wildman lodge special report

Planning ahead for your corporate or personal time out? Here’s our guide to some top options.

Freycinet Lodge, Tasmania

Set in the stunning Freycinet National Park, 2.5 hours’ drive from Hobart, the lodge features nine private pavilions and 60 cabins. Designed by award-winning Liminal Architecture, the new self-contained pavilions each have their own private deck to help guests feel part of nature. The lodge has four onsite venues catering for a meeting of 10 to a conference of up to 110 people. 

Spicers Peak Lodge, Queensland

Overlooking the World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park, and the Great Dividing Range, Spicers Peak Lodge is two hours’ drive from Brisbane and 1100m above sea level on Queensland’s Scenic Rim. Stay in the main lodge or your own private standalone lodge perched on an escarpment. Explore the surrounding bushland on a personalised guided day hike or relax in the lodge’s Spa Anise day spa. Afterwards, dine on contemporary Australian cuisine at The Peak restaurant. 

RACV Cape Schanck Resort, Victoria

Just under two hours’ drive south of Melbourne, overlooking Bass Strait and Port Philip Bay on the Mornington Peninsula, Cape Schanck Resort features include a heated indoor pool, bar and luxury spa. All rooms and villas have modern bathrooms and private balconies. There is lots to do nearby, such as checking out the nearby Robert Trent Jones Jr-designed 18-hole course and spectacular Point Leo Estate and Sculpture Park. 

Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Northern Territory

Located in the Mary River wetlands near Kakadu National Park, the Wildman Wilderness Lodge is surrounded by natural beauty. There’s a central lodge, 10 air-conditioned Habitat cabins and 15 Safari Tents with timber floors and ensuites. Enjoy all the creature comforts after a day watching the abundant wildlife. 

Cruise control, Everywhere

More than 1.34 million Australians took a cruise in 2017 and cruise lines are increasingly catering for those who want time out for health and wellbeing. The Scenic Eclipse “discovery yacht” features 114 all-verandah suites,10 dining options, extensive spa, separate yoga and pilates studio and fully equipped gym. It has two helicopters, a mini submarine — and a butler service for all guests. It also boasts original artworks by Byron Bay artist Mitch Gobel.