Privacy is the new luxury: Discover Australia’s indulgent private islands & secluded estates

If you’re like us, your daydreams are probably filled right now with ideas for idyllic getaways. A secluded island perhaps, relaxing on your own sparkling white sand beach, far from the crowds.
August 2020

If you’re like us, your daydreams are probably filled right now with ideas for idyllic getaways. A secluded island perhaps, relaxing on your own sparkling white sand beach, far from the crowds. Or settling in for a sunset glass of wine, gazing out over the rolling hills of a mountain estate, a private haven for that weekend away without another soul in sight.

Privacy is the new luxury. Domestic private jet journeys, superyacht charters, private islands, exclusive-use homesteads and estates, whispered secrets and secluded retreats – the return of luxury travel in Australia in the coming months is being driven by the desire to cocoon and reconnect with loved ones in spectacular locations and unhurried style and comfort.

Abercrombie & Kent’s local travel experts have curated a selection of exquisite private travel experiences in Australia, from remote island hideaways in Tasmania, to a calming hinterland property in New South Wales. Imagine your own slice of holiday paradise, yours to explore and enjoy in exclusive luxury with nothing but the soft lapping of waves or birdsong to break you from your relaxing reverie.

Read on to explore and start planning your perfect private escape.

Entire islands, estates and beach havens for your exclusive use

Satellite Island, Tasmania

In the heart of the magnificent D'Entrecasteaux Channel in the south of Tasmania, lies a small island of immense beauty. Sheer sea cliffs fall away to pristine water and wild shellfish can be found in the ancient rock shelf that circles the Island. A pair of rare white breasted sea eagles who live on the Island can be seen soaring high above the huge blue gums, whilst quail and native wildlife forage below.

Accessible only to a privileged few, Satellite Island remains utterly unspoilt and only eight guests can enjoy its brand of  luxury at any one time. With 360° views of this southern hemisphere wilderness—a mix of beautiful native bush, ancient blue gums, sheer sea cliffs, pebble beaches and sunny coves—Satellite Island is the ultimate secluded secret hideaway. 

Whether you're looking to escape frantic city life or yearning for adventure, a stay here offers the perfect combination of relaxing hideaway and untamed Tasmanian wilderness.

In the morning you can wake to the sound of sea birds and take breakfast out on the deck before heading off on one of the island's stunning walking tracks. In the afternoon take the kayaks out and explore the island from the water, or cast a line from a deck chair on the boathouse jetty and shuck your own wild oysters off the rock shelf.

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Picnic Island, Tasmania

Gather your closest friends and family, escaping to your own private island just offshore from the beautiful Freycinet Peninsula, and around the corner from world famous Wineglass Bay. This stunning copper-clad lodge is designed by Tasmanian architect John Latham. With beds for 10 and the comfortably appointed ‘Birdhouse’ lounge space, relax on the deck or by the open fire, drinking in the spectacular views that surround you.

A wildlife haven, as the sun goes down you are likely to see penguins and shearwaters come in after a long day, and if marine mammals are more your thing you may well spot a whale, dolphin or seal just off the island.

A stay here can also include a selection of experiences, designed to take full advantage of the spectacular surroundings. Packages include daily activities such as a kayaking adventure around Coles Bay, or a journey by boat through Hazards Beach and walk to Wineglass Bay. Gastronomes can savour a Freycinet Lodge lunch, or those looking to zen out in private luxury can have a qualified yoga instructor brought to the island for a private session.

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Ooralba, Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales

At Ooralba, awe-inspiring panoramic views of Kangaroo Valley’s green rolling hills and bush escarpments surround you. The 200-acre estate is exclusively yours, with room for you and 13 others and everything you could possibly need for the perfect luxury escape. Wander the award-winning landscaped gardens, savour the craftsmanship of the interiors, and enjoy absolute privacy and luxury unsurpassed in the Southern Highlands and South Coast region.

Ooralba’s soaring cathedral ceilings, skylights and floor to ceiling glass walls bring a sense of lightness and space into this contemporary country homestead. Original artworks and Australian craftsmanship combine with modern luxury and design technologies to create a sumptuous retreat for guests.

The central stone fireplace, living areas, library and chef’s kitchen give ample space for entertaining and enjoying the paddock to plate dining Ooralba can offer during your stay. A fully serviced property which comes with chef, butler and housekeeping, a stay at this resplendent estate offers a truly indulgent escape. Beyond the grounds are unforgettable experiences such as horse riding, vineyard visits, golf, dairy farm tours, and the stunning white sand beaches of Jervis Bay all beckoning to be explored.

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Alinghi Beach House, Agnes Water, Queensland

If a coastal sanctuary is your idea of a perfect private getaway, then your next escape should be to Alinghi Beach House. A tranquil getaway on the exclusive Rocky Point Estate, nestled amongst 14 acres of native bushland at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, it’s your own slice of tropical paradise.

This eco-chic property comfortably sleeps 10, with a self-contained Master Pavilion should you need a little more space and private luxury. 

From as soon as the gates open and you enter your private paradise, met by a breathtaking view of the sea, you will be captivated by the serenity of this contemporary beach house retreat.

This is an escape that can be tailored to your perfect getaway. Take a break from the kitchen with in-house catering options, relax with private massages and yoga – all without even stepping a foot off the property. For more activity in this stunning coastal area, there are a myriad activities from fishing, scenic flights, reef snorkelling and 4WD tours swimming, surfing and more.

This tranquil hideaway does not have neighbours in the traditional sense, but it is home to an abundance of wildlife. During your visit you may meet wallabies, goannas, turtles, echidnas and a vast array of birds.

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Haggerstone Island, Queensland

Haggerstone Island is an all-inclusive boutique resort situated on a wild expanse of the Great Barrier Reef, approximately 600 km north of Cairns. Offering the perfect private and intimate holiday experience, tiny Haggerstone Island is just 42 hectares and only accessible by private air charter, or boat transfer from a neighbouring island. With an exclusive booking available for up to 13 guests, it’s the perfect destination for a private escape with you and your inner circle.

Offering a carefree island idyll, relax in barefoot luxury while experiencing all the adventures that set the island apart. Inclusive activities range from fishing, snorkelling and spearfishing to beachcombing  and daily ocean safaris. Each day is tailored to suit your holiday whim. The individually designed lodges blend seamlessly along the island foreshore; each private hut with its own pristine beachfront and sea view. Savour flavourful, locally sourced fare, a blend of homegrown produce and freshly caught seafood. This is the ultimate Robinson Crusoe adventure.

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