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Recommended accommodations in Southeast Australia

Apollo Bay (Great Ocean Road)
Captain's at the Bay, 21 Pascoe St
A frequent tourism award winner, Captain's at the Bay is right in the heart of Apollo Bay.
Each of the three styles of accommodations here was designed with couples in mind. Guest can choose from cottage, loft, or terrace accommodations at this modern complex. All have extras like CD players, VCRs and refrigerators, and three have spa tubs.
Phone:  03.5237 6771
Fax:  03.5237.7337
Doubles from:   215AUD

Claerwen Retreat, 480 Tuxion Road, 3233
Perched on a hill overlooking Apollo Bay, Claerwen Retreat is surrounded by 130 acres of parklands. There?s a tennis court, a swimming pool, and a lounge, and each of the rooms has great views. For whatever it?s worth, Tom Selleck came here for a weekend, and stayed for three weeks.
Phone:  03.5237.7064
Fax:  03.5237.7054
Double rooms from:   154AUD

Blackheath (Blue Mountains)
Jemby Rinjah Lodge, 336 Evans Lookout Road, 2785
This eco-lodge is a great place for nature lovers or those who want to hike the trails in the Blackheath area. Surrounded by bushlands, the nine self-contained timber cabins here are pretty basic, although each has a small deck. The "Romantic Retreat" cabin includes all the luxuries including Japanese soaking tub, TV, VCR, and stereo. There?s a lounge in the main building and a restaurant on the property.
Phone:  02.4787.7622
Fax:  02.4787.6230
Cabins from:   150AUD
Romantic Retreat Cabin from:  199AUD

Flinders (Mornington Peninsula)
Cipriani?s Flinders Country Inn, 165 Wood Street, 3929
This is another good choice for those who don?t want to spend a fortune on the Mornington Peninsula. Set on two-and-a-half acres overlooking a lake and waterfall, the old Cape Cod style house has beautiful verandahs and terraces. It?s a three-minute walk to the village of Flinders and its beaches. There?s an Italian restaurant on the property and breakfast is included in the tariff.
Phone:  03.5989.0933
Fax:  03.5989.0059
Doubles from:   165AUD

Katoomba (Blue Mountains)
Echoes, 3 Lilianfels Avenue, Echo Point, 2780
This 12-room guesthouse has wonderful views of the Jamison Valley from almost every room. Corner rooms have 180-degree views and spa tubs. Across from Lilianfels, Echoes is walking distance to the Three Sisters. There?s a restaurant on site.
Phone:  02.4782.1966
Fax:  02.4782.3707
Doubles from:   450AUD

Lilianfels, Lilianfels Ave, Echo Pt, 2780
The only five-star property in the Blue Mountains, Lilianfels is a five-minute walk to the Three Sisters. The 86-room guest house is set in two acres of English style gardens. Lilianfels House, a cottage built in 1889, now houses Darleys restaurant. To round things out, there?s an indoor, heated swimming pool, a health club, and 24-hour rooms service. The hotel is managed by Orient Express Hotels and is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels group.
Phone:  02.4780.1200
Fax:  02.4780.1364
Doubles from:   530AUD

Hotel Como, 630 Chapel Syteey, South Yarra, VIC 3141
There's not an award this luxury hotel hasn't won. The South Yarra location is convenient. Service is the best in town. The restaurant is outstanding. And rooms come equipped with every amenity. There are a number of different types of rooms, so be specific when you make reservations.
Phone:  03.9825.2222
Fax:  03.9824.1263
Doubles from:   255AUD

Hotel Tolarno, 42 Fitzroy Street, VIC 3182
This one's not for everyone. It's got the kind of modern/retro decor where lava lamps feel at home. The reason to stay is the location, on the St. Kilda strip. Melbourne is Australia's restaurant city. And St. Kilda is Melbourne's restaurant row; there are 150 places to eat within walking distance of the Tolarno. The beach is a long stroll and downtown is a half-hour tram ride away. This property is best for hipsters looking for beach culture.
Phone:  03.9537.0200
Fax:  03.9534.7800
Doubles from:   120AUD

The Tilba, 30 W Toorak Road, South Yarra, VIC 3141
For clients who don't want to spend a fortune, the Tilba is a great choice. The quirky Victorian mansion was built in 1907 and was restored in the mid-1980s. Today, its 17 rooms are unique -- and much in demand. So book early.
Phone:  03.9867.8844
Fax:  03.9867.6567
Doubles from:   154AUD

The Windsor, 103 Spring Street, VIC 3000
Opened in 1883, the Windsor is Melbourne's grand hotel. Over the years, its hosted everyone from Vivien Leigh to Lauren Bacall. Across from the Parliament House, its walking distance to the city's best shopping and dining.
Phone:  03.9633.6000
Fax:  03.0633.6001
Doubles from:   500AUD

