Incorporating some of the best food and wine experiences with some of the best luxury lodges of Australia is just one of the themes of this ‘Company Spotlight’. It also makes sense because of Tourism Australia’s current worldwide focus on the subject (‘Restaurant Australia’) so there’s a natural tie-in. A summary list of the diverse and highly interactive Food and Wine experiences at each of the lodges is on the website: www.luxurylodgesofaustralia.com.au/experiences/food-and-wine/ – please check them out there’s plenty of ‘food for thought’ for you!
Also of interest is the great range of suggested itineraries linking the lodges based on theme and experience. Details can be found at: www.luxurylodgesofaustralia.com.au/plan/itineraries
For now, anyone who thinks they know Australia but haven’t visited recently (or at all), take note. The Australian travel landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade or so. This vast continent continues to see the creation of a new breed of exceptional lodges and camps in some of its most beautiful and uniquely Australian regions.
Australia lodges now boasts a critical mass of experience-based luxury properties to appeal to upscale global travellers and adventure seekers. Entering its fifth year of operation, Luxury Lodges of Australia is a membership association offering a collective voice for these lodges and camps. It is a central point of reference for anyone promoting, planning, selling or simply searching for high-end (Australian) travel experiences.
There are eighteen independently owned and operated lodges in the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection. But this is no ordinary hotel ‘group’. This is a collection of like-minded entrepreneurs, each passionate enough about a unique region of Australia to invest deeply in creating the kind of upscale but intimate lodging and bespoke experiences they know sophisticated global travellers seek.
James Baillie, who with his wife Hayley has created the globally renowned Southern Ocean Lodge on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island and have most recently taken over operation of iconic tented lodge Longitude 131 at Uluru said: “Australia is now, more than ever, one of the most exciting and desirable travel destinations globally. Australia’s diversity is unique. It is high on the must-go list for upscale travellers looking for the world’s best experiences.”
Each lodge has signature experiences and activities to showcase the special aspects of its region. It is these experiences that define the new Australian luxury and showcase Australia’s extraordinary diversity.
There is particular focus on signature experiences that delve into the rich and diverse food and wine culture of Australia. These experiences epitomize the essence of Tourism Australia’s ‘Restaurant Australia’ campaign. For a full summary of those bespoke food and wine experiences click here.
Highlights to look out for in 2015:
To check out World Travel with Bridge’s recent travel article about the various Luxury Lodges of Australia, please click here