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Australia’s Most Secluded Luxury Beach Getaways

Nothing quite epitomises the word ‘holiday’ like waking to the sound of the crashing waves, opening the windows to the smell of the salty air and feeling the sand between your toes. Even though summer is sadly now officially over, the luxury of a secluded beach getaway is all but lost. Rain, hail or shine these lavishly appointed coastal getaways make for the perfect quiet escape with your loved one.

Thalia Haven

With views out over the spectacular Great Oyster Bay in Freycinet National Park, Thalia Haven on Tasmania’s rugged east coast is as picturesque as they come. An 18-minute drive from the small town of Swansea, the secluded Thalia Haven is 2km from the nearest road or neighbour; and just a hop, skip and jump from the waters of the Tasman Sea.

A 5km stretch of private beach, professional kitchen with complimentary pantry, log fire, idyllic outdoor bathtub and sweeping ocean views; Thalia has all the necessary components for a dreamy secluded getaway. Although it can accommodate up to 8 people in its 4 separate wings, Thalia is the perfect spot for some alone time between just the 2 of you.

Wake up to stunning ocean views every morning, relax with a glass of wine in the open-air bath tub at sunset, and spend your days doing yoga on supplied mats or driving up to Freycinet National Park and surrounds.

East Bedarra Island Retreat

Bedarra Island lays smack bang in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, 10km off the shores of Mission Beach in far north Queensland. Accessible only by helicopter or water taxi, there isn’t a car to be seen on this small tropical island; and guest numbers are strictly limited to just those staying overnight.

Sitting at the most secluded end of Bedarra Island, the East Bedarra Island Retreat is a paradise for beach and nature loving couples or small groups.

The eco-friendly, luxury 2-bedroom villa makes a fine example of indoor-outdoor living; with a gourmet chef’s kitchen that opens out on to the outdoor dining area, a sprawling deck, your own private salt water plunge pool and a private white sand cove. You can swim with tropical fish and sea turtles right off your own private beach, or soak up the island views from the hanging love seat on the deck. Come nightfall, the deck can be transformed in to a moonlight cinema, framed by the stars and the Great Barrier Reef.

Sal Salis

Situated amongst the sand dunes in Cape Range National Park, the Sal Salis luxury campsite allows you to experience the sights and sounds of the outdoors without forgoing all the creature comforts. Right where the outback meets the ocean, this unique beachfront escape gets you up close and personal with the flora and fauna of Western Australia’s coral coast.

Although just simple looking canvas set-ups on the outside, the 16 glamping tents of Sal Salis are roomy and comfortable, each equipped with a king-sized jarrah bed, eco-friendly ensuite and private verandah. The one creature comfort you will not find in the tents (and only in the communal area) is a power outlet – a move that both adds to their eco-friendly outlook and removes any unnecessary electronic distractions for guests.

Overlooking the scrub land and pristine coastline just out of Exmouth, it isn’t uncommon to spot a kangaroo or breaching whale from the entrance of your tent. If you aren’t so lucky, heading out on any one of the retreat’s guided snorkels, nature walks or kayaking adventures will have that luck turned around.

The Pole House

The Pole House doesn’t have its own secluded beach, but it is suspended 40m above one.

Located in the small holiday town of Fairhaven in Victoria, this isn’t exactly a completely neighbour free getaway. But – thanks to its lofty locale – you couldn’t feel further away from the neighbouring homes during your stay at The Pole House.

Known as the most photographed home along the Great Ocean Road, the 1-bedroom home is an architectural marvel both inside and out. Sleek lines, wooden paneling and a suspended fireplace are a nod to the era in which it was first built; while the stainless-steel accents and floor to ceiling windows add a modern touch. The architectural features are stunning, but the most impressive feature of the famed home has to be the 200 degrees of pure, uninterrupted ocean views.

In the summer, take a stroll down for a swim at Fairhaven beach; and in winter, kick back by the fireplace with a good book and watch the storms roll in over the ocean.

Published 08 March, 2018