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Iconic luxury at the newly reimagined InterContinental Hayman Island

Welcome to a new era of immersive luxury in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.  Opening 1 July 2019, InterContinental Hayman Island Resort will immerse you in a world of breathtaking natural beauty, iconic island experiences and sacred moments of connection with your family, friends and yourself. 

Nestled at the northernmost point of the stunning Whitsundays, Australia’s most iconic private island resort redefines luxury island living with 166 beautifully-appointed rooms, suites and villas artfully intertwined with spectacular pools, panoramic seascapes and tropical gardens. From the moment your feet hit the sand, you’ll discover unforgettable island experiences where exploring the world-famous Heart Reef by air, turquoise swirls of Whitehaven Beach by boat or remote rainforest mountains by foot is just the beginning.

Embark on a culinary adventure with five innovative dining experiences designed to delight the senses and fuel the soul, boasting a diverse selection of cuisine to suite every palette from modern Asian-infused menus to family-friendly Mediterranean cuisine, spectacular seafood delicacies to poolside cocktails. 

Seeking something deeper. The Hayman® Spa will inspire you to leave the world behind and immerse you in one-of-a-kind treatments, wellness philosophies and luxurious products that will renew your body and mind. While the little ones will discover their own island paradise in a world-class kid’s club. Blending fun and nature to create a collection of entertaining experiences and adventures connecting them to the island wonders that surround them.

Experience the re-imagined InterContinental Hayman Island Resort and discover a place of visual and visceral beauty so deep, it will leave you feeling transformed.

** Experience Hayman’s Suites **

Offer: Stay 3/Pay 2

Travel: 01 July 2019 to 14 October 2019

Book by: 31 May 2019

** Opening Special **

Offer: Stay 3 nights or more and receive 25% off

Travel: 01 July 2019 to 14 Oct 2019

Book by: 10 September 2019

Pure Pursuits Australia – Beyond the beaches


 



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In March 2020, Alquemie, in conjunction with Tourism Australia, hosted PURE Pursuits, a 5-day event designed to transform the travel industry through in-depth, peer-to-peer discussions, insightful workshops and exhilarating challenges. PURE Pursuits Australia brought together a group of senior visionaries within the industry at a critical time for us all. It provided an incredible landscape to discuss and workshop the current landscape and provided invaluable learnings for everyone to move forward with in their businesses. It proved – as we all know – that we are #allinthistogether.

 

“I was blown away by every single detail that went into such a remarkable, seamless and memorable week. The attention to detail and weaving in of indigenous and regeneration narratives, along with the incredible backdrops you chose to highlight, came together to leave everyone spellbound by the country, the people and so importantly, the scale of the regeneration underway.”  (Jessica Den Boer – This is Beyond)

 

PURE PURSUITS DAY BY DAY EXPERIENCES

PURE PURSUITS DAY 1:

– Welcome To Country On Quarantine Beach
– Ultimate Wineries Sundowners
– Tourism Australia Welcome Dinner

STAY: Q Station

PURE PURSUITS DAY 2:

– Sydney Harbour Mini-Cruise
– Scenic Seaplane Flight To Jervis Bay
– Sand Dunes & Secrets of the Bush Walking Safari
– Stand Up Paddle Boarding
– Sundowners On The Sandbar
– Dinner Under The Southern Stars

STAY: The Cove Jervis Bay

PURE PURSUITS DAY 3:

– Mountain Biking Through Booderee National Park
– Waterfalls Hike In Macquarie Pass National Park
– Escarpment Walk Into Ooralba
– Sundowners At The Tea House
– Dinner With A View
– Campfire Under A Full Moon

STAY: Bush Safari Tents At Ooralba Estate

PURE PURSUITS DAY 4:

– Forest Bathing & Nature Wellness
– Bushfire Introduction
– Canoes, Canapés And Champagne
– Sundowners In The Amoeba Garden
– Birch Grove BBQ Feast With Guest Chef Nick Gardiner
– Nocturnal Search For The Kangaroo Valley Panther

STAY: Bush Safari Tents At Ooralba Estate

PURE PURSUITS DAY 5:

– Bushwalk At Belmore Falls
– Above The Fire-Ground Scenic Flight
– Bushfire Regeneration Experiences
– Farewell Dinner

STAY: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Thank you to all our amazing PURE PURSUITS suppliers….


 

 

ULTIMATE WINERY EXPERIENCES AUSTRALIA

Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia is a hand-selected collection of Australia’s premium wineries offering quality winery experiences based around world class wines, warm and knowledgeable hospitality and culinary excellence.

Go beyond the cellar door to discover characteristics unique to each winery. A wine tasting at one of our wineries can range from an intimate tutored wine tasting and chance to meet the winemakers to a wine blending lesson to test your own palate. A winery tour could not only reveal stories about the families behind each winery, but involve a scenic regional flight, a relaxing bike ride or adventurous 4WD tour.

Our wineries are not simply venues to taste and purchase wine. They offer a memorable experience featuring quality restaurants, accommodation, tours, as well as exciting behind the scenes winery experiences. They allow visitors to interact with the product, the winemaker and enjoy first-hand, the rich diversity that Australia’s many wine regions have to offer.

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Q STATION

Q Station is a unique, heritage listed hotel located at North Head, Manly. Spread over 33 hectares, the property offers 11 dedicated function rooms as well as a range of outdoor event space, 106 accommodation rooms, two restaurants and a bar and a variety of tours and team building activities. Set against the backdrop of stunning Sydney Harbour, Q Station has its own private beach and wharf with direct access to the harbour. Experience a truly unique slice of Sydney’s history. qstation.com.au facebook.com/QStationManly instagram.com/qstation


 

SYDNEY PRINCESS CRUISES

Sydney Princess Cruises began operation in 2001 and has become one of Sydney’s leading and most respected private charter boat operations on Sydney Harbour. Starting with our first vessel, the MV Sydney Princess in 2001, then purchasing a second vessel the MV Sydney in 2004, we have now moved on to the cruising on the luxurious MV Ocean Blue, MV Jerry Bailey, MV Sydney, M/Y Affinity, MV Lithgow.

