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 resorts in Australia in 2024 features some of the best luxury accommodations and experiences in Australia. Each of the top resorts in Australia promises a holiday of luxury and indulgence from the moment you arrive until the moment you depart.

Peppers Moonah Links golf course

30. 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. During your stay, you have access to the resort’s world-class golf course (boasting two championship courses), or you can treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment or outdoor thermal hot spring bath at the neighbouring Peninsula Hot Springs. Savour the best of Mornington’s seasonal produce at Pebbles Restaurant which serves local cheeses and chocolate to pair with your sumptuous meals. After a round or two of golf, you can unwind at Spike Bar before retreating to your comfy suite.

RACV Noosa Resort's outdoor pool at night

29. RACV Noosa Resort, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Nestled in the vibrant Sunshine Coast, RACV Noosa Resort offers stylish suites and apartments, ideal for couples, groups, or families. For an exclusive experience, Enclave Luxury Villas provides 3-bedroom residences in a gated community within the resort. Savour stone-fired pizza at Dazza’s Bar, enjoy cafe favourites at Arcuri Restaurant, or explore on-site amenities like swimming, tennis, a day spa, and a gym. Multiple pools, including an infinity-edge pool and thrilling water slides, cater to aquatic fun, while a dedicated Kids Club and games room keep young guests entertained. RACV Noosa Resort is your gateway to an unforgettable retreat on the Sunshine Coast.

Peppers Beach Club Palm Cove's outdoor lagoon pool

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

At Peppers Beach Club and Spa in Palm Cove, you can immerse yourself in the tropical ambience by the beach-style lagoon pool or unwind in rooms flooded with natural light, featuring private balconies. The resort offers spa treatments, a tennis court, a playground for the little ones and a picnic area with barbecue grills too, ensuring an all-encompassing retreat. Don’t feel like having your own BBQ? No worries—savour Latin American cuisine at La Mesa restaurant, just steps from the beach, or swim up to the On The Rocks Pool Bar for cocktails and light meals. Peppers Beach Club and Spa is also just a 20-minute drive from Cairns International Airport, making it a convenient choice if you’re coming from farther away.

Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, family-friendly outdoor pool

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

If you love the majesty of the Blue Mountains, you’re going to love this resort… 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. However, what truly steals the show is the luxurious on-site Ubika Spa, where you can unwind while taking in the stunning views of the nearby mountain ranges during massages and rejuvenating therapies. For an added dose of pampering, they’ve also introduced Salon Ubika just this September. If you’re yearning for some winter vibes, the Fairmont Resort & Spa boasts the enchanting Blue Mountains Ice Skating Rink that’s open all year round, transforming it into a winter wonderland. Whether your idea of a perfect getaway involves relaxation or non-stop fun, this destination hotel has something to offer for everyone.

Alamanda Palm Cove flowers and relaxation

26. Alamanda Palm Cove, Queensland

Alamanda Palm Cove is a radiant beachfront haven, offering an unrivalled gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforest. Discover a world of luxurious beachside living in their splendid 1- to 4-bedroom suites with private balconies. While you’re here, your days by your choice of three swimming pools, including a heated rock pool, or lounge in beachfront hammocks. Elevate your relaxation at the Alamanda Day Spa, indulge in delectable on-site dining at NuNu’s Restaurant and Bar, and explore recreational activities in the games rooms. This boutique haven is a delightful little world of its own!

Family-friendly outdoor pools at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort

25. 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.

Smiths Beach Resort's outdoor pool

24. 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 is pure heaven for beach lovers and boasts 60 air-conditioned rooms overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean, offering the ultimate Australian beachside accommodation experience. On-site, you can indulge in the offerings from Lamont’s Restaurant or go for a more intimate experience with hampers and ready-made meals or private dining with a chef in your own room. When you stay here, you’ll also be conveniently close to Bunker Bay and Dunsborough. 

