The 6 Places Around Australia Where you Can REALLY Get Away
Posted by Stephanie Mikkelsen on Monday, May 14, 2018
When getting away simply doesn’t put enough distance between you and your front door, take a page out of the Crusoe handbook and look to an escape that puts the ‘remote’ in remote retreat.
Our lives are hectic enough as it is, surely we don't need to be online even during our time off. So if, like us, you want to commit to an unplugged getaway this year, we've rounded up some our favourite remote destinations that are guaranteed to help you unwind. Ditch the internet, unplug the TV and turn off your phone... because in these places you will probably be too busy enjoying yourself to check Facebook anyway.
East Bedarra Island Retreat, Bedarra Island QLD
Ever wanted to know what it would be like to have an island paradise (almost) all to yourself? East Bedarra Island Retreat can make that dream happen. Cradled between behemoth boulders on Bedarra Island, the retreat was once an artist’s hideaway and is now a luxury beach villa reserved for up to only four guests at a time. The exclusive nature of this getaway will work to your advantage, because there is every chance you won’t want to share this place with anybody else. Those lucky enough to call East Bedarra Island Retreat as their abode for a couple of nights will have a private beachfront, rock swimming pool and open-air covered deck with 3D cinema. Of a morning, the temperate waters of the Coral Sea are only a few barefoot paces from your bedroom making it easy to start your day with a refreshing swim.
Wings Barossa Bird and Bush Retreat, Barossa, SA
No WiFi and no TV; Wings Barossa Bird & Bush Retreat could be the ultimate no-tech getaway for a modern-day traveller. Located on a sprawling rural property in South Australia’s Eden Valley, this three-bedroom home will appeal to those wanting to go off-grid. One of the perks of being flanked by 170 acres is the outdoor pursuits available to guests. Explore the labyrinth of walking tracks, read a book at the outdoor setting, or head off to the day-house by the lake for afternoon drinks or a meditation session. Take ample photos while you are here – especially those of resident kangaroos, echidnas and koalas – but wait until you are home again to upload to your social media feed.
Kimberley Coastal Camp, Admiralty Gulf, WA
Nothing says remote like having to take a light plane and a helicopter to reach your destination. Hidden on the shores of the Admiralty Gulf, Kimberley Coastal Camp is one of the world's last truly unique experiences offering access to exquisite ancient rock art, native wildlife, gourmet food and beautiful views, all in a beachfront location. With an emphasis on preserving the unspoilt surrounds, only 12 guests are allowed to stay at any one time, while solar power keeps everything running. You’ll be housed in spacious bungalows that feature 5-star mattresses, luxurious Sheridan linen and gorgeous views of white sandy beaches. The packages are inclusive of food and most adventures, but your stay can be tailored to suit everything from laid-back experiences to non-stop adventures.
Arajilla Retreat, Lord Howe Island, NSW
Lord Howe Island is an exclusive paradise where there is no such thing as traffic jams and traveller numbers are restricted to guarantee the island’s unspoiled nature. Arajilla Retreat is one of the only luxury lodgings on the isle, sitting on the northern end of island with suites hidden among banyan trees and kentia palms. The suites are chic and elegant and are only a short walk away from Old Settlement Beach. The island is world-famous for its natural beauty so days can be filled with snorkelling, bike riding, hiking, fishing and lazily paddling in water so clear you’ll be able to see the detail of your pedicure. If you prefer pursuits of a more serene variety, book a treatment at the Arajilla Wellness Spa, housed in a traditional yurt in the forest. The retreat’s rates are all-inclusive, covering daily breakfasts, evening canapés, three-course dinners and airport transfers.
Bremer Island Banubanu Beach Retreat, East Arnhem Land, NT
Only eight guests ever get to experience Bremer Island Banubanu Beach Retreat at the one time. Located on the pristine shore of Bremer Island in East Arnhem Land, the eco-sensitive retreat was built in partnership with the Yolgnu people and comes fringed by coves, untouched beaches and turquoise waters. Leave tablets and reliable WiFi behind on the mainland as you discover your breathtaking surrounds. The retreat’s hosts operate fishing excursions around the island, or guests can join a guided tour or local cultural experience. There is also turtle watching during season. Travellers can arrive on Bremer Island by heading towards the easternmost tip of the Gulf of Carpentaria and boarding a 15-minute flight departing from Gove Airport. To reach the airport, take the Central Arnhem Road from Katherine or fly on an Airnorth connection from Darwin or Cairns.
West End Beach House and Cabin, Flinders Island, TAS
Eco-conscious nature lovers, this is your paradise. With white sand beaches that stretch for miles as you take in views of crystal clear water and breathe crisp fresh air, Flinders Island is the kind of place you come back to again and again. And situated in its own peaceful corner, with private access to a secluded beach, are two spectacular places to stay. West End Beach Cabin sits on 25 acres of perfection and has a majestic sight of the surrounding islands and mountains. Adjacent and perched on another 25 acres is the oceanfront West End Beach House. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer breathtaking views of the stars unobstructed by city lights or pollution, while the bathhouse features a Roman-style sunken stone tub and private courtyard to grab a shower. The light-filled kitchen is fully equipped to whip up all your favourite meals, and little creature comforts like the selection of differently sized and weighted pillows are enough to make you never want to leave.
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