We are a team of committed, positive and successful people who are always striving to be balanced, integrated and honest. With the stunning range of boats available for Sydney harbour cruises, we offer tours, events and functions of excellence with quality attention to detail and professional, personalized service.

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SYDNEY SEAPLANES

After flying out of Sydney Harbour for 80 years we’ve become a part of quintessential Sydney as we fly right over, above and around some of the world’s most awe-inspiring views – the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Pittwater, a string of pristine city beaches and the luxuriant bushland of the Hawkesbury River region.

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WILD FOOD ADVENTURES

Wild Food Adventures is a nature tourism operator who has designed a range of compelling and exclusively crafted ways to explore the Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven regions. More than just overnight or day trips, these are immersive, hands-on and creative adventures connecting with people, place and produce. Experience pristine wilderness, meet boutique award winning cool climate wine makers, explore historical villages, hike rainforest trails, taste bush foods, swim in waterfalls, cycle through vast forests, be part of the paddock to plate process, unearth truffles, learn artisan crafts, harvest hops and taste fresh local produce crafted into culinary moments. As destination specialists we craft small group experiences for the travel industry, providing guests with tailored choices. Wild Food Adventures is part of Experience Nature Group which includes Highlands Harvest Feasts (seasonal event series) and Wildfest (corporate retreats, glamping and a wild nature festival).

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PADDLE & PORTAGE CANOES

Travis Frenay, our guide from Paddle & Portage Canoes, has been a professional outdoor guide and paddling instructor for almost 20 years and has a background in Conservation and Environmental Science. Paddle & Portage is Australia’s largest canoe-specific business, offering imports, sales, hire, guiding, accredited tuition, and skills instruction. Travis is also the lead teacher of canoeing in the award-winning outdoor recreation course at TAFENSW, Lithgow.

Travis has crafted an incredible and unique event for Wild Food Adventures where we have joined two canoes together to create a floating raft that is easy to manoeuvre and unsinkable for every level of paddler. Wild Food Adventures added in local produce and wine to create what is known as Canoes, Champagne and Canapé experience and this was the start of a great partnership. Travis and his team now manage all the Experience Nature Groups outdoor leisure activities from day tours to retreats.

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CHRISTIE LITTLE – FOREST BATHING

Christie was the first internationally certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide in New South Wales, Australia. She has qualifications and over 10 years of experience in biofeedback for stress and energy management, nutrition and wellness coaching, positive neuroplasticity mindfulness training. In addition she holds a First Class Honours degree in Economics and a Graduate Certificate in Change Management.

In natural settings, her wellbeing walks and retreats, explore a range of wellbeing themes such as purpose & meaning, personal identity, belonging, joy and awe, stress release and energy management. All of which are scientifically proven to boost our wellbeing and resilience. Themes are explored through techniques including Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing), mindfulness, walking coaching, journaling, art therapy and healthy eating.

Experience Nature Group and Christie Little are proud to offer a range of unique nature connection experiences from 2-hour forest bathing experiences to 8 day retreats in the best locations nature has to offer.


 

BRENDON BEVAN – PRIVATE GUIDE

Brendon grew up on the family owned Game Lodge in the Northern Provence of South Africa near the Gaborone border with Botswana – an environment which was to influence his life dramatically and ultimately form the foundation of a very fortunate career guiding in some of the most pristine habitat Africa has to offer.

An unquenchable thirst for knowledge saw Brendon navigate his way throughout Southern Africa, guiding and managing lodges in some of the most remote and exclusive areas of South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia.

In 2010, that same thirst drew Brendon deep into the Australian Outback having fallen in love with an entirely new wilderness. Working with the most exclusive and wildlife focussed lodges that Outback Australia has to offer, Brendon’s guiding career spans more than two decades and traverses two of the most environmentally diverse continents on Earth.

To experience wilderness, is to reconnect on an almost primal level, to engage all of the senses and rediscover yourself in the vastness of nature.


 

THE COVE – JERVIS BAY

Offering 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Boutique Cabins, Luxe Glamping Tents and an uber-cool 7-Bedroom House with the calm waters of Sussex Inlet on one side & the famous pipeline of Bherwerre beach on the other – The Cove Jervis Bay is truly paradise.

The sound of the ocean replaces the noise of traffic; native wildlife abounds as kangaroos hop through the grounds and colourful parrots skim through trees; the backdrop is of forest, not buildings. While our location can be used as a base to explore the historic surrounding districts, its relaxed atmosphere and tranquil beachfront location surrounded by Booderee National Park lead most guests to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of swimming, bushwalking, boating, reading, and, in the evening meeting fellow guests at the central BBQ facilities.

Put simply, just relaxing! All within an easy drive and on our very own privately accessed beach. Pure Bliss.

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OORALBA

Commanding 200 acres of lush grounds and uninterrupted views across the stunning Morton National Park, Ooralba is a standout venue for small group tours, family and friends as well as corporate events. From executive retreats to large scale gatherings, our exclusive country estate provides a magnificent setting for events of all sizes, with a vast array of tailored activities and experiences to uplift and inspire.

Immerse yourself in nature with our luxury safari camps, discover local delights at a nearby oyster farm or take time to recharge in the comfort of the homestead. Whatever the activity the Ooralba Estate Team will take care of every logistical requirement to ensure a flawless stay. Our unique dining experiences are the jewel in the crown that promise to deliver the wow factor. Partnering with some of Australia’s finest chefs, we are proud to bring you some of the finest produce in Australia, served in a spectacular setting that will truly take your breath away.

