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Backroads Australia & New Zealand is an innovative inbound tour operator and destination management company with over 20 years experience in creating unique and bespoke itineraries for local and international travellers. Backroads invites you to see parts of Australia that only locals can show you. Our team have personally travelled all over Australia and are in a unique position to make your itineraries stand out amongst the rest.
Over the years we have built strong working relationships with suppliers throughout the county. If you’re wanting to get close to nature and swim with reef turtles in the Great Barrier Reef, learn more about the world’s oldest Indigenous culture in the Northern Territory or visit an 800,000-year-old fossil cave, we have the perfect itinerary to make your time down under memorable.

7 Day Ultimate Whitsundays Reef Adventure

Relax in paradise with five nights on Hamilton Island, one magical night in Australia’s first underwater hotel and have a front row seat to the dazzling underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef and journey by helicopter to the world-famous Heart Reef.

5 Day Hamilton Island Getaway

A sensational way to experience one of the seven natural wonders of the world, this package includes four nights’ accommodation on Hamilton Island, and a full day exploring all the colour and vibrancy of the reef with Cruise Whitsundays to Reefworld.

3 Day Hunter Valley Weekend Getaway

Enjoy a relaxed self-paced journey to your luxury accommodation at one of four prestigious property options in the centre of wine country. Indulge and sample the wines of the region on the included tour.

3 Nights Classic Uluru at Longitude 131°

Experience 3 nights at the ultra-luxury Longitude 131° at the gateway to the dual World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This all-inclusive luxury three nights stay and waking up with views of Uluru outside your window is an experience you will never forget.

3 Day Jervis Bay Bush Retreat Getaway

Experience 3 days of a bush luxury retreat at the Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay. Your getaway offers a unique blend of fine food and wine, cosy canvas accommodation and a peaceful bush setting as well as a chance to see Dolphins and Whales in the crystal clear waters of Jervis Bay.

The Ghan

Journey across the heart of Australia with Australia's most iconic train. The Ghan offers more than just a transit between Adelaide to Darwin, It is unquestionably the most comfortable way to see the beautiful wilderness of Australia’s Red Centre.

7 Day Reef & Rainforest

Experience two World Heritage-listed locations in style and comfort on this 7-day luxury Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Daintree rainforest package.

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There is always a good time to visit

AUSTRALIA SEASONS

Spring in Australia

September to November is the perfect time to visit the Whitsundays or catch Humpback Whales as they move move through the Great Barrier Reef.

Autumn in Australia

March to May heralds Australia’s autumn and the Adelaide Hills are bursting with colour or sip some of Australia's finest wines at Margaret River in Western Australia.

Summer in Australia

December to February is a great time to get outdoors. Take a dip at Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach or try horse riding in Victoria's high country.

Winter in Australia

June to August is when temperatures drop and perfect for skiing on Australia’s famous Snowy Mountains or escape the winter and go north to the Great Barrier Reef and see what the world is raving about.

Wet Season | Tropical Australia

December to March is the wet season, which is hot and humid with daily rainstorms. See waterfalls thunder through Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks or fly over Katherine Gorge when its water levels are highest.

Dry Season | Tropical Australia

May to October has clear blue skies and sunny days. Darwin's Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are something not to be missed.

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NEW ZEALAND SEASONS

Spring in New Zealand

September to November the Southern Alps and mountains are majestic with their snow covering. For adventure seekers, this is a great time for white water rafting, as the mountain snows start melting.

Autumn in New Zealand

March to May is a time of spectacular changes in colours, this is especially the case in Wanaka and the Otago region in the South Island

Summer in New Zealand

December to February, has the advantage of the best overall weather. NZ is one of the world’s road trip meccas and summer is the perfect time to hit the open roads.

Winter in New Zealand

June to August is when New Zealand turns up the fun on the South Island with great skiing at Queenstown or keep yourself warm in the North Island at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.

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HOTEL INFORMATION

Beach Club

Resort Drive, 4803 Hamilton Island, Australia

Boasting an infinity pool and a private beach area, this resort offers adult only, beachfront accommodations with free WiFi and free airport/hotel transfers. Each room has a private balcony with stunning Coral Sea views.

Surrounded by tropical gardens, Beach Club offers a free chauffeur service to take guests around Hamilton Island. Guests can make use of the free water sports equipment, including windsurfing and snorkeling.

Overlooking the palm-fringed pool, Beach Club Restaurant offers à la carte dining and creative cocktails. There are also a number of restaurants within a 5-minute walk.

Why you’ll love Beach Club resort:

Peaceful, boutique vibe
Choose from 57 luxurious and beautifully-furnished rooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, choice of king or twin-single beds, and private terrace or balcony.

Romantic, private dining
Beach Club offers the private Beach Club restaurant and lounge – for secluded beachside dining.  You’ll also enjoy a complimentary à la carte breakfast every morning.

Pure relaxation
Take a dip in the infinity-edge pool (heated in winter) and enjoy direct access to Catseye Beach.

Deluxe pampering
Choose from a whole array of treatments at the island’s Spa wumurdaylin, or Island Hair and Beauty.

Convenience and entertainment
While you’ll feel a million miles away from everyday life at Beach Club, you can still connect whenever you need to, with WIFI in your room and at various locations around the island. There is also a surround-sound TV in every Beach Club room.

Endless fun and fitness
When you’re finished lounging, you can make the most of complimentary access to all (non-motorised) sports equipment, including catamarans, paddle boards, kayak hire, windsurfers and snorkelling equipment, and use of the island’s gym, spa, sauna and tennis court hire. 

Non Smoking
Please note that the Beach Club resort and all of its facilities are non smoking; with two designated smoking areas located on the ground floor.

For adults only
Beach Club is exclusively for guests aged 18 or over.

Room

Beach Club Room

Facing directly onto Catseye Beach, each Beach Club Room offers magnificent sea views and VIP service, with relaxed, contemporary beach house style.

Why you’ll love our Beach Club rooms:

  • Beach Club is exclusively for guests aged 18 or over.
  • The spacious bathroom with rain shower, freestanding bath and double vanity.
  • Your own, private terrace, with gorgeous palm-fringed ocean views over the Coral Sea.
  • Fresh, breezy, contemporary style, with an abundance of air and natural light.
  • Direct access from Beach Club onto the white sands of Catseye Beach.
  • The couples-only environment, for pure peace and quiet.
  • Access to the private, infinity-edge pool that’s heated in winter, so can be enjoyed all year round.
  • Spacious, elegant rooms with a choice of king or twin single beds.
  • Complimentary WIFI and surround-sound TV. 
 
What is included?

  • A la carte breakfast daily
  • VIP return Hamilton Island Airport/Marina transfers
  • VIP point to point chauffeur service
  • Use of catamarans, windsurfers, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and snorkelling equipment
  • Use of the Beach Club lounge, pool and restaurant
  • Use of gym, spa, sauna & tennis court hire
  • FREE wireless internet

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Bamurru Plains

Mary River Flood Plain, 0800 Point Stuart, Australia

Located to the west of Kakadu National Park on the Mary River floodplains, Bamurru Plains is a unique bush camp teeming with bird and animal life. It offers bungalows set amongst native bushland. Guests can enjoy river cruises, 4WD tours and safaris nearby.

During the heat of the day, guests can enjoy the cooling waters of the infinity pool, or relax on the deck. A chef is available to cook delicious meals prepared with local ingredients. The bar is open all day so you can enjoy a crisp white wine, a gin and tonic or sparkling water whenever you wish.

Each bungalow is built on stilts overlooking the floodplains frequented by bird and animal life. Rooms include a cold water thermos, reading material on the local flora and fauna, a species list and binoculars so you can appreciate the wildlife around you. Organic cotton bedding and a pillow menu are provided for maximum comfort.

All meals served in the lodge building are wholesome and often made from fresh local produce. They are shared communally with guests, guides and hosts in an informal setting.

Bamurru Plains is a 25-minute flight or a 3-hour drive from Darwin and 2.5 hours’ drive west of Jabiru in Kakadu National Park.

RoomS

Bamurru is built amongst the savannah bush fringing the floodplains to provide a high level of comfort whilst giving guests unobstructed views of the surrounding wetlands and their teeming populations of birds and animals.

This beautiful wilderness region of over 300 square kilometres is shared by about 20 guests. The main lodge provides an oasis of tropical calm in the midst of a noisy wildlife spectacle; comfortable wicker sofas; a well stocked library offers a collection of reference books on the Top End and Australia’s natural heritage. During the heat of the day the cooling waters of the infinity pool beckon and later the lodge deck is the ideal place to watch wildlife graze through the camp. An expert chef conjures up delicious meals, peppered with local ingredients. Anytime of the day you can help yourself to a cold drink from the bar – be it a crisp white wine, a gin and tonic or sparkling water – best enjoyed with one of Bamurru’s spectacular sunsets.

Kingfisher Suite

Our largest safari bungalow is the Kingfisher Suite with expansive floodplain views through Bamurru’s trademark ceiling to floor mesh walls. It really does feel as if you are right amongst it with an intimate sense of connection to the wildlife and wilderness outside.

With 81m2 space in the bedroom alone, the suite features a king size bed, generous lounge area and space to accommodate a family of five in comfort. For honeymooners looking for a sense of privacy, the size of the Kingfisher Suite allows for an intimate in-room candlelit dinner with only the sounds of the bush as company. 

The bathroom features twin basins and showers, within a décor of rustic chic timber and recycled corrugated walls, utterly in tune with the environment and pastoral heritage of the area. For maximum exposure (and only the local Agile Wallabies as company) the suite also offers a shower with full ceiling to floor views across the floodplain and surrounding paperbark forests. 

Safari Bungalows

Spacious and cool, each of the nine safari bungalows are built on stilts overlooking the floodplains frequented by a myriad of bird and animal life. Mesh screens serve as your walls on three sides of your Safari Bungalow. Being surrounded by semi-transparent screens provides an experience in which you can hear, see and almost touch the wildlife and wilderness around you. The alarm clock in the morning is the call of Magpie Geese, after whom the camp is named, as the orange light of dawn spreads across the floodplain, all is audible and visible without having to leave your bed!

The focus is on a supremely comfortable bed (organic cotton linen, pillow menu) and a spacious ensuite bathroom with high pressure showers. In addition to corrugated iron and lantern lighting, the bungalow décor reflects the region’s earlier indigenous, hunting and pastoral history with buffalo horns, explorer’s maps, Aboriginal art work and fish traps as well as old photos providing a sense of the human heritage of the area. Each room has a cold water thermos, local flora and fauna reading materials and species list.

You won’t find a television, CD player, mini bar or even mobile phone reception here – a true escape to your immediate environment. At night, the only sound is the meanderings of marsupials in the foliage and the croak of frogs.f

Experiences

The wildlife on show at Bamurru Plains is some of the most impressive in Australia. Our guides will reveal it to you on fascinating excursions across the property.

