Soak up the scenery with these perfectly positioned Aussie tubs
Feature photo: Eagles Nest Retreat
What could be better than a long, leisurely holiday soak? A bath with an epic view and plenty of room for two, of course! Here’s a few of our local faves.
1. Thalia Haven, TAS
Swim. Soak. Steam. In any order you please. That’s the offer at rustic-luxe hideaway Thalia Haven on Tasmania’s wildly wonderful east coast, known for its rock star outdoor tub and wood-fired sauna overlooking Great Oyster Bay. Bathe at dawn to soak up the fairy-floss sunrise or linger longer to catch the elusive phosphorescent light show on the ocean below.
2. Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW
One for the city kids. Take in the Sydney Harbour buzz from your glamorous glass eyrie at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour. Nab a corner room and sink deep into the bubbles (they’re French) for maximum floating-on-a-cloud effect.
3. Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island NSW
When you’re off-radar on a tiny South Pacific island, there’s plenty of time for a leisurely soak. And Lord Howe Island’s superb Capella Lodge has just the spot. Seek out the barefoot-luxe Catalina Suite which boasts a private hot tub on the deck and tropical vistas which give way to cool ocean glimpses.
4. The Keep, TAS
Out of office? You’d better believe it. New and just-for-two, The Keep is hidden in the island’s remote north-east wilderness and features a dramatic outdoor bath carved from granite. Pop in a locally made aromatic bath bomb, top up your glass of Tassie bubbles, and you have the perfect perch for night of stargazing.
5. Mt. Mulligan Lodge, QLD
Deep in the Queensland outback, what could be more fitting than a repurposed corrugated iron water tank for all your bathing needs? Hidden in plain sight on a 28,000-hectare property north-west of Cairns, Mt. Mulligan Lodge offers an authentic Aussie experience. Cap off a day exploring the rugged landscape with sunset drinks overlooking the escarpment and a long, hot soak.
6. Spicers Sangoma Retreat, Blue Mountains NSW
Blue Mountains escape Spicers Sangoma Retreat is bush luxury writ large. Be sure to book the Chief Suite which offers panoramic views to the Sydney skyline and a chandelier-lit Philippe Starck bath built for two.
7. Pier One, Sydney Harbour NSW
Luxury yacht in the shop? Try the Admiral Suite at Pier One Sydney Harbour which puts you within splashing distance of that iconic steel arch. Built on and over the water, this is serious maritime real estate, with a curvaceous tub and Hunter Lab amenities to seal the deal.
8. Eagle’s Nest Retreat, TAS
We’re hooked on Tassie tubs (something in the water perhaps?) and this one’s a pearler. Close to glorious Cradle Mountain, rural getaway Eagle’s Nest Retreat features three ‘nests’ — each with their own unique outdoor bathing experience. The heated Farmer’s Bath in Nest I is ideal for couples but the repurposed milk vat in Nest III wins for sheer Insta value.
9. Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, Northern NSW
Nothing goes better with a romantic rainforest hideaway than a bottle of wine and a bath brimming with bubbles. Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat has nailed the brief with their choice of a solid marble bath or freestanding spa in the Luxury Mountain View Lodges or a sunken double spa in the Glass Terrace Bungalows. Each offers a decadent vantage point to take in the surrounds with your sweetheart.
10. Kittawa Lodge TAS
This handmade concrete beauty is just one reason Kittawa Lodge is topping our wish list right now. Anchored in the boisterous seas of Bass Strait, King Island brings the pristine coastal surrounds while this ultra-private eco escape offers the Kittawa Relaxation Experience — an in-lodge massage followed by a memorable bath ritual complete with locally made bath salts and candles.
11. Kingsford Homestead, Barossa SA
The cinematic Riverside Bush Bath put Kingsford Homestead on our travel radar (well that and its stint as a location for McLeod’s Daughters). Tucked away in a secluded part of the Barossa homestead, this classic clawfoot has plenty of room for two.
12. Qualia, Hamilton Island QLD
Soak up serene Coral Sea and Whitsunday Island vistas from your stone bath at Hamilton Island’s luxe qualia resort. Sheltered by eucalypts, with glass louvres ushering in the sea breeze, Windward Pavilion bathrooms offer a blissful indoor-outdoor bathing experience. Tired of the tub? No problem, a private infinity-edge plunge pool awaits on the deck.
13. Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay NSW
An Aussie spin on African safari tents makes this luxury bush camp one for the wish list, especially with that bath at your disposal! Close to beautiful Jervis Bay (2.5 hours south of Sydney), Paperbark Camp’s canvas tents are raised on timber platforms and secluded amongst the eucalypts and paperbark trees. Take in tranquil bush views from this freestanding beauty in the Deluxe Safari Tent or really glamp it up in the North African-style King Deluxe Tent which features a glamorous circular tub.
14. El Questro Retreat, The Kimberley, WA
With 700,000 incredible acres to explore, you’ll need a very long bath to take it all in at El Questro. Positioned in the east of the ancient Kimberley region, this remote wilderness retreat offers several sudsy vantage points. Gaze over the Chamberlain Gorge from your ultra-roomy stone bath in a Gorge View Room or enjoy an alfresco soak in a Cliff Side Retreat, poised right on the edge of the escarpment.
Special mention: Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Canberra ACT
Okay, and now for some completely different. Bath time gets a little wild at Canberra’s Jamala Lodge where five individual Jungle Bungalows adjoin different animal habitats. A glass wall is the only thing separating you from a lion, cheetah, tiger or Malayan sun bear in this tub treat for animal-lovers.