Local Connections

The friendships forged from shared interests and passions can be the greatest reward derived from travel. The deep connection between the teams at the luxury lodges and a vast network of small regional businesses allow guests to be introduced to people who share their passions, their skill, craft, knowledge and expertise. They share the fruits of their labours via meaningful, authentic and exclusive experiences. Crafted and hosted by local experts, explore homegrown identity with excursions into a region’s heritage, be it cultural, historical or natural. By staying at a Luxury Lodge of Australia guests frequently have an element of exclusivity of access to many of the great characters of the region. The true luxury and privilege of these local connections is in experiencing a home away from home. Warm, welcoming and laid-back Australian hospitality with informative activities and personalised experiences leave you with so much more than a token souvenir.

Luxury Lodges of Australia hold dear a network of artists, musicians, growers, bakers, gardeners, guides, photographers and distillers - artisans that take guests on a journey only they can lead. Meet the makers and learn the art of beekeeping, distilling, cooking, or winemaking and celebrate with a tasting of wine from your birthyear. Go behind the scenes and try your hand at shucking oysters straight out of the water. Be guided to take your best shot on a wildlife photography tour. Regale stories and swap recipes with chefs, discover quality craftmanship and hidden talents. Be led on a hike and learn to identify the nuances in nature or trace the land and seascape from overhead on a scenic flight. It’s often these personal introductions that open your eyes to a different perspective.

Exchange contacts and keep in touch, it is after all, a small world.

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Local Connections Experiences

Allow the sommelier to guide you through a selection of the country’s finest wines matched with artisanal cheeses. More »

Allow the sommelier to guide you through a selection of the country’s finest wines matched … More »

Allow the sommelier to guide you through a selection of the country’s finest wines matched with artisanal cheeses. More »

The cooking classes welcome participants from the complete novice through to the experienced foodie. More »

The cooking classes welcome participants from the complete novice through to the experienced foodie. More »

The cooking classes welcome participants from the complete novice through to the experienced foodie. More »

Go foraging on Lord Howe Island with the resident Chef for a bounty of local produce and the opportunity to … More »

Go foraging on Lord Howe Island with the resident Chef for a bounty of local … More »

Go foraging on Lord Howe Island with the resident Chef for a bounty of local produce and the opportunity to meet the makers. More »

An icon in regional dining, Lake House has long been considered to be one of Australia’s best restaurants. More »

An icon in regional dining, Lake House has long been considered to be one of … More »

An icon in regional dining, Lake House has long been considered to be one of Australia’s best restaurants. More »

Lake House’s own 38 acre regenerative growing property is located 10 minutes down the road from the lodge. More »

Lake House’s own 38 acre regenerative growing property is located 10 minutes down the road … More »

Lake House’s own 38 acre regenerative growing property is located 10 minutes down the road from the lodge. More »

Allowing guests to interact with likeminded foodies and learn from some of Australia’s best & most interesting chefs. More »

Allowing guests to interact with likeminded foodies and learn from some of Australia’s best & … More »

Allowing guests to interact with likeminded foodies and learn from some of Australia’s best & most interesting chefs. More »

Explore Kangaroo Island’s artisanal food and wine trail, savour local produce and experience the journey of produce to plate. More »

Explore Kangaroo Island’s artisanal food and wine trail, savour local produce and experience the journey … More »

Explore Kangaroo Island’s artisanal food and wine trail, savour local produce and experience the journey of produce to plate. More »

Immerse yourself in the stone country of Kakadu and one of Australia's greatest strongholds of Aboriginal rock art and culture. More »

Immerse yourself in the stone country of Kakadu and one of Australia's greatest strongholds of … More »

Immerse yourself in the stone country of Kakadu and one of Australia's greatest strongholds of Aboriginal rock art and culture. More »

Each year between mid-March and July these slow-moving, gentle, filter-feeding giants migrate past Ningaloo Reef. More »

Each year between mid-March and July these slow-moving, gentle, filter-feeding giants migrate past Ningaloo Reef. More »

