Weird and Bizarre: Six Unusual Places To Stay in Australia

Pack your sense of adventure and leave ‘ordinary’ at the door because we’re about to reveal the five most unusual places to stay in Australia!

At Marshall Batteries, we love travelling, just like you do! For over 75 years, we’ve been empowering Aussies to embrace their wanderlust and explore the breathtaking landscapes our country has to offer by providing first-rate car batteries and roadside assistance services to support it.

We’ve collected a list of Australia’s weirdest, wackiest and most unusual places to stay in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia. So, gather the troops, hit the road and book yourselves in for one of these extraordinary adventures – we guarantee you will have something to talk about when you return!


1. Hatter’s Hideout in NSW – The Sydney Opera House of the Natural World!

This tops the list of our favourite unusual places to stay in NSW. Hatter’s hideout is nature’s equivalent of the Sydney Opera House! 20 meters high and wide, this natural cave is hidden within eight private acres of land in the Blue Mountains.

Guests can choose to sleep in the cave or make use of the slightly more luxurious, 4-star private lodge located within a five-minute walk. The accommodation includes:

  • Firewood
  • Tents
  • Panoramic views
  • ‘Bush Walk and Talk’ tour

If you happen to need a replacement for your car battery when visiting the Hatter’s Hideout, call Kables Auto Electrics in Lithgow for urgent roadside assistance.


2. Secluded Tree House in Bilpin NSW -Perfect for nature lovers!

Tree house in Bilpin NSW

Photo courtesy: Secluded Tree House on Airbnb.

If nature is your game, then this open-aired Airbnb is a dream come true. Nestled between two national parks and a World-Heritage-listed rainforest in the Blue Mountains, the accommodation is close to several natural features for those who love the great outdoors.

Mountain bike, canoe, and hike your way through 600 acres of lakes and gorges, glow worm caves and rare natural rainforests before returning to the spa, floor-to-ceiling windows, fireplace and comfortable queen bed of your treetop oasis.


3. Dome @ Trinity Beach, QLD – Igloos by the beach!

Photo courtesy: Dome in Trinity Beach on Airbnb.

This alternative Airbnb offering combines the two things you would never have thought you would hear in the same sentence and does it oh so well!

A few strides away from the best beaches in the Cairns area and a few minutes drive from the sleepy seaside town of Trinity Beach, these retro, 70’s inspired little domes or igloos are quaint and comfortable. Just perfect for a couples retreat or family getaway.

Contact Cairns Roadside Assist or Marshall Batteries Mareeba if you ever need roadside assistance or battery replacement in Trinity Beach.


4. The Yurt Alpine Retreat in Myrrhee, VIC – An Exotic Mongolian Experience

Mongolian glamping in Yurt Alpine Retreat

Photo courtesy: theyurtalpineretreat.com

A secluded paradise with a view – and not too hard on the wallet either, The Yurt Alpine Retreat is perched on top of the rolling hills of Victorian High Country. Located within the owner’s winery, the yurt is twenty minutes away from fantastic restaurants and civilisation but isolated enough to feel like you’re in your own world.

A comfortable bed, traditional Mongolian decorations, outdoor BBQ and the natural flora and fauna make the Yurt the ultimate way to experience the Aussie outdoors. This is ‘glamping’ at its very best.

Newtons Mobile Workshop and North East Exhaust & Brake Specialists will be your closest battery store to the Yurt Alpine Retreat.


5. Picnic Island in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania – Escape to a private island!

Water and mountain view at Picnic Island in Tasmania

Photo courtesy: Discover Tasmania.

Escape to Picnic Island, set amidst the mesmerising pink granite formations, breathtaking mountain vistas, and the stunning azure beauty of Wineglass Bay of Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park.

This luxurious private island is a truly unique experience that’s only available to 10 guests at a time, so you have the chance to enjoy the island and its pristine beaches in peace and solitude. Exploring, fishing, swimming and lounging are the activities of choice here


6. Thorngrove Manor Hotel in South Australia – Where your fairytale dreams come true!

Nestled in the beautiful town of Stirling, located just outside Adelaide, you’ll find the fairytale castle of your dreams. The Thorngrove Manor Hotel is a boutique hotel that boasts immaculately landscaped gardens and opulent interior decor – no wonder it’s been awarded as one of the ‘most enchanting hotels’!

And there you have it – our favourite unusual places to stay in Australia, each offering a one-of-a-kind experience that’s bound to make your trip unforgettable!

And remember, if you get stuck with a flat car battery, need roadside assistance, or even need a fuel top-up, call Marshall Batteries at 1300 627 742, and we’ll send a team from our battery store that’s closest to you.

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