Luxury Lodges to re-open across Australia

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Luxury Lodges of Australia are poised for reopening, welcoming returning guests as early as 29 May to Cape Lodge in West Australia’s glorious South West region. Soon after, Pretty Beach House, a short drive north from Sydney, reopens on 1 June. Set in the tranquil surrounds of Broken Bay with ocean views framed by fragrant gum trees, Pretty Beach House offers a gentle return to the world beyond our front doors after enforced isolation.


Lizard Island Queensland

Lizard Island Queensland

As we emerge from the shadows of the global pandemic, one of the silver linings of enforced isolation has been the change of pace of work life. We’ve had time to reflect on what is important, to reconnect with loved ones, albeit mostly from a safe distance. So while there is still so much uncertainty across many parts of the world, in Australia we are seeing the first signs of being able to return to work and to travel, says Penny Rafferty, Executive Officer of Luxury Lodges of Australia.

“This recent time of restricted movement has prompted many of us to think about what we value. Our freedom, our health, the need for connection with nature, our human connections, and, for those of us who love to travel and experience many different things, to think about what we really value in travel. That freedom to travel really is a privilege, not a right,” said Ms Rafferty.


Pretty Beach House, New South Wales

Pretty Beach House, New South Wales

“Each of the Luxury Lodges of Australia are deep into planning their re-openings. To use a very Australian metaphor around surfing, it does feel like we have struggled to get ‘out back’ in a very heavy swell, and have been waiting there, wondering if the surf is just too dangerous, for a while.

But we are now poised, waiting for the first catch-able wave. We hope it is the first one we see forming, but if not, there is a full set swelling in the distance.”


Mt Mulligan Lodge, Queensland

Mt Mulligan Lodge, Queensland

Often described as ‘an experience within an experience’, each lodge is so much more than just a place to stay. The real value of these lodges are in the rich Australian-ness of the experience. Each caters for relatively few people at a time and are all deeply connected with nature, culture and community.

Naturally, soft luxury experiences such as eat well, drink well and sleep well are a given, allowing guests to sink into the luxury of being well looked after.


Cape Lodge Margaret River, West Australia

Cape Lodge Margaret River, West Australia

The lodges have scheduled a gradual return to reopening as they fling open their doors and welcome guests again (as of 29 May 2020, subject to change).

  • Cape Lodge WA, 29 May 2020

  • Pretty Beach House, NSW 1 June 2020

  • Lake House, VIC 5 June 2020

  • Spicers Peak, QLD 12 June 2020

  • Lizard Island, QLD 1 July 2020

  • Sal Salis, WA 1 July 2020

  • Mt Mulligan Lodge, QLD 10 July 2020

  • The Louise, SA 1 August 2020

  • Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island 30 August 2020

  • Longitude 131, NT 1 September 2020

  • Bamurru Plains , NT 1 March 2021

  • Arkaba, SA 1 April 2021

  • El Questro WA, 1 April 2021

  • Silky Oaks, QLD 1 April 2021

  • Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, NSW To be confirmed

  • Qualia, QLD To be confirmed

  • Saffire, TAS To be confirmed

  • Southern Ocean Lodge, SA To be confirmed

  • True North Adventure Cruises To be confirmed

Please note, all dates and plans are subject to guidelines and travel restrictions relating to COVID-19 in the relevant jurisdiction. While this information is a reliable guide to assist with planning, the best source of lodge specific information is the lodge direct or via Luxury Lodges of Australia.

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


Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, West Australia

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, West Australia

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