The Ultimate Luxury Lodges and Camps in Australasia

November 16, 2015 by Alexandra Gregg

Want to stay in the depths of the Australian or New Zealand wilderness? Want to do it in style? And with some of the best food and wine on the planet? Well we’ve got the ultimate accommodations to suit you – check out these incredible luxury lodges, camps and cabins in Australasia; it won’t be long before that wanderlust starts to kick in…

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Capella Lodge exterior

Capella Lodge, New South Wales

Only 400 people a day are allowed to visit the UNESCO-listed paradise of Lord Howe Island. Just a two-hour flight from Sydney, this volcanic landmass is the perfect spot for a lazy, laid-back day of snorkelling, sunbathing, bushwalking and birdwatching.

And you can top off an already magical experienced by spending the night in the boutique Capella Lodge. Nestled in the foothills of the island’s twin peaks, this luxurious, intimate haven commands unrivalled Pacific Ocean and turquoise lagoon vistas, only interrupted by flecks of golden sand, swaying emerald palms and the alluring scent of frangipani.

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Capella Suite

That’s not all: the property itself is a thing of exquisite beauty. In the rooms, soft wood finishes are interspersed with clean white lines and floor-to-ceiling windows, while the on-site restaurant and bar have a real beach-house feel, light, airy and furnished with rattan. Couple that with heavenly dishes designed by executive chef Cooper Dickson and you’ll never want to leave this subtropical enclave.

Bird's eye view of Saffire Freycinet

Bird’s eye view of Saffire Freycinet

Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania

Nestled on Wineglass Bay, in the curve of the Freycinet Peninsula, this opulent resort will spoil you silly with its timber-clad curves, floor-to-ceiling windows, impeccable service and tailor-made, five-star dining.

A Luxury Suite at the Saffire Freycinet

A Luxury Suite at the Saffire Freycinet

It blends modern lines in its guestrooms with sinkable 1950s furniture, designer-label of course, in the Lounge Bar. And with just 20 suites across the whole resort – all boasting gorgeous views – you can go hours without having to see another soul.

An aerial view of Lizard Island

An aerial view of Lizard Island

Lizard Island, Queensland

Located right on the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland, Lizard Island is a tough one to beat. It boasts elegant, private-pool suites with captivating Pacific Ocean vistas, an indulgent spa and a plethora of water sports – including diving the most famous corals on the planet. It’s also Australia’s northernmost island resort, so all guests will have exclusive and unrestricted access to the beach-strewn outpost that this luxurious lodge stands on.

Anchor Bay Suite, Lizard Island

Anchor Bay Suite, Lizard Island

There’s the small matter of its food offering too: the Salt Water Restaurant serves up an irresistible menu of fresh seafood, a mix of Australian, Mediterranean and Asian flavour, and international vinos from the Driftwood Bar & Wine Cellar.

Huka Lodge

Huka Lodge

Huka Lodge, Lake Taupo, North Island

Never have you felt more secluded, more A-list, than at New Zealand’s Huka Lodge. This countryside hideaway appears on many a ‘world’s best…’ list, praised for its seclusion, tranquillity and forest-fringed, riverside setting. In fact, its 17 acres are even recognised by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a ‘Garden of National Significance’.

Inside Huka Lodge's Junior Lodge Suite

Inside Huka Lodge’s Junior Lodge Suite

That said, it’s never too far away from an active Kiwi adventure either: think rafting, parasailing and bicycle trails aplenty. For those who simply want to be engulfed by luxury, sample sublime gourmet cuisine at the onsite restaurant, play a round of tennis, laze indulgently by the pool or lake, and sink into your comfortable suite. A stay here is simply unforgettable.

Longitude 131 and Uluru

Longitude 131 and Uluru

Longitude 131ᵒ, The Northern Territory

Glamping doesn’t get more luxurious, more dramatic than in Longitude 131ᵒ.  Gazing out across Uluru, the most iconic rock in the world, it not only prides itself on an incredible location in the heart of the wilderness that is Australia’s Kata Tjuta National Park, but it’s also perfect for a luxury-led adventure.

Inside a Longitude 131 tent

Inside a Longitude 131 tent

By day take a sunrise stroll, explore the colour-changing walls of Kantju Gorge and admire the 36 domes of the Olgas. As the sunsets, head back to camp to drink in the serenity of the desert beneath a canopy of sparkling night skies. There are few better places to dine al fresco too, amid the five-star luxury of the property’s plush white tents, each named after an Aussie explorer or wilderness pioneer and more cabin than tipi.

Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown, South Island

Just minutes from New Zealand’s adventure capital, the alpine Matakauri Lodge is the ultimate luxury retreat – framed by the pine-clad Cecil Peak and the mirror-like waters of Lake Wakatipu. It’s waterside living at its finest.

Matakauri Lodge main lounge

Matakauri Lodge main lounge

Accommodation is spread across the main lodge and owner’s cottage and all spacious suites and guest rooms offer unrivalled privacy and seclusion, not to mention warm, welcoming décor. The luxury benefits go way beyond the bedroom too – indulge at the on-site spa, take in panoramic views across the lake from the infinity pool or hot tub, and use Matakauri as a base for adventure: think bungee, skydiving, paragliding and canyoning to name a few.

Spicers Peak Lodge and its infinity pool

Spicers Peak Lodge and its infinity pool

Spicers Peak Lodge, Queensland

Nothing says luxury lodge quite like a mountaintop retreat in South Queensland’s scenic rim. If the natural beauty of this verdant location isn’t enough to ease you into an unforgettable holiday experience, then the exquisite cuisine will do the trick – local-sourced and paired with hand-picked wines, the food served at the resort’s award-winning restaurant is utter bliss. Dine on Hervey Bay scallops, Mooloolaba kingfish, Flinders Island wallaby and fresh fruit and veg gathered from the garden.

Spicers Peak Lodge, two-bedroom lounge

Spicers Peak Lodge, two-bedroom lounge

And let’s not forget the rooms: 10 lodge suites and two private lodges are peppered across this resort – the highest non-alpine lodge in Australia – each boasting breathtaking views through Spicers Gap, as well as marble-clad bathrooms and vast windows.

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island

Southern Ocean Lodge, South Australia

Perched precariously atop the limestone cliffs of Kangaroo Island, this Hanson Bay resort brings nature and modernity together to create one unforgettable sanctuary.

Southern Ocean Lodge, Flinders Suite

Southern Ocean Lodge, Flinders Suite

Ensconced by emerald shrubs and a refreshing sea breeze, this is one lodge where you can step out into the surrounding landscape without actually being outside, thanks to its floor-to-ceiling glass-surround suites and communal areas. But if you do venture out you won’t regret it: naturalist guides from the lodge can lead you on a first-hand, up-close experience with the island’s wildlife, including majestic sea lions. Complete your days with a bounty of fresh, local produce for dinner, offering dishes like Kangaroo Island free-range chicken, porcini mushroom gnocchi and petite king crab salad that will take you on a gastronomic journey of the entire island.


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About Alexandra Gregg

Once a roving local news reporter and now a travel-obsessed writer/sub, I'm head-over-heels for nature, wildlife and the ocean. When I'm not underwater or deploying a snorkel, I'm seeking out the sets of my favourite TV shows around the world. Tweet me @wonderg1rl