The top end of Australia should be a travel destination on everyone’s bucket list. Home to some of the most stunning scenery Australia has to offer, the NT has a unique blend of flora and fauna, which must be seen to be appreciated. From exotic waterfalls, landscapes and wildlife to ancient Aboriginal rock art, there’s something for young and old to see and do.
What makes it even better, is that they also have superb glamping accommodation options. Some of which you don’t even have to get out of bed to witness the incredible sunrises! No, it’s not too good to be true, it’s a reality!
Here we are featuring four of the regions top rugged, yet ritzy venues. From romantic couples getaways, to family friendly safari tents, it seems the top end is the place to go and experience the best glamping options on offer. Rather than just finding a place to lay your head, opt for a once in a lifetime experience.
Bamuruu Plains Wildbush Luxury
Looking for a hint of romance? This luxury getaway provides the perfect privacy for couples looking for that romantic escape. With only nine bungalows available, guests are able to escape to a place of intimate isolation. Each bungalow overlooks the floodplains visited by a many unique flora and fauna, such as Magpie Gees and Plumed Whistling Ducks.
This is the ultimate natural Aussie outback experience so don’t expect technology. Sorry the mobile won’t work either. There are binoculars and species guides for sitting back and thoroughly enjoying the experience. The food options are reflective of the region, so if you’re into Australiana, be sure to check it out.
Fancy waking up to breathtaking views of Uluru / Ayers Rock from the comfort of your bed? Flick the switch, the curtains rise and there it is! This intimate 15 luxury tent venue ensures interrupted views of the iconic landmark from each tent. King sized beds, air-conditioning and even complimentary use of an Ipad and MP3 makes this the type of glamping experience something even a princess could endure!
After a long hot day of sightseeing, you can relax poolside then head into the outback for a gourmet four-course dinner under the spectacular glory of the milky way. If you have been searching for a way to propose or celebrate something special, this experience is certainly worthy of investigating.
Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge
This boutique lodge is glamping at its best, complete with token campfire. There are only ten spacious luxury tented cabins on offer, so intimate numbers are assured. With king size beds and air conditioning, the owners are catering for your comfort. It’s set in a secluded and picturesque corner of Kings Creek Station with easy access to Kings Canyon.
In the evening you can experience a three-course gourmet dinner with Aussie flair! Sample the fresh homemade damper, served with platters of beef and barramundi or kangaroo and lamb, all served with the chef’s choice of vegetables and salad. Yum! Complete the day by sitting back and relaxing in front of an outdoor campfire.
Wildman Wilderness Lodge
For a family option, consider Wildman Wilderness Lodge. They have 10 family friendly safari tents, complete with two single beds, plus en-suite. The beauty of Wildman is that it is easily accessible to both Darwin and Kakadu, located on the stunning Mary River Wetlands. It too is home to exquisite local bird and wildlife.
An added specialty of the lodge is a fisherman or woman’s dream! You can catch your own Barramundi and then have the chef cook it for your dinner. Now, I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the ideal fishing experience!
Now more than ever people are acknowledging the benefits and power of positive thinking – taking on new challenges that have the ability to change ones direction and step out of the comfort zone. Life is an adventure and it should be grasped with both hands as there are no real limits, only the ones you created within. Not sure where to start on your journey? Why not consider the following 5 adventure ideas to get you started on your adventure and new way of thinking:
Swimming with gentle giants
At this time of year people are flocking in droves to see and swim with the biggest shark in the world – whalesharks. Found at the heritage- listed Ningaloo reef in Exmouth, these gentle giants will have you in awe at their sheer size and majestic beauty. Whalesharks won’t be the only animal you’ll see. Expect to share the water with migrating whales, manta rays, dolphins, dugongs, turtles, colourful corals, an assortment of fish and much, much more. Get up close to nature and create a memory that will last a life time.
Climb up or abseil down
From the seas to the trees, abseiling and rock-climbing provide an unforgettable experience with breathtaking views. Whether you choose the quick way down or the long way up, you will feel exhilarated! There are many amazing places to indulge in this adventure.
The Glasshouse Mountains National Park in Queensland offers wonderful scenery and the greenery is breathtaking. Climb to the top of Mt Ngungun and abseil down 20m or 40m of sheer cliff face or spend the day climbing to the top. The mountain range offers an unusual array of domes, cones and spires due to the volcanic activity from millions of years ago. Indulge all your senses at once here in this picturesque National Park.
Strap yourself in and put the pedal to the metal! Drive a V8 race car at Eastern Creek in Sydney for a seriously fun and fast time. But don’t worry, you’ll be instructed by a real race car driver who will teach you how to drive a V8 just like the professionals! Expect to be challenged by the circuit which is home to the V8 Supercars and A1 Grand Prix. Feel the excitement and the g-force as you set your own personal track record, tackling long straights, tight and tricky corners, rising curves, hills and flats. This will be one experience to tick off the list!
Why not add to your adventure list jumping out of a perfectly good airplane and enjoy a heart racing 200kms before landing safely and feeling the sand beneath your feet! There are a variety of locations all over Australia, but why not consider Southern Skydivers, located in the Margaret River region of Western Australia, offering skydiving for the adrenaline junkie! Want to relieve the experience? Ensure you book to have the entire skydive filmed from boarding the plane, jumping and the free fall that follows. For a lucky few, a Whale or a Dolphin may be spotted as you descend from the great height making the experience even more special.
