Australia had a decent but modest cluster of high-rises for decades. That is until the aughts. The last decade has produced not one but two stunners in Melbourne’s Eureka Tower – the tallest skyscraper in the country from base to roof – and Gold Coast’s Queensland Number One (Q1) – the fifth-tallest residential tower in the world.
Not all of that choice real estate is for office space and plush flats either. A slew of hotel towers proliferates from Perth to Sydney and makes the urban hospitality scene in Australia one of the most progressive and impressive in Asia Pacific.
With that, discover some of the top hotels, literally and figuratively, in Oz.
The tallest all-hotel building in New South Wales is in the heart of the city, some 100 m from Townhall Railway Station and across from the Queen Victoria Building. Central to shopping, entertainment and business, the Hilton Sydney links directly to Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour and Chinatown on the Metro Monorail.
Sofitel Hotel at Collins Place, Melbourne
One of the most upscale hotels Down Under, the Sofitel Melbourne graces the ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street. From the hotel one can easily walk to vital landmarks like the MCG, Yarra Park, Melbourne Olympic Park, Rod Laver Arena, Princess Theatre, Regent Theatre and Treasury Gardens.
Crown Towers, Melbourne
The Crown Towers, a lofty hotel in the Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex, is also close to world-class dining, shopping and entertainment. The 5-star Southbank hotel is close to Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, Eureka Tower, Southgate and the myriad laneways and arcades of Melbourne’s CBD.
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
Replete with views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the superb Shangri-La is a short walk from the likes of the Sydney Observatory, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, The Rocks, Dawes Point Park, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Royal Botanic Gardens and The Domain.
A 4 km exercise track along the banks of the River Torrens is just one feather in the cap of the stellar InterContinental Adelaide. The fine North Terrace property offers easy access to the City of Adelaide Golf Club, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Botanic Garden and Park Lands, Adelaide Festival Centre and South Australian Museum.
Pan Pacific Perth
Perth’s tallest hotel delivers epic panoramas of the Swan River and passage to the best points of interest in the city, from the WACA Oval and Museum to Queens Gardens and Wellington Square. Other gems in the vicinity of the Pan Pacific include the Western Australian Museum, His Majesty’s Theatre, Kings Park, Perth City Farm and Royal Perth Golf Club.
Once the foremost residential tower in the world, the Q1punctuates the Surfers Paradise and Gold Coast skyline like an exclamation point. While the keyword is “residential”, the magnificent skyscraper is also a rare hotel of note.
The Q1 Resort & Spa offers singular access to the best of Queensland’s tourist goldmine. Attractions like the Wax Museum, Timezone Gold Coast, Hard Rock Cafe, Jet Boat Extreme, Infinity Gold Coast, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum, Flycoaster, Bungy Australia and Jupiters Casino all reside within a short distance of the resort. Not to mention surf waves and the beach, of course.