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Australia in Winter

AS FAR FROM ORDINARY AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY TRAVEL

Injidup
Image credit - Tourism WA & Walk Into Luxury

Australia in Winter

June to August is a fantastic time of year to visit Australia. All of our hidden gems are accessible throughout these winter months. The Northern Territory, Northern Queensland, and North Western Australia are flourishing over this period. Endless days of sunshine and blue skies across the country, with galaxies of stars and phenomenal outback and cultural experiences to be found. The southern states are cooler, making way for cozy winter escapes laden with cracking wood fires, aromatic red wines paired with decadent meals.

Our enticing turquoise waters are glistening and ready for avid swimmers and divers to frolic with our many marine mammals including our migrating whales and whale sharks, turtles, manta rays and vibrant coral gardens. Winter is also the perfect time to visit one of the many national parks, the cooler weather bringing hikers form far and wide. Our kangaroos and native wildlife are basking in the winter sunshine ready for any astute holiday maker!

Cape to Cape Walk

Location: Western Australia, Margaret River
Duration: 4 Days

Image credit - Tourism WA & Walk Into Luxury

Experience the very best of the Margaret River in this stunning, all-inclusive four-day guided walk. Traverse pristine beaches and thick forest woodlands with towering ancient eucalypt trees. Admire the power and immensity of the breathtaking Indian Ocean with plenty of jaw-dropping views and scenic vistas from the top of rugged limestone cliffs. Marvel at the iconic Sugarloaf granite rock formation soaring from the ocean and the legendary surf breaks at Injidup Beach.

Guests will rejuvenate in the comfort of their spa retreat by night, enjoying the exclusive menus of the resort’s private chef with time for well-deserved massages and a visit to some of the finest Margaret River wineries and vineyards.

The Cape to Cape Walk is a moderately graded walk with a distance of 41km in total where only your day pack is required. Substantial mobility is necessary as the track is a mix of meandering beach trails to extensive rock hopping and a few steep inclines in parts.

Image credit - Walk Into Luxury

Haggerstone Island

Location: Far North Queensland

Haggerstone Island
Images credit - Haggerstone Island

Haggerstone Island is a once in a lifetime experience. Journey to one of the most remote private all-inclusive island resorts in Australia and the ultimate barefoot rustic escape. Located on the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, the island’s pristine waters and rainforests will not disappoint. Haggerstone is an ideal destination for a group of friends, family, or honeymooners who are seeking privacy, solitude, and adventure. Fill your days with fishing, snorkelling, crayfishing, jet skiing, kayaking, or hiking to a remote waterfall! Everything is completely tailored to the individual guests needs.

The resort features five themed beachfront villas and gourmet meals prepared with organically grown vegetables and the freshest seafood catch of the day. Creating a unique and unforgettable experience.

Haggerstone Island
Image credit - Haggerstone Island

Eclipse Expeditions

Location: Western Australia, The Kimberley

Eclipse Expeditions
Image credit - Eclipse Expeditions

Discover the Kimberley – one of Australia’s most remote regions onboard a luxurious and environmentally conscious catamaran. This tailored journey showcases the unique panorama of red earth encrusted mountains, breathtaking gorges, and remarkable waterfalls.

Sail through the Buccaneer Archipelago, admiring the electric blue waters, endless islands, and a jewel in this region – the Horizontal Falls. A remarkable phenomenon with its sheer velocity, a testament to some of the world’s largest tides. Highlights of this journey also include Montgomery Reef, a 400 km2 coral reef emerging from the ocean forming countless waterfalls and breathtaking gorges of cascading reef, the King’s Cascade falls and the impressive Doubtful Bay, where five river systems converge. Keen fishermen can try their luck with the Barramundi and Golden Snapper in the area, or those looking for a little more rest and relaxation can wade in the turquoise waters or enjoy the onboard sun lounge and take in the beauty of this ancient land.

Eclipse Expeditions
Image credit - Eclipse Expeditions

Kakadu & Arnhemland Private 3D/2N Safari

Location: Northern Territory, Kakadu + Arnehmland

Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safari
Image credit - Lords Kakadu & Arnehmland Safari

A legend in these parts, Sab Lord and his team at Lords Safari’s lead a truly authentic Australian three-day outback safari, uncovering the wonders of the World-Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park and Arnhemland.

Soak in Kakadu’s tranquil Maguk – a pristine natural waterfall and plunge pool oasis deep within a monsoon forest, surrounded by native birds and the majestic rainforest. Be invigorated with an Airboat Safari on the Mary River Wetlands, through endless floodplains before reaching the much-celebrated Yellow Water Cruise. This pristine billabong is home to more than 280 species from birdlife to buffalo and the notorious saltwater crocodile. The adventure continues with a visit to an Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land. A unique opportunity to interact with the local artists as they share their historic rock art galleries, immersing visitors in the culture of this age-old land.

Image credit - Bamurru Plains

Ready to tick some experiences off your bucket list?

Reach out to our team for more information on any of the featured experiences.

WHY ALQUEMIE?
 
