It’s a good time to be a hotel-lover in Australia. The past few years have seen a wave of ace accommodation options launch across the country – from boutique digs to rejuvenated retro motels and big-name hotel brands – multiplying the number of hotel beds and providing endless excuses for domestic getaways. In the first six months of this year alone, we’ve had luxurious forest cabins with outdoor bathtubs, a Med-inspired inn perfectly primed for whale spotting, and many other getaways that are variously luxurious, fun and peaceful. Here are the latest lodgings to check out and into, as well as a handful of rejuvenated spots that deserve another look.

Cleveland Estate, Macedon Ranges, Vic

Lancefield’s Cleveland Winery has been reimagined as Cleveland Estate, a luxurious rural retreat set on 130 acres of farmland. Fifty guestrooms and suites – including six within the property’s central 19th-century homestead – are spread across several buildings, each nodding to the gold rush era history of the site via salvaged materials and antiques. Artworks by celebrated Australian artists such as John Olsen and Russell Drysdale are peppered throughout, while rooms boast freestanding bathtubs and bucolic views of rolling vineyards and roaming cattle. The experience is set off with shared guest lounges, an on-site cellar door and a restaurant harnessing local produce.

Cheshire Cat Motel, Gold Coast, Qld

The revivals of Australia’s retro motels keep coming thick and fast. One of the latest is the Cheshire Cat Motel at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast, which retains its nostalgic charm while offering modern amenities. Custom carpentry is used throughout the motel’s six queen rooms and a two-bedroom apartment, and bathrooms are kitted out in terracotta tiling in shades of ethereal blue, pale eucalypt and burnt orange. Topping off the experience is a magnesium pool and sun-drenched lounge area, plus a communal area perfect for mates’ getaways.

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Courtyard by Marriott Perth, Murdoch, WA

It’s just a 10-minute drive from Perth’s CBD to the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel, which boasts 150 light-flooded rooms of varying sizes. What doesn’t vary are the plush beds in each room. The menu at its all-day on-site restaurant, Substance Restaurant & Bar, is inspired by Asian flavours and serves an array of cocktails. A grab-and-go section will help fuel travellers before big days exploring Perth and its surrounds, and the 24-hour fitness centre is ideal for more active guests.

Harrogate Lane, Adelaide Hills, SA

An elegant cabin named Joy, decorated with striking artworks and eye-catching furniture, is the first residence to launch at new off-grid property Harrogate Lane, set within a valley next to a flowing creek in the Adelaide Hills. Powered by solar and piped with rainwater, Joy boasts two bedrooms and two bathrooms – the master ensuite has a freestanding tub. The home is fully self-contained with a kitchen fitted out with Miele appliances and, importantly, a coffee machine. Sharing the property is a menagerie of animals including Scottish Highland cattle, alpacas and ostriches, while electric window coverings will block out the world once night falls.

Il Delfino, Yamba, NSW

The Amalfi Coast out of reach this year? The next-best thing might be Il Delfino, Yamba's breezy Med-inspired seaside inn in a reinvented 1948 cottage. The property, reimagined by stylist Sheree Commerford, has four suites and standalone bungalow, each named after a different Italian coastal destination, and each offering a private balcony, Aesop toiletries, Allpress coffee and ocean views. The spaces are decorated in palettes reminiscent of Italy, with handcrafted tiles and artworks by artist-in-residence and Sass & Bide founder Heidi Middleton. And as a reminder to look beyond the breezy design, binoculars are on hand for dolphin spotting.

Kirra Point Holiday Apartments, Gold Coast, Qld

Newly opened Kirra Point Holiday Apartments are likely a cut above the serviced apartments your family stayed at on your childhood trips to the Gold Coast. Envisioned by the creators of Elements of Byron, the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and their sprawling balconies look over Kirra Beach and have coastal-inspired designs to match. Within the open-plan spaces guests will find fully equipped kitchens, Nespresso coffee machines and spacious bedrooms. The deck of the 25-metre pool makes the most of the views, and the building sits within a new precinct with plenty of drinking and dining options.

Little National, Newcastle, NSW

Little National’s third cleverly designed hotel opened earlier this year, this time in the buzzy beachside city of Newcastle. Like every Little National property, the Scandi-style rooms are furnished with ultra-comfy king-sized mattresses, as well as amenities by luxury Swedish brand Byredo and techy features like in-room tablets, motion-sensor light controls and bluetooth connectivity. While guest rooms are small, communal spaces – including a 24-hour wellness centre with Technogym equipment, a library with free coffee and sparkling water, and a two-level atrium with views of Newcastle Harbour – offer plenty of room to move.

Mudgee Retreats, Mudgee, NSW

Fifteen new luxurious tents have been installed on the edge of Mudgee, a popular weekend getaway for Sydneysiders. The tents are pet-friendly and don’t skimp on the creature comforts: they’re decked out with four-poster beds, ensuites and private decks, and a continental breakfast is delivered to your door each morning. Guests also have access to an on-site indoor pool, tennis courts, a fitness centre and a spa. A big selling point is the tents’ eco-friendly construction: flooring made from recycled rice husk composite insulates the space, keeping temperatures pleasant year-round.

Osborn House Forest Lodge, Southern Highlands, NSW

Luxurious Southern Highlands boutique hotel Osborn House has added five new “forest lodges” to its property, taking the total number of lodges – its most premium accommodation – up to 12. Every lodge is placed to maximise views across the nearby national park, with completely private baths outdoors, and cosy wood fires inside. To complement the new stays, a “forest bathing deck” – with an ice bath, sauna, jacuzzi, firepit and immaculate views – has also been installed on-site, and just two Forest Lodge guests at a time are allowed access. Forest Lodge guests are also able to use Osborn House’s lap pool, steam room and sauna, and grab a meal at Dinah’s or George’s, its on-site restaurants.

Peppers Marysville, Yarra Valley, Vic

Big changes have been happening at Peppers Marysville in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. A huge makeover has seen its rooms, day spa, entrance and reception overhauled, plus the introduction of a new Italian restaurant, Andiamo, and a bike zone – with a hot-water bike wash and secure workshops for repairs and servicing – to appeal to the many visitors arriving on bicycle. What hasn’t changed? The property’s heated outdoor swimming pool, set within the bucolic grounds.

The Lyall, Melbourne, Vic

After a two-year refurb, five-star boutique hotel The Lyall has reopened in Melbourne’s well-heeled South Yarra neighbourhood. The elegant redesign begins at reception, where guests are greeted with views of a tranquil Japanese-style garden, and continues through the Parisian-style rooms with balconies, an expansive grand suite and a penthouse with fireplaces and an outdoor terrace. Rooms are furnished with bespoke Tasmanian oak pieces and luxurious materials, such as alpaca velvet and woven wallpaper. Pillow menus, velour bathrobes and coffee machines dial up the luxe factor, while the new restaurant and wine bar bring the neighbourhood’s drinking and dining culture inside the walls of the hotel.

The Sebel Sydney Martin Place, Sydney, NSW

The Mercure right off Martin Place in Sydney has been revitalised and renamed – it now falls under premium hotel brand The Sebel. That equals 86 rooms with kitchenettes of marble and terrazzo, sustainable toiletries from Aussie brand Biology and mini bars stocked with locally sourced snacks and bottled cocktails. Throughout the property, ambient lighting sets off a series of eye-catching artworks.