Reviews /Explore Australia
On arrival into Sydney Airport we were met by our chauffer and driven in a private car to the very contemporary Park Hyatt hotel. Located at Circular Quay, the Park Hyatt offers spectacular views overlooking the Harbour and Sydney Opera House.
The following day we strolled down to the waterfront and climbed
aboard a magnificent yacht and set sail for Rose Bay, Watsons Bay,
Double Bay and the world-famous Bondi Beach. On board the yacht we
enjoyed afternoon tea and cakes and later in the evening, we had a
delicious meal at the Yacht Club.
Next we travelled to Wolgan Valley, surrounded by the stunning
Blue Mountains. The views completely took my breath away and from
the moment we arrived I felt completely relaxed.
During our time here we embarked on an exciting wildlife safari
in a luxury four-wheel drive jeep, driving over grassland and
across creeks. We saw plenty of wildlife, including kangaroos,
wallabies, wallaroos, birdlife and even an albino wallaby which was
unforgettable. After the safari we arrived back at the main
homestead and were greeted with a glass of Champagne and canapés
whilst watching the sunset from the Valley Bar. Wolgan Valley is a
calming, romantic setting and I would recommend it to honeymooners
or couples looking to spend some quality time together in beautiful
At Whitsunday Islands we spent one night at Qualia which is
simply out of this world. We were lucky enough to be staying in
their finest villa, villa number 6, from which the views were
The next day we took a boat transfer from Qualia over to Hayman
Island, once on board we enjoyed a glass of Champagne and light
snacks. The yacht was particularly luxurious, with both an upper
and lower deck. The upper deck was completely open so we could see
out to the vast ocean without our view being obstructed and I
caught my first glimpse of a humpback whale and its young migrating
south; as well as a dolphin pod and a bale of turtles. It was
incredible, I couldn't believe the size of the whales and to see
out of the water is a sight I will never forget.
Along the Gold Coast we had the pleasure of staying at the
Palazzo Versace which is absolutely 'the' place to be seen. Every
night we were left a different Versace gift, including incense,
chocolates and perfume. The longer we stayed at the hotel the more
extravagant the gifts became; I felt incredibly spoilt, like every
day was my birthday.
Whilst staying at the Palazzo we took a helicopter ride over the
Gold Coast, the view from being so high provides a unique
experience, each hotel below is shaped like a different marine
animal and the canals and waterways carve beautiful patterns across
the land. I even caught sight of a shark swimming around near the
At Port Fairy we spent the night at Oscars Waterfront, located
on the edge of the water, this beautiful building, French
provincial in style, has the appearance of an old manor house yet
was only constructed 25 years ago. It has an enchanting and
welcoming reception area and an impressive staircase leading up to
the first floor. The verandah overlooks the boardwalk and is the
perfect place to sit and enjoy breakfast whilst watching the river
yachts. In the evening we dined at Ramella's in Port Fairy town,
they serve the most exquisite Turkish cuisine which they prepare
fresh in front of you.
In Melbourne we took a private city tour and experienced
Melbourne's culture at its best, passing through the bustling
shopping arcades, the vibrant Queen Victoria Market and finishing
in China Town for lunch. In the afternoon we experienced the thrill
of being driving around Melbourne's Formula 1 racing track at
We were also lucky enough to take a drive along the Great Ocean
Road which was incredible, seeing the 12 apostles en route was the
highlight of the day for me and there were plenty of stopping bays
along the way to capture some extraordinary photographs.
Our last stop in the unique village of Daylesford took us to the
Lake House, a tranquil retreat with rooms available either with a
waterfront or lodge setting. The house is surrounded by astonishing
gardens inhabited by a number of different species of bird and wild
frog. The gardens extend down to the waters of Lake Daylesford and
provide immediate access to the lake shore and Wombat State Forest.
Whilst dining at the Lake House restaurant, we learned about how
all the ingredients are locally sourced and how the dishes are all
made from scratch.
All in all my trip to Australia was truely a once in a
life time adventure I will never forget.