5-star hotels in Australia are abundant, and are often placed in some of the most inspiring and extraordinary locations. Stay cliffside on Kangaroo Island with breathtaking views over the ocean, at a working cattle ranch in The Kimberley, on isolated Lizard Island, and on tropical, relaxing Heron Island.
Meanwhile, larger cities and towns have international chains and a number of boutique hotels, as well as some self-catering apartments. Beach and coastal accommodation can include large resorts with many facilities, small boutique hideaways, and exclusive private island retreats. Other unique stays include luxury tented tents, cabins on a working cattle station, sleeping under the stars of the outback in a swag, or in the desert caves of Coober Pedy.
A wide range of cruise companies operate in Australia, and Cox & Kings have chosen to work with some of the best, offering high quality service, food and facilities. Five-star operators True North and Silversea operate in the Kimberley, Quicksilver has regular sailings in the Great Barrier Reef, and Coral Princess operates in both Australia and the South Pacific.
The Ghan and the Indian Pacific offer some epic journeys across this great, vast land. The Ghan begins in Darwin and ends in Adelaide (or vice versa), taking visitors through the Top End, the dusty red interior and the Outback from north to south. The Indian Pacific traverses east to west, transporting travellers from vibrant Sydney to relaxed Adelaide and onto Perth.
For shorter journeys by rail, the tropical state of Queensland has some interesting options, with two scenic day excursions by train or an overnight journey on The Sunlander. The Tilt Train is a quick and convenient way to travel between Brisbane and Cairns, with options to stop at the gateways to Fraser Island and the Whitsunday Islands. The Sunlander follows a similar route to The Tilt Train, but travels at a more leisurely pace with private overnight Queenslander Class accommodation. The Spirit of the Outback offers a journey from Brisbane to Queensland’s outback town of Longreach, home to the Qantas Founders Museum and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame.
Truly exclusive and exceptionally luxurious.
Very high class accommodation with superb facilities and service.
High standard accommodation, service and facilities.
Good standard accommodation, service and facilities.
Clean and comfortable with en suite bathrooms but limited facilities.
Very modest with shared bathrooms and minimal facilities