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Visiting Australia for an LGBT Friendly Vacation Getaway

Today there are plenty of locations around the world that are open to and supportive of LGBT travelers. Couples can take off on a honeymoon to exotic places worldwide. Down Under Endeavours, a luxury travel agency that creates custom travel packages, is a strong supporter of the LGBT community. The agency is committed to creating a vacation package that exceeds all of their travelers' expectations. They are very knowledgeable about properties and locations that actively support LGBT travelers, so you'll never have to think twice.

Here are their reasons for taking an Down Under Endeavours LGBT friendlty trip to Australia:

Down Under Endeavours owner, Corinne Goodman says, "Australia is one of the biggest countries that has an active and supportive LGBT community. Attitudes toward the LGBT community do vary in Australia, just as they do in the US, however Australia's commitment to supporting the LGBT community continues to make it a top LGBT friendly destination."

You'll quickly find that despite Australia's rough and rugged reputation, there's a large, active and confident LGBT community. Sydney's is one of the largest in the country, abundant in LGBT venues, services, businesses, travel clubs, and so much more. It's no wonder Sydney is a top LGBT travel destinations. If you're a beach goer, you're in the right place. Sydney has a plethora of beaches, many of which are LGBT friendly spots, like Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach, and Tamarama Beach, just to name a few. For those who enjoy sunbathing in the nude, check out Obelisk Beach and Lady Jane aBeach. During March, hundreds of thousands of people can be found celebrating Sydney's Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Get ready for loads of fun! Second to Sydney, you'll that Melbourne has a great scene. As the second largest city in Australia, it's vibrant and full of character. Melbourne is a little less focused on the beach, with a cooler climate and more indoor activities to choose from. Brisbane, Canberra, and Perth also have their own small, but visible LGBT
communities.

For some more in depth information here is a list of useful links for LGBT friendly travel:

Pinkboard: Pinkboard has been providing an information source, discussion space and social network for Australia's GLBTQ community since 1986.
\www.pinkboard.com.au/

The Pink Directory: Australia's premier online directory of gay and lesbian business and services. www.thepinkdirectory.com.au

DNA: Australia's best-selling magazine for gay men. Every month, you'll find great feature stories, celebrity profiles, pop culture reviews and sensational photography of some of the world's sexiest male models in our fashion stories.
www.dnamagazine.com.au

LOTL: LOTL is a free to street monthly magazine distributed to city centers of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane focusing on community events, entertainment, political and social developments and local lesbian life in Australia.
www.lotl.com/

IGLTA: International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association
www.iglta.org/

GALTA: Gay & Lesbian Tourism Australia
www.galta.com.au

Down Under Endeavours handcrafts luxury vacations designed around your wants, needs, timeframe and budget. To get a taste of what's possible, take a look at their sample vacation itineraries. The itinerary they create for your trip of your lifetime will be unique to you and your interests. Start planning your trip now no matter how far in advance! Visit www.downunderendeavours.com.

Australia's Most Art-Conscious Hotel QT Sydney Unveils Chuck Close Package

Australia's New Ultra-Luxury Resort --- The one and only Hayman Island in the Great Barrier Reff Begins Welcoming Guests.

Great Southern Rail Launches New Luxury Rail Cruise-Sail Through Australia on the Southen Spirit

The Southern Spirit will operate each Australian summer season. The Southern Spirit is a luxury Australian rail cruise offering 8 different itineraries that visit a number of different destinations across Australia's rail network, combined with deluxe excursions and exclusive events.

Each unique journey on board the Southern Spirit will take guests through some of the most breathtaking scenery Australia has to offer. On board, guests will enjoy unparalleled luxury and personal attention with 24-hour cabin service. Guests can choose to travel in the prestigious new Platinum Service deluxe cabins or the hallmark Gold Service, with all the comforts of a twin compact cabin. The transcontinental journeys are combined with a suite of deluxe excursions staying at five-star hotels, together with once-in-a-lifetime events along the way. The uniquely Australian events include a candlelit dinner underground in the famous opal capital Coober Pedy.

Each itinerary offers a different combination of journeys and experiences. For example, Itinerary 5 'The Great Coastal Epic' is an impressive rail cruise from Perth following the coast through four states, visiting six mainland capitals, and arriving in the sunshine city of Brisbane.

Each of the eight luxury rail cruises showcase some of Australia's most prestigious tourism offerings. The Southern Spirit is a perfect mix of the rich diversity of Australia‚s landscape and some of the most exciting city highlights.

For more information visit www.thesouthernspirit.com.

Great Southern Rail Offers Two Ways to Travel Luxuriously -- See the Outback in Style; Charter a Private Trains Carriage, or Experience the New Platinum Service on the Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin

Great Southern Rail, operator of long distance passenger trains across Australia, now offers two ways to travel luxuriously on The Ghan through the heart of Australia - either by experiencing the new Platinum Service, which was launched September 10, 2008 departing from Adelaide to Darwin, or by chartering one of their four unique private carriages.

Platinum Service is a new luxury level of train travel, like no other Australian train accommodation, and reflective of a deluxe hotel. Platinum Cabins will be approximately twice the size of the standard Gold Cabins. Each will offer deluxe accommodation including two double beds, spacious en suite bathrooms and 24-hour in-cabin steward service. They have all the modern comforts and are distinctly Australian in design. The service will be available once a week from Adelaide to Darwin and once a week from Darwin to Adelaide. Rates start at USD$2,854 one-way, per person, twin share.

The other option for discerning travelers is to charter one of Great Southern Rail's four private carriages. These range in size and can accommodate up to ten passengers. Travelers may be interested in the Chairman's Carriage where a private chef is available to prepare meals, or they may prefer the historical Prince of Wales Carriage, built in 1919 to accommodate a royal visit from Edward, Prince of Wales. This beautifully crafted timber carriage was recently refurbished and maintains many of its original features including ceilings of Wunderlich pressed metal and cathedral glass doors. Private carriage rates begin at USD$11,526 for travel from Adelaide to Darwin or vice versa.

The Ghan is a living legend. When the train first departed Adelaide for Alice Springs, it was intended that one day it would travel all the way through to Darwin. In 2004, more than 70 years, later that dream became a reality. Boarding The Ghan in Adelaide or Darwin, passengers experience one of the most fascinating train journeys in the world. They'‚ll have a chance to marvel at spectacular Australian landscapes from fertile countryside surrounding Adelaide to the rusty hues of the Red Center, onto the tropical splendor of the Top End.

For more information, call Wagstaff Worldwide at 323-871-1151.

HAYMAN ISLAND

Australia's New Ultra-Luxury Resort --- The one and only Hayman Island in the Great Barrier Reff Begins Welcoming Guests.

The iconic resort is reborn as part of the exclusive One&Only collection after an $80 million dollar investment. Set in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, One&Only Hayman Island is surrounded by astonishing natural beauty and introduces new suite accommodation, redesigned spaces and restaurants, new adult and family experiences and the unrivalled One&Only service standards to Australia.

