Travellers looking to holiday in the lap of luxury need look no further than Australian shores with some of the most exclusive and lavish destinations in the world located right here. We has compiled a top five list of the most serene and luxurious destinations in the country. Lizard Island Outstanding in every respect, the unique pleasures of Queensland's Lizard Island Resort have created one of Australia’s most iconic island retreats. Located right on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and home to colourful coral reefs and 24 powdery white beaches, each of the resort’s 40 rooms are elegant and spacious with either ocean or beach views. Sensational diving and snorkelling opportunities abound around the island’s Marine National Park. qualia – Hamilton Island One of the Luxury Lodges of Australia, qualia is embedded in 30 acres of tropical garden landscape on the northern most tip of Hamilton Island in Queensland. Each pavilion has been erected with the least possible impact on the surroundings and consists of largely natural material such as rough hewn stone walls. Guests can enjoy beautifully appointed pavilions offering sea views with a choice of private plunge pool or stunning sun deck. Wilson Island This tiny coral cay is both part of Queensland's Great Barrier Reef and surrounded by it, with pristine reef and beach environments including rare turtle and bird breeding grounds. Wilson Island offers designer inspired tent accommodation for a maximum of just 12 guests. The island features exceptional snorkelling, bird watching, island and reef walks and is an ideal location relaxing in a peaceful natural setting and enjoying the stunning views. Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island Southern Ocean Lodge is a true luxury experience set in the untouched coastal drama of Kangaroo Island's south west coast in South Australia. Commanding spectacular view of the ocean, beach and surrounding wilderness, the celebrated world-class lodge offers a unique fusion of nature and luxury. Southern Ocean Lodge is one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia. Saffire Freycinet – Coles Bay Situated on Tasmania's east coast overlooking the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay, Saffire blends luxury and nature with breathtaking beauty. Featuring 20 luxurious suites, exclusive day spa, restaurant, guest lounge and bar, guests can indulge in the local culinary delights, ancient landscapes and abundant wildlife. Saffire is also part of the Luxury Lodges of Australia. Have you stayed at one of these properties? Or think another should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments section below. PS. To speak to a Travel Associates consultant about staying at one of these amazing hotels call 1800 017 849 or email us.
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