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HAMPDEN DELI – KANGAROO VALLEY

With a world of experience and love for good food and good service, hatted Chef Nick Gardner and his wife Stevie-Lee Bounader created Hampden Deli. Set in the heart of the picturesque Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales, the Deli makes memories out of meals. By day, they source the finest, seasonal and local ingredients to create fresh and flavour driven daily changing meals.

Stop in for a grazing board or take with you a lunch box filled with goodness. Food explorers and lovers alike dine at Hampden Deli’s pop-up degustations to experience masterfully created dishes presented with passion.

Hampden Deli is a nourishing destination not to be missed.

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EMIRATES ONE&ONLY WOLGAN VALLEY

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a scenic three-hour drive from Sydney, located on Australia’s Great Dividing Range between the Wollemi National Park and the Gardens of Stone National Park, within the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains.

The resort occupies just one percent of its own 2,800-hectare conservancy. The Wolgan Valley is approximately 26 kilometres long and seven kilometres wide. Steep cliffs contrast with the gentle curve of the valley floor and a picturesque road winds along the river to reach the resort on the eastern end.

Our beloved 7,000-acre reserve continues its journey to rejuvenation after the bushfires, with many parts of the valley in bloom and native wildlife thriving. Incredibly, we’re also seeing new species seeking sanctuary across our diverse landscape. The team continues to deliver unforgettable One&Only experiences and we look forward to welcoming your clients as they take the opportunity to witness the once-in-a-lifetime beauty and power of rejuvenation taking place across the reserve.

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TESALATE TOWELS

Say hello to a vibrant, sand free, compact, quick-drying beach towel that fits in your bag from the original Australian beach towel company.

Tesalate is proudly an Australian-designed beach towel created by two friends, Volkan Ozbek and Jacky Lam. After 18 months of planning, product development and testing, Tesalate finally launched at Bondi Beach Markets in

  1. From there, Tesalate rapidly expanded by selling towels to customers in over 100 countries within 2 years.

Tesalate beach towels are light-weight and perfect for international travellers.

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EDIBLE BEAUTY

“The Edible Beauty Australia philosophy is based on illuminating your natural beauty using pure, wildcrafted and botanical ingredients that are literally good enough to eat.”

Developed by naturopath and nutritionist Anna Mitsios, Edible Beauty Australia offers luxurious “edible” skincare products, “beauty” teas and wellness supplements containing therapeutic botanicals and wildcrafted Australian ingredients designed to have you glowing both inside and out. Anna is passionate about using nutrition through food and herbs to achieve radiance, vitality and bountiful youth.

The radiance of our energy, skin and personality is a direct reflection of what we put on and in it – we are what we eat – as the saying goes. The Edible Beauty Australia product range epitomises purity, luxury and quality, as well as the wellbeing and longevity of the skin, body and mind.

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PEARLS OF AUSTRALIA

Pearls of Australia is a joint venture between Cygnet Bay Pearls and Broken Bay Pearls who represent two species of premium quality pearls with a guarantee of provenance and purity, as well as immersive industry experiences such as farm tourism offerings and industry education.

From New South Wales’ stunning Central Coast to the remote Kimberley of North Western Australia, Pearls of Australia represents a vast range of products and experiences centered around the Australian South Sea Pearl of Cygnet Bay north of Broome, and the Australian Akoya Pearl of Broken Bay north of Sydney.

Discover this rare opportunity to get behind the scenes and discover the story of the Australian Pearl.

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GOLDFIELD & BANKS AUSTRALIA

The Goldfield & Banks Australia story actually begins on the other side of the world when Dimitri Weber – like so many voyagers before him – set out on a journey to discover the curious, enigmatic land that lay far beyond the horizon. Falling in love with Australia’s dramatic, contrasting landscapes, Dimitri set out to capture this extraordinary beauty and share it with the world.

That sense of discovery is the essence Goldfield & Banks Australia. Our luxury perfume celebrates the unrelenting spirit of Australia, from the pristine beaches of the southern coastline to the endless red dirt plains of the desert heartland.

Goldfield & Banks Australia also pays homage to Australia’s first botanist and naturalist Joseph Banks. A curious explorer and prodigious collector, Banks’ collection of Australian plants, seeds, insects, and wildlife was the first to reveal the vast botanical richness of the continent to the European world.

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Luxury Australian Itinerary – Wine Flight – Margaret River, The Barossa Valley & Kangaroo Island

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 the ‘home’ of the wines they have tried, savoured and loved. The Louise Barossa Valley, Cape Lodge Margaret River, and Kangaroo Island offer an entree to these prestigious and emerging wine regions, and very often, a personal connection with the winemakers and characters who live there.

This itinerary offers world-class wine experiences together with warm and knowledgeable hospitality alongside culinary excellence and luxury accommodation.


This itinerary is just an indicator of what’s on offer in Australia. At Alquemie we tailor make every vacation based on the whims of our guests. Please contact us to find out about the magical holiday we could craft for you.

 

Cape Lodge, Margaret River
Cape Lodge, Margaret River

CAPE LODGE – MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA (3 NIGHTS)

Cape Lodge private estate and boutique hotel sits within 40 acres on its own vineyard in the heart of the Margaret River wine region – a wine region by the sea. This premium wine region has a strong reputation for fine gastronomic flavours and spectacular scenery, where rolling vineyards sit against a backdrop of ocean and forest.

A selection of must do’s

  • Best of the Best Wine Tour – A sophisticated behind the scenes wine tour often referred to as “The wine tour for people who don’t do tours”. No minivans, no crowds; the Best of the Best Wine Tour represents personalised touring at its best.
  • Gourmet Weekends are also scheduled throughout the year bringing together winemakers, food producers and lovers of food and wine. These weekends include master classes, tastings and winemakers dinners.
  • The Cape Lodge Cooking Classes are ideal for lovers of great food and wine experiences. Keep an eye out for the Long Table Lunch Calendar including Truffle Hunt Tour.

