We don’t mean to toot our own horns, but some of the globe’s most amazing accommodation is right here in our own backyard. Who has the world’s first Instagram hotel, the most enviable luxury accommodation on the Whitsundays and a hotel shaped like a crocodile? We do! From rainforest treehouses to dugout underground hotels, we bring you the best Aussie hotels.
The Best Aussie Hotels Worth Bragging About
Mix entertainment and luxury
Crown Towers is located ideally in the centre of Melbourne, the most happening city in Australia. Part of Crown, the largest entertainment complex in the southern hemisphere, the hotel offers luxury accommodation in the heart of Southbank.
Guests may never want to leave this hotel, which boasts an endless list of activities and attractions. There are an impressive 40 restaurants to choose from, a high-end shopping arcade, a day spa, as well as a pool, gym, tennis court and of course the famous Crown Casino.
An Instagram-friendly hotel in Sydney
The world’s first hotel designed with Instagram users in mind, Hotel Ovolo 1888 embraces all things #instagood. Set in a reconverted woolshed in Darling Harbour, Ovolo 1888 offers a number of room sizes, varying from ‘Shoebox’ to the ‘Stirred’ suite, complete with panoramic views of Sydney.
The hotel bar and restaurant, Lo Lounge serves up cocktails and contemporary meals at communal benches alongside pool tables and arcade games.
A treat on the Apple Isle
The Henry Jones Art Hotel embraces a combination of art, heritage, technology and tradition. Originally a row of historic warehouses and also a former IXL jam factory, the hotel is now a luxury establishment on Hobart’s waterfront.
The Henry Jones Art Hotel is Australia’s first hotel of its kind, featuring contemporary art throughout the hotel. The interior is uniquely designed with exotic timbers, sandstone walls and trapeze lighting, while the rooms contain widescreen televisions and king beds with authentic silk covers. Each room comes with a contemporary, European-style bathroom made from translucent glass and stainless steel.
A hotel shaped like a crocodile
Stay right in the centre of Australia’s largest national park – inside a giant crocodile-shaped hotel. The Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is located in Jabiru, a township right in the middle of Kakadu National Park. It’s a starting point for exploration and leisure, with access to tennis and golf courts, 4×4 tours as well as to the 200-metre high Jim-Jim and Twin Falls.
The hotel is heavily invested in environmental initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint and has implemented an indigenous employment program to provide work and education to the local population.
Head into the caves
Located between Adelaide and Alice Springs, the Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy comprises of 19 underground suites with spacious rooms and high ceilings. The cool, quiet and shady environment of the suites are rumoured to provide the best night’s sleep imaginable.
The complex includes underground shops, bars and opal display areas as well as a beautiful on-site restaurant providing international and authentic Australian dishes. This award-winning contemporary hotel is perfect for those seeking to experience the ‘Dugout’ lifestyle of the opal-seeking Coober Pedy locals.
Island life in the Whitsundays
Found on the most renowned island of the Whitsundays, the elaborate Qualia Resort has been named the world’s best resort by Condé Nast Traveler and HM Magazine alongside numerous other international titles. It holds a variety of high-end hotel features and amenities, such as secluded beach houses, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, award-winning restaurants and grand infinity pools that drape across the cliff’s edge – all with magnificent views overlooking the ocean and the Great Barrier Reef.
Qualia offers exclusive experiences both around Hamilton Island and out on the reef for their guests, with personal beach drop-offs for diving and snorkelling, scenic helicopter rides to the Hamilton Island Golf Course as well as flights and cruises to Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Islands.
A rainforest retreat
The Canopy Treehouses offers award-winning eco-tourism accommodation, bringing luxury and the finest service into the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. Made up of six treehouses placed high in the canopy on the banks of the Ithaca River, it’s the perfect place to relax in privacy and to appreciate the serene atmosphere.
The treehouses are surrounded by some of Australia’s most exotic wildlife: tree kangaroos, cassowaries, wallabies and numerous beautiful birds all inhabit the region. It’s the ultimate hotel for those seeking to be deeply acquainted with the environment, making for an unforgettable stay.