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There’s so much more to see and do in Australia than most people realise. Our inspiring blog delves into some places you may never have heard of but will be glad you did, plus we talk to Australia’s best guides and the people behind some of our favourite places to stay.

 

  • The six seasons of Kakadu

    The Traditional Owners of Australia have a different (and probably much more accurate) view of our cycles of nature, after-all they have lived here for up to 50,000 years. Over the past ten years the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has been working with the below groups of Aboriginals to learn and document their ecological […]

  • Jungle surfing – Zipline Australia style in the Daintree Rainforest

    Kids and adults alike will love this ‘Jungle Surfing’ zipline Australia adventure through the canopy of the Daintree Rainforest. You’ll be strung up 20 metres above the ground and fly through the jungle between six rainforest canopy platforms. As you surf the jungle you’ll have gorgeous views of the tree tops, freshwater streams, and out to the coral fringes of the […]

  • Bullo River Station

    A 1.5 hour charter flight south-west from Darwin takes you to Bullo River Station – 500,000 acres of privately owned countryside – the perfect place for families and adventurous groups of friends who like to get hands on. Bullo River Station is encircled by the coffee coloured waters of the Victoria River and rugged hills […]

  • 5 great films for Australian scenery

    There is no doubt that Australia has some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Our red sand deserts are well known, as is the iconic Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef and Uluru (Ayres Rock). But you can discover many more by watching TV and film (or even David Bowie video clips!). Here are […]

  • Ultimate Kakadu Experience with Bamurru Plains

    Immerse yourself in the stone country of awe-inspiring World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park – one of Australia’s greatest strongholds of Aboriginal rock art and culture. The Ultimate Kakadu Experience is the latest addition at Bamurru Plains and is available with a 3 or 4 night stay. After fantastic rain in the Top End, the floodplains […]

  • Not just your average Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb

    The Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb is one of Sydney’s must-dos. Head up the iconic ‘coat hanger’ for stunning 360 degree views as far as the eye can see and the thrill of watching Sydney’s traffic zoom by far beneath your feet. You can climb from dawn to dusk and far into the night depending on whether you’re an early-bird or night […]

  • Discover the Wild West Coast of Tasmania

    Would you like to breathe the world’s freshest air or stand amongst 2000 year old trees? A new Tasmanian experience allows you to do just that, with an easy day trip from Hobart to discover the Wild West Coast of Tasmania. Departing from the outskirts of Hobart, a 50 minute scenic flight takes you over the Franklin-Gordon Wild […]

  • Seven Peaks Walk – a Great Walk of Australia

    Imagine a 6 night / 5 day walk in a region of Australia with wildlife to rival the Galapagos Islands. Well it exists. The stunning Seven Peaks Walk on UNESCO World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island showcases not only magnificent vistas but also the island’s unique biodiversity. Lord Howe’s isolation (despite being only 2 hours flight from Sydney), […]

  • Luxury Australian Itinerary – Best of Bush Luxury

    Best of Bush Luxury 8-9 nights (plus a city stop) Australia’s wild bush doesn’t mean you need to rough it. Discover just how extraordinary our wilderness is; from the floodplains of the Top End at Bamurru, to Arkaba in the spectacular Flinders Ranges of the Southern Outback, to Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in the Blue […]

  • Capella Lodge – Luxury Lodges of Australia

    Capella Lodge, on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island is Australia’s answer to Tahiti with the magic of the ocean and spectacular views.  Elise Johnson, Sales Manager for Capella, tells us more about this Luxury Lodge of Australia. Describe Capella Lodge in 3 words. Stylish barefoot luxury. Tell us a little bit about Capella Lodge and what […]

  • Longitude 131 – A Luxury Lodge of Australia

    Longitude 131, one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia is uniquely located in the Central Australian outback near World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Elise Johnson, Longitude 131°’s Sales Manager , tells us more. Describe Longitude 131° in 3 words. Timeless, spiritual and authentic. Tell us a little bit about Longitude 131° and what makes it so […]

