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 2018, featuring extraordinary and one of a kind retreats in the most impressive locations across the country. From rugged bush luxury camps and adventure cruises to wildlife lodges and upcycled shipping containers, each of these retreats promises a special experience that will create lasting memories for years to come.
1. Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Canberra, ACT
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind luxury wildlife experience with a stay at Jamala Wildlife Lodge, an indulgent luxury lodge at Canberra’s National Zoo & Aquarium. During your stay, you will come face to face with a whole host of exotic and endangered species such as giraffes and bears, as well as learn how to help with their survival. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast or have an interest in conservation, this experience is definitely for you. Read more.
2. Thorngrove Manor, Adelaide Hills, SA
Dive into your very own world of enchanted luxury with a 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. Read more.
3. Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Coral Coast, WA
Nestled in the sand dunes, Sal Salis is a 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 the perfect hideaway for a romantic couple’s escape, and one of the few places in the country where you can swim with humpback whales and whale sharks. Read more.
4. Campbell Point House, Geelong & Bellarine, VIC
Set on a private estate on the banks of Lake Connewarra, Campbell Point House is the ultimate in luxury accommodation. Located only a short drive from Melbourne and at the beginning of Victoria’s beautiful Surf Coast, this estate is the closest thing you can get to renting your own private French-style chateaux in Australia. Campbell Point House offers luxury, privacy and seclusion, making it the ideal place for an indulgent holiday with family and friends, or as breathtaking wedding venue. Read more.
5. The Berkeley River Lodge, North West, WA
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 couple’s getaway or a honeymoon. Read more.
6. Paperbark Camp, South Coast, NSW
Set near the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of Jervis Bay in New South Wales, Paperbark Camp is an indulgent bush retreat at the forefront of ecotourism & luxury camping in Australia. The camp offers a sanctuary for nature lovers to explore, an exceptional blend of food and wine, and luxury African-inspired tented accommodation that truly sets this apart from your regular camping experience. Read more.
7. True North, Kimberley, WA
North Star Cruises present the luxurious True North, a stylish 18 cabin, purpose-built ship that is perfect for exploring the breath-taking Kimberley Coastline in comfort and style. The Kimberley coastline is truly one of the world’s last great wilderness areas and this incredible experience on True North allows discerning adventurers to enjoy this secluded area in surroundings more akin to an exclusive hotel. Read more.
8. Kingsford Homestead, Barossa Valley, SA
Ideally located on the edge of the iconic Barossa Valley amongst pretty rolling countryside and some of the world’s best wineries, award-winning Kingsford Homestead is the ultimate luxury homestead accommodation just 45 minutes from Adelaide. Originally a 19th Century sheep station and later as a set location for the hit TV show, McLeod’s Daughters, this expansive 225-acre property offers luxury at its finest and makes an ideal country retreat for wine connoisseurs, special occasions or simply those looking to escape to the countryside for a luxurious getaway with friends. Read more.
9. Coastal Pods, Northern Tasmania, TAS
Nestled on the banks of the Inglis River, the Coastal Pods offer unique seaside accommodation in the town of Wynyard in North West Tasmania. With two bedrooms and spacious living areas, these contemporary, self-contained shipping container pods are ideal for one or two couples seeking an unusual yet relaxing escape. Each architecturally-designed pod has been lovingly created with luxurious fittings and bespoke furniture from reclaimed materials, creating a gorgeous ‘industrial beach chic’ style. Read more.
10. Bamurru Plains, Top End, NT
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. Featuring nine luxurious safari bungalows and one spacious suite, this ecologically sensitive retreat is home to an abundance of bird and wildlife, making it a must visit for anyone who is seeking a unique and luxury bush experience. Read more.
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