RACV Torquay Resort has expansive grounds and luxurious amenities

23. RACV Torquay Resort, Surf Coast, Victoria

RACV Torquay Resort located at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road is a sprawling oasis, overlooking a stunning ocean vista and offering direct beach access. This renowned resort, perfect for families and friends, boasts an impressive range of amenities, including an on-site day spa, a well-equipped gym, golf, tennis, and inviting swimming pools. With three dining venues and a pampering day spa, you can enjoy a true feast for the senses at this luxurious resort. If you’re travelling with little ones, they’ll be delighted by the spacious playground while you enjoy other leisurely pursuits. As your gateway to the Surf Coast, the resort is ideally positioned just minutes from Bells Beach, charming boutique wineries, and rugged clifftops, promising memorable exploration.

Loungers by "The Cabanas" ay Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

22. Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Noosa Heads, Queensland

If your vibe is: beachside luxury and laid-back holiday vibes, Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort captures that mood right in the heart of Noosa Heads. Located on Hastings Street, you’ll be steps away from awesome cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops too. This 5-star hotel features a family-friendly outdoor heated pool, multiple restaurants and bars, and a luxurious day spa. Our top spots to chill and unwind are the Riviera Bar for sunset drinks overlooking the waterfront, and Aqua Day Spa where an extensive pampering menu is guaranteed to treat you to a day of pure self-care and indulgence.

Reef View Hotel with a family enjoying the grounds and ocean view

21. Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, Queensland

Our list of the top resorts in Australia wouldn’t be complete without this amazing getaway in the Whitsundays. What we love about Reef View Hotel is the idyllic location, range of activities to enjoy, and relaxation options to indulge in. Furthermore, this family-friendly resort has large rooms with plenty of living spaces and private balconies to enjoy the magnificent ocean views. On-site, have some splashing fun at the pool, get pampered at Spa Wumurdaylin, and dine in comfort at Pool Terrace restaurant. During your stay, you can choose from a wide array of adventures both on land and sea—from easy-going paddle boarding to more adrenaline-pumped ATV excursions, there’s an activity for you and your travel companions. Oh, and did we say you’ll also have access to Catseye Beach? Sun, sand, and lots of fun!

RACV Cape Schanck Resort grounds

20. RACV Cape Schanck Resort, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

RACV Cape Schanck Resort is a refined coastal sanctuary that boasts a luxurious spa, an impressive golf course, and outstanding resort restaurants serving locally sourced cuisine. A stay here situates you in a wonderful home base for discovering the Mornington Peninsula’s scenic clifftop hikes, world-class wineries, tranquil beaches, and thrilling oceanfronts—and on top of that, it’s just about 1.5 hours away from Melbourne’s CBD. Be sure to indulge in the rejuvenating treatments at One Spa, featuring a variety of therapies and water therapy options. If you’re on a romantic getaway, we suggest taking advantage of its exceptional stargazing location and going on a temperate new moon night to see the stars sparkling overhead.

Peppers Beach Club's lagoon-style pool with sand

19. Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas, Queensland

Discover the essence of casual elegance and tranquillity at Peppers Beach Club in beautiful Port Douglas. Immerse yourself in the tropical ambience of their neutral chic rooms, where you can unwind and recharge. For beach lovers, Four Mile Beach is just steps away, inviting you to take a leisurely stroll or enjoy an ocean-view bike ride. For those seeking a more private experience, relish delectable bites and refreshing cocktails at Koko Poolside Bar & Kitchen, nestled beside the beach-style pool. The resort offers lush green gardens, a rainforest rock pool, and a lagoon pool with sandy beaches. Its location places you in one of the last stop-off points before the Daintree, so if you’re going for a day tour of the Daintree Rainforest, this is a wonderful base to call home on your trip. It’s a 1-hour drive away from Cairns International Airport, and do note that the hotel operates on a cashless policy, so make sure to bring your credit/debit/other prepaid cards as a payment option for all on-site services.

