A B&B is a classic choice for a weekend getaway, whether you go for the welcoming hosts, home-cooked food or cosy accommodation (hello, four-poster beds). Of course, the cornerstone of any good B&B is its ability to deliver on both the bed and the breakfast – because you can’t have one without the other. Don’t think that limits your accommodation options, though, because there are world-class B&Bs dotted right across Australia. So which one do you choose? We’ve done the legwork for you, rounding up 12 beautiful B&Bs that all go above and beyond when it comes to stunning sleeps and top-notch fare.
Avocado Sunset Bed and Breakfast, Queensland
From the moment you walk into your room at Avocado Sunset Bed and Breakfast at Tamborine Mountain, the view will have your undivided attention. It's spectacular, and gives guests the kind of vista you usually only see from a lookout point. The four elegant suites at Avocado Sunset have been designed with different destinations in mind. Inspired by the Greek islands, Mediterranean has walls dotted with art from Lindos and Symi. Daintree boasts a double spa bath, cool interior and private deck. Oriental has its own cosy lounge with log fireplace and a spa that looks directly out into the garden. Follow the call of the wild to Safari, which is decked out with animal prints and a luxe four-poster bed.
Bellview Hill Bed and Breakfast, Victoria
The drive to reach Bellview Hill Bed and Breakfast is almost as scenic as the one you’re greeted with upon arrival (hint: think lush rolling hills dotted with grazing cows). This purpose-built B&B in Gippsland has a main homestead and a separate cottage. The homestead has two spacious suites, as well as a guest lounge, dining room and terrace. The cottage is self-contained, has a huge undercover verandah and comes stocked with breakfast provisions. Gippsland has a reputation as one of Victoria’s top food destinations, so get into the gourmet spirit by arranging a French-inspired dinner, which is prepared by the owner, who happens to be a qualified chef. Want to get more hands on? Cooking classes for all experience levels are also available.
The first thing you notice at Gattonside is its impressive (and photogenic) façade. This B&B lives in the bones of an imposing 1880s mansion and fits in beautifully with the historic homes dotted around Battery Point. This location is one of Gattonside's most attractive perks. From here, you're walking distance from Salamanca Place and Hobart’s city centre. The home has eight suites, which have been kitted out with grand four-poster beds, decorative fireplaces, gorgeous throws and ornamental pieces. A guest lounge is stocked with complimentary port and rich Tasmanian fudge. Mohair throws are also provided for guests keen to relax on the front verandah. When it comes to breakfast, Gattonside seriously delivers. The sumptuous menu changes daily and is prepared by the resident chef. A traditional continental buffet is on offer too.
Clarence River Bed and Breakfast, New South Wales
Clarence River Bed and Breakfast is more like a fancy resort than an old-school B&B. The accommodation is located on the banks of the mighty Clarence River in New South Wales, but you may have already guessed that. What you might not know is that this grand house was once two separate homes, which were merged in 1980. Four elegant guest suites are housed upstairs, and each comes with its own soaking tub and Juliet balcony. On the ground floor is a lovely guest lounge, dining area and country kitchen. Wander through the French doors to step out onto the wide deck – the perfect place to enjoy breakfast on sunny mornings. Plus, there is an in-ground swimming pool, spa, sauna and jetty. The magnificent property also has a self-catering cottage that can sleep up to 12 guests. Bicycles and kayaks are available for guests.
Captains Retreat B&B, Victoria
Find Captains Retreat B&B in the heart of Victoria’s historic Williamstown. The home is just steps from the waterfront and has been impeccably renovated (it is now filled with antiques and vintage bric-a-brac). There are six gorgeously styled suites; three have spas and one has a private lounge and balcony. The upstairs guest lounge is where mornings start with breakfast, but the space is always stocked with help-yourself teas, coffees and cakes. A sun-kissed upper terrace makes a beautiful spot to sip on a hot beverage, soak up some Vitamin D and look out to city skyline views. Think Captains Retreat B&B couldn’t get better? There’s even an in-house beauty and massage room for, you know, if you need to wind down after such a relaxing stay.
Burns Beach Bed and Breakfast, Western Australia
Burns Beach Bed and Breakfast has the style of a boutique hotel than a B&B, and that’s exactly why it’s made this round up. With its beachside setting, stunning interiors, hotel-worthy appointments and go-the-extra-mile touches, this upscale B&B is one you’ll likely find yourself returning to again and again. There are three king guest rooms; all have ensuites and one has a courtyard. Guests are served breakfast – ham and cheese croissant, berry pancakes, Greek yoghurt, baked beans - in the dining room or on the deck overlooking the garden and therapeutic spa (yes, this B&B has a spa). Get peckish between meals? Not a problem, because a kitchen is available for guests to prepare snacks. A selection of light meals is also on hand. It is only a three-minute walk from the B&B’s front door to the beach and Perth CBD is within easy reach too.
