After months in lockdown, we’re all feeling that itch to get out of our homes. Whether it’s to stretch our legs, finally eat a meal we didn’t cook ourselves or just have a change of scenery, it’s starting to become a close reality for many states. But COVID-19 hasn’t disappeared and we all need to keep up our social distancing. So, what better way to enjoy the easing of state restrictions safely than with a luxury “iso-holiday” - that is, one where you can relax without worrying about running into someone at every turn.
Our expert travel advisers around Australia have come up with their top picks for an “iso-holiday” in every state.
Karen Majsay at Low & James Travel Associates, NSW
Mount Mulligan Lodge is an exquisite property 2.5 hours drive inland from Cairns. It’s outback luxury at its very best!
Kylie Brumwell at Trendell & Turner Travel Associates, QLD
Spicers Canopy offers some amazing bush walks and their luxury glamping experience is beautiful. It’s the perfect experience to get outside and embrace nature, with a touch of comfort of course.
Kylie McFarlane at Trendell & Turner Travel Associates, QLD
Fitzroy Island is an unspoilt tropical paradise! The Great Barrier Reef surrounds the island, which hosts the stunning Fitzroy Island Resort.
Lolo Trendell at Trendell & Turner Travel Associates, QLD
Tangalooma is at the top of the list, with a long list of fun-filled activities perfect for the family - sand boarding, snorkeling, whale watching, dolphin feeding and clear-bottom kayaking.
Rae Martink at Ashmore & James Travel Associates, VIC
Sal Salis makes the perfect “iso-holiday” with luxury glamping situated on the secluded stretch of the Ningaloo Coast. It’s a very secluded location with only fifteen eco-luxe wilderness tents available.
Becky Kent-Perchalla at Perchalla & Turner Travel Associates, SA
You can bunker down in absolute luxury at The Frames with sweeping views of the mighty Murray River. Located in Paringa (pop 950) in the Riverland, it's lovely and peaceful yet accessible. As a special touch, we can arrange for a chef to come in and prepare a gourmet three course dinner made with local ingredients (no contact required) as you enjoy the heated pool/spa with a drink in hand - ideally a G&T made with the fabulous 23rd St Gin from just up the road.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Rae Martink at Ashmore & James Travel Associates, VIC & Rachael Heelan at Ross & Turner Travel Associates, QLD
One&Only Wolgan Valley is truly the epitome of Australian country luxury. From the suites and meals to the spa and experiences, it really is perfection from start to end.
Alison Lord at Travel Associates Turramurra, NSW & Jenni Davis at Davis & James Travel Associates
Spicers Sangoma Retreat is the ideal spot for a wintery getaway. You’ll be immersed in the bushland with some stunning views and a small number of beautiful, big, individually decorated rooms with wood fires where you can actually stop and hear the bird calls. The meals are also to die for!
Greg Ashmore at Ashmore & James Travel Associates, VIC
Lake House lies on the shores of beautiful Lake Daylesford. It’s a wonderful secluded escape, with stunning gardens to explore, an acclaimed spa and highly-awarded restaurant. You’re also on the doorstep of many Victorian wineries if you feel like going out to explore.
Alison Lord at Travel Associates Turramurra, NSW
Saffire, Freycinet is high on the list with only 20 private luxury suites, a day spa, incredible food and wildlife experiences positioned right in a fully protected national park and the acclaimed Wineglass Bay.
Gillian Woodley at Travel Associates Sandy Bay, TAS
Really stretch your legs, breathe in the fresh air of the mountains and sea and give your eyes a real treat on a four day Bay of Fires Walk, with everything you need included.
Pumphouse Point is truly astonishing. Choose from three buildings in secluded World Heritage listed Lake St Clair, one of which is exquisitely suspended right in the centre of the lake.
Rachael Heelan at Ross & Turner Travel Associates, QLD
Longitude 131° leaves you lost for words. There are only 15 luxury tented pavilions, each with a view to Uluru from the end of the bed, gathered around a campfire. The spa and food are almost as good as the view, and the cultural experiences will leave you with a deeper understanding and love for our country.
Jenni Davis at Davis & James Travel Associates, NSW
Wildman Wilderness Lodge is a small, eco-friendly property right on the edge of the Mary River. Wake up to the kangaroos outside in the dawn before heading out onto the river and through the wetlands teeming with incredible wildlife. The choices - to sit in the large outdoor lounge at sunset, have a dip in the infinity pool or take a leisurely dinner prepared with some of the finest local Australian produce.