Luxury Lodges of Australia : Queensland

In our previous blog, we discussed 16 luxury lodges of Australia offering the opportunity to splash out on luxurious hospitality and sink your soul in complete otiosity. With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, it’s easy to see why Queensland is known as the ‘Sunshine State’. Discover endless golden beaches, exquisite coral reefs, tropical rain forests, palm fringed islands and hidden mountain retreats. As you can already guess, in this blog we will discuss the five luxury lodges of Queensland.

Crystalbrook Lodge

Crystalbrook Lodge is an unparalleled luxury destination where you can explore, indulge and relax in a setting unlike any other. Crystalbrook Lodge offers an exclusive, fully hosted experience for a maximum of 10 guests at a time in 5 courtyard suites.

Wake up to a gorgeous sunrise and a gourmet breakfast, and then spend your days fishing for iconic barramundi, kayaking, or exploring the property trails on foot or bike. In the afternoon, indulge yourself in the magna pool with craft beer in hand, and end your night by the campfire, sipping cocktails overlooking the serene manicured gardens.

Remember to Bring: Light casual clothing and suitable footwear for bush walking, and hats and sunscreen, and warm tops for cool winter evenings.

Getting There: By Air: You can reach there on charter flight or helicopter landing on Crystalbrook’s own airstrip or helipad.

By Car: Experience true outback living and lifestyle as you journey across unsealed roads. We recommend travelling with a 4WD vehicle 3 hours drive from Cairns or Port Douglas, and 2 hours from Mareeba.

By Train: The Savannahlander, departing every Wednesday 6.30am from Cairns, offers travelers a memorable way to explore Outback Far North Queensland.

Lizard Island

With 24 powdery white beaches and over 1000 hectares of national park, Lizard Island Beach Resort is truly secluded from the rest of the world. Uniquely located right on the Great Barrier Reef, this island resort offers some exclusive reef and water activities including snorkeling, in the coral gardens and secluded picnics on private beaches.

Important parts of the resort are The Essential Day Spa, The Pavilion, Salt Water Restaurant and Driftwood Bar & Wine Cellar. Indulge yourself in mouth-watering gourmet meals, non-motorised water sports and motorised dinghies, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, in room mini-bar, picnic hampers, selected range of wines, beer and champagne and soul refreshing spa treatments.

Getting There: By Air: Regular flights are available from all major Australian cities with Qantas and Virgin. Private charters can also be arranged.

By Train: Two Tilt Trains and Three Sunlander departures from Brisbane to Cairns. From Cairns, you have to take a short 60 minutes flight to transfer to the main island.

Important to Remember: Lizard Island comes under world’s first Ecotourism Certification Program launched in 1996. Therefore, tourists are responsible for maintaining the island’s purity during their stay.

Qualia

World-class luxury and an outstanding example of design is known as Qualia. Located on the northern-most tip of Hamilton Island and encircled by the splendid beauty of the Great Barrier Reef Qualia relaxes your mind and spoils your senses. Unwind at the stunning Spa Qualia that offers authentic Australian spa menu. There’s two serene pools, fitness center, library and private dining rooms exclusive for in-house guests. Guests also enjoy priority access to Australia’s only island championship golf course, the Hamilton Island Golf Club. It has a gorgeous 360-degree view of the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef. With choices of sixty private individual pavilions with plunge pools and outdoor showers, Qualia welcomes you to divine relaxation.

Getting There: By Air: Qualia is easily accessible with daily flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Cairns. Private helicopter transfers are also available.

By Ferry: You can also enjoy regular ferry transfers to Hamilton Island from Airlie Beach.

Special Mention: If you visit Qualia during August, you can participate in the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. It’s a perfect week-long yachting event for friends and family.

Silky Oaks Lodge

Silky Oaks Lodge offers luxury boutique accommodation nestled in Kuku Yalangi country, sitting high above the crystal-clear waters of the Mossman River and enveloped by the lush Daintree Rainforest veiling the steep mountain sides from the riverbanks.

You’ll be spoiled for options to explore the surrounding region with extensive hiking trails, canoeing, river snorkelling, goanna spotting or early morning yoga classes followed by a swim in the river. Its awarded spa offers 7 treatment rooms including Vichy showers and Sodashi massages. You can also journey to the remote Cape Tribulation in guided safaris and learn about the ancient refugial rainforest marvelling at the diverse flora and birdlife.

Getting There: By Air: 20 minutes helicopter transfer from Cairns Airport to the Silky Oaks Helipad is available for your convenience.

By Car: You can hire third party shuttles or drive yourself to the lodge from Cairns airport. Silky Oaks also offers private limousine transfer from Cairns Airport.

Special Mention: At Silky Oaks, you can enjoy sightings of saltwater crocodiles and extraordinary bird-life under the guidance of local representative of Birds of Australia, Del Richards.

Spicers Peak Lodge

Experience the height of luxury in this eclectic mix of contemporary and classic designed Luxury Lodge Spicers Peak. It’s Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge retreat, just 2 hours from Brisbane. With ten luxurious suites and two private lodges, Spicers Peak Lodge offers divine relaxation amidst stunning natural environment.

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You can enjoy range of tailored experiences that showcase the strikingly pristine landscapes with guided nature walks, mountain bike adventures, 4WD discovery tours, yoga, nocturnal walks and local history presentation. Spicers Peak also offers a 4-day guided trek from March to October. The property is renowned for bird watching that includes rare glossy black cockatoo, bushy tail rock wallaby along with kangaroos, dingo and koala. Perched atop a mountain on 9,000 acres, enveloped by the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park and the Great Dividing Range, Spicers Peak Lodge offers luxurious wilderness experience like no other.

Getting There: By Air: Daily flights are available from all major cities of Australia. The lodge operates a helicopter transfer which should be requested at the time of booking.

By Car: Spicers Peak Lodge is 2 hours driving from Brisbane Airport and two and half hours from Gold Coast Airport.

Things to Remember: All visits to Spicers Peak Lodge are by appointment and reservation only. Even if you want a helicopter transfer from airport to the lodge, it should be requested at the time of reservation. However, the helipad is certified for daylight operation only. Also, have the pilot call the reception desk five minutes before arrival for luggage assistance.

These are the five Luxury Lodges serving successfully in Queensland region. In our next blog, we’ll discuss about the luxury lodges located in New South Wales region.

Jonathan Campbell

Aussie Trip Advisor, 12H Nob Hill, Roseland NJ 07068

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