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Brett Godfrey, Chair of Events Tourism Queensland recently described how wellness travel has changed significantly over the years, shifting the focus from traditional spa treatments and extending to all experiences designed to enhance a visitor’s wellbeing. This includes re-connecting with the world and nature, active pursuits designed to extend the body and mind, and enjoying the beauty in fresh, healthy food-oriented experiences.
Incorporating wellness travel into your luxury Australian journey is easy. To show you how simple it is, we have put together a list of our favourite destinations and experiences that we know will challenge, excite and nurture your wellbeing throughout your time in Australia.
Reliance on technology to keep us connected at all times can hinder our ability to focus on ourselves and our families. Discovering Australia’s many remote wellness destinations is key in allowing yourself the opportunity to truly disconnect from the outside world.
Haggerstone Island is a 42-hectare uninhabited island, only accessible by chartered aircraft and a boat ride. The remote setting is surrounded by lush green jungle, ivory sand beaches and azure blue lagoons. Buildings resemble Thai-style structures, built with open sides, wide verandas and soft-edged wood. Haggerstone Island is an incredibly special place at the heart of one of Australia’s most quintessential destinations, the Great Barrier Reef.
The island is so remote it doesn’t receive phone service, giving you the chance to enjoy uninterrupted time with your loved ones. Explore the island by foot, viewing the prolific birdlife on the island, or spend your days diving, snorkelling and fishing in the crystal-clear lagoons. Occupy your evenings in the gorgeous custom-built buildings, relishing the fresh ocean breeze and a calm, quiet mind.
Haggerstone Island is mostly self-reliant and much of the produce is either caught fresh on the island or picked from their carefully curated garden. This reliance on the island for nourishment is enriching and will leave you feeling healthier and happier than when you arrived.
Bullo River Station is a 500,000-acre working cattle property located in the Northern Territory. Rich in native fauna, with exceptional untouched private wilderness, Bullo is a wonderfully wild adventure.
Phone service is limited at Bullo, so your only focus is relaxation and enjoying this quintessential Australian outback adventure. 4WD safaris, horse riding and helicopter rides allow you to appreciate the vast ruggedness of the outback landscape by land and air. Discover remote waterfalls and ancient indigenous artwork through your explorations and feel a sense of deep connection to this wonderful place. Enjoy days filled with activity, vibrant energy and fun, and nights spent relaxing in the rustic homestead.
There is something very soothing about the outback at night, with the sky alight with millions of stars and a quietness that seems to trickle into your very soul. A truly wonderful place to re-connect with yourself, your family and be really present to enjoy life.
Venture North specialise in ‘off the beaten track’ journey’s through the Northern Territory. Their access to remote locations and close relationships with the local indigenous people make for a very memorable safari experience. Venture North tours promote rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul, visit remote locations and learn how spirituality guides the local indigenous culture.
Their signature adventure explores Arnhem Land in remote Northern Territory. Access is restricted to the region and is home to some of the most incredible scenic opportunities in Australia. Enjoy glamping at a specially built safari style camp or sit cliff-side overlooking a glassy blue ocean surrounded by burnt orange craggy cliffs. When you aren’t enjoying the hospitality of the camp, your Venture North guide will have you exploring Arnhem Land and surrounds, fishing, and learning about the local indigenous people, as well as the tribulations of the attempted settlement by the early Europeans.
Relaxing in the afternoon sun, reading a beloved book and listening to the tranquil sounds of nature is a truly profound experience. Soothing even the most restless mind, an Arnhem Land journey with Venture North provides so much more than just an adventure.
For guests who love challenging themselves, engaging in active pursuits when on holiday is an exceptionally rewarding experience, both mentally and physically. There is something enticing about challenging yourself to try something new whilst on holiday – and it can be just as invigorating as relaxing poolside on a tropical paradise.
Having kayaked from Australia to New Zealand unassisted, with his close friend Jonesy, James Castrission knows a thing or two about challenges. Battling sleep and food deprivation, howling winds and 10 metre swells, the duo were the first people to ever accomplish this feat. Now, James creates adventure-oriented experiences for clients in the magnificent Blue Mountains.
A journey with James involves challenging yourself during the day, with activities such as abseiling, rock climbing, canyoning and bush hiking on the agenda. At night, enjoy 5-star glamping in spacious tents and beautiful evenings spent dining under the stars around a glowing campfire, listening to James’ gripping tales – you’d be hard-pressed to find a better bed-time story.
This journey is sure to test both mind and body, but with James on hand to guide and encourage you through every step, every activity conquered will leave you feeling re-invigorated and re-energised.