The opening was marked by Alan Leibman, Chief Executive Officer of Kerzner International, and Mark DeCocinis, President and Chief Operating Officer of One&Only Resorts, who joined Seng Huang Lee, Executive Chairman of Mulpha, the owner of the resort, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony as the first guests arrived.

"A new era has begun at this iconic Australian resort as we introduce One&Only Hayman Island to the world," said Seng Huang Lee. "The transformational refurbishment combined with One&Only's innovation and commitment to delivering an extraordinary level of service will redefine luxury travel in Australia."

One&Only Hayman Island will offer an unparalleled commitment to the finest holiday experiences on every possible level.  One&Only resorts are infused with a personality borne of their local culture, warmed by genuine hospitality and invigorated with a lively energy that creates a One&Only experience. When guests come to these special places, they create their own memories that are One&Only in both name and spirit.

For more information on One&Only Hayman Island and all other One&Only Resorts, please visit: www.oneandonlyresorts.com.

About One&Only Resorts

Created exclusively for the luxury resort market, One&Only Resorts are conceived as hallmarks of excellence. Set in some of the most beautiful locales in the world, each award-winning resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unrivalled. These properties include One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai; One&Only Ocean Club in The Bahamas, One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico, One&Only Cape Town, South Africa and One&Only The Palm, Dubai. The newest resort in the collection is One&Only Hayman Island in the heart of The Great Barrier Reef in Australia which began welcoming guests as of 1 July 2014. One&Only recently announced plans to develop and operate three new One&Only resorts, in Sanya, Hainan, China; in Montenegro, which will be the first property for the collection in Europe and in the city of Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. More information on One&Only is available at oneandonlyresorts.com

PERTH

Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa

Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa was awarded Deluxe Hotel of the Year 2007 by the Australian Hotels Association. Orient-Express Hotels Australia was given multiple reasons to celebrate at the awards ceremony as Darley’s was also named Regional Restaurant of the Year by the AHA. The Australian Hotels Association (NSW) awards for excellence are recognized as the most prestigious awards in the hospitality industry, honouring the achievement of excellence in a wide range of categories across the accommodation division.

Darley’s award consolidated the Blue Mountain’s up-and-coming reputation for fine dining, creating the perfect environment to enjoy tantalizingly authentic flavours and stylish presentation, enhanced by prompt, professional service. Executive Chef, Hugh Whitehouse, modern Australian cuisine is based on his philosophy of refining and redesigning classic dishes, influenced by each changing season. For inspiration, Hugh visits local farms, sourcing stone fruit in the summer, chestnuts and game in autumn and specially grown organic vegetables the year round.

Nestled on the edge of the Jamison Valley, Lilianfels offers sublime views of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains and luxurious surrounds.

For further media information, or images, contact Max Rodella, Marketing Communications, Ph: 02 8248 5281 or mrodella@observatoryhotel.com

Australia’s newest Outback accommodation property, Australian Pacific Touring’s stylish Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge has opened.

The lodge is exclusively located among Desert Oak trees (some believed to be over 400 years old) in a remote part of Kings Creek Station, 22 miles from Kings Canyon, 300 miles southwest of Alice Springs by paved road and 190 miles northeast of Uluru (Ayers Rock).

The lodge site has 10 deluxe tented cabins with full en-suite (hot showers) and private decking looking into the outback and a separate dining/lounge facility and outside dining-campfire area.

APT US Sales Manager, Ward Reid, said the lodge offered a quiet, stylish and private Outback bush accommodation experience. “Extremely comfortable, roomy and well-appointed cabins combined with a very high quality of dining, a quiet, true Outback bush setting and just 20 guests maximum, make this lodge a special place for visiting Kings Canyon,” he said.  “As a dinner-bed-breakfast experience, it offers high value.”

APT also operates wilderness lodges in the Kimberley in Western Australia.

Eleven new packages from Alice Springs have been designed with exclusive short touring to the surrounding region.  See ancient petroglyphs (Aboriginal rock carvings), chance to spot wild camels, kangaroos and other wildlife, guided Kings Canyon walk, overnight Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge.

Existing short break tours visiting Kings Canyon (ranging from 2 days to 14 days) operated by Australian Pacific Touring have the option to upgrade to stay at the exclusive Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge.

Canyon Wilderness Lodge is available for special interest groups and private self-drive travelers, on available status. Prices are $180 twin share per person and $315 single, which includes dinner and breakfast. Bookings are essential.  

Three course dinner includes entrée of Morton Bay bugs, mains of barbecued barramundi/kangaroo/camel combination with vegetables and salads, dessert and tea/coffee … followed by campfire chat with fellow guests, APT guides and lodge staff as well as night sky telescope viewing.  The Lodge is licensed and offers a quality selection of beverages.

Breakfast is cereals and cooked meals to order, provided by chef-host team Rowan and Jacinta Wilson, formerly of Hinchinbrook Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

For more information on Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge or any one of APTs products, contact Ward Reid, US Sales Manager, 1-888-299-1428; ward.reid@aptouring.com.

What to See and Do

Kakadu National Park Installs WebCam

National Geographic’s KakaduCam, the first webcam installed in Australia’s World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, officially launched September 22, 2006 in New York City’s Grand Central Station.

Giant screens beamed live images from Kakadu National Park to thousands of commuters and travelers during the ‘Experience Your World’ event, a week long interactive photography exhibit celebrating international and national parks.
Developed by Tourism NT in conjunction with Tourism Australia’s three-year Global Programs initiative, the KakaduCam delivers live images and audio of native wildlife to more than 4.3 million website visitors.

By day, visitors will be able to see a parade of wildlife including kangaroos, crocodiles, birds, butterflies, wallabies, snakes and possums. At night, visitors to KakaduCam will be able to hear the authentic sounds of Australian animals as they hunt, feed and play. Following the launch, Tourism NT hopes to add a feature that will enable visitors to speak with local rangers and listen to traditional stories from the Aboriginal elders of Kakadu dating back more than 50,000 years.
For live images from the KakaduCam visit www.ngm.com/kakaducam.com

Pungalina Station Is Where Ancient Caves are Discovered

Ninteen caves have been discovered at Pungalina Station in the Northern Territory’s gulf country, a new exclusive safari camp located on a 500,000-acre cattle station. Identified by the Victorian Speleological Association from Melbourne, four of the sites have been deemed safe for visitors to access and explore - Totem Pole, Ballroom, Elsa’s and Oliver’s.

The Ballroom and Totem Pole caves are the largest and visitors are encouraged to walk freely around the interior or go for a dip in the warm swimming hole at the bottom of Oliver's cave.

Access to Pungalina is possible by four-wheel-drive or light aircraft. Charter flights to Pungalina are available from Darwin and via Kirkhope Aviation from Melbourne.
For more information visit www.pungalinasafaris.com.au

Warumungu Culture: New Aboriginal Tourism Venture

Warumungu Cultural Experiences is a new Aboriginal tourism venture in Tennant Creek operated by Jackie Hingston-Namikili, a local Warumungu interpretive guide.
Jackie provides travelers with insights into Warumungu culture, focusing on the Partta people of the area.

