5 of the most unique accommodations to try in Australia
Australia is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery, liveliest cities and gorgeous beaches in the entire world. Whether you prefer to spend time in the hubs of Sydney and Melbourne or head further out to the islands of Tasmania or the shores of Queensland, there’s something in this stunning country for anyone. With such a diversity of activities and locations, it’s no wonder that Australia is also home to some of the most unique accommodation that you can stay in. Ranging from treehouses to stables, if you’re looking for something a little different on your next vacation our list should give you some much-needed inspiration - but if you want even more hints, check out Ben Groundwater's The One Thing blog for more unique and exclusive escapes to Oz.
1. Homestead Stables, Queensland
Inspired by the rustic ambience of the Australian outback, the Homestead Stables blend modern amenities and fixtures with traditionally designed stables that exude an old-fashioned charm. According to the travel gurus at TripSavvy, Homestead Stables is best for those who want to take in the wild Australian air whilst sitting right in the middle of it. This four and a half star location also features claw-foot bathtubs set out in their expansive grounds, where you can relax and take in the picturesque scenery without ever leaving the tub.
2. The Mouses House Retreat, Gold Coast
If you’ve ever wanted to spend a few nights in the middle of the rainforest, this is the location for you. Set amidst the World Heritage listed Springbook National Park, this retreat is made up of fourteen chalets - some raised into the air and others nestled among naturally running springs and enchanting forestry. On their website, the Mouses House team describe the location of Springbook as a ‘fairytale’, with cool forests and incredible landscapes situated beside luxury spa facilities and the sound of wild birds. Every chalet is fitted with contemporary amenities, with Wi-Fi and movies on demand even in the middle of the rainforest. A dream for the modern traveller.
3. Savannah Campground, Western Australia
With this eco-friendly retreat, you can get up close and personal with the unique wildlife of Western Australia. The Savannah Campground is nestled in pristine bushland and offers comfortable glamping options for any budget or need. The campground embraces a green lifestyle whilst offering modern eco tents and dorms with all comforts included. Situated in a national park, the campground’s exclusive Alfresco Restaurant also serves an authentic taste of Australia.
4. Taronga Zoo, Sydney
Only in Australia could you sleep right in the middle of a zoo. Taronga Zoo has stunning views over Sydney Harbour and offers exclusive night-time safaris and overnight experiences that are unparalleled by other resorts. Perfect for families, you will stay in a large safari style tent where you can fall asleep to views of the famous Opera House. You can even dine at the harbourside campsite and personally meet some of the zoo’s friendliest animal residents. Though the zoo only offers one-night excursions, it promises to be a once in a lifetime experience that you might not get anywhere else in the world.
5. Campbell Point House, Victoria
Step back in time with a stay at this gorgeous French chateau planted along the shores of Lake Connewarre in Victoria, boasting one of the most luxurious locations in Australia. In a vacation home fit for royalty, this breathtaking palace is isolated, private and perfect for anyone wanting to relax in style and luxury. Take a dip in the infinity pool, dine in style in the stunning gardens or enormous 19th-century style formal dining room, or head out for a game of tennis on the private court. This stunning chateau is filled with every comfort and decked out with modern amenities, perfect for anyone wanting to get away from the world. It also makes an excellent location for celebrations like weddings or large parties. This indulgent paradise on the Surf Coast is not one to be missed - the private jetty and beach that comes attached is an attraction in its own right.