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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Ker & Downey’s Escape Down Under itinerary takes guests on the perfect trip to the outback country with adventures in Kangaroo Island, Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef and an experiential 5-room working sheep farm. From enchanting plains lit each evening by crimson sunsets to beaches with crystal-clear waters and a bevy of animal onlookers, Australia’s diverse experiences stretch beyond the kangaroos and outback. Set off for an unforgettable Escape Down Under on one of Ker & Downey’s most recent additions to a prestigious collection of outside-the-box luxury destinations. Begin in iconic Sydney and take in the city’s most famous landmarks […]
The Land Down Under is a land full of wonder, with national parks, remote wilderness experiences, bustling modern cities and quiet beach retreats making up the diverse country. Get a taste of it all with Ker & Downey’s Escape Down Under – a 13-day experiential travel journey through the best and brightest of Australia. Start by spending two nights in the Park Hyatt Sydney, taking in incredible views of the famous Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House from your hotel window. The outback is next at Ayers Rock in Australia’s central red heartland. You will stay in one of […]
The Great Barrier Reef is a maze of nearly 3,000 individual reefs, 900 islands and stretches 133,000 square miles. It is located in the Coral Sea, just off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The majority of Barrier Reef islands lie north of the tropic of Capricorn and have a distinctly monsoonal climate, the heavy rains cause destructive flooding from April to September and leave thousands of people homeless each year. For years, the Great Barrier Reef was known as Australia’s, “Blue Outback.” Established as a collective haven for thousands of species of sea life, the Great Barrier Reef was designated […]
The smallest continent on Earth, also known as Australia, is an amazing place for luxury vacations of all kinds. With 21,262 miles of coastline, the world’s largest monolith, The Great Barrier Reef, the famous outback, and fantastic biodiversity, there is something for everyone to see and experience in Australia to ensure it is the trip of your dreams. Australia is divided into five travel regions: Great Barrier Reef, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Red Center, and Southern. Each one of these areas holds plenty of areas to explore and even more spaces to relax, but nothing is better than the […]