Each year between mid-March and July these slow-moving, gentle, filter-feeding giants migrate past Ningaloo Reef. More »

A half-day tour to historic family winery Elderton Wines for a private tasting of rare wines to discover the dedication … More »

A half-day tour to historic family winery Elderton Wines for a private tasting of rare … More »

A half-day tour to historic family winery Elderton Wines for a private tasting of rare wines to discover the dedication required to restore a heritage vineyard. More »

Enjoy a welcome gin and distillery tour before getting hands-on in a gin blending class to create your own take-home … More »

Enjoy a welcome gin and distillery tour before getting hands-on in a gin blending class … More »

Enjoy a welcome gin and distillery tour before getting hands-on in a gin blending class to create your own take-home gin to share with family and friends. More »

Learn the traditional art of making fresh pasta, with dedicated classes run by Italian chef Matteo Carboni and his Australian … More »

Learn the traditional art of making fresh pasta, with dedicated classes run by Italian chef … More »

Learn the traditional art of making fresh pasta, with dedicated classes run by Italian chef Matteo Carboni and his Australian wife Fiona at their cooking school, Casa Carboni. More »

Personal and private tastings at Hutton Vale - the home of premium Barossa produce. More »

Personal and private tastings at Hutton Vale - the home of premium Barossa produce. More »

Personal and private tastings at Hutton Vale - the home of premium Barossa produce. More »

Enjoy an intimate birdwatching and photography tour operated by renowned naturalist, Doug Herrington. More »

Enjoy an intimate birdwatching and photography tour operated by renowned naturalist, Doug Herrington. More »

Enjoy an intimate birdwatching and photography tour operated by renowned naturalist, Doug Herrington. More »

For serious birders staying at Bamurru Plains, bespoke excursions can be arranged, providing private tours with ornithologists who specialise in … More »

For serious birders staying at Bamurru Plains, bespoke excursions can be arranged, providing private tours … More »

For serious birders staying at Bamurru Plains, bespoke excursions can be arranged, providing private tours with ornithologists who specialise in this Top End region of Australia.  More »

Spend time visiting a multitude of award winning, family owned wineries. Cape Lodge neighbours include the great wineries of Vasse Felix, Moss … More »

Spend time visiting a multitude of award winning, family owned wineries. Cape Lodge neighbours include the great … More »

Spend time visiting a multitude of award winning, family owned wineries. Cape Lodge neighbours include the great wineries of Vasse Felix, Moss Wood, Pierro and Cullen.  More »

Try your hand at cattle mustering on the 28,000-hectare station in Northern Outback Queensland. More »

Try your hand at cattle mustering on the 28,000-hectare station in Northern Outback Queensland. More »

Try your hand at cattle mustering on the 28,000-hectare station in Northern Outback Queensland. More »

Delve into the creative heart of Indigenous Australia, its history and rich ancient culture on a trip to the remote … More »

Delve into the creative heart of Indigenous Australia, its history and rich ancient culture on … More »

Delve into the creative heart of Indigenous Australia, its history and rich ancient culture on a trip to the remote Pukatja homelands to visit the colourful arts hub of Ernabella Arts. More »

Stop by the Prairie Hotel - iconic for it's innovative dishes with all-Australian ingredients. More »

Stop by the Prairie Hotel - iconic for it's innovative dishes with all-Australian ingredients. More »

Stop by the Prairie Hotel - iconic for it's innovative dishes with all-Australian ingredients. More »

Encounter Australia's unique fauna up close and personally with this exclusive experience for Lake House guests. More »

Encounter Australia's unique fauna up close and personally with this exclusive experience for Lake House … More »

Encounter Australia's unique fauna up close and personally with this exclusive experience for Lake House guests. More »

Visit the orchards and the mill and learn about the English heritage apple varieties that go into the award-winning ciders. More »

Visit the orchards and the mill and learn about the English heritage apple varieties that … More »

Visit the orchards and the mill and learn about the English heritage apple varieties that go into the award-winning ciders. More »

Delve into a private tasting and enjoy rare access to sample Hill of Roses and Hill of Grace. More »

