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Top 10 Unique Places to Stay in South Australia 2020

Rogasch Cottage private plunge pool deck. Image supplied by Rogasch Cottage.

From the seaside to secluded tiny homes amongst vineyards, South Australia truly offers a vast range of unique places to stay.

Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a week-long holiday, South Australia is home to an expansive selection of unique places to stays that are perfect for every type of style and taste. So whether you’re wanting waterfront views in some of South Australia’s coastal regions or you’re wanting to stay inland; regardless we’re sure you’ll fall in love with your hotel or accommodation choice.

So, to help you search no more, this list of the top 10 unique places to stay in South Australia will provide you with the ultimate cure for your next South Australian getaway. Paired with some of Australia’s best wineries, world-class food, idyllic scenery – you can’t really go amiss with any of these unique stays in this beautiful state!

Camel Beach House
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Camel Beach House

The definition of secluded luxury, Camel Beach House is a stay which should be on everybody’s bucket list. The beach house is renowned for its secluded privacy amidst stunning wilderness with expansive views over the ocean and Mount Camel Beach. With two queen beds, a modern kitchen and an expansive outdoor decking, Camel Beach House truly has it all. Ensuring the beach house provides an eco-friendly off the grid experience is another drawing component. The house utilises the benefits of pure rainwater and solar panels to source energy for the property. You can book this remarkable accommodation experience from September through to April or otherwise by special request.

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1 Mt Camel Beach Rd, Mt Camel Beach, Talia, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, 5670
Rogasch Cottage
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Rogasch Cottage

Perfectly located amidst South Australia’s famous wine country in the Barossa Valley, the Rogasch Cottage is your idyllic getaway. The two-bedroom cottage is tucked within nine acres of vineyards and within just a short walking distance of Tanunda’s sought-after coffee shops and restaurants. The greatest draw of this accommodation is the amazing heated plunge pool that overlooks the vineyards. For the wine enthusiasts, the cottage also comes with access to your own private cellar. After a day out exploring the wineries and restaurants of the Barossa Valley, come back, relax, and crack open a bottle while enjoying the pleasures of the plunge pool. Life does not get much better!

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Tanunda, South Australia
Tent on a Hill
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Tent on a Hill

Tent on a hill provides a unique experience situated amidst the beautiful wine country of the McLaren Vale region. The bell shaped tents on offer provide plush comfort with the surrounding gumtrees, extensive views over the McLaren Vale vineyards and even the passing kangaroos being the real showstopper here. From your tent you will have easy access to many must-visit destinations nearby including wineries, walking tracks, bike trails and top-tier restaurants. Kick back, relax and sip away on some of the best wines the McLaren Vale region has to offer while taking in the isolated beauty which surrounds the Tent on a Hill. This experience provides the perfect opportunity to get off the grid and connect yourself with nature while living in unique comfort.

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Bell Rd, Blewitt Springs, South Australia, 5171
Oceanview Eco Villas
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Oceanview Eco Villas

As isolated as it comes, the Oceanview Eco Villas offer a remarkable experience perched atop the Kangaroo Island coastline with endless ocean views. Oceanview Eco Villas pride themselves on providing premium eco-luxury, allowing guests to unwind and enjoy the pleasures of Kangaroo Island. With two villas to choose from – each home to two bedrooms and generous living spaces – guests will also fall in love with Oceanview Eco Villa’s sustainability measures ensure that your stay is as eco-friendly as possible. Although hidden away on its secluded site, the villas are never far away from many of the great experiences Kangaroo Island has to offer so you can get out and explore one of Australia’s greatest treasures.

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31 Point Morrison Rd, Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, 5223
Pike River Luxury Villas
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Pike River Luxury Villas

Situated on the river in the beautiful Riverland region, the Pike River Luxury Villas offer irresistible views in a relaxed and secluded setting. Your own self contained villa provides the perfect opportunity to get away and escape from the stresses of life while exploring one of South Australia’s most underrated regions. Priding themselves on their sustainability measures, guests are rest-assured that Pike River Luxury Villas are doing their part with a sun farm and water catchment tank which prevents the need to use any river water for the site. So if you’re looking for something luxurious that is equally eco-friendly, this is it!

