Home to some of the most iconic natural landmarks in the world, Australia is the ultimate playground for nature lovers. Explore the enthralling aboriginal lore of Uluru in the outback, marvel at the rainbow of colours in the Great Barrier Reef or find peace and serenity in Freycinet National Park. Which Australian landmark will you explore next?
Arguably the most famous of Australia’s landmarks is the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Stretching across over 1,600 miles on the North East Coast is this spectacular collection of colourful reefs teeming with breath-taking marine life and surrounded by unspoilt picture perfect islands.
Comprising of just 14 rooms and suites, this intimate private island resort offers the most unique experiences for those seeking adventure, and a place of serenity for those wanting something more relaxing. Each stay is all inclusive with three delicious gourmet meals prepared each day, use of water sports equipment and a daily Orpheus experience. Dive into one of the local reef sites for close-up encounters with 1,100 species of fish, or for spectacular panoramas of the reefs from above, venture on a helicopter ride followed by a sand cay picnic.
Situated deep in the outback of Australia sits The UNESCO World Heritage site, Uluru also known as Ayres Rock. This huge sandstone formation, which is thought to have started developing approximately 500 million years ago, has long been held sacred by the indigenous people of Australia. Visit between May and September to experience the more vibrant colours of the rocks and enjoy the surrounding simple pleasures including waterfalls, plants and animals that inhabit the area.
Uninterrupted views of this spiritual site are provided at Longitude 131, a collection of tented pavilions which boasts contemporary furnishings, a fireplace, and a bespoke kit for a slumber in the open air – this is glamping at its absolute finest. Uncover the rich aboriginal origins of this monolith with a guided sunset walk at the base of Uluru or an early morning expedition. Indulge in a gastronomic experience like no other at Table 131 for a sumptuous dinner under a blanket of glistening stars.
Australia’s third largest island is sanctuary to a hub of wildlife; catch a glimpse of bottle nose dolphins as they jump through the rippling ocean, watch on in awe as pelicans soar through the sky and spot Australia’s natives, koalas and kangaroos in their natural habitat. Towering cliffs, verdant bushland and pristine white beaches are all guaranteed at this nature-lovers’ paradise.
Floor to ceiling glass walls provide jaw droppings vistas of Australia’s Galapagos at Southern Ocean Lodge. Tailored nature-based expeditions await those wanting a deeper connection with Australia’s finest wildlife. Enjoy “Booze and Roos” – sunset canapés surrounded by dozens of kangaroos– get a closer look at endangered sea lions at Seal Bay or visit Remarkable Rocks during twilight at Flinders Chase National Park. Adventure also awaits the taste buds with decadent dining options fused with local flavour, topped off with complimentary wine from the walk-in cellar.
On the border of Sydney’s metropolitan hub lies Blue Mountains. Expect dramatic rugged scenery, scattered villages, gushing waterfalls and steep cliffs. Take a drive through the range and watch as the rocks take on a blue tinge from scattered light particles throughout the day. This craggy outcrop is also home to the infamous Three Sisters rock formations which tower majestically over the Jamison Valley.
Experience the infamous Wolgan Valley on horseback through river crossings, open grasslands and enchanting woodlands. For a real taste of the Australian Bush enjoy the sheer landscapes with a guided hike to uncover more of the region’s rich cultural heritage. Archery, mountain biking, a wildlife safari, stargazing and a campfire all provide an enriching Australian experience. After a day of non-stop adventure, opt for a rejuvenating spa treatment using only natural and chemical free ingredients.
Secluded bays, thriving birdlife and pink granite peaks beckon at Freycinet National Park located on the east coast of Tasmania. Scuba dive to explore life below the shore, hike through the mountainous trails or camp overnight to be at one with nature. A visit to one of the best beaches in the world at the secluded Wineglass Bay is a must, to watch on as the sun sets over this tiny island.
Featuring 20 luxurious suites, a spa and a guest lounge and bar, this surprisingly remote lodge blends unique interiors with the nature that surrounds it. Food and drink takes centre stage at Saffire Freycinet: head to Oyster Farm, pull on a pair of wellies and get stuck in and learn how Oysters are harvested followed by a fresh shucking class and a glass of Champagne. Learn the art of wine making and indulge in some of Tasmania’s finest. For the ultimate foodie experience, watch as one of the chefs prepares a delicious dish using local produce. You might come for the thriving wildlife and beauty of the natural landscapes, but you’ll stay for the food.