Delve into a private tasting and enjoy rare access to sample Hill of Roses and … More »

Delve into a private tasting and enjoy rare access to sample Hill of Roses and Hill of Grace. More »

Relax, reset and focus on you with private in-suite yoga, meditation and wellness classes. More »

Relax, reset and focus on you with private in-suite yoga, meditation and wellness classes. More »

Relax, reset and focus on you with private in-suite yoga, meditation and wellness classes. More »

Watch, learn and participate as one of Palate’s creative and delicious dishes is prepared from start to finish, in front … More »

Watch, learn and participate as one of Palate’s creative and delicious dishes is prepared from … More »

Watch, learn and participate as one of Palate’s creative and delicious dishes is prepared from start to finish, in front of you. More »

Gain insight into the language, history and traditions of the local Wiradjuri people who have lived in harmony with the … More »

Gain insight into the language, history and traditions of the local Wiradjuri people who have … More »

Gain insight into the language, history and traditions of the local Wiradjuri people who have lived in harmony with the Blue Mountains for thousands of years. More »

Indigenous Wiradjuri elder Sharon Riley leads an exclusive bushwalking journey to the sacred rock-art sites of her people and shares … More »

Indigenous Wiradjuri elder Sharon Riley leads an exclusive bushwalking journey to the sacred rock-art sites … More »

Indigenous Wiradjuri elder Sharon Riley leads an exclusive bushwalking journey to the sacred rock-art sites of her people and shares the cultural significance of Wolgan Valley. More »

Go on a roadtrip to meet the winemakers and sample signature drops at Craigie Knowe Vineyard. More »

Go on a roadtrip to meet the winemakers and sample signature drops at Craigie Knowe … More »

Go on a roadtrip to meet the winemakers and sample signature drops at Craigie Knowe Vineyard. More »

Exclusive tours of Dairy Flat Gardens and Bake House run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. More »

Exclusive tours of Dairy Flat Gardens and Bake House run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. More »

Exclusive tours of Dairy Flat Gardens and Bake House run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. More »

A captivating Welcome Ceremony is performed by Aboriginal Elders upon request as part of an immersive introduction to Pretty Beach … More »

A captivating Welcome Ceremony is performed by Aboriginal Elders upon request as part of an … More »

A captivating Welcome Ceremony is performed by Aboriginal Elders upon request as part of an immersive introduction to Pretty Beach House. More »

Walk the vines and taste the current release at Cape Lodge Estate. More »

Walk the vines and taste the current release at Cape Lodge Estate. More »

Walk the vines and taste the current release at Cape Lodge Estate. More »

This wine and nature lover's tour starts with a leisurely canoe tour down a stunning section of the tranquil Margaret … More »

This wine and nature lover's tour starts with a leisurely canoe tour down a stunning … More »

This wine and nature lover's tour starts with a leisurely canoe tour down a stunning section of the tranquil Margaret River. More »

Each TRUE NORTH itinerary in The Kimberley features opportunity to admire pristine examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style art. … More »

Each TRUE NORTH itinerary in The Kimberley features opportunity to admire pristine examples of both Wandjina … More »

Each TRUE NORTH itinerary in The Kimberley features opportunity to admire pristine examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style art. The best time to see rock art is during the cooler months from May to … More »

An opportunity to connect with the land through Aboriginal stories and learn of the deep interconnectedness that Adnyamathanha Elder Pauline … More »

An opportunity to connect with the land through Aboriginal stories and learn of the deep … More »

An opportunity to connect with the land through Aboriginal stories and learn of the deep interconnectedness that Adnyamathanha Elder Pauline McKenzie holds with Ikara - Flinders Ranges. More »

In a collaboration between Longitude 131° and Ernabella Arts, regular artists in residence programs take place at the lodge during the … More »

In a collaboration between Longitude 131° and Ernabella Arts, regular artists in residence programs take place … More »

In a collaboration between Longitude 131° and Ernabella Arts, regular artists in residence programs take place at the lodge during the year. More »

