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Australia’s Hottest New Hotel Openings Of 2019

From a Brisbane hotel filled with quirky portraits of Heath Ledger, Matt Moran and Julia Guillard to a 14-villa boutique tucked away in the Adelaide Hills, here’s what’s opening in Australia this year.

Last year’s list of new hotels in Australia was impressive to say the least. We saw the openings of ‘choose your own experience’ boutique The Collectionist, an airport hotel designed specifically for the digital nomad called Felix, and two tropical resorts smack-bang in the middle of the city called The Calile Hotel and Emporium Hotel South Bank.

This year promises to be even better. From a Brisbane hotel filled with quirky portraits of Heath Ledger, Matt Moran and Julia Guillard to a 14-villa boutique tucked away in the Adelaide Hills, these are the most exciting new hotel openings of 2019:

Daydream Island, Whitsundays

Two years after closing its doors because of damage done by Cyclone Debbie, Daydream Island will reopen on April 10, 2019. The only resort on a 1km speck of land in the Whitsundays, the new Daydream is all about blending the outdoors with the indoors.

Think an outdoor cinema, an underwater observatory, and restaurants with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto a free form coral lagoon called the Living Reef, and you’ve got the right idea.

Badderam Eco Luxe Resort & Spa, Sunshine Coast

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Badderam Eco Luxe Resort & Spa will have a 6-star ‘Green Star’ building rating. Image: artist impression / supplied

Not only will the development of Badderam Eco Luxe Resort & Spa on the Sunshine Coast be one of the few hotels in the country showcasing Australia’s indigenous culture, but it’ll also be among only a handful to feature state-of-the-art environmental initiatives that lend themselves to its 6-star ‘Green Star’ building rating. Talk about unique selling points.

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The hotel will have a wellness day, three restaurants and bars, as well as heated pools and hot tubs. Image: artist impression / supplied

The resort will also house a wine tasting room and cellar. All the usual perks you’d expect from a resort feature on the line-up as well: a 10-room wellness day, three restaurants and bars, as well as heated pools and hot tubs. No word yet on an opening date, but fingers crossed for it to be this year.

The Fullerton Hotel, Sydney

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The Fullerton Sydney will take over what’s currently The Westin Sydney at 1 Martin Place. Image: supplied

With two established hotels in Singapore already under its belt, The Fullerton Hotel and Resorts Group will take on the Sydney hotel scene this October with the opening of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney. This will be the company’s first venture into the Australian market.

The hotel will take over what’s currently The Westin Sydney at 1 Martin Place. First on the rebranding agenda is restoring the hotel’s façade, a project carried out in line with the Heritage Management Plan to ensure its historical preservation.

The Fantauzzo, Brisbane

The Fantauzzo in Brisbane is the eighth addition to the famed Art Series Hotel repertoire. Named after award-winning Australian contemporary artist Vincent Fantauzzo, the husband of Australian TV star Asher Keddie, the $100m boutique hotel will feature his most recognised works including portraits of Heath Ledger, Matt Moran and Julia Gillard.

But while the art is impressive, it’s the hotel’s rooftop pool and bar looking out on the Brisbane River and CBD that really make it well worth a stay. The hotel will open in March 2019, but bookings are already open.

Kafnu Alexandria, Sydney

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Kafnu Alexandria will be Australia’s first-ever co-working space-slash-hotel. Image: supplied

Australia will see the opening of its first-ever co-working space-slash-hotel in Kafnu Alexandria. The 3,000sqm space aims to foster the innovative energy of its surroundings; members will have access to multiple work spaces, meeting rooms, media production and podcast studios, a virtual fitness studio, as well as a bespoke gin bar.

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To stay here you’ll need a Kafnu membership, which comes with a free GoGet car membership and access to any of the Kafnu properties around the world including Taipei and Hong Kong.

Makepeace Island, Sunshine Coast

It’s a little-known fact that Sir Richard Branson has a property in Australia. But even more surprising to many is that it’s available to book.

Called Makepeace Island, the heart-shaped home sits just a few minutes boat ride from Noosa Heads on the Sunshine Coast. Home to three villas, four rooms in the Island House and a Boathouse, it recently underwent a makeover. Overseen by acclaimed interior designer June Robinson Scott who previously worked on the interior design of Necker Island and The Branson Estate, the result is a fusion of rustic wilderness and sumptuousness. 

Sequoia at Mount Lofty House, Adelaide

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Sequoia at Mount Lofty House is set to open in September 2019. Image: supplied

Mount Lofty House in the rolling green countryside of Adelaide Hills is currently undergoing a massive makeover, and among its most anticipated unveilings is luxury lodge Sequoia at Mount Lofty House. Set to open in September 2019, the $15m development will house 14 villas, each with their own balcony overlooking Piccadilly Valley.

Spend your days here wandering around the estate’s manicured Tuscan gardens, joining in on a historic tour, or heading out to explore one of the many nearby wineries.

DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge, Perth

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The hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a 24-hour gym, and an on-site restaurant James St Bar + Kitchen. Image: supplied

The DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge opened in January and is Western Australia’s first DoubleTree and the country’s first new-build DoubleTree.

Spend your time here swimming in the outdoor pool, working up a sweat in the 24-hour gym or feasting on Western Australian produce plates from on-site restaurant James St Bar + Kitchen.

(Lead image: Sequoia at Mount Lofty House / supplied)

Published 08 February, 2019