The Best of Aus­tralia with One&Only Re­sorts

with One&Only Re­sorts

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We take an in­side look at these ex­cep­tional Aus­tralian get­aways, where you can pause and con­nect with life.

A place to pause and con­nect with life is a goal of One&Only Re­sorts, and these ex­cep­tional prop­er­ties in Aus­tralia make this feel­ing a part of everyday life.

Aus­tralia as a des­ti­na­tion is syn­ony­mous with ad­ven­ture. It of­fers trav­el­ers a front row seat to ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture and wildlife as it was in­tended to be ex­pe­ri­enced – ef­fort­lessly. Aquatic and coastal ex­pe­ri­ences are plen­ti­ful and beau­ti­ful. The food, wine and beer cul­ture is unique and un­com­pli­cated. Dy­namic cities are alive with the arts and his­tory. Ev­ery sea­son has its charm, and the al­lure of ex­plor­ing na­tive lands and cul­ture is un­de­ni­ably strong. Af­ter an all too short visit to three Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tions – Hay­man Is­land, Wol­gan Val­ley and Sydney, I knew that I had barely scratched the sur­face of things to do and see in this cap­ti­vat­ing coun­try. Nev­er­the­less, that small taste made me ex­cited to plan my next Aus­tralian get­away. From the im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice and ameni­ties that come with the glo­ri­ous One&Only prop­er­ties, to the once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ences along the way, here is just a sam­ple of what ex­cited me most about this Aus­tralian ad­ven­ture.

One&Only Hay­man Is­land

Aus­tralia has seven states, each with coastal wa­ters en­vied by land­locked na­tions, but Queens­land wins top prize for the UNESCO-des­ig­nated Great Bar­rier Reef. With 3,000 kilo­me­ters of coral reefs, these is­land re­sorts pro­vide launch­ing points for trav­el­ers chas­ing af­ter world-class snor­kel­ing and div­ing.

The One&Only Hay­man Is­land is a so­phis­ti­cated, yet laid-back op­tion with in­cred­i­ble pri­vate sea­plane ex­cur­sions that pro­vide breath­tak­ing ae­rial views of Bait, Hardy Reef, Heart Reef and the most ex­quis­ite of all, the Outer Reef. How­ever, a fa­vorite ad­ven­ture al­ter­na­tive is a sim­pler plea­sure – a short launch ride to Lang­ford Is­land for a pic­nic lunch where you will be one of only a hand­ful of vis­i­tors to the un­in­hab­ited sandy spit. It was here that I dined un­der the shade of a nautical um­brella, sipped chilled cham­pagne, watched ma­jes­tic sea tur­tles sur­face for air, and swam with fish whose bril­liant col­ors ri­valed the col­ors of the most vi­brant rain­bow. lux­eget­aways.info/hay­man

Emi­rates One&Only Wol­gan Val­ley

It is dif­fi­cult to ex­press the au­then­tic unique­ness of Emi­rates One&Only Wol­gan Val­ley. It is a con­ser­va­tion re­sort with pri­vate vil­las, and a 7,000-acre pre­serve lo­cated be­tween two na­tional parks – the Wollemi and Gar­dens of Stone. Look­ing for a bit of ad­ven­ture, we were dropped off in the mid­dle of the na­ture re­serve in the greater Blue Moun­tains with a pic­nic lunch and a frosty bot­tle of pink bubbly. We sat un­der a leafy limb of an an­cient gum tree to take ad­van­tage of the shade while perched on the high­est over­look point. The views were breath­tak­ing, and we even spot­ted move­ment in the bushes nearby that grabbed our at­ten­tion. We were sud­denly eye-to-eye with a joey (baby kan­ga­roo). I quickly grabbed my cam­era to cap­ture this price­less mo­ment, but the joey proved faster than me and had leaped back into his mother’s pouch be­fore I could take the photo. De­spite my lack of cam­era readi­ness, this unique ad­ven­ture proved to be amaz­ing for pho­tograph­ing the wildlife and awe-in­spir­ing views. lux­eget­aways.info/wol­gan

Pho­tog­ra­phy: Emi­rates One&Only Wol­gan Val­ley

Pho­tog­ra­phy: One&Only Hay­man Is­land

Pho­tog­ra­phy: Emi­rates One&Only Wol­gan Val­ley

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