Strathlyn Estate Bed and Breakfast, South Australia
Expect a hosted experience in a historic home with a stay at Strathlyn Estate Bed and Breakfast in Barossa Valley. The grand Strathlyn House has two suites, both with queen bed, ensuite and private entrance. This is one of the Barossa’s most beautiful homesteads, so expect an experience to match. The Barossa’s famed gourmet delights are all within easy reach of Strathlyn. Spend your time hopping between the region’s world-class wineries, stocking up on goodies from excellent farmers’ markets or tackling one of the walking or cycling trails. You’ll have plenty of energy to do all three, thanks to the delicious country breakfasts prepared by the property’s host. Those keen to do their own thing are in luck too, because the estate has a separate self-contained accommodation, Coach House, tucked away at the bottom of an orchard.
Amble Inn Bed and Breakfast, Western Australia
Guests are treated to a superb vantage point with a stay at Amble Inn Bed and Breakfast. The building is located high on a hill, surrounded by farmlands, and overlooks Cervantes and Jurien Bay. Out here, guests can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the calming influence of country life. The B&B was built by hand and houses four sumptuous suites. Breakfasts are generous and provisions for gourmet barbecues can also be arranged. You might be perfectly content never wandering too far from your suite, but the location of Amble Inn makes an excellent base for exploring the area. For a thorough bout of fresh air, climb the hill behind the B&B or head to one of the nearby national parks for bushwalks or 4WD adventures.
Hillside Bed and Breakfast, Tasmania
Hillside Bed and Breakfast is a traditional B&B set on the banks of the Huon River. It is surrounded by apple orchards and beautiful established gardens, and boasts gorgeous views of the Huon Valley and the Sleeping Beauty ranges. You won’t have to share the serenity with hordes of other guests though, because Hillside has just two rooms. The Terrace Room overlooks the garden, and has a design that suits families and groups. The River Room, as you might guess, boasts an outlook over the river and is ideal for couples. The Garden Room is the B&B’s central space, with shared facilities – kitchenette, couches, log fire – and access to the paved terrace. The Garden Room is where you’ll enjoy delicious breakfasts or spend your afternoons with a current read. Hillside has a covetable location, sitting right on the Huon Trail so guests are just a short drive away from boutique vineyards, the coast and stunning national parks.
65 Main, Victoria
Not your average B&B, 65 Main in Daylesford offers guests a complete experience. The accommodation is excellent, naturally, with five magnificent bedrooms, and the house features two comfortable guest lounges. However, it’s 65 Main’s casual concierge service that really sets this stay apart. Guests can take up tailor-made packages and tap into local knowledge, courtesy of the owner’s little black book. Indulgent luxuries, including in-house dining, body wraps, massages and tarot readings are also available. 65 Main doesn’t just tick all the boxes for couples and solo travellers; it’s perfect for group getaways too. When groups of 10 or more book 65 Main, they have exclusive use of the three-storey house.
Hyams Beach Bed and Breakfast, New South Wales
This beautiful property is where Hamptons-meets-Bermuda, with a side of Australian colonial style thrown in for good measure. Think plantation shutters, polished floorboards and bright interiors. Hyams Beach Bed and Breakfast has three accommodation options. The Terrace Suite has windows with views of the lawn, garden and Jervis Bay. The Courtyard Suite boasts French doors to a courtyard. For a room with roll top soaking bathtub, seek out The Garden Room. The suites have separate, keyless entry. This stay isn’t like traditional B&Bs. For one, the owners don’t live onsite but are available if needed. Then, you have breakfast, which isn’t taken in-house but at the famed Hyams Beach Café just over the way.
Bellevue Bed and Breakfast, South Australia
Breakfast may not be considered the main meal of the day, but it is the most important and that couldn’t be truer than at Bellevue Bed and Breakfast in McLaren Vale. Here, breakfast is an art and to be honest, it’s more like a meal that blurs the lines between breakfast and brunch. It all starts with freshly ground coffee, a selection of teas, homemade stewed fruit and preserves. This is followed by your choice of cereal and a baked apricot crêpe with passionfruit sauce. It’s then onto third course: a full, cooked breakfast, complete with Irish potato cake, free range eggs, wilted spinach and crispy bacon. It’s a good thing the two queen rooms are so comfortable, because despite your best efforts to explore nearby wineries and beaches, we have a feeling that after such a feast you’ll want to take a (temporary) lie-down.