Dine under the stars at the quietest restaurant on Earth. Sip champagne and listen to the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo as you watch a magnificent sunset over Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). When the sun has finally set, lanterns will be lit and a delicious gourmet barbecue served. After dinner the lights are dimmed to reveal a clear and bright, star filled sky. A resident astronomer introduces the magnificent constellations, stars and planets that make up the skies of the Southern Hemisphere.? Truly a night like no other.
I?ve just returned from the most magical adventure to Australia?s Northern Territory where I took a wonderful three day private adventure through Kakadu National Park, Arnhemland and the Mary River Region with our hand selected specialist guide, Sab Lord. His passion, close relationships with the Aboriginal people and love of the incredible environment filled my heart. The additional pleasure of walking through the sacred sights of Arnhemland with an Aboriginal guide and learning the stories of the rock paintings created by his forefathers was a breathtaking experience.
During the tour, Sab Lord proved to be a knowledgeable and entertaining guide as well as wonderful chef catering for any dietary needs. Our final evening at luxurious Bamarru Plains and discovering the beauty of the Mary River wetlands brought the joy of the Top End to a wonderful reality.
As a travel designer who has hand crafted luxury itineraries for thousands of travelers I?d recommend a journey with Sab to people who wish to discover
the rugged beauty of our vast land.
Until our next adventure?
Karen Hardy Hodgson
For those travelers seeking an Australian Safari adventure?we have the perfect luxury wilderness?retreat for you.
Bamurru Plains, located just to the west of Kakadu National Park in Australia?s Northern Territory is an ideal getaway for anyone wishing to become one with nature. A profusion of bird and wildlife are on the doorstep of this unique bush camp that exudes ?Wild Bush Luxury? and brings a touch of style to a remote and beautiful wilderness.
The focus of a stay at this unique?retreat?is in the environment around you and the wildlife and birdlife for whom it is home. Each of the nine individual safari suites?are designed to blend with the surrounding bush and as such expose guests to the sights and sounds of the bush, whether it is the haunting call of a Whistling Kite, the raucous cacophony from the Blue-winged kookaburras as dawn breaks or the sound of a full grown buffalo splashing its way through the floodplains just a short distance from your bed. The morning chorus of tens of thousands of Magpie Geese, after whom the camp is named, is an experience in itself.
Marvel at the water buffalo, dingoes, antilupine wallaroos, estuarine crocodiles and agile wallabies and many of the 236 species of bird that inhabit the Mary River catchment,?explore the wetlands, take an airboat ride along the floodplains or perhaps go fishing for barramundi.??Evenings bring about?spectacular sunsets before the heavens come to life and the skies are filled with thousands of?brilliant stars.
An unforgettable adventure is within your reach.? Contact us to include this?luxury wilderness adventure in your?customized once in a lifetime Down Under adventure.
Between 1918 and 1932 the spectacular Great Ocean Road was constructed using the labor of Australian soldiers newly returned from the First World War. While traveling along this dramatic winding road you will pass through Port Campbell National Park and discover The Twelve Apostles, rock structures soaring from the swirling waters of the Southern Ocean and one of Australias most recognized natural features. If you would rather not drive this demanding road we have the perfect guide for you who will show you the awesome sights, fill you with the local history, stand with you on cliffs that are over 200 feet tall while you gaze at rock stacks up to 130 feet tall. Along the way he will introduce you to the locals.
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 Davidson’s 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.
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.
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.