Bamurru has over 300 square kilometres of private concession to be explored by just a few lucky guests. So large is the property that there are four distinct habitats – floodplains and wetlands full of magpie geese and big crocs; stunning melaleuca forests, savannah woodlands where you might bump into brumbies, buffalo, dingos and wallabies; and finally a riverine environment where the silver flashes of fish or sunbathing crocs will catch your eye as you cruise slowly by.

Our expert field guides are the key to unlocking Bamurru’s wild secrets when you explore the property via airboat, open top safari drive, walks, quad bikes and more. Many of the activities below are inclusive in our

AIRBOAT SAFARIS

Bamurru’s signature experience is a thrilling ride across the floodplains by airboat. This wildlife-packed journey takes you from wide open grasslands to a lagoon surrounded by peeling paper bark trees. Feel the rush as you skim the surface at speed then float in silence listening to the sound of nothing but the bush.

BIRDING

The Mary River catchment is home to some 236 species of bird, many of which are found at Bamurru Plains. The significance of this particular property comes in the variety of habitat: black soil floodplains, paperbark swamps, savannah woodland, river mangroves and coastal beaches support an extraordinary diversity of birdlife. For serious birders we can arrange for private experiences with ornithologists who specialise in this region of Australia.

OPEN TOP GAME DRIVES

One of the best ways to see the variety of wildlife that teems here is on an open-top game drive, more akin to an African safari across the savannah. You’ll see agile wallabies, estuarine crocodiles, wild horses, buffalo’s and some of the 236 bird species on the property.

GUIDED WALKS

A guided walking safari at Bamurru is the perfect antidote to a busy life. You’re compelled to slow down and absorb the sights and sounds of the bush, understanding how every element has its place. At this pace, nature has a way of showing you what’s important.

THE HIDE

Raised six metres above the ground in the tree canopy overlooking the Mary River floodplain, The Hide is the ultimate eyrie from which birdlife and other wildlife can be observed undisturbed in their natural habitat. The Hide gives guests a unique perspective on this fragile environment.

QUAD BIKE TOURS

Criss-crossing between floodplain savannah, monsoonal forests and dry, open areas dotted with termite mounds alongside buffalo and brumbies, explore Bamurru from the wheel of your own quad bike.

KAKADU DAY EXCURSION

Just a short hop by light aircraft across the river systems that separate Bamurru Plains from Kakadu brings you to the heart of this country. Rock art galleries reveal stories of Aboriginal people and their ancient culture. Textures of colours, vistas across savannah woodlands and floodplains provide a sense of the spirituality of this ancient landscape.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Bamurru’s abundance of bird and wildlife, sweeping vistas and stunning sunrises and sunsets offer both the novice and experienced photographers first-class opportunities to take magical photographs. At certain times of the year we run specific photography courses.

BARRAMUNDI FISHING

In the wet, the Mary River floodplains are full of water and Barra, as are the creeks of the Mary River System which adjoin Bamurru Plains. The highlight for any fisherman at Bamurru however, is fishing out on the floodplains by airboat.

DISCONNECT

While technically not a real activity, some of our guests prefer to do absolutely nothing. The best bit is that the wildlife will come to you.  Watch hundreds of birds take flight from around the infinity-edge pool, see buffalo roam and Agile wallabies hop past your bungalow as you wake to sounds of thousands of Magpie Geese. If all you want to do is switch off, chill out and get away from the hustle and bustle of life then Bamurru is one of the best places in the world to do it.

RIVER CRUISES

Our relaxing river cruise takes you for a meander along the Sampan Creek, home to countless crocodiles and even more birds. This riverine habitat showcases different scenery and wildlife to elsewhere on the property, with mangroves lining the banks of the creek and the occasional barra leaping out of the water.

Food and Wine

After you’ve woken to the laugh of a blue-winged kookaburra, the soundtrack of the corellas’ cacophony and the chorus of thousands of magpie geese, enjoy a light breakfast such as freshly baked wild berry & wattle seed muffins, ‘bush eggs’ any style on sourdough with bacon, tomato, warrigal green & kutjera relish or house blend bircher museli with Manuka honey, bush apple and a dollop of vanilla bean yoghurt.

Lunch is generally served on the wildlife observation deck overlooking the floodplains, where you might enjoy citrus and fennel warm chicken salad with roasted macadamia nuts while watching a changing cast of birds, brumbies, buffalo and wallabies.

Canapés and sundowners are enjoyed out in the wilderness during your afternoon activity or on the lodge deck just before dinner. 

Nightly, a three-course dinner hosted by one of your field guides is served at the long timber dining table as frogs break into a croaky serenade. The menu features Australian bush-inspired recipes. Watch our chef create his favourite bush spiced duck confit in the open kitchen from the dinner table.

Guests can help themselves to drinks at any time from the self-service bar offering a variety of refreshments, including an after dinner tipple for those so inclined. 

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Daintree Ecolodge

20 Daintree Road, 4873 Daintree, Australia

This unique boutique accommodation is nestled in the heart of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and offers 15 eco-friendly ‘bayans’ (treehouses) immersed in the canopy. Boasting majestic Bull Kauri trees, a private waterfall and dedicated walks.

The Daintree Ecolodge is the perfect destination to reconnect with nature and the people you love. Believed to be over 180 million years old, and the oldest tropical lowland rainforest on Earth, the Daintree Rainforest is a rare jewel in the crown of Mother Nature, where lush tropical rainforest meets sweeping white sand beaches and fringing coral reefs.

The Ecolodge features a main lodge with a bar, a rainforest restaurant and dining area overlooking the onsite lagoon, the Daintree Wellness Spa, an inviting swimming pool, private and pristine onsite waterfall and swimming hole and a multitude of quiet areas amongst the lush tropical rainforest to relax and unwind.

Fresh, clean water from the purest source combined with organic, healthy foods guarantee an uplifting and sustainable getaway.

RoomS

The Daintree is a truly unique location and all of our bayans (treehouses) are nestled amongst the canopy of the world’s oldest living rainforest.

Each of the eco-luxury bayans embrace the rainforest surrounds with an open plan setting and micro-screened balconies to ensure you feel as close to nature as possible whilst still being able to enjoy the comforts of a boutique hotel offering.

All stays at Daintree Ecolodge include a gourmet á la carte breakfast prepared by our team of highly skilled chefs using seasonal produce sourced from the onsite vegetable garden and the surrounding region of Port Douglas.

No TV or Wi-Fi in the bayans ensures you’ll see and hear the sounds of nature, creating an unforgettable rainforest encounter.

RAINFOREST BAYAN

The three Rainforest Bayans are set closer to the rainforest floor amidst the ancient emerald vines and offer an ideal retreat for those seeking solitude or a romantic escape. Featuring a freestanding black bathtub on a private enclosed balcony overlooking the kaleidoscope of unique flora and fauna, the Rainforest Bayans allow guests to surrender to the soothing rainforest and sounds of the jungle with luxe creature comforts.

Room Size: 46sqm
King bed & rollaway available to accommodate additional guest

SERVICE AND AMENITIES

  • King size bed
  • Private outdoor bath
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Linen, towel and bathrobes
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Mini bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Screened balcony

CANOPY BAYAN

As the name suggests, the Canopy Bayans are situated high in the lush fronds of the Daintree Rainforest offering uninterrupted views of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. This treehouse-style accommodation features a spacious bedroom and a screened balcony with daybed – perfect for lazy days reading or just listening to the sounds that surround you. Access via stairs.

Room Size: 46sqm
King bed & rollaway available to accommodate additional guest
 
SERVICE AND AMENITIES:
 
  • King size bed
  • Daybed
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Linen, towel and bathrobes
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Mini bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Screened balcony

LAGOON BAYAN

Nestled high in the rainforest canopy and overlooking the onsite lily pad-strewn lagoon and Julaymba Restaurant, the five Lagoon Bayans are ideal for guests wishing to explore and discover the beauty and diversity of the region by day. Relax amongst the muted colours and natural tones whilst enjoying the soft, dappled sunlight that shines through the private screened balcony.

Room Size: 46sqm
King bed & rollaway available to accommodate additional guest

SERVICE AND AMENITIES

  • King size bed
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Linen, towel and bathrobes
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Mini bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious bedroom and screened balcony

Sustainability

At the Daintree Ecolodge we are continuously expanding our efforts to tackle these issues by focusing on the goals where we think we can have the most impact.f

  • Daintree Ecolodge is partially powered by solar panels. It is a carbon neutral property with Greenfleet offsetting, meaning all carbon emissions are compensated for by funding native reforestation projects
  • Recycling all materials where possible and constantly exploring ways to improve on this
  • Daintree Ecolodge donates $50 per guest stay to the Morris Family Foundation Reef Keepers Fund, supporting projects that protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Keepers Fund has funded research and protection initiatives run by organisations such as James Cook University, World Wildlife Fund and the Australian Marine Conservation Society
  • Toxic free cleaning – we use eWater as a cleaning product instead of harsh cleaning chemicals
  • We plant trees – our partnership with Rainforest Rescue allows us to assist in the reforestation of areas of the Daintree Rainforest that have been impacted by human development
  • A biocycle waste water treatment plant that allows 100% of the water to be recycled and used for irrigation and watering
  • An on-site herb and veggie patch which provides our chefs with a constant supply of fresh produce for guest meals
  • All organic waste from the kitchen is composted or fed to local livestock
  • We minimise the use of single-use plastics and packaging throughout the property, kitchen, restaurant and rooms
  • The removal of single use in-room personal products to reduce excess plastic waste. We are constantly on the lookout to reduce this further. One way we have recently put this into action is through the introduction of washable slippers, made from 100% recyclable materials
  • We provide stainless steel water bottles and ceramic keep cups as an environmentally friendly alternative for plastic water bottles and takeaway cups
  • Daintree Ecolodge supports the anti-straw movement to help clean up our oceans. Paper straws are available upon request
  • Supporting the Australian Marine Conservation Society in their ‘Good Fish Project’, that promotes sustainable consumption of Australian seafood
  • Our minibars are made-to-order, using products that are prepared in house or locally sourced. This aims to minimise food waste and single use packaging whilst simultaneously providing a healthy option for our guests and supporting local businesses
  • We commissioned custom made bags from social enterprise ‘Bibi and Me’ made by vulnerable single mother’s in Nakuru Kenya as a beach basket for guests, with option to purchase
  • We are a supporter of the local economy, working with local suppliers for everything, from food and beverage to art and activities offered to our guests
  • Our partnership with Thrive Refugee Enterprise allows us to help refugees in finding decent employment when arriving in Australia, to assist them in achieving long-term financial security
  • A commitment to sourcing local, organic, free range, fair trade, biodynamic and sustainably farmed produce and products
  • We adopt a nose-to-tail philosophy in our kitchen. This involves buying whole animals, practicing butchery in-house and using all off-cuts to minimise food waste
  • Our support of ‘Farmers For Climate Action’ reduces communication barriers between farmers, political parties and the media that assists farmers in voicing their climate change concerns.
  • We support the local school with a donation to help the kids build their kitchen gardens and run cooking classes to promote healthy eating from a young age
  • We support Gambina’s ‘Journey 2 Jobs’ program, that assists Indigenous Australians in obtaining an education and finding stable careers
  • We believe in equitable education across the globe and are a strong supporter of One Girl, a charity with the goal of educating one million girls across Africa to assist in their personal development and the sustainable development of the community at large

Daintree Ecolodge is proud to be an Eco Certified Advanced Ecotourism Property and Climate Action Business. We encourage responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment, sustain the well being of the local people, and involve continued interpretation and education of both our guests and team.

