Yeah, nah, yeah we reckon these hotels are heaps Aussie ‘ay. From glamping and motor inns with windmills, to underground motels, the following hotels are more ocker than Warney and Bob Hawke combined.
Komune Resort, Gold Coast
Internationally, Australians are associated with the outdoors, surfing and beach culture. Needless to say, this list includes a hotel dedicated to our culture of surfing and throwing shakas.
The Komune hotel brand is all about providing contemporary, eco-friendly accommodation within reach of world class surfing breaks. Aussies thrive on danger, whether it be dangerous animals, dangerous sports, or just taking on a bitumen road, barefoot, on a 40-degree day. It’s fitting then that Komune is next to Point Danger, where experienced surfers can hurl themselves into the green room, and a rock shelf.
There’s no need to leave the resort to get amongst some quality grub and brews. Perch up in the tropical themed beer garden and throw back some tins of the world’s best session beer, XXXX Gold. Food wise, choose from the Mexican inspired menu (ok, not so aussie, but who’s going to say no to tacos?).
Karijini Eco Retreat, The Pilbara
It doesn’t get much more ‘Strayan than a corrugated iron shed in the outback. Deep in The Pilbara is Karijini Eco Retreat, an award-winning, eco-certified hangout. It’s an 80 kilometre drive to Tom Price, the nearest town, taking the term ‘secluded getaway’ to another level.
Accommodation options include unpowered campsites, deluxe eco tents and corrugated iron cabins. The on-site alfresco restaurant serves up meals with an outback twist. Think barbecued wildfire chicken breast or lasagna made with local bush tomatoes.
Each April a five-day festival, The Karijini Experince is celebrated. The family friendly festival, held on the land of the Banjima people, honours the cultural and environmental wealth of the region. Events in previous years have included outdoor dinners and Opera in the Joffre Gorge.
The Lookout Cave Underground Motel, Coober Pedy
This motel is more underground than a turtle-neck wearing, almond-milk-quarter-strength-decaf-latte sipping hipster sporting a bowl cut. But seriously, this motel is literally underground. If it were a music genre, it would be deep house.
The family run motel offers rooms up to 50 metres underground, escaping the sweltering heat that the above ground environment endures. The recently renovated ‘Miners Dugout’ has sandstone walls and features a separate living room, bathroom and bedroom.
Coober Pedy is home to one of Australia’s last drive-in cinemas. Check out their webpage to see what’s showing when you’re in town.
Beagle Motor Inn, Katherine
The Beagle Motor Inn caters to an often overlooked, but hugely important demographic of society – the working class tradie. Contractor packages include single or twin accommodation, laundry facilities, secure parking, full breakfast, packed lunch, water bottles, ice for the esky and a two course dinner. The only way this hotel could be more tradie-friendly is by having Dare Iced Coffee on tap in the bedrooms.
Photo evidence of how bloody Aussie this motor inn is – beetroot and pineapple sitting side by side at the sandwich bar.
The central location is just three blocks from the nearest bottle-o, making after work froth-offs a piece of cake.
Cradle Mountain Highlanders, Cradle Mountain
Australia is a really large country. Europeans have trouble understanding that it took some of us an hour by bus to get to school every day. Our sprawling land mass also comes with its perks though – like not being limited to a hotel room that’s the size of your niece’s cubby house. The lodges at Cradle Mountain Highlanders make use of the space, and are laid out over ten acres of bushland, neighbouring Lake St Clair National Park in Tassie.
The hand-built, self-contained timber cabins are reminiscent of the Australian way of life – basic, but most importantly they get the job done. Each cabin is named after Australian flora and fauna like ‘Telopea’ and ‘Lanceolata’. Tassie Devils, wombats and brush tail possums are just some of the wildlife that call the property home.
The accommodation is also a good’un if you’re keen to check out the peak of Cradle Mountain. The summit bush walk is a six-hour return trek, and is best done with a partner due to the challenging terrain.
Shearing Shed, Dubbo
Have a squiz at this – the motor inn has a goddamn windmill in the front yard.
The Shearing Shed Motor Inn is family-friendly, and value-friendly. Rooms are furnished with everything you might need, and all have air-conditioning, which is quite important if you’re out this west.
Guests are welcome to grab a family pack of snags from the supermarket and prepare dinner in the communal BBQ area, next to the pool.
Mile End Glamping, Margaret River
Camping is fun. Setting up, and packing up camp is anti-fun. Why are tent bags so small? Who took your esky? Why do you suddenly have five extra camping chairs?
You should try glamping – camping without the hassle of setting up or packing up. Going glamping doesn’t mean you’re a wuss, or any less Australian than your swag-sleeping peers, it just means you’re smarter.
Drive 15 minutes southwest of Busselton and you’ll find Mile End Glamping. Set on 144 acres are several geodesic domes, or in Australian terms ‘really bloody fancy tents’. The light-filled tents all feature a bathroom, a kitchen, a king bed and private deck with its own spa.
Margaret River catering company The Larder provides breakfast baskets, BBQ hampers and picnic packs filled with the best local produce.