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Linara Travel specializes in creating custom-designed itineraries to unique and exclusive luxury destinations around the World. We have discovered extraordinary properties and hand-selected our favorite, unique and luxurious experiences throughout Australia to offer you, our clients. While the properties vary widely in style, activities offered, and location, they all offer intimate service amid unspoiled and breathtakingly beautiful destinations. Some of the authentic experiences encountered on our trips include meeting hosts who are descendants of families that have inhabited the land for generations, guides who have dedicated their lives to researching and preserving an area, and the enjoyment of visiting pristine and untouched landscapes. Linara Travel’s dedication to providing personalized and one-of-a-kind vacations has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler, which has continually named us a ‘Top Travel Specialist’ and in the top 100+ travel consultants in the U.S. In addition, we’ve also been recognized by other leading publications, such as Islands magazine. For additional information and photos of each of the properties in this brochure, please visit our website, If you would like to discuss planning one of our unforgettable experiences in more detail, please contact us or inquire through your preferred travel agent. We look forward to hearing from you. Lindsey Wallace Founder & Chief Executive Officer Linara Travel


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our team of professionals Linara Travel was originally established when we found it nearly impossible to obtain quality information about unique and luxury travel experiences around the world - even more difficult was finding travel professionals that had firsthand knowledge of these properties. Accordingly, we personally visit each destination regularly to ensure that every client benefits from our unique perspective and the most up-to-date information available. In addition to Australia, Linara Travel specializes in the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, Dubai, and safaris in Southern Africa.

about out service Providing the highest level of service is of paramount importance to Linara Travel. Our team ensures every aspect of your experience is in perfect order - before, during, and after your unique vacation. Our clients enjoy numerous benefits highlighted by our service that includes access to a dedicated travel consultant throughout your journey, custom-designed itineraries that best match your desires, and a special web page specific to your holiday.

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world heritage areas & ultimate guides Australia’s World Heritage sites are our legacy to the global community. World Heritage sites are important to all people of the planet and have a universal value that transcends national boundaries.

Australia’s World Heritage sites are located across the length and breadth of our vast continent, the Elite Australia Experiences contained in this publication provide a window into some of the most outstanding places on Earth. We trust it inspires your imagination and encourages you to explore our wide land.

world heritage LORD HOWE ISLAND Capella Lodge

significance Nearly seven million years ago geologic movement of the Lord Howe Rise (an underwater plateau) gave birth to a large shield volcano on its western edge. Over time the sea eroded 90 per cent of the original volcano, leaving the islands that today comprise the Lord Howe Island Group.

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The Gondwana Rainforests include the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, large areas of warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of the Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest.

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The Royal Exhibition Building was built in Melbourne’s Carlton Gardens for the

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second international exhibition, the 1888 Centennial International Exhibition.

1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. It subsequently hosted Melbourne’s

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The National park covers an area of 132 566 hectares of arid ecosystems and is

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Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal people (locally known as Anangu).

located close to the centre of Australia in the traditional lands of Pitjantjatjara and

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The flood plains of Kakadu are sites of ongoing geological processes that illustrate

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the ecological effects of sea-level change in northern Australia. As well, the park represents a series of interacting ecosystems that continue to evolve in their natural setting with minimum human disturbance.

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WET TROPICS OF QUEENSLAND Downunder by Appointment

The area is a region of spectacular scenery and rugged topography with fastflowing rivers, deep gorges and numerous waterfalls. The mountain summits provide expansive vistas of undisturbed rainforests.

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It is the world’s largest World Heritage Area extending 2 000 kilometers and covering an area of 35 million hectares on the north-east continental shelf of Australia. The Great Barrier Reef’s great diversity reflects the maturity of the ecosystem, which has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years.

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significance The Sydney Opera House was a daring and visionary experiment that has had an


enduring influence on late 20th century architecture and beyond. This masterpiece

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of late modern architecture by Jørn Utzon is a story of vision, courage, belief, dedication, challenge, controversy and triumph.

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The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is one of the largest conservation reserves in Australia. At 1.38 million hectares, it covers approximately 20 per

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cent of the land area of the island of Tasmania. It is one of only three temperate wilderness areas remaining in the Southern Hemisphere. map location : 9


The Greater Blue Mountains is an area of breathtaking views, rugged tablelands, sheer cliffs, deep, inaccessible valleys and swamps teeming with life. The unique

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plants and animals that live in this outstanding natural place relate an extraordinary story of Australia’s antiquity. map location : 10


Famous for the 45 000 hectare Bungle Bungle Range, with its huge expanse of striking banded beehive structures, sandstone cliffs and towers, Purnululu has been

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listed as an outstanding landscape that is a superlative natural phenomenon.

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The Louise, North Bundaleer Australian Coastal Safari Faraway Bay, True North Meringa Springs Angorichina Station, Prairie Hotel


Moonlight Head Cape Lodge Seabreeze qualia Exceptional Kangaroo Island / Southern Ocean Lodge

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elite australia glossary of experiences ABORIGINAL ART & CULTURE Immerse yourself in the oldest continuous culture on the planet.

WILDLIFE A staggering 80% of all mammals, reptiles and flowering plants are unique to Australia.

MARINE LIFE Australian waters are home to the greatest variety of marine life on the planet.

INDULGENCE Relax & rejuvenate in Australia’s magnificent day spas.

ROMANCE Idyllic locations make perfect settings to indulge romance.

BEACHES Australia’s stunning coastline creates the ultimate beach lifestyle & holidays.

FOOD & WINE Australia’s combination of the best producers and chefs has evolved a peak gastronomic landscape.

FISHING Challenge yourself on the waters edge, snagging Australia’s most exciting river & ocean fish.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Escape to the peace of remote Australia, leaving the tourist crowds behind.

AIR SAFARIS There is simply no better way to experience this vast, compelling continent, than by air.

FAMILIES Amazing, fun experiences, that create life-long family memories.

ADVENTURE If there is adventure in your soul, then Australia is the place to indulge it.


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getting around To make the most of your experience in this vast country, we utilize scheduled

Never crowded - Our parties range from couples and honeymooners to larger

flights, road transfers and private air charters. You select your own travel dates.

groups of family and friends travelling together. With your own private party, you

We can arrange your journey any time you want to go and can advise you on

may take as much or as little time as you like for those precious photographs. No

the best times and locations.

rush to keep up with the group - you are the group.

Our adventures are truly “people to people” experiences. Rather than visiting

We suggest a few stops of three to five properties so you may enjoy longer

large lodges and resorts filled with crowds of tourists, your conversations are

in-depth visits at each place. However we listen to you, the client, and tailor

with your hosts and the local Australians who have inhabited the land for

each exciting journey specifically to suit your individual interests, whatever

generations. You will return home with new and often lifetime friends.

your passion.


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private jet charter

air safaris

heli safaris

This vast continent demands many hours of travelling

Experience diversity. There is simply no better way to

This is the ultimate wilderness adventure! Board

time. Private Jet charter makes the inaccessible

experience this vast, compelling continent, than by

your private chopper and travel vast distances

accessible and offers style, sophistication and perfect

air. Given the sheer size of Australia, choosing to fly

to otherwise inaccessible locations leaving the

efficiency. Structure your own itinerary to match your

presents a terrific opportunity to cover huge distances

long rough and dusty roads behind. Your pilots,

interests at your own pace. Enjoy the unique canvas

and amazing destinations in a relatively short time.

adventurers themselves, are willing to deliver

of unimaginable shades of red, orange and crimson

Tailor an exhilarating charter, in consultation with

adrenaline filled action in the sky, fishing in remote

10,000ft below as inland Australia unfolds. Best

our expert team, over and into some of Australia’s

jungle streams or searching the open savannah

enjoyed with champagne!

most spectacular landscapes. This will cover the

plains for huge wild boars. Then, after the props

sights and regions that most appeal to you.

wind down, peace and quiet in locations of absolute serenity. With individually tailored safaris, helisafaris flexibility allows you to plan a trip which will accommodate both your time and your interests.

luxury superyacht

private safaris

guided journeys

Privacy, flexibility, indulgence... What better way to

Experience long remote distances where it is all

Join one of our exclusive guides, whose sole role is

explore Australia’s magnificent shores than by private

about the journey, and the lingering thought of

to support every aspect of your trip and ensure that

luxury yacht? Whether you are planning a relaxing

making it through! Put your trust in the hardy

the logistics and detail of the itinerary evolve behind

family vacation amid the turquoise wonderland of

vehicles and expert guides that take the punishments

the scenes to your maximum benefit. Always one

the Great Barrier Reef, a vibrant social gathering

from this harsh terrain, the rubber on rocks, ridges

step ahead of the day’s events, the guide delivers the

on Sydney Harbour or an adventure cruise along

and red dust. Tackle your choice of The Gunbarrel

red carpet for your steps whether it be hotel arrival

the rugged Kimberley coast, Australia’s most

Highway, Oodnadatta and Birdsville Tracks and the

/ departures, restaurant and meal arrangements,

superlative selection of luxury yachts await. With the

great desert trails that splinter the often harsh

aircraft travel and general touring. Your guide

services of an attentive, professional crew and the

Australian interior.

will handle any request with consummate care,





possibilities are endless…



efficiency & diplomacy, leaving you with more time and energy to enjoy your journey.

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the byron at byron resort & spa

the restaurant The Restaurant at The Byron is a contemporary Australian alfresco dining

escape to byron bay

experience. The atmosphere of soaring ceilings that open onto wide terraces

Byron Bay is, and always has been, a sacred area for Australians. From the early

overlooking lush lawns and the picturesque rainforest sets the scene to match

Arkwal and Bunjalung Aborigines, the first European settlers of the 1800s, the

the award winning selection of unique fresh local cuisine.

hippies who arrived in the 1970s for Australia’s Aquarius Festival (most stayed), to today’s hedonist holidayers, Byron and its surrounding areas are magic. As Australia’s most easterly point, the incredible beaches (and hot surf breaks), generous climate, surrounding hinterland and the overall tranquil beauty present a palette for encountering the best of the Australian lifestyle.

It is very apt that one of Australia’s most alluring resorts belongs here. The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa.

the spa Located in a serene location beside a unique Byron Bay rainforest, The Spa’s team of practised healers’ make you feel as you deserve to feel – nurtured and deeply relaxed. Enjoy luxurious treatment rooms, relaxation areas and Vichy shower, with offerings including Lithos hot stone massage, body wraps, serenity facials, relaxing music, herbal teas, hydrotherapy treatments and specialised spa therapies.

Blending effortlessly with the majestic rainforest which surrounds it, The Byron at Byron Resort is open plan, of rich timbers with wide covered verandahs, oversized cane lounges and slow turning fans, evoking a feeling of serenity and harmony with the environment. The quiet ripple of water flowing in the lush gardens nurtures the soul and delights the senses. The open plan suites, rated as some of the best in Australia, are a triumph of modern Australian architecture and include every luxury imaginable, from a king-sized bed with choice of feather or foam pillows, to a free-standing bathtub big enough for two.

