The Best Hotels To Admire Australia's Coastline

2 August 2013

As a country that is 'girt by sea', Australia certainly has some spectacular coastline. From the picturesque Queensland beaches to the astonishing beauty of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria and the rugged splendour of Western Australia, it's the ever-changing scenery that ensures every region is unique.

Luckily for travellers, there are hotels that are situated right on the coast that offer incredible views over the ocean. Here are our favourites.

Southern Ocean Lodge, South Australia

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Australia's first true luxury lodge, the Southern Ocean Lodge floats serenely on a secluded cliff on Kangaroo Island and presents peerless views of the incredible Southern Ocean. On offer are 21 suites that feature lavish king beds and a dramatic glass-walled bathroom. This is truly a remarkable accommodation option to appreciate ocean views.

Sea Temple Surfers Paradise at Soul, Queensland

With the uninterrupted ocean views that stretch the length of the magnificent Gold Coast, the Sea Temple Surfers Paradise is contained within the luxurious 77-level Soul complex. The property features immaculately-appointed one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and a restaurant that has breathtaking views from every table.

Cable Beach Club, Western Australia

The award-winning Cable Beach Club faces the iconic Cable Beach in Western Australia. This is the perfect destination for both families and couples seeking seclusion. After wandering around the grounds, guests should stroll along Cable Beach to Gantheaume Point to admire the red earth cliffs and the dinosaur footprints at low tide.

qualia, Queensland

The epitome of modern luxury, qualia is situated on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. Each of qualia's pavilions face the water and are surrounded by bushland. While the views are mesmerising, it's also worth signing up for a snorkelling tour to admire the marine life that call the Great Barrier Reef home.

Wyndham Resort Torquay, Victoria

The Great Ocean Road is arguably the most famous coastline drives in Australia - it features the iconic Twelve Apostles. Travellers may like to make their visit all the more special by reserving a room in a hotel that faces the ocean. The Wyndham Resort Torquay is positioned directly opposite Zeally Bay Beach and is set within manicured grounds.

Castaways Resort & Spa, Queensland

Escape the buzz of metropolitan living by heading to Mission Beach in Tropical North Queensland. All the rooms at the Castaways Resort & Spa feature stunning beach views. While you're in the region, take a boat across to nearby Dunk Island so that you can look back and appreciate this glorious coastline.

Margarets Beach Resort, Western Australia

Heading south from Perth, the coastline of Western Australia is worth including on your bucket list. And after a satisfying day sightseeing, rest your head at the Margarets Beach Resort, which is situated at Gnarabup Beach- a great family-friendly beach perfect for snorkelling, swimming and stand up paddle boarding. The apartments at the property boast magnificent views of the coast.

BreakFree Aanuka Beach, New South Wales

Billed as an absolute beachfront tropical style resort perfect for families and couples, the BreakFree Aanuka Beach is situated just outside Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales north coast. Guests can reserve a studio hotel room, a paradise spa bures or a four bedroom spa villa that accommodates up to six people.

Lyndon Barnett

Guided by curiosity and a sense of adventure, Lyndon travelled independently to 69 countries on six continents. As such, travel is Lyndon's only addiction. He enjoys with equal measure - scaling the peaks of a South American mountain at altitude, attending opera in a European Opera House or hunting for a bargain in an Asian market.