 
WE ARE AUSTRALIA SPECIALISTS
 
We’ve been operating since 2001 as an Inbound Tour Operator helping luxury travel agents from around the globe craft itineraries for their high-net-worth clients.
 
~~~
 
WE HAVE DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF ALL THINGS AUSTRALIAN.
 
Alquemie is a destination management company specialising in planning high-end, tailor-made, experiential itineraries throughout Australia. Since 2001 we have been hand-picking our suppliers, touring alongside our guides, inspecting the accommodation and the experiences, so you can rest assured that your clients will experience the very best Australia has to offer.
 
~~~
 
OUR DIFFERENCE
 
Our creativity. In conjunction with our hand-picked suppliers we aim to create the
un-Googleable! ‘Never-had-before, never-to-be-repeated-again’ experiences.
 
~~~
 
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
 
We know the intricacies of each region and how best to reveal what makes them special. We draw on a big pool of relationships to create unique experiences. Our network of contacts around the country is second to none and means we are uniquely well-informed to design an experience of Australia that goes to the heart of the country.
 
 
Come to us for extraordinary itineraries.
 
 
Our mantra:
‘Anybody can book accommodation, where we add value is by layering in the magic’.

Written by Kristi Holmes

Posted in All

Six Life-Changing Experiences to Remember

AS FAR FROM ORDINARY AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY TRAVEL

Image credit - Kristi Holmes

Life-changing experiences to remember!

You may recall our last Unique and Out of the Box Experiences newsletter last month – well, it turns out we have many more to feature to completely WOW you and showcase more of the wonderful experiences Australia has on offer!

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Natural Phenomenon 
Location: Montgomery Reef – Southern Kimberley Coast

Reef in the ocean
Image credit - Tourism WA

Get ready to witness one of the most fascinating coastal phenomena in Australia! A magnificent, one-of-a-kind marine spectacle as the Montgomery Reef – the world’s largest inshore reef, spanning more than 300 sq km, emerges up to 8 metres out of the water at low tide forming deep channels with thousands of waterfalls rushing in all directions. 

This natural marvel is caused by some of the biggest tidal changes on Earth. As the tide falls, the reef appears to rise from the ocean with water cascading in all directions while octopus, turtles, reef sharks, dugongs, manta rays and dolphin make their escape. Sea birds flock to hunt in the newly exposed rock pools upon this flat-plain reef. An experience like no other. 

Explore by boat with multi-day cruise options, or a private charter catamaran. Alternatively take front row seats from the air via helicopter as you soar high above the reef surrounded by many small islands home to crocodiles, turtles and bird life. The best time of year to visit Montgomery Reef is during the Kimberley’s dry season from May to October. However, Montgomery Reef is extra special on a Spring Tide. These tides occur twice a month year-round. These are larger tides causing the reef to rise further out of the water.  

Image credit - Tourism WA

Victoria

Exclusive, Unforgettable Art Lovers Feast 
Location: National Gallery Victoria

Dinner in Art Gallery
Image credit - National Gallery Victoria

An intimate, art-lovers evening to impress! Wow your loved ones with an exclusive and private evening at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia’s oldest and most visited gallery. Your tailored evening begins with a private curatorial tour of the gallery discovering the highlights of the NGV’s acclaimed international collection – themed to your preferences. There will be moments throughout the journey to pause for live music or a glass of champagne before enjoying a degustation dinner in front of Giambattista Tiepolo’s masterpiece The Banquet of Cleopatra (or another equally compelling piece).

This experience can be tailored exclusively to your interests and artist preferences – think Picasso and string quartets with private dances in front of masterpieces from their 17th to 18th Century European Paintings Gallery. The possibilities are endless!

Installation view of the Banquet of Cleopatra on display at NGV International, Melbourne - Image credit Tom Ross

Tasmania

Wildlife Warriors Behind-the-Scenes Exclusive
Location: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Image credit - Kristi Holmes

An incredible up-close-and-personal behind the scenes wildlife experience like no other! This extraordinary sanctuary is run by a passionate team helping to return injured Australian native animals back to the wild. Greeted with a glass of sparkling wine, in an intimate environment you will observe, interact and hand-feed many weird and wonderful Australian animals including Tasmanian devils, wombats, kangaroos, echidnas and more.

During your private tour, your experienced guide will share fascinating stories, amazing facts and knowledge about some of Australia’s endangered species like the Tasmanian devil. The sanctuary was built around the wildlife hospital attached, and your presence alone, helps fund more wildlife return to the wild – a fascinating experience for any animal lover.

Image credit - Andrew Knott | Atomic Blender

New South Wales

Sydney Harbour Long Lunch – Progressive Dining
Location: Sydney Harbour

Image credit - Sydney Princess Cruises

Discover Sydney’s iconic waterfront restaurants as you cruise the shimmering waters of this stunning harbour onboard a luxury high-speed vessel. This progressive long lunch will see you dine in style at two legendary Sydney restaurants.

Feel the wind in your hair with a glass of champagne in hand, as you cruise past the much-celebrated Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge whilst travelling in style between courses. Marvel at Sydney’s famous landscapes and harbourside mansions, listening to tales of this history-rich, spectacular harbour.

Seafood lunch with glass of wine
Image credit - Sydney Princess Cruises

South Australia

Mikkira Station Koala Sanctuary
Location: Sydney Harbour

Image credit - Kristi Holmes

Wander among the breathtaking wild koala colony at Mikkira Station Koala Sanctuary located on the remarkable Eyre Peninsula. This privately owned, tranquil 660-acre property is filled with koalas living in old Eucalyptus trees, that hang low to the ground, offering premium viewing opportunities.

Mikkira is also home to 160 native bird species, and kangaroos and emus wander freely throughout the property that is brimming with Gum Trees and giant Yakkas (Grass Trees) adding to this incredible natural wildlife experience. Only open to a select few operators, this is a bucket-list experience you won’t find anywhere else. Relax on a picnic blanket with some locally sourced wine and cheese and enjoy the serenity of this remarkable haven of Australian wildlife.

Kangaroo & Emu
Image credit - Australian Coastal Safaris | Kristi Holmes

Expand your Australian bucket list

Reach out to our team for more information on any of the featured experiences.

WHY ALQUEMIE?
 
 
WE ARE AUSTRALIA SPECIALISTS
 
Alquemie is a destination management company specialising in planning high-end, tailor-made, experiential itineraries throughout Australia. Since 2001 we have been hand-picking our suppliers, touring alongside our guides, inspecting the accommodation and the experiences, so you can rest assured that your clients will experience the very best Australia has to offer.
 