Travelers can opt for a guided tour to Myil Purnurru, an ancient rock formation on the outskirts of Tennant Creek, bushwalk through the country of the Three Sisters dreaming sites or experience Kunjarra, a women’s sacred site. During the tour to Lake Mary Ann Jackie provides travelers with her own interpretation of the relationship Partta people have to this area. Jacke also discusses the history of Tennant Creek and visits the original Tennant Creek waterholes and the old Telegraph Station.

For more information visit www.nyinkkanyunya.com.au

Bamurru Plains - New Wet Season Safari Accomodation

Bamurru Plains, a new wilderness experience situated on the coastal floodplains of the Mary River delta, will open its doors to the public in October 2006.
Tailormade for affluent adventurers, this new property will begin operations with three ensuite safari rooms with plans for six additional rooms to be complete by February 2007. All accomoodation has been designed in bush luxury style.
Unlike many remote lodges in the territory that close during the wet season, Bamurru Plains encourages travelers to experience the floodplains that are teeming with wildlife from October to April.

Located on Swim Creek Station, the property is 2.5 hours by road from Darwin or 20 minutes by air.

For more information visit www.bamurruplains.com

QUEENSLAND

Where to Stay

About Hayman Luxury Resort

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Hayman is Australia’s premier luxury nature-resort destination, located on the northernmost of the Whitsunday Islands in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland. Hayman, which covers 726 acres, offers guests an unparalleled experience of tranquility and natural beauty in the resort’s 210 stylish accommodations situated within separate locations throughout the property, including the stunning new residences—all with access to the turquoise waters and access to the Reef. The resort—and the island on which it is located—are named in honor of Thomas Hayman, the sea navigator who chartered the island’s waters and has been an oasis for guests since the 1950s. In 2004, Mulpha Australia Limited acquired ownership of this unique destination and has enhanced the offerings available at the modern tranquil hideaway. With four restaurants, Hayman Spa and fitness facilities, picturesque meeting and special event areas, and 24-hour butler and concierge service, leisure and luxury are offered in many forms throughout the island. Visit www.hayman.com.au.

SYDNEY

Where to Stay

Australia's Most Art-Conscious Hotel QT Sydney Unveils Chuck Close Package

QT Sydney, the hottest designer hotel to open in Australia's largest city in more than a decade and now the official hotel partner of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), has unveiled a new package for art lovers to celebrate the work of renowned American artist Chuck Close.

Partnering with the new MCA exhibition entitled "Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration" (on view through March 15, 2015), QT Sydney is offering guests the chance to experience luxurious accommodations in a QT Deluxe room and admission for two to this exciting new exhibition of Chuck Close's work. Guests will also be offered their choice of: daily breakfast for two at the hotel's celebrated Gowings Bar & Grill; one dinner for two at Gowings; or a choice of spa treatments for two at spaQ, including the signature 30-Minute Tension Target Massage, 30-Minute Essential Focal Facial, 30-Minute Wild Thyme Foot Therapy or, for male guests, The Don (a traditional cut-throat shave in the QT Barber Shop).

Since its opening in fall 2012, QT Sydney has been a trendsetter among hotels in Australia (and worldwide) for its collection of cutting-edge contemporary and digital art by Australian and New Zealander artists, all curated by the renowned art advisor Amanda Love.

The QT Chuck Close package is priced from AUS$295 (approx. US$260) per night during the week and from AUS$320 (approx. US$280) on weekends (based on a two-night minimum stay) and is valid through March 14, 2015.

For more information about QT Sydney, please visit www.qtsydney.com.au.

ABOUT QT SYDNEY:

Through extensive restoration, the historic Gowings and State Theatre buildings in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) are artfully revamped to create Sydney's new designer hotel, QT Sydney. The eagerly awaited development returns gothic façades and features of the buildings to their former glory, bringing cutting edge art and interior design to the QT experience through LED digital art, bespoke furniture and bold color. Located in the heart of the city, more than a place to lay your head, it is a creative space to dine, drink and live. QT Sydney opened September 2012 and is the only Sydney hotel to be a member of the exclusive Design Hotels group.

SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA

About South Australia

South Australia is home to Kangaroo Island, known as the 'Galapagos of Australia,' the famed Barossa wine region, and Adelaide, the charming capital city. South Australia, the fourth largest of Australia's six states, is located in the southern half of the country. Adelaide itself is a delightful jumping off point for exploring the region. Surrounded by parklands, the capital is home to just over 1 million people and the Central Business District is one square mile, perfect for exploring the fine museums, great restaurants, and the famed Central Market, the largest covered market in the Southern Hemisphere. South Australia is a haven for wine lovers. Over 60% of all exported Australian wines come from the state‚s top wine regions˜the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley, the Coonawarra, and more. Soft adventure activities such as hiking, diving, and mountain biking abound in this nature-filled state. In fact, South Australia arguably has the most accessible wildlife in the country. Some of the best places to glimpse it are the stunning Kangaroo Island, rugged Flinders Ranges, and enchanting Gawler Ranges. Known as the „Gateway to the Outback,‰ South Australia is also home to Coober Pedy, the world‚s opal mining capital.

For more inforamtion, call Wagstaff Worldwide at 323.871.1151

Take Charge of Your Trip to South Australia -- One of the Easiest Places in Australia to Explore on Your Own

Visitors travelling to the State of South Australia and its capital city of Adelaide can feel quite comfortable exploring on their own. Adelaide, surrounded by parklands, has a central business district that is just one square mile and many of the top museums, hotels, restaurants, and cultural experiences are all within this downtown district and easily accessible on foot. The top wine regions in the state such as the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Adelaide Hills, are no more than an hour and a half in any direction and all can be reached by charming two lane roads.

Self-guided touring in South Australia has become even more fun and affordable now that new travelers‚ passes are available - the Cellar Door pass, the Cheese and Wine Trails card, and the Discover Adelaide card.

Celler Door Pass and Cheese and Wine Trails Card

A choice of gourmet passes give visitors and locals alike a chance to indulge in some of the most amazing wines and food products in some of the top wine regions in the all of Australia.

Cellar Door Pass

For $80, pass holders receive:

· Premium wine tasting and winery tours for two at top wineries such as d‚Arenberg, Annie‚s Lane, Penfolds, Two Hands, Wolf Blass, and over 30 others

· 6 bottles of premium wines at a total value of up to $100

· Free delivery of 12 bottles to an Australian address with transit insurance

· Gourmet dining and special food offers

· A discovery CD and Cellar Door directory

· A VIP smartcard
Cheese and Wine Trails Card

Priced at $45, this pass provides:

· A four course, progressive picnic for two of local produce and cheeses

· A retail box with detailed maps of the regions and more

· A bottle of wine from any of the participating cellar doors (up to $20)

· A special tasting or touring experience from two featured cellar doors

A combination of the two passes, which includes all of the amenities, is just $105.

