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  • Pure Pursuits Australia – Beyond the beaches

        In March 2020, Alquemie, in conjunction with Tourism Australia, hosted PURE Pursuits, a 5-day event designed to transform the travel industry through in-depth, peer-to-peer discussions, insightful workshops and exhilarating challenges. PURE Pursuits Australia brought together a group of senior visionaries within the industry at a critical time for us all. It provided an […]

  • Volunteer tree planting for koalas

    I recently spent a day with Janine Duffy, one of Australia’s best nature guides, planting trees that will soon become koala habitat.  In addition to her nature tourism business Echidna Walkabout Tours, Janine recently founded Koala Clancy, a not-for-profit that plants trees for koalas, creates new habitat and advocates for better protection of wild koalas. […]

  • Secrets of the North – A small group getaway to the Hawkesbury

    Grab a group of friends for a four-night trip just one-hour north of Sydney. Below is an example of a small-group nature-based getaway that can be dialled up or down to suit the group’s passions and budget. Finishing at the brand new Marramarra Lodge, this itinerary will leave guests feeling refreshed and reinvigorated after spending […]

  • Blue Mountains Luxury Family Eco-Adventure

    Take the family on a 4-night luxury eco-adventure including a conservation experience and horse-riding. Enjoy the fun of luxury 4×4 exploration to lesser-known parts of Blue Mountains World Heritage area. From ancient rainforests to panoramic escarpments to deep canyons and ending with two-nights at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, a Luxury Lodge of Australia, this unique, […]

  • Marramarra Lodge – a new luxury retreat on the Hawkesbury

    Marramarra Lodge is a brand new luxury retreat on the Hawkesbury. Only accessible by boat or seaplane, yet so close to Sydney, this new luxury accommodation will be a hit with both domestic and international travellers looking for a quick and easy escape from the city – just one hour from the Sydney Harbour Bridge […]

  • A Nature-based Family Escape near Canberra

    Experience Canberra’s premier wildlife sanctuary like never before with the ultimate family sleepover – A Wild Night out At Tidbinbilla with one-night adventures available from Friday 25 September 2020 to Saturday 10 October 2020. From the minute you arrive at the Wilderness Family Camp you will be immersed in nature. Everyone will be welcomed to […]

  • Beyond the Beaches – A three-day nature escape from Sydney

    This three-night soft-adventure NSW escape is perfect for families, small groups of friends or couples. Guided activities can be tailored to your passions and can incorporate behind-the-scenes experiences with local artisans and producers. Beginning with a scenic seaplane flight down to Jervis Bay, this itinerary ticks all the boxes for an easy escape back to […]

  • Highland Valley Forage Weekend Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 October

    The Highland Valley Forage in Kangaroo Valley tells the story, of how the Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven and Coast South of Sydney are connected, through food and wine. It’s a unique, leisurely long degustation food and wine trail, which takes you through regenerating escarpment bush and blooming spring wildflowers in Morton National Park in Kangaroo Valley. […]

  • Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island

    Even if you think you’ve seen it all, a visit to Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island to see the endangered sea lions is a definite must do. It rates up there with other global wildlife travel experiences, alongside the whales of Antarctica, the gorillas of Uganda and the orang-utans of Borneo. Seal Bay is home […]

  • Kangaroos & Koalas by Private Jet

    This example itinerary is for guests who love to see their wildlife in the wild, and who like to travel in style. Hobart to Saffire via Maria Island  Begin your Australian experience with a private flight to the gorgeous Maria Island, a world heritage listed national park just off the east coast of Tasmania. Its […]

  • Australia’s Best Guides – Grace Mitchelson – Bullo River Station

    If you head up to Bullo River Station in the remote Top End, there’s a fair chance that Grace Mitchelson will be your guide. This 500,000 acre working cattle station provides guests with a unique tourism experience, combining authentic outback adventures with life on the farm. Grace is one of those beautiful women that is […]

  • Wildlife Conservation Sanctuary Heli Swag Adventure

    Imagine visiting a place so remote and so isolated that it’s like going back in time to pre-European days, where animals that have gone extinct elsewhere on mainland Australia thrive in uninterrupted peace. There is a wildlife sanctuary in the north west Kimberley that offers just this. The sanctuary is home to more than 30 […]


    The Great Barrier Reef is arguably the most impressive of the world’s seven natural wonders and certainly Australia’s most famous tourist attraction. Stretching along Australia’s eastern coastline and made up of over 3,000 individual reef systems, the Great Barrier Reef offers visitors a wealth of experiences in its tropical waters. An experience on the Great […]

  • Itinerary – Encounters with Baby Australian Animals

    A highlight for any wildlife enthusiast is the opportunity to spot baby Australian animals such as kangaroo or koala joeys. The autumn and spring seasons are a terrific time to spot these young marsupials, as they are exploring the world outside of their mother’s pouch and becoming more independent. This suggested itinerary covers a broad […]

  • Pearls & whirlpools – Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm

    Just over two hours north of Broome along a deep red, dusty road is a special place that will take your breath away. Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, famed for producing some of the world’s most beautiful pearls for generations, is now one of the must-do experiences in the Kimberley. Arriving by road at Cygnet Bay […]