~~~
 
OUR DIFFERENCE
 
Our creativity. In conjunction with our hand-picked suppliers we aim to create the
un-Googleable! ‘Never-had-before, never-to-be-repeated-again’ experiences.
 
~~~
 
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
 
We know the intricacies of each region and how best to reveal what makes them special. We draw on a big pool of relationships to create unique experiences.
Our network of contacts around the country is second to none and means we are uniquely well-informed to design an experience of Australia that goes to the heart of the country.
 
 
Come to us for extraordinary itineraries.
 
 
Our mantra:
‘Anybody can book accommodation, where we add value is by layering in the magic’.

Written by Kristi Holmes

Posted in All

New ultra-luxe Pelorus Private Island – in the World Heritage-Listed Great Barrier Reef

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Private tropical Island

Ultra-luxe Pelorus Private Island

Northern Escape Collection redefines indulgent seclusion with their new hidden gem Pelorus Private Island. Due to open in November 2023, the luxurious getaway is only accessible via helicopter or private yacht. Located in the pristine waters of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier reef, off the Queensland coast of Townsville in Australia.

The intimate residence provides personal service and unparalleled levels of privacy. The dwelling showcases four decadent suites surrounded by mesmerising aqua waters and white sandy beaches. Teeming with activities including diving, snorkelling, guided jet ski and sea bob tours, boat charters, fishing, hiking and access to the infamous Museum of Underwater Art.

Pelorus also provides perfect access to the untouched wilderness of Hinchinbrook Island abundant with wildlife, cascading waterfalls and many hiking trails – making it the perfect location for an unforgettable escape with family and friends.

Stunning blue beach

Get in touch with the Alquemie team to craft your next luxury escape to Pelorus Private Island. 

WHY ALQUEMIE?
 
 
WE ARE AUSTRALIA SPECIALISTS
 
Alquemie is a destination management company specialising in planning high-end, tailor-made, experiential itineraries throughout Australia. Since 2001 we have been hand-picking our suppliers, touring alongside our guides, inspecting the accommodation and the experiences, so you can rest assured that your clients will experience the very best Australia has to offer.
~~~ 
 
