Bouncing back to life
Witness the beauty of nature in bloom on a regenerated Kangaroo Island
KANGAROO ISLAND HAS it all: wildlife, food, jaw-dropping scenery, and now it also has a new tour. Kangaroo Island Odysseys has launched a one night/one day Kangaroo Island Road to Recovery Tour, allowing travellers to tour bushfire-affected areas and witness the regeneration and regrowth of flora and fauna. Expect iconic wildlife moments, lunch in a bushland setting, afternoon tea at Snellings Beach and overnight accommodation at Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge. The tour operates daily and for $599 per person, twin share, is available for travel August 5-31, 2020. kangarooislandodysseys.com.au
Meandering by the Seine might be at least a year away, but there’s no reason you can’t buy a piping hot croissant and enjoy it as you listen to Almost French by Sarah Turnbull. In fact, Audible has a large range of travel titles for every kind of holidaymaker, with these recommendations.
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer; Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Saga Land by Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Beach by Alex Garland and My Indian Odyssey by Vincent Ebrahim.
Stephen Fry in America by Stephen Fry, On the Road by Jack Kerouac and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson.
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel, The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho and The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson. audible.com.au
A face mask that doesn’t make you look like an off-duty surgeon? Not the stuff of unicorns and fairy dust, but a stylish range from Clear Collective. Whether you go for a loud floral or gold detailing, there’s something to suit every wardrobe and reusable masks are Australian-made and owned. Priced from $49.95 for adults and $44.95 for kids. clearcollective.com.au
ASSESS ALL AREAS
Eager to steer clear of communal spaces in hotels? You’re in good company, according to the latest survey data from Skyscanner. Having interviewed 2300 global travellers, the travel company found 46 per cent of us are saying a massive “no thanks” to shared amenities and common areas such as fitness facilities. Sanitisation and hygiene practices of the property also topped the list of “extremely important factors”, outranking price and location. skyscanner.com.au
Viewing art in Florence and enjoying Handel in Vienna might be off the cards for now, but Renaissance Tours is here to save the day with the launch of A World in One Country. A range of meticulously curated domestic short breaks that cater to aficionados of music, art, opera and wine, the options are endless. Why not lock in an exclusive four-day The Renaissance Tours Vienna Nights Festival in Tasmania or Spring Gardens of the Blue Mountains? renaissancetours.com.au
ISLE BE THERE
Australia’s sweetheart, Daydream Island Resort and Living Reef, has thrown open its doors. Whether you’re after a swim with the manta rays in the resort’s living reef, or you’d rather enjoy a cocktail and meal at one of the onsite restaurants, guest health and safety remain front of mind. Expect a focus on reduced contact, such as contactless check-in and QR codeactivated menus, as well as individual amenity cleaning kits and personal use sanitisers and wipes for guests. daydreamisland.com
Get more bang for your buck with Wyndham Rewards which has announced it is relaxing requirements for earning Member Levels (status) in 2020. The number of nights members need to stay has been reduced by an impressive 40 per cent. wyndamhotels.com
A new tour allows visitors to see flora and fauna recovery on Kangaroo Island, SA.