WORK­ING THROUGH THE KIDS’ IN­HER­I­TANCE

No lodge too pricey, no cruise too far.

Australian Traveller - - Contents -

TAKE A PRI­VATE JET TOUR

See­ing the coun­try by pri­vate jet is the ul­ti­mate in­dul­gence, flout­ing check-in desks and board­ing queues in favour of ex­clu­sive ac­cess. Cap­tain’s Choice of­fers pri­vate jet jour­neys that take in some of the coun­try’s most evoca­tive land­scapes, from the Top End to Tas­ma­nia, with jaw-drop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences along the way. cap­tain­schoice.com.au

BOOK THE BEST ROOM IN THE COUN­TRY

Ho­tel rooms don’t come much more plush than the Chair­man’s Villa, sit­ting atop Crown Tow­ers Perth. Big­ger than most fam­ily homes, the list of in­clu­sions is awe-in­spir­ing: four bed­rooms, a din­ing room with a fully equipped bar, a two-storey liv­ing room, an en­ter tain­ment room with a grand pi­ano and pool ta­ble, a per­sonal study, and a but­ler’s kitchen. All this will cost you (way) up­wards of $20,000 a night but maybe you can chip in with friends to foot the bill; there’s def­i­nitely enough room!

Take a walk through his­tory

While the out­back re­gions of Aus­tralia have been em­brac­ing the Indige­nous his­tory of the coun­try for years, Tas­ma­nia fi­nally has a head­lin­ing Indige­nous ex­pe­ri­ence of its own, the wukalina walk, which is al­ready gen­er­at­ing huge in­ter­est and gar­ner­ing awards. Turn the page to take a jour­ney through his­tory.

RV AROUND AUS­TRALIA

We live on a big is­land so it can take a good while to drive the length and breadth of the coun­try, es­pe­cially if you chart a course to take in ev­ery nook and cranny that you have ever won­dered and/ or dreamed about. The gold rib­bon trip for any grey no­mad is, of course, the Big Lap, a roughly 14,500-kilo­me­tre jour­ney along High­way 1, which skirts the en­tirety of Aus­tralia and con­nects ev­ery main­land state cap­i­tal. Be­fore you go, in­vest in a good map and down­load an app that of­fers the best petrol prices around the coun­try - you’re go­ing to need both!

Tick off some lux­ury lodges

The ar­rival of lux­ury lodges onto the Aus­tralian tourism land­scape in the last decade or so has trans­formed the con­cept of five-star lux­ury. We now have a world-class col­lec­tion of so­phis­ti­cated lodg­ings in stun­ning lo­ca­tions across the coun­try that ramp up the all-in­clu­sive hol­i­day to dizzy­ing heights. From Pretty Beach House in NSW (pic­tured), Saf­fire Fr­eycinet in Tas­ma­nia, Sal Salis Nin­ga­loo Reef to Ba­murru Plains at the edge of Kakadu, they’re beg­ging to be ticked.

JUMP ON THE IN­DIAN PA­CIFIC

There’s pos­si­bly no more leisurely way to cross from Syd­ney to Perth than on the In­dian Pa­cific. Rank­ing as one of the great train jour­neys in the world, the four-day, three-night itin­er­ary takes in stops at Bro­ken Hill and Ade­laide (where you can take a quick day trip to the BarossaVal­ley), and passes through the heart of the Nullar­bor, with an evening stop for canapés and drinks un­der the stars, be­fore glid­ing into the Western Aus­tralian cap­i­tal. great­south­ern­rail.com.au

Board the QM2

En­cap­su­lat­ing the spirit of the golden age of travel, a cruise on one of Cu­nard’s fa­mous ocean lin­ers is a sin­gu­lar type of lux­ury ex­pe­ri­ence that you’ve spent a life­time dream­ing about. Em­bark on a short hop around Aus­tralia’s south on the Queen El­iz­a­beth, or take the long way home from over­seas on the Queen Mary 2’s epic voy­age from Southamp­ton. cu­nard­line.com.au

CRUISE THE KIM­BER­LEY IN STYLE

We’ve saved the best for last when it comes to the Kim­ber­ley; cruis­ing the red-rock lined wa­ters in lux­ury.This is a real ‘I’ve earned this’ in­dul­gence, with a ros­ter of com­pa­nies pil­ing on the bells and whis­tles in or­der to make this par­tic­u­lar Kim­ber­ley jour­ney a real once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence.Take your pick of ves­sels and itin­er­ar­ies (kim­ber­l­ey­cruiseescapes.com.au deals with the best of the best cruise providers), but know that each one will of­fer mem­o­ries of this mes­meris­ing lo­ca­tion to last a life­time.

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