  • Southern Ocean Lodge – Luxury Lodges of Australia

    Southern Ocean Lodge, a Luxury Lodges of Australia on Kangaroo Island off South Australia was awarded 4th Best Hotel in the World in 2016. This exclusive luxury getaway combines glamour and nature in perfect harmony. We spoke to Elise Johnson, Sales Manager for Southern Ocean Lodge about this world-class lodge. Describe Southern Ocean Lodge in 3 words. […]

  • Stylish and tailor-made Sydney experience

    No one denies that Sydney is a beautiful city – in fact it’s probably one of the prettiest in the world.  And for first-timers to Australia, a Sydney experience is must – the Harbour sparkles, the Bridge stands proud and the Opera House radiates. But there’s the Sydney that most tourists see and then there’s the real […]

  • Luxury Australian Itinerary – A culinary experience for stylish foodies

    A culinary experience for stylish foodies 6-9 nights (plus suggested add-on and extra nights en route if desired). The enjoyment of food and wine is integral to the experience offered by every luxury lodge of Australia and the culinary standard at all properties is outstanding. However, the food & wine experience offered by some properties […]

  • Luxury Australian Itinerary – Barefoot honeymoon

    Barefoot honeymoon 12 nights, plus a night or two en route where desired or required. Australia’s luxury barefoot paradises are exclusive by virtue of their remoteness, their special location and the small number of guests they accommodate at any one time. They offer privacy, outstanding experiences and a sense of understated luxury and romance to ensure […]

  • Luxury Australian Itinerary – Uniquely Australian Wildlife

    Uniquely Australian Wildlife 15 nights, plus a night on route where required. Australia is a place of exceptional natural beauty where ancient rainforests and vast national parks, rugged mountain ranges and reefs, beaches and waterways, provide sanctuary for Australia’s wondrous wildlife. With the continent accommodating more than 20,000 plant species and 2,300 animal and bird […]

  • Luxury Australian Itinerary – Best Of The West

    The Best of the West 13 – 16 nights, if you choose to include all four lodges in Western Australia, plus a night on route where required. This Best Of The West itinerary, is exactly that – celebrating Western Australia’s breathtaking contrasts and memorable Australian experiences. Uncover the hidden treasures of the Margaret River wine […]

  • Australia’s Best Guides – Richard Graham | Bespoke Sydney

    Richard Graham has travelled to some of the most exotic destinations in the world and he has many amazing photos and stories to keep you entertained for hours – but no matter where he travels, he still calls Sydney home. His new and exciting concept in tourism has come from a rich family travel history […]

  • The Louise – Luxury Lodges of Australia

    The Louise, is an intimate Luxury Lodge of Australia in the Barossa Valley with just fifteen beautifully appointed suites. We talked to Ruby Stobart, Director of Sales and Marketing to find out more. Describe The Louise in 3 words. Luxurious, private, authentic. Tell us a little bit about The Louise and what makes it so unique […]

  • Australia’s Best Guides – Jenny Garber | Contemporary art

    Jenny Garber specialises in bespoke contemporary art tours. With a passion for art and through her extensive art networks, developed over many years of personal interest and professional pursuits, Jenny offers clients private introductions to the leading galleries, exhibitions, gallery directors, artists and curators who define Sydney’s vibrant arts scene. Please explain a little bit […]

  • Australia’s Best Guides – Juan Walker | Aboriginal Culture

    Juan Walker (Aboriginal name Karanba), is a Kuku Yalanji man from the Mossman/Daintree area and has been working as a tour guide in this region for fifteen years. Juan regularly spends time with elders of the Kuku Yalanji people, hearing stories of the history, traditions, and culture, stories and information he holds dear to him, for […]

  • Wild Tastes of the Top End – An interactive four-day food safari with James Viles