For more information on the Cellar Door Pass and the Cheese and Wine Trails visit www.cellardoorpass.com or www.cheeseandwinetrails.com.au

DISCOVER ADELAIDE CARD

The Discover Adelaide Card offers entry to 14 top local Adelaide attractions, at up to 50% off the regular price of admission. For $40 per card, guests receive eight passes to spend at their choice of attractions. Guests can simply visit www.bass.net.au to purchase the card and it will be waiting for them for pickup at the South Australian Visitor and Travel Centre right in the heart of the city.

Attractions include:

A journey to the Penfolds Magill Estate Winery just outside the city, where the first Penfolds grapes were grown

A visit to the Rodney Fox Shark Experience that boasts a collection showing the history of over 100 exciting filming and research expeditions led by one of the world's leading experts on Great Whites

A unique wildlife experience at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, where visitors can experience the Australian bush and mix with over 100 species of birds and many native mammals in a protected habitat

A tour of Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Australia‚s first and oldest Indigenous-owned and managed multi-arts centre, and one of the finest places in Australia to see Aboriginal art

For more information on the Discover Adelaide Card visit www.adelaidecard.com.au.

TASMANIA

The island state south of mainland Australia, Tasmania is a luxury wilderness escape boasting new eco retreates. Luxury comes to wilderness camping at the new three day/two night "Freycinet Escape,' while the new Lodge at Tarraleah pairs historic high-end boutique accommodation with outstanding fly-fishing. Each new experience is set amid a wonder of unique wildlife, from wombats to Tasmanian devils. And, in 2007, travelers and environmentalists alike can join forces to help save Tasmania's iconic mascot from the deadly Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumor Disease (www.tassiedevil.com.au).

For more information, check web site www.discovertasmania.com.

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island's New Luxury Resort

Opened in March 2008, Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island's newest luxury resort, is destined to be Australia's leading example of sustainable tourism accommodations. Its unique location, stunning views, contemporary environmental design, locally sourced food and beverages, personalized activities and signature wellness spa, will ensure its status as a South Australian icon.

LOCATION

Located at secluded Hanson Bay, on Kangaroo Island's southwest coast, the promise of exclusivity is immediate. A cathedral of arched native trees line the entry and the Lodge appears as if by magic. Set in natural bush land, Southern Ocean Lodge overlooks a dramatic section of coastline. Rugged cliffs, wild ocean, white sandy beaches, and virtually untouched native vegetation are complemented by an ecological design and organic interiors. Ever sensitive to the precious landscape, the Lodge will allow visitors to experience the coastal wilderness and plentiful wildlife, for which Kangaroo Island is known, in impeccable style.

DESIGN

The luxe twenty-one-suite property, whose site adjoins two National parks and is at the heart of the island's major attractions including Flinders Chase and the Remarkable Rocks, has been designed to blend into the landscape. Nationally renowned architect Max Pritchard, who has a unique understanding of the location as he was born and raised on Kangaroo Island, has designed Southern Ocean Lodge. Every consideration has been given to navigating the fine balance between nature, comfort, and modern style.

The property features an environmental design with very low visual impact, featuring a signature palette of materials - primarily local limestone - recycled timber, and glass. Combined with designer furnishings and custom artwork, the Lodge aesthetic is fresh and contemporary. From the grandeur of the Great Room to the subtle indulgences of the suites, guests will feel immersed in the spectacular surroundings.

SUITES

Each suite has been designed to capture the coastal panoramas and features custom-designed interiors. All feature large sleeping areas, sunken lounges, dramatic glass-walled bathrooms, and outdoor terraces with seating and daybeds. Other amenities include walk-in closets, complimentary in-room bar, twice daily housekeeping, optional climate control, heated floors, internet access, music system with MP3 input, premium toiletries, safes and telephones (televisions are available in some suites). The Osprey Pavilion, the ultimate suite, has a unique curved floor plan that affords 180° views of the ocean, beach and wilderness, in addition to an open fire area, a private plunge spa, and a sculptured bath and double shower.

RESTAURANT

In a state known for its exceptional food and wine, Southern Ocean Lodge plans to uphold this tradition and has aspirations to be a South Australian culinary landmark, showcasing the freshest island and local seasonal produce available. The restaurant will feature a convivial open bar and walk-in wine cellar. A spectacular sweeping panorama of Hanson Bay will provide a dramatic backdrop for savouring contemporary menus. With pure Ligurian honey, exceptional seafood, cheese, olive oil, and more on Kangaroo Island, there will be no shortage of gastronomic temptations.

SPA

Perched remotely on a dramatic cliff top, Southern Ocean Lodge Spa Retreat will be an intimate and private oasis of calm. Combined with the cleanest air from Antarctica, which is then highly oxygenised from the pounding surf, the spa will provide a pure natural environment in which to rejuvenate. A signature spa menu will offer a range of traditional and cutting-edge treatments, and a healthful spa cuisine program will compliment the spa experiences.

EXPERIENCES

Southern Ocean Lodge is located at the heart of Kangaroo Island's major attractions. Resident naturalist staff will be on hand to provide guided coastal adventures, local touring, and interpretive presentations˜all included in the room rates. Southern Ocean Lodge will also work with local tour operators to offer a variety of charter-based touring. Other activities include coastal hiking expeditions, food and wine experiences, beach fishing, aerial tours, kayaking, mountain biking, surfing, marine zodiac boat rides, and stargazing.

ABOUT BAILLIE LODGES

Created by the partnership of James and Hayley Baillie, the company is founded on rare credentials perfectly suited to deliver an exceptional product that is both in line with premium market expectations and adhering to strict environmental principals. As founding Managing Director of P&O Australian Resorts, James was responsible for award-winning benchmark sustainable products that were developed and operated within World Heritage National and Marine Parks.

ABOUT KANGAROO ISLAND

Located just off the coast of South Australia, Kangaroo Island, with its outstanding natural beauty, rare wildlife and wide range of diverse activities make it the ultimate vacation destination for lovers of the great outdoors. In addition to being home to some of the richest and most diverse flora and fauna found anywhere in the world, Kangaroo Island is also known for it's incredible food, wine and unique locally-made products.

From Adelaide visitors to Kangaroo Island can take a short 30-minute flight or a 45- minute ferry from Cape Jervis on the mainland to the Kangaroo Island port, Penneshaw.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

About Western Australia

Western Australia, the largest state in Australia located in the western half of the country, is divided into five distinct regions: Australia’s North West, Australia’s Coral Coast, The Golden Outback, Experience Perth, and Australia’s South West. Travelers can truly “Experience Extraordinary” when exploring the State’s many natural wonders, unique to Western Australia. Australia’s North West is home to spectacular natural attractions, including the Bungle Bungle Range in World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park, the world’s only Horizontal Waterfall, the famed white sands and turquoise water at Broome's Cable Beach, and the million acre El Questro Wilderness Park. Travelers to the Coral Coast can dive with the world's largest fish - the whale shark, snorkel with manta rays, see wild dolphins at play, and explore Ningaloo Reef—the world’s largest fringing reef. Australia’s Golden Outback, the Gold Rush country of the 1890’s, offers the ideal blend of history and heritage. Travelers can explore mines and museums, pan for gold, or visit one of Kalgoorlie’s historic pubs. In spring, travelers to Australia’s Golden Outback can see the largest collection of wildflowers on earth in bloom. Western Australia’s capital city, Perth, and the surrounding region is a microcosm of the whole state, boasting vineyards, fantastic restaurants, a lively and original music and arts scene, and stylish accommodation. Perth is also home to Kings Park, the world’s largest inner city park. Featuring beautiful beaches, tall tree forests, and award winning wineries, the South West is also home to the Margaret River region, which produces almost 20% of Australia’s premium wine. With over 220 wine producers in the region, travelers can explore more than 100 cellar doors, which are open to the public.  For more information on the extraordinary experiences in Western Australia, please visit www.westernaustralia.com.