On a Saturday morning guests of The Louise have the opportunity to join one of Appellation’s chefs at the Barossa … More »

On a Saturday morning guests of The Louise have the opportunity to join one of … More »

On a Saturday morning guests of The Louise have the opportunity to join one of Appellation’s chefs at the Barossa Farmer’s Market More »

A morning of bush culture is the best way to immerse yourself in the fascinating history of The Kimberley. More »

A morning of bush culture is the best way to immerse yourself in the fascinating … More »

A morning of bush culture is the best way to immerse yourself in the fascinating history of The Kimberley. More »

Sample local bush tucker, learn about tools and foraging and gain a greater understanding of time gone by and your … More »

Sample local bush tucker, learn about tools and foraging and gain a greater understanding of … More »

Sample local bush tucker, learn about tools and foraging and gain a greater understanding of time gone by and your own connection to Country. More »

Winter is the perfect time to indulge with some great food and wine, so perch yourself by the open fireplace … More »

Winter is the perfect time to indulge with some great food and wine, so perch … More »

Winter is the perfect time to indulge with some great food and wine, so perch yourself by the open fireplace in the Valley Lounge and savour a local pinot. More »

Learn the art and craft of dry stone walling, lettering and carving with Daylesford’s esteemed stonemason. More »

Learn the art and craft of dry stone walling, lettering and carving with Daylesford’s esteemed stonemason. More »

Learn the art and craft of dry stone walling, lettering and carving with Daylesford’s esteemed stonemason. More »

Guests of Pretty Beach House embark on a journey of discovery about the rare, locally grown Australian Akoya Pearl. More »

Guests of Pretty Beach House embark on a journey of discovery about the rare, locally … More »

Guests of Pretty Beach House embark on a journey of discovery about the rare, locally grown Australian Akoya Pearl. More »

An internationally-renowned paddock-to-plate experience; don a pair of waders and visit a working oyster farm to shuck fresh prized pacific … More »

An internationally-renowned paddock-to-plate experience; don a pair of waders and visit a working oyster farm … More »

An internationally-renowned paddock-to-plate experience; don a pair of waders and visit a working oyster farm to shuck fresh prized pacific oysters with Tasmanian sparkling. More »

An immersive experience extracting honeycomb & witnessing the breathtaking natural phenomenon of honey-making by Tasmanian bees. More »

An immersive experience extracting honeycomb & witnessing the breathtaking natural phenomenon of honey-making by Tasmanian … More »

An immersive experience extracting honeycomb & witnessing the breathtaking natural phenomenon of honey-making by Tasmanian bees. More »

This experience includes viewings of Indigenous sites, information on edible/medicinal wild plants, a didgeridoo lesson and a traditional fire-making session. … More »

This experience includes viewings of Indigenous sites, information on edible/medicinal wild plants, a didgeridoo lesson … More »

This experience includes viewings of Indigenous sites, information on edible/medicinal wild plants, a didgeridoo lesson and a traditional fire-making session. More »

Southern Ocean Lodge supports Kangaroo Island’s rapidly developing status as a haven for artisan growers and food producers.  More »

Southern Ocean Lodge supports Kangaroo Island’s rapidly developing status as a haven for artisan growers … More »

Southern Ocean Lodge supports Kangaroo Island’s rapidly developing status as a haven for artisan growers and food producers.  More »

Be immersed in the rich cultural history of the region as Wadandi custodian Josh “Koomal” Whiteland introduces you to the … More »

Be immersed in the rich cultural history of the region as Wadandi custodian Josh “Koomal” … More »

Be immersed in the rich cultural history of the region as Wadandi custodian Josh “Koomal” Whiteland introduces you to the world’s oldest living culture.  More »

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Tour with the Aboriginal Walker brothers exploring the nearby beach mangroves and partaking in traditional hunting and … More »

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Tour with the Aboriginal Walker brothers exploring the nearby beach mangroves and … More »

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Tour with the Aboriginal Walker brothers exploring the nearby beach mangroves and partaking in traditional hunting and gathering practices with the Yalanji people on their Cultural Habitat Walk. More »