  • Killer Whales & Kangaroos

    I recently discovered an experience that I didn’t know was even possible in Australia – seeing killer whales in a newly discovered marine hotspot. In the south of Western Australia (about a 5.5 hour drive south east from Perth) lies a peaceful little coastal town called Bremer Bay. It’s from here that you can take […]

  • Itinerary – Close Up Ocean Encounters

    Surely one of the world’s greatest collection of interactive marine encounters, this itinerary combines swimming with Humpback Whales outside of Exmouth, cage diving with the ocean’s most formidable predator, the Great White Shark, swimming with Australian Sea-lions off the Eyre Peninsula, diving and snorkelling with Manta Rays, turtles, reef sharks and countless tropical fish off […]

  • An immersive & luxurious Tasmanian itinerary

    Immerse yourself in Tasmania’s natural beauty with a perfect balance of luxury and adventure. Start your Tasmanian journey in the Hobart waterfront precinct at the unique storytelling hotel, MACQ 01, set on a site with a colourful and distant past. Spend the afternoon with a private driver to show you the sights of Hobart and […]

  • Expedition cruising through Southwest Tasmania’s World Heritage Area

    Imagine the tranquility of a place so remote that you can only get there by foot, boat or light aircraft. In Tasmania’s Southwest, Port Davey is such a place. This remote wilderness area is a Marine Nature Reserve and forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It’s three times the size of Sydney […]

  • Pepperbush Adventures in Tasmania

    Arno Moulin, one of Alquemie’s Australia specialists recently spent a week travelling all around  Tasmania. One of the highlights of his trip was a visit with Pepper Bush Adventures. Pepper Bush Adventures offer unique and exclusive wildlife experiences throughout Tasmania, trips to the Tamar Valley to sample delicious Tasmanian food and wine and as well […]

  • Discover the Wild West Coast of Tasmania

    Would you like to breathe the world’s freshest air or stand amongst 2000 year old trees? A new Tasmanian experience allows you to do just that, with an easy day trip from Hobart to discover the Wild West Coast of Tasmania. Departing from the outskirts of Hobart, a 50 minute scenic flight takes you over the Franklin-Gordon Wild […]

  • Private Bungle Bungles Insight – The Kimberley

    Anthony’s educational in the Kimberley Alquemie’s Australian Specialist Anthony Radic journeyed to the Kimberley, Western Australia in April 2018 for an eight night educational. Part of this was a 4 day, 3 night ‘Bungle Bungles Insight’ journey by 4×4 starting in Broome and ending in Kununurra with the key highlight being the UNESCO World Heritage listed bee-hive striped domes of the […]

  • A one-day Kimberley air safari

    The Kimberley is one of the world’s last great wilderness frontiers where many tracts of pristine country are inaccessible by road. What better way to grasp the vastness of this amazing land than on a one day scenic Kimberley air safari? Beginning and ending at Broome, this is the perfect journey to add another dimension to your Kimberley […]

  • The iconic Gibb River Road in the Kimberley

    The iconic Gibb River Road is little more than a 660 km long bush track that links remote cattle stations to Derby and Kununurra. For the traveller, however, the Gibb River Road provides adventure and access to the virtually untouched natural beauty of the Kimberley wilderness. It’s one of the country’s greatest 4WD adventures. The […]

  • Night vision itinerary – Witness Australia’s super starry skies

    Australia is blessed with space and that means there are plenty of opportunities to look up and see the night sky in all its glory. From our first International Dark Sky Park to the Southern Aurora, why not build an itinerary that makes the most of the night time as well as the day.   […]

  • A Walking & Creativity Retreat in Margaret River

    Enjoy a 3, 4 or 7-day bespoke Walking & Creativity Retreat in Margaret River.  Walk along selected sections of the Cape to Cape track, be inspired & replenished by the natural beauty of the region and explore your creativity under the guidance of local artists. Walks and creativity sessions are tailored to each guest. Creative […]

  • Tanja Lagoon Camp – Connect with nature

    Tanja Lagoon Camp is one of those beautiful conservation stories that you dream of creating in retirement. Once a dairy farm with nothing but grass and cows, this gorgeous property has been converted by labour of love into a peaceful wilderness camp with tall trees and abundant wildlife. A chilled out mob of Eastern Grey […]

  • Kangaroos at the snow? Take a day trip to Australia’s High Country.

    You might find it hard to believe but it does actually snow in Australia. We even have ski fields. Granted, it’s nothing like the Alps of Europe or the Rockies of North America, but that’s exactly why you should put it on your Australian to do list. Our alpine region is home to a unique […]

  • Kimberley Coastal Camp

    Kimberley Coastal Camp in the far north of Australia is one of our favourite places in the Kimberley region. With no ensuites, only cold showers, and sandy floors it may be seen as an odd choice but these details are minor compared to the incredible experience you will have. This unique destination is so remote that […]

  • Wildlife, kayaking and walking – The ultimate Freycinet Adventure

    This ultimate adventure offers a truly unique experience. Picnic island, spectacular coastal wilderness, Wineglass bay and so much more. Discover the feeling of freedom and rejuvenate in the fresh sea air of Freycient National Park. Over 4 days experience a true escape with this ultimate Freycinet Adventure. This unique adventure is so much more than […]