In the Mary River Wetlands, mid-way between Darwin and Kakadu National Park, Wildman couldn’t be better placed for off-grid adventures – with complimentary mountain bikes, guided bushwalks and billabongs bursting with birdlife.
The safari-style tents blend almost seamlessly into the landscape, with sunset-view decks and welcoming king size beds.
Secret tip: Wildman’s Aboriginal painting workshops, heritage-themed hikes and bushtucker tasting sessions provide a glimpse of indigenous life in Australia’s Top End.
Deep in Lamington National Park, O’Reilly’s is more than a hotel: every day starts with a free birdwatching walk, and the treetop canopy trail puts you nose-to-beak with king parrots, crimson rosellas and more.
Over the past 93 years, the estate has grown from a simple remote homestead to a veritable village made from recycled materials– with solar power and spring-fed water.
Secret tip: Follow the path to Morans Falls: the 80-metre cascade roars after heavy winter rain.
Booking info: Double rooms from AU$241 (£134) per night, including breakfast. More info via O'Reillys
A tiny white cabin surrounded by Lake St Clair’s shimmering waters, Pumphouse Point is a cosy pier-end retreat in Tasmania’s Central Highlands.
Quietly indulgent, with deep-soak bathtubs and a stylish snug stuffed with Tassie wine, you’ll find forest-fringed coves, pristine beaches and the Shadow Lake Circuit nearby. The latter, at 12km, is one of Australia’s premier day walks and hops with wild wallabies and Tasmanian devils.
Secret tip: A 15-minute drive away, ‘The Wall’ is a 100-metre-high, hand-carved sculpture – a must-see.
Booking info: Double rooms from AU$495 (£276) per night, including breakfast. More info via Pumphouse Point
Bendigo’s family-owned vineyards are renowned for their quaffable Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines – and Balgownie Estate was one of their first, established 50 years ago.
After the rush of Melbourne (a two-hour drive away), its lush grounds and wine tastings are just the tonic. Each of its vineyard-view bell tents has a double bed and Balgownie wines aplenty – the Cellar Door bar is within stumbling distance too.
Secret tip: Try the Black Label Sparkling Shiraz – for plum and black currant flavours.
This Flinders Ranges’ camp offers everything from inexpensive tent pitches to a two-bed homestead with private pool, all with one thing in common: goosebump-inducing views of mighty Wilpena Pound.
Known originally as Ikara (meeting place), this crater- shaped rock formation is rich in Aboriginal spirituality and raw beauty – not to mention excellent day walks. On a five-hour guided hike to Rawnsley Bluff’s summit and back, keep an eye out for emus and wedge-tailed eagles.
Secret tip: In winter, the topped-up watering holes attract Western Ghat kangaroos and yellow-footed rock wallabies.
Booking info: Campsite pitches from AU$29 (£16) per night, cabins from AU$185 (£103) per night. More info via Rawnsley Park
It’s no surprise to learn that Billabong Falls’ owner is a renowned landscape designer, and former gold winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Surrounded by waterfalls and gigantic ash trees, Phillip Johnson’s Aussie opus features a freshwater swimming pool that flows underneath its woodland-view lounge – with space for up to four guests in the two rustic-luxe bedrooms.
Secret tip: A bottle of Victoria wine, home-gathered eggs and a freshly baked loaf awaits new arrivals.
Booking info: Whole property from AU$550 (£306) per night, including breakfast basket. More info via Billabong Falls
After a sharp redesign, these three farm buildings have garnered praise aplenty for their contemporary design and soothing vineyard vistas.
They’re set on a working cattle ranch, flanked by nothing but mountains, wine fields and a few grazing cows. In summer, there are free bikes for exploring your glorious isolation – and in winter, Mount Hotham ski resort (an hour’s drive away) receives a generous dusting of snow.
Secret tip: The retreat hosts regular cooking classes with Italian-born Patrizia Simone – chef-owner of an award-winning local restaurant.
Booking info: Whole properties from AU$350 (£195) per night, including breakfast. More info via Kiln Houses