The Louise overlooks stunning vineyards of the Barossa Valley
The Louise overlooks stunning vineyards of the Barossa Valley

THE LOUISE BAROSSA VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA (3 NIGHTS)

The Louise, an idyllic luxury vineyard retreat, encompassing acclaimed restaurant Appellation, is situated on a gentle hill surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines, with breathtaking vistas across the world renowned Barossa Valley. Home to more than 100 wineries, the Barossa is a vibrant community with a rich 160-year old cultural and architectural heritage and the oldest continuous food and wine culture in Australia.

A selection of must do’s

  • The Most Brilliant Blend – Don a labcoat and enjoy the challenge of being a winemaker for a day in the Penfolds laboratory where many of the iconic Penfold’s wine blends originate. Bring your blended wine back to Appellation to form part of your dining experience that evening.
  • Numerous private tastings and winemaker introductions may be arranged for guests such as the exclusive private tour of Seppeltsfield – A National treasure and living museum of wine history.
  • Appellation features a nightly wine-paired Chef’s Tasting Menu and believes that the sum of ‘food + wine’ should be greater than the individual parts and that wine is a finished product. A series of dishes created to pair with specific wines, creating a unique marriage, with ingredients directed by the season.

KANGAROO ISLAND, SOUTH AUSTRALIA (3 NIGHTS)

Kangaroo Island is the third largest island off the coast of mainland Australia and is known as Australia’s Galapagos. It is home to an abundance of iconic native Australian wildlife species and features stunning coastlines and spectacular scenery.

Indulge yourself in premium luxury at Ocean View Eco Villas, Kangaroo Island. Oceanview Eco Villas is a fully-hosted eco-luxury accommodation located on a 500-acre rural property, nestled atop the stunning Kangaroo Island coastline known as ‘Redbanks’.

A selection of must do’s

  • See Kangaroos (and koalas) in the wild of course!
  • Dine your way around the island as you explore a diversity of wild-catch and farmed seafood, olive oil, honey, wines, micro-brewed beer, gin and free range eggs.
  • Meet with researchers, volunteers and find out what is happening behind the scenes for conservation on Kangaroo Island.
  • Explore Kangaroo Island on a multi-mode adventure – four-wheel drive, walking, ocean rafting and fat-tyre cycling.
  • Walk among Australian sea-lions on a beautiful sandy beach at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

 

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Family escape to Byron Bay

Take your family on a well-deserved family break to Byron Bay with this 3-night package that will keep both the kids and the grown-ups happy. You won’t need to lift a finger, staying in luxury with all meals prepared by a local chef, daily turn down service and family friendly activities planned for you and your loved ones.

You’ll have exclusive use of your own secluded luxury retreat with a private pool and hinterland views.  Surrounded by national parkland, escarpment and rainforest, it’s is the perfect place to forget it all and just enjoy the peacefulness of a mountain setting.

Inclusions:

  • 3-Nights luxury accommodation (Exclusive use for your family – up to ten people)
  • All Meals ( and some beverages ) including chef prepared breakfasts & dinners, daily snacks, Three Blue Ducks Lunch, private luxe Beach Picnic
  • Daily turn down service
  • Welcome to Byron and Surrounds Tour Private Guided Tour including Brookies Farm and Distillery as well as Crystal Castle
    Byron Bay Highlights Private Guided Tour including inside the Byron Lighthouse
  • Kids Local Cooking Lesson
  • Private Brunswick River Cruise including kayaks and SUP’s as well as a beach picnic
  • Airport Transfers ex Ballina Airport

 

DAY ONE
Fly into Ballina Airport where your local host will be waiting to escort you

Welcome to Byron and Surrounds Tour 

Meet your local host at Ballina Airport before spending an afternoon exploring Byron Bay’s hinterland.
The first stop is the local Brook family’s 96-acre farm ‘Brookies’ located high on the ridgeline above Byron Bay with views to the iconic Lighthouse and along the coastline.

On arrival, meet your host and commence a journey through the story of the Brook family farm and distillery. Parents may wish to start with a Brookie’s Gin & Tonic garnished with Native Finger Lime & Aniseed Myrtle prior to venturing into the subtropical rainforest with your host. See, smell, and touch the native rainforest ingredients such as Macadamias that can be found in the famous Brookfarm Muesli.

Returning to the distillery, parents may wish to participate in a fun sensory tasting experience while the kids spot wildlife and take in the views of the rainforest from the deck. Continuing the journey, stand between two of the tallest crystals on earth and sit inside an ancient amethyst cave at Crystal Castle and Shambala Gardens. As you wander through the tranquil Shambhala Gardens and rainforest, keep an eye out for resident Koalas.

Check into your luxury accommodation. Welcome drinks and afternoon snacks will be provided on arrival.

Enjoy a local chef prepared dinner with beverages.

DAY TWO
Morning: Breakfast at leisure

Private Behind the Scenes Byron Bay Highlights 
Meet your guide at your accommodation before setting off for the day to explore Byron Bay and surrounds.
Visit Cape Byron Lighthouse and the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. Take a private tour of the lighthouse where you will climb to the top to enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of Byron Bay and the hinterland. Spot dolphins, turtles, and rays from the cliffs high above. Learn about the ancient aboriginal history of the Bundjalung Nation as well as the more recent history of Byron Bay and its Lighthouse keepers.

Enjoy a coffee or an ice cream at the Lighthouse café.

Lunch at Three Blue Ducks at The Farm, Byron Bay
The Farm and Three Blue Ducks restaurant is set on an 80-acre farm and Macadamia Orchard on the outskirts of Byron Bay. The chefs work closely with ethical growers and producers to deliver rustic, nourishing, delicious dishes that reflect the goodness of the local produce.

