Once in a while, we all need to experience the finer things in life. To us, this means a getaway packed full of fun, pampering, high-end entertainment, and world-class dining. Our handpicked list of the top luxury resorts in Australia in 2022 features some of the best luxury accommodation and experiences in Australia. Each of these lavish resorts promises a holiday of luxury and indulgence from the moment you arrive until the moment you depart.


Green Island Resort

30. Green Island Resort, Queensland

Be in harmony with nature and enjoy water sports, nature adventures, island romance, and luxury under blue skies and crystal clear waters when you stay at Green Island Resort. Located on a private island with the Great Barrier Reef right off the shore, Green Island Resort is an eco-certified resort with spacious tropical interiors, private bathtubs, and balconies.


Pullman Magenta Shores

29. Pullman Magenta Shores, New South Wales

Only 90 minutes from Sydney, Pullman Magenta Shores Resort boasts a championship golf course, tennis court, gym, pool, day spa, and an exceptional beachfront location. Nestled between the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean and Tuggerah Lake, this Central Coast resort offers a choice of studio guest rooms or self-contained 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom apartments perfect for families or groups.


28. Daydream Island Resort, Whitsunday

Daydream Island Resort has modern and spacious rooms and suites, 3 bars, and 3 restaurants — holiday ingredients that make it the perfect base when looking to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Most of the rooms have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors or expansive windows with garden, pool, or ocean views. Sip on some poolside drinks, relax in your plush king or queen bed, or perhaps take a rejuvenating soak in the ensuite bathtub after a day out on the beach. Adventures and relaxation await you at Daydream Island Resort!


Chateau Elan at the Vintage

27. Chateau Elan at the Vintage, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

For a superb wine and golf getaway, Chateau Elan at the Vintage is the place to be. Surrounded by rolling vineyards and overlooking manicured fairways, Chateau Elan is an award-winning golf and spa resort with beautiful views of the Hunter Valley. You can choose from luxury spa suites or self-contained villas that promise absolute comfort, privileged spa access, and plenty of privacy.


Mindil Beach Resort

26. Mindil Beach Resort, The Gardens, Northern Territory

Play, dine, and unwind at Mindil Beach Resort. With a casino boasting over 600 gaming machines and tables to choose from, you’re in for days of excitement during your stay. After some casino fun, you can lounge by or take a dip in the lagoon pool, or perhaps enjoy INFINITY Bar which is an adults-only beach club experience. Your stylish, comfortable, and spacious room with a private balcony or patio will be your haven away from all the surrounding buzz and excitement.


Alamanda Palm Cove

25. Alamanda Palm Cove, Queensland

Alamanda Palm Cove is a bright and beautiful destination hotel situated in Palm Cove, a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the oldest living rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest. Offering an unparalleled beachfront position, this awe-inspiring accommodation lets you enjoy the best of modern beachside living, with luxurious 1- to 4-bedroom suites designed for the ultimate holiday experience.


RACV Torquay Resort

24. RACV Torquay Resort, Surf Coast, Victoria

Located at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road, RACV Torquay Resort is set on an expansive golf course with spectacular ocean views and direct beach access. This award-winning resort is a great choice for families or groups of friends with its onsite day spa, gym, golf, tennis, playground, and swimming pools. It’s also the perfect base from which to explore the Surf Coast.


Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort

23. Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Lakes have a special kind of calming allure, and the 300-acre Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort helps you unwind in its beautiful natural setting. Nestled in the Hunter Valley with the Broken Back Mountain Range as its backdrop, guests can enjoy the serenity of the lake from their private balconies and elegant rooms. Recreational options such as golfing, swimming, and enjoying some drinks at the boutique whiskey bar are available for you as well.


RACV Noosa Resort

22. RACV Noosa Resort, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Surrounded by cafes, bars, and beaches on the Sunshine Coast, RACV Noosa Resort offers stylishly appointed and spacious suites or apartments, perfect for couples, groups or families. For more privacy, RACV Noosa also has Enclave Luxury Villas which are 3-bedroom residences in a gated community inside the resort, giving it that more exclusive feel.


Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains

21. Fairmont Resort & Spa, Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Just a 90-minute drive from Sydney, Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains is perched on the cusp of the dramatic Jamison Valley in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. This impressive mountain resort offers an extensive range of dining options and a host of leisure facilities that are suitable for the whole family.


Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas

20. Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Surrounded by the tropical wilderness of Noosa National Park, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas is an ideal base on the Sunshine Coast. Enjoy the serenity of the resort with its lush gardens, heated pools with spas, and the relaxing onsite day spa. Hastings Street is only a short stroll away, or the hotel will take you there with a complimentary golf buggy transfer.


InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

19. InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Hope Island, Queensland

With its grand façade and gardens to welcome you, the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort effortlessly sets the mood for a luxurious getaway. Sanctuary Cove has a variety of suites and rooms with spectacular views of the gardens or Lagoon Beach, and you can choose from several fine dining spots on site. The resort is known for the “High Coffee” experience which you can opt for on weekends.


Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River

18. Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, Margaret River, Western Australia

A short drive away from Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, Pullman Bunker Bay Resort has warm and cosy rooms and villas with stylish contemporary design. Enjoy sumptuous meals at their ocean-view restaurant and bar, or unwind and take a dip in the heated infinity pool. Take your indulgence to the next level at Vie Spa and indulge in their massages, treatments, and water therapies.


Peppers Beach Club and Spa

17. Peppers Beach Club and Spa, Palm Cove, Queensland

Would you like to lounge beside a tropical beach-style pool, take a dip in your own bathtub, or get pampered with spa treatments? Peppers Beach Club and Spa is the place to be! The clean and stylish rooms let a lot of natural light flood in from the big glass doors leading out to the private balcony. You can also enjoy playing tennis on site, the picnic area and barbecue grills, and refreshing cocktails from the lounge or poolside bar.


Peppers Moonah Links

16. Peppers Moonah Links Resort, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Less than an hour and a half from Melbourne, Peppers Moonah Links is a stylish golf and leisure resort on the Mornington Peninsula. Here you can enjoy the exceptional resort facilities and world-class golf course, or treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment or outdoor thermal hot spring bath at the neighbouring Peninsula Hot Springs.

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Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa

15. Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa, Queensland

Staying at Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa feels like home but with an elevated feeling of being in a tranquil sanctuary. From studio rooms with double spa baths to 3-bedroom apartments with king-sized spa baths, luxurious relaxation options are everywhere you turn. Especially true for the Swim Out Apartment with direct access to the lagoon pool, tropical indulgence awaits you at this beautiful resort and spa destination.


Peppers Salt Resort & Spa

14. Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, Kingscliff, New South Wales

Enjoy modern neutral chic interiors with a pop of colour at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa. The spacious apartments and suites along with the rooftop deck overlooking the ocean set the mood for relaxation and enjoying the beach vibe. You can spend your day cooling off in the expansive pool and individually shaded loungers, or perhaps enjoy some “me time” with a massage or beauty treatments at The Spa at Salt.


Aqua Resort Busselton

13. Aqua Resort Busselton, Western Australia

Nestled in over 8 acres of peppermint woodlands and featuring a beachfront waterfall swimming pool, heated spa, and private pools, Aqua Resort Busselton is the splash of refreshment you are looking for. Choose from 1-bedroom to 5-bedroom self-contained houses that are perfect for family getaways or even a romantic getaway. Enjoy expansive views overlooking Cape Naturaliste or garden views from inside your contemporary holiday accommodation.


Peppers Beach Club

12. Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas, Queensland

Casual elegance and relaxation. You’ll experience the beautiful tropical ambiance of Port Douglas when you stay in Peppers Beach Club’s neutral chic rooms. If you fancy a beachside stroll or perhaps biking with an ocean view, Four Mile Beach is just a few paces away. You can also enjoy grabbing a bite or sipping on some refreshing cocktails at Koko Poolside Bar & Kitchen beside the beach-style pool if you prefer a bit more privacy.