Australia has an astonishing range of walking and hiking experiences, designed to explore the country’s varying landscapes. From the rugged expanses of the Flinders Ranges, and the orange-hued banks of the gorgeous Murray River, to the pure untouched scenery found around Tasmania, this is a wonderfully freeing way to experience our country.
Discover the craggy clifftops and dramatic Southern Ocean along the Tasman Peninsula on the Three Capes Lodge Walk in Tasmania. The pristine scenery and abundant wildlife are quintessential Tasmanian features, as is the clean fresh air that fills your lungs with every breath. Uncover the weathered landscapes of the iconic Flinders Ranges in South Australia’s outback. An exceptional opportunity to explore some truly iconic terrain, the Arkaba Lodge Walk provides understanding of the true vastness of the Australian landscape.
Whether you are looking to really push yourself or just enjoy spending time outdoors surrounded by beautiful scenery, there is something to suit everyone. Relax, unwind and appreciate the peace and quiet that comes with exploring these fantastic Australian destinations.
Whilst food is essential to nourishing our bodies, it also plays an important factor in positive mental health. A strong link has been established between good, healthy food and positive mental wellbeing, and we can see why!
Operated by sixth generation Barossan farmers, John and Jan Angas, Hutton Vale Farm is a historic rural property located in the iconic Barossa Valley. The property is set amongst rolling green hills and is celebrated for its fine wool, free-range lamb and pork, and artisan pickles and preserves.
John and Jan have generously opened the doors to their property, exclusively providing you with a hands-on introduction to life on the land. Enjoy an early morning walk around the property breathing in the fresh country air, learning the ways of farming life and tasting Hutton Vale’s award-winning wines. Jan is a talented cook and will prepare a scrumptious farmhouse lunch, using the magnificent produce grown on the property.
This paddock-to-plate journey ensures you receive a true end-to-end experience, to appreciate the care and the time taken by artisan farmers to produce award-winning goods. With true country hospitality making you feel welcome, and a hearty lunch filled with delicious, healthy comfort food, Hutton Vale Farm will leave you feeling relaxed and very content.
The Eyre Peninsula is home to some of the world’s best seafood, and local tour company Australian Coastal Safaris know the best people to showcase it. Owned and operated by local guide David Doudle, Australian Coastal Safaris proudly highlight the world-class produce found within the region.
David and his team not only show you where to find the best seafood, but how to catch it! Try your hand at fishing on one of the beautiful beaches surrounding Port Lincoln, or perhaps throw out a cray pot to try your luck. Don a pair of waders and head out into the cool southern waters at a local Oyster Farm to sample produce directly from the ocean. Spend an evening with a private local chef, enjoying the best seafood masterclass of your life! Watch as they prepare and cook your meal right in front of you, before tasting the delicious array of seafood dishes.
With exceptional food on offer, surrounded by the beauty of the Eyre Peninsula, an adventure with Australian Coastal Safaris will leave your body and mind feeling recharged and revitalised.
Established by Rodney Dunn and his wife Séverine Demanet in 2007, The Agrarian Kitchen is a farm-based cooking school located in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley. Set on five acres, Rodney and Séverine operate a working farm incorporating a variety of animals and an extensive vegetable garden, orchard, berry patch and herb garden that have been grown utilising organic principles.
Supported by a variety of local cooks and artisan food producers, The Agrarian Kitchen provides exceptional cooking classes. Committed to reconnecting the kitchen and the land, Rodney has worked to create a space where you can rediscover the simple pleasures of gathering produce and turning it into something delicious.
Providing you the opportunity to re-connect with the land and learning how to produce your own food is truly significant in this day and age, making for a very compelling experience that nourishes both body and mind.
As you can see, nurturing wellness encompasses so much more than simply enjoying a day of pamper at a luxury wellness retreat (although that still sounds like a day well spent), which is why enhancing your wellbeing through travel is such an important opportunity.
From dedicating quality time to yourself and your family whilst in remote, picturesque locations, challenging your mind and body with new adventures and experiences and learning how to catch and forage exceptional fresh produce to later turn into a delicious meal, these are the experiences that will truly leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated at the end of your Australian journey.
With over two decades of industry knowledge under our belt, The Tailor has become incredibly adept in creating journey’s designed to excite and inspire our clients. We love creating itineraries that will nourish and enrich your wellbeing, leaving you feeling truly rejuvenated, relaxed and re-connected. Get in contact with us to help guide you to create the perfect luxury Australian journey that supports your wellness.
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