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Where the celebs vacation in Australia (and what they want to get papped wearing)

When the Northern hemisphere weather doesn’t quite warm the cockles, celebs from around the world pack up their sequined caftans and head down under to an Aussie getaway. A little known secret, after cuddling koalas, holidaying Hollywood heavyweights always stock up their wardrobes with resort wear from talented local designers. As Australian Fashion Week closed last month, in addition to telling you where they might be, we can now reveal what the superstars could have on order for their next Aussie vacay.

Where they Resort:

Rae’s on Wategos Byron Bay


A boutique hotel known the world over, Rae’s on Wategos overlooks Wategos beach, the more secluded sister to Byron’s main beach. Celebrities and jet-setters have long been attracted to the hotel’s Moorish and Mediterranean architecture and eclectic array of furnishings and fittings. Past guests include Margot Robbie, Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Keith Richards and Elle Macpherson.

Qualia – Hamilton Island


Photo Credit: Jason Loucas

Qualia is located in an exclusive precinct on Hamilton Island’s northern-most tip, and has 60 private pavilions that look out onto the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. In philiosopy and certain models of psychology Qualia is defined to be individual instances of subjective, conscious experience. From the helicopter transfer and spectacular views to the award winning restaurant and spa with featuring indigenous Australian treatments, A-Listers get an experience that certainly rocks their chi. Oprah, Gordon Ramsey, Miranda Kerr, Leonardo Di Caprio, Toni Collette and Cate Blanchett have all sipped champagne as they checked into this hallowed luxury lodge.

Wolgan Valley


Delta Goodrum took Nick Jonas to this luxe Blue Mountains hideaway nestled within the Wollemi National Park, three hours out of Sydney. The starry eyed couple spent the weekend enjoying sunset mountain bike rides together between the rolling mountains under the shadows of the sheer cliffs. Carey Mulligan spent the weekend with her fiancé Marcus Mumford of the band Mumford and sons chilling by her personal plunge pool, fireplace and private verandah with stunning views of the valley.

Lizard Island


Tiger Woods, Kate Hudson, Charlize Theron and Teri Hatcher have gazed at gorgeous sunsets from their private desert island villa at Lizard Island, Australia’s classic millionaire’s playground. The northernmost and most isolated of Queensland’s island resorts, the mood is simple and laid back, yet everything from gourmet food to expensive facilities for divers and game-fishermen is off the chart OMG.



Renowned for its luxury, privacy and comfort, Jonah’s has hosted celebrities from entertainment, politics, business and royalty. Over its’ 89 year history they have hosted Lord Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Joan Collins, the royal family of Monaco, Elle Macpherson, Mick Jagger, Bono, Rod Stewart, Justin Bieber, Sir Michael Caine, Ava Gardner, Shirley Bassey, One Direction, Gerard Butler, Queen and Brian Johnson the lead singer of ACDC.

What They Wear

Looking good when photographed on vacation is all part and parcel of a celebrity getaway. The famous style mavens always stuff their suitcases with the latest Aussie designs fresh off our runways.

Here’s a round up of what they’ll be caught wearing in the pages of the paparazzi mags.


Camilla Frank’s magical designs continue to inspire and delight. Her new collection, inspired by vintage kimonos, combines Japanese simplicity with clashing patterns and inventive styling. Flowing but full of personality, every piece in this collection turns heads.

Camilla - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2018

Photo Credit: timdarin.com/flaunter.com


Designer Roopa Pemmaraju dazzled with resort hits of ruffled gowns, jumpsuits and embellished silk coats detailed with clashy Nepalese prints and vibes of Indian saris.


Blair Archibald

In a brilliant debut show, the designer Blair Archibald announced himself as a serious talent.  The Melbourne-based designer was named the winner of the Australia-New Zealand round of the 2018 International Woolmark Prize for menswear. Archibald’s work is soft in the shoulders, relaxed and oversized. Perfect, stylish vacay wear.



Bianca Spender

Spender’s new collection featured fluid dresses and jumpsuits that drape the body with easy elegance in splashes of turquoise, rust, tangerine and lemon. Simple shapes with delicate knotting of fabric, a bold shoulder strap or floaty sleeves made each piece of the collection feel effortlessly unique.

Bianca Spender - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2018

Photos by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Bianca Spender - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2018Bianca Spender - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2018Bianca Spender - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2018

Leo & Lin

Refined and polished, the new Leo & Lin collection defined girly charm with all the frills and a Riviera vibe.


Cuddington, a new entrant on the fashion scene reminisces the days of old, when craftsmanship was an art, quality of materials were second to none and design was timeless. Each unique piece is meticulously handcrafted locally. The Tiggy range of 70’s boho belt bags are guaranteed to be the music festival ‘it’ bag.



Recently graduated from TAFE and working out of her one bedroom Marrickville apartment, Zsofia Matrai delivered summery, textured looks for her fashion week debut. Demonstrating her immense skill with structure and balance, she showed she is a true talent on the rise.



This summer luxury neoprene is making the jump from the sandy shores of Oz to Lala Land. Chuchka debuted their new range of durable polymer neoprene with clean lines, sporty stripes, clutches, totes and bucket bags.


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