Lodge, Central Plateau, TAS
Experience Tassie’s wild side by staying at Thousand Lakes Lodge, a beautiful nature lodge in the centre of some of Tasmania’s most spectacular landscapes. Offering 9 premium rooms with well-appointed facilities adapted for the rugged environment, this retreat lets you experience the magnificent harshness of the great Australian outback all in the comfort of a relaxing haven.
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Image Credit: Domescapes in the Vines, Tasmania