Spend a few days at this UNESCO World Heritage island, the
world's largest sandbar and a gorgeous haven for lovers of the
natural world. A mind-boggling variety of ecosystems and animals
are to be found, as well as a fabulous eco-lodge from which to
enjoy it all.
See the humpback whales that congregate here annually. If you
visit Australia between August and October sightings are virtually
guaranteed - a thrilling experience as the huge whales and their
young often come within touching distance.
This chain of 74 continental islands off the coast of Central
Queensland presents one of the most beautiful land and seascapes in
the world. Most of the islands are uninhabited and feature soaring,
rainforest peaks and blisteringly white sand beaches. This is
Australia's premier sailing destination and there is no better way
to appreciate the area than via private yacht.
The luxurious Wrotham Park Lodge enjoys a spectacular setting on
a sprawling 600,000 hectare working cattle station. Catering to no
more than 20 guests at any one time, activities such as nature
walks, fishing, picnics, stargazing, mountain biking, cooking
demonstrations, Bocce, cattle mustering and yard work viewing are
all part of the Wrotham Park experience.
The more low key Tyrconnell Outback Retreat lies at the site of
a former gold mine. Guests can pan for gold, scale nearby Mount
Mulligan and visit with the local Kuku Djungan Aboriginal tribe -
all in the company of your family hosts at the retreat.
Conservationists and those with a sense of adventure may visit
Carnarvon Station. At nearly 150,000 acres, the station is one of
the largest pieces of land ever acquired privately with the goal of
conservation and regeneration. Adjacent to Carnarvon Gorge National
Park, this reserve contains 17 regional ecosystems, seven of which
are endangered and in the midst of major restoration activities.
Learn about the work of the Nature Conservancy, the Bush Heritage
Fund and the local Bidjara Aboriginal tribe to maintain and
preserve this great wilderness area.