Now that we're officially back to the daily grind, prioritising some consistent, well earned r and r is key. While you could opt for the likes of a day spa, why not kick the relaxation vibes into high gear with a weekend getaway, where the bath is actually the main attraction? We can imagine it now, you’re laying in a luxe outdoor tub, glass of bubbly in hand while you take in nature’s soundscapes. So let your hair down and book yourself in for a weekend at one of these ultra-tranquil stay in Queensland with an outdoor bath.
Julia Creek Caravan Park
You may think of a tropical beach getaway when picturing your ideal relaxation retreat. However, the natural orange and yellow landscapes of the outback provide a sense of tranquility that cannot be replicated. That’s definitely the case at Julia Creek Caravan Park & Outdoor Baths in Outback Queensland, where you can watch the sun set into colours of amber and then gaze up at the thousands of stars, all from your own outdoor bath. The outdoor baths are free to guests and are completely private in sets of two, allowing you to relax with a glass of vino and slice of cheesy goodness in hand.
Gilberton Outback Retreat
When thinking about Gilberton Outback Retreat, three words come to mind. Burke and Wills, but make it luxurious…okay, so that’s seven words but you catch our drift. Located on the bluff, overlooking the Gilbert River in North West Queensland, this relaxing getaway is centred around privacy—even though it's totally open to the surroundings. Don't worry, there's no one around to see you—the retreat only hosts two people at a time meaning you can enjoy the uninterrupted panoramic views from the outdoor bath without feeling self-conscious.
Lamington National Park
We never thought we would say this but somehow Nightfall glamping makes the bushranger lifestyle look sultry and alluring. Now, we should just preface this by saying that there are no illegal activities involved during your stay, and the mod cons provided in this glamming experience are leaps and bounds above early 1900s inventions. However, we can’t help but feel as if Ned Kelly would’ve taken his honeymoon at Nightfall. With the corrugated iron outdoor baths and wood-fired fireplaces all situated amongst the lush rainforest of Lamington National Park, this glamping experience is one that will have you feeling full of warm and fuzzies.
Spicers Hidden Vale
Wake up to views Monet would be inspired by in the Luxury Suite at Spicers Hidden Vale. Located about an hour from Brisbane, the name says it all with rustic elegance being the focal point for this retreat. The home away from home is situated in the rolling hills of Mount Mort, featuring an outdoor tub sheltered from the weather by a corrugated iron roof and walls on three sides. We recommend making a warm cuppa, filling up a hot bath and watching the sun set over the hills, for the best end to a day you could ever ask for.
When you think of Longreach you might conjure up ideas of a rodeo, R.M Williams and the home of the QANTAS museum. Now while all of this may be true, the rural town is also host to it’s very own relaxing retreat. With panoramic views, the Saltbush Retreat features a variety of 4 star accommodation from authentic huts to stables. So pack your bush boots, strap in for a 4WD tour and finish the day off with a relaxing outdoor bath and pamper package for a trip to the outback that you won’t forget.
The Little Red Barn
If you’re a proud singleton and want to snatch the girls away for a weekend to remember, look no further than The Little Red Barn in the Noosa Hinterland. If the location wasn’t enough to sell you then wait till we tell you that the barn has both an outdoor bath on the wraparound veranda and a circular concrete pool that’s totally ‘grammable. With views over the hinterland to satisfy both your eyes and your social media feed, you won’t want to leave the property. So give your gal pals a call, and plan a weekend of roasting marshmallows around the fire and sipping wine in the tub.
The Banksia House
An architectural gem you won’t want to leave, The Banksia House looks like it has come from the pages of Architectural Digest. With its indoor-outdoor living it would be impossible to not feel connected with nature at this King Beach residence. Wake up on the right side of the bed with the top of the line mattresses, then take a dip in the pool, play a game or two of barefoot boules, and finish off the day in the outdoor tub with a drink in hand. This house has something for everyone, with stacks of outdoor entertaining as well as relaxing amenities.
Siri, play a 3 hour loop of relaxing rainforest sounds. Is that not quite doing it for you either? Then head on up to Cairns for your own real life rainforest track, as Treetops is exactly what we picture when we think of our ideal state of relaxation. Situated a ten minute walk away from picturesque waterfalls that you can actually swim in, you will most definitely be the king of the jungle. Situated in the lush rainforest it’ll be a miracle if you come across another soul during your stay, making you feel as if you’re in your own world. Relax in the outdoor bath and let all of your worries melt away, as time starts to slow around you in the tropical oasis.
Who needs Bali when you’ve got Queensland’s playground in The Whitsundays? Paradise Cove pairs the Balinese resort vibes with the Aussie relaxed spirit, creating a getaway that seems worlds away. While this getaway spot situated in Airlie Beach, and may be a bit more on the pricey side, why not take those savings for your yearly Bali trip and instead treat yourself to a weekend at Paradise Cove? The shorter flight will allow you to kick into holiday mode a whole lot quicker. Enjoy an outdoor bath and pamper package on touchdown, followed by a splash in the ocean and an arvo nap in your king sized bed.
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