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seabreeze 1770

town of 1770 This tiny village of 200 people, hides Australia’s best keep secret – the ultimate


Australian holiday playground. Surrounded by four national parks, this is

Perched atop an escarpment of ocean front land within a 1600-acre nature

the launch pad for the Great Barrier Reef’s spread north and the last of the

reserve is Seabreeze, described by “The Australian” as the best new beach

magnificent surfing beaches which roll south.

house in the country. This lovely habitat, set in the bush with 180-degree views of the astonishingly blue Coral Sea was designed by Awaken Designs founder

For an Australian, this is the best of both worlds, an abundance of coral reefs

Dellarose Baevski and opens to cooling winds and the surrounding bush. A great

and islands, fishing and diving, white sandy surf beaches and plenty of native

place to enjoy these views is from the lap pool and vast open deck complete with

animals enjoying life in the local bushlands.

hot tub. Inside it’s upmarket elegance, with lime-green Philippe Starck chairs and bar stools, zebra-skin poufs and a monumental Liebherr fridge, capable of chilling 200 bottles of wine.

The house is comprised of two wings, living and sleeping. The sleeping, a blissful retreat providing three king size bedrooms, overlooking private decks and en suites with 180 cm Bette Startlet bath tubs and indoor outdoor showers. The centre of the living area is a sweeping state of the art kitchen and walk in pantry, ideal for a chef to create a dinner party (although most self cater) and large media room with Bose surround sound and feather-down lounges.

A yoga deck, facing due east makes a great spot for stretching or an end of the day tipple. Alternatively, your access to the member’s private elegant beach club below the house on a rocky beach allows for the company of other 1770 exclusive members. The club includes a 25m swimming pool, charmingly retro change rooms and romantic picnic cabanas propped among cabbage tree palms and aged paperbarks.

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suggested itinerary day 1

In Port Lincoln, board the vessel Calypso Star which takes you on a short steam to a farmed tuna cage to swim with, feed and photograph Southern Blue Fin

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Tuna. Travel to the Glen Forest Park home to a variety of native Australian animals. Settle into your private waterfront apartment in Coffin Bay as an array

Every Australian loves to explore. Discover new locations of beauty, immerse

of the freshest and most succulent seafood is prepared personally for you, and

themselves in the action and enjoy the atmosphere with their families

sip on award winning local wines whilst watching the sun set behind the pristine

and friends.

waters of the bay.

David Doudle has a contagious passion for exploring, and his home is the breath-

day 2

Coffin Bay National Park offers a diverse range of experiences, try sand boarding

taking undiscovered coastline of the Lower Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

on some of the towering sand dunes, swimming and snorkeling exploring the

A third generation local farmer, his 30 years of living the perfect Australian

ocean beds of these calm and safe waters are options for the active minded. 4WD through the Park to view the spectacular landscapes with massive

lifestyle, David guarantees his guests will encounter the true Australia, at

limestone cliffs, an important breeding ground for sea birds. Kayak around these

its very best.

stunning waterways and see the friendly dolphins bobbing up in front of you or “wet a line” and catch King George Whiting, Tommy Ruff, Salmon Trout

The days on the trip are busy, focusing around the incredible rich marine life

amongst other local species.

which inhabit this part of the coast of Australia. Swim here with Sea Lions, Tuna, Dolphins and Great White Sharks (from a cage!), no other tour or safari in

day 3

Uninterrupted views of the spectacular and rugged cliff tops of the Great

the world provides you the opportunity to interact with such a range of marine

Australian Bight, more beaches of white sands and crystal blue waters with

life. Traveling the jagged coastlines, stopping at pristine beaches for lunch and

spectacular dunes as backdrops. Your accommodation is set right on the beach

exploring the untamed national parks the day ends with a beautiful soft pink

in architecturally designed lodges of rammed earth construction to blend with the beach side and natural bushland environment. Wine and dine in style again

sunset dancing on the superb open landscape.

Dinner’s are sumptuous, best local seafood of lobster, crab, abalone, and

as the sun sets over Point Labatt Conversation Park.

day 4

An unforgettable ocean experience with Alan & Trish Payne’s Baird Bay Ocean

a variety of deep water fish complimented with a fusion of the regions best

Eco Experiences swimming with the Sea lions off Jones Island, just a very short

wines, at a setting in the open under the stars or on a wild beach with a

steam aboard the 12m boat, The Investigator. This evening simply sit back and

campfire alight.

relax and enjoy another dinner gazing out over the Bay, you also have the option of a tour of the Venus Bay Conservation Park to see 2 small Australian native

David’s comfortable vehicles allow access to the inaccessible, allowing you to

species, bettongs and bilbies.

savior the journey while he does all the logistics. The local accommodations provide a sense of a great friend’s home.

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suggested itinerary day 1

Today you will discover the many regions that make Sydney the worlds most beautiful city. Traveling through the Historic Rocks precinct, Darling Harbour, Botanical Gardens and Hyde Park Barrack you will arrive into Mrs Macquarie’s Chair for an unsurpassed view of Sydney Harbour, Opera House and Harbour

sydney the worlds most beautiful city

Bridge. Rejoining the vehicle, continue along the shores of Sydney Harbour to visit such famous areas as Kings Cross, Double Bay and Rose Bay, before arriving

All of the world’s great travel locations have hidden secrets that only the most

into Bondi Beach for lunch.

dedicated guide has the knowledge and skills to unravel. Avoiding the crowds yet capturing the icons at their best, takes passion, persistence and personality.

Return to the city, visiting Darling Harbour where your yacht awaits for a cruise around Sydney Harbour with a delicious afternoon tea. After an incredible 2 hours on the world’s most beautiful harbour, your vessel returns to Darling

Bob Charlesworth founded this Australian touring company twenty years ago

Harbour. Here you may decide to eat out at any one of the dozen or more

and now is an internationally recognized specialist providing highly personalized

restaurants, stay and enjoy the entertainment, or take the monorail into the city,

insights into Australia’s many fascinating destinations. The family owned and

returning to your hotel at your leisure.

operated business, prides itself on delivery of a genuine exclusive service with Bob guiding many of the trips for people from all over the world.

day 2

Today you head west of the city and into the world famous Blue Mountains. You will venture into hidden valleys to view kangaroos grazing in the wild, see

The guides are extremely knowledgeable, with most being university trained and have a wide ranging know-how in delivery of the best possible experience. The aim is to provide the greatest understanding and appreciation of Australia’s

Ancient Aboriginal carvings, and unique fauna and flora. You will experience amazing lookouts, and the renowned 3 sisters before taking in a traditional Australian BBQ at an Eco Lodge. After lunch you will take a short bird spotting walk, before returning to the city via the Sydney Olympic Park.

heritage and society however, the specialty skill of the guides is their ability to be the great Australian outdoor chef. At hush-hush locations, the guides don their chef hats and serve up a fine bush barbecue, or rollout fresh Fish and Chips on a quiet beach location.

Travel is in luxury vehicles, spacious, comfortable and perfectly equipped to tackle both city streets and bush trails.

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private butlers and villas

australian homes For those who appreciate and require seclusion and privacy, our private homes offer this extremely rare and sought after attribute in refined living at a truly international level. Unquestionably some of Australia’s finest residences.

Available throughout the country each residence is set in large private gardens, and are a very short trip to the best shopping and entertainment offered. Each is understated luxury and designed to compliment the tranquil surroundings. The homes are large and amply cater for extended families.

our concierge If you want the best and only the best, this is your service. You may have heard of some great places to dine, drink or go but can you find them and more importantly have they got room for you. With a service like this the sun is always shining.

We can also bring all of this to you in your chosen home. Chefs, Masseuses, Make-up artists, Baby sitters and everything to make your stay truly memorable.

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park hyatt sydney

sydney’s glamorous boutique hotel Park Hyatt Sydney embraces the true meaning of 5 star luxury, catering to guests seeking privacy, personalized service and the elegance of a European style hotel. The 158 room, multi award winning hotel is situated on the edge of Sydney Harbour and boasts breathtaking views of the Opera House and city skyline.

All guest rooms are large and luxuriously appointed with private balconies overlooking Sydney’s spectacular harbour, Opera House and/or Harbour Bridge. Each room is elegant and spacious by design, equipped with a CD/DVD Player, large 81cm television, high speed internet, personal safe and fully stocked bar.

The stylish Tony Chi designed restaurant harbourkitchen&bar, takes in a spectacular harbour view that is unmistakably Sydney where lapping water can be heard through the floor to ceiling folding glass windows. The clean open design allows you to watch food being prepared by the executive chef and his team, offering a seasonal menu that is a perfect blend of modern australian cuisine with mediterranean inspired flavours from the wood-fire oven, rotisserie and char-grill.

Other hotel facilities also include the rooftop pool and jacuzzi, fitness centre, spa, business centre and private dining / meeting facilities.

the sydney opera house The Sydney Opera House was a daring and visionary experiment that has had an enduring influence on late 20th century architecture. This masterpiece of late modern architecture by Jørn Utzon is a story of vision, courage, belief, dedication, challenge, controversy and triumph. In 1957, 38-year old Jørn Utzon was announced the competition winner for the design of what was called at the time the “National Opera House”.

The competition jury was convinced that Utzon’s design was “…capable of being one of the great buildings of the world”. Five decades later, the judges were given the greatest affirmation they could have wished for when the Sydney Opera House was inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Utzon’s vision was untried, but he was committed to using innovative methods of construction on a grand scale, stretching the boundaries of what was possible in terms of engineering and technology, and creating an exhilarating sensory experience. sydney 17


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the lyall hotel & spa

melbourne’s art house hotel Situated in the heart of Australia’s most fashionable and cosmopolitan district South Yarra, Melbourne, The Lyall is just a short stroll from dozens of Australia’s top designer fashion stores and world-class restaurants. Small, privately owned and operated by Melbourne couple Rowina and Peter Thomas, The Lyall’s private club-like ambience attracts guests who appreciate personal recognition and discreet attention to their individual needs.

The Lyall’s suite accommodation is all of deluxe standard, made up of one and two bedroom configurations including super deluxe “rooftop” suites with fabulous views and grand suites. Beautifully textured finishes and opulent fabrics capture a mood that is contemporary oriental. All suites enjoy the added luxury of opening windows for fresh air and a furnished balcony. Most notable is the Lyall Hotel’s unique attention to the smaller details including mist-free mirrors, bathroom under-floor heating, king size beds and a mini-bar with a difference. Having your own kitchen facilities, in most suites, enables you to keep to your own “regime”, should you desire.

