What’s New Down Under
Longing for adventure in Australia? Fuel your wanderlust with these incredible places to stay.
Newly opened or refurbished, these lodges and boathouses will give you a true Australian experience. Read on for our pick of the crop.
MARRAMARRA LODGE, HAWKESBURY RIVER
Situated on the Hawkesbury River, just one hour from Sydney, this wilderness lodge is surrounded by native bushland and opens out onto the river itself. Framed by the Marramarra National Park, coming to Marramarra Lodge means being immersed in the rhythms of river life, far from the busyness of modern life.
If you love the peace of nature, coupled with a high quality of accommodation, then a stay at this luxe yet secluded lodge will be the perfect fit. Fill your days on the river kayaking, fishing or paddleboarding or enjoy a boat trip – best taken at sunset accompanied by champagne. Make time to enjoy one of the 14 residences with a choice between a riverside safari tent or a bungalow which has both river and bush views. All residences feel very private, a secluded spot for you to enjoy the river, and all come stylishly appointed with river stone bathrooms, large terraces, and bespoke artwork.
“Encased by the greens of the Marramarra National Park and the meandering Hawksberry river, this is the place to slow down and appreciate nature’s magnetic beauty.“
As much as Marramarra is about getting away from it all, it’s also a chance to discover more about local indigenous culture. Take a tour with an indigenous guide to find bush tucker, medicinal plants and rock carvings plus learn more about Koori life and culture.
Mount Lofty House, Adelaide Hills
This beautiful manor house in the exclusive region of Adelaide Hills wine region has an air of old-school glamour, it was here that the decadent elite would come together for lavish parties in the 19th century until a fire razed it to the ground. Today, Mount Lofty House, painstakingly rebuilt to the original blueprints in the 80s by architect Ross Sands, stands as a vison of historical splendour.
With expansive grounds and surrounded by lush vineyards, the hotel is the epitome of modern hospitality. Come here for award-winning epicurean food, unwind with a signature spa treatment or tour the vineyards with tastings of the hotel’s own vines. Nearby, the Mount Lofty botanic garden is a short walk away where you can admire hundreds of cool-climate trees species, ferns and rhododendrons. The beach is also only a short hop away to enjoy sandy beaches, surf spots and hidden coves of South Australia.
“This upmarket manor house in the Adelaide Hills offers a luxurious stay while visiting one of the world’s great wine capitals.”
Clasped in the fruit bowl of Adelaide Hills, a visit to Mount Lofty House wouldn’t be complete without a thorough introduction to the region’s wine-producing industry. Talk to us about what wine you like and we can arrange a chauffeur-driven trip to cellar doors, to inspect the vines, meet producers and of course taste wines.
Silky Oaks Lodge, Daintree
Recently undergoing a complete closure and renovation, Silky Oaks Lodge stands enveloped by the tropical north of Daintree in Queensland. Beautifully reimagined, Silky Oaks Lodge has been acquired by the team behind sensational hotels such as Longitude 131, Uluru, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, Vancouver Island and Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island.
Located where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef, staying at Silky Oaks means immersion in the 180-million-year-old rainforest while experiencing a high level of comfort. Your home will be in a luxury treehouse made from local timber with views to the Mossman River and the rainforest allowing you to totally submit to the surrounding nature. To unwind further, take a trip to the Healing Waters Spa, where you can take a mineral bath surrounded by ancient trees before a soothing massage. Evenings are for dining on the terrace listening to the squawks of the forest while you feast on local ingredients crafted in a contemporary Australian menu.
“Get up close to a 180-million-year-old rainforest at Silky Oaks lodge in Queensland’s tropical north.”
If you’re feeling adventurous Silky Oaks has a raft of thrilling experiences in nature such as walking deep into the forest, snorkelling the river, swimming in natural pools, enjoying yoga in the wild or even lifting off in a hot air balloon to get an incredible bird’s eye view.
Bruny Boat House, Tasmania
On the southern tip of Tasmania lies Bruny Island, and on the furthest tip of this faraway isle is Bruny Boat House, a wooden cabin of considerable charm, which sleeps four, and is cradled into the waterfront offering unrestricted ocean views, silhouetted by the distant mountains and islets of Bruny. A self-catering option, the house has a nautical-luxe theme, with high ceilings and wood panelling, plus a well-stock pantry, modern kitchen and bedrooms with beds swathed in French linen.
Whether you’re a family or small group, there’s something mesmerising about the proximity of the ocean and the changing panorama from dawn to dusk. Sat on your terrace, you can decide whether you’ll jump straight in from your private jetty or head out on a yacht or fishing trip or wander down to the beach to collect shells. Don’t forget to explore Bruny Island too – its plethora of wildlife means you’ll spot white wallabies, fur seals and albatrosses.
“Escape from the world in this beautifully crafted cabin for four. Here life is simple and filled with the joys of Tasmania’s great outdoors.”
One of Bruny Island’s highlights is the opportunity to hike through the pristine wilderness which leads you through wet forests, coastal bush, cliffs and creeks. Cloudy Bay is also home to Bruny’s surf break for those keen to get out on the waves.
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