Following lunch, wander along the farm trail past the pigs in their mud bath, the 700 Bond Brown chickens, past the macadamia orchard and the fields planted with produce served in the restaurant.

Afternoon Kids Cooking Lesson
While the parents relax, kids can join the local chef to learn how to make treats such as Muesli Bars featuring Brookfarm muesli or perhaps Gingerbread cookies featuring locally grown ginger.

Optional afternoon massage for the adults can be arranged at additional cost.

Chef prepared Dinner
Enjoy a local chef prepared dinner with beverages.

DAY THREE
Morning: Breakfast at leisure

Private Brunswick River Cruise 
Departing your accommodation, travel to the village of Brunswick Heads where you will board a leisurely private cruise on the beautiful Brunswick River. As you cruise along the river you will see rainforest river scenery and have the chance to spot amazing birdlife, wildlife, and marine life. Pull into a sheltered estuary with a white sand beach to take a short kayak tour or even try your hand at Stand-Up Paddle Boarding with your guide.

Beach Picnic lunch
Picture yourselves feasting on the best local products sourced by renowned chefs in an unforgettable beach setting. Luxury Turkish towels, picnic rugs, cushions and funky Moroccan style beach umbrellas will provide comfort while you enjoy an afternoon by the sea. Beach games will also keep the kids entertained.

Afternoon: Explore Brunswick Heads
While in the area, take a stroll around the delightful, unspoilt village of Brunswick Heads. ‘Bruns’ as it is known to locals has retained its traditional seaside village atmosphere.

You may wish to stroll around the village and explore the eclectic boutiques and retro-vintage treasures or perhaps follow the fairy trail to find over 20 unique, hand-made fairy houses.

Chef prepared Dinner
Enjoy a local chef prepared dinner with beverages.

DAY FOUR
Morning: Morning & Breakfast at leisure
Your local host will transfer you to Ballina Airport

Block-out: 15 December 2020 – 10 January 2021

Contact the team at Alquemie at info@alquemie.com.au.

3-night Byron Bay Hinterland luxury escape for a group of friends

We’ve put together an easy escape for a group of 6 friends in the gorgeous Byron Bay Hinterland. Think of it as your own private luxury hotel with all meals and activities taken care of. All you need to do is turn up.

You’ll have exclusive use of your own private luxury accommodation in acres of green rain forest, with spectacular views Eastwards to Cape Byron and the Pacific Ocean. Located in the Byron Hinterland, this boutique bed and breakfast has been impeccably designed to be close to nature and close to the hearts of the founders and hosts.  The interior palette includes Moroccan tiled bathrooms with naked copper fittings; super-lux King size beds with Egyptian cotton linen on burnished concrete floors; unique reclaimed timber cabinetry, and warm birch ply panelled walls. Wake up to the ultimate framed view, where the mountains meet the sea. The 10 metre mineral magnesium pool is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a drink overlooking Cape Byron.

Inclusions:

  • 3-nights Luxury Accommodation (Exclusive use for your group of 6)
  • All meals (and some beverages ) including chef prepared dinners and breakfasts, Brunch at Beach Byron Bay, Private beach picnic
  • Welcome to Byron and Surrounds Private Guided Tour including Brookies Farm & Gin distillery
  • Bubbles on arrival at accommodation, cheese board and chocolates served to pavilions
  • Minyon Falls Rainforest Walk, Private Guided walk and lunch
  • ‘Forest to Beach’ Sunset Private Horse Ride
  • Cape Byron Sea Kayak Shared Tour
  • Airport Transfers ex Ballina Airport

 

 

ITINERARY

DAY ONE
Fly into Ballina Airport where your local host will be waiting to escort you.

Welcome to Byron and Surrounds Tour 
Meet your local host at Ballina Airport before spending an afternoon exploring Byron Bay’s hinterland. The first stop is the local Brook family’s 96-acre farm ‘Brookies’ located high on the ridgeline above Byron Bay with views to the iconic Lighthouse and along the coastline.

On arrival, meet your host and commence a journey through the story of the Brook family farm and distillery. Begin with a Brookie’s Gin & Tonic garnished with Native Finger Lime & Aniseed Myrtle. Join your host on a stroll through the subtropical rainforest – see, smell, and touch the native rainforest botanicals that are used in the award-winning Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin. Return to the distillery where you will be guided through a fun sensory tasting experience by the distillery team.

Check into your luxury accommodation late afternoon and enjoy bubbles served on arrival. An afternoon massage can be arranged at additional cost.

Dinner will be prepared this evening by the 2018 winners of My Kitchen Rules, Alex and Emily. Enjoy a casual flavour driven menu accompanied by views that stretch across the Byron coastline and Pacific Ocean.

DAY TWO
Breakfast at leisure

Minyon Falls Rainforest Walk 
This morning you will join an environmental scientist on a private 2-hour / 4-kilometre rainforest walk. Explore this amazing rainforest ecosystem, see wildlife, and experience the wonder of Minyon Falls located 100-metres above the valley floor within the World Heritage listed Nightcap National Park. Enjoy a swim at the waterfall and picnic lunch before returning to your accommodation.

‘Forest to Beach’ sunset horseback ride 
Join the Zephyr Horses team for a sunset ‘Forest to Beach’ trail ride. On arrival you will be introduced to one of their twenty horses. Spend some time getting to know your horse before riding through native Tea Tree forest trails and along Byron’s iconic Belongil Beach. Suitable for beginner riders, Zephyr offers a holistic approach where the you will not only get to ride, but also learn about equipment, grooming, technique, horse behaviour and movement, and horsemanship.

Picture yourselves feasting on the best local products sourced by renowned chefs in an unforgettable setting on Belongil Beach.
Luxury Turkish towels, picnic rugs, cushions and funky Moroccan style beach umbrellas will provide comfort while you enjoy a Champagne picnic as the sun sets.