Bright interior spaces at Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific

18. Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, Terrigal, New South Wales

A centrally-located luxury beach getaway in Terrigal, Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific is the perfect base from where you can explore the best of the Central Coast. The bright and airy rooms have balconies where you can enjoy the sea breeze. The rooms and suites are relaxing havens fitted with premium linens paired with aromatherapy products for a restful night’s sleep. A cherry on top of this luxe getaway, Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific has a pillow menu to ensure the best sleep you can get while you’re on holiday. Ultimate comfort by the sea… We won’t say no to that!

Chateau Elan at the Vintage - HydroDeck

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

Nestled amidst picturesque vineyards with scenic views of the Hunter Valley, Chateau Elan At The Vintage stands as an acclaimed golf and spa resort with a limited number of luxurious spas and suites. During your stay, you can either savour quiet moments in your beautifully appointed room or opt for the ultimate indulgence at the Day Spa, which features 17 treatment rooms and an extensive menu of soothing therapies. The spa operates until 5 PM, providing the perfect prelude to a delightful dinner at the resort’s on-site restaurant and bar. If you’re in the mood for more active pursuits, ‘The Vintage’ Golf Course, renowned as one of the country’s premier golf resorts, awaits your exploration.

Outdoor pools at Shangri-La the Marina, Cairns

16. Shangri-La the Marina Cairns, Cairns, Queensland

Would you like to enjoy your cocktail at the poolside bar or at the bar with views of the harbour? At Shangri-la the Marina Cairns, you can have it both ways! Experience the luxurious and relaxed marina lifestyle at this stylish getaway in the tropical north. Chill out at one of two on-site bars, take a dip in the pool, or simply enjoy the fresh seaside breeze from the sundeck. All of the well-appointed rooms and suites have private balconies and are adorned with artwork expressing the beauty of the tropical north. It definitely levels up that holiday atmosphere!

Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas private pool and balcony - Deluxe Villa

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

Surrounded by the tropical wilderness of Noosa National Park, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas is adorned with lush gardens, features inviting free-form swimming pools, and offers soothing therapies at Stephanie’s Ocean Spa. Should you crave excitement, a brief 500-meter stroll will lead you to the vibrant heart of Hastings Street and Laguna Beach, renowned for its world-class shopping and restaurants—with a complimentary golf buggy transfer to whisk you there if you wish. One of the things we really love about this resort is how it embraces eco-conscious sustainability with solar energy and rainwater irrigation, making it an oasis of responsible luxury. Choose between the resort experience, immersing you in the buzz of it all, or a penthouse or apartment, providing stylish accommodations complete with fully-equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, and dining areas—the ultimate in convenience and comfort.

JW Marriott Gold Coast shaded daybed on the beach

14. JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, Queensland

Boasting a coveted location on the Gold Coast’s Ferny Avenue, the newly revamped JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa serves as your luxurious gateway to the stunning beaches of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. This 5-star haven offers an array of outstanding amenities, from serene saltwater lagoons and a freshwater outdoor pool with a thrilling slide to a modern fitness centre and a rejuvenating day spa. Families will appreciate the family-friendly facilities, including the Sport Court® for some active fun. For those seeking unique experiences, the resort offers culinary cooking classes, guided tours, daily fish feeding, snorkelling in saltwater lagoons, and more. Culinary delights await with world-class dining at Misono, offering Japanese teppanyaki, inventive cocktails at Chapter & Verse, and a delightful poolside menu of street food and beverages at Pool Pavilion.

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Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa

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

Your home away from home awaits at Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa, a tranquil sanctuary nestled in the serene Coral Coast. Whether you prefer studio rooms with double spa baths or expansive 3-bedroom apartments featuring king-sized spa baths, all the guest rooms and spaces are built with your relaxation in mind. Our favourite though is the Swim Out Apartment that offers direct access to the lagoon pool. Cool, right? While you’re at this tranquil resort, Indulge your taste buds at ALUCO Restaurant and Bar, celebrated as one of Port Douglas’ premier dining destinations, or at the Pool Bar, where you can delight in a selection of meticulously crafted drinks and cocktails by skilled bartenders. And of course, don’t miss the opportunity to unwind at the on-site Vie Spa to complete your luxurious experience at this coastal haven.

