Planning a staycation? These 10 options – including treehouses, floating villas, Airstream trailers and oceanfront lodges – are unforgettable places to stay around Australia. Some have private access to beaches, others are tucked away in the middle of expansive farmland. All of them are magnificent ways to while away a weekend, or longer.
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Sal Salis’s remote, beachside bush camp is hidden in the dunes of Cape Range National Park. It offers an immersive (but luxury) experience in the wild with uninterrupted coastal views. Book one of the 16 eco-luxury wilderness tents and you’ll be sleeping on beds handcrafted from jarrah hardwood, dressed in crisp-white linen. Spend your days swimming with 500 species of fish, dozing in a hammock, joining a guided hike, or paddling through crystal waters in a kayak. From March through to the end of July, you can also swim with whale sharks that migrate through the area each year.
Daintree Eco Lodge, Queensland
Your days can be as slow or as energising as you please at this tropical paradise resort. You’ll be sleeping in one of 15 bayans (treehouses) positioned under the lush canopy of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, and from there you can opt for forest bathing, a rejuvenating spa treatment or sign up for a rainforest wander with a Kuku Yalanji tour guide. Each eco lodge has floor-to-ceiling windows so you’ll feel surrounded by the ancient rainforest and its remarkable wildlife. The resort also has a bar and restaurant overlooking a lagoon, a private waterfall, and a pool.
Lilypad, New South Wales
This floating villa, found on the waters off Sydney’s Palm Beach, runs entirely on solar power and has an outdoor shower, sauna, king bed, kitchen and living room. Following a fire in 2020, owner Chuck Anderson took the opportunity to upgrade the offering with a new design and sustainable features. Its contemporary Scandinavian…