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Top Australian Overwater Bungalows

11th June 2020

Did you think exotic overwater bungalows belonged exclusively to overseas destinations? In Australia, we offer new meaning to the term 'overwater bungalow' and you'll love our unique, luxurious slant on a Tahitian classic. And while we do have some spectacular ones to share, we just couldn’t resist throwing in some of our favourite incredible oceanfront properties too, each guaranteed to make you say “wow”.

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Lake Crackenback overwater bungalows
Photo: Lake Crackenback Resort

Lake Crackenback Overwater Apartments

Over-water bungalows with a difference, the Lake Crackenback apartments stretch out over an inland lake affording magnificent mountain and Thredbo Valley views across a breathtaking expanse of crystal clear mountain lake.

Spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments are available with Queen sized beds in the main bedroom and en suite while open plan living offers beautiful views from most rooms. Comfortable classic Jimmy Possum furniture enhances the natural timber feel where you can snuggle up beside a cosy log fire enjoying a fine red or a titillating sparkling wine, or stretch out in the sun on your own private balcony.

Tuck into a complimentary hot buffet breakfast before exploring the surrounds, setting out on a Kosciuszko alpine guided walk experiencing the unique Australian beauty, peace and tranquillity of the Kosciuszko National Park. Listen to the mesmerising creak of saddle leather as you wander the unspoilt mountain trails on horseback, try your hand at fly fishing or test your fitness mountain biking and bushwalking. 

In winter participate in a range of snow sports in a totally stunning winter wonderland and enjoy the crisp mountain air and impossibly clear blue sky from your deck over looking the icy lake. Relax and rejuvenate at The Spa where the surrounding natural environment is used in a range of products, massages and treatments that will leave you feeling totally pampered.


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Couran Cove Resort Overwater bungalows
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Couran Cove Island Resort

From the mountains to the sea – beautiful Couran Cove Island Resort on the tip of South Stradbroke Island is a world away from the hustle and bustle, yet just a short boat ride to the fantastic shopping, entertainment and nightlife of the Gold Coast.

Set in a stunning natural landscape, Couran Cove is the ideal location for families and couples providing a natural, unspoiled environment where you can stay on the go, or totally unwind doing as little as possible. Take the boat across to the mainland and have a ball at Movieworld, Seaworld and Dreamworld or the many themed venues of Surfers Paradise for the kids, or enjoy the superb shopping in Surfers or try your luck at the Casino before escaping back to the peace and tranquilly of Couran Cove.

Unlike many overwater bungalows around the world, at Couran Cove the Aussie bush and pristine rainforests come to you in a chorus of native bird life while the distant surf creates a harmonious background. There are overwater bungalows you can drop a line over the side of your balcony and fish in the lagoon, or you can choose a rainforest retreat away from the water's edge.

Recognised through Advanced Ecotourism Certification, and winner of numerous national and international awards, Couran Cove magnificently combines the natural beauty of South Stradbroke with luxurious accommodation and facilities. Experience a soothing day spa treatment, hot rock therapy, Vichy shower and the cleansing steam room, or wander the peaceful bushland trails. Refresh yourself in the rolling surf and take long, meandering beach walks lulled by the continuous thunder of the waves. Enjoy gourmet dining, laze by the pool, sip champagne and fine wines in the Broadwalk Bar, or lie back and relax on a catamaran cruise.


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Novotel Twin Waters overwater accommodation
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Novotel Twin Waters

From the mountains, to the sea to the billabong. Novotel Twin Waters salt-water lagoon suites make the most of the beautiful Novotel landscaped grounds and lush tropical gardens to deliver intimate, luxuriously appointed overwater accommodation.

Dine out under the stars with someone precious to you and watch the moonrise from your secluded intimate balcony. Each bungalow is lavishly appointed with sumptuous King-sized beds and luxury spa baths.

If you feel like exercising, take to the water sailing, kayaking and windsurfing or renew your energy on the water trampolines. Succumb to total relaxation in the sublime over-water day spa and indulge your senses, plunge into the outdoor heated pool and spa, take in a game of tennis or a round of golf on the championship course, and feed the fish and pelicans.

The kids will love the Busy Bodies Kids Club and the Cirque Espace circus school leaving you with more 'you' time to enjoy the things you love. And you'll all love your own spacious over-water bungalow, so pick your top Australian over-water bungalows and enjoy the getaway of your lives.



Reefsuites, Whitsundays
Reefsuites, Whitsundays

Reefsuites, Whitsundays

This exclusive experience literally flips an overwater bungalow holiday on its head. Instead of floating on top of beautiful waters, you’ll be underneath them. Reefsuites is Australia’s first underwater accommodation and is truly a one-of-a-kind stay. You'll be closer than you could imagine to the beauty of our Great Barrier Reef, with reinforced glass walls giving you the very best view of our glorious sea life.

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Bedarra Island Resort, Mission Beach
Bedarra Island Resort, Mission Beach

Bedarra Island Resort, Mission Beach

Enjoy one of ten beautiful and unique guest villas hidden throughout the rainforest, each with their own incredible ocean views. While every villa has its own personality and layout, all ten have spectacular balconies for you to relax on, and some even have their own infinity plunge pools. This is a stunning escape from reality and the perfect alternative (or perhaps even upgrade?) to the classic Tahitian overwater bungalow.

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qualia, Hamilton Island (image courtesy of Kara Rosenlund)
qualia, Hamilton Island (image courtesy of Kara Rosenlund)

qualia, Hamilton Island

If there’s a top spot of oceanfront luxury, qualia is a hard to beat contender. Positioned on the beautiful Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, this luxury stay is an exquisite experience you’ll want to do again and again and again. There are 60 incredible pavilions, all facing the ocean, with either tropical rainforest or ocean views. If you’re getting tired of the perfect view from your king sized bed, try another angle at the two award-winning qualia restaurants just steps from your pavilion. Or why not get your meal brought to you with qualia’s “in-pavilion” dining options. A stay at qualia is an unforgettable treat.

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Call 13 70 71 or visit your local Travel Associates office to plan your ultimate overwater bungalow or oceanfront luxury holiday