Australia

Silky Oaks Lodge

A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, Silky Oaks Lodge is an eco lodge and spa that promises ‘tranquility in the rainforest’ – and it delivers.

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Spicers Sangoma Retreat

It’s usually a good omen when your taxi goes down a really, really long drive, and you’re met with a smile and a glass of champagne. So it begins at Spicers Sangoma Retreat

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Vibe Hotel, Rushcutters Bay

t’s night-time when we arrive at the Vibe Hotel, Rushcutters Bay, grateful to sink into a comfortable bed after a long flight to Sydney from the UK. So it’s only when the sun comes up and I bounce out of bed and throw open the curtains, that I see that a beautiful setting we’re in.

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Lady Elliot Island

Famous for seasonal whale watching, Lady Elliot Island a 3,500 year old coral cay is among the most pristine and untouched sections of the Great Barrier reef. Our small glass bottom boat is bobbing up and down like a cork over the ocean swell when the skipper jumps for joy shouting “we’ve got one, there’s two now… wow! Just look at them go”.

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Top End Northern Territory

Crocodile Dundee’s piercing blue eyes weather beaten craggy profile and his way with women are to blame for my long obsession with Australia’s Northern Territory. Now here I am at last up at The Top End National Territory – the place Mick called home, where the 30th anniversary of that first Crocodile Dundee movie is being celebrated this year.

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The Great Barrier Reef

Dipping my head under the water and experiencing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for the first time, I feel I’ve stepped uninvited into a colourful underwater world where sea life is busily going about its business just like it has for thousands of years.

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