OUR DIFFERENCE
 
Our creativity. In conjunction with our hand-picked suppliers we aim to create the
un-Googleable! ‘Never-had-before, never-to-be-repeated-again’ experiences.
 
~~~
 
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
 
We know the intricacies of each region and how best to reveal what makes them special. We draw on a big pool of relationships to create unique experiences.
Our network of contacts around the country is second to none and means we are uniquely well-informed to design an experience of Australia that goes to the heart of the country.
 
 
Come to us for extraordinary itineraries.
 
 
Our mantra:
‘Anybody can book accommodation, where we add value is by layering in the magic’.
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Luxury Lodges in Extraordinary Wilderness Locations

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Immerse yourself in luxury at these unique wilderness escapes!

These award-winning lodges form part of the Baillie Lodges exquisite portfolio, showcasing luxurious accommodation in unique wilderness stand-out destinations throughout Australia.

From the World Heritage-Listed Daintree Rainforest to the rugged red outback of Uluru, the picturesque vistas of the Barossa Valley and the towering cliffs and turquoise oceans of the wild and peaceful Kangaroo Island. Baillie Lodges’s have a wilderness escape for every taste!

Southern Welcome

Location:   South Australia (Barossa Valley) + Kangaroo Island

The Louise + Southern Ocean Lodge

Baillie Lodges has the very best of South Australia’s food, wine and wilderness experiences covered in one grand adventure: The Southern Welcome. Combine a stay at Southern Ocean Lodge with two nights or more at her Barossa Valley sister The Louise and enjoy complimentary limousine return transfers from Adelaide Airport for a seamless, premium experience.

With the long-awaited reopening of Southern Ocean Lodge set for December 6, boasting the same impressive panoramic views, world-class dining, and personal connection to nature – it’s the perfect opportunity for a luxury South Australian escape!

Riverside Oasis

Location:   Southern fringe of the The Daintree National Park | North Queensland

Silky Oaks Lodge

From the moment you set foot on the picturesque boardwalk as you enter Silky Oaks Lodge, you are transported to another world. The spectacular foyer cascades to the alfresco dining room set high in the canopy of the world’s oldest living rainforest. Your senses are flooded with the soothing sounds and calming beauty of the Mossman River shimmering below.

Forty luxury tree-house style suites designed to showcase the magnificent river and rainforest from every angle, ensuring a genuine connection to the landscape surrounding you. Choose from a selection of outdoor bathing, feature fireplaces, signature hammocks or your very own infinity pool in the rainforest!

The lodge is complete with a spa, plant to plate dining in the Treehouse Restaurant, well-stocked bar and several cultural and local experiences to immerse yourself in the local region – including the renowned Great Barrier Reef!

Desert Wonders

Location:
Uluru | Northern Territory

Longitude 131°

Taking centre stage among the red-dust dunes with direct views to Uluru and Kata Tjuta, this celebrated luxury camp is a quintessential Australian bucket list experience.

Longitude 131° features fifteen Luxury Tents and one Dune Pavilion and is the ultimate base camp to explore this spiritual and remarkable region. The lodge features a whole host of memorable signature and bespoke experiences including incredible sunrises and sunsets, unforgettable dining under the stars at Table 131° and the award-winning Field of Light phenomenon.

Spend your days on enchanting Uluru base walks with local guides, hearing stories passed down through generations. Visit Kings Canyon or one of the many peaceful gorges amid the vibrant red desert canvas. Alternatively, see the region from a whole new perspective aboard a helicopter scenic flight. The possibilities are endless!

Photo Credits: Baillie Lodges

Baillie Lodges are truly setting new benchmarks for experiential travel.

Reach out to our team for more information on any of the featured experiences.

WHY ALQUEMIE?
 
 
WE ARE AUSTRALIA SPECIALISTS
 
Alquemie is a destination management company specialising in planning high-end, tailor-made, experiential itineraries throughout Australia. Since 2001 we have been hand-picking our suppliers, touring alongside our guides, inspecting the accommodation and the experiences, so you can rest assured that your clients will experience the very best Australia has to offer.
 
~~~
 
OUR DIFFERENCE
 
Our creativity. In conjunction with our hand-picked suppliers we aim to create the
un-Googleable! ‘Never-had-before, never-to-be-repeated-again’ experiences.
 
~~~
 
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
 
We know the intricacies of each region and how best to reveal what makes them special. We draw on a big pool of relationships to create unique experiences.
Our network of contacts around the country is second to none and means we are uniquely well-informed to design an experience of Australia that goes to the heart of the country.
 
 
Come to us for extraordinary itineraries.
 
 
Our mantra:
‘Anybody can book accommodation, where we add value is by layering in the magic’.

Written by Kristi Holmes

Posted in All

Unique – Out of the Box Australian Experiences

 

 

AS FAR FROM ORDINARY AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY TRAVEL

 
Photo Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Photo Credit: Horizontal Falls Sea Planes

 


Experiences your clients will remember!

The Alquemie team are always on the lookout for unique and out of the box experiences to WOW your clients and showcase all the wonderful experiences Australia has on offer. Below are a diverse selection that caught our eye!

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
One for the wine connoisseurs!
Location:   McLaren Vale (Barossa Valley option available)

Yangarra Estate Vineyard Photo Credit: Hickinbotham

A rare opportunity for wine lovers in the heart of McLaren Vale. Exclusive access into the inner sanctum of an acclaimed private estate, Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard. This stunning estate makes world class Shiraz and Cabernet. Our experienced guide will accompany you on an immersive, private tour through the vineyards, followed by a tasting in the dining room of the French provincial chateau that looks over the vineyard.  Learn the secrets of this prestigious label with true behind the scenes access, followed by a South Australian seafood lunch overlooking the estate, and a scenic drive through the Yangarra Estate vineyard.

Photo Credit: Hickinbotham

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
One for the adrenaline junkies!
Location:   Broome | Kimberley Region 

Photo Credit: Horizontal Falls Sea Planes

Four out of the box experiences all in one day! Soar above the phenomenal Horizontal Falls via seaplane and take in the unique Kimberly landscape and the stunning islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and Cape Leveque. Then feel the wind in your hair as you power through the fast-moving tides of the Horizontal Falls in an exhilarating jet boat ride. Topped off with a cruise through the tranquil bays and untouched creek systems of Talbot Bay. An outstanding adventure complete with a delicious feast of locally caught barramundi served on a floating pontoon at the spectacular Horizontal Falls.

Photo Credit: Horizontal Falls Sea Planes

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
One for the outdoor adventurers!
Location:   Flinders Ranges

Photo Credits: Wild Bush Luxury

Tucked away in the rugged outback of the Flinders Ranges, this off-grid adventure that will blow your mind. Spend your nights under a galaxy of stars in your cozy swag and a night at Arkaba’s Homestead. Experience sunsets like never before with vivid red hues bringing the mountains to a glow. Enjoy delicious three-course al fresco meals, spot kangaroos, emus and many other Aussie critters and native birds along the way. With lashings of luxury thrown in, this a quintessential Australian experience for your bucket list!

Photo Credits: Luke Tscharke | Brandy Larcomb

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

 

One for the foodies and fine arts fanatics!
Location:   Tour & Dine at Sydney Opera House

Photo Credits: Yazzen Omar | Sydney Opera House

An exciting new culinary experience has opened at Sydney Opera House. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Midden by Mark Olive. A celebrated, Indigenous Australian chef has created seasonal menus infused with native Australian ingredients inspired by thousands of years of tradition. Featuring wattle seed and eucalyptus butter to blue gum-smoked barramundi and wallaby shanks!

This fabulous experience doesn’t end here….before dinner you’ll be treated to a behind-the-scenes, VIP tour of the iconic Opera House. Exploring beneath the sails and venturing into the theaters before they go live for the night. Finish this outstanding evening with an exhilarating performance at one of the world-renowned theatres or Concert Hall within the Opera House.

Photo Credits: Daniel Boud | Cybele Malinowski

 

Expand your Australian bucket list!

Reach out to our team for more information on any of the featured experiences.


Contact Alquemie
 

WHY ALQUEMIE?

WE ARE AUSTRALIA SPECIALISTS

We’ve been operating since 2001 as an Inbound Tour Operator helping luxury travel agents from around the globe craft unique, luxury and experiential itineraries for their discerning clients.
~~~
WE HAVE DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF ALL THINGS AUSTRALIAN.

