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Luxury in the Outback

Luxury in the OutbackAs Dorothea Mackellar puts it poetically Australia is ‘A land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains’. It is a country of stark contrasts and immense beauty that is beholden of locals and tourists alike with its charm and uniqueness. 

There is no comparison to the experience one can have in Australia’s outback as many travellers can attest. For those that have witnessed the lavishly isled they are only too quick to recommend it.

Now that Australia finally caught up with lavish tourist offers, it’s time to explore this wonderful country off the beaten path. A trip to the Outback with all of its earthen features does not have to encompass a third-rate proffering, but can indulge luxury and accommodate all the modern conveniences of modern-day city living.

Interested parties can take a leaf out of any iconic Australian film as enthusiastic travel agents are ready and waiting to create custom packages for luxury in the outback.

 

Luxury in the OutbackLuxury Farm Stays

Luxury farm stays have become popularised since Prince Harry spent some time holed up as a Jackeroo on the 16,000 hectare Tooloombilla station in Queensland. Despite the intensity of the unforgiving environment of Outback Australia, tourists are not required to rough it.

There are now a number of rural properties that offer luxury accommodation for their visitors, including air-conditioned Queenslander-style bungalows decorated with a modern interior, polished timber floors and equipped with spa baths, saunas, infinity pools and large, flat-screen televisions.

The prestigious appeal of farm stays does not end with the quality of the lodgings. In fact it is elevated by the ability to customise experiences on the land to include Aboriginal rock art tours, cattle mustering, tailor-made river cruises and scenic helicopter flights over deep pools and rock formations where visitors can choose to be dropped for delicious local seafood dining experiences and a night of glamping under the phenomenal starry-night sky.

The possibilities are endless with accommodating hosts and the captivating imagination of seasoned-travellers.

To indulge in a luxury farm stay have a look at: a luxury farm stay

Bullo River Station, Northern Territory http://bulloriver.com/

Angorichina Station, South Australia http://www.angorichinastation.com.au/

 

Personalised luxury air tours

Australia is a vast and disparate land which showcases a spectacular contrast between city and country. To approach the vastness of the outback and experience it fully is to encounter it through a personal air tour. By flying over remote locations you will be availed of extraordinary landscapes hidden from the average traveller.

A tour of the Australian outback by air means that you are able to reach remote destinations that are untouched and pristine. Your accommodation options include award-winning eco villas with skylights to take in the breathtaking stars, private en-suites and queen-size beds. You can also dine on dishes inspired by local-produce.

 a luxury farm stayThe luxurious and personal air tours have guest numbers limited to a discerning few so that the experience is able to be enjoyed fully. Each tour can be customised to meet the individual request of travellers or can include a variety of spectacular destinations featured in Australian advertising brochures. Tourists can visit places such as:

• Lake Eyre – Australia’s lowest point and the world’s largest internally draining system
• Native wildlife on Kangaroo Island
• Wilderness of the Kimberleys and Kakadu
• The expanse that makes up Gawler Ranges and the Eyre Peninsula
• Inspirational landscapes of the Flinders Ranges
• Significance and spiritual nature of Uluru and Kata Tjuta of the Red Centre

There are a plethora of options to experience the wide brown land of Australia where stretching blue skies open up above the vast deserts and all-encompassing bushland.

If you are searching for a unique holiday that highlights the nature of Australia and complements the natural beauty of the land, an Australian Outback luxury tour could be just the ticket. Whichever way you choose to be enveloped by the Australian wilderness and Outback you can be assured of a spiritual and deeply unforgettable experience.

The juxtaposition created between the luxury of a personalized air tour or luxury farm stay and the untouched Outback emphasises the lavish multifaceted nature of the land down under. Furthermore you can sign up for a frequent flyer card, which will get you exclusive lounge access in pretty much any airport, so your luxurious extravaganza doesn’t have to end in the Outback!

How to Spend a Great Weekend in Devon

A weekend in Devon - The Valley of Rocks

Devon – The Valley of Rocks

It’s home to some of England’s most beautiful beaches, stunning historical buildings, and most decadent cream teas.

While Devon’s popularity is well known, there’s a lot more to this charming county than the guidebooks will let you in on.

From award-winning beaches to intriguing galleries, read on to learn from the UK travel experts at Coast and Country Hotels about the best way to enjoy a weekend in Devon.

Getting There:

Getting to Devon is easy. Exeter and Plymouth, the county’s two biggest towns, are connected with London by rail. Trains depart from Paddington on the Cornwall line and take approximately 2½ hours to reach Exeter and 3½ hours to reach Plymouth.

Devon is also easy to reach by private car. The M5 terminates in Exeter, making it easy for visitors from Bristol and elsewhere to access the county. North Devon is served by the A30, which also allows visitors to travel onwards to Cornwall.

Finally, Devon is easy to reach from further afield by air. Flights arrive in Exeter International Airport from Paris, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam, as well as several British population centres.

What To Do:

Devon is home to hundreds of amazing attractions, ranging from stunning beaches to historical cathedrals. Below are five famous Devon activities that offer the best of Devon for visitors to this charming county:

1. Exeter Cathedral

Opened in 1400, Exeter Cathedral is a great example of Norman-Gothic architecture in England’s South West. This remarkable building is known for its incredible vaulted ceiling, which is the longest of its type in England.

2. Plymouth Barbican

Plymouth’s historical waterfront district is incredibly picturesque. Largely spared from destruction during the Second World War, the Barbican still looks the same as it did when Plymouth was a 16th century fishing port.

3. Woolacombe Beach

Voted Britain’s Best Beach by the Mail on Sunday, Woolacombe is undoubtedly one of Devon’s best natural attractions. Pack your sunscreen and visit in the afternoon to enjoy a quick swim before watching the sunset.

4. Brook Gallery

Open since 1997, the Brook Gallery has grown into one of Devon’s best known and highly acclaimed art galleries. The gallery is known for its limited edition art prints, all of which are available to purchase.

5. Valley of the Rocks

Famous for its fossils, the Valley of the Rocks is an incredible dry valley formed by a combination of glacial movements and coastal erosion. The valley is a truly stunning sight, particularly in the early morning or late afternoon as the sun is setting.

From coastline to culture, Devon is home to a wonderful range of places to go, things to do, and sights to appreciate. Learn more about weekend break offers from Coast and Country and plan your Devon holiday today.