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  • The Great Beach Drive

    Capture the dramatic coastline, scenery and wildlife and indulge in an unique once in a lifetime experience driving on over 70 kilometres of golden sandy beaches from Noosa to Rainbow Beach on Queensland’s Great Beach Drive. Accessible only by 4×4 vehicles, it’s an experience that can only be described as exhilarating. Your local and experienced […]

  • Dialogue in the Dark – A unique Melbourne must-do experience

    Dialogue in the Dark is more than a just a tour of Melbourne. It is a sensory journey set in total darkness – an incredible experience where you step out of your comfort zone and take on the challenges of a bustling, simulated Melbourne in the dark. The aim of Dialogue in the Dark is […]

  • Kangaroos at the snow? Take a day trip to Australia’s High Country.

    You might find it hard to believe but it does actually snow in Australia. We even have ski fields. Granted, it’s nothing like the Alps of Europe or the Rockies of North America, but that’s exactly why you should put it on your Australian to do list. Our alpine region is home to a unique […]

  • Itinerary: Wildlife in Legendary Landscapes of Australia

    SUGGESTED MONTHS: MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER. It is fitting that Australia’s most recognised locations are also abundantly rich in wildlife offerings. Beginning in picturesque Sydney Harbour, travellers will witness one of the world’s great animal migrations as Humpback Whales pass by the city’s cliffs. Next is a trip to the spiritual heart of […]

  • Why you should put the Mornington Peninsula on your Australian itinerary

    In recent years the Mornington Peninsula has stepped up it’s game. It’s always been a favourite weekend retreat of Melburnians but these days a plethora of world-class luxury accommodation and wineries, along with incredible scenery make it a must-do add on if you’re visiting Melbourne, and at only 90 minutes away from the city you’d […]

  • Jackalope Hotel on the Mornington Peninsula

    If you thought the Mornington Peninsula needed a boost of creativity then look no further than Jackalope Hotel. Like it’s namesake creature of American folklore, Jackalope is designed to offer guests an escape from reality. Arriving in early 2017, this mythical hybrid of old and new is just what the region needed. Already winning the […]

  • Polperro Villas at Red Hill – A boutique luxury accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula

    If you’re after a peaceful weekend getaway from Melbourne then look no further than Polperro Villas at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula.  Only 90 minutes from the city, it is simply the perfect place for romance and relaxation. Just four luxurious villas are privately located on 25 acres of working vineyards in the heart of the […]

  • Fishing in Australia

    Australia’s fish population has had tens of millions of years to evolve and adapt to the unique aquatic environments of this massive, isolated island continent, so it’s hardly surprising that many species are found nowhere else on earth. However even those species you might be familiar with, such as black marlin and some types of […]

  • Itinerary – Encounters with Baby Australian Animals

    A highlight for any wildlife enthusiast is the opportunity to spot baby Australian animals such as kangaroo or koala joeys. The autumn and spring seasons are a terrific time to spot these young marsupials, as they are exploring the world outside of their mother’s pouch and becoming more independent. This suggested itinerary covers a broad […]

  • Margaret River Gourmet Escape – November 2018

    Margaret River Gourmet Escape celebrates 50 years of wine in WA’s extraordinary south west region, with a produce and wine extravaganza over four days this November. Paying homage to the region’s 50th anniversary of commercial wine production, world renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW (UK) will be in attendance at many events across the […]

  • River drift snorkelling in the Daintree

    “It’s too cold for crocodiles”, our knowledgable guide Glen assures us as we pull on thick wetsuits. We are about to go River Drift Snorkelling – a unique way to explore the tropics. It hadn’t even crossed my mind to be worried about crocodiles but it was a valid point – they inhabit rivers in […]

  • A 3 day wilderness glamping event in the Southern Highlands – 27 to 29 October 2017

    Be part of an unforgettable and uniquely Australian three day wilderness celebration. It’s a festival connecting you to nature through soul-stirring and authentic wild activities. And as nature is unpredictable, exciting and untamed, we mix in the whimsical to craft those truly exceptional moments. This definitely isn’t your average weekend in the country. This creatively programmed three day wilderness […]

  • Gourmet Nights – a Private Sydney dining tour

    Discover Sydney with your tastebuds on a private Sydney dining tour. Not only will you sample some of the best food Sydney has to offer, but your hosts have great relationships with the chefs, so you’ll have access to behind the scenes inclusions you can’t get anywhere else! Gourmet Nights is an utterly compelling dining […]