Our focus on Ecotourism benefits our business, our team, our local community and most importantly the precious environment in which we operate so it is here for generations to come.

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Mount Mulligan Lodge

Mount Mulligan Station, Mount Mulligan QLD 4871, Australia

Located on an entirely private 28,000 hectare outback property 160km north-west of Cairns, Mt Mulligan Lodge accommodates just 20 indulged guests at any one time, ensuring a rugged and intimate escape.

Offering all-inclusive luxury accommodation in the shadow of majestic Mount Mulligan, the lodge features four different accommodation types, a beautifully designed main pavilion for guest meals and relaxation, an infinity pool and sunset bar. Each guest room at Mt Mulligan Lodge is also assigned its own electric buggy for guests to zip to the communal Main Pavilion or the Sunset Bar.

A range of experiences have been designed to make the most of the rugged outback territory.  Mt Mulligan Lodge offers guided tours of the goldfields including a demonstration of Australia’s oldest operating gold crusher at Tyrconnell, exploration of the historic Mount Mulligan coal mine and abandoned township, ATV adventures discovering the history and beauty of the region, chef-prepared gourmet picnic hampers, wildlife spotting, sunset drinks overlooking the escarpment, stargazing, hikes around the southern face of Mount Mulligan, barramundi fishing in the weir, scenic helicopter flights and the chance to experience the day-to-day operations of a working cattle station.

The lodge accommodates just 16 guests in spacious guest retreats that complement the landscape and offer a luxurious and charming take on pastoral living. Each retreat is a sanctuary overlooking a eucalyptus-fringed weir and views of the ever-changing moods of Mount Mulligan.

The spacious retreats are contemporary and luxurious; yet retain a raw external charm with their spotted gum timber cladding, pitched roofs and deep verandahs. Inside, the earthy-tones of the plush linen, sisal rugs and lavish leather furniture give a rich sense of place, mirroring the hues found in the landscape outside. With its dark grey stone tiles and bronze fittings, the ensuite bathroom is both luxurious and calming. Slide open the glass and timber doors onto your private deck to run a deep outdoor bath, offering uninterrupted views of the Northern Queensland outback.

The spacious retreats are made for flexibility: the Outback Room is perfect for those travelling individually or as a duo, while the Outback Suite, with its adjoining lounge room, is ideal for those looking for additional space to unwind. The lounge is spacious, with a cosy wood-burning fire and private deck. The Outback Pavilion is the ultimate getaway for families and groups, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a communal lounge. One of the pavilions is wheelchair accessible and guests are assigned their own electric buggy to explore the sprawling property with ease.

Additional features in all retreats include; complimentary room mini-bar, daily housekeeping, optional climate control, complimentary laundry service, wi-fi, binoculars, yoga mats, music system (with MP3 input) and a safe. There are no TVs in any of the room types.

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RoomS

The lodge accommodates just 16 guests in spacious guest retreats that complement the landscape and offer a luxurious and charming take on pastoral living. Each retreat is a sanctuary overlooking a eucalyptus-fringed weir and views of the ever-changing moods of Mount Mulligan.

The spacious retreats are contemporary and luxurious; yet retain a raw external charm with their spotted gum timber cladding, pitched roofs and deep verandahs. Inside, the earthy-tones of the plush linen, sisal rugs and lavish leather furniture give a rich sense of place, mirroring the hues found in the landscape outside. With its dark grey stone tiles and bronze fittings, the ensuite bathroom is both luxurious and calming. Slide open the glass and timber doors onto your private deck to run a deep outdoor bath, offering uninterrupted views of the Northern Queensland outback.

All-Inclusive Accommodation Includes:

  • Three Gourmet Meals Daily
  • Quality Australian beer, Wine And Soft Drinks
  • All-Inclusive Mini Bar
  • Daily Curated Mount Mulligan Experience

OUTBACK ROOM

The Outback Room, perfect for those travelling individually or as a duo, is situated on the water’s edge of a sparkling eucalyptus-fringed weir and captures the majestic beauty and moods of the 18-kilometre long sandstone escarpment of Mount Mulligan.

The spacious Outback Room is contemporary and luxurious; yet retains a raw external charm with its spotted gum timber cladding, pitched cathedral ceiling and deep verandah. Inside, the earthy-tones of the fine linen, sisal rug and dark green wall panelling give a rich sense of place, mirroring the colours found in the outback environment outside. With its dark grey natural stone tiles and bronze fittings, the ensuite bathroom is both luxurious and calming. On your private verandah, a corrugated iron water tank has been re-purposed as a deep outdoor bath, orientated to capture uninterrupted views of the Australian outback.

Room size: 52 sq.m
Verandah size: 28 sq.m
Outdoor bath tub
Your own electric buggy

OUTBACK ROOM SERVICES & AMENITIES

  • King Bed or Twin Beds
  • Outdoor bath tub
  • Air-conditioning, heating and ceiling fan
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Daily room service
  • Linen, towels and bathrobes
  • LaGaia toiletries
  • Gourmet mini bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Verandah
  • Yoga mats
  • Complimentary water bottles

OUTBACK PAVILION

The Outback Suite, with its adjoining lounge room, is ideal for those looking for additional space to unwind in. The lounge is spacious, with a cosy wood-burning fire place, buttery tan leather furniture, and private deck with rounded outdoor dining table offering captivating views of the sparkling weir and the imposing ridges of Mount Mulligan.

The spacious Outback Suite is contemporary and luxurious; yet retains a raw external charm with its spotted gum timber cladding, pitched cathedral ceiling and deep verandah. Inside, the earthy-tones of the fine linen, sisal rug, and dark green wall panelling give a rich sense of place, mirroring the colours found in the outback environment outside. With its dark grey natural stone tiles and bronze fittings, the ensuite bathroom is both luxurious and calming. On your private verandah, a corrugated iron water tank has been re-purposed as a deep outdoor bath, orientated to capture uninterrupted views of the Australian outback.

Room size: 89 sq.m
Verandah size: 46 sq.m
Lounge area
Outdoor bath tub
Your own electric buggy

OUTBACK SUITE SERVICES & AMENITIES

  • King Bed or Twin Beds
  • Separate lounge area with wood-burning fire place
  • Outdoor bath tub
  • Air-conditioning, heating and ceiling fans
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Daily room service
  • Linen, towels and bathrobes
  • LaGaia toiletries
  • Gourmet mini bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Verandah
  • Yoga mats
  • Complimentary water bottles

OUTBACK ROOM

The Outback Pavilion, a combination of an Outback Room and Outback Suite, is the ultimate getaway for families and groups, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a communal lounge.  The lounge is spacious, with a cosy wood-burning fire place, buttery tan leather furniture, and private deck with rounded outdoor dining table offering captivating views of the sparkling weir and the imposing ridges of Mount Mulligan.

The generously-sized Outback Pavilion is contemporary and luxurious; yet retains a raw external charm with its spotted gum timber cladding, pitched cathedral ceiling and deep verandahs. Inside, the earthy-tones of the fine linen, sisal rug, and dark green wall panelling give a rich sense of place, mirroring the colours found in the outback environment outside. With its dark grey natural stone tiles and bronze fittings, the ensuite bathrooms are both luxurious and calming. On your private verandahs, a corrugated iron water tank has been re-purposed as a deep outdoor bath, orientated to capture uninterrupted views of the Australian outback.

Room size: 145 sq.m
Verandah size: 74 sq.m
2 x bathrooms
2 x bedrooms
2 x outdoor bath tubs
2 x electric buggies
Shared lounge area

OUTBACK PAVILION SERVICES & AMENITIES

  • 2 x rooms with King Beds or Twin Beds, depending on configuration
  • Shared lounge area with wood-burning fire place
  • 2 x bathrooms
  • 2 x outdoor bath tubs
  • Air-conditioning, heating and ceiling fans
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Daily room service
  • Linen, towels and bathrobes
  • LaGaia toiletries
  • Gourmet mini bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Verandah
  • Yoga mats
  • Complimentary water bottles

Sustainability

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

  • Implementation of a waste minimisation program, including limiting excess packaging, composting and glass crushing
  • Water tanks that allow for the water to be recycled and used for irrigation and watering
  • All organic waste from the kitchen is composted or fed to local livestock
  • Minimising the use of single-use plastics and packaging throughout the property, kitchen, restaurant and rooms

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

  • We are a supporter of the local economy, working with local suppliers for everything from food and beverage to art and activities offered to our guests
  • Our partnership with Ganbina, Australia’s most successful Indigenous school to work transition program, allows us to help Indigenous high school students to finish school, undertake further study or train and secure meaningful employment. Their model is now being applied at Ignatius Park College in Townsville with the support of the Morris Family Foundation
  • Our partnership with Thrive Refugee Enterprise allows us to help refugees in finding decent employment when arriving in Australia, to assist them in achieving long-term financial security

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

  • Mt Mulligan Lodge donates $50 per guest stay to the Morris Family Foundation Reef Keepers Fund, supporting projects that protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Keepers Fund has funded research and protection initiatives run by James Cook University, World Wildlife Fund and the Australian Marine Conservation Society

  • The removal of single use in-room amenities to reduce excess plastic waste. We are constantly on the lookout to reduce this further; ways we have actioned this include the introduction of washable slippers made from 100% recyclable materials and refillable toiletry dispensers

  • Discouraging our guests from using plastics that may end up in the waterways we provide stainless steel water bottles as an environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic water bottles

  • Mt Mulligan Lodge supports the anti-straw movement to help clean up our oceans. Paper straws are available upon request

  • Supporting the Australian Marine Conservation Society in their ‘Good Fish Project’, that promotes sustainable consumption of Australian seafood

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

  • We adopt a nose-to-tail philosophy in our kitchen. This involves buying whole animals, practicing butchery in-house and using all off-cuts to minimise food waste
  • Our support of ‘Farmers For Climate Action’ reduces communication barriers between farmers, political parties and the media that assists farmers in voicing their climate change concerns
  • We work with local suppliers in the Far North Queensland region to source local, organic, free range, fair trade, biodynamic and sustainably-farmed produce and products

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

  • The lodge is primarily powered by solar energy and batteries
  • The Northern Escape Collection has partnered with Greenfleet to offset the carbon emissions of guests’ helicopter flights to Mt Mulligan Lodge. Our native forests take carbon from the atmosphere to restore and protect our climate, but they also do much more. Greenfleet utilises offset donations to plant a variety of native trees in permanent forests across Australia and New Zealand that help to reduce salinity and soil erosion, provide essential habitat for native wildlife and offer much needed resilience in our precious landscape.

