Having a birthday? A luxury lodge is a great excuse to get right away and celebrate. We salute 20 of Australia’s best.

Pretty Beach House

Dig out the leather loafers, iron the polo shirt, open the sun roof and head for a New Hampton experience, no passport required. Located on the Bouddi Peninsula, a 90-minute drive north of Sydney, Pretty Beach House has reopened, fully refurbished, after extensive fire damage in 2013. With four private pavilion suites, this is secluded luxury. Picture a heated infinity pool, crackling log fires, views across Broken Bay – and you. Former ad man and entrepreneur John Singleton owns Pretty Beach House; his business partner, celebrated chef Stefano Manfredi, does the fresh local food. If you tire of your digs, amble over to sibling property Bells at Killcare to feed the chooks and pat Enzo the sheepdog.


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