Tackle the rapids
What better way to spend a week than by rafting the World Heritage listed Franklin River in picturesque Tasmania! Experience surging rapids, caps of white water, tranquil gorges and rare pristine temperate rainforests as you make your way down stream. Expect to see a range of native wildlife in the water, on the ground and in the air. Enjoy the exotic tastes and traditional Tasmanian cuisines in a unique setting. At this time of year you can expect the water levels to be high, but whatever the water level, rafting offers an exciting way to explore the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
So, go on. Get out. Pick an adventure and begin living your life, your way! Life is meant to be cherished and enjoyed, so why not make the most of it?
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By Glenn Stutt of Southern Skydivers, which offers tandem skydiving experiences off the pristine Busselton coastline, just 2 hours south of Perth. Enjoy the best and most memorable skydiving experience over the spectacular Margaret River wine region with magnificent views of the West Australian coastline. Connect with Glenn on Google+
Lake WanakaAccording to legend, Maori chief Te Rakainaitu, created Lake Wanaka by digging a huge hole – the rocks and debris that piled up around the lake became the surrounding mountain ranges.
Wanaka is indeed a place of stunning natural beauty. Lakes, mountains, forests, glaciers, waterfalls ? you name it. What?s more, there?s no end to the fun and adventures you can have interacting with this slice of heaven.
Nature abounds in Wanaka – it?s an outdoor adventure-lovers paradise. There are activities for the faint-hearted including meandering bush walks through consistently amazing and ever changing landscapes, kayaking on tranquil lakes or a spot of fishing.
Southern Air Alps
For those who like to test their mettle, Wanaka is also home base for a plethora of heart-stopping activities from the dare devil action of jet boating, to the buzz of heli-skiing, where advanced skiers get their thrills tracking vast slopes of fresh snow. Rally car driving, bungy jumping, sky diving and more! Take an unforgettable scenic tour of the region with Southern Alps Air.
For less adrenaline-pumping action, head to Cinema Paradiso, a quaint and cosy cinema experience where patrons choose from an assortment of over-stuffed armchairs and sofas to nestle in to while watching new-ish release films. Fab homemade ice creams, cookies and more will make you feel right at home. Admission NZ$12 for adults.
For those who like a bit of mystery in their lives, Puzzling World is a must-see. Enchanting illusion rooms, a tricky outdoor maze and hundreds of hands-on puzzles, will keep even the craftiest puzzlers entertained for hours. Great for the kids ? and big kids alike. NZ$6 adults, NZ$4 kids.
Grown-ups will love the food and wine scene in Wanaka, home to many world-class, medal-winning wines, particularly Pinot Noir. Pair these with some local farmhouse cheeses and West Coast meats, and you?re in antipasto heaven. Don?t miss the locally brewed beers from the Wanaka Beer ? especially the totally drinkable Cardrona Gold. You can even visit the brewery for a behind-the-scenes peek!
Bella Vista Motel
After a day of hiking, puzzling and sampling the local fare, rest your weary head at one of Wanaka?s friendly and hospitable motels.
For convenience and value check in to the friendly and comfortable Bella Vista Motel. Modern units, with comfy beds, spacious bathrooms and heated towel rails ? bliss! Sky TV, electric blankets and spa baths make it hard to leave the room…
On your trip to Fiji you can either pack in lots of different activities or laze around and do very little.Diving
Fiji’s warm, clear waters and abundance of reef life make the islands a magnet for divers.
The beauty of Fiji is that, with a well-established dive industry, you can have great access to diving regardless of whether your accommodation funds extend to budget or luxury. When choosing a place to stay, decide whether the sole purpose of your trip is diving or whether you also want to pursue other activities. Some resorts specialise in diving, and exclusive resorts often include diving in the daily tariff.
Many travellers take the opportunity to learn scuba diving while in Fiji, and most operators offer courses for beginners as well as certification and advanced courses.
Fiji has vast unexplored regions as well as many dive sites of world renown. There is no such thing as the best diving site, especially in Fiji. Each dive site has something special or unique. Sites range from the safe and easy, to wall dives in fast currents, to dives with reef sharks.
Snorkelling in Fiji’s warm waters is a definite highlight and is often fantastic very close to the coast.
You are likely to see brilliant soft and hard corals, multitudes of colourful fish of various shapes and sizes, sponges, sea cucumbers, urchins, starfish, Christmas-tree worms and molluscs. Crustaceans are more difficult to spot and many only come out at night. Night snorkelling is a fantastic experience if you can overcome your fear of the unknown!
BridgeClimb is a safe 3? hour adventure and can be experienced by day, twilight and night. Climbing in the day has a vibrant, bustling, energetic feel and every direction you look you?re bowled over by an awesome view of the world?s most beautiful harbour. At twilight you get the best of both worlds with the transition from day to night happening as you move through the Climb. The night period has a really intimate feel and once you get to the top it’s amazing, you can see the lights across the Sydney metropolitan area.
BridgeClimb is now offering a special Valentine?s Day ?memories? package for couples looking for a romantic and unique way to celebrate Valentine?s Day in Sydney. The package consists of a 3? hour BridgeClimb and a souvenir couple photo in a premium silver photo frame. Plus, book early for your chance to place a personal message to your valentine in a special BridgeClimb Valentine?s Day feature in the Daily Telegraph.
Perfect for the marriage proposal with a difference ? already over 750 people have been proposed to at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and no doubt on Valentine?s Day the number of marriage proposals will climb even higher. “I climbed to the top with my girlfriend. When I came down she was my fianc?”, says previous Climber Mr Giffney.
Share the romance and love of Valentine’s Day this year with the memorable experience of BridgeClimb.
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