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Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Cape Range National Park, 6707 Exmouth, Western Australia

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is an exclusive beach safari camp nestled in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park near Exmouth in Western Australia. Each of the 15 eco-luxe wilderness tents offers views of the surrounding bush and over the Indian Ocean and the fringing Ningaloo Reef.

Your safari style tent is the ultimate in bush luxury. Wake to the song of a butcher bird, the raucous squawks of a galah or the thump of a wallaroo passing by. At night fall asleep to the sound of the waves on the beach and under a blanket of hundreds of thousands of stars.

Fill your days however you choose, relax in your tent’s hammock and watch the world go by, or laze on the beach and paddle in the warm Indian Ocean waters. Our most popular experiences are in the water, as here on the Ningaloo Reef you can swim alongside the majestic whale sharks and the magnificent humpback whales.

Right off the shores of our camp, you will have access to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef where you will find more than 500 species of colourful fish, 250 coral species, rays and turtles. Our guides want you to fall in love with this little patch of paradise and will tailor activities to suit the weather and tides. Let us take you into the rugged landscapes of the Cape Range National Park and introduce you to Australia’s unique flora and fauna. You’ll spot red kangaroos, wallaroos, rock wallabies, goannas, echidnas and more than 100 bird species of all the colours of the rainbow.

RoomS

Hidden in the dunes overlooking the pristine beach, Sal Salis brings a touch of eco-luxe style to this remote and beautiful wilderness. Designed to blend with the environment, Sal Salis’ spacious wilderness tents sit on raised platforms and offer wonderful views of the natural surrounds and the ocean beyond, as well as comfortable beds and an eco-en suite bathroom.

Sal Salis provides a unique and natural place from which to explore and take in the extraordinary environment and wildlife that surrounds it. Imagine waking to the song of birds as you catch a glimpse of kangaroos grazing among the dunes, or the spectacle of breaching whales as you tuck into breakfast or enjoy a morning swim in Ningaloo’s crystal-clear waters. Sal Salis ensures an exclusive experience that is both intimate and personal

All-Inclusive Accommodation Includes:

  • All Gourmet Meals Daily
  • Acoholic & non-alcoholic drinks from a select open bar
  • National Park fees
  • Use of all water activity equipment
  • Guided walks in the Cape Range National Park
  • Reef snorkels
  • Kayaking and kayaking snorkels

WILDERNESS TENTS

Your spacious, airy tent is an oasis of comfort that allows you to take in the sounds of the surrounding bush and nearby ocean. The handmade jarrah beds are fitted with quality cotton sheets giving you an incredible night’s sleep drifting off listening to the sound of the ocean.

HONEYMOON TENT

This extra special tent is situated a little further away from camp, so you’re guaranteed solitude. The long, wide front deck has a double hammock, perfect for reading, snoozing or canoodling. The honeymoon tent gives you a perfect view over the seemingly private white sand beach, with Ningaloo Reef just beyond. Step inside and a four-poster bed is draped with mosquito netting – to be truthful it is more about romance than mozzies as in our semi-arid environment there is so little fresh water that mosquitos are never a problem. You’ll soon discover that those wonderful ocean views can be enjoyed from that romantic bed and from the shower too. And whilst we are calling it the Honeymoon Tent, we know it is perfect for any two people … provided you are in love!

The Resort

The main lodge is the centre of camp life, raised above the sand and coastal scrub with views out onto the reef and Indian Ocean, it is the place to gather for meals and relaxation.
Our lodge includes a small reference library with a variety of board games and a comfortable lounge area with self-service bar – an ideal spot for relaxing during the heat of the day with a cold drink and good book.

The Lodge

The main lodge is the centre of camp life, raised above the sand and coastal scrub with views out onto the reef and Indian Ocean, it is the place to gather for meals and relaxation. Our lodge includes a small reference library with a variety of board games and a comfortable lounge area with self-service bar – an ideal spot for relaxing during the heat of the day with a cold drink and good book.

Sustainability

Protecting & respecting our unique environment

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is located within the Cape Range National Park and on the shores of one of the world’s greatest fringing coral reefs. Guests come to Sal Salis to experience the pristine natural environment, the prolific marine life of Ningaloo Reef and the amazing diversity of fauna and flora.

Sal Salis is a model ecotourism development camp operated under Parks and Wildlife Service and by virtue of the small size (15 Wilderness Tents) the impact on the environment is minimal. The following facts will give you an understanding of our commitment to maintain and protect this environment for the benefit of future generations.

Construction of the Camp

The camp was built with a minimal impact on the environment i.e. the rooms and the main lodge facility are constructed above ground level to protect the fauna and flora. Boardwalks also prevent unnecessary soil erosion and all guests are reminded to keep to the designated foot-paths while walking around the camp. The colour of the tents and the lodge ensures that the camp blends in naturally with the surrounding landscape.

Power Generation

Almost 100% of the camp’s power is generated by the sun through an array of solar panels to ensure a predominantly clean source of energy and preserve the peace and quiet of this pristine area. There is no internet connection or signal at Sal Salis, so computers and mobile phones are not a distraction to guests. There is however a 220-volt power point available for guests to charge their camera batteries in the main lodge area.

Hot water is heated by gas, and the tents are not equipped with air-conditioning or hairdryers! All the tents face the ocean which allows the coastal breeze to naturally cool the interior and at the same time expose guests to the sights and sounds of the surrounding bush and ocean. Each en-suite bathroom has a Nature Loo (these very effective composting toilets are transported off-site to be cleaned) and the grey water from the showers and hand basins is carefully managed to ensure only filtered water is dispensed back into the ground.

Linen

The linen is supplied by EcoDownUnder, which is organic cotton and chemical free. All laundry is transported back to Exmouth for processing. Our sheets are a sand colour and are not bleached to maintain pure whiteness. Their composition means that we can hang dry and eliminate the need for ironing.

Guest Amenities

Soaps for guests are produced locally, are chemical free and incorporate native herbs. We supply organic shampoos and conditioners for guests staying at Sal Salis and we urge guests to refrain from using non-eco bathroom products during their stay. Individual solar lanterns provide a safe lighting feature along the pathways to guide guests back to their tents at night.

Water

In keeping with best practice ecosustainability, our landlords (The Department of Parks and Wildlife) requirements and our own sustainable policies, each tent is allocated 20 litres of water per person, per day. Restricting fresh water run-off not only reduces the likelihood of weed growth but protects the Ningaloo Reef, as ultimately the shower water will percolate through the soil, adding fresh water to our shoreline and to the Reef. Under normal circumstances and with judicious use, 20 litres of water should be ample for daily needs. We have a 3-minute shower time policy, and recommend a swim in the ocean as the best way to freshen up in the morning.

Drinking Water

Filtered drinking water is provided at camp and guests are encouraged to refill their personal drinking containers. As part of our commitment to the environment we are trying to find acceptable alternatives to the plastic drinking bottles which litter our shores and we ask our guests to participate in this awareness campaign.

Parks and Wildlife Service

Sal Salis operates under a lease agreement with Western Australia’s Parks and Wildlife Service in what is a role model partnership between National Parks and private sector tourism and with the aim of conserving the region’s natural environment through educational and environmentally sound tourism operations. In addition to the park entrance fees, 5% of our turnover goes to Western Australia’s Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Parks and Wildlife Service to assist in their conservation work directly in the Cape Range National Park

Recycling and Waste

All the waste generated by the camp is carefully transported back to the Exmouth waste depot. Where possible chemical containers are all reused. Used bottles and cans are separated at camp and returned to the Exmouth recycle depot.

Purchasing

Wherever possible we make use of products that are local to the Exmouth Region and Western Australia.

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Eco Beach Resort

Lot 323 Great Northern Hwy, Broome, Western Australia 6725

Eco Beach Resort is a multi award-winning eco resort set amongst the pristine and untouched Kimberley environment. Just over an hour’s drive south of Broome, accommodation at our eco resort provides guests with an unforgettable and unique wilderness experience whilst having minimal impact on the surrounding landscape. Our eco friendly holiday accommodation near Broome is perfectly suited to every taste.

RoomS

The Beach House

Eco Beach’s two Beach Houses offer the perfect holiday option for families and friends looking to reunite and rejuvenate. Set upon a cliff top overlooking the Indian Ocean and Kimberley bushland, these stylishly appointed group abodes sleep 6 people each.

The Beach Houses are linked by wooden decks and boardwalks, which enable families or groups of friends to flow easily between both abodes – however, they are separate enough that you can rent just one house and still enjoy privacy and serenity.

  • Ocean Front
  • Rates are for up to 6 people
  • Maximum number of guests: 6 people
  • Bedding Configuration: 2 Kings or 4 singles
  • Min stay 2 nights
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • 2 bathrooms
  • BBQ area
  • Air Conditioned

LUXURY ECO VILLAS

Perfectly suited for couples enjoying a getaway, our one bedroom Eco Villas offer you your own luxurious space to enjoy.

The exceptional accommodation at our eco resort includes 25 superbly appointed Eco Villas interlinked by over 1km of elevated wooden boardwalks, and 30 luxurious safari style Eco Tents. For larger groups we also offer The Beach Houses, striking ocean front accommodation with amazing views of the Indian Ocean.

  • Air conditioned
  • Luxury shower suites
  • large terraces with luxury furniture.
  • Bedding configuration: 1 King  or 2 singles
  • Rates are for 2 people.
  • Maximum number of guests: 4
  • Family Villa Bedding COnfig 1 king and 1 bunk bed
  • Garden View, Ocean View and Ocean Front

Eco Tents

Eco Tents are perfect for those who want to be close to nature whilst still enjoying comfort and convenience. This option suits couples and families wanting a casual family holiday.

Eco Beach Resort is a multi award-winning eco resort set amongst the pristine and untouched Kimberley environment. Just over an hour’s drive south of Broome, accommodation at our eco resort provides guests with an unforgettable and unique wilderness experience whilst having minimal impact on the surrounding landscape.

  • Bedding configuration: 1 King or 2 Singles
  • Rates are based on 2 people
  • Maximum number of guests: 4 (Family Tents)
  • Family Tents bedding configuration: 1 King and 1 Bunk Bed
  • Garden or Sunset Views
  • Power Output (limited to 12V)
  • Ensuite
  • Large zip down windows with flyscreens

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Karijini Eco Retreat

National Park, Off Weano Rd, Karijini Western, Australia 6751

Karijini Eco Retreat is an ecologically friendly and environmentally aware retreat, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It offers comfortable, luxurious furnished tents with en suite bathroom.

