Here Are Australia’s 10 Best Staycation Spots
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Need a break but don’t have enough cash (or annual leave) to jet off to South America or Europe? We feel you. Luckily, Australia has plenty to offer on home turf – and if you’ve got enough frequent flyer points and know where to look for hotel deals, your dream staycation won’t break the bank with Qantas Classic Hotel Rewards.
A staycation is nothing without a cool new hotel to stay in, and this year Australia’s hotel game is next level. From establishments with rooftop areas made for lazy, sun-kissed afternoons to urban hideaways complete with complimentary bike hire, here’s a city-by-city breakdown of some of Australia’s best hotels for staycations, all of which you can easily book on the Qantas website. Pack a bag and clear your diary – a dose of home grown R ‘n’ R is just a click away.
#1 The Olsen
One for the art lovers among us, The Olsen offers us everything we could want for a staycation in Melbourne’s South Yarra. Complete with a day spa, two restaurants and John Olsen art work lining the walls, a say here is like a feast for the senses. The best part? The Olsen is just a short stroll from Chapel Street so if retail therapy beckons, it’s got you covered.
#2 Larmont Sydney by Lancemore
Located in Sydney’s eclectic Potts Point, Larmont Sydney by Lancemore has emerged from a recent makeover and is now looking like a mighty fine staycation spot. Located right near the iconic Coke Sign, Larmont Sydney’s interiors have been transformed thanks to the design superstars at Hassell Studio. Rooms feature iPads, luxurious Australian-made toiletries and comfy king beds for sleep-ins. There are even a few pet-friendly rooms to keep tails wagging if you want to bring your doggo along. Downstairs, the Hyde Restaurant provides Modern European-inspired fare seven days a week (if you can resist visiting nearby restaurant heavyweights The Apollo and Fratelli Paradiso).
#3 The Ultimo
As the world’s first astrology hotel, it comes as no surprise that The Ultimo is best suited to open-minded folk interested in a seriously spiritual staycation. Newly refurbished rooms feature exposed brick walls and ornate windows, giving the hotel a cosy, lived-in feel. Astrology consultation packages, teas matched to your star sign and an astrology library are just some of what’s on offer to ensure a transcendental time, whether you’re a strong-willed Scorpio or flaky Pisces.
#4 The New Inchcolm Hotel and Suites
The New Incholm Hotel and Suites is a classic Art Deco bolthole to bunker down in for a weekend. Depending on how many points you want to use, the rooms, suites and lofts are infused with the spirit of yesteryear while offering thoroughly modern amenities like 55-inch LED televisions, leather lounges and freestanding baths. Despite the convenient Brisbane location, the hotel’s grand design makes you feel like you could be in any other great city around the world. So if a trip to Manhattan or London isn’t on the cards, the New Incholm Hotel and Suites might be the next best thing – and you don’t even have to worry about jetlag.
#5 Hougoumont Hotel
Fremantle’s beautiful Hougoumont Hotel merges Freo’s maritime heritage with modern design. If your stay happens to fall on a weekday, you’ll be treated to free wine and snacks at night. Just in for the weekend? Head to the Attic Café or Strange Company, which allow Hougoumont guests to charge their meals and drinks back to their room. With guest rooms made from upcycled shipping containers and empty coffee pods (from your in-room Nespresso machines) recycled by staff, the hotel also focuses on sustainability and keeping it green.
#6 Alex Hotel
Over in the centre of Northbridge, the 74-room Alex Hotel nails the home-away-from-home vibe. Featuring simple, on-trend rooms, a free breakfast spread of muffins, fresh fruit and toast, a rooftop terrace with killer city views and a communal mezzanine space for hanging out and drinking coffee, this boutique property knows what staycations are all about. Free access to a collection of Lekker bikes makes it easy to zip around the Northbridge’s food and wine hotspots like Bivouac Canteen and Bar, Superstar Waffles and Chicho Gelato. Breakfast muffins, lunchtime gelato and late night waffles, anyone?
#7 MONA Pavilions
As one of Hobart’s most coveted destinations, a break at MONA Pavilions is well worth a splurge. Nestled within bushland on the River Derwent, the private pavilions feature luxe furnishings, artworks from the MONA collection and premium Aesop products in the bathroom. If you happen to stay on a Tuesday, you’ll even get a private museum tour thrown in, too.
#8 The Watson
The work of Indigenous artist Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson is the inspiration behind Adelaide’s Art Series hotel named The Watson. From petite studios to deluxe two bedroom balcony suites, rooms feature Art Series Signature beds and an art library. The warm desert tones of Watson’s work permeate the hotel, bringing an earthy feel to the modern Walkerville space, which is located just a few klicks from the Adelaide CBD. A gym and a 25-metre swimming pool designed by Michael Klim means your staycation doesn’t have to be lazy (but a lazy stay is totally fine by us, too).
#9 Burbury Hotel
Just quietly, Canberra is getting cool. Among other things, hotels like the Burbury Hotel have played their part in moving Canberra’s rep from a school camp destination to a legit weekend getaway hotspot. A place of refined elegance, Barton’s Burbury Hotel takes the business of sleep very seriously, with in-room features including cloud-like feather down pillows, custom-made king beds and blackout electric blinds. Weekend packages include special extras like a decadent high tea, late check out and rose petal turndown service.
#10 Zen Quarter
Brought to Darwin by Ramada Suites, Zen Quarter claims to have the best pool in Darwin. Considering Darwin’s notoriously sticky, humid weather, having access to the best pool in town is nothing to sniff at. At 28 metres long, it’s perfect for those who want to stay fit, but it’s just as good for those more keen on laying about, soaking up the sun. If the heat gets to be too much and you need a break, all rooms at Zen Quarter have access to Foxtel, meaning you can binge watch in style – and most importantly, air conditioning. Located a short walk from the waterfront and Darwin’s main mall, this hotel is in prime position to enjoy Darwin’s pubs, restaurants and the renowned Mindil Beach Market.
(Lead image: The Olsen/Facebook)
You don’t need thousands of dollars and international flights to feel like you’re on holidays. Sometimes, all it takes is a swanky hotel room (and a glass of bubbly). Qantas Classic Hotel Rewards is here to bring you some of the country’s best staycation experiences at amazing value using your Qantas Points.