The Chen, Melbourne
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The crowning glory of the newest addition to the Art Series Hotel group, this Box Hill hotel might be a little further afield from Melbourne’s CBD but with a rooftop pool this sleek, it sure makes the most of the stunning view over the horizon-set skyline.
InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
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The ocean views and glamorous cabanas are misleading; this isn’t the Mediterranean. The boats guests can see from the InterContinental are bobbing in Double Bay and the pool bar is serving Australian wine. Still, we can pretend. Salut!
Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach
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The former Hideaway Motel halfway between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast has had quite the makeover since being taken over by new ownership and, as the pool indicates, it’s all for the better. Fashioned into the “it” boutique of the style set, this Palm Beach-styled outdoor pool is a highlight of its impressive redesign.
The Johnson, Brisbane
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Named for (and influenced by) the abstract Australian artist Michael Johnson, Brisbane’s first Art Series Hotel doesn’t disappoint, especially when it comes to the rooftop pool. Designed by Olympic swimmer Michael Klim, the 50-metre lap pool is as fancy as it is functional – and that impressive CBD skyline backdrop doesn’t go unnoticed, either. Photo: Lucas Allen.
The Old Clare Hotel, Sydney
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With three restaurants, two bars and a rooftop pool as impressive as this, you’ll have trouble finding excuses to leave this inner city hotel – even if it’s in the heart of Sydney’s up-and-coming dining district.
COMO The Treasury, Perth
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Scooping accolades and awards since its 2015 opening, COMO The Treasury is a stunning addition to Perth’s Cathedral Avenue precinct. Its turquoise pool is located in a third-floor annex, enclosed on three sides by glass cantilevered windows.
Sheraton Mirage, Gold Coast
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No need to venture too far from your room to enjoy a cool down at this Gold Coast property. As the only five-star spot to be situated right on the edge of the sand, there’s more than one upside – there’s also a swim-up bar in this special corner.
The Langham, Sydney
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A perennially starry sky twinkles above Langham’s heated 20-metre indoor swimming pool and the murals, columns and terracotta potted plants give the impression of a modern-day Roman bath.
Palazzo Versace Gold Coast
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The 63-metre pool at the glitzy Palazzo Versace has its own sandy beach, daybeds and shaded cabanas with curtains for privacy.
Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne
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Nestled above some of Melbourne’s iconic laneways, the Adelphi’s pool deck is an urban sanctuary of sparkling water and sparkling wine. Enjoy an aperitif by the pool and watch the sun dip below the city skyline.
Bedarra Island Resort, Queensland
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Surrounded by lush rainforest, Bedarra Island Resort has nine villas, some with luxurious private plunge pools with views over the Coral Sea.
Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains
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Although you’re more likely to visit this mountain-ringed luxury resort to get cosy than to cool down, you can still achieve this mission with a dip in the glorious outdoor pool – it’s heated, of course.
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
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The various shades of blue and the sound of water lapping combine to gently lull guests into a state of deep relaxation at the Shangri-La. Explore that feeling further after a dip with a treatment at Chi, the spa.
The Byron at Byron, Byron Bay
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What five-star establishment would be complete without a tree-fringed outdoor pool? This hinterland hideaway is set among 18 hectares of subtropical forest and despite its proximity to Byron proper, the lush vegetation makes it feel a million miles away.
The Watson, Adelaide
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Who better to design a pool than someone who has spent a large portion of his life in one? Michael Klim is responsible for The Watson’s 25-metre pool, which he wanted to be multi-functional – perfect for some quick laps before work but equally effective as a place to relax.
Mona Pavilions, Tasmania
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Located at, but not in, the Museum of Old and New Art, Mona Pavilions are a series of luxury “dens” on the Derwent River. The heated lap-pool is the perfect vantage point from which to view the rugged bushland surrounds – especially when the weather is wild.
Crown Metropol Melbourne
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Lap up the views of Melbourne’s skyline from the 25-metre indoor infinity pool on the rooftop of the Crown Metropol in Southbank before stopping by the hotel’s Isika Spa, where the relaxation continues.
Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Noosa
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Noosa certainly knows how to do laidback living and the pool at Sofitel is the perfect reflection of this: there’s even a whitewashed swim-up bar to pick up a cocktail before relaxing onto your sunlounge for the afternoon.
Park Hyatt Sydney
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With sweeping views of Circular Quay, Park Hyatt’s rooftop pool is the ultimate escape from the city bustle. The heated outdoor pool overlooks the iconic Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, with a private sundeck, cabanas and a spa for guests.
Lake Argyle Resort, Western Australia
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The turquoise of this 35-metre infinity pool provides a stunning contrast to the red of the Kimberley and the deep blue of Lake Argyle. Swim, float or simply sit in the spa and watch the clouds scudding across the sky.
Crown Towers Hotel, Perth
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Atop the city’s casino complex, this rooftop pool is practically begging for a long, lazy morning spent on an inviting lounge chair.
Bells at Killcare, Killcare Heights
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Hidden atop a hill in New South Wales’ Central Coast, Bells at Killcare is a perfectly secluded spot to soak up some vitamin D. The 20-metre-long outdoor pool backs onto the well-kept gardens of the sprawling property, making a dip here akin to bathing at the elegant country home of a good friend.
QT, Port Douglas
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A firm favourite for those looking to kick back in the tropics, the coastal location of this hotel means there’s plenty of competition in the pool stakes – but QT wins out for holidaymakers hungry for a little more seclusion.
Qualia, Hamilton Island
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Few hotels can create an atmosphere like that of Pebble Beach’s Qualia. Rooms with attached infinity pools are perched high above the island offering some of the best vistas of the blue Whitsundays waters. It’s as close as you can get to swimming on a cloud.
The Anchorage, Port Stephens
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Overlooking the quaint harbour of Port Stephens, this boutique lodge feels as warm as your very own home. With such a decidedly intimate feel throughout the property, it’s only right that the place to splash feels equally as secluded.
The Olsen, Melbourne
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Affectionately known as the Billabong, the pool at this Art Series hotel is one of Melbourne’s best city swimming spots. The glass-bottomed pool has views across South Yarra and drinks and snacks are available at the pool bar. It’s open to guests and day-swimmers alike.
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Looking for luxury in the top end? Check into the resort wing of the Skycity Casino and take advantage of the Lagoon swimming pool. It’s easy to find a spot to call your own in the enormous pool or soak up the sun on the tranquil 30-metre white sandy beach.
Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island
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Looming large in the distance of this boutique property are the peaks of Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird, making for quite the atmospheric spot to take a dip, reminding visitors of the natural beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed idyll.
Sofitel Darling Harbour Pool
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Hotly anticipated as the first new-build luxury hotel in Sydney since 2000, the Sofitel Sydney, which opened in October, has overtaken its peers in both hype and height. Now as the tallest building in Darling Harbour, the rooftop pool is quite the cherry on top - with an infinity edge, it appears to drop right down into the harbour below.