These well-designed tents include high-quality beds and linen. Each has a front and rear deck, and the interior is spacious and stylish.

The retreat uses solar power and all floors are made from recycled timber. Each deluxe eco tent has limited power and lights, and are naturally ventilated.

Eco Retreat Karijini features an on-site al fresco restaurant and bar. There is also a kiosk and shared barbecue facilities.

Karijini Eco Retreat is located in Karijini National Park, 1,400 km north of Perth. Attractions include the Circular Pool, Dales Gorge, Fortescue Falls and Mt Bruce. Please note that once inside the National Park, access to the Eco Retreat is via approximately 35 km of road, 3 km of which is unsealed but regularly graded.

RoomS

Stay in one of the Eco Tents for a comfortable and natural “Glamping” experience for you to enjoy after your day of exploring all the many stunning sites within the National Park.

These tents are semi-permanent structures that incorporate ecologically sustainable principles and can easily be erected and dismantled in remote areas with little impact to the natural environment using recycled materials wherever possible.

DELUXE ECO TENT WITH ENSUITE

Eco-tent features:

• Own private ensuite bathroom
• Front and rear deck
• Spacious stylish interiors
• King or Twin bed 
• Quality bedding and linen (100% cotton sheets/brushed cotton blankets)

Eco-friendly features/Design:

• Minimal power for low wattage applications (Charging camera battery/iPod)
• Solar power
• Grey water treatment
• Natural ventilation (No air-conditioner)
• Floor made from composite timber
• Flow showerheads & spring loaded taps
• Recycled toilet paper
• Use of natural products only

Rooms are serviced every 4 days.

DELUXE ECO TENT WITH ENSUITE - TRIPLE

Eco-tent features:

• Own private ensuite bathroom
• Front and rear deck
• Spacious stylish interiors
• 3 single or 1 King and 2 Twin
• Quality bedding and linen (100% cotton sheets/brushed cotton blankets)

Eco-friendly features/Design:

• Minimal power for low wattage applications (Charging camera battery/iPod)
• Solar power
• Grey water treatment
• Natural ventilation (No air-conditioner)
• Floor made from composite timber
• Flow showerheads & spring loaded taps
• Recycled toilet paper
• Use of natural products only

Rooms are serviced every 4 days.

DELUXE ECO TENT WITH ENSUITE - QUAD

Eco-tent features:

• Own private ensuite bathroom
• Front and rear deck
• Spacious stylish interiors
• King size bed + bunk beds (max 4 persons)
• Quality bedding and linen (100% cotton sheets/brushed cotton blankets)

Eco-friendly features/Design:

• Minimal power for low wattage applications (Charging camera battery/iPod)
• Solar power
• Grey water treatment
• Natural ventilation (No air-conditioner)
• Floor made from composite timber
• Flow showerheads & spring loaded taps
• Recycled toilet paper
• Use of natural products only

Rooms are serviced every 4 days.

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Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge

Cannon Hill, near Ubirr, Kakadu National Park

The lodge is situated in an extremely special and justifiably renowned part of the Park, known as Cannon Hill, which has abundant wildlife, especially bird and marine life, and where a large diversity of the Park’s landscape elements come together.

At this exclusive and restricted area of Kakadu National Park, where less that 1000 people a year gain access is the Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge. The lodge features just 12 twin share ensuited tented safari cabins.

The area has considerable importance to the local Aboriginal people, some of whom still live nearby to the lodge. In fact the whole of the Cannon Hill area where the camp is situated is a registered sacred site. The sandstone outliers around Cannon Hill host significant rock art dating back many thousands of years.

In the evening a delicious meal will be presented for you by our resident camp host. Enjoy an authentic Aussie experience as you relax around a campfire under the stars. Retire to the comfort of your tented safari cabin at the end of a memorable day.

RoomS

SAFARI TENT

  • Exclusive access to Kakadu restricted area
  • Comfortable tented safari cabins with ensuite facilities and decks
  • Daily safari to explore aboriginal art and sunset on the escarpment included
  • Three-course dinner and breakfast included
  • Operates: May to 10 September

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Anbinik Kakadu Resort

83 Jabiru Drive, Jabiru, Northern Territory, 0886, Australia

Anbinik Kakadu Resort offers guests award winning architecturally designed accommodation in Jabiru, central to most of Kakadu National Park’s icon attractions.

Set in tranquil tropical surroundings it is within walking distance of the local restaurants, supermarket, Jabiru Town Plaza and the Bowali Visitor Centre. Anbinik offers a range of accommodation styles – its famous bush bungalows, air-conditioned double rooms, spacious two bedroom cabins & our Anbinik suites new with indoor outdoor bathrooms and powered van sites with own ensuite. Tea and coffee making facilities, fridge and cooking equipment are all available. Facilities include pool, seasonal cafe, guest laundromats, barbeques and a tour desk.

Rooms

Anbinik Suite Rates

The Anbinik Suites with their indoor outdoor bathrooms are without question the nicest rooms in Kakadu National Park.

  • Sleep up to 2 people
  • Air-conditioned
  • Includes television
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Linen supplied including bath towels
  • Bathrooms ensuite with indoor outdoor shower
  • 4 Suites have disabled access with indoor and outdoor showers

2 Bedroom Self Contained Cabins

Spacious air-conditioned cabins

  • Sleeps up to 5 people
  • All cabins have 1 double & 1 single bed in one bedroom plus either 1 double or 2 singles in second bedroom
  • Kitchen/living area includes a television
  • Linen supplied including bath towels
  • Private external bathroom/toilet is right at the back door of the cabin
  • Lovely garden areas & outdoor gas BBQs provided
  • Fully equipped guest laundry facilities.

6 Pack Double Rooms

Double/twin rooms (with shared amenities)

  • Choice of either double bed or 2 single beds per room.
  • Air-conditioning & ceiling fans.
  • Television, small refrigerator, tea & coffee making facilities plus crockery & cutlery in room.
  • Linen supplied including bath towels.
  • Shared external bathroom/toilet suites just at back doors of building – (2 shared between the 6
  • rooms).
  • Lovely garden areas & outdoor gas BBQs close by.
  • Fully equipped guest laundries
  • No children under 14 yrs in this accommodation unless the 6 rooms are booked by the same group.

Bush Bungalows

Experience this upmarket camping experience when you stay with us in Kakadu! Safari style structure with high step at entry for up to 4 people:
  • Double bed & 1 set single size double decker bunks.
  • Designed for the tropical climate & well ventilated with perforated wall sheeting & ceiling fan.
  • Small refrigerator, tea &coffee making facilities, crockery & cutlery in bungalow.
  • Linen supplied including bath towels.
  • External Private bathroom
  • Camp kitchen shared with a couple of other bungalows – great for socializing.
  • Gardens surround each bungalow. Fully equipped guest laundries

Pls Note: We take the Bush Bungalows ‘off line’ from 1 November to 31 March each year due to unsuitability to the wet season weather conditions.

Bush Bungalows may not be suitable for people with hip or leg problems because of the high step at entry.

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Reefsuites

Moored offshore at Hardy Reef, 40 nautical miles from Airlie Beach, Australia

Spend a magical night in Australia’s first underwater accommodation and have a front row seat to the dazzling underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Be prepared for an intimate experience that will stay with you forever.

Moored offshore at Hardy Reef, 40 nautical miles from Airlie Beach, Reefworld is the setting for your spectacular overnight Reefsuite experience. Relaunching in 2019, the revamped pontoon hosts day trippers, on-deck Reefsleep guests and a lucky few who’ll head below deck for a private, all-inclusive Reefsuite experience.

Begin your journey with a cruise through the Whitsunday Islands to Hardy Reef onboard our high-speed vessel, arriving at the reef around 11am. After lunch, guests can snorkel, dive, swim or take a scenic helicopter flight to see famous Heart Reef (additional cost). Day visitors depart mid-afternoon and then overnight guests have Hardy Reef and Reefworld all to themselves.

Watch a stunning sunset with a drink in hand before enjoying a starlit long-table dinner on the pontoon’s upper deck. After dinner, Reefsuite guests can retreat to the privacy of their undersea accommodation. Sit back, relax and watch as the reef comes to life through the floor to ceiling windows.

Reefsuites give a whole new meaning to ‘a room with a view’ and you’ll awake to see the marine life going about another day on the world-heritage listed reef they call home. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and an exclusive morning on the reef before heading home in the afternoon with memories that will stay with you forever.

Room

  • Arrive at your unique accommodation via a scenic cruise through the Whitsundays
  • Two underwater rooms available (king double or twin single options)
  • Each room features premium bedding, glass-walled en suite and floor-to-ceiling views of the spectacular underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef
  • All meals including breakfast, morning and afternoon teas and dinner
  • All beverages including beer and wine (cocktails and spirits at an additional cost)
  • Spectacular dining experience under the stars
  • Activities at the reef including a private guided snorkelling tour and semi-submarine tour
  • Access to the underwater observatory
  • Optional activities (own expense): scuba diving and heli-scenic flights

Reefsuite

Room features premium bedding, glass-walled en suite and floor-to-ceiling views of the spectacular underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef

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Roar and Snore Taronga Zoo

2 Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088 Australia

Camp in safari tents in the heart of Australia’s most famous zoo, and wake to spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Roar and Snore is a fully hosted experience that includes architecturally designed tents, a sumptuous roast feast, drinks in the main tent and up-close animal encounters. It offers a unique opportunity to stay in Taronga Zoo’s campsite with views of Sydney Harbour on one side and Lions, Sumatran Tigers and Meerkats on the other.

Wake the next morning to a glorious sunrise, the roar of a lion or an elephant trumpeting as you prepare to experience the Zoo before the crowds. Feed a giraffe or pat a seal as you go behind the scenes to learn the secrets of this famous and fascinating Zoo.

A night at Taronga Zoo’s Roar and Snore is an experience that you will treasure for a lifetime.

Your stay itinerary:

6:15 pm Program starts
6:30 pm Walk to campsite
7:15 pm Meet a creature
8:00 pm Buffet Dinner served
9.00 pm Zoo night safari enjoy the animals and harbour views
10.00 pm Unwind at campsite with dessert
10.30pm Camp lights out… Early start!
6:45 am Rise and shine
7:30 am Behind the scenes number 1
8.15 am Behind the scenes tour number 2
9.00am Continental breakfast
9.30am Program finishes.

