Ker & Downey’s Ultimate Australia Bucket List represents the best of “The Land Down Under”. These private, exclusive, and extraordinary must-do experiences go beyond the country’s kangaroo and Outback stereotypes to reveal Australia’s outside-the-box luxury destinations, from Sydney and Tasmania, to Ayers Rock and the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
Diving and snorkeling Ningaloo Reef at Sal Salis
All nine luxury oceanfront tents of Sal Salis are mere footsteps from the turquoise UNESCO waters of Ningaloo Reef, a haven of puffer fish, wobbegong, black tip reef sharks, giant schools of barracuda, and a snuggly 600-pound grouper lovingly known as the “BFG”.
Cruising through The Kimberley aboard the Coral Princess Oceanic Discoverer
Embark on a luxury Australia cruise in search of The Kimberley’s maritime treasures aboard the Coral Princess Oceanic Discover, whose resident marine biologist and fleet of Xplorer zodiac boats allow for up-close encounters with the coast’s stunning natural wonders.
Wildlife, indigenous culture, and rock art at Davidson’s Arnhemland Safari
Up north, Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris promises a spontaneous yet luxurious Outback experience amid Mt. Borradaile’s dazzling wildlife, Arnhem Land’s culturally significant landscapes, and rock art galleries documenting 50,000 years of cultural evolution among Aboriginal Australians.
Dine under the stars at Ayers Rock’s Table 131°
Arrive to the sound of the didgeridoo and take your coveted seat at Table 131°, a unique dining experience hosted by Longitude 131° where an a la carte menu and wine pairing is accompanied by the ever-changing colors of Ayers Rock as the desert stars emerge above.
Spectacular views and uncaged wildlife experience at Southern Ocean Lodge
The beachfront Southern Ocean Lodge commands incredible views of the infinite waters and the pristine “zoo without fences” wilderness of Kangaroo Island, also known as “Australia’s Galapagos” for its diverse populations of sea lions, fur seals, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, platypus, birds, and whales.
Experience a 19th century Homestead at Arkaba Station
A refurbished 1850s homestead with an intriguing pastoral history and working sheep station, Arkaba Station offers laid-back countryside stays and interactive bush walks into the rugged Flinders Ranges in the South Australian bush.
MONA & Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart
Any stay at Hobart’s waterfront Henry Jones Art Hotel offers an opportunity to engage directly with Tasmania’s artistic heritage, from the 500-piece collection throughout the hotel to the nearby Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Australia’s largest privately funded museum.
Hiking at Saffire Freycinet
Set in the pristine Freycinet National Park on the east coast of Tasmania, the relatively undiscovered hiking trails around Saffire Freycinet lodge lead to secluded bird-filled lagoons, white sandy beaches, and the pink granite peaks of Hazards Mountains towering over Great Oyster Bay and the Tasman Sea.
Snorkeling and sailing the Whitsunday Islands at the One&Only Hayman Island
Located in the Whitsundays near the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, the One&Only Hayman Island is an island paradise resort offering one-of-a-kind under- and over-water adventures through the Whitsundays and the iconic Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world.
NYE fireworks display from the Park Hyatt in Sydney
As one of the first places in the world to watch the calendar change, Sydney always celebrates the New Year with a bang. Consider starting the New Year at Park Hyatt Sydney, taking in the spectacular views of the fireworks display over Sydney Harbor and the Sydney Opera House.