Sure, staying in a hotel is great, but have you ever slept in an old movie theatre? Or how about a nice little BnB in an aeroplane? There are so many unique places to stay in and around Perth, you can find anything from interesting to downright strange. Why not shake things up a little and chase the peculiar for your next holiday at one of these nearby locations.
The Lily, Stirling Range National Park
Tucked away in the Stirling Ranges hosts a most peculiar settlement. At the Lily stands a 24.6metre 16th century replica of the Dutch Windmill. Named The Lily Windmill, this European themed structure is the only functional flower windmill in Australia, and funnily enough isn’t the most bizarre part of your stay. If you feel like you have travelled to Holland but missed your plane ride, fear not. There is a fully-renovated Dakota DC-3, military aircraft available for you to sleep in. The plane comes equipped with two beds, a TV, dining table and very adorable Dutch décor.
Tribe Hotel, Perth
Not just any ordinary hotel, the story behind the build of the Tribe Hotel makes for a rare stay. The West Perth hotel is comprised of 63 pre-fabricated containers that were built off-shore and shipped ready to go. The first of its kind design in Perth was prototyped in China and assembled in Perth in a fortnight. Not only the build was unique, but the Tribe’s ethos to strip back the traditional hotel plan and innovate a new guest-focussed model is ground-breaking. Fluffy and wasteful trimmings removed and instead replaced with functional communal spaces, making this hotel a cutting-edge experience for all guests. Best of all, it’s cheap!
Yallingup Glamping Retreat
An adventure favourite for even the pickiest of campers. This stunning down south retreat has you sleeping in a powered bell tent amongst lemon and grapefruit trees on a secluded 7-acre property. Based on site is the Yallingup Lodge Spa Retreat and OM Day Spa, fully equipping you to pamper your way through your stay. If that’s not enough, how about the private yoga instructor, 25m pool, microbrewery and BBQ facilities? Yes please!
Boyup Brook Farmstay
For the lovers of the simple life, this quaint farm stay is the perfect getaway. The small tin shed is stationed on a magnificent 500-arce block, just shy of 3 hours south of Perth. This home away from home is just 3km away from the Blackwood River and surrounded by nature reserves ready to explore. Come fully equipped to enjoy home-cooked meals and live out your wild western romantic fantasies in front of the roaring indoor fire.
70’s Caravan, Margaret River
For $70 a night you can experience the epitome of strange, quirky and interesting in Michaels back yard caravan. ‘Lulu’, a 70’s themed caravan stationed in Margaret River’s West end. Take a trip back in time in this 20-inch funhouse, fully equipped with vintage crockery, fully serviced kitchen, queen bed and outside sundeck. Retro burnt-orange décor, shagpile couches and warm red lighting. Lulu’s idiosyncratic collectables and original artworks must be seen to be believed.
Standing Stone House, Yallingup
This architectural wonder based in Yallingup has got to be the most insta-worthy getaway on Airbnb. The earthy pink walls, exposed brick and ornate art-deco tiles makes for an envy-worthy backdrop for your next shoot. Relax in the quiet beauty of the southwest wilderness and keep yourself warm by the outdoor stone fire pit. The interior is covered with indoor greenery, activating the place to help you relax and unwind. Explore Yallingup caves, beaches and critically acclaimed eateries right on your doorstep at this wholesome abode.
Fremantle Colonial Cottages
I bet you never thought you would pay to stay in a prison, but for the colonial cottages you’ll make an exception. What was once a 19th century prison warder’s cottage can be your next relaxing getaway, right in the heart of Fremantle. Accommodating up to six people over three cottages, the renovations may not be modern but certainly homely. With all the creature comforts like free Wi-Fi, a beautiful green garden and fully serviced kitchen; a choice to stay at these cottages will not only be homely but also a truly unique experience.
Old Picture Theatre, Pemberton
Ever wanted to be a part of the big screen? Just under four hours south of Perth in the charming town of Pemberton lies the Old Picture Theatre. What was once the home of a Sunday matinee, is now a heritage listed holiday destination for you to enjoy on your next down south jaunt. Take a stroll through a favoured past time as you opt to stay in the historical projection room, dress circle, or even the stage. Become a part of nature amongst the karri trees as you relax by the Big Brook Dam, Pemberton Pool or hike through the Warren National Park.
About the author:
Michelle is a Perth based freelance writer who loves to write about all things travel and lifestyle. When she’s not running her freelance business, she spends her time patting dogs, eating burritos and planning the next travel destination. Get to know her more at https://moshthefreelancer.com/
Cover photo of Tribe Hotel