The Royal Mail Grampians Peaks Trail Luxury Walking Package from mid October Includes two nights in the recently refurbished Deluxe Mountain View room, a completely catered day of walking on the Grampians Peaks Trail with an informative guide, dinner each evening at the Royal Mail Hotel, delicious à la carte breakfast daily, return transfers from the Royal Mail Hotel to the trail, a tour of the hotel’s wine collection and a chef- led harvest tour of Australia’s largest kitchen garden. $1750 per couple twin share. 98 Parker Street, Dunkeld. (03) 5577 2241; royalmail.com.au
WA Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef
October is the last month for the year to swim with the mighty humpback whales on Ningaloo Reef, a World Heritage Site and Australia’s largest fringing coral reef. Sal Salis, a luxury safari camp in the dunes of Cape Range National Park, offers humpback and whale shark swims at extra cost in addition to guided kayak and snorkel trips or walks in the national park included in the tariff. Guests will enjoy three-course gourmet dinners paired with wines in the lodge or on the deck under beautiful starlit skies. From $750 per person per night twin or double share. (08) 9949 1776; salsalis.com.au
Grampians National Park is known for its spectacular sandstone mountains, rock pools and summits. BELOW Frank Hinder’s At Lewers 1946, ink pencil and wash on paper, at Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest.