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Time to Say ‘G-Day’ Once More? Our Favourite Australasia Breaks

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Published 09/02/2022 Time to Say ‘G-Day’ Once More? Our Favourite Australasia Breaks


The announcement of a quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel bubble was welcomed with wide open arms last year, but has been a little stop/start since - thanks to further lockdowns!

The most recent report states that Australia plans to reopen its borders to international tourism from February. Meanwhile, New Zealand will allow Australians to visit once more from July, before allowing other countries from October. With this positive news we doubt anyone will want to check into a soulless hotel room!

Because let's face it... this will be far from an ordinary holiday.

That's why we've rounded up some of our finest retreats on both sides. Full of originality, awe, and scenery-showcasing wonder, they offer the perfect setting for that long-anticipated break.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Aplite House | Tasmania

SiloStay

SiloStay

Uniquely innovative, eco-friendly accommodation set within New Zealand's Banks Peninsula...that truly goes against the grain! We can guarantee that you'll never have stayed anywhere like New Zealand's innovative SiloStay before. Endlessly original, fascinating and on a mission to be mindful of the environment, SiloStay consists of individual, circular hotel units in the shape of…

The Boot

The Boot

You've heard of the old woman who lived in a shoe, but have you ever actually imagined life in a fabulous piece of footwear? Wonder no longer at The Boot, a fairytale B&B on New Zealand's South Island! The Boot is a wonderfully imaginative, superbly crazy hideaway for two on the Tasman coast, found at the northern point of the Island. Expertly crafted with the appearance of...well, a…

Bubbletent Australia

Bubbletent Australia

The Australian outback, star-studded skies, and just you and your loved one to enjoy them all from the luxury of a fabulous inflatable bubble...it can only be Bubbletent Australia! Bubbletent Australia offers the incredible chance to experience Australia's true wilderness and breath-taking landscape, without leaving your creature comforts behind. This off-grid glamping retreat can be found…

Love Cabins at Mount Tomah

Love Cabins at Mount Tomah

Relax amongst the awe-inspiring World Heritage bushland of Australia's Blue Mountains, in a cabin built for nature-inspired indulgence. Perfect for those who love the idea of holidaying deep in the refreshing wilderness, yet without skimping on creature comforts, you'll find Love Cabins sumptuously nestled within 600 acres of famed Blue Mountains bushland. A World Heritage site that's…

Hapuku Lodge

Hapuku Lodge

Dreamlike comfort and outstanding views await you in this eco-friendly Kiwi paradise, featuring a lodge and treehouses set on the dramatic coastline of Kaikoura. Lovingly created by a family of dedicated builders and architects, it's fair to say that a visit to Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses will be imbued with some of the most spectacular scenery you can see - both in and out of your stunning…

Greystone PurePod

Greystone PurePod

A striking off-grid glass cabin set high above New Zealand's award-winning Greystone vineyard - time to switch off and relax! If you were ever to sit back and imagine the ideal location for a glistening self-contained glass cabin, the invigorating natural heart of New Zealand's Waipara Valley would be it.   The PurePod way of life involves an individually secluded, completely…

Manakau PurePod

Manakau PurePod

At Manakau PurePod you can gaze out over majestic mountain views from the immersive comfort of a nature-surrounded New Zealand glass cabin. New Zealand's South Island is famously blessed with some of the most naturally breathtaking landscapes you'll ever see. Now, discover a whole new and immersive way to experience those outstanding views. The PurePod way of life involves an…

NOTEL

NOTEL

A seriously Instagram-worthy airstream ‘trailer park', quirkily nestled on a rooftop car park in the buzzing heart of Melbourne. Seriously stylish and utterly unique, NOTEL, as the name suggests, is not a hotel and is unlike any other stay you've ever experienced before! Six vintage 1970s Airstreams have been transformed into urban designer suites (five standard, one with…

Paperbark Camp

Paperbark Camp

Luxury and eco-friendly African safari-style camping in the paradise setting of Australia's breathtaking Jervis Bay. African safari style meets Australia's unrivalled scenery at Paperbark Camp, where not only will you enjoy a truly memorable stay, you'll be greeted with a welcome that's almost as warm as the sun. The eco-friendly, family-run camp was originally inspired by the owners'…

The Flying Fox

The Flying Fox

An interesting and quirky range of eco-friendly accommodation, set on the banks of New Zealand's Whanganui River. If you want to leave your stressful daily life far behind you for a while, this is certainly the place, as The Flying Fox can only be accessed by aerial cable car or by boat, and there is no mobile reception or televisions to be found once you're there! The site of an old…

RetroPod

RetroPod

Relax and enjoy all the delights of Byron Bay at RetroPod, with a funky and furnished vintage caravan set up in your favourite location. If you love the idea of camping in Australia's famously beautiful Byron Bay (and who wouldn't?), yet hate the idea of travelling heavy, wrestling with tent poles and sleeping in a slowly sinking airbed, RetroPod promises to save your holiday! Simply…

Atatu PurePod

Atatu PurePod

Glimpse the golden sun rising from the New Zealand sea, in a gorgeous glass pod secluded from the rest of the world. Have you ever felt like spiriting your loved one far away from the world, to a glass-walled haven that feels like heaven itself? Atatu PurePod is exactly that - a completely private and sustainable pod set far from the beaten track. Your scenic journey begins with a…

Qii House

Qii House

A bold and quirky architectural gem, superbly nestled within the lush rainforest ferns of Australia's Great Otway National Park. Lorne, the largest resort town along Australia's famed Great Ocean Road, is a very special part of the world. Home to lush rainforests and sparkling waterfalls that lead down to paradise-style sandy beaches, it's a location that's often described as…

Sal Salis

Sal Salis

Explore the outback in an exclusive beachside safari camp, remotely set within the dunes of Australia's Cape Range National Park. Immerse yourselves completely in Australia's unique and wondrous wilderness, surrounded by a perfect combination of bushland and beach on a remote stretch of Western Australia's Indian Ocean coast. Sal Salis is an eco-luxe, exclusive and activity-filled…

Aplite House

Aplite House

A privately secluded, architect-designed eco haven that showcases Tasmania's unique beauty to its best, most dramatic effect. If you've never experienced Tasmania before (or even if you have), a stay at Aplite House will introduce you to all that is unique and special about this glorious Australian island. Perfectly situated next to the awe-inspiring Freycinet National Park, you'll find Aplite…

Billabong Falls

Billabong Falls

Resort-style paradise in Australia's lush Dandenong Ranges, surrounded by ancient tree ferns and sparkling waterfalls. If you close your eyes and imagine yourself in the midst of a breathtaking, wildlife-steeped natural paradise, you'll probably picture Billabong Falls. The brainchild of award-winning landscape designer Phillip Johnson and his wife Sarah, this unique and seriously luxurious…

Desert Cave Hotel

Desert Cave Hotel

Experience the South Australian outback at its authentic best, with dug-out style luxury living and an underground bed! If the desert town of Coober Pedy seems familiar, it could be that you've seen it somewhere before.   The backdrop for many memorable movies, including Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the town's natural sandstone landscape…

Woodlyn Park Hill Hole

Woodlyn Park Hill Hole

An authentic New Zealand Storybook ‘hotel', complete with round windows and rustic furnishings, hidden under the green hills of Waitomo. Waitomo, with its sleepy village and captivating glow worm caves, is a magical location on New Zealand's North Island, one that time seems barely to have touched. It's the perfect setting for Woodlyn Park Hill Hole, a lovingly constructed, family-friendly…

Reefsuites

Reefsuites

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the magical Great Barrier Reef in all its glory, with a jaw-dropping stay in Australia's first underwater suites. Part of the pleasure of Reefsuites, suspended three metres below water on Australia's beautiful Hardy Reef, is the cruise you'll take through the paradise-like Whitsunday Islands to reach them. A stay worthy of the most amazing bucket list…

The Glasshouse

The Glasshouse

Experience both pure luxury and blissful privacy, from a breath-taking New Zealand clifftop retreat with panoramic Pacific Ocean views.Steeped in luxury of the highest level both inside and out, The Glasshouse provides an exceptional setting for a romantic holiday with a distinct atmosphere of paradise on Earth.First up are those incredible panoramic ocean views, out to the captivating Whangarei…

Ross Beach TOP10 Holiday Park

Ross Beach TOP10 Holiday Park

A boutique, funky, couple friendly retreat with quirky shipping containers for accommodation & facilities set on New Zealand's stunning South Island, West Coast.  Nestled on New Zealand's Ross Beach, right by the glistening Tasman Sea, you simply couldn't dream up a better location for a relaxing, chilled out holiday park experience.  Better still, the range of accommodation you'll…

Marlborough Wine Barrel Cabins

Marlborough Wine Barrel Cabins

Storybook-style havens for two, exquisitely nestled amongst the vineyards and olive groves of New Zealand's wine country.Secluded in a peaceful area peppered with vineyards and olive groves, and with streams and a duck pond close by, Marlborough Wine Barrel Cabins promise to introduce you to the best of New Zealand nature... and, of course, its wine!The area is surrounded by native birds,…

The Pole House

The Pole House

A wow-factor Australian icon, architecturally renovated and suspended 40 meters above Fairhaven Beach for a view-filled holiday quite unlike any other.Originally built by Frank Dixon back in 1978, The Pole House is one of the most photographed places on Australia's Great Ocean Road - and with good reason!Dramatically suspended 40 meters above Fairhaven Beach, and newly renovated by a master…

Tiny Houses Lorne

Tiny Houses Lorne

Petite and perfectly-formed havens of tranquillity, immersed within the lush forest canopy of Australia's Great Otway National Park.Lorne is often described as Victoria's answer to Byron Bay, with its sparkling waterfalls, lush rainforests, and paradise-like sandy beaches.Qii House Lorne has teamed up with Treehab Tiny Houses, to create three breathtaking, eco-friendly homes (each one with a…

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