Natural wonders, sprawling landscapes and dynamic cities make Australia undeniably unique; it’s easy to see why travelers return to this continent-country time and time again. To experience it all, every journey to the “land down under” needs a starting point.
Below, you’ll find seven resorts and hotels that are luxurious basecamps to explore some of the country’s most iconic destinations, from the Great Barrier Reef to the outback. An ideal location is just the beginning; when you book one or more of these properties with your travel advisor, you’ll receive a welcome gift with a value of at least 100 USD, complimentary breakfast, early check-in and late check-out, and an upgrade (based on availability) at your time of check-in.
Hayman Island, Queensland
At the northernmost point of Australia’s Whitsunday archipelago, InterContinental Hayman Island Resort offers a private island escape at the Great Barrier Reef. This area is home to some of the world’s most picturesque locations, including Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and many uninhabited national parks. From InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, you’ll enjoy popular activities and exclusive tours from snorkeling and diving the Great Barrier Reef to luxury cruising and fishing voyages.
InterContinental’s Beachfront Pavilions offer seclusion from the main resort with their own private plunge pools. Within the main resort, Beachfront Pool Villas have a spacious pool and an open-air living concept with an outdoor shower. For families, the two- and three-bedroom Hayman Suites are a perfect choice for spending time together while enjoying dreamlike views.
Qualia is situated on the northernmost part of Hamilton Island, surrounded by the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef and views of the Whitsundays. The northern location is an ideal spot to appreciate the passing beauty of Australia with 60 individual pavilions, some with private plunge pools. Here, you’ll enjoy exceptional levels of award-winning luxury and intuitive, friendly service.
You can opt to experience the privacy of the Beach House with its own guest pavilion. You’ll also have your own two-seater golf buggy, allowing the rest of the island to be explored at a leisurely pace. When you book this property with your travel advisor, ask about Spa Qualia, which offers a contemporary yet natural approach to wellness and relaxation.
Wolgan Valley, New South Wales
Nestled in a private valley and protected by soaring bush escarpments, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley takes conservation, relaxation and luxury to new heights. This resort is located between two national parks in the Greater Blue Mountains, a mere 2.5 hours’ drive from Sydney on Australia’s Great Dividing Range. Here, Australia’s unique history, environment and wildlife are celebrated with wildlife adventures, wellness activities, spa experiences and cuisine.
Upon arrival, you’ll be transported to a distinctive Australian bushland experience. Guests at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley indulge in one of 40 standalone villas inspired by Australian Federation architecture. Each villa has its own private indoor/outdoor temperature-controlled pool and a wrap-around verandah. And, when you book this property with your travel advisor, you’ll receive a Signature Wildlife and Sundowners Tour for two.
Yulara, Northern Territory
This property offers immersion in the Australian outback with easy access to the area’s cultural and historical sights. Here, you’ll explore the wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta and discover some of the ancient creation stories of the Anangu, the land’s traditional custodians. You’ll also come face to face with the diverse flora and fauna of the desert on a personally guided adventure.
In the spirit of the original pioneers, you’ll stay in canopied pavilions over the rustred dunes. Today’s explorers enjoy classic furnishings that meld with indigenous textures, and a private glass wall that yields unparalleled views of fabled icon Uluru (Ayers Rock). Don’t leave without enjoying an outback sundowner at the convivial open bar in the Dune House and dining under a glittering canopy of stars at Table 131°.
Sydney, New South Wales
The iconic Sydney Harbor sits at the doorstep of this award-winning Central Business District hotel, with The Rocks and Circular Quay right next door. Four Seasons Sydney is ideal for those who want to explore nearby shopping, outdoor adventure and the vibrant social scene. Don’t leave without trying the hotel’s Mode Kitchen & Bar for fresh, local cuisine, as well as drinks at Grain.
Four Seasons Sydney is set in a historic precinct of Sydney, within walking distance to Sydney Harbor, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park. The nearby ferry wharf is perfect for transfers to Taronga Zoo, Manly Beach, Darling Harbour and Watson’s Bay. And within a 10- to 20-minute drive, you can experience the area’s beaches, golf courses, tennis courts, surfing spots, as well as the Queen Victoria Building, Pitt Street Mall and Oxford Street.
Park Hyatt Melbourne overlooks St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens and a mix of Victorian and modern architecture in the central business district. This hotel is renowned for having the largest 245 luxury rooms and suites in Melbourne. You’ll enjoy the award-winning “Radii” restaurant and bar, and a decadent Tea Lounge. Park Club Health & Day Spa features an indoor aquamarine pool, spa, sauna, gym and private sun deck.
Park Hyatt Melbourne is only 15 miles from Melbourne Airport, and close to attractions around the city center. When you book this property with your travel advisor, you’ll be within walking distance to the Melbourne Olympic Parks Precinct, Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Just a short stroll away, you can also experience Melbourne Museum, boutique shopping, cafes, restaurants and the east end theater district.
Neighboring Daintree National Park, Silky Oaks Lodge offers a rainforest escape with access to the region’s most spectacular natural attractions, including the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, the Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation. Perhaps the best part is that Silky Oaks Lodge is only a 20-minute drive from Port Douglas, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
At this lodge, you’ll relax in one of forty private treehouse rooms with views over the crystal-clear Mossman River and the lush rainforest. Each room is designed as a retreat with a balcony and hammock ready to sway in the afternoon breeze. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask your travel advisor about bespoke experiences with a local guide, including driving safaris in the Daintree, indigenous guided walks, diving the Great Barrier Reef, and helicopter tours.