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The Most Unusual Places to Sleep in Australia

You'll be too excited to snooze at these unique locations
Nick Banks
26 Mar
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Curl up with wildlife or take shelter in your own bubble - book a night away with a difference, in these anything-but-ordinary locations.

Bubble Tent Australia, Near Lithgow, NSW

Cram your iPhone to breaking point with swoon-worthy shots of New South Wales’ own Capertree Valley - the second largest canyon in the world no less - from the inside of one of three amazing bubble tents. To say you’ll enjoy 360-degree views just doesn’t cut it – here you’ll be able to lie in bed and take in everything, from the jaw-dropping landscapes to the vast starry skies. The tents, named Leo, Cancer and Virgo, each offer a luxurious double bed and all the glampsite trimmings you could want, plus a private deck area with barbie. For a romantic getaway opt for Virgo and its outdoor hot tub. This is off-grid living with benefits.

MONA Pavilions, Hobart, TAS

From must-do left-field festivals to a food scene that punches way above its weight, Hobart is so hot these days you can barely feel the chill wind whipping off the Tasman. At the epicentre of the city’s turnaround is MONA, an art gallery, museum and demented architectural masterpiece rolled into one. To get a real feel for the place – and an eyeful of the artworks on offer – stay in one of the site’s eight luxury lodgings. Expect plush beds, complimentary breakfast and booze, gym and pool access, and knockout balcony views over the River Derwent – as well as a tour of the museum, naturally.

Notel, Melbourne, VIC

Who hasn’t always wanted to bed down in a classic Airstream caravan on the rooftop of a car park smack-bang in the centre of a busy city? The brilliant Notel is symbolic of the Melburnian ability to turn quirky passing thoughts into liveable experiences that are fun, different and most importantly, very very cool. There are six super-chic Airstreams up for grabs – including one with an al fresco spa -- each offering luxe sleeping quarters, a fully stocked fridge and an iPad with Netflix pre-loaded, all set beneath the towering lights of Melbourne’s CBD.

News
|26 Mar|4 mins

The Most Unusual Places to Sleep in Australia

You'll be too excited to snooze at these unique locations
Nick Banks
26 Mar
Share:

Curl up with wildlife or take shelter in your own bubble - book a night away with a difference, in these anything-but-ordinary locations.

Bubble Tent Australia, Near Lithgow, NSW

Cram your iPhone to breaking point with swoon-worthy shots of New South Wales’ own Capertree Valley - the second largest canyon in the world no less - from the inside of one of three amazing bubble tents. To say you’ll enjoy 360-degree views just doesn’t cut it – here you’ll be able to lie in bed and take in everything, from the jaw-dropping landscapes to the vast starry skies. The tents, named Leo, Cancer and Virgo, each offer a luxurious double bed and all the glampsite trimmings you could want, plus a private deck area with barbie. For a romantic getaway opt for Virgo and its outdoor hot tub. This is off-grid living with benefits.

MONA Pavilions, Hobart, TAS

From must-do left-field festivals to a food scene that punches way above its weight, Hobart is so hot these days you can barely feel the chill wind whipping off the Tasman. At the epicentre of the city’s turnaround is MONA, an art gallery, museum and demented architectural masterpiece rolled into one. To get a real feel for the place – and an eyeful of the artworks on offer – stay in one of the site’s eight luxury lodgings. Expect plush beds, complimentary breakfast and booze, gym and pool access, and knockout balcony views over the River Derwent – as well as a tour of the museum, naturally.

Notel, Melbourne, VIC

Who hasn’t always wanted to bed down in a classic Airstream caravan on the rooftop of a car park smack-bang in the centre of a busy city? The brilliant Notel is symbolic of the Melburnian ability to turn quirky passing thoughts into liveable experiences that are fun, different and most importantly, very very cool. There are six super-chic Airstreams up for grabs – including one with an al fresco spa -- each offering luxe sleeping quarters, a fully stocked fridge and an iPad with Netflix pre-loaded, all set beneath the towering lights of Melbourne’s CBD.

Bubble Tent, near Lithgow, NSW

Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Canberra, ACT

The laws of the jungle aren’t something you’d readily associate with urbane Canberra – at least outside Parliament House. But Jamala Wildlife Lodge puts you right in the thick of the action, as big cats roam in front of your sofa, giraffes pop their head in your treehouse and giant fish swim past your bed. A glass wall is all that separates you and a whole array of exotic beasts, including bears, lions and hyenas, all from the luxe interiors of a selection of African-style bungalows and lodges situated in the heart of the capital’s National Zoo and Aquarium. To cap the remarkable experience, dinner is served nightly in the alluringly named ‘Rainforest Cave’ – need we say more?

Faraway Bay, Kimberly Coast, WA

Want to book a private getaway to pop the question? This eight-cabin property has to be the answer. A coastal retreat for which the word secluded was invented, Faraway Bay is located so far away – at the northern tip of WA, 280 kilometres from Kununurra - it can only be accessed by boat or light aircraft. Luckily it’s worth the trip, thanks to an incomparable setting beside the glistening blue waters of the Timor Sea, a wildlife-filled back garden that stretches for hundreds of kilometres, and an onsite clifftop restaurant serving up top-notch food and wine. Just don’t forget to pack the ring.


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Nick Banks
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