Get Back to Nature with These 9 Super Chic Retreats
Posted by Casey Warrener on Thursday, December 8, 2016
There are so many great reasons to head into the wild. Time to be quiet with our thoughts. Time to refuel creativity. Time to breathe in the fresh air. Time to unplug and be totally in the moment. And fun fact: did you know a week of camping could reset your body clock? With less artificial light you sleep better, and get to witness the sky’s magical displays too – take in the sun’s rise and fall, and actual stars, not just satellites. But we know there are more than a few of us who would prefer an outdoor adventure with a hot shower and a cosy bed. Well at Beautiful Accommodation, we say you can have it all. Have your breathtaking landscape, and your creature comforts too. And with these 11 luxurious wilderness retreats, that’s only the beginning…
Kimberley Coastal Camp, Admiralty Gulf, WA
Unspoiled by urban inhabitation, Kimberly Coastal Camp has no roads, no pollution, and no airstrip. Your options for arrival are floatplane landing directly onto the waterfront, or light aircraft followed by helicopter transfer to the beach. Either-way, you’ll be arriving in style – and that’s just the start. With cabins decked out in Sheridan linen overlooking the azure waters of the Admiralty Gulf, this is one chic campsite. Better still, it’s all-inclusive; with meals and customised activities prepared for you each day.
Wilderness Retreats, Wilsons Promontory, VIC
‘The Prom’, as locals know it, is breathtaking from the drive in. Winding around coastal cliffs flanked by rainforest, eventually you’ll turn to face the bluest water imaginable. Wilderness Retreats at Wilson’s Promontory are the definition of glam camping; with luxe safari-style tents, comfy beds and your own ensuite, you can get close to nature without compromising on creature comforts. All this set in an incredible national park just begging to be explored, and not a bed roll in sight. Now that’s our kind of outdoor adventure.
Beachside Retreat West Inlet, Stanley, TAS
Tassie is one of the few places on earth with a wealth of isolated, unspoiled terrain. Half an hour from Stanley in Tasmania’s northwest is one such place, Beachside Retreat West Inlet: here four cabins are perched on the dunes, each with an outlook to the crystal clear waters of a secluded bay. Award-winning design plus a beach that is yours alone equals one ultra-luxe back-to-nature break. Collect fresh oysters to have with sunset drinks on the deck, and then loll about in the heated pool under a starry night sky.
Pebble Point, Princetown, VIC
Pebble Point is the ultimate Great Ocean Road rest for nature lovers. Located right near the end of Victoria's coastal highway, these five tents are within metres of not one but three national parks. And while we say tents, this is certainly not your standard camping. Here you have king-sized beds, ensuites, heated throw rugs, and a private deck from which to take in the Otway Ranges and star-filled night skies.
Wilderness Island, Wilderness Island, WA
Wilderness Island, the name says it all. A far-flung atoll on the eastern fringe of the Exmouth Gulf, the only habitation in this rich marine environment is the retreat itself, which means total seclusion, and a near untouched landscape. Five lodges have been spaced out along the headland for privacy, and each is within paces of the water’s edge. You’ll spend days swimming, snorkelling, fishing and wandering the empty beach, and nights cooking up fresh seafood and dining under the stars.
43 Degrees, Bruny Island, TAS
With eye-catching semi-circular corrugated iron exteriors, 43 Degrees offers eco-friendly apartments and studios that effortlessly combine a stunning beachside setting with all the creature comforts you could want. Spend days exploring Adventure Bay’s walking tracks, laze on the sandy shores, and then return to chill-out on your patio with a view of the ocean and a platter of Bruny Island cheese. Add a glass of Tasmanian pinot, and you’ve got yourself one truly indulgent wilderness retreat.
Bear Gully Coastal Cottages, Wilsons Promontory, VIC
On the edge of Cape Liptrap Coastal Park and fronted by the waters of Waratah Bay, at Bear Gully Coastal Cottages there are five retreats to choose from. Each has views across azure waters to the islands and boulders of Wilsons Promontory; each is just a five-minute stroll to the water’s edge. Not only do you have your own beach to swim, snorkel and dive in, you’ve got vast parklands to explore. Or, simply layback in your hammock and enjoy the view. Your call.
Rawnsley Park Station Eco Villas, Flinders Ranges, SA
The Flinders Ranges is an iconic Australian landscape. And here, at the foot of Wilpena Pound, you’ll find Rawnsley Park Station. Stunning mountain views surround these luxury eco-villas on the site of a working sheep station, and watching the cliff faces change colour at sunset is a phenomenal experience. Make the most of retractable roof canopies that open up over your bed – with the city lights thousands of kilometres away, the night sky is darker than ever and you’ll lose count of shooting stars.
Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village, Cradle Mountain, TAS
Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village is nestled in Cradle Valley, on the cusp of a World Heritage-listed national park. A series of cottages and chalets carefully screened away amongst the rainforest, this is luxury wilderness accommodation at its best; complete with private spas and balconies overlooking the lush surrounds. The bucket list natural attractions are right on your doorstep; circle the stunningly beautiful Dove Lake, take on Cradle Mountain, and after working up a colossal appetite, return to dine from the incredible menu of home-grown produce at Hellyers Restaurant.