Wildlife Encounters in the Blue Mountains
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is set in a 2,800-hectare conservation reserve in the Greater Blue Mountains region, a three-hour drive or 45-minute helicopter flight from Sydney. Wolgan Valley’s 40 freestanding villas each offer a double-sided fireplace, internal lap pool and fully enclosed porch. The property’s dining options range from six-course degustation menus in the main homestead’s five-star dining room to an authentic Australian barbecue held under the stars, complete with campfire and bush stories. Bespoke activities are designed to take guests into the natural landscape, including horseriding, bike tours, four-wheel drive excursions and Australian safaris to photograph kangaroos, wallaroos and wombats. After a day exploring the rugged countryside, you can return to the lodge for a pampering spa treatment or a private yoga class on the pool deck. When the sun goes down, venture out for a nocturnal wildlife spotting and stargazing tour, where you might spy possums, owls and other creatures of the night.
An eco-retreat in the Queensland rainforest
Silky Oaks Lodge is spectacularly perched above a lagoon on the Mossman Gorge River, a one-hour drive from Cairns. Its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage–listed Daintree Rainforest ensure you will create a truly unique program. Silky Oaks offers 40 retreats, including treehouses and suites with private balconies surrounded by rainforest and river views. Dining is also provided among the trees, whether it’s in the Treehouse Restaurant lit by flame torches on the riverside, or with silver service in the floodlit ‘jungle perch’. Activities at this eco-friendly hideaway are custom-designed for your group, whether you choose kayaking on the river, snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, guided hiking through the rainforest or hang-gliding over the beach. For insight into the local Indigenous community, join the Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tour to Cooya Beach, where you’ll hear Dreamtime legends, collect native foods and try your hand at spear throwing.
Old-world charm in the Yarra Valley
Chateau Yering is located in the Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s premier wine regions, less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne. The 100-hectare property features views across the valley and its iconic vineyards, as well as 32 suites and a range of meeting spaces. The event team’s local knowledge will mean you have a vast selection of team activities to choose from, including early-morning hot air ballooning, wine blending led by a master winemaker and tournaments on the inflatable soccer field. The team also specialises in custom-made itineraries, including on-site dining options at the highly awarded Eleonore’s Restaurant or at a number of five-star venues across the Yarra Valley.
Luxury camping near Uluru
Located in front of Uluru, Longitude 131° offers 16 luxury tents, each with a private view of the extraordinary sunrise. The Dune House restaurant delivers contemporary Australian dining, fusing modern and Indigenous flavours. When it comes to exploring the spectacular landscape, there are myriad options, including helicopter and aeroplane rides, hot air balloons, Harley-Davidson tours or hikes around the base of Uluru led by a local Indigenous guide. Create unforgettable moments, such as dinner in the desert watching the colours of the sunset fade across Uluru, or listening to a local Anangu guide tell the Dreamtime story of the constellations.
Outdoor adventures in the Scenic Rim
Spicers Peak Lodge, located high on a mountain top in Queensland’s Scenic Rim, takes your group into the heart of Australia’s bush. Situated a two-hour drive or 45-minute scenic helicopter flight from Brisbane and surrounded by World Heritage–listed national park, Spicers Peak Lodge features 10 suites and two small lodges available for VIPs. Explore the unique Australian environment and have activities completely tailored to your needs, whether you prefer four-wheel drive tours, mountain bikes or walking. Guided nocturnal tours offer the rare treat of seeing Australia’s unique wildlife, including koalas. Food and wine are sourced locally and enjoyed either in the award-winning restaurant or in a choice of outdoor settings with expansive mountain-top views.