RoomS

Roar and Snore tents

Your Roar and Snore experience
  • Take in the spectacular sight of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the evening as you enjoy canapés and beverages (a variety of beers, wines, soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee) upon arrival to the harbour-side campsite.
  • Get up close to some of Taronga Zoo Sydney’s friendliest residents
  • Dine in style at our delicious buffet dinner and breakfast
  • Experience an exclusive Taronga night safari led by passionate keepers and guides, with the chance to see some of Taronga’s favourite animals
  • Unwind in our comfortable safari-style tents, falling asleep to the sounds of the Zoo
  • Join in feeding time and close encounter sessions where you will form a special bond with our animals
  • Enjoy spending the following day exploring the zoo in your own time with complimentary admission included with your booking

Sustainability

Taronga has an absolute commitment to the conservation of wildlife in Australia and around the world. We are committed to the conservation of native species, with active involvement in breed and release programs, habitat recovery and the rehabilitation and release of injured or orphaned wildlife. We are committed to the preservation of our Legacy Species, ten critical species found in Australia and Sumatra. And we are committed to protecting and sustaining wildlife in their natural habitats, and provide support for work in the field through national and international conservation partnerships, field grants and fellowships.

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El Questro Homestead

El Questro Wilderness Park, El Questro Rd, Durack WA

Nestled within the Kimberley’s vast and ancient landscape and hidden amongst burnt-orange cliffs and lush, green lawns sits El Questro Homestead, a pocket of luxurious exclusivity where you’re encouraged to make yourself at home.

This nine-suite hideaway is surrounded by avenues of frangipani trees and, once inside, offers chic yet cosy and comfortable interiors where bedrooms are cantilevered over the still and tranquil Chamberlain River.

Each day at the Homestead is likely to start with birdsong and end with a locally sourced three-course dinner, and matched wines, under a blanket of stars. During a stay at the Homestead guests are offered complimentary excursions, allowing for a fully immersive Kimberley experience.

With almost 700,000 acres to explore, the Homestead’s surrounding landscape is dramatic and expansive with something to offer everyone from adventurous explorers down to novice hikers and first-time four-wheel drivers.

RoomS

Perched on a cliff top with vistas of one of the prettiest locations on the Chamberlain River, The Homestead is a relaxed retreat catering to a maximum of 18 guests.

In every El Questro Homestead stay and in all of the Homestead Special Offers are the following inclusions:

  • Luxury accommodation at El Questro Homestead
  • Gourmet meals daily
  • A fine selection of wine, beer, basic spirits and sparkling wine
  • Selected tours within El Questro including:
  • The Chamberlain Cruise
  • Access to your own self-drive private boat
  • The Bush Culture, History & Nature Tour
  • Bird Watching Tour
  • Exclusive and complimentary use of Zebedee Thermal Springs each afternoon
  • Sunset at Buddy’s Point
  • Guided Walks to the most spectacular gorges the Kimberley region has to offer
 
Please note, El Questro Homestead caters to guests 16 years and above.

The Chamberlain Suite

El Questro Homestead’s most luxurious suite is perched atop the Chamberlain Gorge and, from the suite’s wrap around veranda, offers awe-inspiring views from which to enjoy sunset and sunrise. From the suite’s outdoor relaxing lounge and dining area you can rest and reminisce about your day before bathing in the private double deluxe bath overlooking the Chamberlain Gorge and enjoy a drink before dinner.

Cliff Side Retreats

The freestanding Cliff Side Retreats are situated at the edge of a sheer escarpment overlooking the wild and natural beauty of the Kimberley. Uninterrupted views of the Chamberlain Gorge can be enjoyed from your luxurious feather topped bed. Secluded by high stone garden walls your privacy is assured as you enjoy the free-standing outdoor bath.

Gorge View Rooms

These stylish and modern rooms feature private decks overlooking the spectacular Chamberlain Gorge. Watch the sunrise with a morning cup of coffee before getting ready for another adventure-filled day or relax at the end of the day in the private al fresco stone bathtub cantilevered, again with views over the Gorge.

Homestead Rooms

Homestead rooms offer private verandas overlooking the contrast of the lush gardens and the rich red expanse beyond. With lounge furniture from which to relax and unwind at the end of the day, watch the sunset before heading to the evening drinks, canapes and dinner under the stars.

Experiences

A stay at the Homestead would be incomplete without heading out into its surrounding outback to explore the extraordinary beauty of this unique part of the world. El Questro is awash with more than 700,000 acres of rugged ranges, towering gorges, crystal clear waters, breathtaking sunsets and, of course, the ancient Boab tree and it’s all there on the Homestead’s doorstep.

We want our guests to feel fully immersed in everything this extraordinary pocket of Australia has to offer, which is why the Homestead runs complimentary, and exclusive experiences for all guests. Facilitated by El Questro’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic rangers, Homestead experiences are always tailored, and customised, to guests’ individual preferences, all that’s required is choosing how to best explore El Questro — by helicopter, 4WD, boat or on foot. 

Our Homestead experiences include boating out onto crystal clear waters and taking a cruise through sun-lit gorges, stopping only to feed the local fish, or joining your guide in a 4WD Safari vehicle for a history,  nature and wildlife tour. The Big Day Out is our signature, it is a day which allows for plenty of opportunities to spot the Kimberley Big 5: brolgas, jabirus, saltwater crocodiles, bullocks and wallaroos.

Separate from the complimentary experiences, one can see El Questro from a different perspective by heading into the Kimberley sky and taking a Homestead helicopter tour to untouched and unexplored areas of the property. We run a number of different helicopter experiences where you’ll soar over vast lush rainforests and between sunlit cliffs before landing next to remote water holes and cascading waterfalls before enjoying a swim and gourmet picnic before heading home. Alternatively, enjoy the sights from a scenic airplane flight to iconic Kimberley locations further afield.

With so many experiences to choose from the only decision Homestead guests need to make is which one to do first. 

In every El Questro Homestead stay and in all of the Homestead Special Offers are the following inclusions:

  • Luxury accommodation at El Questro Homestead
  • Gourmet meals daily
  • A fine selection of wine, beer, basic spirits and sparkling wine
  • Selected tours within El Questro including:
    • The Chamberlain Cruise
    • Access to your own self-drive private boat
    • The Bush Culture, History & Nature Tour
    • Bird Watching Tour
    • Exclusive and complimentary use of Zebedee Thermal Springs each afternoon
    • Sunset at Buddy’s Point
    • Guided Walks to the most spectacular gorges the Kimberley region has to offer
Boating through El Questro’s Gorges

Take a private cruise along the Chamberlain River, or enjoy a self guided adventure in a self drive boat. For something even more spectacular, the Explosion Gorge and Branco’s Lookout tour is a great way to experience the outback, finishing with incredible views and bubbly; the perfect end to a memorable day.

Private Chamberlain Cruise:
Complimentary to Homestead guests
Self-Drive Boats: Complimentary to Homestead guests
Explosion Gorge and Branco’s Lookout: $149 per guest (based on a minimum of 2 guests)

Nature & Wildlife Tours

Learn about the pioneers of El Questro, take in the incredible views from up high on a lookout and discover the area’s flora and fauna. One of the Homestead’s most loved experiences is the Big Day Out, where you will circumnavigate the Cockburn Range, explore the wonders of El Questro and enjoy an incredible lunch prepared by your Homestead chef.

Bush Culture, History and Nature Tour:
Complimentary to Homestead guests
Bird Watching Tour:
Complimentary to Homestead guests

A Touch of Romance

Exclusive use of Zebedee Springs is offered to Homestead guests every afternoon. Walk through dense tropical vegetation to a series of thermal pools and small waterfalls – the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate after a busy day. For an unparalleled romantic excursion unreachable by road or by walking, fly by helicopter to the incredible Miri Miri Falls. 

Zebedee Thermal Springs: 
Complimentary to Homestead guests
Miri Miri Waterfall: $795 per guest (pricing is based on 2-3 guests. Price on application for flights with more than 3 guests)

El Questro from Above

To truly experience the magic of El Questro, take it all in from the air on a scenic helicopter flight or 4WD adventure to an incredible vantage point with a view like no other.

Pricing is based on 2-3 guests. Price on application for flights with more than 3 guests.

30 Minute Helicopter Scenic Flight: $405 per guest
60 Minute Helicopter Scenic Flight: $810 per guest
Cockburn Sunset Flight: $540 per guest
Sunset at Buddy’s Point: Complimentary to Homestead guests

For the Adventurous

For those up for a more strenuous adventure, enjoy spectacular guided gorge walks, horse riding and hidden waterfalls, caves and springs by helicopter.

Spectacular Guided Gorge Walks: Complimentary to Homestead Guests
Horse Riding: $130 per guest or $140 (sunset ride) per guest
Amaroo Falls by Helicopter: $835 per guest 
The Lost City Cave Tour by Helicopter: $610 per guest
Champagne Springs Walk Returning by Helicopter: $550 per guest

Pricing for helicopter flights is based on 2-3 guests. Price on application for flights with more than 3 guests.

Catch an Elusive Barramundi

Choose from either freshwater or saltwater destinations within El Questro’s 700,000 acres of wilderness. 

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 guests.

Heli-fishing Tours: From $775 – $1,125 per guest
4WD Fishing Tour to the Pentecost River: $339 per guest

Experience the Wonders of El Questro’s Neighbours

Surrounding El Questro are some of Australia’s most renowned natural wonders, which you can see from the air, including the Bungle Bungle Range, Mitchell Falls, Lake Argyle and the Kimberley Coast. 

Pricing below is based on a minimum of 4 guests. Pricing for two people will incur additional costs. 

Bungle Bungle and Lake Argyle Scenic Flight: $549 per guest
Mitchell Falls and Kimberley Coast: $799 per guest
Bungle Bungle Scenic Flight & Ground Tour: $995 per guest
King George Falls and Kimberley Coast: $575 per guest

Dining at the Homestead

Dining at El Questro Homestead is an inclusive part of your stay with us and is an extension of your Kimberley experience with menus inspired by the richness of the produce of the Ord River Valley.

Guests enjoy breakfast on the wide, sweeping veranda with uninterrupted views to the Chamberlain Gorge as they watch the morning sun warm the surrounding ranges with a soft pink glow. 

Lunch is served at communal dining table under a shady awning as guests swap tales of their morning adventures and enjoy a chilled glass of Western Australian white wine. 

Dinner is hosted under the stars, at either the communal table or guests may dine privately at one of the three locations overlooking the Gorge. The modern Australian menu, changes daily and showcases local, seasonal produce.

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Palm Bungalows

Resort Drive, 4803 Hamilton Island, Australia

Just 2 minutes’ walk from Catseye Beach, each of the Palm Bungalows offers a private balcony overlooking the tropical gardens. Free airport/hotel transfers are included as well as free use of snorkeling and windsurfing equipment.

The private and peaceful bungalows are air-conditioned, and include tea/coffee making facilities and free WiFi. Each bungalow has a seating area with a TV. Chinese TV channels are available.

Guests have free use of the island’s fitness center, swimming pools and tennis courts, as well as unlimited use of the island’s shuttle service. The tour desk can book trips to Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef.

Room

With breezy modern interiors, and dotted throughout beautiful, landscaped gardens, the Palm Bungalows are perfect for couples, small families or groups of friends.

