The Best of Australia with One&Only Resorts
with One&Only Resorts
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