WORKING THROUGH THE KIDS’ INHERITANCE
No lodge too pricey, no cruise too far.
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.