    In May 2017, Bamurru Plains plays host to one very special Australian experience for foodies. Drawing inspiration from the Top End’s bush pantry, one of Australia’s most respected young chefs, James Viles, will develop a Bamurru menu of local ingredients, textures and flavours that exist alongside each other in nature. From wild barramundi and pandanus […]

  • The 4 day/ 3 night Murray River Walk – A Great Walk of Australia

    The new Murray River Walk is a 40 kilometre (25 mile), easy to moderate walk showcasing the internationally recognised Riverland Ramsar Wetland region of the beautiful Murray River. It’s a unique addition to the suite of Great Walks of Australia as accommodation is on an exclusive houseboat from where guests walk every day. Starting in Renmark, […]

  • Swim with whales at Sal Salis

    From August to October  guests at Sal Salis will have the opportunity to swim with whales at Ninglaoo Reef. 35,000 of these giants migrate along our coast each year and guests have the chance to share the water with them. In addition to swimming with humpback whales, the crew & the Sal Salis spotter plane […]

  • Bamurru Plains – Luxury Lodges of Australia

    Bamurru Plains, a Luxury Lodges in Australia’s Top End is one of the most stunning destinations in Australia. A profusion of bird and wildlife are on the doorstep of this unique bush lodge that brings a touch of style to the discovery of a remote and beautiful wilderness. We talked to John Cooper, manager of Bamurru […]

  • Australia’s Best Guides – Sean Blocksidge | Margaret River wine & nature

    Sean Blocksidge is the owner/operator of the Margaret River Discovery Co..  In 2010 he won Western Australian Guide of the Year and his tours have been consistently rated the #1 Margaret River tour experience on Tripadvisor. Find out more about him. Please explain a little bit about who you are and what you do? I […]

  • Australia’s Best Guides – Sab Lord | Kakadu and Arnhem Land

    Sab Lord is a larger than life character, and has been hosting guests in the Top End for 16 years. Sab grew up in the area that is now Kakadu and Arnhem Land and has a rather unique relationship with many local Aboriginal people. We interviewed Sab Lord to find out a little more about him… Please explain […]

  • Pretty Beach House – Luxury Lodges of Australia

    Pretty Beach House, an exquisite Luxury Lodge of Australia only 90 minutes from Sydney has room for only eight lucky guests. The all-inclusive guesthouse is situated within the Bouddi National Park and surrounded by several golden beaches. Deborah Ramsay tells us more. Describe Pretty Beach House in 3 words. Relaxed, effortless luxury. Tell us a […]

  • Lake House – Luxury Lodges of Australia

    Award-winning Lake House in Daylesford just 90 minutes from Melbourne is as famous for its fine dining as it is for its boutique accommodation. Set within picturesque spa country, this family-run Luxury Lodge of Australia is a foodie’s delight and offers one of the best cellars in the country. Larissa Wolf-Tasker fills us in about this magical property. […]

  • Australia’s Best Guides – Paul Bester | Nature & photography

    Paul Bester is living the dream. Based at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, his passion for nature and photography, as well as his upbringing in Africa make him one of Australia’s best guides. We found out more about him… Please explain a little bit about who you are and what you do? As the Head Guide at Sal Salis […]

  • Silky Oaks Lodge – Luxury Lodges of Australia

    Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa adjoining the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park is a picture of tranquility. Located on the Mossman River it’s the perfect based to explore this tropical rainforest wonderland.  The lodge offers activities such as canoeing, river snorkelling,  guided walks, wildlife spotting and yoga classes or simply swimming in the crystal clear mountain […]

  • Luxury Australian itinerary – A Trip For Twitchers

    A Trip For Twitchers 12 nights, plus a night or two at your arrival or departure destination if desired Australia’s environment is one of the most diverse on earth and its landscape is one of the oldest. Its flora and fauna have evolved in isolation for 45 million years, untouched by the upheavals of the […]

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