Australian Traveller's 100 Ways to Holiday Here

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Let's support local businesses crying out for visitors, swim in our world-famous reefs, eat at award-winning restaurants, photograph our iconic landmarks normally swarming with tourists and experience true outback Australia. Because right now, for maybe the only time in our lives, we've got Australia exclusively to ourselves

We've partnered with Australian Traveller's 100 Ways to Holiday Here This Year special edition. And we do mean special. Not only that, we've combed through its pages and chosen our pick of the list, highlighting the ones that we think you will love the most

Our team is ready and waiting to design a beautiful Australian holiday experience just for you, so please reach out and start exploring again.

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- Counting down our Top 10 -

Sal Salis
Sail and Stay at Ningaloo Reef
Swim alongside gentle giants, the whale shark, amongst 500 fish species, turtles and coral life on the Western Australian coastline. The best place to enjoy the breathtaking experiences in the water and on land is with a stay at Sal Salis. This luxury glamping experience offers 15 exclusive tents fitted with hard floors, a comfortable bed, an eco-ensuite and sun-heated shower positioned on the sandy coastline. You'll feel so connected to nature, with the reef just steps from your tent, while still enjoying all of the luxury comforts you'd expect from a hotel stay. |
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Kangaroo Island
Return to the Island
Kangaroo Island has survived and thrived after the summer bushfires, maintaining its highly sought-after wilderness experiences. The islands inhabitants (and no, we're not talking about people) frolic freely along the islands impeccable coastline and native bushland. It's almost too easy to spot kangaroos, sea lions, koalas, echidnas, goannas, and marine mammals. Local famed produce like honey, olives and wine are ever-present at nearby cafes and restaurants. There truly is so much to explore, and Sea Dragon Lodge has magnificently captured the island's soul in its location - encompassing a private beach, nature views and wildlife on your doorstep. |
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"Kangaroo Island has become a world class tourism destination. Their produce is spectacular, from the freshwater marron to the sticky and delicious honey from the purest Liguarian bee colony in the world."

- Becky Kent-Perchalla at Perchalla & Turner Travel Associates, Hyde Park, SA
 

Berkeley River Lodge
Indulge in the luxury of time and space on the Kimberley Coast
Switch-off in one of Australia's most remote luxury experiences at Berkeley River Lodge, located on the Kimberley Coast. Only accessible by air, the lodge accurately depicts its offering as 'barefoot luxury'. That is, you can still enjoy high-grade comfort, but also enjoy the luxury of going 'off-grid'. Each of the villas reside on coastal dunes with enchanting views of the Timor Sea from your private balcony. Spend your days fishing, hiking or join a thrilling 4WD tour. Or simply lounge by the pool watching the sunset over the water. Lose track of time as you immerse yourself in the world of Berkeley. |
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Whitsundays
Chase your own bliss in the Whitsundays
Picture swaying palm trees, golden sand and aquamarine waters; with a collection of 74 tropical islands, there are so many ways to experience the beauty of the Whitsundays. And with so many islands to choose from, there are so many ways to experience the beauty of the Whitsundays. Hamilton Island is the largest of the Whitsundays and home to world-class luxury resort, qualia. There's the newly renovated private Hayman Island. Elysian Retreat, Long Island is the first 100% solar-powered resort, secluded on private 3-acre patch. Then there are the not-so-conventional experiences like camping on the famous Whitehaven Beach or renting a private yacht to sail the Whitsundays at your own pace. |
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"By either chartering your own or having a fully equipped crew, cruising the Whitsundays is a magical adventure to an untouched and tranquil part of the world. Spend your days swimming in the ocean and lazing in the sun, before dropping anchor in a new spot every afternoon to watch the sunset and stars come out across the blanketed clear skies."

- Jo Kennedy at Kennedy & Turner Travel Associates, Chelmer, QLD

Longitude 131
Plug into Uluru
There is arguably no better place to connect with our history, land and Aboriginal culture than in Australia's spiritual heart of Uluru - where you might be surprised by the memorable and culturally immersive experiences on offer. Gaze upon a sea of twinkling lights at the Field of Light art display. Explore the Aboriginal culture with a taste of some authentic bush tucker and tours that share insights into Dreamtime. Treat yourself to refined experience, like an Operatic performance by Opera Australia or the exclusive Tali Wiru dune-top dinner. You can even opt to stay in luxury, and awake each morning with privileged views of Uluru, afforded from the comfort of your bed from your luxury pavilion at Longitude 131°. |
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"Seeing Uluru is a necessity for all Australians. The peace and awe you feel is truly magical. Staying at Longitude 131° is a unique and luxurious privilege and watching the sunrise over Uluru from bed is something I'll never forget!"

