Eight unique Aussie getaways that'll have you flooding your 'gram feed

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We found the most unusual accommodation in the country

Home to some of the world's most stunning scenery, it's no surprise Australia is filled with heaps of unusual accommodation experiences. From an underground cave to a cliff-side lodge to glamping in an eco-lodge, here are seven of the most quirky stays we found in Australia. Because hey, you can have a standard hotel room any ol' day.

1. Live luxuriously underground

COMFORT INN

Don't be fooled into thinking a stay underground is basic hermit life because it's far from it. Comfort Inn Coober Pedy Experience in South Australia offers underground suites, filled to the brim with luxury. The hotel, located on a former working opal mine, lets guests stay in underground rooms, which are an optimal 25C all year around.

2. Sail through secluded bays and lush islands

WHITSUNDAYS

Who says that accommodation has to be limited to land? Drive your own bareboat, yacht or power catamaran (no license is required!) or hire someone else to so you experience the Whitsundays, Queensland in a totally unique way. You'll get to experience star-filled nights in tranquil anchorages, and the chance to visit secluded bays and rainforest-covered islands. The best bit is that you're in complete control of your own adventures. 

3. Chill out in a historic hotel room

GRAND OLD DUKE

Offering the elegance and comfort of a bygone era, apartment complex Grand Old Duke in Hobart, Tasmania still retains it's 19th-century appeal, letting you take a step back in time. Its convenient Battery Point's Hampden Road location makes it walking distance from some of the city's best restaurants and iconic landmarks. Your romantic getaway awaits. 

4. Camp at the edge of a cliff

BEYOND THE EDGE

Seriously. This is an Australian first and the highest one of any such experience in the world – of which there are very few. Located at Mt Buffalo National Park Victoria, Unleashed-Unlimited's Beyond the Edge lets you spend a night camping on a port-a-ledge, suspended at around 300m above ground. Trust us when we say the breathtaking views with both your dinner and breakfast make the $599 per person price tag totally worth it.

5. Glamp in rural Queensland

SCENIC RIM

Spicers Retreats Peak Lodge's glamping accommodation describes itself as being at the 'height of luxury', and it most certainly is. Set on a mountaintop, the lodge has elegant suites, private lodges, a spa, and a dreamy-looking pool set against a green pastures backdrop. The retreat, located a two-hour drive away from Brisbane, also offers a Scenic Rim Trail trip – an all-inclusive three days of glamping, hiking and 5-star star meals.  

6. Live like royalty in a castle

THORNGROVE MANOR

Whoever says that fairy tales don’t exist, clearly hasn't heard you can stay a night at Thorngrove Manor, one of Adelaide's best-kept secrets. Located just 20 minutes outside the city, the boutique accommodation features five private, imaginatively-designed room types, antique furniture, and winding stone staircases inside a dreamy, castle-looking building, complete with towers and turrets. We're getting goosebumps just writing about it.

7. Spoil yourself in an artsy fashion

QT MELBOURNE

QT Melbourne may look like an ordinary hotel from the outside, but just wait 'til you see what goes on inside. The hotel is a design-focused arts hub with some very quirky features, like 'Directors of Chaos' in the lobby, who aim to provide a sense of fun for guests and inspire those they come into contact with.  

Like QT Sydney, QT Melbourne also uses special sensory technology in the guest elevators, sensing how many passengers are on board at any one time with accented female voices (Eastern European, French and British) calling out to guests as they exit. The technology is programmed to say over 50  flirtatious, tongue-in-cheek phrases and also features a carefully curated playlist by their Creative Music Director.

8. Take glamping to the next level

SIERRA ESCAPE

Sierra Escape is Mudgee's first and only luxury eco glamping experience. Surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, and breathtaking views, only 20 minutes outside the town of Mudgee, Sierra provides an opportunity to escape from busy city life and immerse yourself in country NSW. Spend your evening relaxing in a bath, toasting marshmallows on an open campfire or sitting on the deck with a glass of Mudgee wine, taking in the sun set.

Written By Sangeeta Kocharekar