Experience Exquisite El Questro Wilderness Park

El Questro Homestead ~ Luxury in the Heart of the Kimberley

El Questro Homestead, an exclusive retreat cantilevered over the magnificent Chamberlain River, sits in stark contrast to Western Australia’s rugged Kimberley landscape.  Catering to the most discerning of guests, friendly staff provide the highest standards of service and gourmet cuisine.

KBD El Questro Homestead from above

Photo Credit to El Questro Homestead

Decorated with artifacts and antiques collected from Indonesia and tropical Australia, and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the Homestead has a freeform swimming pool, spa, and a tennis court for the exclusive use of Homestead guests. Air-conditioned rooms have en suite bathrooms and private verandas overlooking the gardens and river. The fully inclusive cost covers gourmet meals, open bar, laundry service, road transfers and all El Questro activities excluding helicopter activities.

KBD El Questro Homestead Cockburn Range

Photo Credit to El Questro Homestead

After exploring hidden locations few have had the privilege to visit in this dramatic land of extremes, you have the opportunity to unwind and relax in a variety of unique ways. Soak away your cares in the thermal Zebedee Springs. Curl up under an ancient boab tree with a book, or simply join the local wallaby population and lounge in the shade.

KBD El Questro Homestead

Photo Credit to El Questro Homestead

Extravagance combined with rugged beauty awaits you. Contact us to include this remarkable destination in your once in a lifetime Adventure in the Lands Down Under.

 

 

The BEST of Australia for You!

Australia 2000 Travel Newsletter
G’day Mates,

It is our privilege to hand-select the finest tour operators, accommodation and tour guides throughout the GLORIOUS South Pacific. It is no small task and one that is never compromised. By so doing we ensure our ability to handcraft breathtaking experiential, adventure packed itineraries for you, our discerning travelers.

Each year, by special invitation, I attend the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), Australia’s premier tourism trade event and the largest international travel trade show of its kind in the southern hemisphere. During the arduous convention, comprised of four days of meetings between travel designers, like ourselves, and Australian suppliers, strong business relationships are formed that permit us to bring you the very best Australia has to offer. This year Perth, capital of Western Australia, hosted one of tourisms most important events.

Preceding the adventure that culminated in Perth I spent a few days in my hometown, Sydney. Staying at the chic and sophisticated Hilton Sydney built on a long history of hospitality, expertise, phenomenal design, and ground breaking innovation was a wonderful experience. The luxurious Hilton Sydney is certainly a fabulous vantage point from which to explore one of the World’s most magnificent cities.

From Sydney I flew to Darwin in “The Top End” and stayed at Mandalay Luxury Stay, a gorgeous colonial style stone cottage originally built by Lord Alistair McAlpine. Laying in a hammock on the verandah of the house, sipping a chilled Aussie chardonnay while watching the fiery red sun sink into the sea was certainly a marvelous forerunner to the unique adventure awaiting me.

To my joy, the following morning Sab Lord, owner of Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris, escorted me on a private three day Kakadu, Arnhemland and Mary Region tour. During the adventure I was privileged to walk through the sacred sites of Arnhemland with an Aboriginal guide who told the stories of the rock paintings created by his forefathers. One breathtaking experience it seemed followed another on Sab’s tour. Our final evening was one of complete indulgence spent at Bamurru Lodge where water buffalo and agile wallabies wandered freely, where each meal was a taste sensation, where the Milky Way sparkled in the pitch black sky of the wilderness…just for me or so it seemed!

Three days in cosmopolitan Sydney followed by four days in The Top End well prepared me for ATE where one of the many highlights was a meeting with the representative of Maria Island Walk. The multi award winning, unspoiled natural island off of the east coast of Tasmania is home to a four day luxury guided walk that is guaranteed to create long lasting memories. Waxing lyrical about my own life changing walk on Maria Island led to suggestions of creating a tour for just five couples to experience the wonder. Do contact us to express your interest in joining this extraordinary life changing adventure.

Until our next adventure we wish you a glorious summer filled with all that makes your heart sing.

~Karen

Our continued success relates in no small part to the support of you, our valued clients. We are delighted that you have found us. By referring our fine services to your family and friends you help us do what we so love to do. For that we thank you.

Cheers Mate!

Karen Hardy Hodgson
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Wild Bush Luxury in Western Australia

Photo Credit to Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Topping off our month of luxury outback accommodation is Western Australia’s Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, an exclusive safari camp hidden in the white sand dunes of Cape Range National Park.

Nine spacious wilderness tents reside just feet from the water’s edge and the world’s greatest fringing coastal coral reef.   Exquisite accommodation and hosting style exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and has been meticulously designed to expose guests to the sights and sounds that surround each tent … a Red Kangaroo grazing amongst the dunes, the beautiful song of a Butcherbird or a Humpback Whale breaching just beyond the reef.

Contemporary Australian cuisine with hints of bush food and native produce are prepared daily by the onsite chef. Dinner is hosted against a back-drop of rich orange sunsets over the Indian Ocean and in the cool of the evening kangaroos and wallaroos appear from the bush for their evening graze.

Contact us to include Sal Salis, one of Australia’s most remote and beautiful coastal accommodations, in your customized, once in a lifetime journey Down Under.

 

Fremantle Street Arts Festival Astounds Crowd

Some of the world’s best street artists converge in Western Australia for the renowned Fremantle Street Arts Festival taking place over Easter weekend, April 7-9, 2012.

Pavement art, Freo Street Arts Festival

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Now in its 13th year, the annual family friendly event showcases some of the very best performers from around the globe who will amaze and astound the crowds with a variety of shows on Freo’s streets.

