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Luxury Holidays Australia: 6 Dream Destinations We're Booking in To Beat Those End of Summer Blues

Summer is coming to an end, but instead of sinking into a slump we're booking in our next dreamy adventure.

Pelorus Island (Image Credit: Jason Ierace)

As summer's warmth starts to slowly slip away from our grasp for another year and autumn looms on the horizon, there's no better way to escape the chill than by booking a dreamy escape. Instead of losing ourselves in those end-of-summer blues, this year we're taking it upon ourselves to lock in a holiday to look forward to.

Euro summer has nothing on some of these ultra-luxe, bucket list destinations right here on our doorstep. With its vast landscapes, pristine beaches, and other-worldly offerings, Australia is where it's at for travel in 2024.

We've curated six luxury holidays in Australia that promise to rejuvenate your senses, elevate your travel experiences and feel a little bit fancy whilst you're at it.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Sal Salis' stylishly appointed wilderness tents offer breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, but what really sets this place apart is its unparalleled access to the pristine Ningaloo Reef. Unzipping your safari tent just 50 metres from the UNESCO heritage-listed reef is the very definition of barefoot luxury. At Sal Salis, situated 70 kilometres south of Exmouth, stay in one of their 16 "off-grid" luxury safari tents where you'll truly be able to surrender to the natural beauty that surrounds you.

With each tent mere steps from the reef, you can easily dictate the pace of your day. Whether you're more of a go-getter and up for snorkelling and exploring nearby Cape Range National Park, or if you'd rather kick back in your hammock and while away the hours spotting whales... it's the perfect destination for marine enthusiasts, nature lovers and luxury seekers alike but more than anything it's for those looking for somewhere truly unlike anywhere else.

Pelorus Private Island

Nestled amidst the northern peaks of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef's 'Great Palm' archipelago near Townsville, Pelorus Private Island beckons with 400 hectares of unspoiled wilderness and stunning fringing reefs. Accessed by helicopter or private yacht, this secluded paradise offers a haven for exploration and relaxation. The island features five luxurious ocean-facing suites designed by Melbourne-based design and interior architecture studio, Dubois, all surrounded by breathtaking beauty at every turn. Revel in the pristine coral gardens right off the private beach, indulge in adventure on the Great Barrier Reef or a boat charter to the Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) installation.

Longitude 131

Longitude 131

And absolute bucket-list experience that we'll be putting to the top of our list this year is to sleep under the desert stars at Longitude 131 – a safari-style resort that offers postcard views of Uluru from your pillow. It’s intimate, with just 16 luxury lodges plus a lounge, library, bar, and Spa Kinara, where the treatments feature outback botanicals.

Come nightfall you can cosy up in a swag to watch the sunset from your balcony or dine and sip on sundowners at the Dune Top. It really doesn't get more magical than this! 

Injidup Spa Retreat

Injidup Spa Retreat

Injidup Spa Retreat is a hidden gem, situated on a secluded beach in the heart of the Margaret River wine region and is about as idyllic and romantic as they come. Perched on a clifftop, the views from the 10 villas are out of this world, spanning 180 degrees of sparkling sea, sandy shores and lush wilderness.

Release all your cares with panoramic ocean views and a private plunge pool. Call ahead for a relaxing spa treatment, then stargaze and tuck into a gourmet hamper on the patio as you bask in those famous WA sunsets.

Hayman Island

Hayman Island

When planning a holiday on home soil, Hayman Island is an absolute standout. Nestled among the 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hayman offers a harmonious mix of luxury, adventure, and tranquillity. The InterContinental Hayman Island Resort is a hidden paradise, boasting grassy cliffs, white beaches, and a celestial-blue sea. Whether you're an experienced diver or a newbie, the Great Barrier Reef's wonders are moments away, with Maori wrasse and manta rays awaiting your discovery. If your idea of the best island holiday in Australia lists lounging and dining, then you’re in luck. From yoga to private beach picnics, the island caters to all tastes. 

Orpheus Island Lodge

Orpheus Island

Orpheus Island Lodge is the ultimate blend of luxury and natural beauty, offering guests a serene retreat surrounded by the splendour of the Coral Sea and 1,368 hectares of National Park. Indulge in uber-luxe accommodations that feature private patios and breathtaking ocean views or dive into pure relaxation at the infinity pool or Gwandalan Day Spa. The resort's bar and restaurant offer alfresco dining experiences showcasing gourmet meals crafted from fresh seafood and local produce.

Now that you're ready to chase summer with these luxury holidays in Australia that promise wanderlust at every turn, you're going to need a new pair of swimmers to take on your adventure, and why not check out our pick of the best resort wear this season to take you from beach to bar in style.

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