Four Australian destinations have been featured in Lonely Planet‘s travel guide, 50 Places to Stay to Blow Your Mind. The book outlines fifty of the most spectacular, thrilling and luxurious places to stay from all around the world. Their Australian selections are truly extraordinary.

Their first suggestion is the Crocodile Hotel in Jabiru, NT. This hotel is one of Australia’s — and perhaps the world’s — most distinctive holiday destinations. The building is shaped to represent Kakadu’s most famous inhabitant, the saltwater crocodile, and is perfectly located to allow guests to explore some of Kakadu’s beautiful attractions.

“There’s an undeniably quirky edge to this place, but nothing tacky. The hotel is entirely indigenous-owned and there’s a bush-tucker-inspired menu at the restaurant that features local ingredients like crocodile and kangaroo. Indigenous art adorns the walls in the rooms and there’s even a small gallery which showcases indigenous art and sculpture,” reads the guide.

The Northern Territory earns another mention with Longitude 131 in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

“You’ll be staying in one of only 15 luxuriously kitted-out tented cabins… Alongside the extravagant five-star features, the resort sports serious eco credentials and provides guests with the opportunity to learn about the centuries-old culture of the Anangu people,” reads the guide.

The National Park is steeped in the rugged, mystic beauty of the Australian desert and the cabins themselves command stupendous views of Australia’s most iconic natural formation, Uluru.

Taronga Zoo in Sydney is noted for their Roar and Snore experience. An overnight tent retreat, the behind-the-scenes tour is a perfect outing for families, social clubs, friends or training groups. The impressive African waterhole animals usually make appearances on the night walk, but there’s an opportunity to encounter any of your favourite critters.

“As close to wildlife as is possible in the centre of Australia’s largest city … Roar and Snore gives visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with many of the zoo’s inhabitants without competing with the crowds,” reads the guide.

The final destination in the guide is the Southern Ocean Lodge on beautiful Kangaroo Island. For those that like snuggling up inside while the weather turns chilled and windy, the Lodge certainly won’t dissapoint.

“On the edge of the Great Southern Ocean the water is wild and the coastline rugged and windswept. There are no crowds, just you and the elements, oh – and five-star luxury,” claims the guide.

Lonely Planet is a prominant authority on worldwide travel news and ideas, with categories spreading over Food and Drink, Road Trips, Gear and Tech, and Budget Travel. Being featured in their guide is a great, and well-deserved, achievement for these Australian destinations.

Read our story about Lonely Planet’s ‘Food Trails’, here.


Banner image: The avant-garde Frank Gehry-designed Hotel Marqués de Riscal

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