From conventional arts to hip-hop dancing combined with sidesplitting comedy, smooth dance steps exploding into highflying somersaults and acrobatics and a variety of non-traditional theatre performances including juggling, miming, illusion and improvisation result in an event full of hilarious surprises.

While you are in town, you will not want to miss the 20th annual Margaret River Wine Festival taking place April 13-15, 2012.  Check out our blog post for all of the exciting details then contact us to create the journey of a lifetime to explore versatile, yet exquisite, Western Australia.

20th Annual Margaret River Wine Festival

Through a wine glass

Photo Credit dicktay2000

Those with a penchant for fine wine will not want to miss the Margaret River Wine Festival taking place April 13 – 15, 2012 in exquisite Western Australia.

With over 300 wines to discover, along with the finest in local cuisine, all set in the glorious natural setting of the Margaret River, festivalgoer’s are in for a culinary delight from start to finish.

Known for its Mediterranean style climate, the Margaret River vineyards are not affected by extreme summer or winter temperatures.  Coupled with ideal humidity levels, it is a supreme location for the growing of some of the most premium wines in the world.

This year’s festival celebrates the 20th anniversary of the annual event and features concerts, art exhibits, street fiestas, a long table feast wherein all-star chefs match culinary delights with delectable wines and a vintage festival.  Do not miss the President’s Trophy cricket match followed by a 6 course Grand Degustation Lunch at Clairault Estate’s, and on the final day, the anticipated Vin Fete Petanque taking place at the Wise Wine Estate.

The festival offers entertainment for everyone from wine aficionados to nature lovers, from art enthusiasts to anyone with an appreciation of music.  Contact us to create the adventure of a lifetime to the GLORIOUS South Pacific and we will weave this festival, along with all of your dreams, into reality.

For a very different exprience in Western Australia, take the whole family and give it a go at the 13th annual Fremantle Street Arts Festival showcasing some of the very best performers from around the globe who will amaze and astound the crowds with a variety of shows on Freo’s streets.

Australia’s National Parks

New South Wales

In the year 2000 UNESCO awarded The Blue Mountains area a world heritage listing based upon its outstanding natural value to humanity and the pristine environment that provides protection for an unusually diverse range of rare and ancient vegetation communities and isolated animal populations ensconced in its deep gorges.

Our special guides will take you to view The Three Sisters and the Jamison Valley, an iconic site of this vast and special area.

Northern Territory

Kakadu National Park, located 160 miles east of Darwin, in Australias Northern Territory is the largest National Park in Australia and has been awarded a World Heritage listing. Adjacent to Kakadu National Park lies a vast subtropical savannah that has been described as a national treasure trove depicting ancient human occupation and a pristine wilderness area hosting myriad ecosystems and wildlife inhabitants. The Aboriginal association with the land is constantly on display in Kakadu National Park where richly descriptive rock paintings from 50,000 years ago depict events of the distant past. Let us send you to this ancient area where your hosts, Max and Phillipa Davidsons passionate devotion to the area and its people has developed into a relationship of trust and respect with the traditional owners. Their association has resulted in an unchallengeable, in-depth knowledge of the history and traditions of the area.

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Australian Outback

ARKAROOLA – SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Arkaroola is a 380 square miles privately owned wildlife sanctuary in the rugged Northern Flinders Ranges just to the east of the Gammon Ranges National Park in South Australia. The surrounding area includes spectacular arid zone mountain terrain, picturesque gorges, water holes and wildlife unique to the area. It is a truly fascinating region with dramatic, ancient hills where some of the rocks are estimated to be older 1,000 million years and marine fossils are being found from 600 million years ago giving proof to the fact that our Outback was once an inland sea.

BROKEN HILL – NEW SOUTH WALES

People used to say that you would find Broken Hill beyond the Darling River on the edge of the sundown, as if there was nowhere further to travel in Australia.

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Perhaps it was the feeling of being confronted by an unspeakably vast space that looked like an inland sea rolling into the sunset. The desolate landscape surrounding Broken Hill is like driving towards a painting of soft mauve and sage hues. Is it any wonder the city has become known as a Mecca for artists? It is there that the magnificent clear blue skies and the magic light are much loved by film makers from Mad Max 2 to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

It is in Broken Hill that the big red kangaroos will run one hundred and twenty five miles in a night chasing a thunderstorm, and the unique Sturt Desert Peas bloom in dark red soils. The Tower Mulloch heaps around Broken Hill represent billions of dollars spent on mining that drove the economy of a fledgling nation. In this historic city it is easy to be reminded of the struggles of the pioneers. What greater adventure can there be than to travel to the Australian Outback via the Indian Pacific train where our special guide will meet you at railway station when you arrive in Broken Hill. You will be taken on a journey through the national parks to discover the Outback and the opal mining area of White Cliffs. There will be time to noodle for opals as you walk around in the old field At Lightening Ridge you will discover the true meaning of the word remote Here people live in houses built under the ground to escape the extreme heat of the Aussie sun.

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The 29 Day Western and Adventure Tour

DAY 1: Arrive In Sydney
DAY 2: Full Day Sydney Secrets Tour
DAY 3: Fly to Perth
DAY 4: At Leisure in Perth
DAY 5-9: Six Day Safari on South West Corner
DAY 10: Return to Perth
DAY 11: Fly to Broome
DAY 12: Half Day City Sights Tour of Broome. Board True North Cruise
DAY 13-25: True North Cruise
DAY 26: Cruise Ends in Wyndham
DAY 27: Full Day Tour to the Bungle Bungles
DAY 28: Fly to Darwin
DAY 29: Depart Australia

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