|Ideal length||13 Days|
|When to go||March - November|
Gliding by helicopter over East Kimberley’s dramatic red desert.
Joining Aborigines in Arnhem Land, an area usually inaccessible to tourists.
Getting your toes into the pristine white sands of Lizard Island.
Snorkelling over the vibrant corals of the Great Barrier Reef.
Droving cattle on a genuine outback ranch.
On this trip, experience these and more as you head from the city to the red outback and end up in luxury on a private island.
Whether you loved or hated Baz Luhrmann’s movie Australia, we bet you drooled over the incredible spaces and vast openness of the Kimberleys, and a part of you wanted to go there. Well, now it’s time to do it. We love Bullo River Station, a working homestead and home to over 7000 Brahman-cross cattle, wallabies, dingoes, wild buffalo and more.
Surrounded by the Victoria River and rugged hills inscribed with Aboriginal Rock Art, here you’ll spend time fishing for Barramundi and dining on world-class steaks. Spot crocs on the Bullo River, horse ride through the dramatic scenery or even try your hand at cattle mustering for a true ‘drover’ experience. Damsel in distress not always included.
Getting under the skin of a place is all about meeting the locals, and trust us, an experience with the Aboriginal people in Arnhem land (the real bush) is truly once-in-a-lifetime.
You feel the heat of the blazing sun: they live in it. Only a handful of people are welcomed by the indigenous Aboriginal people; through mutual understanding and long-standing respect, we can gain you access to them. Learn how they live in the barren surroundings, see some of the world’s most ancient rock art, cruise lily-covered billabongs, watch saltwater crocodiles propel their bodies out of water and, after waving goodbye to the Aboriginal people, finish off the day with a cold beer in a true Aussie Roadhouse.
Sitting on a harbour twice the size of Sydney’s, a stop in Darwin provides the perfect chic city break for some pampering between dusty outback experiences. Once a rough-and-ready frontier town, Darwin’s now a bustling mecca of art, beach markets and tropical coastal life.
From your base at Mantra on the Esplanade, where your room will overlook the harbour, you’re a stone’s throw from buzzing Mindil Beach, where you can see live music, and shop for anything from clothes to snacks and local artwork. Visit the contemporary Karen Brown gallery and top off the day with a sunset dinner on the boardwalk of Cullen Bay. Delicious.
Now its time for some idyllic turquoise waters and caster sugar beaches. We know just the place, and it's only a quick flight east in Queensland.
Perched above the Coral Sea on Sunset Ridge, Lizard Island doesn’t just sound like paradise, it is paradise. 24 white powdery beaches (yes, we said 24), sensational scuba diving and snorkelling over the famous Cod Hole are just three of the many amazing reasons to make this journey via Cairns.
Whatever you do, make sure you bring your underwater camera. The snorkelling is indescribable: see technicolour coral gardens and tropical fish, and come face-to-face with massive, curious potato Cod. Take a motorised dinghy out to a secluded beach for a private picnic or sail a glass-bottomed boat… and top it off with a massage at the Azure spa overlooking the calm seas. Utter luxury.
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