Moorooduc (Mornington Peninsula)
Woodman Estate, 136 Graydens Road
Guests can choose from five suites in the 1890s country manor, or three recently completed lakeside chalets. Most rooms overlook the private lake where you can sail or fish. The chalets have fireplaces and decks out over the water. There?s an indoor pool and the property is next to one of the best golf courses on the Peninsula. There are packages for those who want to sail, golf, or fish. This is a beautiful property and you?re virtually assured of an enjoyable stay.
Phone:  03.5978.8455
Fax:  03.5978.8522
Doubles from:   330AUD
Chalets from:  645AUD

Mornington Peninsula
Eastcliff Cottage, 881 Melbourne Road, 3943
This pretty heritage property is in a nicely restored limestone cottage dating from around 1880. It?s in the heart of Sorrento, making it walking distance to shops and restaurants. Some of the rooms have four poster beds and spa tubs and the cottage garden is lovely. Good value for money on the Mornington Peninsula.
Phone:  03.5984.0668
Fax:  03.5984.0667
Doubles from:    176AUD

Glynt Manor, 16 Bay Road, 3934
On two acres of manicured gardens just a few hundred yards from the beach, Glynt Manor has more old world charm than you?ll know what to do with. The old granite mansion is covered with Virginia creeper and looks like it?s been there forever. But the rooms have been thoughtfully updated and furnished with antiques. There?s tennis and an ornamental lake on the property. If money?s no object, pop for the split-level Tower Penthouse Suite which is crowned with a glass pyramid.
Phone:  03.5974.1216
Fax:  03.5974.2546
Doubles from:   300AUD

Mount Wilson (Blue Mountains)
Withycombe, Church Lane
Once the summer home of Nobel prize winning novelist Patrick White, Withycombe provides a romantic retreat in this town noted for its gardens. There are three rooms and a separate cottage at this very inviting country house hotel.
Phone:  02.4756.2106
Fax:  02.4756.2177
Doubles from:   325AUD

Olinda (Yarra Valley)
Arcadia Cottages, 188-190 Falls Road, Victoria 3788
Recently voted one of the most romantic getaways in Australia, Arcadia has several timber cottages, each with fireplaces and spas or hot tubs. Privately ensconced in a wooded setting, the cottages are individually decorated and have TVs and VCRs. A full breakfast is included in the tariff and the property is walking distance to Olinda's shops and restaurants.
Phone:  03.9751.1017
Fax:  03.9751.1817
Cottages from:   185AUD

The Loft in the Mill, 1-3 Harold Street, Victoria 3788
This special property offers luxurious accommodations in a recreated 19th-century stone mill and carriage house. The winner of numerous awards, including the best accommodation in the Dandenong Ranges for 1998, 1999, and 2000, the Loft in the Mill is located within walking distance to the village of Olinda, convenient to wineries, restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. Several of the rooms have fireplaces and spa tubs. And there's a cozy cottage tucked away in the woods.
Phone:  03.9751.1700
Fax:  03.9751.2030
Doubles from:   105AUD
Cottage from:  230AUD

Port Fairy (Great Ocean Road)
Dublin House Inn, 57-59 Bank Street
Built in 1855 by Robert McMahon, an Irish merchant, Dublin House was originally a general store. The restored inn and its rooms are furnished in the style of the period and the restaurant is one of the best in town.
Phone:  03.5568.2022
Fax:  03.5568.2150
Doubles from:   100AUD

Goble?s Mill House Bed & Breakfast, 75 Gipps Street, 3284
Housed in a National Trust classified bluestone flour mill, Goble?s Mill enjoys a nice location on Port Fairy?s Moyne River. The property is walking distance to Port Fairy?s historic center. Many of the rooms, including the upstairs Loft Room, have balconies overlooking the river.
Phone:  03.5568.1118
Fax:  03.5568.1178
Doubles from:   130AUD

King George Cottage, 22 Gipps Street
This property across from Port Fairy?s Wharf and King George Square has two loft rooms and three queen rooms. It?s walking distance to restaurants, shops, and galleries. And breakfast is included in the tariff.
Phone:  03.5568.1882
Doubles from:   130AUD

Merrijig Inn, No.1 Campbell Street, 3284
The Merrijig Inn is the oldest inn in Victoria and it?s had a lively history. Today, the inn has four attic rooms and four downstairs suites, all furnished with antiques. The restaurant here is one of the best in Port Fairy and the cozy bar is a pleasant spot for a drink.
Phone:  03.5568.2324
Fax:  03.5568.2436
Attic rooms from:   130AUD
Suites from:  170AUD

