There are trends that emerge with every 52 Weekends Away issue. This year, the 29th annual edition of Good Weekend's much-loved domestic travel special, it's glamping.
Whoever manufactures the upmarket safari-style tents that are popping up on empty paddocks and grassy lawns around thecountry must be making a motza.
Forget the basic tents of old: these sit on wooden decks, have en suites and kitchenettes, and are usually kitted out with upmarket queen-size beds, rugs, lights, side tables and even TVs. Teeny-weeny pod-type houses are also going up at a rate of knots, so the architects and builders behind that development must be doing it sweet, too.
Other noticeable trends include bathtubs on decks with amazing vistas – accompanied, if the property owner is smart, by a complimentary bottle of bubbles – and a tendency towards celebrating the artists whose work graces the walls of boutique hotels and Airbnbs nationwide.
So dive into our 2019 list of places to stay right around the country, which has been compiled with a view towards both practical advice and couch dreaming – and once again, with the help of our friends at Traveller.
-Katrina Strickland, Good Weekend editor
Nightfall, Gold Coast. Photo: Kenny Smith
Luxury meets minimalist industrial chic at Ross Farm. Photo: Supplied
New South Wales
Mona Farm in Braidwood. Photo: Kimberley Low
Moss in Hobart. Photo: Supplied
Australian Capital Territory
Midnight Hotel. Braddon. Photo: Ryan Linnegar Photography
Cadole Avalon in South Australia. Photo: Sam Noonan
Australia offers some of the best glamping, thanks to our ability to provide remote locations with First-World luxuries. As Tim Elliott explains, for the ulimate Aussie glamping experience, it is hard to beat Northern Territory experiences, including one situated in the Kakadu National Park.
Wildman Wildeness, Point Stuart in the Northern Territory. Photo: Supplied
The Adnate, Perth in Western Australia. Photo: Supplied
About Good Weekend's 52 Weekends Away cover artwork
William Mackinnon, From the acorn to the oak (2019) Acrylic, oil and automotive enamel on linen, 193cm x 163cm; image courtesy of the artist, Jan Murphy Gallery and Hugo Michell Gallery; Narelle Autio/Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin.
This 2019 painting is by 41-year-old Spain-based Australian artist William Mackinnon, who was inspired by a visit he and his partner Sunshine Bertrand made to Sydney's Rose Seidler House, designed by the late architect Harry Seidler for his mother. "One day, we would like to build a modernist house in the bush near the coast," Mackinnon says. "From the Acorn to the Oak is redolent with feeling and longing for this dream." As he worked on this piece, Bertrand fell pregnant. "The painting sits somewhere between nostalgia for a country we no longer call home – one of gum trees and surf – and the fantasy of a place we might one day design and live in," he says.
Mackinnon studied at London's Chelsea School of Art and Design and worked as Tim Maguire's studio assistant for three years before earning a masters of visual arts at the Victorian College of the Arts. Over two decades of exhibiting in Australia and overseas, he has been a finalist in numerous prizes, including the Archibald and Wynne. His work is held in several collections, including those of Artbank, Macquarie Group, the University of Melbourne and the State Library of Victoria.