Imperial Hotel's shaded loungers for 2

12. Imperial Hotel, Main Beach, Queensland

The Imperial Hotel Gold Coast, an exquisite 5-star waterfront destination, seamlessly marries the artistry of Italy with lavish interiors, establishing a global benchmark for luxury accommodations on the Gold Coast. Delight in the culinary excellence of Il Barocco Restaurant and savour the iconic Imperial Hotel High Tea at Le Jardin. You can also pamper yourself in the luxurious setting of The Beauty Room or the state-of-the-art fitness centre, and venture into the exclusive marina for aquatic adventures. Remarkably, this hotel unveils Australia’s pioneering Water Salon cabana experience, where chic cabanas adorned with billowing fabrics provide guests with an eternal summer ambience for poolside relaxation. These shaded loungers comfortably accommodate two guests as well.

Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River's huge outdoor pool

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

Just a short drive from the iconic Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, Pullman Bunker Bay Resort beckons with its warm and inviting rooms and villas, boasting a chic contemporary design. This 5-star luxury beach hotel in Margaret River offers 150 exquisite villas, complemented by an ocean-view restaurant and bar where delectable meals await. Guests can also unwind in the heated infinity-edge pool, work up a sweat at the fitness centre, or enjoy a game of tennis. To elevate your indulgence, the award-winning Vie Spa awaits, offering massages, rejuvenating treatments, and invigorating water therapies. Experience the perfect blend of relaxation and luxury amidst this idyllic coastal escape.

Crystalbrook Byron's lush outdoor surrounds

10. Crystalbrook Byron, Byron Bay, New South Wales

Escape to the serene paradise of Crystalbrook Byron, a luxurious retreat just a 2-hour drive from Brisbane, nestled within 45 acres of enchanting subtropical rainforest. This newly renovated haven is conveniently situated, offering a short stroll to the exquisite Tallow Beach and a brief drive to the Byron Bay town centre. You’ll find over 92 exquisite suites designed to perfection, an inviting infinity pool with a poolside menu from Blue Bar, and a rejuvenating Infrared Sauna at the on-site day spa, Eléme. Crystalbrook Byron invites you to indulge in award-winning dining at Forest, which boasts an on-site herb garden and four beehives. At this idyllic forest retreat, you’ll also have access to a drinks list that features market-driven cocktails and a selection of 30+ sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines.

The Sebel Yarrawonga Silverwood's infinity pool with views

9. The Sebel Yarrawonga Silverwoods, Murray River, Victoria

Set within the exquisite Silverwoods, the No.1 Golf & Lifestyle Resort on the scenic Murray River, The Sebel Yarrawonga is a stunning boutique hotel that offers a selection of designer studios and apartments, ensuring a luxurious stay. The resort near Lake Mulwala offers guests a host of both indoor and outdoor activities, allowing you to immerse yourself in a world of leisure and adventure right at your doorstep. From golf enthusiasts to fitness enthusiasts, the resort caters to all, featuring an 18-hole championship golf course, a well-equipped gym, and the rejuvenating Sol Day Spa. Water sports enthusiasts will find water skiing, swimming, boating, and fishing readily available, and after a day of fun and exploration, relaxing drinks and flavourful meals will welcome you at Elizabeth’s, Stock and Barrel, and Sunset Bar. Cheers to chill times!

Crystalbrook Riley aerial pool view

8. Crystalbrook Riley, Cairns, Queensland

Located along the picturesque Esplanade in Cairns, Crystalbrook Riley is a vibrant urban resort that offers a playful and diverse array of experiences. Delight in rooftop cocktails at Rocco, relish wholesome cuisine at Greenfields, and embark on a culinary journey through the bustling streets of Asia at Paper Crane. When you’ve satisfied your palate, immerse yourself in a world of relaxation and luxury at the tranquil Eléme Day Spa. It’s a destination that seamlessly blends delightful dining, rooftop views, and rejuvenating spa treatments, ensuring a memorable stay in the heart of Cairns.

