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Australia is a big country, and when we asked Liane Soukop of Ker & Downey to create an itinerary for us, she thought big. Her 15-day trip spans the continent from Sydney and Kangaroo Island in the south, to the northern coasts of West Australia and the Northern Territory. Her itinerary also combines luxury and adventure in typically Australian fashion, as illustrated by the highlights here. For more details of Liane’s trip and other itineraries to Australia, visit AFAR Journeys.
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2600 Wolgan Rd, Wolgan Valley NSW 2790, Australia
After arriving in Sydney, the first stop on Liane’s itinerary is in the nearby Blue Mountains. If you assume that phrases like “conservation-based” and “carbon-neutral” add up to roughing it in primitive conditions, then Emirates One&Only Wolgan...
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Hanson Bay Rd, Kingscote SA 5223, Australia
The flagship property of Australian luxury hotel brand Baillie Lodges teeters on grass-covered limestone cliffs, tucked just far enough into the bluffs to feel protected from the roiling Southern Ocean below. Surrounded on three sides by national...
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Yulara Drive, Yulara NT 0872, Australia
Almost in the center of the country, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is among the country’s most famous sites, along with the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef. If you look at a map and realize how remote Uluru is—almost 300 miles from the closest...
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After Uluru, you’ll continue to Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory. This is sometimes described as Australia’s remote frontier, far from Melbourne and Sydney. When Davidson’s Arnhemland Safari Lodge opened, it brought a new approach to luxury...
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75 Coolibah Dr, Kununurra WA 6743, Australia
Some hotels can boast that every room has a plunge pool or its own verandah. Not many, however, can say that they have more than a million acres of untouched wilderness for its guests—much of it truly unexplored. There are few areas on earth more...