Our team has an intimate understanding of Australia and we are constantly travelling throughout the country to improve our knowledge of what’s on offer. We hand-pick our suppliers – we test out the guides, the accommodation and the experiences so you can be assured that when we put something in an itinerary there is a good reason for it.
~~~
OUR DIFFERENCE
Our creativity. In conjunction with our hand-picked suppliers we aim to create the
un-Googleable! ‘Never-had-before, never-to-be-repeated-again’ experiences.
~~~
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
We know the intricacies of each region and how best to reveal what makes them special. We draw on a big pool of relationships to create unique experiences. Our network of contacts around the country is second to none and means we are uniquely well-informed to design an experience of Australia that goes to the heart of the country.

Come to us for extraordinary itineraries.

Our mantra: ‘Anybody can book accommodation, where we add value is by layering in the magic’.

 

Australia in Summer

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Australia in Summer

Image Credit - South Australian Tourism Commission

Summer in Australia – December to February is a spectacular time to visit Australia. Boasting glorious blue skies and sunny days with warm evenings and a whole host of activities and festivals come to life throughout the southern parts of the country. Our aqua waters glisten and our white sandy beaches put on a show like no other. National parks are in bloom, our native wildlife is basking in the warm sunshine, vineyards are alive with musicians’ songs drifting out among the vines. Sydney harbour is alive with superyachts and fireworks ready for another New Year’s Eve extravaganza.

To make the most of our summer months, some of our state governments literally overrule nature, turning their clocks forward an hour to give their states more summertime daylight hours to enjoy the perfect conditions and summer vibes!

Be mindful when visiting Australia in the warmer months, that summer also marks the start of the wet season in northern parts of Australia, bringing high humidity, heavy rains, and cyclones (November to April). Parts of the Northern Territory (including Kakadu), far north Queensland and northern Western Australia will be inaccessible and most tourism operators including accommodation in these regions close over this season. However, no need to worry, as the southern parts of Australia are just as spectacular and have literally thousands of unique experiences and luxury accommodation to uncover over this period. We have highlighted some summer bucket list experiences below.

New Year's Eve Opera Gala Concert at Sydney Opera House
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Image Credit - Mike King

Kick up your heels and don your finest apparel as you take your seat at the renowned opera gala performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House. As part of the platinum package, you’ll enjoy a pre-performance dinner and midnight party to create a night you’ll remember for years to come!

Overlooking the spectacular harbour, you’ll be mesmerised by both the 9pm fireworks display during interval, then the midnight fireworks extravaganza – with drinks, live entertainment, and of course prime viewing on the Opera House’s Northern Foyer balcony.

Image credit - Mike King

Indulge at Capella Lodge on the World Heritage-Listed Lord Howe Island 
Location: Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Image Credit - Baillie Lodges

Soaring high above the coral-fringed Lord Howe Island is truly an incredible sight to behold as you prepare to be wowed at the award-winning Capella Lodge. Its casual barefoot luxury feel, coupled with exceptional service, sensational views of the turquoise waters with Mt Gower dominating the horizon and world-class gastronomical menu, make it a bucket-list experience not to be missed!

With only 400 visitors to the island at one time, guests will enjoy the uncrowded beaches and scenic vistas. Fill your days with massages at the spa, scenic hikes, crystal-clear reef snorkelling, kayaking, golf, or getting to know the friendly colourful fish at Ned’s beach. Marvel at the resident turtles as you float alongside them in the shallow corals. Jump aboard a fishing expedition or island cruise and survey the Admiralty Islands or uncover the lagoons’ very own shipwreck. You will never be short of things to do in this little piece of paradise.

Image Credit - Baillie Lodges

Scenic Rim multi-day walks
Location: Queensland 

Photo Credit - Spicers

Making Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations list is Queensland’s Scenic Rim. Surrounded by idyllic National Parks, lush rainforests and spectacular mountain ranges with exceptional lookouts located in the hinterland of South-East Queensland – only 1 hour from Brisbane. Choose from Spicers 2 to 6 day hikes where no two days are the same, boasting breath-taking scenery, diverse walking terrain, unique luxury eco accommodation and superb food and wine.

