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Barbecue

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Why We Love Australia

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Outback Luxury

The best way to enjoy the arid landscape of the iconic Red Centre that comprises Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is by helicopter – be on the lookout for wild camel sightings. Then get up close and immerse yourself in the ancient indigenous culture with an Aboriginal art class run by locals, before spending an evening wandering around the Field of Light, an internationally acclaimed art installation at the foot of Ayers Rock. For a multi-day adventure through the true outback, hike amongst the fiery-red mountains of Flinders Ranges by day, to then be greeted with the comforts of hot showers and a chef-prepared feast. Sleep in luxury under the light of the Milky Way by night.

Native Wildlife

Spot seal colonies, echidnas and koalas, among many other animals, as you make your way through the untouched wilderness that covers the aptly-named Kangaroo Island. Snorkelling is the best way to explore the Great Barrier Reef, which is home to more than 1,500 different species of fish that live amongst vibrant coral. Go on safari with a twist and get up close to crocodiles as you glide across the floodplains of Kakadu National Park in an airboat. Cassowaries and other tropical birds can be found in the Daintree Rainforest, David Attenborough’s favourite place on earth.

Surfers’ Paradise

The beaches that line Australia’s 25,000 kilometres of coastline are next to none. Set sail through the Whitsunday Islands, famed for its Whitehaven Beach, surf with dolphins in Byron Bay, or soak up the sun on the glistening white sands of Rottnest Island, where you may even find the odd quokka for company. Head to the pristine shores of Lord Howe Island for ultimate exclusivity, where slopes of towering green mountains plummet into a turquoise lagoon. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed on the island.

Beach Barbeques & Foodie Favourites

The cosmopolitan cities of Sydney and Melbourne are well known amongst foodies for their independent and quirky cafes. Enjoy brunch overlooking the famous Bondi Beach before hopping in a seaplane to nearby Hawkesbury River for dinner at Cottage Point Inn. Take flight in a hot air balloon at sunrise to admire the immaculate network of wineries that make up the Barossa Valley, finishing off with a glass of some of Australia’s finest wine, right in the vineyard. 

Jade & Andy

Our daughter is at university in Melbourne for a year so we wanted to visit her. We haven’t really thought about visiting Australia before but we’re so glad we had a reason to travel all that way. Three weeks seems like such a long time away, but we packed it full of so many amazing experiences that it went by before we knew it. Now we’re hooked and planning our next trip as want to visit the Outback with her while she’s still Down Under!

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