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8 Pike Creek Rd, Lyrup, Riverland, South Australia, 5343
Kings Beach Retreats
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Kings Beach Retreats

Kings Beach Retreats provide the perfect escapism from the world in secluded luxury with endless views across the ocean off South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. Take your pick from three private wilderness retreats – the Sea Retreat for couples; the Sand Retreat for small families which sleeps four; or, for large groups, the Headland House which sleeps 10 may just be the perfect fit – regardless, each offer their own all-weather conservatory and are individually the perfect spot to take in the breathtaking setting

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Lot 60 Dump Rd, Waitpinga SA 5211
The Vineyard McLaren Vale
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The Vineyard McLaren Vale

Nestled amongst the vineyards, The Vineyard Retreat McLaren Vale offers an exclusive experience like no other. Located in the heart of the McLaren Vale wine region – just 40-minutes south of the Adelaide CBD – you are within minutes of some of the world’s leading wineries. Guests have the choice of six self-contained guest houses, each with its own private deck offering spectacular views of neighbouring vineyards and valleys. Each guesthouse is home to a king bed, smart TV and a fireplace, while all guests have access to the property’s jacuzzi which presents the perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy one of the region’s wines as you watch the breathtaking sunset.

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165 Whitings Rd, Blewitt Springs, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, 5171
Wandering Souls Australia
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Wandering Souls Australia

Kangaroo Island’s Wandering Souls Australia provides unique luxury accommodation with their pop-up glamping experiences across the island. Each of the five distinctively styled tents can sleep up to four people in a location of your choosing. Locations on offer include coastal destinations such as Stokes Bay, Bay of Shoals Winery, the Coastal Farm in American River, Kangaroo Island Shores in Penneshaw, and the Kingscote Tourist Park in Brownlow. If you are after a secluded getaway more inland but still close to the sea, Antechamber Bay in the Lashmar Conservation Park may be just right for you. The team at Wandering Souls Australia will pitch your tent of choice in your desired location before you arrive and pack it down at the end of your hire, it is as easy as that!

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Various Locations across Kangaroo Island
CABN Chloe
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CABN Chloe

The CABN Chloe is one of five uniquely designed CABN’s situated in secluded locations in South Australia. CABN Chloe can sleep up to four adults with a queen bed and two full-sized bunk beds. Surrounded by walking trails, you can walk and discover all the amazing wildlife and fauna the region has to offer. Even better, some of the world’s best wineries and stunning white-sanded beaches are within just a 20-minute drive of CABN Chloe. Come nighttime, sit back and relax around the fire, taking in the serenity amidst nature. As part of the secluded and hidden experience, you will not be told the address till just a week before your stay.

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Blewitt Springs, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, 5171
Hillocks Ocean Pod
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Hillocks Ocean Pod

Situated in coastal bushland in the renowned Marion Bay area, Hillocks Ocean Pod provides the perfect isolated getaway experience in a luxurious camping setting. The Pod provides the ideal base camp to get out and explore the coastal and marine life in the York Peninsula region. In winter, you can enjoy the comfort of a campfire under the stars with the sound of waves crashing into nearby coastline. Capable of sleeping up to four people with a double bed and two singles, this getaway is the perfect couples’ retreat or fit for a small family. Importantly, the Pod itself is designed to leave a low environmental footprint which provides a guilt-free yet glamourised camping experience.

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1194 South Coast Rd, Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, 5575

As Australian travel gradually opens up, why not get planning your next South Australian trip and check out The Weekender: Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. Otherwise, discover more of what this beautiful state has to offer with our guide on the 10 best unique getaway gems to discover around South Australia.

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Feature Image: Rogasch Cottage private plunge pool and deck. Image supplied by Rogasch Cottage. 
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