Walking/Hiking in Western Australia

With hundreds of trails crossing the spectacular state of Western Australia, visitors have plenty opportunities to discover this state via trails. From world-classlong distance wilderness trails to jaw-dropping gorge walks; forest mountain bike adventures and 4WDs, there's an extraordinary experience
waiting for you.

Golden Quest Discovery Trail- The trail runs through Western Australia's Goldfields from Coolgardie through to Laverton. This true adventure drive explores the 1890's gold rush region to witness classic pubs, remnants of vibrant communities, deserted and reinvigorated mining spots, hotels that were once the center of thriving populations and interesting natural landscapes.

Bibbulum Track- The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's great long distance walk trails, stretching nearly 1000 kilometers from Kalamunda, in the Perth hills, to the historic town of Albany on the south coast. The Track offers a range of experiences from an epic eight-week adventure staying in the 49 campsites along the way, to day walks staying in comfort in one of the quaint rural towns. For more information please visit www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au/.

Cape Le Grand Costal Trail --The Coastal Trail is a spectacular but hard 17 kilometer walk trail in Cape Le Grand National Park, a 30 minute drive from Esperance. The experienced walker can hike from bay to bay, enjoying some of the best scenery in Australia; kangaroos basking on pristine white beaches, dolphins surfing the aqua waters and amazing views. For more information about the trail please visit trailswa.com.au/trails/cape/about.

Wildflower Tours: There are more than 12,000 species of wildflowers in WA, making it the world's largest collection of wildflowers. It's a staggering sight to behold, especially when you consider 60% of Western Australian wildflowers are found nowhere else on Earth. What's more, you can enjoy their glorious carpets of color and curious blooms for six months of the year, as the season begins in June, in the north, and sweeps down the State to finish with a flurry on the south coast in November. Let the local flora experts show you the best of the Western Australian wildflower extravaganza on a guided coach or walking tour. Search for wildflower tours from Perth or WA's regional towns online and choose from one-day to extended 15-day options.

Whale Sharks, Big Wave Surf, A Celebrity Chef and Much More

There is so much to look forward to for tourism in Western Australia in 2015, but also the accomplishments and highlights of 2014 which inspire and propel more in the New Year. Australia recorded its highest international visitor spend growth since 2008, further positioning itself as a top travel destination. In the year ending September 2014,Western Australia saw a 23% increase in holiday/leisure visitors from the USA, building on a 12% increase the year prior. The word is getting out, and people are discovering what Australians already know: there is nothing like Western Australia.

27 Reasons Why Western Australia Should Be On Your Bucket List; after all, who wants to see glorious beaches, jaw-dropping landscapes and a stunning cityscape that contains some of the world's best restaurants, nightlife and lodging?  It's for those reasons plus the untouched beauty of WA that luxury travel outfitter Cox & Kings named Western Australia as a Top Travel Trend for 2015. With exciting new developments for hotels, shopping, dining and more in the capital city of Perth and beyond, there is much for tourists to see, do, and Experience Extraordinary in the incredibly vibrant, unique and magical place that is Western Australia.

Food & Wine Spotlight

2014 marked a banner year for the food and wine of Western Australia. Margaret River's Leeuwin Estate's 2011 Art Series Chardonnay was named the #5 wine of 2014 by Wine Spectator while West Winds Gin, also from Margaret River, won Double Gold at the 2014 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition. As participants of Restaurant Australia, Western Australia's top chefs and winemakers had the opportunity to showcase their world-class gourmet offerings to food influencers from around the Globe, including Alice Waters and Eric Ripert, at the gorgeously elegant and remarkable "Invite the World to Dinner" event.

There's Nothing Like Three Michelin-starred Chef Eric Ripert Experiencing Extraordinary in Western Australia! BIG NEWS: World-renowned Celebrity Chef Eric Ripert and his team shot 6 episodes of his award-winning culinary travel program, Avec Eric, in Australia, with one episode dedicated entirely to Western Australia! Shot in November, the WA episode of Avec Eric sees Chef Eric Ripert and indigenous Wardandi Aboriginal expert, forager and guide Josh Whiteland foraging for abalone, playing the didgeridoo in Ngilgi Cave, and discussing Josh's philosophy about the land and the importance of seasonality. Chef Ripert also travels to Margaret River's Aravina Estate to meet with award-winning chef Tony Howell and winemaker Jodie Opie to taste the award-winning wines paired with Chef Tony's cuisine. The adventure of Chef Eric's maiden voyage to WA was captured in his interaction with the people and places - this is highly recommended viewing for anyone interested in taking a journey to Western Australia - a very special part of the world where culinary adventure can be experienced in the vineyards, forests, beaches, surf, wildlife and ancient culture that make up this great State.

The episode will air between February and May on The Cooking Channel, and will also be available On Demand and on digital channels; check your local listings for showtimes.

It's Always Sunny in Perth

What Polar Vortex? What exactly is a #Snowpoclaypse?! Although most of North America is still trying to keep warm in winter, it's sunshine, surf and warm breezes in Perth, which boasts more days of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia. With so many outdoor activities, festivals, water sports and breathtaking, summertime beauty wherever you look, Perth is the perfect destination for those looking to skip winter altogether.

Qantas Vacations

7 Day Ningaloo Reef & Coral Coast Adventure 
Qantas Vacations is offering a 7 Day Ningaloo Reef & Coral Coast Adventure, available for travel between April 1 and July 31, 2015, from $1999.  Begin your journey down Western Australia's Coral Coast in Exmouth, the gateway to some of the most pristine and diverse marine habitats in the world. Over seven days you will snorkel at Ningaloo Reef where you can swim with the world's largest fish, the Whale Shark. Additional stops include two nights in Monkey Mia, where you can enjoy watching the wild dolphins that come to shore almost every day, and a drive through Kalbarri to explore the spectacular landscapes where 400 million year old river gorges meet the Indian Ocean.

Package Includes
7 days Hertz car rental; standard automatic including insurance
2 nights Exmouth; standard hotel
Cruise out to Ningaloo Reef where you can snorkel in one of the most pristine reefs in the world and swim with the Whale Sharks (between March and July)
1 night Coral Bay
2 nights Monkey Mia; standard hotel
1 night Geraldton; standard hotel

Whale Shark Season: Swim with the Largest Fish on Earth at Ningaloo Reef

Don't be intimidated by their massive size! Although Whale Sharks can grow as long as 52 feet, these gentle giants are harmless and allow humans to get up close and personal to witness their grandeur. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Ningaloo Reef is one of the world's only places to swim with Whale Sharks...and now is your chance to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience yourself!