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A striking feature of the Lyall Hotel is its series of “mini art galleries” on each

day 1

Today you will be treated to one of the most unique Eco experiences available. Heading out of Melbourne towards Phillip Island and the Penguin Parade. On

floor where guests can lounge in front of the fire and evaluate the original

route, visit the Koala conservation centre, Churchill Island and The Nobbies

art. Bistro Lyall provides an elegant yet relaxed setting to dine. Enjoy breakfast,

before arriving at the Penguin Parade. Learn about the penguins and their habits

lunch and dinner inside or al fresco on the terrace. The menu offers

at the information centre, before witnessing them come ashore from a secluded

contemporary, seasonal cuisine that captures the essence of Melbourne’s

beach area. Take in a gourmet dinner at a local restaurant, before venturing

multicultural influences.

back into Melbourne.

The Lyall Spa is the embodiment of a relaxed and revitalizing environment for

day 2

Travelling out of Melbourne your destination for the day is the Great Ocean

men and women. The program of services incorporates a variety of therapies for

Road and the 12 Apostles. Known as the worlds most inspiring coastal drive.

the face, body and mind, using natural products with personalized one on one

Follow its winding trail through the lush Otway rainforests, to the breathtaking,

service. Providing a unique wellness experience.

windswept drama of the Shipwreck Coast. A sumptuous lunch is served at Apollo Bay before arriving at the spectacular Port Campbell National Park. View the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge, before taking the inland route back into Melbourne.

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hidden secrets melbourne walking tours Hidden Secrets Tours have been conducting small group walking tours in Melbourne since early 2004. A tour company for travelers not “tourists”, with a focus on experiencing the city, and all the local design talent that exists in the Australian creative hub. The labyrinth of lanes and arcades, often hide some of the best of Melbourne, and that’s where your savvy local guide becomes valuable.

Meet the designers, the independent store owners, or local characters; indulge in the cafe culture, enjoy the diversity of cuisine, and find the best designer shopping solutions that only Melbourne can provide! Choose from a selection of scheduled tours, or take advantage of a privatized option, to indulge your personal curiosity.

With a clear intention to provide a “Melbourne memory”, Hidden Secrets do not include international brand stores, or department stores in their tours, and seek out individuality that providea that something extra… décor, product design, local connection, discovery, and customer service!

Food, art, fashion, wine.. mixed with a little history, and architectural treasures... indulge yourself in the culture of Melbourne, with Hidden Secrets Tours.

bothfeet a different walking experience Take life by the bootlaces and put both feet on the trail of discovery. Slow down and re-engage with the here and now, with Bothfeet.

The innovative Bothfeet, have developed a selection of stunning yet comfortable, fully catered, guided walks that immerse you in the Australian bush and the Victorian landscape.

Bothfeet walking journeys have been created as a mini-antidote to stresses of the everyday, where guests forget about mobile phones, work, traffic and appointments, instead discovering remote beaches and spectacular coastal cliffs.

Scheduled trips vary from three to seven days, with customized journeys also available. Dip below the surface of places you think you know; allow yourself a second helping at dinner and relax as professional eco-guides unpack wonderful stories, delivering you back to normal life more informed, with both feet firmly on the ground!

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merrindie mountain retreat your adventure retreat From the Wonnangatta Valley to the villages strung along the gold trail to the shores of Lake Eildon to the rugged slopes of Mt Buller, the High Country is all about adventure. Whether it’s bush walking, 4wd driving National Parks, fishing, hot air ballooning, trail bike riding, horse riding or skiing, the high country has it all. You won’t however need a sense of adventure to sample the local wines or delicious local produce, back country pubs or bistros in the area.

At the centre of this paradise sits Merrindie Mountain Retreat. A chalet style contemporary home perched on a hill with 360 degree spectacular views overlooking Mt Stirling, Mt Timbertop, Mansfield and surrounding hinterland. It sits on 260 acres of grazing land with a large dam filled with trout and yabbies, walking distance to the National Park and surrounded by incredible bird life and wildlife. It is not unusual to see wombats, kangaroos, echidnas and lyrebirds as you enjoy one of the many walks around the property.

Merrindie is 20 minutes from Mansfield and only 40 minutes from Mt Buller. Whether it be romantic weekends for couples, family farm stay or corporate groups, anything you wish from a masseur or beautician, to fully catered for meals can be easily arranged.

watson’s mountain country trail rides

ride through victoria high country Ride with the Watson’s family into the spectacular Victorian High Country, a tradition that has been established over two generations. Their 730 acre property adjoins the Victorian High Country made famous by the “Man from Snowy River” movies.

All trail rides leave from the historic timber stables and after every ride all guests are invited into the farm house for welcoming country hospitality and a cool or warm drink.

The family have a mob of 70 horses and run rides 7 days a week through all seasons, be it in the warmth of an oilskin coat in the cool weather or enjoying relief from the heat in a high country summer. victoria 21


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enterprise charters

elite luxury cruising With Enterprise at your exclusive command, your experience on the Great Barrier Reef is second to none.

The brand new Fairline Squadron 68 is regarded worldwide as the ultimate large “Yacht”. (Available from April 08, prior to this a 56’ Squadron Fairline) combining power and sophistication to deliver you into the world of ultimate luxury cruising.

The majestic lines of Enterprise conceal a wild heart and potential to thrill, her

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elegant profile transformed into a sleek blur on the water. A high speed vessel capable of speeds up to 36 knots with a cruising speed of 25 knots. On deck its pristine perfection with stainless steel, teak decks, leather upholstery and luxury bedding for 6 persons.

The Great Barrier Reef is an ecosystem of unsurpassed marine diversity. One of the world’s seven natural wonders, clearly visible from space and spread over 300,000 square kilometers it is quite simply, another world. To dive, snorkel or cruise the Great Barrier Reef is to see astonishingly clear waters that are home

The upper deck provides for relaxed cruising in superlative comfort and is the perfect vantage point to linger and take in the views of the Coral Sea, Great

to an incredible 3000 coral reef formations and ranging in size from 1 hectare to over 10,000 hectares in area.

Barrier Reef and coastline of North Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef provides habitats for many diverse forms of marine life. Your captain, Rod Sherlock, Master 4, MED1 has 20 years of custodianship on the reef, his exceptional knowledge of the micro life cycle of this marine environment will open your appreciation and provide life long education and brilliant memories. Whatever level of encounter you desire, diving, snorkelling,

There are an estimated 1500 species of fish and more than 300 species of hard, reef-building corals, over 4000 mollusc and sponge species and animal groups such as anemones, marine worms, crustaceans (prawns, crabs etc.) and echinoderms (starfish, sea urchins etc.).

exploring in the jet tender or simply just relaxing, it’s all delivered in style. The reef contains nesting grounds of world significance for the endangered Our on board chef caters for all tastes and occasions with our fully licensed bar supplying a fine selection of quality Australian wines.

green and loggerhead turtles and is a breeding area for humpback whales, which come from the Antarctic to give birth to their young in the warm waters.

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double island

exclusive indulgence Life on Double Island is all about you and your friends and family having an exceptional time – you dictate the tempo. With only one group allowed on the island at any one time, you are ensured a tantalising mix of privacy, luxury, beauty and exclusivity allowing you to create your perfect setting and ambience. With the choices of things to do, see, eat and drink being endless, your dedicated island team takes care of every impulse or desire.

Surrounded by the tropical waters of the Coral Sea the island is the perfect base to enjoy some of the world’s greatest wonders – engage a super yacht to snorkel, dive and fish at The Great Barrier Reef, charter a helicopter to explore an isolated sand cay or horse ride through the heritage listed ancient Daintree Rainforest. These are encounters to cherish for life.

Caressed by the warm breeze’s alluring tropical scent and screened by luxurious tropical foliage, Double Island’s Garden View Rooms and Apartments complement the island’s aura of intimacy and serenity. Ten one-bedroom

The island covers 46 acres and offers a variety of unique dining choices, each with an individual atmosphere. The Long Room’s open-air eating with its inviting cool breezes, the Coral Sea Deck with views across the bay to the stunning mainland coastal ranges, on the beach for a bare foot romantic candlelight dinner or by the pool where subtle lighting highlights the surrounding tropical gardens. A memorable supper under the stars while watching a movie at Double Island’s unique moonlight cinema adds to the variety of choice for you. You choose your menu as well as where and when it will be enjoyed.

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Garden View Rooms include marble bathrooms and private balconies, while ten one-bedroom Apartments possess open plan lounges and dining areas, opulent bathrooms, fully equipped kitchenettes and either a private plunge pool or private outdoor spa. Double Island’s character is reflected in modern finishes, unique appointments and individual touches throughout. The facilities and services are endless and complimentary, all part of the unforgettable experience Keanu Reeves referred to as ‘a life-changing experience’.


the sebel reef house & spa

the spa beach side beauty

The award winning purpose built health spa, The Reef House Spa, offers a luxurious range of treatments designed to cleanse the body, clear the mind

The Sebel Reef House & Spa is a luxurious boutique resort with a sophisticated yet easy-going atmosphere. Positioned in the heart of Palm Cove with a stunning beach front location and sitting alongside the world’s most amazing, natural wonders; the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Rainforest.

and soothe the soul. Enjoy luxuriously pampering treatments based on ancient Aboriginal techniques and medicines combined with Li’Tya natural spa products. Therapies include facials, head and body treatments, speciality massages, Mala Mayi signature treatment, Paloma hand treatment, Gubbera Kodo stones, Aromatherapy massage.

Nestled among tranquil tropical gardens and vibrant flora, The Sebel Reef House & Spa was designed to capture the romance of the tropics and the colonial splendour of a bygone era. Majestic rainforest clad mountains make a


stunning backdrop to the three pristine pools, two spas and cascading waterfall.

The multi-award winning Reef House Restaurant is set on a large covered

Accommodation includes a variety of spacious rooms and suites, with all having

wooden deck beneath magnificent towering paperbarks, enjoying unsurpassed

king size beds romantically draped in light netting. All rooms feature a private

ocean views and gentle sea breezes - exquisite beach side dining! The menu

verandah or patio, some having spas.

that showcases only the best quality produce sourced from the local area and is continually recognized in the Australian Gourmet Traveller’s ‘Best Restaurants’

Warm, personalized, unobtrusive service is the speciality, with every guest

Guide. The experienced service team provides attentive yet unobtrusive assistance

enjoying VIP treatment from the moment they arrive at this perfect retreat.

and the cuisine is a vital part of the ‘Reef House Experience’.

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private island sanctuary qualia is nestled neatly into the northern tip of Hamilton Island, surrounded by

If you’re after more adventure, take a day trip to the world’s largest coral reef,

the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s distinctive Australian style

the Great Barrier Reef. You can go sailing, fishing, whale watching (July to

combined with a secluded location and intuitive service, makes it a world class

November), snorkeling with turtles or deep sea diving.

resort. Find yourself in a true sanctuary where everything has been meticulously considered so it relaxes the mind, yet completely spoils the senses.

