Lodges are a common feature in Australia – they showcase the country’s diversity and uniqueness of place. Many can be found in and around some of the country’s most beautiful conservation areas, historical sites or wine producing regions, and also have an environmentally friendly or sustainable ethos. Whatever the purpose, they offer guests the opportunity to learn, discover and connect with nature and the environment, creating unforgettable experiences. Here are some of the best lodges in Australia, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Rustic-chic bungalow tents are a signature of the Lodge at Bamurru Plains, an oasis of tropical calm in the heart of a wilderness. The main lodge features a well-stocked library with books on Australia’s natural heritage, a pool and a deck to watch the grazing wildlife. The tents have plush beds and spacious bathrooms, and are enclosed in mesh walls which allow occupants to see the natural surroundings. In the lodge, an expert chef makes delicious meals from local ingredients, and there’s also a bar where you can help yourself to assorted drinks while taking in Bamurru’s enchanting sunset.
On the banks of the Derwent River in Tasmania, the Truffle Lodge comprises three farm sheds connected by wraparound decks; the safari tents are furnished with ceiling-to-floor drapes, canvas, leather and recycled wooden furniture. The sleeping accommodations are vast with luxurious beds, handmade wooden bathtubs and rain showers. To relax, you can take a dip in the river or explore the surrounding wilderness.
This luxury retreat is located in a pristine pocket of bushland in the Margaret River Wine Region of Western Australia. The four accommodation options are designed to reflect and blend in with the ancient land that surrounds them. The Deepwater Retreat is at the edge of a secluded lake, while the Wilderness Cabin is tucked away in the forest. Then there are the Eco Lodges with their timber and glass interiors, louvre galleries, cedar ceiling and bamboo floors, and the Stone Stable – a converted stable with a rustic design and a private courtyard to unwind in.
Find this exclusive retreat in the heart of an ancient rainforest and be dazzled by the towering trees, tropical fruit orchard and cascading creek. The lodge, crafted from local materials, features bespoke architecture, lighting and decor – including 32 handcrafted brick archways – plus stained glass doors and window designs. Take time to explore the surroundings; swim in the creek or soak in the hot bath for two under the treetops. You can also stroll the fruit orchard or take in the sights and sounds of the forest. Dinden National Park is close to the Resort, where you can hike and see the Clohesy River Fig Tree, which can be accessed via a 300m (984ft) boardwalk through the rainforest. Also close by is Davies Creek National Park with its hiking trails, a biking park, waterfalls and Aboriginal historical sites.
This lodge is located on an exquisite island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and consists of four ensuite villas, located just metres from the ocean. The villas are “Queenslander style” construction with hardwood, silky oak door frames and polished silver floors – and they feature large French doors with screens, private verandas and luxe linen furnishings. There are also living and dining areas with a fully equipped kitchen. The Lodge offers several catering options, including a full chef service, where the chef will show you how to work with local seafood and produce. You can also bring your drinks to the island – a drink station is set up near the fire pit in the evenings.
Just twenty minutes’ drive from Port Lincoln on Eyre Peninsula, Tanonga offers luxury accommodation, magnificent views and an abundance of rare birds and wildlife. Immerse yourself in the comfort and seclusion of the luxury ecolodges and choose from the the Ridge site, perched on top of a hill with panoramic views, or the Valley site, an intimate sanctuary in a park-like setting with stunning native bush views. The lodges feature natural limestone walls, Japanese style baths, full catering systems and bar facilities. Explore the walking trails around Tanonga and discover critically endangered flora and fauna, such as yellow-tailed black cockatoo, superb blue wren and the Blue Sun orchid.
Named in the prestigious World Ski Awards for five years in a row, Astra Falls Creek offers a range of tastefully furnished rooms and apartments which are suitable for individuals, couples and families. There are countless amenities, including a spa, family room, ski-in and ski-out access, magnesium pool, hot tub and a sauna. Once you’ve made the most of those, savour the best delicacies, including various types of seafood, at the on-site Astra Bar and Restaurant; or a range of Asian treats at Huski Kitchen, where you can pair your food with a cocktail, wine or craft beer.
Check into this prime slice of luxury which offers unparalleled experiences. Sequoia Lodge is steeped in the history of the region and sits on the side of Mount Lofty, high above the Piccadilly Valley of Adelaide Hills. The open plan suites here offer scenic views of the valley from the sunken lodge, bedroom and bathroom. Suites are also fully automated, with different settings for the time of day or mood, while the lounge of the lodge features multiple fireplaces, comfy sunken lounges and a sun deck. There are also spring-fed hot pools, an infinity pool and a wildlife enclosure, as well as a tennis court and walking trails.
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