- Kylie Brumwell at Trendell & Turner Travel Associates, Manly, QLD
 

Great Southern
Jump aboard Australia's new iconic rail journey
There's a new way to explore Australia, and even though the itinerary is new, the journey a classic. Joining the ranks of Australia's great rail journeys, Journey Beyond are introducing Great Southern - a classic three-day rail journey from Queensland to South Australia and vice versa. The Adelaide to Brisbane stint will take you through Victoria's Grampaigns region, culture-rich Canberra and laid-back beachy towns like Coffs Harbour. The Brisbane to Adelaide journey will explore New South Wales's Hunter Valley, Newcastle and coast along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. On board, you can expect the same golden-era-of-travel-style experiences as passengers on the The Ghan and Indian Pacific are accustom to: fine wining and dining and world-class hospitality. |
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Cradle Mountain Lodge
Rediscover Cradle Mountain Lodge
The World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is one of Tasmania's most untouched regions filled with impressive mountains with ragged peaks and picturesque lakes. Explore the national park with over 20 self-guided walking tracks ranging from a gentle meander, to the Cradle Mountain Summit hike. You may even encounter some local furry little creatures who call this natural environment home. Guests needn't worry about where to stay to explore this magical area. Enjoy the immense privilege of being among unspoilt nature without forgoing luxury comforts at Cradle Mountain Lodge, conveniently located right on the doorstep of the national park. |
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"Luxury in nature is how I would describe Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. Imagine soaking in your private hot tub amongst the forest canopy and watching wombats lazily stroll around the grounds. There are many walking trails from the property; and after a day of exploring you can take a seat in the restaurant to experience some amazing local cuisine!"

- Danielle Lodge at Chirn Park Travel Associates, Chirn Park, QLD
 

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Valley of Plenty
Hidden within the eucalypt forests of the Greater Blue Mountains, lies a conservation-based luxury resort. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley operates as a carbon-free retreat without sacrificing on luxury and the finer touches. The prime location allows guests to explore the local wildlife, ride horseback through nature or enjoy a peaceful stroll. They even offer guests the opportunity to partake in conservation work. But, if you're the kind of traveller who opts for a more relaxed and pampered experience, then enjoy some R&R in your private pool with an organic spa treatment. Top it off with fine dining on seasonal fare and this see mingling unpronounced lodge becomes your haven. |
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"Its unique setting is so peaceful and relaxing. The luxurious rooms are well appointed and truly the most comfortable beds I’ve slept in. You can watch the kangaroos and wombats wander by from your indoor pool or private verandah. The food is absolutely delicious with wonderful service to match."

- Michael Lewis at Lewis & Turner Travel Associates, North Adelaide, SA
 

Spicers Peak Lodge
Finding Camelot
The Scenic Rim is one of Queensland's best kept secrets located in the Gold Coast hinterland. The land makes for ideal farming opportunities including Summer Land Camel Farm where they produce organic products like milk, cheese and yoghurt. Continue your cheese high with award-winning Ewe cheese at Towri Sheep Cheesery. Complete your culinary adventures with a meal at the Spicers Peak Lodge chef-hatted restaurant, where once your belly is full, you can retire to your room and let the sounds of nature cradle you into slumber. |
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"Spicers Peak Lodge is best described as understated elegance. This divine property is best enjoyed in the cooler months, where you can wake to frosty wilderness outside, but feel warm and cosy inside the lodge with a log fireplace. Once the weather warms up, you can explore the bush walks (suitable for all fitness levels) and even mountain biking those more adventurous."

- Lolo Trendell at Trendell & Turner Travel Associates, Manly, QLD
 

Spicers Peak Lodge
Upgrade your cellar door experience
Australia produces some spectacular wines (as well as a lot of wine lovers to help enjoy them). And it's certainly hard to pick just one standout region where you can enjoy every delicious drop. Whether you love a deep red Shiraz, a dry Reisling or a bit of everything, there's a winery in Australia with your name on it. In South Australia, try the famous reds of the Barossa with a tour and tasting at Penfolds or Seppeltsfield, complete with a luxury stay nearby. Explore the Hunter Valley with a luxury stay at Spicers Vineyard Estate including a tour and tasting at the Sacred Sites vineyards. Then there's the Margaret River region - tour the Margaret River's Vasse Feliz winery and experience a three course lunch with wine pairings, followed by a stay in a luxury hotel. |
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