In our last few blogs we’ve spoken about fabulous lodges in natural Australian settings, boasting majestic views and exclusive hospitality ... and as promised, this blog introduces more such luxury lodges in Northern Territory, Tasmania and Victoria.
Saffire Freycinet (Tasmania)
Discretely positioned on Tasmania's mid east coast Freycinet Peninsula and overlooking Hazards Mountain and Great Oyster Bay, Saffire luxury lodge offers a memorable blend of man and nature.
The property features a fabulous array of suites, an exclusive spa, and a stunning restaurant, Palate, where chef Todd Adams produces innovative dining based on world-renowned Tasmanian produce.
Saffire also offers spa treatments designed by celebrity facialist Marionne De Candia, and chiropractic doctor Dr. Jean Laing.
Getting There: By Air: Helicopter or light aircraft transfers can be arranged by Saffire.
By Car: You can choose a chauffeur-driven transfer, or self-drive 3-hours from Hobart, or just 2.5-hours from Launceston along Coles Bay Road.
Things to Remember: 1. If self-driving to Saffire, remember that driving around dawn and dusk can be hazardous as wildlife may be in abundance. 2. From breakfast to gourmet dinner, you can customize your dining experience.
Lake House (Victoria)
In the heart of Victoria’s spa country, on the shores of scenic Lake Daylesford lies Lake House . Nestled among 6 acres of towering trees, Lake House offers a village-like cluster of cream colored buildings providing direct access to lake walks and the Wombat State Forest. While staying at Lake House, you'll likely experience wallabies, wombats, kookaburras, gang gangs ... oh, and thousands of cockatoos.
Over three decades Lake House has fostered an excellent network of local suppliers and has become a mecca for food travelers. In nearby Daylesford, every country lane seems to offer farm-gate sales of organic fruits, veggies, honey, eggs, and rare breeds of lamb, beef and pork.
Lake House boasts a renowned restaurant featuring modern Australian cuisine, a fabulous wine list ... and a cellar of over 10,000 bottles.
Getting There: By Air: The Lake House can be easily accessed from Melbourne Airport.
By Car: It’s a 90-minute drive from Melbourne.
Things to Remember: We recommend a hands-on culinary workshop hosted by Alla Wolf-Tasker in a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen.
Longitude 131° (Northern Territory)
Longitude 131° offers an outback luxury base-camp amidst desert beauty rich with cultural heritage and history. Luxurious tented pavilions floating over rust-red dunes welcome you to experience classic touches and indigenous textures that evoke an earthy sanctuary.
Enjoy unparalleled vistas of the fabled Ayers Rock / Kata Tjuta from your room, experience the stories of this spirited land, enjoy an outback sundowner at the Dune House, and savor exceptional meals that celebrate a perfect blend of modern and outback flavors.
We also highly recommend dining under a glittering canopy of stars at Table 131°.
Getting There: By Air: Virgin Australia offer direct flights ex Sydney, and Jetstar and Qantas also operate regular flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns via Alice Springs.
By Car: Complimentary 4WD transfers can be arranged from Ayers Rock Airport to Longitude 131°. Alternatively, you can opt for a 4-5 hours scenic drive from Alice Springs via King's Canyon.
Things to Remember : Longitude 131° recently re-opened after extensive renovations.
Bamurru Plains (Northern Territory)
With an abundance of wildlife and an extraordinary bush experience on the edge of Kakadu National Park, Bamurru Plains offers ecologically sensitive, understated luxurious comfort. The 10-room camp safari ensures that guests are introduced to the sights and sounds of the surrounding environment in style and comfort.
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Bamurru’s passionate field guides offer a variety of activities that include crocodile spotting on the Sampan River, scenic helicopter rides over the coastline and floodplains, four-wheel drive safaris, and tours to the nearby rock art galleries of Arnhem Land.
While in Bamurru, you'll get a chance to encounter Australia’s richest wildlife in the floodplains and savannah woodlands. Spot tens of thousands of Magpie Geese, whistling kites, egrets, herons, blue-winged Kookaburras, cockatoos, parrots and agile rock wallabies.
As evening sets, sit back with a cocktail and canapes to enjoy wild bush luxury that is an exclusive Bamurru trademark.
Getting There: By Air: You can take a 30-minute charter flight from Darwin or Jabiru.
By Car: It’s a 2 ½- hour drive to the property entrance from Darwin.
Things to Remember: 1. If you're into fishing ... this is a great spot 2.Private vehicles are not allowed inside the property.
Stay tuned for our next blog focused on luxury lodges in Western Australia.