New Product Spotlight

PERTH & SURROUNDS:

The Alex Hotel (opening April 2015) Located right in the heart of Northbridge and the cultural centre area, guests are right on the steps of the Perth Cultural Centre with easy access to the State Theatre Centre, Art Gallery of WA, WA Museum, State Library and the cultural centre community spaces like the Urban Orchard. It's also on William Street, where unused heritage buildings have been given a new lease on life, and the street is now synonymous with cutting-edge fashion, independent retailers, creative industries and cozy bars, and it continues to evolve. Some key features of The Alex Hotel include:

74 impeccably appointed guest rooms
A two-level lobby lounge area stocked with books, magazines and cozy spaces to work or relax
Communal tables and outdoor terraces for guests to interact and engage with other guests
Complimentary breakfast, plus locally roasted coffee and espresso served all day
A European-inspired rood garden terrace with sweeping views of the city

BEYOND MARGARET RIVER REGION:

Albany & Great Southern Wilderness Tours offers exclusive experiences with luxurious tours featuring gourmet lunches and premium wines. The 3-day, 3-night Great Southern in Style package includes a personalized tour of Breaksea Island, historic Albany and Denmark plus 5-star Bed & Breakfast accommodation and gourmet meals.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S NORTH WEST: 

InStyle Adventures specializes in private, guided luxury 4WD tours throughout the North West region of Western Australia. For those looking for the Ultimate Kimberley Journey, the 11 Day Gorges & Coastal Indulgence features the luxurious hot springs, ocean-view villas, remote gorges and the finest accommodations including the award-winning El Questro Homestead and The Berkeley River Lodge.

Indigenous Tours Spotlight

With a history dating back nearly 50,000 years, Western Australia's Aboriginal people are among the world's most ancient living culture. The Western Australian Aboriginal Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC) is a non-profit association representing Indigenous Tourism in Western Australia. WAITOC represents over 50 Aboriginal tourism operators and aspires to foster the development of new, culturally authentic Aboriginal tourism ventures. Learn for the present by reaching into the past on one of these many tours highlighting the unique culture of the Aboriginal people.

Brian Lee Tagalong Tours; Kimberley, WA's North West: Aboriginal elder Brian Lee shows guests how to catch mud crabs along the banks of Hunter's Creek while discussing the fascinating history of the region and its ancient people.
Bundy's Cultural Tours; Broome: Sample of abundance of seasonal fruit while enjoying the breathtaking scenery of Kooljaman on the Bush Tucker Tour, or learn the ancient art of spearmaking using local materials before trying your hand at catching lunch!
Uptuyu Aboriginal Adventure Broome: Neville Poelina leads a series of cultural bush tours across the Kimberley region in a 4WD.
Wundargoodie Aboriginal Safaris; Wyndham: Experience a wide range of unique, Indigenous experiences, including a women's only Kimberley Spiritual experience.  Explore the ancient rock art of the Indigenous people, swim in unspoiled waterholes, explore deep gorges and camp under a million stars.
Urban Indigenous Tours, Perth: From Aboriginal Art Classes to tasty, Bush Tucker BBQs and Didgeridoo lessons, this Perth-based operator offers fresh insight into the Perth Aboriginal Community.
Margaret River Pro, April 15 - 26, 2015One of the Top 10 Surfing Competitions in the World in a destination that offers award winning wine, tall tree forests, luxury resorts and outdoor adventure all in one place - Australia's South West

The world's 36 top-ranked male and 18 top-ranked female surfers gather for the Margaret River Surf Pro to battle for points towards the World Title. David Bourez of French Polynesia took the title last year, besting surfing legend Kelly Slater and other world-class athletes in one of surfing's most exciting contests. The event is free, so it's a great centerpiece for a vacation in the South West, where you can access Australia's premium wine in Margaret River, along with gourmet cuisine, forests of trees that touch the sky, ancient caves and more in one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, so plan your trip today!

Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster, May 15-24, 2015

Are you already a Coachella and Lollapalooza graduate and are looking for a bigger festival experience? Head to Western Australia's East Kimberley region for the Ord Valley Muster, a unique art, music and culture event taking place May 15-24, 2015. Started in 2001 as a dinner in the outback for local businesses, the Ord Valley Muster has grown into an established, global, cultural event featuring over 30 events, showcasing some of Australia's most acclaimed musicians, artists and culinary personalities, over 10 days. The Kimberley Moon Experience is the highlight of the event, held on the banks of the majestic Ord River Kununurra, where over 5,000 people gather for live music and dancing under the stars.

Extraordinary Events Western Australia
February 13-March 7:
The Perth International Arts Festival is one of Western Australia's premier cultural events, and is filled with cutting-edge performances, events, and activities for all ages. Experience some of the world's best international and contemporary theater, dance, music, film, visual arts and literature. The Perth International Arts Festival is a brilliant display of creativity and talent providing amazing entertainment for all.

February 19-March 29: Taste Great Southern 2015 is festival of world-class gastronomic entertainment that takes place over a six week period in the vast and diverse Southern region of Western Australia. It is the largest geographically-spread food and wine festival in Australia as it crosses over the sub-regions of the Great Southern wine appellation including areas like: Denmark, Albany, Frankland River, Mount Barker, Kojonup, and the Porongurups.

April 11-12: Visit Western Australia for Oz Comic-Con- Australia's ultimate pop culture experience. Oz Comic-Con brings you up close to the biggest names in comics, anime, mange, sci-fi, fantasy, television, movies and animation. Oz Comic-Con takes place over a huge weekend at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets are available for either day or the entire weekend. There are also a number of specialty tickets for ultimate fans who want to get up close and personal with the stars from their favorite films.

For more events in Western Australia, see the WA Events Calendar 2015.

RVing, Camping & Glamping in Western Australia

Escape to a New Style of Outdoor Freedom. Imagine driving on an uncrowded open road, alongside the turquoise beauty of the Indian Ocean, the sparkling Timor Sea in all its 8000 mile glory, or the glistening Southern Ocean whispering hello. There is nothing but you and the adventure ahead that is Western Australia. Gaze in awe at the endless Southern Hemisphere sky, where unfamiliar stars shimmer wildly against a backdrop of midnight blue, undiluted by streetlights. Ancient rock formations rise to welcome you. Camp where a vast array of wildflowers glow in the moonlight, which beckons boab trees to bloom as the stars blink goodnight. Wake to the sounds of birds calling hello from forests of giant trees and rows of tantalizing vineyards as you look ahead to another day of creating your own adventure. You're a guest in a room with an ever-changing view and endless possibilities for the road ahead.

With the largest, most diverse expanse of landscapes in Australia, the opportunities for motor home and camping adventures in Western Australia are endless. Choose 5-star serviced glamping, catered camping, eco stays and outback station farmstay experiences, or simply choose to pitch a tent yourself. The wide variety of camping options and road trips to suit every season means there is something for everyone in the extraordinary destination that is Western Australia.

