There’s nothing like a dreary January day to inspire wanderlust. These restless days awaken our wandering spirits and those journeys that hold a special place in our hearts take over our imaginations.
If winter is bringing you down, I say get down…Down Under, that is.
So…you missed the jet with Oprah, Capt. John Travolta, and company. Fret not, we’re in the same boat. You can still enjoy your own whirlwind tour of Australia and get the star treatment without the star budget as you follow in Oprah’s footsteps. Isn’t affordable luxury the most luxurious kind?
From Bondi Beach to the Great Barrier Reef, we’ve got you covered every step of the way with some of the world’s top hotels. After all, every aspect of your ultimate adventure should be memorable.
We’ve combed our collection and hand picked 10 of our favorite hotels from Oprah’s favorite locations across Australia. You’ll never believe they’re each under $200. Consider these some of our Ultimate Favorite Things.
Top 10 Hotels in Australia under $200:
1. Sea Temple Resort & Spa, Port Douglas. Rates from AUD 179
Set between rainforest and reef, Sea Temple Resort & Spa elevates the notoriously casual Australian approach to something more refined, but just as charming.
2. The Sebel Reef House & spa, Cairns. Rates from AUD 139
The Sebel Reef House & Spa is situated in Palms Cove, a beachside village in Queensland where the rainforest meets the sea and Australia’s tropical gardens give way to white sand beaches.
3. The Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns. Rates from AUD 120
For adventurous travelers like you, Shangri-la offers its signature luxury accommodation right on the ocean’s edge.
4. Emporium Hotel, Brisbane. Rates from AUD 179
With its eye-catching plush interiors, swank cocktail bar, and entertainment-district address, Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel is as much a destination as it is a place to rest your head.
5. BLUE Sydney, Sydney. Rates from AUD 198
BLUE Sydney is more than a simple boutique hotel. Housed withing a historic wharf building, it provides a shining example of urban renewal– and stylish accommodation.
6. Hilton Sydney, Sydney. Rates from AUD 189
Located on Pitt Street in the heart of the city, the sleek Hilton Sydney hotel is as hyper-connected as you are. Everything you need is at your fingertips, or right out the front door.
7. The Olsen, Melbourne. Rates from AUD 169
In the outdoor shopping hotbed that is Chapel Street, The Olsen pays tribute to one of Australia’s most prolific artists with a hotel the like of which Melbourne has never seen.
8. The Cullen, Melbourne. Rates from AUD 188
In Melbourne’s fashion and arts district of Prahran, The Cullen shows that the Aussies can get artsy with the best of them.
9. The Prince, Melbourne. Rates from AUD 195
The Prince is a decidedly hip hotel in Melbourne’s trendy St. Kilda neighborbood, just steps from the beach and vibrant nightlife.
10. The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart. Rates from AUD 188
Former jam factory becomes culturally renowned hotel. The Henry Jones Art Hotel, located on Hobart’s waterfront, showcases Tasmanian art in an historic location.