Unchartered terrain: 8 properties in remote locations
In the age of social media it can be easy to get swept up in what’s #trending, especially when it comes to travelling and exotic far-flung destinations. You don't need to have a passport to discover your own gem though. Australia is brimming with destinations that will give you impressive travel cred, and at the top of this list are the more remote and less-travelled locations. We’re talking private islands, luxurious lodges tucked away in bushland and secluded nature retreats. Cue your opportunity to rewind and recharge. So if you’re looking to discover some (previously) unchartered terrain, we’ve scoured the map to find eight boutique properties that just happen to be in some of Australia’s most remote locations. Compass optional.
Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village, Tasmania
A nature lover’s paradise, Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village is luxury wilderness accommodation at its finest. Nestled in the picturesque Cradle Valley, the village is a string of cottages and chalets, each decked out with private spas, generous balconies (plenty of room for al fresco dining) and even on-call gourmet breakfast hampers. Begin your Cradle Valley adventure by exploring the breathtaking Lake St. Claire National Park. A labyrinth of walking trails will lead you to discover ancient rainforests and alpine heaths. Other activities nearby include river cruises, cave tours, winery visits and even wildlife park excursions.
Lizard Island Resort, Queensland
It doesn’t get much more remote than staying in the only resort on a tropical island. Lizard Island Resort takes the gong for being the only accommodation option on Lizard Island - the island is a dedicated National Park. Guests will be treated to palm-shaded villas, complete with king beds, private decks and stylish interiors. Spend your days at your own pace, be it tackling an adventure-driven itinerary of diving, fishing and hiking, or soaking up sunshine and lying on a catamaran. With thin crowds, stretches of white-sand and coral-dotted waters, all you need to bring are your bathers, sunscreen and a book.
Moira Station’s Starry Nights Luxury Accomodation, New South Wales
Just north of Echuca is the recently restored Moira Station's Starry Nights Luxury Accommodation. This magnificent retreat features antique bricks, record players and vintage knick-knacks, mixed together with modern comforts, such as king beds, chandeliers and even a library. However, it’s the incredible backdrop that steals the spotlight. The surrounds are teeming with birdlife and stunning wetlands; the starry night skies are downright gorgeous. Treat yourself to the spoils of the Murray region by taking a food and wine tour or enjoy the scenic Moira drive, stopping for a picnic riverside lunch or for a visit to the water bird observatory.
Berkeley River Lodge, Western Australia
The only way to reach this luxury retreat is by plane, so you know Berkeley River Lodge fits the bill of a remote getaway. Perched between Berkeley River and the Timor Sea, guests have the choice between an oceanfront or riverside room. If you can pull yourself away from your secluded digs, test the water in the lodge’s lap pool, grab a book from their library or graze on a meal at the top-notch restaurant. This property offers head-turning views and is all-inclusive, so the only decision you need to make is what activity to do first. Whether you choose guided hikes, river cruises or 4WD tours, the Kimberly Coast has it all. Fishing lovers are in for a special treat, with boat, helicopter, river and estuary fishing all at your fingertips.
Boroka Downs, Victoria
Spacious? Tick. Innovative architecture? Absolutely. Neighbours with a mob of kangaroos? Yep, that too. Boroka Downs is an escape in the Grampians escape, where guests are treated to visits by a long list of native Austalian wildlife. With kangaroos, wallabies and emus roaming, guests can relax in the double hammock or sit outside in the sprawling back garden. There are six private villas, and all feature glass walls, king beds and wood fires. There’s even a veggie patch on site. The backdrop - rolling fields and bushland - is pretty good too. During your stay, be sure to explore the Grampians National Park, take a guided tour from Halls Ga or go fishing and canoeing on Lake Bellfield.
Rawnsley Park Station Eco Villas, South Australia
The eco-friendly pads at Rawnsley Park Station Eco Villas make a spectacular setting for a memorable outback experience. The villas boast a retractable canopy ceiling above the beds, so guests can stare up at the starry skies from the comfort of plush linen. Yes, it is as romantic as it sounds. If you’re after an experience that ticks both the remote and luxurious bozes, make a beeline for Arkapena Station. Here, guests have exclusive use of a swimming pool, living rooms and a kitted-out kitchen; there is even an outdoor shower. You won't have to look far to find activities to occupy your time. The Flinders Ranges offers travellers the chance to explore desert landscapes and ancient ranges, learn about Aboriginal culture and have plenty of adventure. Popular options include hiking the Heysen trail, visiting the barren Lake Eyre and hopping into a 4WD for a spin around Simpson Desert.
The Buckland - Luxury Retreat, Victoria
If you’re after jaw-dropping views then The Buckland - Luxury Retreat is for you. This incredible stay is truly a remote escape. Each villa has been designed to make the most of the views, and is furnished to the highest order. Expect local timbers, glass walls and plenty of stonework. There are king bedrooms, wood fires and bathrooms complete with bathtubs (big enough for two) that look out into the bush. Bright, a town a short 15-minute drive from the property, has excellent antique shops, breweries and cosy country cafes. Venture further afield to discover more of the Victorian High Country and gourmet restaurants, rolling plains and boutique wineries. Those who seek adrenaline-pumping activities can scale peaks in the Alpine National Park or cycle along the scenic rail trails.
Forest Rise Eco Retreat, Western Australia
Forest Rise Eco Retreat is a stay located near one of Australia's favourite gourmet destinations, Margaret River. And although this region isn't unfamiliar with foot traffic, a stay at this accommodation will make you feel like you're totally alone. The property features 11 chalets tucked alongside bushland. With your own wood fireplace and a skylight in your spa bathroom, it's easy to feel connected to nature. Make the short drive to Margaret River and spend your days hopping between cellar doors and award-winning vineyards. With world-class wineries and atted restaurants by the (wine) barrel load, Margaret River is a foodie’s dream. When you’ve finished your culinary journey, take the time to explore the stunning coastline, with diving, walking and excellent surfing all on offer.