Best Kept Secrets

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Best Kept Secrets

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9 nights, plus a night or two at your arrival or departure destination if desired.

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Australia is renowned for some impressive natural icons such as the Great Barrier Reef and Ayers Rock (Uluru) but beyond the iconic Sydney, Rock and Reef itinerary there are extraordinary lesser-known destinations that are often a highlight for an Australian experience. This itinerary uncovers some of Australia’s best-kept secrets and encourages guests to immerse themselves in these inspiring locations.

From cairns airport drive 70minutes to silky oaks lodge

1 Silky Oaks Lodge The Daintree, Queensland (3 NIGHTS)

Neighbouring the World Heritage-listed wilderness of the Daintree National Park and overlooking the gently flowing Mossman River, Silky Oaks Lodge offers a stylish base from which to explore Tropical North Queensland, renowned as the meeting place of the rainforest and reef.

A selection of must do’s

  • Swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Mossman River, home to freshwater turtles, a variety of fish and the elusive platypus.
  • For an introduction to the rainforest, join the lodge guide on a daily walk around the property’s beautiful grounds. A series of marked trails are perfect for self-guided hikes including exclusive access to the Figtree Rapids trail which leads to a natural swimming hole.
  • Take a guided tour with renowned local operator Walkabout Adventures through Mossman Gorge and discover first-hand the invaluable knowledge of the Kuku Yalanji people, passed down through generations.

1 Silky Oaks Lodge The Daintree, Queensland (3 NIGHTS)

Neighbouring the World Heritage-listed wilderness of the Daintree National Park and overlooking the gently flowing Mossman River, Silky Oaks Lodge offers a stylish base from which to explore Tropical North Queensland, renowned as the meeting place of the rainforest and reef.

A selection of must do’s

  • Swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Mossman River, home to freshwater turtles, a variety of fish and the elusive platypus.
  • For an introduction to the rainforest, join the lodge guide on a daily walk around the property’s beautiful grounds. A series of marked trails are perfect for self-guided hikes including exclusive access to the Figtree Rapids trail which leads to a natural swimming hole.
  • Take a guided tour with renowned local operator Walkabout Adventures through Mossman Gorge and discover first-hand the invaluable knowledge of the Kuku Yalanji people, passed down through generations.

2hr drive to brisbane airport, 2.5hr flight to melbourne, 1hr drive to lake house in daylesford.

2 Lake House Daylesford, Victoria (2-3 NIGHTS)

Lake House lies on the shores of idyllic Lake Daylesford in the heart of Victoria’s Spa Country just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Lake House is justly regarded as one of Australia’s finest regional dining experiences and the region has evolved into a mecca for foodies and culinary nomads. An eclectic mix of artists’ studios, cafes, excellent restaurants, boutique day spas and holistic healing centres – Spa Country exudes a sophisticated bohemian feel. This beautiful region boasts more mineral water springs than anywhere else in the Southern hemisphere.

A selection of must do’s

  • Signature Spa Experience – Private Treetop Mineral Spa, using 100% pure Daylesford mineral water and set in a magical location, private circular spa tubs sit in secluded tree top cabins and look out through the waterfront willow trees.

  • Farm Gate & Winery Tour – Head out for the day with a local guide and meet the farmers, producers and winemakers who passionately connect the ‘paddock to plate’. There’s organic and biodynamic producers, rare breed farmers, producers of goat and sheep’s milk cheese, cider, beer & winemakers, bakers and more. You’ll taste along the way and there’s plenty of opportunity to fill your bags if your luggage allowance can cope!

  • Tantalise your tastebuds and dine at the multi-award winning Lake House Restaurant. Under the direction of Executive Chef Alla Wolf Tasker the kitchen works from the ground up producing virtually everything, from house baked breads to an extensive charcuterie range, on the premises. Lake House boasts a 25 year reputation for excellence and innovation in dining.

2 Lake House Daylesford, Victoria (2-3 NIGHTS)

Lake House lies on the shores of idyllic Lake Daylesford in the heart of Victoria’s Spa Country just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Lake House is justly regarded as one of Australia’s finest regional dining experiences and the region has evolved into a mecca for foodies and culinary nomads. An eclectic mix of artists’ studios, cafes, excellent restaurants, boutique day spas and holistic healing centres – Spa Country exudes a sophisticated bohemian feel. This beautiful region boasts more mineral water springs than anywhere else in the Southern hemisphere.

A selection of must do’s

  • Signature Spa Experience – Private Treetop Mineral Spa, using 100% pure Daylesford mineral water and set in a magical location, private circular spa tubs sit in secluded tree top cabins and look out through the waterfront willow trees.

  • Farm Gate & Winery Tour – Head out for the day with a local guide and meet the farmers, producers and winemakers who passionately connect the ‘paddock to plate’. There’s organic and biodynamic producers, rare breed farmers, producers of goat and sheep’s milk cheese, cider, beer & winemakers, bakers and more. You’ll taste along the way and there’s plenty of opportunity to fill your bags if your luggage allowance can cope!

  • Tantalise your tastebuds and dine at the multi-award winning Lake House Restaurant. Under the direction of Executive Chef Alla Wolf Tasker the kitchen works from the ground up producing virtually everything, from house baked breads to an extensive charcuterie range, on the premises. Lake House boasts a 25 year reputation for excellence and innovation in dining.

Drive 1hr to melbourne airport, 1hr flight to hobart, drive 3hr to saffire.

3 Saffire Freycinet Freycinet, Tasmania (3 NIGHTS)

Iconic coastal sanctuary, discreetly positioned overlooking the Hazards Mountains, and the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay, Saffire blends mankind and nature with breathtaking beauty. Staying at Saffire is an experience designed to enrich and uplift, giving a new perspective on this environment of pure air, pure light and pure water. 

A selection of must do’s

  • Don your waders and visit a working oyster farm and develop an understanding for wetland and marine ecology.

  • The internationally renowned Freycinet National Park is located on Saffire’s doorstep and a must see during your stay at the property. Join an informative guide on a walk to the lookout over one of Australia’s most celebrated coastlines, Wineglass Bay.

  • Schouten Island Boating Experience – Be engaged by close-up interactions with scouring sea birds, playful marine mammals and a diversity of life on Tasmania’s temperate reefs.

3 Saffire Freycinet Freycinet, Tasmania (3 NIGHTS)

Iconic coastal sanctuary, discreetly positioned overlooking the Hazards Mountains, and the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay, Saffire blends mankind and nature with breathtaking beauty. Staying at Saffire is an experience designed to enrich and uplift, giving a new perspective on this environment of pure air, pure light and pure water. 

A selection of must do’s

  • Don your waders and visit a working oyster farm and develop an understanding for wetland and marine ecology.

  • The internationally renowned Freycinet National Park is located on Saffire’s doorstep and a must see during your stay at the property. Join an informative guide on a walk to the lookout over one of Australia’s most celebrated coastlines, Wineglass Bay.

  • Schouten Island Boating Experience – Be engaged by close-up interactions with scouring sea birds, playful marine mammals and a diversity of life on Tasmania’s temperate reefs.

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