Aussie hotels for a little luxury

JENNIFER ENNION
Last updated 05:00 09/08/2013

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If spending $1000 a night on a hotel room seems like spare change to you, then you're probably familiar with Australia's luxurious hotels.

For the rest of us, with dreams of pillow menus, private plunge pools and five-star cuisine, add these luxe properties to your bucket list.

SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE - KANGAROO ISLAND (SA)

Found at Hanson Bay on the south-west of Kangaroo Island, Southern Ocean Lodge overlooks native bushland and a rugged coastline.

The cliff-top lodge was voted by Travel + Leisure readers as one of the best hotels in the world, making the magazine's top 500 list for 2013.

The 21 suites have ocean views, while the lodge's piece de resistance - the Osprey Pavilion - has a hand-sculptured granite bath.

There are also limestone floors and spotted gum walls throughout.

Details: Prices start at A$990 ($1117.8) per person per night (twin share, two-night min).

LONGITUDE 131 - ULURU (NT)

If you want absolute seclusion in the heart of the outback, then Longitude 131 bordering Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is for you.

This Northern Territory resort is all about location, with a smattering of 15 luxury "tents" offering guests stunning views of Uluru.

The individual cabins are elevated above the red-dirt ground and have been designed to keep guests cool in the hot NT summer and warm during winter nights.

Details: Prices start at A$2200 ($2484) per room per night (twin share, two-night min).

EL QUESTRO WILDERNESS PARK - THE KIMBERLEY (WA)

There are a few accommodation options at El Questro but The Homestead is the most luxurious.

The nine-room retreat sits above the Chamberlain River in the rugged Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Surrounded by an expanse of native bushland, El Questro offers a relaxing getaway just over 100 km from Kununurra.

The Homestead was chosen as the Best Outback Experience in Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine's 2013 Travel Awards.

Details: Prices start at $1949 ($2200) per room per night (twin share, Homestead Room, two-night min).

QUALIA - GREAT BARRIER REEF (QLD)

Since opening in 2007, Qualia on Hamilton Island has reaped countless accolades.

The Whitsundays resort ranked at the top of Conde Nast Traveler magazine's Gold List 2013. It received a perfect score in the Readers' Choice Awards, for which nearly 47,000 people voted on the world's best places to stay.

There are 60 pavilions set amongst a mix of eucalypts and tropical palms, with views of the Coral Sea. The resort is styled in stone and hardwood, and pavilions feature private plunge pools.

Details: Prices start at $975 ($1100) per pavilion per night (twin share, Leeward Pavilion, breakfast only).

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EMIRATES WOLGAN VALLEY RESORT & SPA - THE BLUE MOUNTAINS (NSW)

Located within a private nature reserve, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa offers solitude and rejuvenation.

Forty free-standing suites, each with a swimming pool, are situated around an original restored homestead.

Embracing Australia's Federation period, wood and local sandstone were used in construction, allowing the property to blend into the natural landscape.

The resort has won a plethora of travel industry accolades, including being named Top Luxury Hotel in Australia in TripAdvisor's 2013 Traveler's Choice Awards.

Details: Prices start at $1950 ($2201) per suite per night (twin share).

Prices are correct at time of publication but do vary with the seasons.

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