Five new ways to experience ultimate luxury in Australia in 2024

26 October 2023: Australia’s breathtaking and unique landscapes have always invited visitors to disconnect from the bustle of life back home and reconnect with what matters, and these new retreats present the opportunity to do so while enjoying all the trimmings of a pure luxury escape.

Enjoy uninterrupted time accompanied by panoramic views on Kangaroo Island. Credit: Tourism Australia

Southern Ocean Lodge reopens this December with a heightened focus on sustainability. The stunning original property was destroyed in the Kangaroo Island bushfires, and after three years of rehabilitation, will once again be welcoming visitors to the breathtaking sheer clifftops of Kangaroo Island. The sweeping, dramatic views invite a personal connection with nature, alongside a menu of wellness activities from spa treatments to a sun deck and hot and cold plunge pools.

Be healed by the magical powers of nature at The Great Victorian Bathing Trail. Credit: Tourism Australia

The Great Victorian Bathing Trail, which connects 900km of hot springs, mineral springs and sea baths across the southern coastline of Victoria, is welcoming two new luxury openings. Phillip Island Hot Springs harnesses the healing powers of the ocean, while the About Time Bathhouse on Victoria’s surf coast will offer a blissful soaking experience under ancient trees in the Currumbin Valley.

Lush greenery and more beckons. Credit: Tourism Australia

The Lodge Wadjemup will soon start welcoming guests back to the new, low-impact development on Rottnest Island. Situated next to the former Aboriginal prison building known as the “Quod” and a short distance from the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground, the accommodation respects and celebrates the history and culture of its Indigenous communities through the naming of food and beverage, in-room experiences, decor and art and bush tucker planting. While the lodge caters to a wide range of guests, those seeking luxury can book the suites offering lakeside or island views, a carefully curated selection of food and beverage outlets, a wellness centre, community space, and two pools.

Chime into the hum and buzz at The Bonobo by Raes’ social hub. Credit: Tourism Australia

Byron Bay, known for its stunning beaches and relaxed wellness culture, has three new all-inclusive experiences that enhance its portfolio of unique premium stays. Sun Ranch is a chic hinterland retreat that pays homage to the Californian ranches of the 1970s, while Brooklet Estate, set on 125ha of rolling estate, is a luxury wellness retreat designed for maximising your ability to recharge. Meanwhile, in the heart of Byron Bay’s beach town, The Bonobo by Raes, balances serenity with a vibrant community. Set to open in early 2024, the Bonobo is designed by the architects behind one of the world’s 50 Best Hotels, The Calile Hotel, known for its impeccable attention to detail.

Wilderness meets indulgent on this island paradise. Credit: Rumi on Louth

Adventurous souls can embark on a trip to an island paradise three kilometres off the coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Rumi on Louth is a luxury escape set to open in March 2024. Guests arrive on the island via catamaran to indulge in day spa experiences, world-class Japanese-inspired fine dining, and guided tours of the wildlife and incredible wild landscape. Rumi on Louth offers guests the finest of hospitality while remaining committed to sustainability and protecting its slice of paradise.

Karen Saw, Country Manager of Malaysia at Tourism Australia says Malaysians can look forward to the exciting mix of choices in luxury stays and experiences as Australia continues to expand its luxury travel options.

She adds, “Australia’s luxury selection is vast and caters to any traveller. Among the plethora of offerings, Malaysian travellers can expect not only stunning cityscapes and awe-inspiring natural wonders, but also rich Indigenous culture, and experiences centred around sustainability.”


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