Experience mother nature in all her glory, as our well-informed local guide escorts you through this dramatic, world-heritage listed region. Enjoy the company of our native animals along the way and hear tales of the early inhabitants passed through the generations. No heavy packs are carried as your luggage is transferred to your next unique, memorable, luxury retreat each evening, where a hot shower and gourmet food awaits you – complete with cracking fires and iconic bush views under star-lit skies.

Image Credit - Spicers Retreats

Birdwatchers' Paradise
Location: The Eyre Peninsula, South Australia 

Image Credit - Australian Coastal Safaris

A birdwatcher’s delight, the incredibly diverse Eyre Peninsula is home to 270 species of birds! Encompassing multiple habitats, you’ll traverse coastal dune shrublands, mallee woodlands, sandflats, wetlands, saltmarsh and clifftops within National and Conservation Parks with abundant opportunity to observe many fascinating bird species. Pied and Sooty Oyster Catchers or even the endangered Hooded Plover. In the Mallee you’ll look for the fabulously coloured Australian Ringneck Parrots, brilliant Golden Whistlers and much more, you may just be lucky enough to witness the rare sighting of the endangered Southern Emu-wren. Keen bird watchers will keep an eye to the sky for birds of Prey including Osprey, Sea-eagles and Falcons.

Tailor-make your own birding itinerary taking in all the magnificent sites the region has to offer, spending your evenings in your very own beach-front accommodation with a private chef, gazing over the blue horizon to Boston Island off Port Lincoln.

Image Credit - Tourism Australia

Combine a little music with your wine!
Location: The Hunter Valley, New South Wales 

During the summer months the Hunter Valley vineyards come alive with concerts, festivals, and live music. From Aussie rock to international headlines, sunset jazz or the magic of a starlit symphony on your picnic blanket with a glass of Hunter Valley red!

The region is also home to two luxurious Spicers Retreats to indulge your senses. Featuring award-winning dining and elegantly appointed suites nestled into the natural bushland or private vineyards with signature experiences including a sensational sunrise hot air ballooning over the picturesque Hunter region.

Image Credits - Spicers Retreats

Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Location: Phillip Island Victoria

Image Credit - Phillip Island Nature Park

Phillip Island is home to the largest Little Penguin colony in the world with over 40,000 penguins. Only 90-minutes from Melbourne you can experience the magic of these adorable little seabirds as they waddle their way from a hard-day’s fishing in the ocean to their burrows in the sand dunes. Dating back to the 1920’s, just after sunset some 700 to 5,000 penguins make their way to the dunes every night, our private guides provide delighted visitors an unforgettable evening on Summerland Beach. Summer is the perfect time to witness the phenomenon with peak breeding season leading to increased numbers making the pilgrimage.

Image Credit - Phillip Island Nature Park

Tasmanian Hidden Gems!
Location: Tasmania

Image Credit - Tourism Australia

Immerse yourself in the sweet perfume and vibrant purple blooms of the world’s largest privately-owned lavender farm. Spanning over 260 acres with approximately 650,000 lavender plants in rows stretching 200 km in total. In December the farm is in full bloom through to early February.

Wander among a fragrant sea of colour as you take in the striking purple landscape straight out of a story book. Learn about the farms harvesting and the wonderful products that are created from the lavender. Finish your day with a delicious lunch in the ambient surroundings with the striking Mt Arthur in the distance.

Combine this fragrant experience with a few nights at Saffire Freycinet, one of the world’s finest Luxury Lodges. Overlooking the alluring Freycinet Peninsula your beautifully appointed suites ooze luxury with all the trimmings, boasting one of Tasmania’s most exclusive restaurants and array of complementary experiences including Wineglass Bay and the infamous oyster shucking dining experience in Freycinet Oyster Farm.

Historical River Outback Experience
Location: The Murray River - South Australia

Immerse yourself in a unique, opulent, and private retreat on Australia’s longest River. The Frames is a 6-star, award-winning accommodation built for discerning travellers on the peaceful banks of The Murray River. A truly Australian iconic river, teeming with native wildlife and towering river red gums with beautiful desert landscapes and flourishing wetlands to explore in this uniquely Australian outback region.

Take in an Australian sunset on a beautifully restored Gondola with champagne and nibbles or experience an Aboriginal cultural Welcome to Country ceremony. Visit a historic shearing station turned brewery, jump aboard a wetland & wildlife cruise or delight in a Riverland bird watching tour. For the foodies, many local wineries, distilleries and coffee plantations are close by where you can indulge in a gastronomic journey or take in a star-lit glamping experience and dine among the gums in this diverse, red-earthed playground.

Image Credits - The Frames

Ready to tick some experiences off your bucket list? 
Reach out to our team for more information on any of the featured experiences.

WHY ALQUEMIE?
 
 
WE ARE AUSTRALIA SPECIALISTS
 
We’ve been operating since 2001 as an DMC (destination management company) helping luxury travel agents from around the globe craft unique, luxury and experiential itineraries for their discerning clients.
 
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WE HAVE DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF ALL THINGS AUSTRALIAN.
 
