Australia, a land so teeming with treasures you’d need a lifetime to see them all. Synonymous with endless summers and spectacular scenery - it's little wonder Australians call theirs “The Lucky Country”. To mark Australia Day, we’ve picked five of the best excuses to head Down Under. From a luxury beach house overlooking the sun-kissed sandbanks of the Great Barrier Reef to uber-chic city stays and the most remote of island retreats - let Australia ignite your imagination…
1. Qualia Beach House, Hamilton Island
Soak up the boundless blue hues of the Coral Sea from your private infinity pool in this secluded Hamilton Island hideaway. Sail the sapphire shallows of the Whitsundays or snorkel the heavenly sub-aqua landscapes - losing yourself in the unrivalled beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
2. Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island
Immerse yourself in Australia’s untamed beauty at this most luxurious of eco-lodges, perched above the dramatic cliffs of Kangaroo island’s south-west coast. Cool, contemporary designs and lavish interiors provide the perfect contrast to this island’s wild landscapes. Discover Australia’s iconic wildlife - watch sea lions sunbathe on the sand and kangaroos graze in the open fields.
3. Saffire Freycinet Private Pavilion, Tasmania
Take refuge in this sophisticated sanctuary, slick design and minimalist aesthetic a pleasing juxtaposition to the rugged Hazard Mountains - their pink granite peaks perfectly framed through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. Explore the pristine shores of the Freycinet Peninsula, discover desolate beaches and trace the iconic sweep of porcelain sand at Wineglass Bay.
4. Capella Lodge Suite, Lord Howe Island
Disconnect from daily life on this pacific island paradise. Celebrated as the very pinnacle of laid-back luxury, Capella Lodge rests above romantic Lovers Bay, aptly named for the honeymoon of a lifetime. Nestled on the pristine World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, this luxurious boutique lodge boasts breathtaking views of the ocean, reef and surrounding mountains.
5. Villa Dune, Port Douglas
See and be seen in Port Douglas’ sophisticated beach scene, where sailing style meets city chic. This sprawling, single storey villa features an oriental twist, with ornate lily ponds and sliding mahogany doors, as well as a resident chef specialising in Japanese cuisine. While away days in the 20-metre swimming pool or enjoy your private access to stunning Four-Mile Beach.