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5 eco-luxury destinations to check out in Australia

Australia is a beautiful country that has been calling to backpackers and students for decades.

However, Australia isn’t just a backpackers paradise; this beautiful country has some incredible luxury destinations for the more refined traveller. From secluded private retreats to world-class luxury accommodation, we look at five of the best locations for a sophisticated Australian getaway.

MONA Pavilions

If you love the finer things and want a unique cultural experience, the MONA Pavilions is a luxurious Australian destination that is not be missed. Part of the famous Museum of Old and New Art, on the beautiful Derwent River, these contemporary retreats are an art lovers paradise.

Each stunning pavilion is named after and inspired by an Australian architect or artist and contains a work by its namesake. With just eight pavilions showcasing stunning contemporary architecture, this exclusive destination also has a gourmet restaurant, private museum and winery.

Enjoy breathtaking views of the river, and relax and unwind in one of Australia’s most unique destinations.

Qualia Resort

Hamilton Island captures everything a luxury traveller could dream of.

Located on the stunning Great Barrier Reef, this is the perfect base to discover the incredible coral reef, with tropical fish, manta rays and turtles.

The world famous Qualia Resort is the perfect luxury destination, with stunning restaurants, sensory experiences and a tranquil spa. This is the ultimate relaxing getaway, with beautiful scenery and world-class accommodation.

Welcoming celebrity guests like Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio and Taylor Swift, this exclusive paradise is well loved by those looking to escape and unwind. Whether you want to snorkel with manta rays, relax in a world-class spa or enjoy some privacy in your exquisite suite, Hamilton Island has it all.

Billabong Retreat Central Coast

Less than an hour from the busy centre of Sydney, the Billabong Retreat Central Coast is a stunning tropical retreat is a world away from the hustle and bustle. If you are looking for some relaxation and rejuvenation, this natural paradise is centred around wellness. But, as bloggers warn, be aware this is a retreat – there is no internet!

With delicious local food, stunning waterside cabins and personalised wellness programs tailored to your needs, this is the perfect hidden escape. From yoga to mindfulness to coaching, choose from a range of inspiring and nurturing experiences.

This certified eco- retreat doesn’t compromise on luxury, just make sure you choose a deluxe cabin and enjoy a guilt-free getaway. If you’re getting away to relax after an illness or injury, be sure to check you’re covered too. It could really disrupt your peace if you find out too late.

Longitude 131

If the words wilderness and luxury seem incompatible to you, the incredible Longitude 131 is sure to exceed your expectations. This luxury desert getaway is in Australia’s spiritual heartland – Uluru-Kata Tjuta. Breathtaking views of the Australian wilderness are built into every aspect of this private retreat.

With just sixteen tented pavilions, this exclusive destination feels like another world. Exquisite meals, a beautiful spa and a range of experiences make this a truly Australian luxury destination.

Each pavilion is decorated to an incredible standard, with a private balcony and complimentary in-suite bar. Not only does this location offer luxury and opulence; the retreat’s eco-conscious and spiritual approach gives you a true appreciation of this ancient site.

Park Hyatt Sydney

If a city break is more of your style, then Australia has no shortage of luxury hotels. Sydney is a tourist’s paradise, with arts, culture and entertainment everywhere. For a sumptuous stay, the famous Park Hyatt Sydney is a stunning hotel, boasting the best views of the city from its luxurious rooftop pool.

The Park Hyatt Sydney has a reputation for exquisite personal service and nothing is too much for their highly trained staff. Wake up in a beautiful, elegant room with panoramic views of the famous Sydney Opera House and enjoy the city of Sydney in style.

Have you visited Australia? What luxurious destinations would you recommend?