It’s been several years since the northern hemisphere held the monopoly on luxury travel. No matter how high the standards you have come to expect from travels in other corners of the globe, you’ll find them met, and often widely exceeded, in Australia.
Even in some of the most remote locations on the planet, in faraway swathes of outback or on islands cast off on the Great Barrier Reef, you can find yourself utterly pampered...
…and nowhere more so on this unbeatably exclusive itinerary. You’ll fly to Australia First Class in your private suite on Singapore Airlines, be whisked around the country by private jet and stay in some of the country’s finest properties.
London – Adelaide
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Adelaide.
After flying to Adelaide your private Chinta Airtours’ pilot will be waiting to take you on a short hop to Kangaroo Island, one of the best places on the continent to see a menagerie of native animals in their natural habitat, including species that are rare, even extinct, on the mainland.
You’ll stay at Southern Ocean Lodge, a striking, contemporary work of architecture set on a clifftop overlooking a rugged stretch of coast.
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
From the ocean to the outback and one of Australia’s most iconic sights, rising dramatically out of the flat Red Centre landscape. From the veranda of your luxurious tent in Longitude 131, inspired by some of Africa’s leading bush camps, you’ll be able to see the Rock by both the rising and setting sun, with an astronomer on hand as the night takes over to help you read the starry heavens.
One of Australia’s most striking works of geology, the beehive shaped, deeply cleaved sandstone rocks of the Bungle Bungle are best seen from the air. You’ll stay at El Questro, a million acre station perched on a 400 million year old escarpment in the heart of the Kimberley Ranges, with tidal flats, gorges, waterfalls and abundant wildlife within your compass.
Another day, another taste of the Australian wilderness, again in amazing comfort. Your villa at the Berkeley River Lodge, which is only accessible by air, sits on top of the dunes with views of the Timor Sea. There’s lots to do, including river fishing and inspecting ancient rock artworks.
Located in the heart of the Northern Territory, on the flood plains of the Mary River just west of the Kakadu National Park (first brought to world fame by Crocodile Dundee), Bamarru Plains is utterly exclusive and rustically chic. The property has been built in total harmony with the surrounding country which is home to amazing birds and other wildlife.
If you haven’t yet considered Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, then Sir David Attenborough’s three part BBC TV documentary, to be aired soon after Christmas 2015, is guaranteed to tempt you. One of the most sumptuous places to stay is on Lizard Island surrounded by gorgeous beaches, the clearest water and magnificent coral gardens. Think silver service with platinum snorkelling.
Pretty Beach House
Say goodbye to your private pilot and fly Qantas Business Class to Sydney for the grand finale to your trip in one of the world’s most handsome cities. You’ll be staying beachside, 60 miles north of the city on the Central Coast at Pretty Beach House, a short seaplane hop from the city.
You will take the seaplane ride back to Sydney and then fly from Sydney to London First Class with Singapore Airlines.