Best Drives

Experience Perth

Avon Valley Weekender:

This trek is ideal for those wanting to stay close to Western Australia's capital city of Perth. A relaxing, 2-day adventure, this drive takes visitors from Perth to the grand heritage town of York, where they can enjoy museums, cafes and antique shops. The Benedictine Monastery in New Norica, Australia's only monastic town, welcomes visitors to join the monks at prayer times and indulge in the monastery's famous baked goods.

Australia's Coral Coast

Outback Coast - Indian Ocean Drive & Kalbarri:

This road trip takes travelers along the Indian Ocean Drive, from the Pinnacles and Nambung National Park to Kalbarri National Park. Additional highlights also include, Lesueur National Park which boasts over 900 wildflower species, and Jurien Bay Marine Park where visitors can enjoy snorkeling and diving. This 5 to 7 day trip is a good idea all year around.

Australia's South West

Great Southern Wine Trail:

Explore one of the world's biodiversity hotspots while enjoying a mild, Mediterranean climate and some of the best wines found in the country on this 3 to 4 day trip. Highlights include Porongurup National Park, Albany (home to the Great Southern Distilling Company) and a wide selection of the region's wine varietals including Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. From the forest to the sea, this route is a relaxing, indulgent road trip best taken from September to December.

Australia's Golden Outback

Golden Quest Discovery Trail:

This rugged, 6-day journey takes road trippers to Kalgoorlie, Menzies and Laverton, highlighting the gold rush legends, landmarks and eerie ghost towns in one of the world's biggest gold producing regions. Recommended via a 4-wheel drive vehicle, highlights of this trip include the Super Pit - one of the largest open cut mines on EARTH - and one of the biggest displays of wildflowers on earth for travelers between August and October. The best time for this outback adventure is between March and November.

Australia's North West

Gibb River Road: Experience an epic, 4 wheel-drive adventure through one of the world's last true wilderness areas on earth. This 10 to 14 day road trip includes highlights such as Bell Gorge, El Questro Wilderness Park and Aboriginal rock art while you drive on a route originally built for driving cattle in the pioneering days. This route is for the true adventurer looking to drive through history! The Gibb River Road is accessible from May to October only.

Top Campsites

Many campgrounds in Western Australia offer motor home hook ups, cabin rentals on the beach or in the forests, onsite kitchens, playgrounds, camp stores, and much more.

Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park:

Half way along the coastal Cape to Cape Track, south of Yallingup in WA's south west, you can camp beside a beautiful sandy beach and enjoy world-class surf breaks, excellent fishing and a spot of bird watching. Check out Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

Cape Range National Park:

Beside the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef, the largest fringing reef on Earth, you'll find the striking contrast of Cape Range National Park's rugged red canyons and caves. Set up camp here and you'll enjoy the best of both ocean and outback worlds - snorkeling the reef, swimming with the gentle giants of the ocean- the mighty whale shark- from April to July each year, and hiking the gorges. Check out camping sites in Cape Range National Park.

Fitzgerald River National Park:

Set up camp in the heart of one of the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia. Here, just a short drive from Bremer Bay, you can explore 329,000 hectares of beautiful bush landscapes, filled with more than 1,800 wildflowers and plants, many of which are unique to the park. Walk the mountains, red cliffs, inlets and white sandy beaches or navigate the river in a canoe. Go find adventure in Fitzgerald River National Park.

Karijini National Park:

The outback adventure playground of Karijini, one of Australia's largest and most spectacular national parks, has been two billion years in the making. Here, you can hike through deep canyons, swim in clear rock pools and gaze in awe at some of the oldest rock formations on Earth. See more about camping in Karijini National Park.

Beelu National Park:

One of the first stops along the epic 1,000-kilometre Bibbulmun Track, from Kalamunda to Albany, the Perth Hills Centre in Beelu National Park gets you nearer to nature with bush camping and a good choice of hiking trails. See more about camping at the Perth Hills Centre.

What to See & Do

Large Roadside Attractions are part of any great road trip, and Western Australia has them in spades! 

Busselton Jetty- 

Extending 1.8 kilometres across stunning Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber -piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Jump on board the famous Jetty Train to reach the spectacular Underwater Observatory. Descend 8 metres below the water's surface to discover some of the 300 different marine species below the jetty. Take a dip, throw a line or visit the Interpretive Centre. www.busseltonjetty.com.au/

Antony Gormley Statues-

Enter the largest outdoor gallery on earth in Australia's Golden Outback and explore Inside Australia an exhibit created by world-renowned artist Anthony Gromley. Stretching across 10 square kilometers there is a collection of 51 individually cast black chromium steel sculptures that stand against the dramatic backdrop of Lake Ballard's white salt plain. For more information on self-drives or guided tours please visitwww.kalgoorlietourism.com/.

Mount Augustus National Park -

Mount Augustus National Park is home to the largest rock in the world. The rock itself is about eight kilometers long and covers an area of 4,795 hectares within Mount Augustus National Park. The granite rock that lies beneath Mount Augustus is 1,650 million years old. There are a number of longer walk trails available including a return hike to the rock's summit. For more information on visiting Mount Augustus National Park visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Red Dog -

This statue in the town of Karratha commemorates "Red Kelpie," a legendary cattle dog who traveled through the Pilbara region and whose story has been made into a feature film and stars US actor Josh Lucas.

Kalgoorlie Super Pit -

One of the world's most productive gold mines so massive, it can be seen from space. Free for visitors.

Other "big" attractions include:

Bert Bolle Barometer

The Bungle Bungle Range

Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk

The Granite Skywalk in Albany

Wave Rock

World's Largest Collection of Aboriginal Petroglyphs 

World's Biggest Fish - Whale Shark

Take A Break From the Road

Park the RV and try one of these activities for a change of pace, and break from the road...

Indulge in 2 1⁄2 hours of world-class food and wine with Voyager Estates Discovery menu

Monitor Sea Turtles and stay in beach cabins at Eco Beach Resort

Snorkel or Dive Ningaloo Reef with Sail Ningaloo

Swim the Indian Ocean with Whale Sharks, the world's largest fish

Play a round of golf on the world's longest golf course, Nullarbor Links

Say hello to Little Penguins at Penguin Island

Take a scenic flight to an atoll for lunch and swim and fish for supper

RV COMPANIES

Britz - Campervan, 4WD, car rentals
Maui- Motorhome, car rentals
Wicked Campervans- Campervan and motorcycle rentals
Go Camper- Deluxe camper rentals
Crikey Campervans - Campers, luxury campers, cars, satellite phone rentals vehicle
Luxury RV's Western Australia- Luxury RV rentals

Extraordinary Deals

West Coast Discovery Air/Land Getaway with GoWay

Feel the freedom of Western Australia exploring Perth, Monkey Mia & the Pinnacles in your own Maui motor-home. Hand feed wild dolphins in Monkey Mia and enjoy the spectacular marine life and turquoise waters of the World Heritage listed Shark Bay Marine Park from dugongs, colorful fish, manta rays, sea turtles, and more. See natural wonders even most Australians will never get the chance to see on this very special journey.  