DAY THREE
Morning Cape Byron Sea Kayak Tour 
Meet your local host then transfer to Byron where you will join a Sea Kayak tour through the surf.
Get up close to playful bottlenose dolphins and keep an eye out for sea turtles and season dependant, you may be lucky enough to come across a pod of migrating whales.

On conclusion of the tour, a short transfer will have you at the ever-popular ‘Beach Byron Bay’ for brunch overlooking Main Beach.

Following brunch, you may wish to explore Byron Bay township or perhaps walk the coastal track to the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse located at the most easterly point of the Australian mainland.

Poolside Dinner with Chef Dai Shibata
With an impressive resume in fine dining restaurants, Chef Dai will create a bespoke degustation style dinner featuring in season local produce.

DAY FOUR
Breakfast at leisure.
Transfer to Ballina Airport

Travel Dates: Now until 31 March 2021. ( Subject to availability and excluding peak period 18 December 2020 – 15 January 2021. Surcharges will apply to 10 – 14 December & 21 – 31 January 2021 )

To enquire please contact the team at info@alquemie.com.au.

The Tiwi Islands

The beautiful Tiwi Islands comprise of two main islands – Bathurst and Melville, located 80 kilometres north of Darwin. Often referred to as the ‘Islands of Smiles’, the residents of the Tiwi Islands are mostly of Aboriginal descent and it’s these welcoming people and their culture that is the key drawcard. They are known for their traditional lifestyle, stunning artworks, vibrant fabrics and textile, not to mention their passion for Aussie rules. Alongside the locals, the other drawcard is nature herself – the Tiwi islands are one of the most untouched ecosystems in Australia and offer a wealth of nature based adventures.

Visitors can do day trips from Darwin via ferry, helicopter, seaplane or private charter, or they can spend a little longer and truly immerse in this remote and wonderful destination.

 

 

 

 

Accommodation on the Tiwi Islands – Tiwi Island Retreat

Tiwi Island Retreat is a remote, exclusive and pristine beachfront property located on the South West coast of Bathurst Island. It is locally owned and operated by National Geographic’s Outback Wrangler, Matt Wright.

Tiwi Island Retreat is the perfect place for any intrepid explorer looking to get off the beaten track and enjoy a truly pristine, remote island holiday.

Visitors can simply relax and enjoy the exclusive beach front location and pool, or experience once in a lifetime outback and fishing adventures, helicopter and 4wd buggy tours, wildlife encounters or amazing Indigenous arts and cultural tours.

Experiences on the Tiwi Islands

Beach Buggy Cruise & Cheese Platter – Travel along the pristine 4 Mile Beach by quad bike to a secret creek spot followed by drinks and a cheese platter.

Mud Crabbing & Fishing – Pull crab pots, fish for barramundi in the creeks and eating your catch at the end of the day.

Remote Swimming Hole Helicopter Adventure – Explore the beauty of this pristine location from the air combined with a visit and swim in the crystal-clear waters of one of Australia’s most remote water holes.

Creek Fishing Adventure – Exceptional once in a lifetime barramundi fishing experience in one of the most remote, pristine fishing environments in the world.

Private Indigenous Arts & Cultural Experience – Spectacular scenic flight across Bathurst Island combined with a truly special Indigenous art and cultural tour ran on ‘Tiwi time’.

Deep Sea Fishing Charter – Our full day deep sea fishing charter takes you to some of the most remote, pristine fishing environments in the world.

Heli-fishing adventures – You’ll be flown to a remote, pristine and exclusive fishing locations around the the Tiwi Islands, targeting the elusive Barramundi.

Volunteer tree planting for koalas

I recently spent a day with Janine Duffy, one of Australia’s best nature guides, planting trees that will soon become koala habitat.  In addition to her nature tourism business Echidna Walkabout Tours, Janine recently founded Koala Clancy, a not-for-profit that plants trees for koalas, creates new habitat and advocates for better protection of wild koalas.

It was a chilly Sunday morning but our group of 20 were rugged up and keen to help. We were on a gorgeous private farm about an hour east from Melbourne. The property owners were generously allowing perfectly good farm land to be re-populated with thousands of trees.

Janine’s passion and enthusiasm to help the koalas is contagious. She explained the issues such as loss of habitat due to humans and the recent bushfires, and that a single koala typically needs a huge range of about 5,000 trees (even if they only use about 350 of them). This year she had planned to plant 30,000 trees however with Covid-19 affecting things the aim is now 15,000. Her goal is to create a wildlife corridor which spans multiple properties and connects with the You Yangs and Brisbane Ranges.

With a little bit of instruction we were underway. The holes were already dug, and the saplings next to them ready to plant so it felt like the hard work was already done. The other volunteers were a pleasure to be around – all of them interested in nature and keen to give back. For some it was also their first time, but others had done tree planting once or twice before.

After a few hours we had planted 500 trees. It was a really satisfying feeling to know that in four to six years they will already be strong enough for koalas.

After we finished the morning’s work Janine took us on a walk to show us how quickly some recently planted trees had grown, and then on a bush walk. It was a lovely way to finish the day.

Travellers are welcome to join a group to help with the koala habitat recovery. There are one, two or three day options on set dates – all with planting in the morning and nature walks in the afternoon.  For people who can’t make a set date, private arrangements can also be made.

1 day Koala Recovery Experience

(2 or 3 day options are also available)

Depart Melbourne city accommodation. Travel about an hour west to our tree planting site near the You Yangs Ranges.

The tree planting sites are usually along rivers, creeks and near waterholes on farms on the Western Plains. The morning is spent planting koala trees in these high-quality, fertile sites, often in the company of the landowner, local community members and Koala Clancy Foundation volunteers and staff. Holes are pre-dug to make tree planting quick and easy.

Lunch is usually taken picnic-style either at the planting site or in nearby bushland.

