Entries tagged: Australia

Fine Wines of Australia and New Zealand

Fine Wines of Australia and New Zealand

Toast to the magnificent wines from down under and savor the beauty of Australia and New Zealand – two distinct destinations that beg to be explored. Contact us to begin your journey and discover a wealth of wines and culinary pursuits with Ker & Downey. Barossa Valley, Australia Visit the Peter Lehmann and Torbeck wineries in Barossa Valley, the premier winemaking region of Australia often praised for its Shiraz and Reisling varietals. Taste these and more on all-day wine country tasting adventures with our Australia Dreamtime journey. Marlborough, New Zealand Head to the South Island of New Zealand with our New Zealand […]

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A Walk on Australia’s Wild Side

A Walk on Australia’s Wild Side

South and Western Australia are two of the country’s lesser trodden states, where isolation and nature afford not only stunning vistas and incredible sea life, but also some of the most bountiful food and wine the world has to offer. Avid adventurer and fearless food lover Krista Simmons explores the spirit of the region and witnesses its evolution since she lived there years ago. Photography by Jack Guy It’s midnight in the South Australian outback, and my travel companions and I are bundled up in thick Pendleton blankets. With flashlights and a bottle of jammy Aussie Shiraz in hand, we’re […]

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Australia Dreamtime

Australia Dreamtime

Take a walk on Australia’s wild side on this 19-night itinerary, perfect for the luxury adventure traveler. Discover the farthest reaches of the outback and the cultures deep within the “island” on scenic flights over the diverse landscapes, get to know a traditional Aboriginal guide, and dive deep into the Great Barrier Reef to see majestic coral formations. Read more about this incredible journey in the current issue of QUEST magazine. Scenic Flight to Rose Bay, Sydney Fly over Sydney Harbor in a restored seaplane to a beautiful restaurant perched on the water’s edge in the heart of the Kuring […]

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The Great Outdoors: Wings and Fins

The Great Outdoors: Wings and Fins

Our world is teeming with wonders to discover, and whether searching for winged wildlife by air or angling for game beneath the water, Ker & Downey encourages travelers to look beyond the land-based dwellers and expand their understanding of the wild world. Australia, Bamurru Plains Navigate the Mary River at this uniquely wild luxury camp while fishing for the great Barramundi. An airboat ride across the swamps reveals the region’s abundant birdlife – some 236 species altogether. Tanzania, Rubondo Island Camp Fish for Lake Victoria’s record-breaking Nile perch by boat or on the shore, and head into the thick jungle […]

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Celebrate with Winter Festivals Around the World

Celebrate with Winter Festivals Around the World

Do the winter holidays have you looking for more ways to celebrate this year? We’ve gathered some of our favorite, less traditional winter festivals around the world for you to include in your winter travel. This article originally appeared on Ker & Downy on October 29, 2013. It has been updated to reflect festival dates for 2017. Spain Madrid Christmas Markets – End of November – December What better way to celebrate Christmas that at one of the many Christmas markets all over the world? With over 100 stalls selling holiday treats and Christmas wares in Plaza Mayor, located in […]

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Warm Weather Escapes

Warm Weather Escapes

Make plans to avoid winter’s chill with an incredible journey to one of our favorite warm-weather escapes. Soak up the sun of the southern hemisphere where luxury and relaxation are in abundance, and treat yourself to an end-of-year escape. Fasano Las Piedras, Uruguay Nestled in one of Uruguay’s most extraordinary locations, Fasano Las Piedras represents tradition, quality and taste. Uxua Casas Hotel, Brazil Barefoot luxury meets rustic village life at the Uxua Casas Hotel, a tranquil retreat in the simple coastal town of Trancoso. Vamizi Island, Mozambique Located along the edge of a tropical forest, the villas overlook a white […]

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Great Beach Retreats: Private Villas With a Beach View

Great Beach Retreats: Private Villas With a Beach View

In search of the perfect, water-front hideaway for your next relaxing escape? We’ve gathered 15 of our favorite luxury private villas from all over the world with breathtaking views of the water and all the amenities to calm the senses and leave you speechless. Australia, Qualia Beach House Surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia’s private beach house is set on 30 acres of garden landscape at the northern-most tip of Australia’s Hamilton Island. Designed to draw the outside in, an open layout with a wall of glass doors that can be completely pushed open effectively blurs the line between indoor […]

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Celebrate the Summer with Festivals Around the World

This article first appeared on Ker & Downey on June 25, 2013. It has been updated to reflect 2017 festival dates.  Ker & Downey loves a party, and no matter where you go in our big, beautiful world, you’ll find a reason to celebrate. With the summertime festival season in full swing around the globe, we’ve rounded up our favorite festivals that aren’t to be missed this year. Australia Aberdeen Australia Highland Games – First Saturday in July  The Scottish heritage is alive and well in Aberdeen, New South Wales. To commemorate their heritage, residents of Aberdeen organized their very […]

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Family Friendly Summer Travel Experiences

Family Friendly Summer Travel Experiences

Summer is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to plan the ultimate Ker & Downey journey with your family, and world travel is not out of the question. There are plenty of places where children of all ages are not only welcomed, but truly engaged. Plan a summer vacation that will create unforgettable memories and maybe even give the “travel bug” to your own little trailblazers. We’ve put together some options, sure to please everyone in your family. Cruise the Blue Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey For a truly unique and tranquil holiday, board a luxurious private gulet, a traditional Turkish wooden […]

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Ker & Downey’s 8 Ultimate Gifts

Ker & Downey’s 8 Ultimate Gifts

Go way outside the box and spoil your loved ones with the gift of epic, experiential travel. Whether there’s outdoor adventure or a quiet hideaway on their list, our picks will wow them. There’s something for everyone in every corner of the big, beautiful world, only from Ker & Downey. Teeing off from a sheer cliff face 1,400 feet above a green shaped like Africa… It’s the stuff a golfer’s dreams are made of, and it’s only found at The Legend Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa’s Limpopo. This spectacle of glitter, color, feathers, and lots of skin is […]

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