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A handful of Australian companies are leading the charge and embracing the tiny life with remote and off-grid cabins you can rent out for the weekend. For your first post-isolation escape, why no reconnect with nature at one of these tiny home escapes and discover more of your own backyard — all of which are just a short drive away from Sydney’s CBD.
Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio (HAADS) might start to become a familiar name, linked with futuristic architectural designs popping up all over the world. The architecture firm has designs in the works for a cliffside hotel in Norway, Cities of the Future, Dubai’s rotating Squall Tower and now, an extraordinary Eco-Floating Hotel, scheduled to open in Qatar as early as 2025.
In recent years, the tiny travel trend has extended beyond eco-cabins and glamping tents to now come full circle and evolve right back into the hotel scene with the rise of micro-hotels. The dwellings offer all the amenities of an upscale hotel, only within tiny rooms slightly bigger than a standard parking space — 14 square metres.
Camp Island is located in the northern Whitsundays and positioned within the heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park. The island is spacious with lush greenery, white sand beaches and crystal clear waters ripe for snorkelling. And you can rent it for less than $170 per person, per night. The island will be your's entirely for the duration of a stay, and while the island itself presents rugged, untouched terrain, the luxurious Camp Island Lodge is anything but.
No doubt Australia is lacking the all-inclusive resort experience. While we’ve got thousands of amazing hotels, only a smaller number, many of which lie in the Whitsundays, provide a comparable experience to those beachfront hotels in Bali, Fiji other tropical islands. But a new resort in Rottnest Island in WA is bringing this in spades, and after 13 years of planning and dreaming, is open and taking bookings. After months of construction, the brand new Samphire Rottnest has been unveiled.
While you may have to wait a little longer before you can set sail aboard a luxury yacht in Croatia or go island hopping in Greece, take comfort in the fact that you can actually have a similar experience right here in Australia. An arguably better experience, even? In lieu of your European vacay, we’re making a strong case for hiring a luxe yacht and spending a day out on the water with your friends.
It takes some extreme imagination and design knowledge to construct a house on the edge of a cliff, but you’d be surprised about how many exist. In the spirit of stepping outside our comfort zones and exploring all facets of nature in 2021, we’ve compiled some of the most exciting cliffside accommodations, some of which are mid-build, some that you can stay in right now, and others that might give you a bit of that grand designs inspiration you need to conjure up your own dream home.
What with the raging bushfire season and the swift follow-up of COVID-19, Australians have been somewhat grounded since the beginning of 2020, and have had little opportunity to explore more remote regions and smaller towns within short distance of major cities. Now, though, as restrictions for domestic trips ease in some states, we’re finally able to get excited about local travel once more. To get you inspired, we’ve rounded up the 10 best cosy winter cabins around Australia.
Travel experts predict Japan to be one of the first countries to safely open up to Australians for international travel, and if that’s the case, you bet we’ll be on the first plane out. Only, we’re aware that everyone will likely have the same idea — which despite being awesome for the Japanese tourism industry, but could spell problems of over-tourism for the major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.