Luxury Lodges of Australia – updated guide to what’s open

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With an increasing number of travellers actively seeking experiences that make a positive contribution to the destinations visited, Luxury Lodges of Australia supports environmental preservation and the enrichment of local communities and cultures. Here’s the latest news from the lodges.


Lizard Island hike to Cooks Look, Queensland

Lizard Island hike to Cooks Look, Queensland

Purpose and positive impact is at the core of all Luxury Lodges of Australia, from leadership in conservation and environmental sustainability to engagement with Indigenous and remote local communities, along with the ‘makers’, skilled craftspeople local to each region. Essential is the support of local food and beverage producers and economic empowerment of regional communities through the highest quality sustainable tourism.

Several lodges closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have now reopened, while others are planning to reopen. Use this handy guide for the latest information on what’s happening at Luxury Lodges of Australia.

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Status: Open

Baillie Lodges’ luxury Lord Howe Island accommodation Capella Lodge was voted the best resort in Australia in the Condé Nast Traveler 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards’ Australia Pacific category. Regular limits allow just 400 visitors to the island at any one time, making Lord Howe even more appealing as travellers increasingly seek out natural destinations with plenty of space and fresh air. This year, more than 715,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted a record number of responses rating their travel experiences from across the globe.


Lord Howe Island is a hiker’s paradise, New South Wales

Lord Howe Island is a hiker’s paradise, New South Wales

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Greater Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Status: Open  

Since opening in 2009, the resort has secured and maintained carbon-neutral certification from internationally accredited scheme carboNZero for ten consecutive years. The dedicated resort team has planted over 200,000 indigenous trees, actively preserved biodiversity and restored a historic homestead building, as well as introducing large-scale energy and waste reduction initiatives. Guests are encouraged to participate in the resort’s efforts to protect cultural and natural heritage, with activities as native tree-planting and wombat tracking. 

Part of the property’s wellness offering, three sound treatments include a Sound Bath, Singing Bowl Bath and Sonic Body Massage on the menu. “Leave the stresses of the modern world behind and bring a sense of complete relaxation through the vibration of sound. The sounds of the Gong and Himalayan singing bowls will induce a deeply peaceful state.”


Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Blue Mountains Villa pool, New South Wales

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Blue Mountains Villa pool, New South Wales

The Lake House, Daylesford, Victoria

Status: Open

Never ones to rest on their laurels, the Wolf-Tasker family together with the team from Lake House Daylesford are excited to present Dairy Flat – just 6km from their flagship hotel, restaurant and spa in the village of Daylesford. A new takeaway menu delivers all the fine flavours of the award-winning Lake House restaurant at home.


Lake House Daysleford Salus Spa, Victoria

Lake House Daysleford Salus Spa, Victoria

Mt Mulligan Lodge, Outback Queensland

Status: Open

New bespoke adventures – A swag of new bespoke experiences offers exciting ways to explore Queensland’s incredible outback. Included are dining under the stars, birdwatching, ATV tours, scenic heli flights and guided tours of the region’s gorges and waterfalls. A tour to the limestone caves at  Chillagoe reveals an ancient coral reef and indigenous rock art. A helicopter will shortly be stationed at the property, ready for lift off.


Mt Mulligan Lodge, Northern Outback Queensland

Mt Mulligan Lodge, Northern Outback Queensland

Spicers Peak Lodge, Scenic Rim, Queensland

Status: Open

Peak Station Nature Reserve – at the foothills of Spicers Peak Lodge on the Peak Station Nature Reserve two fresh water creeks create a cross section across the landscape collecting the water from the mountains above and sending it down stream. It’s the perfect spot to spy the shy, resident platypus – a rare experience.
Scenic Rim Walk – Hike along the Great Dividing Range, through World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforest and see native fauna and flora in all its glory. The jewel in the crown of Spicers Retreat’s nature-based eco offerings is the 50km Scenic Rim Trail, the only Queensland Great Walk of Australia, and easily accessible from Brisbane.


Spicers Peak Lodge Scenic Rim Walk, Queensland

Spicers Peak Lodge Scenic Rim Walk, Queensland

The Louise, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Status: Open

New dining experience – after fifteen years leading the evolution of the Barossa as a culinary destination, the team from The Louise and inspired regional restaurant Appellation have opened a fresh new venue for mouth-watering comfort food, seriously satisfying drinks and uninterrupted views of the brilliant wine valley. Following a major expansion this past winter, the glass-walled, high ceiling great room of three75 bar and kitchen houses this new casual drinking and dining hot spot in the Seppeltsfield Road area of the Western Barossa.


The Louise, Barossa Valley, South Australia

The Louise, Barossa Valley, South Australia

True North

Status: Open  
New local expedition cruise itineraries – True North has announced an amended sailing schedule featuring the brand’s longstanding association with small group and nature-based adventure in mostly remote locations on a state-by-state basis. Safe and carefree opportunities offer an escape from the madness with no crowds and, unlimited fresh air!


True North cruising the Kimberley, West Australia

True North cruising the Kimberley, West Australia

Arkaba, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Status: Reopening April 1, 2021

Native garden rewilding project – Melissa Robertson is Arkaba’s Landscape Designer who is working on a new garden that brings the Flinders Ranges to the Arkaba Station backyard. It was pivotal, with sustainability in mind, that the Homestead Landscape design focused on utilising resources from around the property, to reflect the unique micro-environments at Arkaba. Each geological range that is referenced is inspired by the rock formations of that specific range paired with the vegetation found in these landscapes. Guests will, literally, have a taste of what Arkaba has to offer in the back garden.


Arkaba Flinders Ranges gully campfire, South Australia

Arkaba Flinders Ranges gully campfire, South Australia

Longitude 131, Uluru Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory

Status: Open

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Status: Open

Cape Lodge, Margaret River, Western Australia

Status: Open

Bamurru Plains, Top End Northern Territory

Status: Reopening April 1, 2021

Photography Gone Wild – Under the guidance of Canon Master Richard I’Anson, guests will experience a photography safari experience brimming with wildlife, wilderness and faces of people (and the world’s oldest rock art galleries) in faraway Arnhem Land 19 – 23 June 2021. 

Food Safari with Christine Manfield – Join one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, Christine Manfield, on a safari through the untamed wilderness of the Top End with its distinctive flavours and ancient but thriving culture. May 6-10, 2021

Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Status: Reopening December 14 2020

Silky Oaks Lodge, Daintree, Queensland

Status: Reopening October 1, 2021

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Status: Closed. Planning rebuild following bush fires of 2020

More information: Luxury Lodges of Australia

About the author: Fiona Harper is a Queensland-based travel writer – follow Fiona at Travel Boating Lifestyle


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