RACV Cape Schanck Resort

11. RACV Cape Schanck Resort, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

This elegant coastal retreat includes a luxury spa, a magnificent golf course and locally sourced food and wine at the resort’s exceptional restaurants. RACV Cape Schanck Resort is perfectly positioned to explore the Mornington Peninsula’s beautiful clifftop walks, world-class wineries, quiet beaches and exhilarating ocean shores.


Crystalbrook Byron

10. Crystalbrook Byron, Byron Bay, New South Wales

Just 2 hours from Brisbane, Crystalbrook Byron is a luxe retreat nestled in 45-acres of magical subtropical rainforest. Set only a short walk from gorgeous Tallow Beach and a short drive from the town centre of Byron Bay, this newly renovated resort offers the perfect blend of intuitive service, impeccable detail and stunning natural surroundings.


9. Lizard Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Literally set on the majesty of the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island Resort is simply breathtaking. This luxe retreat offers seclusion and natural privacy like no other, being the only accommodation located in the 1,013-hectare National Park. With only 40 rooms and villas and your choice of private beaches, here you can escape to a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.


Smiths Beach Resort

8. Smiths Beach Resort, Margaret River, Western Australia

Situated in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, Smiths Beach Resort is one of the finest luxury accommodations Yallingup has to offer. Perfectly positioned on the pristine sands of Smiths Beach, this award-winning resort boasts 60 air-conditioned rooms overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean, offering the ultimate Australian beachside accommodation experience.


7. Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Noosa Heads, Queensland

Located right on Hastings Street, Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort is a luxury resort boasting a relaxed beach ambience in the heart of Noosa Heads. Situated in the bustling shopping district yet just minutes by foot from the beach, this 5-star resort features the best of both worlds, offering coastal tranquillity and urban sophistication.


The Sebel Yarrawonga Silverwood

6. The Sebel Yarrawonga Silverwoods, Murray River, Victoria

Boasting designer studios and apartments, The Sebel Yarrawonga is a gorgeous new boutique hotel set within Silverwoods, the No.1 Golf & Lifestyle Resort on the Murray River. Here you can enjoy a host of indoor and outdoor activities including golf, gym, day spa, water skiing, swimming, boating, and fishing – all on your doorstep.


Crystalbrook Riley

5. Crystalbrook Riley, Cairns, Queensland

Crystalbrook Riley is a playful urban resort on the Esplanade in Cairns. Here you can indulge in rooftop cocktails at Rocco, enjoy wholesome fare at Greenfields, or take a quick trip to the bustling streets of Asia at Paper Crane. When you’re done with all that eating and drinking, check out a different kind of menu at the relaxing and luxurious Eléme Day Spa.


Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast

4. Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast, Queensland

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is an absolute beachfront luxury resort, with the soft sands of Mirage Beach just steps away from your room. Set amongst 6 hectares of lagoons and lush gardens, the resort is a unique tropical oasis. Here you can treat yourself to a cocktail in the Oasis Pool swim-up bar, dine in one of the hotel restaurants, before retiring to your opulent suite or villa.


JW Marriott Gold Coast

3. JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, Queensland

Boasting a coveted location on the Gold Coast and brand new guest rooms, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful beaches of Surfers Paradise. This recently redesigned hotel offers many superb amenities, including peaceful lagoons and an outdoor resort pool, a modern fitness centre, and a relaxing day spa.


Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas

2. Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas, Queensland

Located in the paradise that is Port Douglas, Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas is an awe-inspiring luxury resort set among 147 hectares of tropical gardens, sparkling saltwater lagoons, and a golf course. Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, this holiday destination is a marvellous gem, with a selection of exquisite indoor and outdoor facilities perfect for a family holiday.


InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

1. InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Whitsundays, Queensland

Indulge in a luxurious private island experience at InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, a stunning resort in the heart of the iconic Whitsundays. This multi-award winning property boasts 168 beautifully appointed rooms, suites and villas that are artfully intertwined with spectacular pools, panoramic seascapes and tropical gardens.


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A lover of the finer things in life, Mat is a travel junkie who is addicted to the excitement and sense of wonder you experience when visiting a destination for the first time. His passions include music, good food and fine wine, but his epicurean tastes don't get in the way of enjoying life's simpler pleasures like gardening, bush-walking, and exciting street food flavours.