Red Hill (Mornington Peninsula)
Azimuth Country Estate, 426 Arthurs Seat Road, 3937
Guests at this luxurious country estate set on 18 acres can choose from three cottages -- two new ones with fireplaces and an original limestone cottage with tons of old world ambience. It?s one of the few five-star properties on the Peninsula, and no comfort has been overlooked. The bathrooms are particularly luxurious. The cottages are private and because the refrigerator is fully stocked, guests need never leave. There?s a swimming pool and tennis court too.
Phone:  03.5989.2807
Fax:  03.5981.4010
Cottages from:   300AUD

Lindenderry, 142 Arthurs Seat Road, 3937
This gorgeous country house hotel is surrounded by the Lindenderry vineyards. It?s been given five stars for accommodations, food, and locations, which pretty much says it all. No stone has been overlooked here from the swimming pool, gymnasium, and mountain bikes to the exquisite fabrics and furnishings throughout. When money?s no object, just do it.
Phone:  03.5989.2933
Fax:  03.5989.2936
Doubles from:   270AUD

Harbour Rocks Hotel, 34-52 Harrington Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000
It's hard to get excited about the Harbour Rocks. Despite its enviable Rocks location and heritage-listed building, there's just something uninspiring about the property. So why recommend it? If you can't get in the Russell, the Harbour Rocks does offer a great location for the money. There's nothing wrong with it -- rooms are clean and comfortably furnished. And there's a restaurant and a bar. You can just do better in Sydney for less. There's no elevator, but a porter will get your bags to your room for you.
Phone:  02.8220.9999
Fax:  02.8220.9998
Doubles from:   220AUD

Observatory Hotel, 89-113 Kent Street, NSW 2000
This lovely, impeccable property gives the Ritz Carlton a run for its money. It's slightly less expensive, yet it offers every amenity, including CD players, an indoor pool, and a state-of-the-art health club.
Phone:  02.9256.2222
Fax:  02.9256.2233
Doubles from:   380AUD

Park Hyatt Sydney, 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, NSW 2000
There's not a better located hotel in Sydney. Jutting out into the harbour from the Rocks, the hotel looks across the water to the Opera House. The hotel itself has much to commend it, but it's very expensive for Sydney. Stay here only if you're willing to pay for the breathtaking vista.
Phone:  02.9241.1234
Fax:  02.9256.1555
Doubles from:   515AUD

Ravesi's on Bondi Beach, Hall Street and Campbell Parade, NSW 2026
This art deco boutique hotel is strictly for beach lovers. Bondi, Sydney's most famous beach, is popular and lively -- which means noisy at night. Stay here only if you want beach culture in spades. The restaurant is the best in the neighborhood. It's about a half-hour bus ride to the city.
Phone:  02.9365.4422
Fax:  02.9365.1481
Doubles from:   125AUD

Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000
For those who want views but don't want to pay for the Park Hyatt, the Shangri-La is a good choice. Located in the Rocks next to the Harbour Bridge, the hotel offers great vistas, particularly above the 20th floor. The 36th floor Horizon Bar puts the entire city at your feet, and there's a very good Japanese restaurant.
Phone:  02.9250.6000
Fax:  02.9250.6250
Doubles from:   295AUD

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, 93 Macquarie Street, NSW 2000
This former Ritz Carlton is better than most. And it's a brief walk to just about everything you want to see. It's the nicest place in town, without a doubt. And much less expensive than the Park Hyatt, though it doesn't have the views.
Phone:  02.9252.4600
Fax:  02.9252.4286
Doubles from:   220AUD

The Russell, 143A George Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000
This is one of our favorite places to stay in Sydney. Its terrific Rocks location (across from Circular Quay), friendly service, and charming atmosphere practically ensure a wonderful stay. The fact that it's also one of the best values in town is the icing on the cake. Room sizes vary quite a bit, so be precise when you make reservations. The restaurant is excellent in its price range and the roof garden has great views of Circular Quay. You'll need to reserve this one well in advance.
Phone:  02.9241.3543
Fax:  02.9252.1652
Doubles from:   140AUD

Yarra Glen (Yarra Valley)
Yarra Glen Grand Hotel, 19 Bell Street, Victoria 3775
Originally opened in 1888, the Yarra Glen was recently refurbished and today this National Trust designated property offers ten nicely done rooms with many period touches. There's a dining room, a bistro, and a cafe. And it's well located for touring the area's wineries. With doubles starting at 140AUD, it offers good value for money.
Phone:  03.9730.1230
Fax:  03.9730.1124
Doubles from:   140AUD