At qualia you can create many other unique experiences, whether it be securing the services of a private yacht for a few days and cruising the Whitsundays or

There are 60 individual pavilions, all boasting stunning postcard views of the

organizing a private, scenic helicopter flight over the region. There are many

Whitsundays and some featuring plunge pools. The raw luxury and privacy of

ways a stay at qualia can be complimented to make it unforgettable.

the qualia Beach House, generous space, private lap pool and secluded location make this retreat the ultimate hideaway.

qualia is a truly special place that must be visited to be fully appreciated, with a direct flight taking only two hours from international gateway cities on

Within qualia, there’s two exclusive restaurants, both serving the freshest and

Australia’s east coast.

finest local produce. Enjoy the ultimate in culinary delights or for a casual dining experience, jump in your own two-seater golf buggy and explore the rest of the island’s restaurants.

You can also find peace in your favorite pleasure. Go for a walk in the Australian bush, refresh in one of the two serene pools, read a book in the library, have a cocktail by the bar, or step inside the exclusive spa. Spa qualia offers the ultimate in anti-stress, anti-aging, detoxifying and cleansing treatments. It also features a Swiss shower, sunken Roman baths, steam room along with a yoga and meditation pavilion.

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capella lodge

private beach hideaway A mere 280 people are lucky enough to call Lord Howe Island home and no more than 20 guests are hosted at Capella Lodge, designed to emulate a private beach hideaway.

The Lodge is an exciting mix of international sophistication and Australian understatement, offering lagoon and mountain views. Interiors feature timber floors, white bleached shutters, marine ply joinery and custom furniture. The visual drama is compelling; a cascade of glass plunges dramatically from a skillion roof allowing Lord Howe’s signature subtropical forests, the towering twin

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peaks and the jewel-toned reef, to take centre stage. The Lodge’s contemporary

Bordered by a reef-fringed lagoon and rolling surf, Lord Howe has verdant

style and streamlined luxury – interiors awash with muted colors combined hints

forests, heavenly beaches lapped by blue water with the volcanic peaks of

of modern tropical and mariner chic – is beautifully matched with exceptional

Mt Gower and Mt Lidgbird keeping watch over it all. It is recognized as an

dining and first name service.

exceptional natural environment, with flora and fauna conservation beginning with the declaration of a botanic reserve in 1882, and culminating with a

Gower’s Terrace is the perfect place to watch the sun sink over the South Pacific.

UNESCO World Heritage listing in 1982.

Enjoy the lounge and relaxation area that includes a wet-edge plunge pool that appears to meld into the sea and horizon. Capella’s reputation as Lord Howe’s

Lord Howe Island and its surrounding islets are the eroded remnants of a large

icon dining destination is also well established, with innovative daily-changing

shield volcano which erupted from the ocean around seven million years ago.

dinner menus showcasing fresh Island fish, house-made pasta, organic Island

Erosion has reduced it to about a fortieth of its original size leaving magnificent

greens, daily-baked breads and Lodge-churned ice creams.

scenery, cliffs and mountains reaching to 875m. Large deposits of wind-blown sand have covered much of the low lying area of the island and have been

Combining pristine natural beauty with understated luxury, Capella Lodge

compacted by rainwater over millennia creating a 130,000-year-old calcarenite

delivers a unique and exclusive Lord Howe experience.

containing many fossil bones, most notably those of a large, extinct, horned turtle. At least 490 species of fish and 94 different corals thrive in the crystal clear waters of the surrounding Pacific Ocean.

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orpheus island


doorstep of the great barrier reef Imagine waking up in one of the world’s most exclusive private island destinations. Located amidst the Great Barrier Reef and surrounded by 1,300 hectares of pristine National Park, Orpheus is a nature lover’s paradise.

Strictly limited to 42 pampered guests and with the exclusion of telephones, televisions, day-trippers or children under 15, the privately-owned Orpheus provides the ultimate hideaway.

Accessible only by seaplane, this is a place where the magnificence of an unspoiled island and it’s fringing reefs are a mere backdrop to an experience in exquisite cuisine, wine and privacy like no other.

With over 1100 types of tropical fish and 340 species of coral in the surrounding waters, this is a resort so private that snorkeling becomes a surreal experience.

The accommodation is extremely inviting – all just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge and only a short stroll from our multi award winning restaurant.

There are a hundred ways to lose yourself at Orpheus. Snorkel some of the finest reef areas. Relax on your own private beach complete with a chef prepared gourmet picnic hamper. Take part in a unique nature interpretive activity. Or simply relax by the pool and waste away the hours – it’s your choice.

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down under by appointment

private guiding in luxury Privately guided explorations of Australia’s Tropical Rainforests have been a specialty of Down Under by Appointment since they began touring over 20 years ago, with every itinerary tailor-made to suit each guest’s interests, time frame and budget. Their top quality guides are part of a very rare breed, dedicated and committed professionals. The enthusiasm they exhibit reflects their attitude to life and enhances their guests experience in the tropical North of Australia.

Down Under’s superior collection of vehicles offers first class comfort, eye catching style and supreme inclusions in a variety of sizes to suit all needs. From sleek 4 seat Toyota Sahara’s and 6 seat all wheel drive VW Highliners to the

wet tropics world heritage

top of the range Mercedes 9-seater Sprinter and 23-seater Mercedes Warrior, Down Under by Appointment will take you to your desired destination in luxury. These well-appointed vehicles are designed specifically to provide exceptional comfort. Every vehicle is fitted with the necessary comforts of tropical living: air-conditioning, umbrellas and rain ponchos. Refreshing soft drinks and chilled towels are also provided.

The area is a region of spectacular scenery and rugged topography with fastflowing rivers, deep gorges and numerous waterfalls. The mountain summits provide expansive vistas of undisturbed rainforests with one of the largest rainforest wilderness areas in Australia around the Daintree River valley. The association of fringing coral reefs and rainforest coastline in the Cape Tribulation region is found nowhere else in Australia and is a rare combination in other

suggested itinerary In a well-appointed luxury vehicle and with your informative and knowledgeable driver/guide, commence your escape in Far North Queensland. Venture into the Daintree & Cape Tribulation National Parks exploring the rainforest and its astonishing landscapes. Habitat to an abundance of species persevering in isolation, it constitutes the centerpiece of the world’s closest living counterpart to the ancient rainforest of Gondwanaland. Experience the diversity of landscapes as you voyage from lush rainforest in Cape Tribulation to arid land to the West.

parts of the world. The Wet Tropics provides the only habitat for numerous rare species of both plants and animals. There are at least 390 species of plants that can be classified as rare or very restricted and, of these, 74 are regarded as threatened. There are at least 25 species of animals that are regarded as very rare. The Wet Tropics is home to 30 per cent of Australia’s marsupial species, 58 per cent of its bat species, 26 per cent of its frog species, 17 per cent of its reptile species, 58 per cent of the butterfly species and 48 per cent of its bird species. There are no less than 85 species of vertebrate animals that are unique to the area.

Highlights of this 5 day tour are many & include a guided tour of Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures with a Wildlife Keeper and an exclusive wetlands cruise. Enjoy an interactive cultural experience with Yaba Yabaju of the Kuku Yalanji people, a calm water cruise on the famous Daintree River & Daintree Discovery Centre. Visit Mossman Gorge before travelling to the unique Tyrconnell Gold Mine for the night, steeped in history. Discover a unique winery, visit Granite Gorge, Skybury Coffee Plantation and Thornborough Cemetery. Enjoy the

Aboriginal occupation of the area probably dates back to the earliest human occupation of Australia (c. 50 000 years BC), and one of the recorded stories appears to describe the volcanic activity that produced some crater lakes (10-20 000 years ago), at a time when the rainforests were smaller in extent than today. The district was a rich environment for the 16 distinct groups of Aboriginals who used a wide range of forest products for survival.

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lord’s safaris

lord’s safaris

suggested itinerary

Lord’s Safaris are a boutique company specializing in

day 1

kakadu national park The flood plains of Kakadu contains features of

Depart Darwin for Kakadu National Park. Visit

tailor made journeys within Kakadu & Arnhemland.

Adelaide River where we have the opportunity

Sab Lord was raised in the remote Kakadu region

to witness jumping crocodiles and other wildlife.

prior to it being a national park. Having grown up with the local aboriginals, Sab is fortunate to share a mutual respect which has allowed the company

great natural beauty and sweeping landscapes the sites of ongoing geological processes that illustrate

After this, enjoy a Yellow Water Cruise which

the ecological effects of sea-level change in northern

is one of Kakadu’s Icons. Here, you will witness

Australia and a series of interacting ecosystems

the wealth of wildlife in this tranquil habitat.

that continue to evolve in their natural setting with

Overnight: Camping, Kakadu

minimal human disturbance.

sole access to some exceptional country. Lord’s Safaris have trained local indigenous people from

day 2

Visit Aboriginal Lands (Arnhemland). Lords is

the Oenpelli region to partake as guides at Injalak

one of a small number of tour companies with

Hill, acknowledged as one of the best art sites in

privileged access into Arnhemland. Experience

The park contains important and significant habitats for a diverse range of flora and fauna, with more

a fascinating mixture of traditional and living

than 60 species of mammals, 289 species of birds

culture where your Aboriginal guide will show

(more than a quarter of all Australian bird species),

you excellent examples of rock art on Injalak

132 species of reptiles, 25 species of frogs, 55

Hill. The view from the top of the hill is simply

species of freshwater fish and over 10 000 species

and profound beauty; taking people well “off the

breathtaking, looking out across the floodplains

of insects.

beaten track”. Visit ancient rock art, swim in clear

and escarpment. Overnight: Camping, Kakadu

Western Arnhemland. Lord’s have access to areas of cultural significance

waters, cruise tranquil billabongs or be mesmerised by local aboriginal guides revealing secrets of their

day 3

way of life.

Depart Kakadu for Bamurru Plains which is an

The western edge of the Arnhemland Plateau is

exclusive wildlife experience on the magnificent

a 500 kilometers long escarpment, over which

Mary River floodplains. This safari-style camp is

spectacular waterfalls cascade during the wet

teeming with an amazing assortment of wildlife

season. Rainforests in the ravines and plateau are

and boasts comfortable free-standing rooms that

dominated by Allosyncarpia trees, found only

are spacious and expose guests to the sounds of the floodplains. Overnight: Bamurru Plains






and plateau. The park is extremely important to Aboriginal people, and many communities still

day 4

This morning enjoy an airboat ride & four wheel

occupy the region.

drive safaris prior to returning to Darwin.

