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Published on September 18th, 2011 | by Emma Hackwood

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A Guide to Australia’s Five-Star Adventures

View from Mt Hay by Chris Jones for Tourism NSW

There’s certainly nothing like discovering Australia’s five-star style amongst its natural wonders of red canyons, tropical rainforest spas, and coastal wilderness lodges with a view of kangaroos. So we’ve put together a list of Australia’s Five-Star Adventures that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime:

Tucked away in World Heritage wilderness and stunning coastline, Australia is more than just where you stay, it’s about what you do as soon as your plane touches down. Lucky window seat travellers might catch a quick aerial glimpse of the Sydney Opera House and harbour bridge when their flight descends into Sydney. But after the usual customs and baggage claim, that starts off most holidays, shake off the jet lag and make a grand entrance into the city. Board a helicopter and introduce yourself to Sydney’s beaches and sparkling harbour from above with this one of a kind airport transfer. Land in the city just in time for a harbourside lunch at Opera Kitchen with a gourmet seafood meal prepared by one of Australia’s most renowned chefs.

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MELBOURNE

If it’s a taste of Australia that lures you down under, you’ll find a little piece of heaven hidden in the laneways and neighbourhoods of Melbourne. But Melbourne is more than just dining: it’s about immersion. Incorporate Australian bush tucker into your meal with a cooking class at Tjanabi, or find your new favourite Australian vintage on a sommelier’s walk with Hidden Secrets Tours. melbs

Whether you’re on a private tour of the Queen Victoria markets, or meeting the locals at world’s longest lunch during March’s Food and Wine Festival, it’s impossible for a Melbourne explorer to miss out on the city’s gourmet culture.

 

TASMANIA

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Alicia (@Taggio) taking in the view from Wineglass Bay

South of Melbourne, the island of Tasmania is home to some of Australia’s most unique wildlife, and huge expanses of World Heritage wilderness. Meet rehabilitated Tasmanian devils during a feeding at Bonorong Wilderness Sanctuary or come across wombats in the wild on a multi-day Maria Island bushwalk. As the day’s adventure ends with a sunset glass of Tasmania’s finest wine and gourmet candlelit meal, you’ll see why Tasmania makes exploring Australia’s iconic landscapes all too easy.

 

KANGAROO ISLAND

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Where Tasmania is famed for nature, you’ll find smaller Kangaroo Island a legend for wildlife. Just a short boat or plane jaunt from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is considered Australia’s Galapagos. Here, a bushwalk will take you through unique coastal geography at the remarkable rocks, under the eucalyptus homes of sleepy koalas, and across fields of grazing kangaroos. Floating atop a cliff on a stretch of secluded coastline, Southern Ocean lodge offers the perfect base to explore Australia’s barefoot luxury.

 

THE OUTBACK

Australia’s spiritual heart is the Red Centre. Immerse yourself in the art and stories of a culture that has called Australia home for over 40,000 years. Let an indigenous Australian guide you through the region and explore the Outback by helicopter, hot air balloon, Harley or camel.

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Mike Corey (@KicktheGrind) enjoying some champagne at Uluru

End the day soaking up the sunset with a side of champagne over Uluru, and stay within the shadow of an Australian icon at the luxury wilderness camp at Longitude 131.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Head west to dip your toes in the Indian Ocean and introduce yourself to the bright blue hues of Western Australia. Jump into the crystal waters to snorkel Ningaloo Reef, or swim with the region’s gentle whale sharks.

End the day overlooking the coast’s white sand dunes from the exclusive safari camp at Sal Salis. While you indulge in a fresh, gourmet meal in the golden glow of the sunset, you’ll be experiencing wild bush luxury at its very best.

WHITSUNDAYS

Australia’s pristine coastline stretches for over 50,000 kilometres. Though it’s hard to pick a favourite section, there’s nothing like the crystal waters and remote islands of the Whitsundays.

The Great Barrier Reef by Tourism Queensland

Qualia, located on Hamilton Island, serves as a strategic gateway to either island relaxation or exploration. Overhear the cockatoos chatter from your private plunge pool, or hop aboard a seaplane to a secluded picnic on the whitest sand beach in Pacific. The Islands are a marine adventurer’s playground, and here the southern reach of the Great Barrier Reef makes for a legendary scuba trip.

Reef Snorkelling by Tourism Queensland

From the rugged red of the Outback to the cool blue waters of the coast, luxury in Australia is found in its dramatic contrasts, iconic nature and spirit. Whether travelers find inspiration at a five-star eco lodge above the roaring Southern Ocean or in the underwater paradise of the Great Barrier Reef, the diverse experiences on offer represent a new style of distinctly Australian luxury.

With so much to see and do in this magnificent continent, your Flight Centre travel consultant can help you arrange everything from airfares and accommodation to tours and travel insurance. For more information about Australia or to take advantage of our special offers, feel free to call one of our agents today at 1-866-502-4605.

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About the Author

Emma Hackwood

a freelance copywriter, amateur glider pilot and full-time adventure seeker, has travelled extensively in pursuit of her lifelong dream of simply seeing it all. Up to over 50 countries, she lists American Samoa and the seldom visited Marquesas Islands as her current favourite destinations, with a wandering eye on Guam and Tonga to complete her Pacific escapades.



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