1. (Capertee, NSW). Set in a serene valley between rolling hills, mountain streams and native bushland, this eco-resort exchanges Wifi for wildlife. Bonfires, canoeing and horse riding are all in a day’s work here, with accommodation options ranging from simple pitched tents to a first-class glamping set-up.
2. (Walkerville, SA). True to its name, Walkerville embodies Adelaide's pedestrian-friendly urban planning — and when you're done wandering, The Watson awaits. Inspired by indigenous artist Tommy Watson, the multi-purpose hotel also boasts a swimming pool.
The Watson resides close to restaurants, the Adelaide Botanic Garden and the zoo.
If you time your visit around February
to March, you’ll also be able to experience Adelaide’s famous , which includes a program of music events, gourmet food and family-friendly outdoor parties.
3. (Surfers Paradise, QLD). Styled with retro panache, the QT is ensconced by surf, theme parks aplenty and sun-drenched days all year round. And it's only a hop, swim and a splash from national parks in Currumbin and Burleigh Heads.
4. (Mosman, NSW). Expect a few
noisy night-time companions during your sleepover at Taronga Zoo. See nocturnal animals in their element, with world-class views of Sydney Harbour.
At Taronga Zoo, there's buffet-style meals on offer, night-time safari tours, daytime shows and up-close and personal animal encounters. Hey, someone's got to feed those giraffes.
5. (Canberra, ACT). Set in the artsy New Acton district, Hotel Hotel is at the heart of the action. It's an easy walk to the city; a city that offers up Questacon, the National Arboretum and National Gallery of Australia. Did we also mention Hotel Hotel's on-site cinema, hairdresser, library and free bike hire?