Now that the UK , along with the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, is fast falling into another frigid winter, your mind may have dared to dream of the other side of the globe – you know, the side that’s casually cruising into a summer of late 20Cs: Australia.
Whether inspired by bucket list dreams to dive the Great Barrier Reef, cuddle with koalas or bathe on Bondi’s golden sands, a trip Down Under is the height of adventure, with a range of holidays as vast as the country itself on offer to every intrepid traveller.
To make the most of the far-flung journey, we’ve rounded up the best bargains on all kinds of decadent Aussie getaways to inject some Antipodean luxury into your next long-haul holiday.
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Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island
The Whitsunday’s Hamilton Island is a turquoise tropical paradise for sunseekers looking to unwind in style and at the Reef View Hotel, dining, entertainment and lagoon swimming pools welcome couples and families into the setting of laidback luxury. Book with Luxury Escapes now to save 38 per cent on B&B sea-view rooms including a daily breakfast, $100 hotel credit for dining, spa and tour bookings and complimentary use of the island shuttle and the hotel’s watersports equipment.
Four nights from £856 based on two adults sharing a sea-view room; £4,745 with return flights and airport transfers from London Heathrow to Hamilton Island included. Arriving 24 March 2024.
Elysian Retreat, Whitsundays
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With space for only 20 guests, this adults-only Whitsunday retreat embodies castaway couture in its 10 oceanfront villas, complete with sunset view terraces and rainfall outdoor showers, a magnesium mineral pool and a rejuvenating Jala Spa. Think guided meditation sessions, glass-bottom kayaking and Asian fusion dishes for dinner. Better still, book now with Mr & Mrs Smith for 20 per cent savings on stays longer than five nights taken between 24 October 2023–31 March 2025 and a complimentary acupressure foot massage – what’s not to love?
Seven nights all-inclusive in an oceanfront villa from £3,003.27, based on two adults sharing. Arriving 19 February 2024.
Glenayr Farm, New South Wales
If your dream holiday Down Under isn’t quite getting down and dirty in the outback, off-grid glamping retreat Glenayr Farm promises access to all the elements of the New South Wales countryside without the need for a sleeping bag. The four glamping tents in the Mudgee wine region offer a tasting experience at Burnbrae Wines and sophisticated dinners for the ultimate indulgence between nights sleeping under the stars – and they’re now 31 per cent cheaper when booked with Luxury Escapes.
Two nights from £202 based on two adults sharing the Pinot Tent; £1,874.51 with return flights from London Heathrow to Sydney included. Arriving 20 March 2024.
Unique & Boutique Australia, Sydney to Perth
For a multi-centre adventure around Australia, Trailfinders’ Unique and Boutique tour of Sydney, Cape Range National Park, Melbourne, Margaret River and Perth is a crash course in the country’s highlights, and right now there are savings of over £1,350 per couple for some May departures. Snap up the offer quickly to see everything Oz has to offer while staying in som pretty special accommodation, including Art Deco boutique hotels, ocean lodges and safari-style tents.
Flights, car hire and five-star accommodation for 17 nights from £8,199pp.
The Sebel Palm Cove Coral Coast, Queensland
We’re sure a dip or dive in the Great Barrier Reef is near the top of your Australia bucket list and with a holiday at The Sebel Palm Cove Coral Coast, Queensland’s white sands and famed waters will be right on your doorstep. Picture stylish studio apartments, palm-fringed promenades and cabana beds for bathing by the pool. There’s now a huge 62 per cent saving on the hot property from Luxury Escapes including a Great Barrier Reef Cruise and a welcome bottle of wine in the discounted package.
Three nights from £415 for two adults sharing a studio apartment; £3,059 with return flights from London Heathrow to Cairns included. Arriving 17 April 2024.
The Calile Hotel, Brisbane
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City breakers headed for botanic Brisbane will love this 20 per cent discount on stays at The Calile Hotel from Mr & Mrs Smith. Now priced at just over £200 a night the hotel’s fusion of Miami and Mexico styles seep into the pool, Greek taverna and the Kailo Wellness Medispa – ideal for a lavish long weekend in Brisbane’s buzzing Fortitude Valley.
Four nights from £811.35 based on two adults sharing. Arriving 20 May 2024.
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