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discovery ecotours

suggested itinerary day 1

Depart for the domes of Kata Tjuta. Learn about the nature of the desert and its development. A short walk to the dune for the spectacular panoramic view of Kata Tjuta – a very sacred place to the Aboriginal people.

discover the magic of uluru Discovery Ecotours focus on delivering the highest interpretation of Australia’s Red Centre. They offer an intimate small group setting, allowing for more

day 2

Venture into the remote Pitjantjatjara Lands. Make your way south to Cave Hill which is the site of the Seven Sisters Tjukurpa. The main feature is the

personal interaction and a comprehensive understanding of this unique area.

magnificent cave paintings – possibly the most significant art site in Central

Whether your interest is a day or an extended investigation, the university

Australia. Return by helicopter which offers spectacular scenic views of the

educated guides interpret the various eco systems and natural history. Travel in

desert landscape, Uluru and Kata Tjuta. This evening dine under the stars on the multi award winning Sounds of Silence dinner.

comfortably equipped 4WD vehicles, allowing the perfect amount of time to absorb the importance of this location.

day 3 Explore the domes of Kata-Tjuta (the Olgas) by walking the Walpa Gorge (Olga Gorge) a fascinating introduction to the geological evolution over millions of years. In the Gorge, plants live that were the vital nourishment for the Anangu people. Walk or tour the base of Uluru to gain the appreciation of this massive

This tour to Uluru provides the opportunity to witness the spectacular sunrise without rushing, all the while absorbing an exposition of the great “Rock’s” natural history and its deep significance to the Anangu people. Short walks will bring you close to this wonderful and powerful place, viewing rock art, waterholes and appreciating the unique flora and fauna of Uluru. The final stop is the Uluru and Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

rock formation to the survival and heritage of the Anangu people and the wildlife and botany that exist only because of its presence.

uluru-kata tjuta national park In conjunction with Desert Track tours to the Pitjantjatjara lands you can take

The park covers an area of 132 566 hectares of arid ecosystems in the

part in an extended Aboriginal Guided Walk in the footsteps of their ancient

traditional lands of Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal people (locally

dreamtime ancestors demonstrating their means of survival in this harsh

known as Anangu). The huge rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta are

desert environment.

remarkable geological and landform features set in a contrasting, relatively flat, sand-plain environment.

The features of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta are physical evidence of the actions, artifacts and bodies of the ancestral heroes (the tjukuritja) who travelled the earth in creation times. Uluru is a huge, rounded, red sandstone monolith 9.4 kilometers in circumference rising to a height of over 340 metres above the plain. Rock art in the caves around its base are further evidence of the enduring cultural traditions of Anangu. About 32 kilometers to the west of Uluru lie the 36 steep-sided domes of Kata Tjuta. The domes cover an area of 3500 hectares with Mount Olga. This area is sacred under Anangu men’s law and, as such, detailed knowledge of it is restricted. uluru 35

voyages longitude 131˚ Awake to your own private view of the sun rising over Uluru. Luxurious, ecosensitive and romantic, Longitude 131 offers immersion in the wilderness, mystery and spirituality of Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park.

This award-winning luxury wilderness camp in Australia’s Red Center, has achieved new heights in eco-tourism the world over. Longitude 131 is a deluxe camping experience like no other, set atop an isolated sand dune where you will find unprecedented solitude and serenity. Meticulous design of the palatial ‘tents’, ensure it is a private place to rest, relax and refresh. This is a special experience which nurtures your body, stimulates your mind and liberates your spirit!

voyages el questro homestead El Questro Homestead, The Kimberley located in the far north of Western Australia, is unquestionably one of the world’s unique holiday destinations. The homestead setting is heavenly. Amid a cool oasis shaded by palm trees and tropical greenery, it sits atop an escarpment that plummets into the Chamberlain River – one of the property’s four major river systems.

Teeming with animal, fish and bird life congregate in the waters. This cattle station is spread over one million incredibly diverse acres, ranging from rugged gorges through spectacular waterfalls and lush rainforest pockets, to tidal flats, El Questro provides a quintessential Australian holiday experience on the eastern perimeter of the Kimberley Range, one of the last true, unspoiled frontiers.

voyages wrotham park Wrotham Park Lodge is a premium cattle station of 600,000 hectares, providing an unparalleled outback experience offering wilderness, wildlife and complete luxury. Wrotham Park Lodge provides guests with a unique opportunity to engage with Australia’s heartland, to immerse themselves in the rugged beauty of vast landscapes and wide skies, whilst engaging in activities that showcase legendary outback life and the experiences of the outback stockman.

A total of 10 premium guest quarters, with touches inspired by the traditions of the landed gentry, are on a spectacular escarpment high above the banks of the Mitchell River. The “outback” experiences are complemented by a range of activities from the relaxing to the exhilarating. Top-drawer quality in the real heart of Australia.

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voyages bedarra island Imagine a place where time is measured exclusively by the passage of the Sun. Where you can do as you wish, when you wish. That place is Bedarra Island, Great Barrier Reef, an exclusive luxurious haven catering for those who desire a more civilized escape.

Your Villa is one of sixteen hidden in the rainforest. The view of the sunlight dancing across the water from your balcony is almost hypnotic. The food is simply exquisite, a standard of which guests demand, with a team of chef’s preparing a new menu daily.

The seafood is always fresh, in fact chances are it’s just been caught. The Bedarra reef experience is one of a lifetime.

voyages wilson island Wilson island is a spectacular resort located right on a stunning coral cay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Surrounded by pristine reef and white silken sandy beach environs, including rare turtle and bird breeding grounds, the resort presents wonderful opportunities for world class reef diving.

The exclusive resort offers a relaxed island lifestyle with a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere, where no building’s height exceeds that of the trees. Great pride is taken on providing the highest levels of food and service. For those who don’t wish to be immersed in utter unspoiled relaxation, there is also an emphasis with Wilson on exploring and discovering the natural attractions that have made the resort famous.

voyages lizard island Lizard Island is one of a kind – an inspiration of nature. A private paradise with 24 white silken sandy beaches. Lizard Island is quite out of the ordinary, with its unique northern position, right on the Great Barrier Reef offering both an inner and outer reef experience, helping to make it one of Australia’s premier resorts.

Here you can snorkel off a secluded beach to discover a garden of giant clams, many a metre long and some reputed to be 120 years old. The absolute luxury accommodation, facilities and activities are all the discerning guest would expect from a world-class resort. At Lizard, healthy appetites are rewarded with superb dining – fresh local produce prepared with European and Asian influence.

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bullo river

untouched australian outback Within the Australian context the words ‘cattle station’ conjure a very special

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image. It involves hot thirsty plains, teeming wildlife, strong bronzed rivers, a vast sky and dusty stock camps where horse and stock skills are very much alive

day 1

enjoy dinner in the original homestead.

– and Bullo River Station fits like a glove. This is a Top End cattle station (ranch) from the classic mould – half a million acres of grassy plains with 8000 Brahman-

Today from Darwin you fly by private charter to Bullo River Station. This evening

day 2

Arise and breathe in the Outback air! Try fishing for barramundi along a lovely

cross cattle and many more wallabies, brown rivers where crocodiles lurk on the

stretch of the Bullo River or visit large freshwater swimming holes high up on the

muddy banks, rugged hills inscribed with Aboriginal rock art, termite mounds,

escarpment away from the crocodiles, tour Aboriginal art sites, bird and wildlife

boab trees, stock horses, wild buffalo – and a few great yarns to tell. Situated

watching. Take a helicopter ride and witness the Bullo River, which meanders for over 50 miles through a spectacular valley on the property. The river runs

in the top north-western corner of the Northern Territory in what is referred to

from the lush fresh water of the Bullo Gorge to the mighty saltwater tidal

as the East Kimberley, there is no place better to experience a quintessential

Victoria River. This evening return to the homestead and dine on barramundi

Australian Outback Station.

cooked in paperbark over the hot coals or enjoy the taste of free-range, grass fed prime beef.

For anyone who wants to learn some real Aussie bushcraft, from cracking a bullwhip to roping cattle aboard a bull catcher, hosts Marlee and Franz Ranacher

day 3

Go hiking into the escarpments and to the many secluded private billabongs and waterfalls that dot the landscape. Join in on the many station activities such

are the experts to show you. There are a multitude of activities to enjoy at Bullo

as cattle work. Today simply grab a picnic and cruise down the Gorge in the

including fishing for Barramundi, tours of Aboriginal art sites, cruise down the

boat while taking in the landscape that is northern Australia. After another busy

Gorge by boat, bushwalks, bird and wildlife watching or travel to scenic vantage

day return to the homestead. Help yourself to a cocktail and a comfortable seat

spots to perhaps sketch or paint – the choices are plentiful. Picnic lunches are

as dusk is falling and the sky is turning magenta and pink.

enjoyed by peaceful billabongs or under the shade of the magnificent boab trees. Each activity is tailored to your wishes.

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outback lodge

suggested itinerary

Stretching north into the sun-seared wilderness of South Australia’s deserts, the

day 1

Enjoy a wonderful scenic flight to Blinman in the impressive Flinders Ranges, where you will be met by your hosts Ian & Di and transferred to Angorichina.

Flinders Ranges is one of the country’s most impressive secrets. Surrounded by

This afternoon take a rugged 4 wheel drive tour, scenic flight or guided walk.

the arid wasteland of the great salt lakes, an ancient seabed has been sculpted by

Observe the wildlife: emus, kangaroos, Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies and the

millions of years of erosion into a fractured, furrowed landscape of deep valleys

abundant birdlife. One of the real pleasures of staying at Angorichina is the

covered with casuarinas and cypress pines which fall into creeks lined with river

chance to become absorbed into the life of a working outback sheep station.

red gums. For wildlife watching, bush-walking, photography, Aboriginal rock

Return to the homestead, which is a classic of Australian vernacular architecture

art or just soaking up the sights and sounds of outback Australia, the Flinders

although no architect ever had a hand in its making.

is in a class of its own.

day 2

Following a leisurely breakfast on the Outback veranda, tour the nearby

In the middle of these desiccated red ranges, Angorichina Station comes as a

Oratunga Track with your hosts. You will enjoy some of the most spectacular

startling contrast, an oasis of roses and lavender hedges, green lawns and shade

views in the Flinders Ranges. Marvel at the diversity of land formations; take note of the different vegetation that occurs on the original seabed and search

– and an entrée to a remarkable world….

for ancient fossils. Minerals colour the sedimentary hills with purple, reds and yellows, inspiring such great Australian artists such as Sir Hans Heysen.

Ian Fargher, who owns Angorichina Station with his wife Di, is the fourth generation of his family to run this station covering 554 square kilometres. Shared

Enjoy lunch in a creek bed en-route amongst the towering river Red gums.

meals with Ian and Di are the highlight, whether it being Di’s accomplished

Later, climb Patawarta Hill, some 1015 metres, for one of the most rewarding

cooking or Ian’s riverside BBQs, the days and nights are filled with storytelling

panoramas of the Flinders Ranges This evening enjoy outback cuisine at its best accompanied by fine Australian wines

and laughter.

day 3

Today join your host Ian Fargher in an optional scenic flight over the station and Ranges. You must see the old native pine woolshed, which was built in the 1860’s, and last used for shearing in 1973. An Aboriginal perspective on this landscape is essential. Arthur, a member of the local Adnyamathanha people, will take you out on a private tour, deciphering the local Aboriginal rock art and introducing you to some of the local fauna. Return to Adelaide by private air charter in the afternoon.