Palm Bungalow

Bungalow Size: 35 m²
1 twin bed and 1 king bed

This refurbished bungalow features a private balcony with outdoor furniture and views of the surrounding landscaped tropical gardens. It also has a kitchenette with a refrigerator and an electric kettle.

This booking Includes return airport and marina transfers, free use of the island’s shuttle service, paddle skis, windsurfers, catamarans and snorkeling equipment. Please note that the price is based on 2 guests. Maximum occupancy is 3 (see Hotel Policies).

Why you’ll love your own private island Palm Bungalow:

  • Relax on your private balcony.
  • Utilise your own kitchenette and small convection oven to prepare and enjoy meals in your own bungalow, or even for occasional entertaining.
  • Enjoy the comfort of having a king-sized bed (plus a single divan).
  • Relax in air-conditioned comfort, and ceiling fan – for the tropical nights.
  • Enjoy the crisp, fresh bathroom with contemporary fittings, basin and walk-in shower. 

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Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Private Road, Oak Beach, 4871 Oak Beach, Australia

Set on over 140 acres of native forest and boasting a private beach, Thala Beach Nature Reserve is an Eco-friendly wildlife retreat. This secluded sanctuary is nestled on a coastal headland and offers magnificent views of the sparkling Coral Sea.

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is located on a private headland between Cairns and Port Douglas, 45 minutes drive from Cairns City Centre and within 10 minutes’ drive of Port Douglas.

Deluxe eco accommodation options are sensitively positioned amongst the resort’s 145 acre property.

These boutique timber bungalows offer ocean, mountain or forest views. Guests can relax on their private balcony and enjoy the native birds and wildlife. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer a bathtub, a refrigerator, and a minibar.

The property features an organic coconut plantation, and natural swimming pools formed by granite boulders and waterfalls. Free guided nature tours are available and include tree planting, stargazing at an outdoor observatory, beach discovery, wildlife walks and bird-watching tours.

RoomS

Eighty-three timber and granite bungalows are distributed throughout the reserve, providing four different experiences depending on which type you choose.

Sandpiper Suite

Perched on the southern most point of Thala’s private headland and surrounded by nature, the Sandpiper Suite is the ultimate in setting, romance and privacy.

With a vista that stretches from the dunes to white sandy beaches and the sparkling Coral Sea, the views from Sandpiper Suite extend out across the sea to a cluster of small islands and a perfectly unbroken horizon…

Coral Sea Bungalow

Coral Sea Bungalows are located on the highest ridge of Thala’s private headland, with views of the Coral Sea all the way to the horizon, framed by the native Australian forest canopy.

Unobtrusively nestled into the natural landscape, wildlife viewing opportunities are maximised from the privacy and comfort of your elevated verandah.

Eucalypt Bungalow

Thala’s Eucalypt Bungalows allow you to intimately experience the unique tropical forest in supreme comfort and privacy.

Eucalypt Bungalows are individually positioned and border Thala’s pathways as they gently rise up the headland through the lush Eucalypt forest…

Jungle Walk Bungalow

Experience the unique woodland forest from Thala’s Jungle Walk Bungalows.

Located within the forest, Jungle Walk Bungalows combine comfort with the deep green, earthy beauty of the jungle…

Experiences

Thala’s Nature Reserve supports many interesting and rare habitats with a constantly changing kaleidoscope of natural wonders, making the experience very rewarding for naturalists and wildlife photographers. Our highlyknowledgeable Rangers and Guides are here to show you Thala’s many wildlife and nature secrets.

Star Gazing

The Thala night sky is free from light pollution and filled with millions of stars. Surrounded by sounds of the rainforest & ocean – enjoy an introduction to the beautiful Southern Constellations from an experienced & passionate guide.

View many fascinating stars & planets using telescopes and binoculars at the unique outdoor observatory.

(Free for houseguests, nights of operation varies week-to-week)

Coconut Odyssey

On Australia’s only coconut tour, not only do you get to drink & eat from the very young green coconut to the little known ‘Coconut Apple’ – you will also learn the truth about the health benefits of coconuts.

The ‘Tree Of Life’ has astonishing advantages from helping to reduce body fat and lower cholesterol, to building the immune system. A tour that helps you lose weight without exercising?!

(Free for houseguests, days of operation varies week-to-week)

Nature And Garden Walks

You will be guided through 145 acres of a variety of native flora by Brett and his enthusiastic team.

They delight in sharing their extensive knowledge and passion for the environment. Amongst rare Littoral rainforest clinging to the sandy dunes and the soft shade of eucalypts you will enjoy the scamper of native fauna. We have so many exciting plants and animals at Thala.

(Free for houseguests, day of operation varies week-to-week)

Bird And Butterfly Walks

David is our bird and butterfly expert and you will be thrilled at the colour and variety of the species to be found at Thala. An early start to hear the first chorus of Thala’s birds in full song is a wonderful way to welcome a new day.

We also have local experts who can take you for full day birding expeditions through a wide variety of habitats. Pick up a Bird Sighting Calendar from the Adventure desk and see if you can add to the extensive number of varieties spotted so far.

(free for houseguests, day of operation varies week-to-week)

Talks with Kuku Yalangi People

Elders from our local aboriginal community, the Kuku Yalangi people, come and share their stories as passed on from previous generations including the history of their ancient cultural traditions.

You will enjoy seeing and learning the value of bush tucker food, the knowledge of which has been nurtured since the age of the hunter-gatherer. The haunting rhythms of the traditional Didgeridoo is being incorporated into many forms of contemporary music, here it will take you back to the beginnings of the aboriginal Dreamtime.

(free for houseguests, day of operation varies week-to-week)

Private Beach

Oak Beach consists of approximately 2kms of pristine sand lined with coconut palms and sheoak trees. Thala Beach Nature Reserve occupies the forest-clad headland at the northern end of this beach. All guests can enjoy this private-access beach.

Sea Kayaking

Our expert guide will take you sea kayaking to his secret places to look for marine turtles, stingrays, dolphins and dugongs.

The reef adjacent to Thala Beach Nature Reserve is like a turtle highway, with so many turtles congregating for feeding and socialising.

Rejuvenate Spa

Thala’s on-site massage studio has special packages for our guests and provides a range of treatments including massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps.

Local Tours

There are many very exciting tours and activities that we recommend ranging from snorkeling on The Great Barrier Reef, safaris into the rainforest to exploring the outback and Tableland region.

Sustainability

Thala Beach Nature Reserve, located between Cairns and Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia, is awarded the highest Ecotourism accreditation for maximising informative & meaningful experiences, whilst enhancing the local environment. The Thala Experience adheres to global principals of Ecotourism.
After ten consecutive years meeting the strict criteria for Advanced Ecotourism status, in 2017 Thala was awarded Green Travel Leader status with Ecotourism Australia.

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World

In April 2018, in recognition of Thala’s substantial credentials in offering deluxe eco-designed accommodation while minimising environmental impact, the beachfront eco lodge was handpicked for membership of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World after successfully undergoing a rigorous vetting process. The standards for inclusion are based on four pillars of sustainable tourism:

  1. Protection of natural heritage
  2. Protection of cultural heritage
  3. Support for local communities
  4. Environmentally friendly practices

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is a collection of handpicked lodges that invite guests to experience the world’s most treasured places while helping to protect them for generations to come. Each lodge has made the choice to tread lightly, to celebrate nature rather than conquer it, to support cultural heritage, and to engage with local communities. From remarkable architecture to fine cuisine, National Geographic lodges are inspired by and complement their surroundings. The experience they offer is intimate and extraordinary, connecting guests with their destination in an authentic and meaningful way.

Natural area focus

Thala is built atop a private peninsular jutting into the Coral Sea, surrounded by miles of World Heritage coastline and The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on the seaward side. The private beachfront has been left as nature intended it to be. Thala’s magnificent 145 acre peninsular has six different habitats concentrated into this small area:

  1. Eucalypt Woodlands on top of the main ridge and flats (includes grass trees and cycads).
  2. Beach and coastal vegetation such various Paperbark species and beach sheoaks (Casuarinas) (littoral forest).
  3. Lowland vine thicket/rainforest
  4. Patches of rainforest on the valley floor including seasonal creeks (gallery forest)
  5. Mangroves at the southern end of Oak Beach
  6. Coconut Plantation

Each habitat attracts its own unique wildlife species.

 

Natural area focus

Thala is built atop a private peninsular jutting into the Coral Sea, surrounded by miles of World Heritage coastline and The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on the seaward side. The private beachfront has been left as nature intended it to be. Thala’s magnificent 145 acre peninsular has six different habitats concentrated into this small area:

  1. Eucalypt Woodlands on top of the main ridge and flats (includes grass trees and cycads).
  2. Beach and coastal vegetation such various Paperbark species and beach sheoaks (Casuarinas) (littoral forest).
  3. Lowland vine thicket/rainforest
  4. Patches of rainforest on the valley floor including seasonal creeks (gallery forest)
  5. Mangroves at the southern end of Oak Beach
  6. Coconut Plantation

Each habitat attracts its own unique wildlife species.

Environmental sustainability

In the early 1970’s Rob & Oonagh Prettejohn purchased the 58 hectare/145 acre peninsula. At the time, the land comprised just 45 acres of original native forest. The balance had been cleared and was a degraded, unsustainable sugar cane plantation. Environmental sensitivities were not as they are today and planning approval at the time would have allowed for a 700-bedroom hotel to be built! Fortunately, as locals with a feel for a low impact on this wonderful environment, this was not their style. They planted many thousands of indigenous plants to rehabilitate the area and start its return to a wild natural state. The Main Lodge and all bungalows are built out of natural sustainable materials in a low impact style that does not dominate, rather enhances, the surrounding landscape. Thala opened in 1998.

Conservation & wildlife habitat

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a beacon of hope as mankind progresses from being ‘the demolisher’ to ‘the conserver’ and now to ‘the environmental benefactor’. Over a period of 30 years, Rob and Oonagh have shepherded the re-establishment of complex forests on land that was once cleared and devastated by extractive farming. With the return of the forests, wildlife populations have exploded bringing their pulsating natural energy.

Approximately 120 butterfly species and almost 200 bird species have been spotted at Thala. On site rangers estimate that there are at least 50 agile wallabies inhabiting the forest. Young joeys and pregnant females are regularly sighted, indicating a thriving population. Frogs, lace monitor lizards, sugar gliders, echidnas, spiders and geckos are in abundance too.

Working with local communities

Recognising the importance of the spirit of our local indigenous communities Thala invites the elders of the Kuku Yalanji community to take our guests through the journey of their culture. From healing plants to bush food the elders bring in leaves and seeds for guests to handle and learn their history and importance to the survival of this wonderful community. Musical instruments so important to the rites and rituals of the ancient peoples of this ancient land are a part of Thala’s experience. A didgeridoo demonstration is the highlight of the cultural presentation. Thala is grateful to the Kuku Yalanji elders for their eager sharing of their ancient knowledge and cultural traditions.

