A hidden secret in every state


A hidden secret in every state

words by
laura martino // phil Hoffmann travel barossa valley

Australia is full of hidden secrets, little gems and private oases and we have curated a list, of the best secrets we know.

From private islands to extraordinary bush experiences, this list will have you planning that Australian getaway before you even reach the bottom of the page.

Dive in; enjoy the romance of a weekend away and indulge, in all that our beautiful country has to offer.

Northern Territory

Bamurru Plains

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary bush experience of the coastal floodplains of the Top North.

Discover the wild wilderness of luxury, at the exclusive Bamurra Plain Safari Lodge, situated on 300 square kilometres of rural floodplains and savanna woodlands of the Mary River and sitting on the edge of Kakadu National Park.

Watch in awe as the wildlife encompasses you, set off on a water safari searching for crocodiles, wake up to the wild call of the Magpie Geese or venture out of camp on a guided walk and game drive searching for brumbies, buffalo, dingos and wallabies.

Be captivated by the untamed wonder of the Top End, settle in for the night in your private bungalow safari tent.

Feel close to nature and immersed in your surroundings with the one-way view tent mesh walls, you can see out from the inside, but the outside cannot see in, allowing the sounds of the wild to permeate.


Saltbush Retreat

Indulge in the rustic romance of a rural Queensland farm stay, located in Longreach.

This unique stay is your perfect base for an Outback getaway.

Within walking distance of the town centre, you will be close to the local highlights of the Qantas Founder’s Museum and Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.

Explore a little further and take to the sky on a scenic helicopter flight, gain a new understanding of the flat wide plains of the outback and discover the picturesque waterways.

Stay in one of the three unique farm stay accommodations and feel a sense of luxury mixed with rustic charm.

The Homestead Stables will take you on a trip back in time.

The mixture of stone, timber and rammed earth throughout the rooms sets the tone whilst the plush linens remind you of the modern luxuries.

Connect with the outback past in a Slab Hut.

Designed around the traditional buildings of the early settlers these private cabins offer privacy and an authentic experience with all the modern luxuries.

Access to the beautiful exclusive outdoor bath terrace is a treat to guests who can experience the touch of nature, bathing on the open deck in a vintage claw foot bath.

Surrounded by farmlands, this retreat will show you the Outback in style.

South Australia

Cadole Avalon @ The Vineyard

Set on the edge of The Vineyards’ western Shiraz block is Cadole Avalon, a boutique stay away from the hustle of everything.

The Cadole floats effortlessly at the vine canopy level, immersing you in the surrounds and effortlessly allowing you
to escape.

Perfect for a weekend getaway, this romantic guest house offers exclusive access to ultimate luxury.

Inside, experience the comforts and nostalgia of a crackling wood fire, set to warm, and create an ambience second to none in the cooler months.

Step inside the bathroom and find the rainwater-fed shower with the most exceptional view!

Situated in the beautiful South Australian wine region of McLaren Vale, you will
not be short of exciting escapes during your stay.

Venture down to the sea, only a 10-minute drive from the pristine shores of Willunga.

With a bunch of award-winning vineyards and cellar doors dotted around this region, you could spend the entire weekend wining and dining the days away.

Before retreating to your very own piece of paradise.

Western Australia

Mile End Glamping

Tucked away from it all, by a little creek in the town of Yelverton you will find the ultimate off-grid escape!

Located in the Margaret River region of Western Australia, this ultimate glamping stay encompasses the beauty of the Australian bush, and the huge windowed geodesic dome welcomes that feeling inside.

Picture yourself, watching the world go by as kangaroos bounce past in the shrubs below or wait for nightfall and gaze upon the undisturbed glisten, of the Milky Way all from the comfort of your bed.

Lie back and relax in your private outdoor spa, soak in the atmosphere of the gossiping native birds as you drift away on a daydream.

Your luxurious glamping experience is only a 15 minute drive from the popular towns of Margaret River, Dunsborough and Busselton.

You will be spoilt for choice with activities to fill your days.

Venture into Margaret River wine country, visit a craft brewery and marvel at the crystal clear beaches and world-class surf breaks that line the coast.

Explore the coastal beauty that is Dunsborough.

Described as one of the most tranquil locations in the world, this small seaside town will let you slow down and take in the view.

Now off to Busselton to visit the famous 19th century jetty.

This wooden pier stretches almost two kilometres and if you walk the entire length you will be treated to the most incredible view!

The end of the jetty is home to an underwater observatory where life on a coral reef is on view below the surface.


Satellite Island

If you are looking for isolated luxury Satellite Island, located off the shores of Bruny Island, Tasmania is the destination for you.

An island surrounded by sheer cliffs that fall into pristine waters and pebbled beaches that are waiting to be explored.

Whilst wild shellfish can be found in the ancient rock shelf that circles the Island, quail and native wildlife can be seen foraging ashore.

Satellite Island has been kept private from the public and because of this during your stay, the island will be yours alone to explore your own secluded hideaway.

The island can sleep up to eight guests, perfect for a group or family getaway or experience the wild side just the two of you, the choice is yours.

As time stands still and you escape from the hustle of the mainland, enjoy the simple pleasures of life; watching the sunrise over nearby Bruny Island or set over the Southern Ocean; forage for fresh shellfish, shuck wild oysters straight from the sea, dive for urchin, abalone and mussels;

Swim in the pristine seas; fish at dusk off the jetty and cook your catch over a fire on the pebble beach; sit by a bonfire on top of the island at sunset or laze by the waters edge on a sun lounge; enjoy a long lunch at the Boathouse by the sea or spend the day beachcombing for sea treasures along the rock shelf walk.

There is so much or so little to do on Satellite Island the choice is yours. You won’t want to leave your island paradise, but if you do, beautiful Bruny Island with its gourmet produce, winery, stunning walks, beaches and adventure activities, is only a short boat ride from Satellite Island.

Laura Martino


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