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burrawang west

australian country estate Burrawang has a distinguished pedigree and was established in 1836. By the

suggested itinerary

last of the 1800s, Burrawang ran more than 273,000 sheep spread across 56,000 acres and operated one of the largest shearing sheds in Australia.

day 1

country air, explore the breathtaking farmland, enjoy the full range of resort

generous dimensions of a colonial homestead with the style, luxury, food and

activities or simply sit back and indulge in the gourmet food, wine, service and

exquisite service.

hospitality of Burrawang West.

Guests are accommodated in the four cottages that lie between the homestead and the billabong, each of which has a different design. Step inside and you’re in

Enjoy a short flight from Sydney over the Blue Mountains to Burrawang. This exclusive retreat is an oasis of relaxation, luxury and elegance. Devour the crisp

Now this aristocratic country property blends the calm, elegance and

day 2

Rise early in the morning and take a tour of the 10,000 acre property with Bill the Station Manager. Perhaps help Bill muster the cattle on 4 wheel Quad

a relaxed, luxurious enclave that belies the rustic exterior. The decor is soothing

Bikes. This afternoon canoe the Lachlan River or you might like to relax by the

and restrained. The ensuite bathrooms are large and luxurious, with claw-foot

pool, have a hit of golf or try out your archery skills. Cocktails are served in the

baths and French doors that open to screened verandas.

homestead bar with dinner in the homestead main dining room. Dinner is a true Australian BBQ with damper cooked in a camp oven by the creek, where at dusk Kangaroos come to drink.

Set amidst 10,000 acres of pastoral land, Burrawang is a working station, providing an authentic outback experience. In the few years since it opened to guests, Burrawang West Station has established itself as an Outback classic.

day 3

At Burrawang nothing is too much trouble. If you want to be left alone to just ponder the skies or roam around, that’s fine too. There are no rules. Visitors can

Its triumph is in successfully combining the very best things in life - in a rugged

select the activities, menus, the eating times and the style of catering. Return to

Australian landscape. Together with its location, it offers a level of style and

Sydney after bidding farewell to your new friends at Burrawang.

luxury that makes it exceptional.

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42 remote explorations



faraway bay

the bush camp On the northwest corner of the vast Australian continent, in the Kimberley, there is a place so remote you would be lucky to find its name on any map.

Having lived in the spectacular, untouched environment of the Kimberley, Bruce

suggested itinerary day 1

Gumboot Bay to see mangrove estuary, osprey nest and wildlife. After lunch

& Robyn Ellison had a vision to share this unforgettable experience with others.

drive to Gumboot Creek and walk to view Bradshaw Rock Art.

After years of searching they found the most glorious setting with fresh spring water, stunning coastline, great fishing, incredible aboriginal rockart and access to the mighty King George River. They named the location Faraway Bay.

Depart Kununurra for a scenic flight to Faraway Bay. After breakfast explore

day 2

A trip to the King George Falls, is one of the highlights of your visit. Cruise along the pristine coast to the King George River where the spectacular rocky gorge ends abruptly in twin waterfalls. Enjoy lunch in the shade of the towering cliffs.

Time feels like it is standing still as the rustic character of the camp, blends

On the leisurely return ‘dangle a line’ or soak up the sun. Enjoy the catch of the

with the rugged coastline bathed in the shifting daylight shades of crimson.

day and a camp oven roast.

From the verandah of your private cabin observe marine life (dugongs, sharks, crocodiles and dolphins) cavort in the turquoise bay. Or aboard the 13 meter

day 3

Visit Monitor Pool, an exhilarating freshwater swimming hole below a wet season waterfall. While cruising on Diamond Lass, visit an aboriginal midden,

Cruiser, Diamond Lass, explore the incredible mighty gorge of King George River

Shell Beach, drop a line in the estuary and refresh with a swim. After lunch we

and face the breathtaking majesty of the 80 metre falls.

head inland to view local bush tucker, bird life and a freshwater billabong.

Dine in Eagle Lodge - the spectacularly located dining room with no walls. Feast on fish caught fresh from the sea or other tempting main courses, home-baked

day 4

This morning board your charter flight for your next adventure.

bread and fresh produce from the Ord River Irrigation area, all washed down with boutique beers and premium Western Australian wines.

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prairie hotel

experience a truly remote hotel Parachilna has an official population of just seven but it’s remoteness adds to the pleasure of its one and only hotel.

The Prairie Hotel is truly an outback oasis on the plains of the Flinders Ranges. The region is home to some of the most ancient and fascinating formations on Earth. From the hotel, you can enjoy magnificent views of both the Ranges and the vast red desert plains sweeping toward Lake Torrens. Inside the hotel, you’ll find great character, charm and creature comforts – topped off with superb cuisine. All this still only 30 minutes drive from the famous Parachilna and

suggested itinerary day 1

Transfer by road to the Prairie Hotel. In the sleepy town of Parachilna, population seven, the Prairie Hotel has created a quiet revolution in country cuisine. Today

Brachina Gorges of the Flinders Ranges National Park.

you have to relax and enjoy your surroundings!

First licensed in 1876, the front of the hotel was completed in 1906 and took six years to build. Jane and Ross Fargher, took sole ownership of the hotel in 1994 and have embraced the old with the new and brought a stunning new

day 2

This morning your private guide will help you explore the stunning Flinders Ranges. Visit Lake Torrens & Nilpena Cattle Station, featuring scenic locations

dimension to outback hospitality.

used in “Rabbit Proof Fence” and many Australian & international TV commercials. You will have the opportunity to see salt lakes, red sand dunes,

The Farghers are one of the original pastoral families to the area, and also own

historic station buildings, clay flats, saltbush plains and rugged creeks. Or perhaps

neighboring Nilpena Station. Guests will enjoy private access to the most scenic

head for the hills to explore steep valleys, ancient rock formations, secluded

of ranges, magnificent sand dunes, the vast Lake Torrens, world renowned fossil

water holes, huge river red gums through Parachilna Gorge, Blinman, Stokes Hill Lookout, Flinders Ranges National Park, Bunyeroo Gorge, and Brachina Gorge.

reserves and the opportunity to observe and participate in life on a working

A gourmet lunch and refreshments are included on your tour.

sheep/cattle station.

While traversing the countryside trace the footsteps of the pioneers, visit local ruins and gain an insight into the lives of the local Aborigines. Meet the local characters that make the outback their home. Try the legendary feral foods and native cuisine that has made the hotel the most celebrated outback pub in Australia. 44 remote explorations

day 3

After breakfast, you sadly depart your oasis in the outback.

haggerstone island

this is true escapism Pristine, peaceful and incredibly beautiful, Haggerstone is the jewel in the crown of island adventures. Situated 600km from Cairns, accessible only by chartered aircraft and a boat ride, this Robinson Crusoe island paradise is unsurpassed for the ultimate island escape. Haggerstone Island is covered by lush jungle, with white-sand beaches and blue lagoons.

Haggerstone Island has a maximum of 8 guests at any one time; accommodation is classical beach chic, with only four rooms consisting of rustic beach huts and a tree house. Whether you snorkel the crystal clear lagoons or laze under a palm tree, life on Haggerstone is peaceful, private and completely restorative.

Your hosts Roy and Anna Turner arrived at the uninhabited island in 1985, on a 70-tonne barge loaded with poles, timber, fruit trees, chickens and an old tractor. Roy has constructed the buildings in Thai-style from soft-edged wood, with open sides, wide verandahs and shuttered windows to take advantage of cooling breezes and uninterrupted views.

Cooking is done on an open fireplace, using freshly caught fish, vegetables and fruit from the garden, their own chickens and coconuts from an old plantation. Served on the sand cay at the end of the island, the ‘dining room’ provides a 360-degree ocean view and the restaurant closes with the rising of the tide. remote explorations 45


woodwark bay no one but you A retreat so private that even most Australians don’t know about it……

Woodwark Bay is set on more than 4000 acres of spectacular property – to be enjoyed by no one but you. This jewel is situated in the midst of the Whitsunday’s – providing a private lake to be water-skied and fished on, waterfalls and picnic huts, plus a private beach where dolphins and turtles often come to play.

The sheer beauty of this natural jewel is made perfect by several small and perfectly appointed private grass thatched huts containing exquisitely appointed accommodation for up to 16 guests - ensuring an environment of luxury. Each hut has a king size bed, air-conditioning, refrigerator, chilled and filtered drinking water. Surrounded by 50,000 acres of uninterrupted National Parks, Woodwark Bay has been described as “the southern hemisphere’s most exclusive resort”.

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moonlight head


exclusive lodge Moonlight Head Private Lodge is a remote, all inclusive, exclusive retreat hidden amongst tracts of mature Eucalypts which make up the Southern Australian bush. Unrivaled Australian hospitality is provided, for up to eight people to enjoy, along with immaculate service and hedonistic levels of comfort, which is the key to Moonlight Head’s appeal.

Understated European chic is reflected in the décor, with furniture from B&B Italia, Cassina, Poltrona Frau and Savoir beds. This is all set against perfect white walls that spread the abundance of sunshine and moonlight throughout the Lodge.

Fabulous bathrooms are equipped with the softest of towels from Descamps and a selection of Jo Malone, Ren or Malin + Goetz goodies complement an over-sized bath to soak in, whilst gazing towards the southern night sky.

The cuisine at Moonlight Head is led by your needs. Our chef focuses on creating a dining experience to tempt the most mature to the youngest of family palates. Your dining experience, should you wish, is complemented by an exquisite selection of wines from Australia & New Zealand.

The team at Moonlight seeks to service you at your pace. Active days include, hiking the Great Ocean Walk, fishing on a private lake, horse back riding through the bush, riding a Ducati along the Great Ocean Road or exploring the historic wilderness by mountain bike. Though if it is just sitting in with a good book or movie, hiding from the world, then the team at Moonlight Head are experts helping you with your selection.

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pepper bush adventures

authentic aussie bush If you want a genuine Tasmanian experience combining the finest accommodation, natural environments and gourmet food, your hosts Janine & Craig Williams of Pepper Bush Adventures are delighted to oblige. Wilderness, wildlife and wonderful bush tucker are available over one or many days, with tours ranging from state-wide customized itineraries to far more remote wilderness experiences.

Discover the famous Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park to the iconic Cradle Mountain, where the wrinkle-faced King Billy trees with their feathery-moss

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arms look like they belong in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or explore the more remote forests that traverse North Eastern Tasmania. Preserved by their isolation

The Tassie Deluxe Golf & Lifestyle Tour – departing and concluding Launceston 4 days and 4 nights of total indulgence, fabulous food, superb wines, magnificent wilderness, Tasmania’s

they exist as living museums showcasing the primitive plants specie that link this

endearing wildlife and golfing activities. You will experience nature, luxury, and challenging

ancient island with Gondwana – the landmass roamed by dinosaur.

traditional links golf at Barnbougle Dunes in Northern Tasmania, along with two quality accommodation properties.

