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Incredible historic hotels in Australia

Here are some of Australia’s most beautiful heritage hotels that promise a glimpse into the past and an unforgettable stay.

Treasury on Collins, Melbourne – a touch of 19th century elegance

In the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, the Treasury on Collins stands as a testament to the city’s rich architectural heritage. Once the prestigious Bank of Australasia, this 1800s masterpiece now offers a luxurious escape.

The building was designed by architect Joseph Reed, the mind behind the Melbourne Town Hall and State Library. The hotel’s blend of historical charm and modern elegance is evident in its range of suite styles. It caters to both short-term visitors and those seeking an extended, opulent stay. The Heritage King Loft Apartment, for instance, boasts an in-suite spa bath and spacious living areas, perfect for those special occasions or simply indulging in a lavish retreat.

InterContinental Sydney – classic luxury with a view

The InterContinental Sydney is an icon, a five-star haven that once served as the Treasury Building in the 19th century. Today, it stands as a beacon of luxury for both business and leisure travellers. Located just a stone’s throw from Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House, the hotel boasts 509 contemporary guest rooms and suites, each offering breathtaking views of the city and harbour.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Sydney – a wharf with a twist

Ovolo Woolloomooloo is where heritage meets hip. Housed in the heritage-listed Finger Wharf building, this hotel defies expectations with its vibrant atmosphere, music-themed rooms, and captivating art. The Lo Lounge, with its billiard tables and arcade games, is a social hub that reflects the hotel’s alternative spirit. Yet, despite its modern flair, the Ovolo honours its historical roots. It has served as various accommodations over the years, including the first W Hotel outside the United States.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Sydney – a nod to newspaper heritage

The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Sydney’s CBD is a heritage gem with a story to tell. Once the home of the Fairfax newspaper empire, this hotel retains its traditional architecture and vintage sandstone facade. Inside, the 1800s origins sit alongside modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable and stylish stay. Guests can opt for a premium Business Class Room, which includes access to the exclusive Business Class Lounge. You can also indulge in traditional High Tea at the Lady Fairfax Room.

For those seeking a culinary experience, the Bentley Restaurant & Bar offers Modern Australian cuisine that has garnered multiple awards.

COMO The Treasury, Perth – Victorian grandeur redefined

In Perth, the COMO The Treasury stands as a beacon of Victorian elegance. Occupying the 19th-century State Buildings, this hotel has been meticulously restored to offer a contemporary luxury experience. The 48 rooms and suites, designed by renowned local designer Kerry Hill, feature the finest European furnishings and provide a serene retreat in the city’s heart.

Guests can dine at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, Wildflower, which holds Two Chefs Hats. You can also unwind at the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape with its range of rejuvenating treatments. The hotel’s location is perfect for exploring Perth’s attractions, including the Swan River and Kings Park. With its impressive list of accolades, COMO The Treasury is a must-visit for those seeking an exceptional stay in Western Australia.

Kimpton Margot, Sydney – a testament to Art Deco

In the heart of Sydney, the Kimpton Margot stands as a testament to the Art Deco era. This grand structure was once the tallest building in Sydney. It served as the headquarters for the Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Board. Today, it’s a luxurious hotel that marries its historical charm with contemporary elegance. The hotel boasts a stunning collection of more than 600 artworks, and guests can enjoy a cocktail at The Wilmot Bar, surrounded by the original Italian-imported red scagliola columns. For a dining experience to remember, Luke’s Kitchen by Luke Mangan offers an exquisite menu in a setting that celebrates the building’s storied past.

Warders Hotel, Fremantle – limestone cottages reimagined

Fremantle’s Warders Hotel is a boutique establishment that captures the essence of the city’s history. The limestone cottages, originally built by convicts to house Fremantle Prison warders and their families, have been thoughtfully reimagined. The onsite restaurant, named after Emily Taylor, pays homage to Fremantle’s maritime heritage. A stay here pairs perfectly with a tour of Fremantle Prison and a visit to the Maritime Museum, offering a comprehensive glimpse into the city’s past.

These historic hotels are just the beginning of what Australia has to offer for those seeking a connection to the past. So why not make your next trip a journey through time?

Have you stayed in any of these historic hotels? Are they on your list? Let us know in the comments section below.

Also read: The most beautiful hotels in Ireland

Ellie Baxter
Ellie Baxter
Writer and editor with interests in travel, health, wellbeing and food. Has knowledge of marketing psychology, social media management and is a keen observer and commentator on issues facing older Australians.


  1. Maybe I’m missing the point but The Farmers Arms Tavern at Cabarlah built in 1863 and still serving cold beer and great meals is a TOP hotel along with Hotel Corones in Wills Street, Charleville built in 1929 and licensed to Harry Corones.
    Missing also was the Palace Hotel in Broken Hill built in 1889 as a coffee tavern (due to Temperance League) and becoming a hotel in 1892. It is famous as the backdrop for Pricilla- Queen of the Desert and the magnificent paintings of Aboriginal artist Gordon Waye.
    For a real Australian experience, one should not miss the Nindigully Pub (that’s all there is in town) and the Middleton Hotel, almost near Winton.
    Try to remember that Australia is not all glitz, glimmer and luxury, isn’t all Capital cities and coastline but has a deep heart in from the coast where the people are real Australians.
    Best get on your bike and see it before it’s all gone!!

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