  • La Bohème – Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour 2018

    Taste the best of Sydney in a single night out: food, fireworks, singing and spectacle under the stars as you experience the romance of the original Bohemian love story on the magnificent floating stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. From 23 March to 22 April 2018 you can join the cultural event of the […]

  • Discover Sydney differently on a Sydney Street Art Tour

    Explore something new and a little bit different about the city of Sydney with a Sydney Street Art tour. Top notch guides will take you around some of Sydney’s best-hidden treasures in local food, coffee, street art, small bars and gallery hotspots. Explore lively laneways of contemporary street art and discover works by Sydney’s most […]

  • The Marree man

    Did you know that Australia has it’s own mysterious geoglyph, on par with the Nazcar lines of Peru? The Marree man (so named due to its proximity to the town of Marree), is an engraving in the Australian desert of an indigenous figure of a man with a spear or boomerang. It’s 4.2km-long with a […]

  • Maria Island Walk

    Why we love the Maria Island Walk Summer is a wonderful time for walking in Tasmania – days should be sunny and warm, rain rarely falls on the east coast and nights are cool and star studded (the clear skies are perfect for star gazing).   Maria Island (pronounced Mar-aye-a) is an island national park and a […]

  • Our trip to Kakadu and Arnhemland with Lord’s Safaris

    From jumping crocs to stunning landscapes to meeting indigenous artists, our 3-day famil trip with Sab Lord of Lord’s Safaris had it all. We went from Darwin to Kakadu and back, with a dose of Arnhemland thrown in, and it was so great to finally meet the legend himself in person – he really is […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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), […]

  • Extraordinary memories captured by a local photographer

    When the holiday is over, photos are the ultimate memory. Selfie sticks and camera phones are great but nothing compares to professional shots by a local photographer who knows exactly where to go to capture the best angles.  Our photographers love their city so it’s a chance to explore a local’s hometown in a unique […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Luxury Australian Itinerary – Wine Flight

    Wine Flight Spend 2-3 nights at each property. This itinerary works equally well in reverse. Not surprisingly wine region culture so often seeds a strong food culture and vice versa. The two simply go hand in hand. Australia’s reputation as a premium wine-producing country is undisputed. Wine lovers from around the world are drawn to […]

  • True North Kimberley Cruises – Luxury Lodges of Australia

    A cruise along the Kimberley coast aboard the luxury adventure small-ship TRUE NORTH is on the bucket list for many. Scenes of thundering waterfalls and spectacular gorges greet guests daily. Highlights include Horizontal falls, Mitchell falls, the unique eco-system of Montgomery Reef, Aboriginal rock art and catching huge barramundi. We speak to Peter Trembath, General Manager, who has been responsible for brand and […]

  • The Scenic Rim Trail – one of the Great Walks of Australia

    The Scenic Rim Trail, one of the Great Walks of Australia, is a 4-day, 3-night walk through South East Queensland’s stunning Main Range National Park. As its name suggests the walk traverses 1,000-metre high mountain rims with picturesque 360 degree views, as well as rainforest and wet eucalyptus forests. Distinct scenery, wildlife and vegetation, divine food and wine […]

  • Exclusive Australian accommodation for groups of friends

    Picture this…Your favourite people, an amazing location, a heavenly bed, delicious food, wine aged to perfection and a range of unique and interesting activities that would delight even the most seasoned traveller. Sound good? Well that’s what’s on our list of small boutique properties are just perfect for groups of friends. These gorgeous options for […]

  • Unique and exclusive Luxury Holidays Australia

    At Alquemie the unique holidays we craft are unparalleled. Our expert team are specialists in designing itineraries for high-net-worth individuals travelling to Australia who demand discretion, precision planning and an authentic and unique experience. We create one-of-a-kind luxury holidays Australia that leave lasting memories through exclusive experiences. To us, the true luxury is sometimes in the exclusivity of being one of only […]

  • One of the best hotels in the world 2016 – Southern Ocean Lodge

    We’ve always rated Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island one of our favourite places to stay, and one of Australia’s best hotels, so we are delighted that Travel & Leisure readers have named it the 4th best hotel in the world in their The 100 Best Hotels in the World 2016 awards. Southern Ocean Lodge tied […]

  • 3 of the best ecotour experiences in Australia

    Meet the faces behind Australia’s conservation effort Australia is a big country with many conservation challenges. We have the worst mammal extinction rate in the world and another 1,700 animal and plant species are listed as threatened with extinction. It’s sheer scale is daunting – where do you begin? Luckily there are some ecotour champions dedicated to preserving […]

  • Arkaba – a life changing experience

    The Australia we see today when we travel through it isn’t the Australia it was when white-men first set foot on our sunburnt country. As the Australian Conservation Society so eloquently stated, ‘The centre is a much different, diminished place compared to the landscape that greeted the early European explorers‘. This had never occurred to me but […]