The customized journey’s combine comfortable 4 Wheel Drive vehicles, a selection of Tasmania’s finest luxury accommodation (or try a quality but

day 1

Tamar Valley Vineyard Tour (bottled sunshine)

day 2

18 holes of Links golf on Australia’s premier course

day 3

Morning golf & afternoon sun, sand & seafood at Mt William National Park

day 4

Gourmet wilderness & wildlife tour

quaint bush cabin by a river, or sleep under the stars in a swag) the best dining experiences including high profile Tasmanian chefs in restaurants like “Daniel Alps at Strathlynn” and “Stillwater”. Your taste buds will be indulged with the multiple bush tucker courses prepared on a Pepper Bush Adventure.

Imagine a gourmet campfire dinner under the stars feasting on wild spice Tasmanian trout or salmon, wallaby tenderloin steaks, venison mountain burgers preceded by a Tasmanian cheese platter while enjoying a glass of

quoll patrol

Tasmanian pinot. And for company some of the state’s unique wildlife species

Departing Launceston by 4WD passing Mt Ben Lomond to the magnificent old growth

including wallaby, pademelon, quolls, wombats, bandicoots, possum and maybe

forest of Tombstone Creek Forest Reserve. We then find ourselves at our evening destination

Tasmanian devil and platypus.

where you will experience a bush tucker dinner. You will indulge on Tasmania’s finest produce in a relaxed environment while sipping on a glass of Tasmanian cool climate wine.

Pepper Bush Adventures can coordinate bush walking, golfing, vineyards,

After dinner our objective is to view the bandit of the bush, the Eastern Quoll in its natural

fishing, canoeing and boating activities into a diverse and flexible personalized

habitat. These entertaining bush characters will delight you with their antics and other

tour - all crafted around you.

species you may also encounter are possums, wombats, wallaby, bandicoot, Tasmanian devil and others.

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the islington hotel

luxury boutique hotel The Islington in Tasmania is proud to pamper guests with both modern day luxury and quiet attention to individual needs. The pride of The Islington is also its garden and its view.

From an imposing dress circle position, it enjoys one of the prime views of Mount Wellington that Hobart offers. This fantastic hotel has also featured in the “Global Hot List 2006� (Conde Nast Traveler USA).

The Hotel blends the original Regency house and its sumptuous morning room, drawing room and library with a new architecturally designed glass conservatory and bar, open-plan country style kitchen, outdoor pavilion, and a day spa to suit all moods and occasion.

Refreshed by your outdoor excursion in what is said to be the purest air in the world, Islington welcomes you indoors where you can relax in one of the eleven luxury rooms. Enjoy Tasmanian food, fresh from the sea and land and the local suppliers who bring daily the freshest seafood assortments, organic fruits and vegetables.

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voyages cradle mountain lodge

wilderness retreat Walking into Cradle Mountain Lodge, one is immediately put at ease by a warm protective ambience. It is a lodge that makes you feel better for just being inside. Nestled high in the Tasmanian wilderness, on the edge of the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain / Lake St Clair National Park, the lodge is a superb escape featuring welcoming cabins, fine food, wine and breathtaking wilderness.

Here you see the face of creation all around you in the mirror lakes plus rugged mountain peaks. One doesn’t have to be an environmental champion to be humbled by the towering presence of a King Billy pine – over one thousand years old and yet still a relative newcomer to these ancient forests.

When the snow falls, as it can even in the summer months at Cradle, there is nothing more inviting than being in your cabin enjoying a glass of red, nestled in front of a roaring open fire. One thing is certain, summer or winter, the beauty of Cradle Mountain is an inspiration that will stay with you long after you leave.

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exceptional kangaroo island

a personal introduction to australian wildlife 12,000 years ago Kangaroo Island was part of mainland Australia. The Ice Age and low sea levels allowed the Island to be populated with an amazing array of wildlife. Kangaroo Island’s plants and animals are now isolated and are clearly different from their mainland relatives. For example – the distinctive Kangaroo Island kangaroos, endangered black cockatoos and the sooty dunnart (a small marsupial carnivore) which is found nowhere else on earth.

The Island’s diverse landscapes are home to sea lions, fur seals, kangaroos,

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wallabies, koalas, echidnas, platypus, goannas, 253 bird species (many rare or endangered), possums, bandicoots and even whales which pass through its

day 1

Eucalyptus trees, drive through some of the finest wool growing areas and

waters in winter. But it’s not all about wildlife – the Island’s farmers run sheep,

learn of the emergence of world class olive oil and wine grapes from this

cattle and produce some extraordinary quality foods whilst the grape growers

Island with a classic Mediterranean climate. Break for lunch at a private

complement that with elegant wines. The wildlife, farmland and rugged coast,

bush site and enjoy a seafood barbecue before visiting a sea-lion colony,

combined with friendly locals producing wonderful food often elicits the

where you walk right on the sand as they rest between fishing trips.

response from guests - “ last I feel like I am in Australia”.

Former wildlife ranger and Islander Craig Wickham, Exceptional Kangaroo

Start the day with an orientation of the Island. Seek out koalas in tall

day 2

Flinders Chase National Park’s wilderness covers the entire west end of

Island’s founder, has assembled a team of dedicated, sharp-eyed, outdoor

the Island and is bounded by an extraordinary coastline with an ancient

enthusiasts who combine the role of naturalists, historians, driver, guides and

sea grotto home to furseals, soaring granite sculptures and plunging

story tellers who share their knowledge of the Island’s plants, animals and

limestone cliffs. After exploring this, enjoy an elegant picnic on the cliff

people. The promise is “good food, good wine and wildlife in the wild”.

tops or secreted away in the bush, before visiting the habitat of kangaroos and wallabies while observing them feed.

day 3

Meet the locals on a custom-designed food safari visiting boutique wineries, free-range egg producers, artisan cheese makers and sample a range of local honeys. Break for lunch at 2 Wheeler Creek winery and try the freshwater crayfish known as marron. In the afternoon visit a local artist who derives their inspiration from the Island’s wildlife and spectacular natural beauty.

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southern ocean lodge

kangaroo island luxury Dream a dream of wild open spaces, a showcase of nature’s most spectacular scenery, of abundant wildlife untouched and reveling in the pristine environs.

Widely regarded as Australia’s Galapagos and brimming with diverse wildlife and extraordinary natural beauty, Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island and has remained in relative isolation since European settlement. With twenty-one national and conservation parks covering more than thirty per cent of the Island’s total area, Kangaroo Island has enormous appeal for those that enjoy discovering wildlife in their natural surroundings.

Twenty-one luxurious suites create the ultimate fusion between nature and luxury. Endowed with majestic views of the awe inspiring Southern Ocean and featuring custom designed interiors, every consideration has been given to navigating the fine balance between nature, comfort and contemporary style. All suites feature lavish king sleeping area’s, sunken lounge, dramatic glass walled bathroom with designer fixtures and outdoor terrace with occasional

Southern Ocean Lodge is Kangaroo Island’s only world-class wilderness lodge - a sanctuary of comfort, style and personal intimacy, redefining the Australian standard. Located at Hanson Bay on the Island’s south west coast, the Lodge site

seating and daybed. Other features include; walk-in robe, complimentary room bar, twice daily housekeeping, optional climate control, heated floors, internet, music system, premium amenities, safe & telephone.

adjoins two national parks and is at the heart of the Island’s major attractions. Its dramatic cliff top setting showcases a full frontal panorama of the pounding surf below.

Modern luxury and design integrity meld with the Kangaroo

Island vernacular and an amazing coastal color palette, creating a unique eco chic style.

Signature design elements including local limestone and recycled timber blend seamlessly with the natural environs, harnessing the beauty of the landscape. A range of suite styles are available, with the premium Osprey Pavilion offering extra indulgences including open fire & private plunge spa. The private suites and retreats ensure guests have every opportunity to experience the coastal wilderness and abundant wildlife for which Kangaroo Island is renowned in impeccable style.

With exceptional guided adventures and experiences included in the tariff, Southern Ocean Lodge offers a complete Kangaroo Island experience. Guests can be as active as they please with a personalized experiential itinerary tailored on arrival. A range of signature activities are offered daily allowing guests to encounter a rich and varied wildlife, indulge in world-class food and wine and discover the Island’s unique natural attractions, often with exclusive access and always with a touch of luxe. 54 wildlife

meringa springs


your own private oasis The stunning views from either Meringa Springs’ main Lodge or its lavish villas are more than enough reason to make this the natural choice for a stay in this enchanted part of Victoria. Looking out across meadows dotted with grazing kangaroos towards Mount Difficult, you find yourself about as far from the urban world as possible.

Meringa Springs discreetly opulent rooms are rich with timber floors, high ceilings, deeply comforting beds, stone fireplaces, double spas and double showers. The Lodge’s verandah and deck make them the natural setting for an evening drink or two, or to be welcomed by owners Gail and Paul Widmer, who know the Grampians so well.

Then there is the surprise of finding an in-house restaurant serving a variety of different cuisines depending on the local or visiting Chef – all in surroundings that city gourmets can only dream about. Meringa Springs is exclusive, sophisticated and discreetly friendly with incredible views, making for a memorable Grampians experience.

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north bundaleer

clare valley homestead Situated on 400 acres of native bushland and farmland, North Bundaleer was

Dinner parties in the dining room are an occasion for relaxed enjoyment of the

completed in 1901, one of the last grand pastoral homesteads built in South

company, conversation, food and wines. The Irish Georgian table has witnessed

Australia. This oasis of opulence and eccentricity is a magnificent hosted rural

plenty of good jokes and laughter, robust debate, and new friendships. Weather

retreat, situated in the Clare Valley region on the way to the Flinders Ranges and

permitting, sundowners can be enjoyed on ‘Maslin’s Lookout’, which enjoys

on the edge of the outback.

panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and forest.

Although the hosts Malcolm & Marianne Booth have developed very grand

Visit the historic mining towns of Burra and Mintaro, bush walk along the

surroundings, the atmosphere is decidedly relaxed and informal, the perfect

Heyson and Mawson trails that traverse the stunning Bundaleer Forest. Try fly

environment in which to relax, unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures of life – a

fishing the Broughton River which contain numerous trophy trout. If you can’t

good meal, fresh air and good company.

be bothered exploring, stay in to be discreetly spoiled by your devoted hosts. This is an Australian country experience that has it all.

