ONE&ONLY WOLGAN VALLEY, NSW
Created by Emirates almost 10 years ago, this quintessential Australian resort (think kookaburras, gum trees and mountain ranges) was absorbed into the One&Only family in late 2014.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, the resort consists of just 40 freestanding suites, each with a private plunge pool, a world-class spa, exceptional cuisine and a wide choice of outdoor activities, such as horse riding, wildlife safaris and archery.
GETTING THERE Driving time from Sydney is 2.5 hours. oneandonlyresorts.com
SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
This spectacular cliff top property on Kangaroo Island defines wilderness glamour. Not only is this curved piece of modernist architecture impressive, Southern Ocean Lodge manages to provide world-class hospitality despite its splendid isolation.
The property offers 21 immaculate suites – all with stunning ocean views, limestone floors and private outdoor terraces. The in-house dining experience is impressive. GETTING THERE: Flying time to the island from Adelaide is 30 minutes. southernoceanlodge.com.au
Designed by Tasmanian architect Robert Morris, Saffire Freycinet, on the east coast of Tasmania, has become the standard by which every other luxury lodge in Australia is judged.
The futuristic eco-friendly property overlooks the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay. The property offers 20 luxurious suites, an exclusive day spa, restaurant, guest lounge and a bar. The property provides a number of signature wilderness experiences. GETTING THERE: Driving time from Hobart is 2.5 hours. saffire-freycinet.com.au
QUALIA, HAYMAN ISLAND, QUEENSLAND
qualia has inspired many imitators, but nowhere can hope to rival its jaw-dropping views, luxurious pavilions and sheer range of things to enjoy. Whether you want to explore the Whitsunday Islands, play a round of golf, join a fitness class or snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, it’s all here.
The cuisine at qualia is second-to-none. The property consists of 60 pavilions, each with uninterrupted ocean views. GETTING THERE: Resort facilities include a spa, pool, fitness centre, restaurants and water sports centre. qualia.com.au