Our team has an intimate understanding of Australia and we are constantly travelling throughout the country to improve our knowledge of what’s on offer. We hand-pick our suppliers – we test out the guides, the accommodation and the experiences so you can be assured that when we put something in an itinerary there is a good reason for it.
 
~~~
 
OUR DIFFERENCE
 
Our creativity. In conjunction with our hand-picked suppliers we aim to create the
un-Googleable! ‘Never-had-before, never-to-be-repeated-again’ experiences.
 
~~~
 
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
 
We know the intricacies of each region and how best to reveal what makes them special. We draw on a big pool of relationships to create unique experiences.
Our network of contacts around the country is second to none and means we are uniquely well-informed to design an experience of Australia that goes to the heart of the country.
 
 
Come to us for extraordinary itineraries.
 
 
Our mantra:
‘Anybody can book accommodation, where we add value is by layering in the magic’.

Written by Kristi Gomm

Australia in Autumn

AS FAR FROM ORDINARY AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY TRAVEL

Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens in the Autumn
Image Credit - Dronedynamicsa

Australia in Autumn

Autumn – March to May, is a wonderful time to visit Australia. Autumn is marked by the changing of the leaves and our mountains and national parks are awash with a sea of vivid colour. Spectacular waterfalls are at their peak putting on a show of immense proportion. Our unique wildlife is out and about and Whale Sharks are migrating. Clear skies make way for star gazing, hiking and a multitude of outdoor gastronomic experiences and festivals dotting the calendar.

For those who have clients coming to Australia in autumn (March to May 2023) we have put together a few bucket list highlights and suggested itineraries to make their Australian experience truly unforgettable.  

Swim with the Whale Sharks at Ningaloo Reef
Location: Western Australia

Image Credit - Tourism Australia

A bucket list experience not to be missed! Every year between mid-March to mid-July these majestic whale sharks migrate past the peaceful waters of Ningaloo Reef. This remarkable eco-system is one of the only places in the world where these gentle giants of the sea appear regularly in large numbers, attracted by its abundance of plankton and krill.

Our hand-picked guides will have you gliding alongside the world’s largest fish, an incredibly rare an intoxicating experience, surrounded by a tropical oasis of coloured marine life, coral and stunning white beaches. Finish the day with a glass of wine in your hammock at your luxury stay at the exclusive beach safari camp Sal Salis on a deserted stretch of beach near Ningaloo Reef. Fall asleep to the sounds of waves lapping on the sandy white beach under a blanket of stars.

Image Credit -Tourism Western Australia

Airboat Safari Bamurru Plains 
Location: On the edge of Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Image Credit - Luxury Lodges Emma Pritchett

This stunning wilderness area showcases Australia at its best! Bamurru Plains is a truly unique experience nestled on the edge of the Mary River floodplains near Kakadu, in 300km of magnificent wilderness habitats shared only by 20 guests! Inspired by luxury African safaris, this remote lodge is a true outback experience to behold. Encompassing four habitats; floodplains, wetlands, melaleuca forests and savannah woodland brimming with all kinds of wildlife right on your doorstep – from birds to brumbies, buffalo, dingoes, wallabies, crocodiles and more!

Airboat Safaris are a signature experience at Bamurru, and autumn has perfect conditions for this action-packed, exhilarating journey. Zip through wide-open grasslands to lagoons and rivers home to thousands of species of wildlife at every turn.

Opera on Sydney Harbour
Location: Sydney, New South Wales 
Dates: Madama Butterfly 24 March to 23 April 2023

Image Credit - Opera Australia

Take your seat at one of the world’s most spectacular outdoor performances, the critically acclaimed Madama Butterfly as it returns to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour stage in March and April 2023.

Under a blanket of stars you’ll be mesmorised by this lavish, breath-taking performance on Sydney’s picture-perfect harbour, complete with the twinkling Harbour Bridge and the illuminated sails of the Opera House lighting up the iconic skyline. Just when you thought things couldn’t get much more extravagant, you’ll be showered with a dazzling fireworks display at the conclusion of each nightly performance.  

Image Credit - Adia by Hamilton Lund

Field of Light
Location: Uluru, Northern Territory

Autumn sees warm days and cooler nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This World Heritage listed site is home to ancient wisdom, iconic landmarks, and unforgettable experiences.

After sipping champagne at a phenomenal Uluru sunset, the Field of Light takes centre stage. Wander among this outback fairyland with 50,000 stems of frosted glass and watch the desert come to life after dark. The fun does not stop here! Transported to a secret location set among the red desert dunes under a starlit sky awaits your unique dinging experience at Table 131°. Here you will be treated to a decadent four-course dinner with matched wines – an Australian experience not to be missed!

All this and more included with your stay at the acclaimed Longitude 131° – a Luxury Lodges of Australia property. Marvel at the direct views to Uluru from the comfort of your very own hot tub in the luxurious Dune Pavilion!

Dune Pavilion Longitude 131° Photo Credit: Longitude 131°

Luxury Kimberley Waterfalls Cruise
Location: The Kimberley, Western Australia 
Duration: 10 Nights. Multiple departures from the 15th March to the 10th April 2023

Image Credit - True North

The end of the wet season is the perfect time to experience the Kimberley’s thundering waterfalls, swollen billabongs, spectacular lightning shows and extraordinary wildlife. Setting the benchmark in luxury cruising for over 30 years, the True North will not disappoint. With only 36 passengers guests can be assured of an intimate, first-class experience providing an up-close and personal view of this awe-inspiring region.

