Australia

We’ve rounded up an ever-growing selection of boutique hotel stays, luxury hotel hideaways and romantic retreats in Australia. Click on a destination below to see our current pick of the best boutique hotels to book, as well as an insider guide to everything from restaurants and bars to picnics and hire cars…

Destinations in Australia

  • Australian Capital Territory

    Australian Capital Territory

    Centred on Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra in the ACT is the hub of Australian politics and culture, with a swathe of stately buildings, grand art galleries and a flourishing food and wine scene.
  • New South Wales

    New South Wales

    Flashy capital Sydney may take centre stage, but beyond the harbour city lie Byron Bay’s laid-back beaches, the Hunter Valley’s vineyards and Blue Mountains’ wow-worthy wildlife encounters.
  • Northern Territory

    Northern Territory

    Home to majestic Uluru, mesmerising Kakadu and 40,000 years worth of Aboriginal history, Northern Territory spans the rugged Red Centre, tropical Darwin and huge expanses of wild terrain.
  • Queensland

    Queensland

    For a taste of the tropics, dive into Queensland and its mind-blowing line-up of cosmopolitan Brisbane, mighty Great Barrier Reef, beachy keen Port Douglas and serene Scenic Rim.
  • South Australia

    South Australia

    Team genteel Adelaide’s galleries and food markets with a tipple-sipping road trip to the famous Barossa and Clare Valley vineyards. Wildlife-packed Kangaroo Island offers an epic coastal alternative.
  • Tasmania

    Tasmania

    With a fast-growing reputation for world-class art in capital Hobart, delicious local produce and pristine nature, Australia’s southernmost state the Apple Isle punches well above its weight.
  • Victoria

    Victoria

    From the caffeine-fuelled, fashionable laneways of Melbourne, sally forth to savour spa breaks in Daylesford, arty adventures in the Goldfields or beach-hopping along the Great Ocean Road.
  • Western Australia

    Western Australia

    Whale-watching and wine-quaffing wow in WA. Surfing gourmets will love Margaret River, or enjoy Southern Forests’ tall trees, the Kimberley’s desertscapes and Ningaloo Reef’s subaqua thrills.

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Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley

Ease into the end of your ideal holiday in the rolling Barossa Valley, a patchwork of hillsides with more than 80 vineyards, producing mostly robust reds. A distinct local foodie culture has also evolved with cool cafés and sexy restaurants extolling regional fare. Settle in on a vine-lined hillside at The Louise, an exquisite, contemporary boutique hotel featuring 15 architecturally inspired suites in seductive mod tones, each with superb ensuites with spa tubs, an outdoor shower for star-lit shampooing and a private terrace. The facilities are state-of-the-art and the restaurant is truly outstanding. But, you’ve got reds to sample, and your Mr & Mrs Smith planner will help organize only top-flight private tours, tastings and meet-ups with influential winemakers at wineries like Charles Melton and Two Hands. Cheers to that…

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Melbourne

Melbourne

Known for its sporting passion, cultural edge and cool take on music, fashion and food, Victoria’s capital is Australia’s most liveable city. And, The Prince Hotel, in the bohemian St Kilda district, is a flattering reflection of its locale – particularly Room 413, featuring an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, a Philippe Starck tub and private balcony. The cityscape is a quirky clash of elegant Victorian houses, skyscrapers and gardens, along with hidden laneways brimming with hip bars, graffiti-strewn galleries and high fashion stores. Tap into Melbourne’s creative underground with private tours of speciality boutiques and local designers, or follow a bespoke map to of-the-moment restaurants and cellars, one quaff at a time. Both strolls offer a must-see peek of this cool, cosmopolitan city.

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Move on to…Freycinet Peninsula

Move on to…Freycinet Peninsula

Leave the cultured crowds behind for the native wildlife of the Freycinet Peninsula (pronounced Fray-sin-aye), which rises from Tasmania's low east-coast hills like the arching spine of a whale. This is the go-to destination for pristine shores, crowd-free trekking and seafood to savour. Make camp at Saffire, a jaw-dropping, stingray-shaped sanctuary that embraces the landscape and encourages you to chill out in style. The spacious suites make the most of the cobalt blue sea views, and just try to resist the seductive spa. It will be tough to pull yourself away from your private balcony, but do wander this rich landscape on Mr & Mrs Smith-arranged explorations. Discover deserted islands (have your camera ready for fur seal, albatross, penguin, dolphin and whale sightings), wild brush lands and secluded beaches on a signature Schouten Island experience. Venture out on a nocturnal wildlife safari in the woods followed by star-spotting as you cosy up by the campfire. If only all days could end that way…

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