Responsible marketing

All marketing material at Thala, (brochures, website, flyers and all images displayed on website and social media) are actual photographs taken, and are true images of what guests can expect to experience. The brochure can be viewed on the website, reducing the necessity for mass print outs.

Leaving a soft footprint

Guests at eco-lodges like Thala leave a soft footprint in an environmental journey towards a better world. They take away memories and an understanding that will inspire them and others for years to come. Their active involvement at Thala also assists in the environmental rehabilitation process. Rob & Oonagh Prettejohn and their staff are proud to be associated with the modern and thoughtful ethos for which Australia’s Eco Accreditation scheme upholds the highest standards.

Thank you for your interest in helping us to help the planet!

Local Environment

Great sensitivity is paid to the natural environment that Thala shares with the local plants and animals. Thala has achieved the highest possible accreditation of eco tourism awarded to resorts and hotels and is a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Conservation and sustainability is a top priority for Thala and guests are encouraged to tread softly and appreciate the local environment.

Local Habitats

Thala Beach Nature Reserve contains some unique habitats ranging from rainforest, open woodlands, mangrove forest, grasslands, regrowth areas, a rich coastal marine environment and the coconut plantation, all surrounded in world heritage forest.

The lodge itself is situated amongst a natural stand of Eucalyptus forest/dry woodland forest. The dominant species through this forest are the Eucalyptus platyphylla (commonly called Poplar Gums). Thala is locally famous for its fine display of these beautiful eucalypts. If you’re lucky you may spot Sugar Gliders and Striped Possums as they move through these trees feeding then roost in the tree hollows during the day.

Dry rainforest or vine thicket forest, as it’s sometimes described, is adjacent to the mangroves and sand dune systems. Rich in ground ferns, tall canopy trees and vines, this type of forest is rare on the coast these days. This forest contains many mixed species of plant life, some of which are very rare and endangered. This is an area you may come across bird life not often seen in other parts of the property. Orange footed scrub fowl nest here in large mounds of composting vegetation and have done so for many generations. A path makes its way gently through this forest continuing on to other habitats as it continues its circuit.

Behind the sand dunes of Oak Beach stretching to the southern end of the beach is a system of mangroves containing tidal creeks and lagoons with a rich array of salt-resistant mangrove plants. Some of these areas are easily accessed and our guides would be happy to enlighten you on these biologically rich tidal forests.

Grassland and regrowth forest are areas sugar cane once thrived , now pioneer trees and a mix of grasses dominate making it a perfect habitat for grazing wallabies.

Local plants

Thala’s native forest contains some interesting species that are unique to tropical north Queensland. Check out the Gallery page for an extensive gallery of wildlife and plant photos.

Local wildlife

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife. During your experience you may be lucky enough to spot some of these unique animals in their natural existence.

Sparse or rare in Australia, the Striped Possum can be spotted at Thala Beach Nature Reserve if you are lucky – recognisable by the black and white striping running the length of its body. There are four species of striped possum, three found in Papua New Guinea and one in Australia. Sleeping during the day in a leaf lined nest in a tree hole – it emerges during the night to leap through the forest canopy and feed on wood-boring insect larvae. Very little is known about the reproductive biology of this elusive marsupial.

Typically 285 – 400 mm in length, the Musky Rat Kangaroo is the smallest of the macropod family. It sleeps at night in a nest of vegetation and forages by daylight hours on the forest floor for fruit and insects. It is only found in a limited area in North Queensland and lives a solitary existence.

Another unique Australian spotted at Thala Beach Nature Reserve is the Red Eyed Green Tree frog. Strikingly coloured with a green back, deep yellow underside and a pair of bright orange irises it is easily recognisable. Growing to a length of 65 mm and mainly spotted in wet coastal rainforest the males are mainly heard calling from October to February – during and after heavy rain.

Often heard before it is seen – the Laughing Kookaburra emits a boisterous ‘laughing’ call. It is the largest of the kingfisher family and has a large bill that it sometimes uses to tackle small reptiles.

“I have been birding for 30 years and this is the best area in Australia,” says David, our bird and butterfly expert. “In the whole of Australia there are some 750 species and up here we have over 400. This is because of the different habitats and climates we have. Rainforest, open forest, dry country, swamps, mountains and the sea all next to each other !”

You will be thrilled at the colour and variety of species to be found at Thala. An early start to hear the first chorus of birds in full song is a wonderful way to welcome a new day.

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The Louise

Marananga, Barossa & Clare Valley, South Australia

The Louise, an idyllic luxury vineyard retreat, encompassing acclaimed restaurant Appellation, is situated on a gentle hill surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines, with breathtaking vistas across the world renowned Barossa Valley.  Just fifteen luxuriously appointed suites, each with its own terrace, are sited to provide guests with complete privacy.  The look is soft contemporary, with inspired design and artworks a focus in every suite.

Casual and elegant are the hallmarks of destination restaurant Appellation, co-located with The Louise, where an inspired culinary team guides one of Australia’s finest regional dining venues. Understated, informed service and intimate ambience complement a Seasonal Selections menu focused on locally sourced produce. The daily changing Chef’s Tasting Menu has garnered regional, state and national awards and recognition. Appellation’s extensive wine list presents the best of the Barossa, Australia and major wine regions of the world.

Home to more than one hundred wineries and over seventy premium and boutique cellar doors, the Barossa region showcases world class wine tasting and memorable food and wine experiences. Numerous private tastings and winemaker introductions may be arranged for guests of The Louise. Enjoyable diversions include hot air ballooning, scenic helicopter rides, cycling, hiking, a relaxing massage, the acclaimed Barossa Farmers’ Market, Breakfast with the Kangaroos, and much more.

Just over one hour from Adelaide, The Louise is the food + wine + luxury accommodation destination for discerning travellers to Australia’s most highly regarded wine region.

RoomS

Relax in spacious comfort, experience pure indulgent luxury and sophisticated contemporary design whilst surrounded by picturesque natural vineyard landscapes. A stay at The Louise nourishes the senses and enlivens the spirit.

All of our suites, regardless of type, include a wide array of premium features and amenities such as

  • King beds with crisp linens
  • Flat screen TV’s with DVD players
  • BOSE iPod docking stations
  • Writing desks with complimentary wired and wireless internet access
  • A fully-stocked, complimentary mini-bar
  • A large fully-tiled ensuite bathroom with spa tubs for two
  • Walk-in rain showers
  • Towel rail heaters
  • Separate toilet area
  • Dual hand basins
  • A walk-in robe area with luggage store

TWO BEDROOM PREMIUM SUITE

The best in class, luxury 2 bedroom suite with separate bedroom and bathrooms, shared lounge and balcony area – perfect for two couples exploring the Barossa wine country.

Enjoy glorious sunset views from your private terrace, gas log fireplaces as well as a large lounge room, king beds, deluxe linens, spacious marbled ensuites and outdoor private rainshowers.

PREMIUM SUITE

Enjoy glorious sunset views from your private terrace, gas log fireplaces as well as a large lounge room, king bed, deluxe linens, spacious marbled ensuite and your very own outdoor private rain shower.

Our top of the range guest room, the 125 sqm* (about 1300 sqft) Premium Suites, include all of the amenities and features of our Luxury Suites in an even more spacious configuration plus a private water feature, sunning lounges on the vineyard facing terrace, a choice of king or twin single bedding, and further upscale lighting, artworks, fabrics and furnishings.

LUXURY SUITES

An indulgent spa suite – with soft contemporary furnishings, your own private courtyard and terrace and king bed fitted with deluxe linens.

This room also features a gas-log fireplace and large ensuite with spa tub and walk-in shower for two as well as your own private outdoor rain shower – the ideal setting to indulge your senses.

Suites

Our entry-level guest suite with your own private sunset terrace, deluxe linens and amenities, king bed, large spa tub, gated courtyard and free Wi-Fi access make this suite a great starting point to your Barossa stay.

Dine at Appellation

Appellation restaurant embraces what is fresh from the kitchen garden, nearby local growers and farmers, offering mid-sized plates sourcing ingredients which reflect the growing seasons.

Appellation offers a set tasting menu on Thursday – Sunday evenings with paired beverage options or an extensive wine list to choose from.

Executive Chef Daniel Murphy’s kitchen is all about fresh ingredients which is reflected in the fact that 85% of the menu comes from within the Barossa Valley and South Australia with the balance from Australia. The kitchen garden is a great resource as well as the close relationships we have with local purveyors, farmers and growers.

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Paperbark Camp Jarvis Bay

571 Woollamia Rd, Woollamia NSW 2540

Featuring luxury tented accommodation and superb food, Paperbark Camp lets you get back to nature in style and comfort, the perfect green getaway only 2.5 hours from Sydney on the beautiful NSW South Coast.

Nestled in a peaceful bush setting on the banks of a tranquil waterway, the camp is just minutes from the coastal village of Huskisson and the natural wonders of Jervis Bay . It is the perfect base from which to explore the famous white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and unspoilt national parks of this pristine area.

In keeping with their eco-friendly approach, the safari tents with solar powered lighting are thoughtfully placed amongst the gum trees on elevated decks for minimal impact and natural ventilation. Wake up to the morning birdsong and watch kangaroos pass by from the comfort of your bed before enjoying a hot shower in your private open-air en suite. All amenities are provided including fine quality linen, towels and bath gowns and full breakfast and three course dinner is included in all packages.

Canoes and bikes are available to explore the local area and assistance with arranging tours such as dolphin and whale cruises, sea kayaking and Aboriginal cultural experiences.

Room

Our African inspired canvas safari tents have been thoughtfully placed amongst the soaring eucalyptus and intriguing paperbarks, built above the ground to give privacy and comfort and to capture the sea breeze.

After a delicious dinner in our treetop dining room, grab your torch and meander back under the stars to snuggle up in your own bush hideaway, lulled into a restful sleep by the sounds of the bush at night.

Our canvas safari style tents have been placed thoughtfully amongst the soaring eucalyptus and intriguing paperbarks, built above the ground to give privacy and to capture the sea breeze. All tents have wrap around decking with outdoor furniture, polished hardwood floors, full insect screening, solar powered lighting as well as high quality linen and all the hotel amenities you would expect for a luxe camping experience.

They also include an open air private en suite, perfect for bird watching and kangaroo spotting while you enjoy a steaming hot shower. Delicious hand made soaps and lotions made from natural ingredients and gowns are also provided.

But for a camping experience like no other, spoil yourself in our Deluxe tents with free standing bath and contemporary furnishings to create a romantic candle lit oasis amongst the gum trees… you’ll never pitch your own tent again!

Note: Paperbark Camp follows a sustainable philosophy and has Advanced Eco Accreditation. As such, you will not find air conditioning or heating, TV, bar fridge or power points for your technology (though power and wifi can be accessed in the Gunyah). So switch off and get back to nature!

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