Australia is full of hidden germs and beautiful places. When we think of luxury holiday packages, privacy and personalized service always comes to mind. Consider these key factors: caring hosts, charming boutique accommodations, exclusive guided tours and amazing locations. These all play a major role. When you are on a luxury vacation, everything has to be perfect!
In this travel blog we’ll talk about luxury holiday experiences, but we can’t select all of them. We have only chosen a selected few – the ones we know discerning travellers will enjoy. So let’s begin with the ‘basics’ -stunning accommodation options and exciting tours. We have also included a number of sample Australia luxury itineraries for you to look at you’ll find these listed further down.
Top 5 Exclusive Retreats Australia
Some of the most popular choices for upmarket travel in Australia, would have to be their world-class lodges and retreats. These are often small in size and located at remote places. Because of these remoter locations, charter flights and private transfers are often needed. We have listed a number of stunning places to stay. However the Lodge of Australia will also provide up-to-date options throughout Australia. So here is our favourite luxury lodges in Australia.
Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage Barossa Valley
We love Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage. This gorgeous spacious cottage is located in the Barossa Valley, South Australia’s premium wine region.The cottage is an easy one-hour drive from Adelaide on the Barossa’s historic palm-lined Seppeltsfield Road.
What could be more idyllic than being surrounded by grapevines and lush gardens. In fact, by staying at this cottage, you will be right in the middle of the ‘Seize the Day’ premium Shiraz vineyard! Just a short walk away is the award-winning Hentley Farm restaurant and cellar door. At Seppeltsfield, you are guaranteed a truly exclusive, luxury accommodation for two.
Longitude 131 Ayers Rock
Longitude 131° lies at the gateway to the dual World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This accommodation is rather unique. Guests stay here, because they are looking for an essential experience of Australia’s spiritual heartland. By basing yourself here, you will get a true sense of the stillness and beauty of the desert landscape. This area is rich in culture, heritage and history.
In the spirit of the original pioneers, safari-style tented pavilions have been created for your stay, but they come with a difference! Contemporary furnishings, local indigenous artwork and mod cons, will quickly dispel any notion of ‘roughing it. These beautiful pavilions have been designed to float over the rust-red dunes. So you can be assured of getting unparalleled views of Uluru’s changing lights. The sunsets and sunrises can be clearly seen from your private balcony – under the warmth of a cosy swag.
Saffire Freycinet Tasmania
Saffire Freycinet is Australia’s new luxury coastal sanctuary on Tasmania’s East Coast. You will be inspired by its sophistication and intimate style.
Saffire Freycinet is discreetly positioned for views over the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay. Saffire has successfully blended mankind and nature to create a breathtaking harmony.
Oceanview Eco Retreat Kangaroo Island
You will definitely get a sense of ‘stepping off the grid’ with this one! Oceanview Eco Villas on Kangaroo Island, are a fully hosted eco-luxury experience. The personal touch of hosts, Tim and Tamsin Wendt is their focus. Each villa overlooks a vast ocean – so you won’t have any trouble unwinding and rejuvenating in this understated luxury accommodation. In fact, you will find it hard to leave such a stunning 500-acre coastal property on beautiful Kangaroo Island.
By staying here, you will be able to explore the Oceanview property, which is home to a number of native Australian wildlife and birdlife. There are so many unique species to see – Kangaroos, Wallabies and Wedge-tailed Eagles, to name a few. You might even get to see the rare White-bellied Sea Eagle.
Silky Oaks Lodge Daintree Forest
Silky Oaks Lodge is located in a stunning riverside location. It adjoins one of the oldest living rainforests, the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park. Of course, this makes it an ideal base from which to explore Far North Queensland.
Silky Oakes comprises an open sided Treehouse restaurant which offers fine dining. What could be more special than dining in the middle of a rainforest! Guests can also enjoy Silky Oaks Healing Waters Spa. Silky Oaks has just recently renovated their treehouses with contemporary and custom designed furnishings.
Luxury Trips to Australia
When it come to memorable holiday experiences, I guarantee you that hiring a private guide can make all the difference. Just imagine being collected in the morning from your hotel or lodge by a local driver-guide. From the word go, their focus will be totally on you and your interests. Private guides have insider information and go into more depth. They will find those special places, where you can meet local artists or winemakers. They will also have access to nature reserves which are only accessible by special permits. We call these guiding experiences ‘luxury’. Here is a small selection of our favourite Australia luxury tours…
Blue Mountains Day Tour from Sydney
The Blue Mountains National Park is only a couple of hours drive from Sydney. It is a World Heritage listed national park. Being a rugged region, the Blue Mountains are renowned for their dramatic scenery – encompassing steep cliffs and eucalyptus forests. You will also get waterfalls and villages dotted with guesthouses, galleries and gardens. And of course the Blue Mountains is home to the Three Sisters sandstone rock formation.