  • Epic 6-day Private Kimberley Helicopter Safari

    This 6-day Private Kimberley Helicopter Safari itinerary includes time at the Kimberley’s most iconic and scenic sites, as well as overnight stays in the region’s best luxury lodges and wilderness retreats – Berkeley River Lodge, Kimberley Coastal Camp and El Questro. The tours are private, and travelling by helicopter allows you the flexibility to land and explore remote and otherwise inaccessible […]

  • A new type of luxury vacation in Australia

    Been there, done that? Maybe not quite… There’s a new type of luxury vacation in Australia and it’ll show a side of our continent that only a few are privileged enough to see. For the well-travelled, it’s hard to continue to impress. It’s not just about luxury resorts lest destinations become a bit too same-same but different… […]

  • Ideas for a family vacation in Australia for kids under seven

    Wondering how to create a great family vacation in Australia with a variety of activities that will have the kids begging for more? We can help. Our Alquemists are masters in the art of weaving together vacations that please the whole family. We’ll recommend hotels and resorts with the best children’s clubs such as KidsOnly Club […]

  • Australian walking tours

    Walking tours for Mind, Body & Soul More and more travellers are asking for active options and Australia boasts a great collection of walking tours.  Whilst the benefits to the body are obvious, it is the benefits to the mind and soul that are the real balm to a busy life. The mind benefits twofold, […]

  • The Kimberley

    The Wild North West (The Kimberley) The Kimberley is a vast region that is for the most part totally uninhabited. Occupying the north west of Australia it is really only accessible during our winter months from April through to October. The big draw cards are the spectacular coastline, rugged outback wilderness, and the extraordinary assemblage of […]

  • Pretty Beach House

    Oooo so Pretty! It is such a joy to experience properties that make you go ‘WOW!’… and Pretty Beach House is one of them. The Alquemie team recently visited Pretty Beach House, a 90 minute drive north of Sydney that feels worlds away. This exclusive four room luxury lodge represents so much of what we […]

  • COMO The Treasury Perth

    COMO comes to Perth We seem to be having a run of exciting hotel updates recently, one of which is the announcement of COMO Hotels and Resorts opening their first property in Australia. COMO The Treasury Perth is set to transform the hotel landscape in Western Australia. The COMO brand is well known in destinations […]

  • Heli Tours of North Queensland

    Explore North Queensland by air and discover places that many don’t get to see on one of our signature Heli Tours of North Queensland. Each guest is provided with a headset, enabling easy communication between themselves and the pilot. The pilot and guide know this region well and will share stories on the major landmarks […]

  • Charter a luxury expedition yacht

    Amanda on Anda Amanda here – reporting to you about a fabulous new find in the world of luxury expedition yachts!  Her name is Anda and she is a true expedition vessel with luxury accommodation, all the toys and many comforts.  Anda is not your typical white-boat, she is a luxury expedition yacht available for […]

  • Four reasons we love Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

    Luxury and nature near Sydney Bordering the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage region and less than three hours drive from Sydney (or a short helicopter ride) is Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley – one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia. This special resort is located on a private conservation and wildlife reserve and is a haven […]

  • Cape Lodge – Margaret River

    Cape Lodge – Reviewed As we turned into Cape Lodge, my travelling friend and I both felt a sense of calm, of tranquillity.  There are rows of grape vines in the distance, some grand old trees in the gardens and a scattering of elegant buildings that sit comfortably in the lovely, relaxed grounds – nothing […]

  • Victoria’s Great Ocean Road

    How to visit the Great Ocean Road We are often asked about the Great Ocean Road – 243 kms of rocky coastline, west of Melbourne and considered one of Australia’s greatest road-trip destinations.  It boasts awe-inspiring coastal views, deserted white sandy beaches, beautiful rainforest scenery and beautiful national parks that are home to koalas, kangaroos […]

  • Bennelong at Sydney Opera House

    Bennelong Reborn As one of the most iconic landmarks in Australia, the Sydney Opera House is hard to miss. Housed in one of the heritage sails is Bennelong restaurant that opened a few months ago with much fanfare. Peter Gilmore is the man behind it all, with a loyal following and several restaurants (Quay is right […]

  • Lizard Island

    Lizard Island is back! We are very excited to have Lizard Island, one of our favourite tropical islands on the Great Barrier Reef is back after a full refurbishment. We absolutely love this resort as it boasts some of the most impressive coastal scenery, located right on the reef, and paired with quintessentially laid back Australian luxury […]