There is no better person who can ensure you make the most of your time on the island, whatever your … More »

There is no better person who can ensure you make the most of your time … More »

There is no better person who can ensure you make the most of your time on the island, whatever your interests. More »

The magical light in beautiful region of Daylesford is often remarked upon by visiting photographers and avid lovers of art. … More »

The magical light in beautiful region of Daylesford is often remarked upon by visiting photographers … More »

The magical light in beautiful region of Daylesford is often remarked upon by visiting photographers and avid lovers of art. More »

The Central Coast Surf Academy prides itself on offering an elite level of surfing tuition to all surfers. More »

The Central Coast Surf Academy prides itself on offering an elite level of surfing tuition … More »

The Central Coast Surf Academy prides itself on offering an elite level of surfing tuition to all surfers. More »

Local Martial Arts Master, Diederik Haneveld, is offering his 30 years’ experience with private tutorials for Lake House guests.  More »

Local Martial Arts Master, Diederik Haneveld, is offering his 30 years’ experience with private tutorials … More »

Local Martial Arts Master, Diederik Haneveld, is offering his 30 years’ experience with private tutorials for Lake House guests.  More »

The Lizard Island Research Station is a facility of the Australian Museum and is internationally recognised as the major island-based … More »

The Lizard Island Research Station is a facility of the Australian Museum and is internationally … More »

The Lizard Island Research Station is a facility of the Australian Museum and is internationally recognised as the major island-based research facility on the Great Barrier Reef. More »

Guests at Sal Salis now have the opportunity to swim with Humpback Whales from August to October each year.  More »

Guests at Sal Salis now have the opportunity to swim with Humpback Whales from August … More »

Guests at Sal Salis now have the opportunity to swim with Humpback Whales from August to October each year.  More »

To enrich your dining experience, qualia offers private 'talk and taste' events, hosted by knowledgeable staff. More »

To enrich your dining experience, qualia offers private 'talk and taste' events, hosted by knowledgeable … More »

To enrich your dining experience, qualia offers private 'talk and taste' events, hosted by knowledgeable staff. More »

The 5 Lands Walk is a day-long cultural festival along 10 kms of New South Wales spectacular coastline. More »

The 5 Lands Walk is a day-long cultural festival along 10 kms of New South … More »

The 5 Lands Walk is a day-long cultural festival along 10 kms of New South Wales spectacular coastline. More »

Open by appointment, request a private viewing of artwork from Lake House resident Artist, Allan Wolf-Tasker.  More »

Open by appointment, request a private viewing of artwork from Lake House resident Artist, Allan … More »

Open by appointment, request a private viewing of artwork from Lake House resident Artist, Allan Wolf-Tasker.  More »

These exclusive Truffles Hunts are only held during the winter months on a Manjimup farm from early June to late … More »

These exclusive Truffles Hunts are only held during the winter months on a Manjimup farm … More »

These exclusive Truffles Hunts are only held during the winter months on a Manjimup farm from early June to late August. More »

A personalised experience of tasting acclaimed Single Vineyard wines in the exact vineyards from which they were produced. More »

A personalised experience of tasting acclaimed Single Vineyard wines in the exact vineyards from which … More »

A personalised experience of tasting acclaimed Single Vineyard wines in the exact vineyards from which they were produced. More »

Depending on the weather, Vintage can run anytime from late January to early April, More »

Depending on the weather, Vintage can run anytime from late January to early April, More »

Depending on the weather, Vintage can run anytime from late January to early April, More »

Wildlife Tour at The Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park, a once in a lifetime experience and a must for international guests. More »

Wildlife Tour at The Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park, a once in a lifetime experience and … More »

Wildlife Tour at The Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park, a once in a lifetime experience and a must for international guests. More »

Go on tour to the Hunter Valley wine country and sample highlights of history, culture and wildlife of the area. … More »

Go on tour to the Hunter Valley wine country and sample highlights of history, culture … More »

Go on tour to the Hunter Valley wine country and sample highlights of history, culture and wildlife of the area. More »

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