In the morning you depart the city with your private guide. Your first stop is at Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to Australia’s favourite marsupials. Here, you can get up quite close to Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies and Wombats. Enjoy a fine lunch with local cuisine and local wines – all served in the heart of the Blue Mountains.
Daintree Forest Tour from Port Douglas
The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest surviving tropical rainforest in the world. In fact, it is thought to be 165 million years old. Visit Cape Tribulation Beach ‘where the rainforest meets the reef’ and where two World Heritage Listed sites collide.
Meet your private guide at your accommodation. You will then be driven through the rich farming areas to the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park. Once you arrive at the park, you will board your own personalised craft. Now you will have a short cruise on the mirrored smooth waters of the Daintree River. As you glide quietly close to riverbanks, your guide will point out the vivid Ulysses Butterfly, Kingfishers, Pythons and other wildlife. Just wait until you see those enormous Crocodiles!
Kangaroo Island Private Wildlife Tour
Kangaroo Island is often much larger than first-time visitors realise. The island measures about 155 kms width from west to east! So you can be assured that there are vast expanses of land to cover. Plus there is so much to experience here. The big attraction of Kangaroo Island is the nature experience it provides. In fact, this island is often described as the ‘Galapagos of Australia’. With a private nature guide, you will have a very personalized tour of this natural paradise. Last year, we enjoyed a private guided tour on Kangaroo Island. The guide’s local knowledge and insider details were second to none.
Uluru / Ayers Rock Outback Tour
If you are staying at Longitude 131, a must-do, is to join a guided Outback tour. Now it has to be said that Uluru / Ayers Rock is a very busy place. Therefore it is essential that you are at the right place at the right time! By taking a tour like this, you will also be in the company of guests who are also staying at Longitude 131. On a private tour, you will also have the luxury of touring at your own pace. You can either follow a set itinerary or choose a private signature experience tailor-made especially for you.
Bruny Island & Huon Valley Tasmania
Tasmania is another popular place to visit while in Australia. Just south of the Hobart is Bruny Island. Although it is roughly the same size as Singapore, Bruny Island has a tiny population. It would be hard to find any more authentic food and wine experience than what is offered on Bruny Island. Spend some time on the island and discover local cheese, oyster and berry producers. While you are in Hobart, don’t miss out on a trip to Bruny Island and the Huon Valley – it is well worth it.
Australia Luxury Vacation Packages
The best luxury packages are designed individually for each guest party. This is were an experienced travel designer will work his or her magic. A good place to start is with sample luxury travel itineraries. See those below. Naturally, any part can be amended to your individual travel needs.
I am often asked, “where can I go” and “what can I do”. Well, a major part of designing your itinerary, will be on how much time you will have in Australia. Remember, distances on this continent are vast. Therefore, I recommend that you have at least 2-3 nights at each location. Your individual interests are also key for a truly memorable ultimate luxury holiday experience in Australia. View Google Reviews.
7 Days Australia – Sydney, Daintree, Ayers Rock and Melbourne
This 7 Days Australia Vacation Package is designed for travellers with limited time. However, rest assured that some of Australia’s top holiday spots are included. Think about a Sydney city tour with a harbour cruise, snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas – and be stunned by the Outback around Uluru in the heart of Australia.
12 Days Australia – Sydney, Daintree, Kangaroo Island Rock and Melbourne
This 12 days Australia travel package includes the magic of Kangaroo Island. If you are into nature and wildlife this is a ‘must see’ destination. Beside sailing Sydney harbour, you can also discover the awesome scenery of the Blue Mountain national park. In tropical Port Douglas, get a close up view of magnificent crocodiles.
18 Days Australia Family – Sydney, Daintree, Western Australia and Kangaroo Island
This 18 Days Luxury Australia family vacation is a dream itinerary. With nearly 3 weeks holiday time, you will be able to check out a lot of Australia. Discover secret places in the beautiful suburbs and beaches of Sydney. You may also want to climb the awesome Sydney Harbour Bridge! The Daintree Forest private tour are included, as is sailing and snorkelling in style on the Great Barrier Reef. From Perth in Western Australia, take short trips – visit the beautiful Port City of Fremantle. Drive to the nearby Margaret River wine and food region. Go on a private Tour to Rottnest Island.
Summary on Luxury Vacations Australia
The key factors in having a memorable luxurious Australia holiday are:
a. select the right locations based on your interests,
b. use smaller boutique accommodations & retreats, and
c. use private guides with deep local knowledge and experience.
Here are some more travel hints for planning your trip:
- Best time to travel Australia
- Best travel planning for Australia
- Australia Travel Check List
- Travelling between key locations
- Travel Facts about Kangaroo Island
- Accommodation options Kangaroo Island
- Experiences with a Private Guide on KI
Happy travelling on your Luxury Travel in Australia!