Guests have the use of the entire Homestead, including the formal Drawing Room and Library. The decoration in the Drawing Room has been designed around an original hand painted frieze over two columns set in a bay window which

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This morning, travel two hours north from Adelaide to North Bundaleer

contains two curved EF Troy lead-light windows picturing almond blossom, birds

Homestead. Situated on what was described by the early pioneers as some of

and butterflies. With an antique French Aubusson carpet, fine antiques, original

the best agricultural country in Australia on the way to the Flinders Ranges and

art works and oil paintings, French Rose marble fireplace, the room is elegant

the Southern Outback.

and feminine. The Library has more the atmosphere of a gentleman’s club, with William Morris wallpaper and curtain fabrics. The original wood graining of oak,

day 2

After a leisurely breakfast, you may choose to take a walk on the property at North Bundaleer with kangaroos and bird life in the natural Blue Gum environment,

bird’s eye maple and tortoiseshell compliments the antique mahogany partners’

or on the nearby Heysen and Mawson Trails. For some local touring, enjoy a

desk and oak break front bookcase, Ethiopian parchment paintings, antique

private wine tasting and tour at a Clare vineyard – there are many to choose from

prints and etchings. The Homestead contains a large and eclectic selection of

throughout the Valley. The historic mining town of Burra is only a short drive

over 2,000 books.

from Clare too. You can obtain a key from the Burra Information Centre to access the many heritage sites, and browse through antique, art & craft shops.

day 3

Free day at leisure before continuing your drive to your next destination.

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the richardson hotel, suites & spa

contemporary perth Conveniently located in West Perth, The Richardson Hotel, Suites & Spa, is just a short stroll away from exquisite King’s Park and Botanical Gardens, the CBD and the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Perth’s fashionable Subiaco. Renowned English architect Sir Terrence Farrell, has created a genuinely impressive five-star landmark of sixteen rooms and fifty-eight suites spread over nine levels, all equipped with every conceivable amenity to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay.

Elegant and contemporary, all rooms and suites have been furnished to create an ambience of warm familiarity, accentuated through the extensive use of beech wood, blended with the vibrant colors of original art works in each room.

Superb dining, cocktail bar, sensational indoor pool and gymnasium, combined with an entire floor devoted to the spa, complete this extraordinary urban oasis of calm and rejuvenation.

cape lodge Sitting in its own vineyard in the heart of Margaret River wine country, you will find one of Australia’s finest private boutique hotels. With a classical picture postcard setting on the banks of its own private lake, Cape Lodge is an intimate country estate, recently rated in Conde Nast Gold Travellers List “World’s Best 100 Hotels” and fourth in the world in “Best for Food” category. With its superb new restaurant featuring a 14,000 bottle, temperature controlled cellar stocked with premium back vintage Margaret River wines, Cape Lodge has gained numerous international accolades.

Positioned in the epicenter of this magnificent viticultural region, its neighbors include the great wineries of Vasse Felix, Moss Wood, Pierro and Cullen.

The extraordinary beauty of the area is striking, from its majestic Karri Forests and pristine beaches, to the rural mosaic of vineyards and dairy farming. Cape Lodge welcomes just forty guests into the estate, attracting those who are seeking a private, stylish and sophisticated retreat.

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the louise

a gourmet sanctuary amongst the vineyards The culinary arts abound at this highly regarded vineyard retreat. Set atop a gentle hill, The Louise Barossa Valley is surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines that produce some of Australia’s most significant wines. On-site restaurant Appellation is widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest regional dining destinations. Awarded Best Regional Restaurant South Australia 2007 (SA Food Awards) and 2008 (Australian Gourmet Traveller), Appellation showcases quality regional seasonal produce and a casually elegant dining experience.

The property has just 15 suites offering absolute luxury and inspired design, with sunrise or sunset vistas over the surrounding vineyards, private terraces, soft contemporary furnishings, spacious en suites with dual rain showers and

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spa tubs, individual espresso-makers and king beds with quality linens. Some suites include private gated courtyards, outdoor showers, fireplaces, Bose Wave

day 1

Transfer from Adelaide by car or helicopter to The Louise, luxury vineyard retreat, in the heart of Australia’s most famous wine region, the Barossa.

CD, and a second LCD TV in the en suite.

Explore the nearby premium wineries and countryside by car, or on

The Barossa is renowned as one of the world’s finest wine producing regions.

The Louise’s complimentary guest bicycles. Watch the sun set over the

Home to more than 100 wineries (over 60 with cellar doors), the Barossa

surrounding vineyards from your private guest terrace before a leisurely

is a vibrant community with a rich 150-year old European cultural and

dinner at award-winning on-site restaurant Appellation.

architectural heritage.

This compact valley is easily explored, with nearly every turn and vista yielding

day 2

Visit Penfolds Wines for a signature Barossa experience – blending your

unspoiled beauty and a sense of “place”. The Barossa is filled with pastoral

own wine. Under an exclusive arrangement for guests at The Louise, bring

roads winding through a region referred to by our owners as “having the charm

your blended wine back to Appellation, where our Executive Chef will

and ease of accessibility of Napa Valley thirty years ago.” Wine is undoubtedly

create a dish to be served as part of your signature tasting menu that

one of the main attractions of the Barossa which is home to some of the

is specifically paired with your wine. A ‘Most Brilliant Blend’. Fill the day

finest and best known shiraz wines in the world including Charles Melton,

with wineries, food, hiking, cycling, heritage and other attractions of the

Grant Burge, Greenock Creek, Henschke, Penfolds, Peter Lehmann, Rockford,


Seppelts, Two Hands, Torbreck, Turkey Flat and Yalumba, as well as a host of emerging boutique and artisan wine makers producing the next generation of

day 3

Revel in the early morning light and spectacular views from a hot-air

iconic wines. The central location of The Louise’s accommodation within the

balloon over the Barossa, or, with a private guide and driver, visit a nearby

Barossa assures that guests are ideally placed to take advantage of the delights

conservation park to enjoy a leisurely stroll and delicious picnic ‘Breakfast

of this very special region, just an hour from Adelaide.

with the Kangaroos’ before departing to your next destination.

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60 luxury superyacht charter



keri lee

luxury goes exploring One of the finest private superyachts available for charter in the Asia-Pacific region, KERI LEE is 43 meters of pure indulgence. A true thoroughbred of the Richmond Yachts stable, KERI LEE has seen no expense spared on her lavish furnishings with rich dark timbers, marble and fine fabrics used throughout.

Guest accommodation consists of a magnificent full-beam master stateroom on the main deck with adjoining office, his and hers en suite bathrooms, a spa bath and a steam room. A VIP stateroom with en suite on the upper deck boasts magnificent views from its elevated position. The lower deck is home to two additional queen staterooms with en suite and two twin staterooms with

on the aft deck is always a favorite for al fresco dining by day or night. In

en suite, allowing KERI LEE to accommodate up to a total of twelve guests in six

total, KERI LEE boasts four separate dining areas across four luxurious decks.

well-appointed staterooms.

An experienced and professional crew of eight ensure a genuine world-class experience for all guests.

A spacious saloon on the main deck (with separate formal dining area) provides sweeping views through large panoramic windows. The sprawling aft deck

With state-of-the-art navigation instruments, advanced communication systems,

flows down to a large swim platform, which is the scene for an endless array

and the latest in audio-visual equipment KERI LEE’s high-powered performance

of watersports activities enjoyed by charter guests. The onboard equipment list

provides the discerning traveler with the ultimate in comfort and style, whilst

is staggering and includes two high-powered custom tenders, two jet skis, sea

exploring the far-flung corners of the world. From her home port in Australia,

kayaks, ski and tow equipment, onboard scuba diving facilities, extensive fishing

KERI LEE’s endless search for exotic charter destinations may take her right

equipment, exercise equipment and a six-person Jacuzzi on the sun deck. The

across the globe to such places as SE Asia, South Pacific, Indian Ocean and even

upper deck contains a second interior lounge and bar area and a round table

as far as the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

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true north

go wild in style! North Star Cruises is one of the most unique adventure-cruise operators in the

vantage points including a sun deck, an observation lounge and a ship’s lounge/

world and the winner of numerous awards for excellence. The company offers

bar. Multiple expedition vessels take guests away in small groups to experience

activity based itineraries designed specifically for the discerning adventurer.

wilderness ‘up close’ and, the luxury of numerous tenders also means that everybody onboard gets to do “what they want, when they want”. And, the

All cruises are designed to allow passengers to ‘experience the destination’

True North is the only Kimberley vessel that features an onboard helicopter.

– daily activities include scenic walks, helicopter flights, fishing, snorkeling, culture, picnics, nature, diving, exploring and much more!

Cabins are spacious and feature modern décor, large en-suites, satellite telephones and in-cabin entertainment. Fine dining is also featured onboard

The True North features the ultimate in comfort and style. Passenger numbers

the True North.

are limited (36) and an Australian crew (20) provides personalized service. The ship is purpose built for accessing shallow river systems and offers several lavish papua new guinea

southern safari Adelaide-Ceduna-Adelaide




west coast explorer Perth – Dampier

rowley shoals



March exmouth

kimberley wilderness cruise Cruise 1 Broome – Wyndham


Cruise 2a Wyndham – Hunter River


Cruise 2b Hunter River – Broome


Cruise 3 Broome – Wyndham


perth adelaide


Cruise 4a Wyndham – Hunter River


Cruise 4b Hunter River – Broome


Cruise 5 Broome – Wyndham


Cruise 6 Wyndham – Broome


coral atoll cruise

Cruise 7 Broome – Wyndham


Broome-Rowley Shoals-Broome

Cruise 8 Wyndham – Broome


over the top

Cruise 9 Broome – Wyndham


Cruise 10 Wyndham – Broome


Cruise 11a Broome – Hunter River


Cruise 11b Hunter River – Wyndham


Cruise 12 Wyndham – Broome


Cairns-Papua New Guinea-Cairns





Cruise 13b Hunter River – Wyndham


sydney rocks

Cruise 14 Wyndham – Broome


Sydney-Hawkesbury River-Sydney

Cruise 13a Broome – Hunter River


Darwin – Nhulunbuy


Thursday Island – Cairns


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locations 1 Angorichina 2 Australian Coastal Safari 3 Australian Luxury Escapes


4 Both Feet 5 Bullo River 6 Burrawang West 7 The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa DARWIN

8 Cape Lodge


9 Capella Lodge

11 Double Island



10 Discovery Ecotours



12 Down Under by Appointment



13 Enterprise Charters 14 Exceptional Kangaroo Island


15 Faraway Bay


16 Haggerstone Island 17 Hidden Secrets 18 Islington Hotel 19 Keri-Lee 20 Lord’s Safaris


21 The Lyall Hotel & Spa

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22 Meringa Springs



23 Merrindie Mountain Retreat 24 Moonlight Head 25 North Bundaleer 26 Orpheus Island


27 Park Hyatt Sydney 28 Pepper Bush Adventures 29 Prairie Hotel 30 Private Butlers and Villas 31 qualia 32 The Richardson Hotel, Suites & Spa 33 Seabeeze 1770 34 The Sebel Reef House and Spa





35 Southern Ocean Lodge

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36 The Louise 37 True North 38 Voyages Bedarra Island


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4.15 2.2

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23, 45

17, 21



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Distance by land (Miles) adelaide uluru


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All distances are in Miles (1 mile = 1.61 kms)

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