The purpose built True North vessel provides extensive access to the many shallow river systems and iconic landmarks in the region which other larger vessels can’t reach. Compete with helicopter and adventure boats for the ultimate experience taking passengers to ancient rock art sites, the extraordinary Horizontal Falls, Montgomery Reef, the legendary King George and Twin falls are among some of the many famous landmarks captured on this voyage of a lifetime.

Image Credit - True North

Oyster Shucking in Freycinet National Park
Location: Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Image Credit - Luxury Lodges of Australia

Don a pair of waders and immerse yourself in this internationally renowned paddock-to-plate experience in the crisp waters of Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm. During your visit to this working oyster farm, you will learn how to harvest oysters straight off the rack then enjoy your pickings paired with Tasmania’s finest sparkling wine. Learn about the surrounding marine ecology from our experienced guides while you take in the breathtaking backdrop of pink granite mountains, secluded bays and white sandy beaches abundant with wildlife.

Return each night to Saffire Freycinet, your award-winning luxury lodge, where a relaxed atmosphere is accompanied by delicious meals using the best Tasmanian produce and the very best wines of the region.

Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens
Location: Adelaide Hills, South Australia

For nature enthusiasts a trip to Mt Lofty’s Botanic Gardens is spectacular during the Autumn months with the gardens awash with a panorama of stunning shades of yellow and rust coloured leaves. Pack your cameras and walking shoes and get ready to explore! Situated on 100 hectares in Adelaide Hills, the gardens feature a range of walking trails varying in difficulty form a leisurely stroll to a vigorous hike. The garden is dedicated to the cultivation and display of the world’s cool-climate plants. Make sure to visit the quaint German contemporary village of Hahndoft on your visit boasting German-style architecture and artisanal food.

Combine your trip with a pampering at Sequoia Lodge. Tucked into the wilderness of Mt Lofty, Sequoia is set high among the vineyards of Mt Lofty Estate and is only footsteps from the Botanic Gardens and home to the largest surviving koala population. Take your taste buds on a gastronomic journey with dinner at the 3-hatted restaurant and four world-class wine regions with a 50km radius.

Canyoning - Blue Mountains
Location: Blue Mountains, New South Wales

One for the thrill-seekers! This canyoning adventure is not for the faint-hearted. Truly immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Blue Mountains region as you abseil your way down waterfalls and towering cliffs to  wade through crystal clear waters. An exhilarating affair packed with thrilling rock pool jumps, meandering water slides and invigorating swims surrounded by the majestic scenery of Australia’s legendary Blue Mountains.
 
Finish the day with a massage and luxury stay at Spicers Sangoma, soaring above the horizon in the foliage of the Blue Mountains, this eco-certified retreat truly captures the beauty of this magnificent region. Indulge your taste buds at Amara, Sangoma’s hatted restaurant featuring the freshest of local organic and sustainable produce sourced from within the region, with indigenous ingredients making a welcome appearance on the intimate and personalised degustation menu.

Vivid Festival - Sydney
Location: Sydney, New South Wales Dates: 26 May - 17 June 2023

Image Credit - Destination NSW

Witness the phenomenal Vivid Sydney, an annual festival of light, music and ideas showcasing a vibrant kaleidoscope of colour displayed throughout the city. Marvel at spectacular 3D light projections bursting across the Opera House sails and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Get up close and personal to the many ingenious art installations scattered through the city, from the harbour to Taronga Zoo.

Enjoy a selection of free and ticketed music events in unexpected spaces featuring renowned local and international artists followed by nightly fireworks. For a different perspective, jump aboard a luxury vessel and cruise your way around the twinkling waterways.

Complete your stay with a night at the Park Hyatt. In prime position, perched on the harbour foreshore in the historic Rocks region, with unrivalled views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Ready to tick some experiences off your bucket list? 
Reach out to our team for more information on any of the featured experiences.

WHY ALQUEMIE?
 
 
WE ARE AUSTRALIA SPECIALISTS
 
We’ve been operating since 2001 as an DMC (destination management company) helping luxury travel agents from around the globe craft unique, luxury and experiential itineraries for their discerning clients.
 
~~~
 
WE HAVE DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF ALL THINGS AUSTRALIAN.
 
Our team has an intimate understanding of Australia and we are constantly travelling throughout the country to improve our knowledge of what’s on offer. We hand-pick our suppliers – we test out the guides, the accommodation and the experiences so you can be assured that when we put something in an itinerary there is a good reason for it.
 
~~~
 
OUR DIFFERENCE
 
Our creativity. In conjunction with our hand-picked suppliers we aim to create the
un-Googleable! ‘Never-had-before, never-to-be-repeated-again’ experiences.
 
~~~
 
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
 
We know the intricacies of each region and how best to reveal what makes them special. We draw on a big pool of relationships to create unique experiences.
Our network of contacts around the country is second to none and means we are uniquely well-informed to design an experience of Australia that goes to the heart of the country.
 
 
Come to us for extraordinary itineraries.
 
 
Our mantra:
‘Anybody can book accommodation, where we add value is by layering in the magic’.

Written by Kristi Gomm