Green Island Resort - guests on crystal clear waters

7. 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 Forty-five minutes east of Cairns, and can only be reached by boat or air travel (complimentary for guests). This eco-certified resort features guest rooms with spacious tropical interiors, private bathtubs, and balconies. Despite being on an ancient island, you’ll also have access to award-winning tropical dining at Emeralds Restaurant and Bar where you can enjoy locally-sourced menu offerings in an indoor or outdoor setting. If you prefer a more casual setting, try out Canopy Grill and the on-site café, or private dining experiences for a more romantic flair.

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is a family-friendly getaway in Hope Island

6. 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. Its inviting facade and meticulously landscaped gardens offer a warm welcome upon arrival. You can choose from a range of suites and rooms, each offering spectacular views of the lush gardens or the serene Lagoon Beach. The resort boasts a selection of fine dining venues, where you can savour exquisite culinary experiences for a truly indulgent escape. For a unique treat, don’t miss the “High Coffee” experience, a delightful weekend offering that has become a hallmark of the resort’s exceptional treats.

Daydream Island Resort ocean view from the balcony

5. Daydream Island Resort, Whitsundays

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. If you are a certified ocean lover or are introducing love for nature to your little ones, the resort’s very own Living Reef is teeming with over 100 marine species that will connect you with nature. It’s a wonderful way to experience the reef’s wildlife without having to go to a different location, making it a more convenient option, especially for families. Adventures and relaxation await you at Daydream Island Resort–just a 30-minute ferry ride from the mainland!

Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast's vast outdoor pools

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. This 5-star tropical oasis is set amongst 6 hectares of lagoons and lush gardens, where a number of relaxation spots await. Here you can treat yourself to a cocktail in the Oasis Pool swim-up bar while relaxing in the pool, or simply relax on one of the loungers by the pool or in the nearby garden. On-site, there are four dining spots to choose from; the previously mentioned Oasis Pool swim-up bar, The Deck that serves pre-dinner cocktails, Terraces Restaurant best known for its seafood offerings, and Pearl’s Bar for light fare and signature drinks while overlooking the ocean. Guests can choose from luxurious one-bedroom suites to even more spacious multi-bedroom villas with private balconies and amazing ocean views.

Outdoor pool and dining areas at InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula

3. InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula, Sorrento, Victoria

Bridging the old and the new, the InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula treats its guests to world-class luxury in an iconic setting in Australia. Stir your senses at Audrey’s for unparalleled seafood offerings, casual dining beneath a glass ceiling at The Atrium, and coastal chich interiors and al fresco dining at the The Continental and The Promenade. Our favourite amenity? The Aurora Spa & Bathhouse, winner of the “Best Spa in Australasia” award for 2023. A luxurious oasis where you can enjoy hydrotherapy treatments true to Sorrento’s bathhouse legacy. Get to know more about this amazing getaway in our dedicated article for the InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula.

Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas's sprawling outdoor pools

2. Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas, Queensland

Nestled in the tropical paradise of Port Douglas, Sheraton Grand Mirage is a breathtaking luxury resort sprawled across 147 hectares of lush gardens set right on the pristine 4-mile beach. Serving as a gateway to 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites—the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, it’s an oasis of wonder and exploration. The resort boasts two hectares of glistening saltwater lagoon pools, providing endless aquatic delights, and for golf enthusiasts, the Mirage Country Club offers an 18-hole golf course of unparalleled beauty. Only an hour’s drive from the international Cairns Airport, and with six vibrant restaurants and bars, the range of indoor and outdoor facilities makes it a perfect family holiday destination.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort is one of the most luxurious beachfront resorts in the Whitsundays

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. During your island holiday, make sure to explore the resort’s flavourful offerings at its 5 on-site dining spots: Pacific, Amici Trattoria, Bam Bam, Aqua, and Grove Boutique Bar and Café. Pacific and Amici Trattoria’s mood and menus are perfect for romantic dinners if you’re on a romantic escape while Bam Bam and Aqua have more casual and poolside delights to choose from. 

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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.