Hidden Gems in Iconic Destinations

Australia has a stunning range of exciting holiday destinations set to inspire travelers to pack their bags and head off on their luxury getaway. Hidden luxury gems with amazing accommodations and excellent food and wine options can be found perched on iconic landscapes, set in magnificent bushland and on beautiful private beaches with silky white sand and turquoise waters at their doorstep. We’ve curated six memorable spots in extraordinary Australian locations.

Tasmania’s grand Saffire Freycinet lodge, nestled on the shores of the beautiful Freycinet Peninsula, is a coastal sanctuary where nature is the star. Guests can shuck fresh oysters straight from an oyster bed while standing in the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay or visit an endangered Tasmanian devil in a special enclosure. There are more than 20 memorable experiences on offer.

Another option is a stay at Richard Branson’s Australian home, Makepeace Island near Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, where guests can enjoy luxury Balinese-style accommodations and spend days sailing or fishing. When the sun sets, watch a movie under the stars while sipping a delicious cocktail.

Beautiful qualia resort, set on picturesque Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, is a perfect springboard to visit the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, home to colorful fish, turtles, dolphins, and 600 species of hard and soft coral. Signature experiences include diving and snorkeling on the reef.

Kangaroo Island, known as the Galápagos of Australia, provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy nature at its best in South Australia. Southern Ocean Lodge features spectacular views of the coastline and wonderful experiences. The exclusive tour company Exceptional Kangaroo Island offers guided tours with great food, wine, and wildlife viewing.

Head north to Longitude 131 for five-star accommodations and experiences that include private sunset and sunrise views of Uluru, Australia’s iconic rock. The luxury eco-friendly property offers exclusive dining under the bright stars at Table 131, where a resident storyteller shares tales of the past accompanied by the haunting sounds of a didgeridoo. Another highlight is Bruce Munro’s amazing Field of Light installation at Uluru, with 50,000 spheres of light that will shine brightly until March 31, 2017. It is a sight to behold.