Adventure hungry wanting something different than a stock standard hotel but too time poor to waste hours on an international flight? Look no further. Here are some of Australia's more individual accommodation options for the adventurous traveller that will have you feeling you've left Australia if only for the weekend;
For those who are familiar with the glamping options of tipis and gypsy caravans that are popping up more and more in the luscious UK countryside you will be relieved to hear you don't need to travel quite so far to experience this yourselves.
Burnside in WA, 5 minutes from Margaret River is home to a luxurious rustic tipi that you can book an overnight stay in through www.airbnb.com.au from only $130 per night. Nestled amongst farmland greenery (where fruit trees, veggie patch and animals abound) a deluxe tipi will have you feeling like you've left time behind. A double bed, cushions, table, outdoor sitting area and hammocks provide ample furnishings to help you relax and unwind; settling into the slower rhythm of life. Nearby are beaches, vineyards or for those with more activity in mind – biketracks. Enquire of a luxury picnic hamper and make a day of walking the local area.
Fair Harvest's Tipi in Burnside is the ultimate nature retreat
If images of the land and the sunburnt country fill you with excitement or even a wistful curiosity then why not live out your Australiana fantasy with a weekend of back-to-basics living with the land. Cattle Station stays allow visitors to experience a back-to-basics lifestyle which despite the hard work will often send guests home with a new vigour and vitality for life. Multiple service sites exist to assist suburbanites & citydwellers in locating nearby working farms that are open for visitors. Lodgings range from basic camping right through to luxury bed & breakfasts depending on what you are after. Bullara Station in WA is one such option that will awaken your senses with their quirky individual style; guests sleep in a converted shearers shed. A Queen room tariff is $140 per night for 2 people or $110 for a twin room. Included is bedding, towels, a stargazers ideal bathroom (outdoor and open air), kitchen and bbq facilities and best of all the venue is BYO alcohol.
For those whom are severely cash poor; Trilby Station is a NSW outback experience where often you can exchange a few hours work for free accommodation that evening. What better way to get the real experience than to work for it! What way to feel more in touch with nature on a weekend than fishing, yabbying, gardening and more; all of which you can find right on the property.
Luxury Baroque Castle
If the architecture and grandeur of European castles sets your heart racing, Thorngrove Manor just 20 minutes from Adelaide, South Australia may help temper your desire to head to Europe for a few months whilst you save the pennies. Perfect for romantic getaways, this five star property features guest accommodation varying from underground rooms to spiral staircase tower suites. Guests do not see others outside of their party thanks to private entrances; there are purposefully no public areas - what more could a fairytale weekend demand. The baroque architecture will immediately transport you to Europe with its romantic turrets, towers and spiral staircases complete with beguiling antique interiors. Surrounded by nature this really is the ultimate in romantic weekend getaways from $830 per night including breakfast.
Thorngrove Manor will make any woman feel like a princess
Fancy popping over to Bali for a day or two but just can't afford the flight time? The Melbourne suburb of Montrose has brought Bali to Australia with The Balinese Spa Retreat. Your luxurious bedroom and exotic lounge are set on the edge of a private blue lagoon facing a waterfall for your visual Bali, whilst the host of gourmet and spa therapy menus will provide the spirit of Bali. Whilst the price is dear (from $1199 per night), there is a whole range of inclusions with all packages, and there truly is no better luxury retreat for that perfect romantic domestic weekend. Perfect place to propose eh lads?
Escape to your own slice of Bali
London Bus Stay
Ever thought the red London buses were cool? Fancy staying in one from 1949? Well you don't need to travel to London to do it. The Blue Mountains north of Sydney has the key to your heart's desire at the Artisans Park, 500sq metres with te bus, a London phone box and several outdoor seats where you can enjoy the fabulous views not of dirty city streets but of the gorgeous wild valleys below. Bus accommodation has all the mod-cons one expects of self catering accommodation with a kitchen, friedge, bathroom, bedroom, deck etc. At only $115 per night for 2 people its doubtful you will find more affordable accommodation anywhere else in the mountains, and it won't have the novelty factor either. Book yoour bus stays through www.stayz.com.au or visit the Artisans Park website for more information.