Unusual places to stay in Australia

Night on the Great Barrier Reef, anyone?


Travellers in search of a unique place to stay are in for a treat in Australia as some of the most unusual accommodation is found in the unlikeliest places. Whether you're looking for a hotel or holiday rental, a stay on the coast or in the rainforest, there's a quirky place for you to rest your head at night.

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For a seaside escape in Victoria, you should look no further than The Pole House, which sits 40 metres above sea level on the Great Ocean Road. The quirky property's walkway extends from the cliff top and provides a 360-degree view over Fairhaven Beach, offering an unforgettable place to wake up to the ocean. Prefer to be even closer to the sea? A trip to the Great Barrier Reef can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a night spent under the stars on the world's largest coral reef system. Wildlife fans sleep on a floating pontoon in an area teeming with corals and more than 10,000 fish and marine species.

If it's a truly odd hotel you'd like to check into, the "weirdest accommodation of them all" can be found at Mira Mira. This bed and breakfast in the Gippsland Region features fantasy rooms that range from a striking cave-inspired retreat to a Gaudi-influenced room nestled among the trees.

Luxury seekers can also enjoy a taste of the unexpected at a remote lodge in one of the world's last true wilderness areas, Kimberley. Berkeley River Lodge is only accessible by air and has just 20 villas positioned along a 65-metre high dune. And in South Australia, a romantic castle with fantasy turrets and towers awaits lovers of antiques, art and baroque design.

Discover some of Australia's most unusual places to stay below.

Unusual places to stay in Australia

Unusual places to stay in Australia