For more information please call us at 1-888-469-2944, or email reservations@goway.com. 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA- CARAVAN AND CAMPING HOLIDAY

From the Aussies at AboutAustralia.com

G'day Everyone! By now most of you already know how wonderful, diverse and magical Western Australia is as a vacation destination.There are so many ways to experience Extraordinary Western Australia - the diversity of choice is endless!

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GUIDEBOOKS AND RESOURCES

Tourism Western Australia
Caravan Industry Association, Western Australia
WA Holiday Guide
Big4 Holiday Parks
Australia's South West

UPCOMING EVENTS

July--November: Wildflower Season - Western Australia is home to over 12,000 species of wildflowers, 60% of those cannot be found anywhere in the world! Take in the breathtaking beauty of these unique and beautiful specimens at events such as the Hidden Treasures Great Southern Bloom Festival, or book a tour: Perth's Best Flower Tour via Australian Pinnacle Tours and the Wildflower Tour from Country Escapes WA Tours are great choices.

November 21-23: Margaret River Gourmet Escape - The Margaret River Gourmet Escape brings together the world's best chefs and wine experts for the ultimate culinary adventure. With a five-star line up of international and local chefs, foodies and wine critics, the festival offers an extensive program of world-class food events showcasing Western Australia's best wine and food.

For more information contact Tourism Western Australia | (818) 859-4959 | sandra.nerlich@westernaustralia.com at 6725 Sunset Blvd, Suite 250, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Western Australia's Capital Perth Expands Culinary Offerings With Flourishing Restaurant Scene

The vibrant, multicultural city of Perth, Western Australia entices travellers to experience the state capital’s flourishing culinary scene with recent restaurant openings throughout the city. In addition to the city’s beautiful beaches, bustling markets and exciting outdoor and marine adventures, Perth now offers some of the best dining spots in Australia with world-class cuisine and extraordinary design. This exciting growth is a result of Perth’s booming economy and recent changes to small business liquor licensing, and has transformed the city into a lively social and cultural destination.

In Perth’s Central Business District (CBD), The Greenhouse offers fresh, organic produce from the restaurant’s rooftop garden in a sustainable, environmentally friendly designed space. Designer Joost Bakker teamed up with seasoned Perth based restaurant and cocktail professional Paul Aron and their close friend Jason Chan (2005 Age Barista of the year and owner of Melbourne’s Seamstress and Batch) to offer an exceptional dining experience that allows diners touch natural materials, understand where everyday things come from and taste fresh food straight from the garden. Staying true to the greenhouse mentality, the restaurant features straw-bale insulation, a roof-top garden, a worm farm and water recycling systems. The Greenhouse’s up-and-coming Head Chef Matt Stone recently won the Gourmet Traveller Australian Best New Talent for 2011 Award and is devoted to creating healthy dishes, using herbs and spices in place of butter and fat for flavoring.

Also in the CBD, charming laneways are becoming home to popular small licensed venues such as Helvetica and Andaluz Bar & Tapas on Howard Land and Cheeky Sparrow and Wolf Lane on Wolf Lane. Other venues such as XO Lounge, Sentinel Bar & Grill, The Conservatory and Venn all provide new, varying and innovative options for wining and dining in the city. With the opening of The Aviary, a sophisticated two-story urban hospitality venue, located above the Perth Underground train station, Perth has received a boost to its already lively nightlife scene. The Aviary offers a variety of social vistas, including The Birdcage restaurant and circular lounge bar on level one, which offers seasonal menus created from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Dishes like the Twice-Cooked Pork Belly with hot & sour salad and seared scallops are sure to become instant favorites among Birdcage diners. Also in The Aviary, The Nest offers Perth's visitors the largest rooftop bar in the city with a bird's eye view of the CBD skyline, a bowling green, trees, AstroTurf and decking.

Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner for two or a cocktail party for 700, Fraser’s Restaurant is a prime dining destination located in King’s Park and Botanic Garden. The restaurant has recently undergone a complete refurbishment, with the addition of a new, permanent State Reception Centre situated on the top of the building with a stunning view over the city and Swan River. Building material has been locally sourced wherever possible including the Wandoo decking from the iconic Perry Lakes stadium, which has been given a new life in the balcony of the center. Fraser’s offers refined contemporary cuisine with a focus on using local products, such as marron, lobster, snapper, truffles and Western Australian wines. Executive Chef Chris Taylor supports the philosophy of using local Western Australian produce and changes his menus regularly to tailor his food around the best local and seasonal produce available.

In the center of Perth, two new openings at Central Park are providing more choices for lunch and dinner. The Deck Café is passionate about brewing quality coffee with 100% certified organic blend of two of the finest beans originating from Mexico and Peru Andes. The Deck Café’s organic food is sourced locally from Western Australia’s renowned and award winning producers. Nestled in the Central Park Gardens, The Deck Café offers a relaxing ambience and atmosphere to allow guests to wind down after a long day. Also looking onto Central Park Gardens is newly opened restaurant Shiro Izakaya, offering a menu styled after the ‘izakayas’ of Japan, serving drinks and tapas-style food shared at the table. The venue is modern and minimalist with unique design fixtures. Shiro Izakaya is open for lunch and dinner and also offers a takeaway option during lunch hour.

Boutique bar The Duchess has opened its doors at The Lane, Claremont Quarter’s latest eating and drinking area. Offering opulent champagnes, international and local wines and an all-day food menu including high tea, The Duchess comes from the owners of the popular Mount Lawley’s Malt Supper Club. The hot spot also features feminine and chic surroundings with live entertainment and a private dining room.

In the inner city suburb of Northbridge, Frisk! Espresso is the latest café to make the after-hours transition into a small bar, offering funky drinks and a well-stocked collection of spirits, including one of Perth’s best collections of gin, and an impressive selection of vodkas and rums. Also new to Northbridge is La Cholita, which can be found on the corner of William and Aberdeen Street. It’s the latest venture from Clint Nolan (of North Fremantle restaurant Harvest and small bar Who’s Your Mumma), and offers traditional Mexican fare and the perfect Margarita. Additional hot spots like Ezra Pound, Bar 399 and Bivouac Canteen & Bar with their kaleidoscope of food, wine and culture experiences are boosting Northbridge’s reputation as a hip place to see and be seen.

Perth also attracts wine connoisseurs with more than 200 vineyards just three hours drive south of the capital city in the Margaret River region. And the state’s oldest wine growing region is only half an hour from Perth in Swan Valley. Vines have flourished since the 1800s in the Swan Valley area, and the region is revered for its sparkling wines, Chenin Blanc and luscious fortifieds, including tokays and muscats.

Perth is an easily accessible destination for international travelers. Perth Airport is located less than 10 miles from the heart of Perth and is well-serviced by approximately 13 different international airlines, some of which operate multiple daily services. To plan your next Perth, Western Australia vacation, visit Perth Tourist Information - Tourism Western Australia.

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