Updated: Jun 10
After a stagnant 2020, Australian travellers are searching for new domestic travel experiences. Here are a couple unique and luxurious domestic stays that Aussies can check off their bucket lists right now.
For those of us on the east coast, Perth is about as long a flight as we can take right now. There's plenty to keep you busy playing tourist in this bright and breezy, light-filled city - from exploring the convict history in Fremantle, to the beautiful beaches around the city; exploring the galleries, museums and shopping precincts and dipping into Perth's exciting food scene. In Elizabeth Quay The Ritz-Carlton's luxurious guestrooms all feature floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping city and Swan River views, evoking a sense of timeless luxury and the joy of discovery.
Travellers who want to truly indulge (or are perhaps celebrating a special occasion) can book a stay in the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Suite – a 277 square metre suite featuring stunning views over the Swan River, Elizabeth Quay and city skyline. And if time's a bit tight, the hotel can curate a bespoke helicopter winery tour including a scenic helicopter ride to the nearby Margaret River, with private wine and cheese tastings and vineyard tours.
Beautiful sunny-natured Brisbane has a surprisingly cultural side, with big name galleries such as GOMA, world class theatre, ballet, wonderful live music venues and fabulous culinary offerings. The Inchcolm by Ovolo just a few minutes walk from the very heart of the CBD; a captivating Neo-Georgian 50 all-suite boutique hotel. Ovolo’s first By Ovolo Hotel in Australia it's beautifully styled in characteristic heritage finishes, with subtle undertones of the roaring 20’s, full of tiny treasures, eccentricities and eclectic art pieces.
Take in "martini hour' with a complimentary martini or pick from the carefully crafted cocktail in the velvety surrounds of The Inchcolm Bar. Book direct for this perk and more!
Still feeling the warmth of Australia’s Sunshine State, W Brisbane is brimming with stellar design, contemporary flair and laidback Aussie vibes. The eclectic 5-star hotel in the heart of the city boasts 312 spacious guestrooms and suites, iconic Brisbane River views and supreme amenities to amplify any stay into an ultra-luxurious one.
A bucket-list travel package available right now includes a day trip to the pristine Lady Elliot Island complete with scenic flight, bottomless boat, snorkelling and dining experience, and accommodation at the glam five-star hotel.
The hotel's Signature restaurant Three Blue Ducks brings their famed paddock to plate ethos to Brisbane, plating up fresh flavours that highlight local produce. Living Room Bar is the place to see and be seen with a stellar High Tea and signature cocktails, and WET Deck is an iconic poolside oasis that keeps the party going from day to night, currently serving up a cocktail menu curated by the team behind UK institutions Oriole and Nightjar. AWAY Spa is a lust-for-life destination with fabulous treatments and facilities including vitality pools, relaxation pods, rain showers, his and hers saunas and aromatherapy steam rooms.
Tasmania is so hot right now and there are plenty of wonderful accommodation options, but Pumphouse is definitely for the wish list. Poised mysteriously on a glacial lake and surrounded by century-old myrtle forests, the Lake St Clair accommodation contains two industrial buildings gently transformed as an intimate retreat in the heart of World Heritage wilderness in the misty Lake St Clair. A secluded hideaway, Pumphouse Point is the ultimate place for true tranquillity, relaxation and reconnection, with honesty bars, in-room picnics, electric bike tours, bushwalking, boating, and hearty high-quality dining.
While the rest of the country shivers, the weather in Cairns at this time of year is perfection and the water clarity is superb. Jump on a boat and snorkle the world renowned reef, check out the Cairns aquarium, cruise above the rainforest canopy on Skyrail or wander the exotic produce stalls at Rusty's Market.
The youngest sibling in Crystalbrook’s Cairns family, Flynn has just opened its doors to guests for the first time as of November last year. There are 311 stylish suites including the top three floors of the Esplanade tower offering guests the ultimate-luxe tropical escape, with large balconies to laze the day away. The resort boasts two glass-bottomed pools, with world-class views overlooking the Esplanade and causal eatery Boardwalk Social.