Unique Australian adventures await

20 Feb 2018

By Shadforth Financial Group

​The year 2018 is well underway, bringing with it a renewed sense of adventure. So where will your holidays take you this year? Europe? South America? Or why not explore somewhere closer to home?

Domestic travel is growing in popularity, with a recent report1 from Tourism Research Australia (TRA) stating that the number of domestic overnight holiday trips increased six per cent to reach 37.1 million at the end of 2016. The number of nights and the amount spent both increased by nine per cent, reaching 145.3 million and $30.7 billion, respectively.

Also, a survey of over 55 travellers2 found that Australians aged over 55 preferred domestic to international travel with 92 per cent travelling within Australia in a 12-month period compared to only 8 per cent going overseas.

So why travel closer to home? The TRA report found that a continued love affair with Australia’s great outdoors has a part to play, with one in four trips including a visit to the beach.

It seems that many Australians are using their travel opportunities to explore the very unique and beautiful destinations on their very own doorstep. Keen to join them? Here are just a few suggestions to help get your holiday plans off to an adventurous start.

Pumphouse Point, Lake St Clair, Tasmania

Thanks to the vision of Simon Currant, Chairman of the Tourism Council of Tasmania, an unused five-storey pumphouse built in 1930 on Lake St Clair didn’t go to waste. After securing the lease in 2004, Currant spent  10 years creating the type of luxury accommodation that will leave you breathless. A night spent in the Pumphouse itself will see you sleeping while suspended over water.

There are rooms over three levels and they feature relaxing lounge areas, a help-yourself bar and a decadent bath, all sitting out on a beautiful glacial lake.

Longitude 131 Uluru, Northern Territory

Adopt the spirit of a pioneer and relax after a day exploring in a canopied pavilion, redesigned for the modern traveller. This accommodation is ‘glamping’ at its best. The tents are fitted out with custom-designed furniture, a rain shower, in-suite bar and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer private, unparalleled views of Uluru itself. An expansive balcony, which opens up from the end of the bed, features a daybed and fireplace, ideal for lounging and lapping up the kind of breathtaking atmosphere you’ll only find in Australia’s red centre.

The Enchanted Love Cave Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Designed by sustainable builder Lionel Buckett, this unique destination set high above the treetops in Australia’s iconic Blue Mountains. It is an ideal escape for you and your significant other to spend a night in a cave.

Set on a natural rock platform that boasts an endless panoramic view of the forested valley below, the cave’s glass doors are designed to make you feel as though you’re floating above the trees. And while it might be called a cave and made of stone, it’s not without its mod-cons — including a modern slow-combustion fireplace and spa.

Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Located on Kangaroo Island’s south west coast, the Southern Ocean Lodge is a South Australian icon. The luxury lodge nestles atop a secluded cliff, commanding breathtaking views of the Southern Ocean and the island’s wilderness.

The lodge is within easy distance of the island’s main attractions. But, with an on-site wellness spa and locally- sourced food and beverages on offer, you won’t need to travel far for the ultimate luxury experience.

El Questro Homestead The Kimberley, Western Australia

The El Questro Homestead boasts a nine-suite hideaway, each with its own private deck, floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the surrounding landscape overlooking the Chamberlain River. Some suites even offer an outdoor, freestanding bath, so you can gaze up at the stars while you soak.

You can choose to explore the property’s almost 700,000 acres via foot, four-wheel drive, helicopter,  boat or horseback and you’ll have a personal tour guide on hand to ensure you don’t miss a thing. And then, settle in for the night with a locally-sourced three-course dinner with matched wines.

Food for thought: five more adventures…
  1. Journey to the centre of the earth at Hancock Gorge, Western Australia.
  2. Fly over Lake Eyre in flood, South Australia.
  3. Take a train trip across the desert on The Ghan, from Darwin to Adelaide.
  4. Walk in ancient footprints at Lake Mungo National Park, New South Wales.
  5. Wonder which planet you’re on at The Pinnacles Cervantes, Western Australia.

Contact your financial adviser to make sure you’re financially ready for whatever adventure comes your way.

1 Tourism Research Australia — Travel by Australians, 2016 
2 Destination NSW – Over 55s Travel to NSW, May 2015

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