The afternoon is spent on nature walks to visit the koalas that will benefit most from the tree planting. Other wildlife is frequently seen. Return to Melbourne around 4pm.

Upcoming dates: 2020: August: 6, 7, 8 and 20, 21, 22 2021: July: 1, 2, 3 and 16, 17, 18 and 29, 30, 31 August: 13,14,15 and 26, 27, 28

Please contact Alquemie to include an experience like this as part of an itinerary info@alquemie.com.au.

For Melbourne locals wishing to just volunteer, please contact Koala Clancy directly.

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 areas as you wish. Imagine resting atop a mountain pinnacle to enjoy the sunset with your favourite cold drink, fishing in wild rivers, exploring galleries of the oldest rock art on earth, soaring through gorges and touching down to swim in secret springs and waterfalls…yep, this is definitely one for the bucket list.

Day 1 – Kununurra to Berkeley River Lodge

Lift off from Kununurra to soar over the Ord River following its path west past the huge farms of the Ord Irrigation area. View the incredible patterns in the mud flats surrounding the town of Wyndham where five huge rivers meet, emptying into the Cambridge Gulf where some of the Kimberley’s biggest estuarine crocodiles live.

Cambridge Gulf
Cambridge Gulf

Crossing the Gulf you’ll pass over ancient traditional lands of the Balangarra people. Flying onwards, the ranges rise ahead with the watercourses of the De Lan Court and Berkeley Rivers beneath you. Land at a scenic location to enjoy refreshments in a place where few others have ever been before. Fly low through the gorges of the Berkeley River to the Timor Sea and land at the oceanside helipad of the Berkeley River Lodge in time for breakfast.



 In a completely secluded wilderness location that is accessible only by air or boat Berkeley River Lodge is nestled between the impressive backdrop of the beautiful Berkeley River and the breathtaking Timor Sea and is comprised of 20 luxury 1 bedroom chalets set on the sand dunes with 180 degree ocean or river views.

Day 2 – Berkeley River Lodge to Kimberley Coastal Camp

Lunch in the canypn at Berkeley River Lodge
Lunch in the canyon at Berkeley River Lodge

Lift off after breakfast with a delicious picnic on board, prepared by the Berkeley River Lodge chef. Today’s flight takes in the remote Kimberley‘s northern coastline, with craggy cliffs, white coves and plentiful sealife to view from above. Land atop the twin waterfalls of the King George Falls to explore then visit Kalumburu, an Aboriginal community where the mission is still in place with an astonishing museum curated by the Benedictine monks who have spent their lives here. Rounding the top of WA and flying past Steep Head Island you’ll come in to land on the shell beach at your home for the next two nights, Kimberley Coastal Camp.

Day 3 – Kimberley Coastal Camp

Kimberley Coastal Camp
Kimberley Coastal Camp

An exclusive retreat limited to just 12 guests, Kimberley Coastal Camp is unpretentious, laid back and set in an exquisite location that is again only accessible by helicopter or boat. Jules and Tub are your hosts who will welcome you into their beautiful home at the far north west corner of Australia. Jules is an incredibly talented chef and prepares all sorts of delicious meals. Tub will take you out on the water to fish, explore and forage for oysters, then cook it up for lunch on a pristine beach. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy here on your ‘no fly day’, from fishing – the Admiralty Gulf is recognised as one of the best fishing destinations in Australia – to exploring the hidden galleries of exquisite art forms that adorn caves and rock panels throughout Yalrundair.

Day 4: Kimberley Coastal Camp to Mitchell Falls, Prince Regent River and El Questro

Today’s adventure will take you along the coast first and then inland. Departing after early breakfast you’ll soar over the Mitchell Plateau to orbit over and land at the top of the mighty 4-tiered Mitchell Falls. Your pilot will guide you on a walk to get the best of this iconic Australian feature. You’ll then fly to the coast and may land at Naturaliste Island, to refuel if necessary, where there’s the chance to see turtles. Continue through Prince Frederick Harbour, a natural harbour with bays, coves, spectacular cliffs and mangrove forests.

Mitchell falls
Mitchell falls

View pearl farms, the King Cascades flowing into the Prince Regent River, Mt Trafalgar, Mt Waterloo and much more as you continue over rugged inland pastoral leases to Drysdale River Station to refuel, a remote fuel and accommodation stop on the Kalumburu Road. The last leg for the day takes you over the central Kimberley, flying over parts of the Gibb River Road, Home Valley Station and the famous Pentecost River Crossing. The glow of the afternoon sun on the red rocks of the Cockburn Range makes a stunning backdrop to sunset drinks location on top of one of the pinnacles. On sunset you’ll fly to El Questro landing on the lawn helipad at the Homestead. Over 800,000 acres in size, El Questro extends for approximately 80 kilometres, most of which has never been explored. The Homestead sits amid a cool oasis shaded by palm trees and tropical greenery, perched atop an escarpment that plummets into the Chamberlain River.

Day 5: El Questro

El Questro
El Questro

Today is another ‘no fly’ day, which gives you the chance to relax and enjoy the wide range of complimentary excursions that are included at El Questro – the majority of which are exclusive to Homestead guests.

Day 5: El Questro to Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle), Lake Argyle and Kununurra

Lift off from the El Questro Homestead lawn helipad after breakfast to soar out over the Chamberlain River and fly south passing over the Elgee cliffs bordering the Durack River. Explore vast tracts of cattle station empires and marvel at the tenacity of our early pioneers in settling this rugged land. We pass over the traditional lands of the Kija and Djaru people and their community at Warmun, where many famous Aboriginal artists such as Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie lived and worked. Your destination is Purnululu National Park, a World Heritage Listed area, celebrated for the valuable cultural and natural assets it holds including the Bungle Bungle Range, a 350 million year old sandstone massif that rises up to 578 metres above sea level.

