Wilderness and Wildlife Encounters
Southern Ocean Lodge
It’s hard to imagine a more sympathetic tribute to the wild beauty of Kangaroo Island than Southern Ocean Lodge Sensitively designed to blend seamlessly with the rugged landscape, the luxury lodge appears to float along its cliff top setting. The expansive Great Room lies at the helm, forming the hub of the lodging experience – guests dine decadently in the restaurant, lounge with a book and a drink or plan a great day ahead. Dining at Southern Ocean Lodge is designed to reflect its unique surrounds. The chefs work closely with the island’s providers to source ingredients, creating menus with a proudly local flavor. A generous ‘at-home’ feel flows throughout with a convivial open bar and a walk-in cellar featuring South Australian wines completes an exclusive epicurean adventure. Twenty-one contemporary suites cantilever along the curve of the limestone cliffs, each with unbroken views of the Southern Ocean and dramatic coastal wilderness. Favoring refined comfort over ostentation, myriad thoughtful details from custom furnishings to warm limestone underfoot create a feeling of relaxed luxury. Graced with sweeping horizons of pristine wilderness, Kangaroo Island is renowned as Australia’s Galapagos. Kangaroos, koalas, seals, dolphins and whales frolic to everyone’s delight in this ‘zoo without fences’. A tailor-made itinerary of guided experiences offers guests a first-hand encounter with abundant wildlife, roaming freely in its natural environment. With the oxygen-charged ocean pounding below, the Southern Spa opens to infinite views of sky and sea. A rejuvenating menu of treatments features Kangaroo Island’s own natural beauty products, Ligurian honey, lavender and hand-gathered mineral salts. Warm, first-name service lends to the overall sense of being at home, of easy, relaxed luxury, of seemingly effortless attention to detail. To find a retreat this exceptional in a location this remote only adds to the wonder.
This lodge was unfortunately destroyed in the island fires of January 2020. It is being completely rebuilt and is anticipated to reopen in 2022.
Premier Tasmania Touring
Tasmania has abundance of native wildlife and wilderness areas to explore. Tasmania’s UNESCO World Heritage Listed Wilderness provides a perfect place for touring away from urban hustle and bustle, with rugged mountains, temperate rainforests and pristine white sandy beaches. The Our guides know Tasmania intimately and are able to provide interpretation and share stories in a meaningful way. Guests may enjoy privately guided experience tailored to personal preferences focusing on Tasmanian wildlife and wilderness encounters.
Private Great Ocean Road
Experience a breathtaking private tour tailored just for you. Journey along 150 miles of the most spectacular shoreline in the world. Your expert guide will personalize the tour to your request and suggest you visit Split Point Lighthouse and enjoy a stroll along the wild beaches. A traditional pub meal will await you at the quaint coastal town of Apollo Bay, followed by exclusive access to the Eco-lodge. Bask in your natural surrounds while watching the wild kangaroos roam free. Look up to see the sleepy koalas enjoying their Eucalyptus leaves. The final stop on this incredible journey will be to capture the magic at the awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles & Loch Ard Gorge. Optional helicopter rides around the 12 Apostles is available if you want a spectacular view.
El Questro Homestead & Wilderness Park
El Questro Homestead & Wilderness Park property is over one million acres in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. The Station is located on the banks of the Pentecost River and offers bungalows which are great for families. The Homestead is an exclusive retreat situated on top of the Chamberlain Gorge with sweeping views of the river and bushland. There are a total of 9 bedrooms in four room categories.
Activities at El Questro including barramundi fishing, horse trekking, or exploring remote areas by helicopter to see areas that only a few have ever seen. A day spent with the local ranger will introduce you to a huge variety of animals and birds – you may even spot a saltwater crocodile! El Questro’s Big Day Out and all tours or flights to the Bungle Bungles, Mitchell Falls (extra cost). A full list of their tours includes the following:
Flinders Ranges Odyssey
Experience true outback hospitality and Aussie station experiences on a small-group tour. This tour departs Adelaide with two nights at the award-winning Rawnsley Park Station and one night at the famous Prairie Hotel. Rawnsley Park Station will be a highlight on this tour with your hosts providing true outback hospitality and Aussie station experiences. Stay in luxurious Eco Villas, all with commanding views of the surrounding landscape. Touring includes the spectacular and rugged scenery of Wilpena Pound and the magnificent Flinders Ranges region with its wealth of wildlife, geology and ancient history. At Nilpena Station, take a fascinating station and Edicarian fossil tour, and enjoy outback food and hospitality at the famous Prairie Hotel in Parachilna. Finally, travel through the stunning Clare Valley wine region for some wine tasting and lunch before returning to Adelaide.