Just a short drive from Adelaide, there exists a bounty of culinary curiosities to keep you sated amidst vineyard-blanketed hills. Barossa Valley culinary excursions balance fresh foods, vintage wines, and plenty of laid back sun-basking.
Drift amidst a dazzling rainbow of fish and above a myriad of vibrant corals in these exotic locales. These are some of our top spots for snorkeling, where mother nature’s beauty shines bright beneath the waves.
Last year we profiled Michelle Sole, a former female guide for Marataba Safari Lodge. Since we last spoke, she has left Marataba to spend a year traveling the world. While she’s out on the road, she’s sharing some of her experiences with us, starting with tracking the abundant Australian wildlife. Australia is well known for it’s weird and wonderful wildlife. As a wildlife fanatic I found myself paging through travel guides and internet sites searching for the best possible places to see some of Australia’s iconic wildlife. I get a thrill from finding and photographing animals in their natural environment. […]
This past late spring, I journeyed down to South Land, Terra Australis, where my heart has been longing to return to and always will. Mind you, it is actually late fall there which is a wonderful time to go. It’s cooler and has less flies. (In the center they never fully go away.) My Australia travel adventure included my arrival into Alice Springs, then onward to Kings Canyon en route to Uluru, then straight up to the Top End to catch a charter flight to remote Arnhemland. Afterwards I went to Darwin, then back to Uluru, and finally ending up […]
We’re wrapping up Kathryn Romeyn’s four part series on Australia’s ultimate adventures with where to eat and drink in Sydney. Planning your own adventure down under but don’t know where to eat and drink in Sydney? Consider this your ultimate foodie list! In the past, Melbourne claimed Oz’s most talked about food scene, but thanks to a spate of ambitious young chefs leaving legendary kitchens to start their own cool ventures, plus continued innovation at the city’s finest establishments, Sydney is now a gastronome’s paradise. With a cool, edgy feel, the intimate Bar H, opened in the fashionable suburb of […]
Kathryn Romeyn chooses a sampling of Australia’s greatest experiences for the ultimate adventure down under in this four part series on Australia. In Part Three, we’re taking a look at the Great Barrier Reef. Just minutes after landing on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef, I board the luxury yacht Sun Goddess, a glass of Azahara Pinot Noir bubbly in hand. Less than an hour later we dock at the recently reopened 160-room One&Only Hayman Island, the only destination on the private Whitsundays islands encircled by white sandy beaches and picturesque palm trees. As with the red rock, life […]
Kathryn Romeyn chooses a sampling of Australia’s greatest experiences for the ultimate adventure down under in this four part series on Australia. For Part Two, we’re taking a look at Australia’s Northern Territory. The next day takes me from an ocean-centric city of 4.5 million to a sea of red dirt in the middle of nowhere— 460 kilometers from the closest large town, to be exact. I’m literally seeing red as the plane lands and I catch my first glimpse of Uluru, the immense, iconic rock at the heart of Australia’s outback. My eyes stay glued to Australia’s Northern Territory […]
Kathryn Romeyn chooses a sampling of Australia’s greatest experiences for the ultimate adventure down under in this four part series on Australia. Today we’re taking a look at Sydney, one of Australia’s top destinations. Flying into Sydney, I catch my breath as sunlight gleams off the elegant scalloped shells of the famous Opera House and glitters over the sailboat-strewn port leading to the 134-meter-long Harbor Bridge. (The world’s largest steel arch bridge is worth a walk, if not a climb, for adrenaline junkies.) In Sydney you are never far from water. I get closer by checking into Shangri-La in The […]
Set sail on a Northern Australia cruise with Ker & Downey on this 18-day journey that includes 10 incredible days at sea! The Northern Territory is Australia’s true Outback—home to the iconic natural wonders of Kakadu National Park, Ayers Rock, Arnhem Land, and the Kimberley Coast. Ker & Downey’s Northern Australia Voyage pairs a Northern Australia cruise with backcountry adventure to reveal the authentic cultural heart and fascinating natural treasures of this remarkable region. Get ready to safari through the ancient, aboriginal lands of Mt. Borradaile, cruise through the crystal clear waters of the coast, and retreat to Broome for romantic and relaxing moments beachside. […]
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”. […]