Bungle Bungles - HeliSpirit
Fly over the Bungle Bungles

The range stands 200 to 300 metres above a woodland and grass-covered plain, with steep cliffs on the western face. Elsewhere, particularly where Piccaninny Creek has formed Piccaninny Gorge, the range is cut by deep gullies and breaks up into complex areas of ridges and domes, with prominent orange and black or grey bands. Land at Bellburn airfield in Purnululu to join a private overland tour that comprises a drive to the massif and then a guided walk through the striped sandstone domes and further into Cathedral Gorge, named due to its excellent acoustics. Margie is the local guide and her family has lived in the area for literally tens of thousands of years so she knows all the best places. In the afternoon you’ll depart Purnululu, flying north over the Argyle Diamond Mine, where rare pink diamonds are found, then over huge Lake Argyle, the biggest manmade lake in the southern hemisphere. Its volume is said to be over 21 times that of Sydney harbour. The surrounding ranges that hold back the freshwater body will be glowing in the late afternoon light. Land on a mountain pinnacle where you can drink a toast to the Kimberley and its spectacular landscape before flying in to Kununurra and the Ord Valley which is always spectacular, an oasis of lush farms, big waters and colourful ranges – a fitting end to your unforgettable helicopter adventure. Your pilot will transfer you to your Kununurra accommodation and say farewell.

These luxury Kimberley Air Safaris operate from April 1st through to October 15th and do not have set departure dates. April and May offer the best time for Barramundi fishing and the waterfalls will be flowing well. The landscape is still green after the monsoonal Wet season. June to August are cooler months, with September and October starting to warm up ahead of the monsoon season. The fleet is varied and will depart with just 2 people or up to 12 people at a maximum, as the destinations you’ll stay at are small and exclusive.

For more information about this Private Kimberley Helicopter Safari please get in touch.

Secrets of the North – A small group getaway to the Hawkesbury

Grab a group of friends for a four-night trip just one-hour north of Sydney. Below is an example of a small-group nature-based getaway that can be dialled up or down to suit the group’s passions and budget. Finishing at the brand new Marramarra Lodge, this itinerary will leave guests feeling refreshed and reinvigorated after spending time in the stunning Hawkesbury region.

Day 1: Self drive to Mooney Mooney (or seaplane / heli options). Pearls of Australia Shellar door experience followed by Pearl Farm tour. Remote location drop-off for Welcome to Country followed by guided Aboriginal cultural walk. Sundowners with a view and local gin tasting. Dinner under the stars.
Stay: Choice of Bouddi Peninsula accommodation

Day 2: Morning guided nature walk. Gourmet picnic lunch at secret historic ruins. Afternoon / sunset sailing on the Hawkesbury. Waterside dinner.
Stay: Bouddi Peninsula accommodation

Day 3: Morning nature wellness session / Optional beach time if weather permits. Scenic road transfer to boat ramp for transfer to Marramarra Lodge. Afternoon at leisure. Sundowner Hawkesbury cruise followed by 6 course degustation.
Stay: Marramarra Lodge

Day 4: Morning kayak or SUP to historic Bar Island for guided tour. Choice of Marramarra Lodge activities. Farewell dinner
Stay: Marramarra Lodge

P.O.A.
Please enquire with the Alquemie team at info@alquemie.com.au.

Blue Mountains Luxury Family Eco-Adventure

Take the family on a 4-night luxury eco-adventure including a conservation experience and horse-riding. Enjoy the fun of luxury 4×4 exploration to lesser-known parts of Blue Mountains World Heritage area. From ancient rainforests to panoramic escarpments to deep canyons and ending with two-nights at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, a Luxury Lodge of Australia, this unique, expertly guided family adventure will educate, surprise and leave guests spell-bound.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

 

 

Day 1: Pick up Sydney location for a 4×4 Blue Mountains Eco-Adventure with wilderness walks & wildlife spotting.
Stay: Choice of Blue Mountains luxury accommodation

Day 2: More exploring of lesser known parts of the Blue Mountains Optional canyoning or bush survival skills
Stay: Choice of Blue Mountains luxury accommodation

Day 3: Morning glow worm tunnel visit Arrival after lunch at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Conservation activities
Stay: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Day 4: Morning horse riding Afternoon activities – historic tour, wildlife safari, mountain biking, bush walking….
Stay: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Day 5: Scenic Helicopter departure (or road if budget doesn’t permit).

Optional: Return touring experience with Chris Darwin to follow in Charles Darwin’s footsteps.

P.O.A.
To book or enquire please contact the Alquemie team at info@alquemie.com.au.

Marramarra Lodge – a new luxury retreat on the Hawkesbury

Marramarra Lodge is a brand new luxury retreat on the Hawkesbury. Only accessible by boat or seaplane, yet so close to Sydney, this new luxury accommodation will be a hit with both domestic and international travellers looking for a quick and easy escape from the city – just one hour from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

The exclusive Marramarra lodge sits high on Fishermans Point peninsula on the Hawkesbury River with just eight stylish Peninsula Tents and seven Hawkesbury Bungalows – all with water views and either sunrise or sunset options.

The all-inclusive stay includes a daily six-course degustation at Budyari Restaurant as well as daily activities. There is also a spa and pool for spending a relaxing day in the stunning surrounds.

Two night Marramarra Lodge packages include:
– Transfers via Brooklyn Wharf & Marramarra Lodge
– Accommodation in a newly restored Hawkesbury Bungalow or Luxury Tent
– Gourmet breakfast of chef’s locally sourced and house made produce, each morning
– Light lunch daily
– Exclusive selection of minibar items
– Dinner beverages and paired wines
– Chef’s degustation dinner each evening
– Luxury amenities
– Daily resort activities

From just $1,100 per person twin share.

UPGRADE
Include a scenic Seaplane transfer or a Jet Ski Safari.

To book or enquire please contact the Alquemie team at alquemie@alquemie.com.au.