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Luxury Australian Itinerary – Barefoot honeymoon

Barefoot honeymoon

12 nights, plus a night or two en route where desired or required.

Australia’s luxury barefoot paradises are exclusive by virtue of their remoteness, their special location and the small number of guests they accommodate at any one time. They offer privacy, outstanding experiences and a sense of understated luxury and romance to ensure your honeymoon is the most memorable holiday of a lifetime.

This itinerary is just an indicator of what’s on offer in Australia. At Alquemie we tailor make every vacation based on the whims of our guests. Please contact us to find out about the magical holiday we could craft for you.

Spot wildlife from The Hide at Bamurru Plains
Spot wildlife from The Hide at Bamurru Plains


(Bamurru Plains is open from 1 May to 31 October)
Bamurru Plains This nine room camp exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ ensuring that guests are introduced to the sights and sounds of this spectacular environment in style. On the edge of Kakadu National Park, Bamurru Plains, its facilities and 300km² of country are exclusively for the use of its guests – a romantic, privileged outback experience.

A selection of must do’s

  • Airboat tour – A trip out on the floodplain wetlands is utterly exhilarating and the only way to truly experience this key natural environment. Cut the engine and float amongst mangroves and waterlilies which create one of the most romantic natural sceneries possible.
  • 4WD safaris – An afternoon out with one of the guides will provide a insight to this fragile yet very important environment.
  • Enjoy the thrill of a helicopter flight and an exclusive aerial experience over the spectacular floodplains and coastline of Northern Australia.
  • Escape to a remote and beautiful bush spot in comfort and safety of The Hide’, 6 metres above the ground and spend a romantic night with only the sounds of the bush to keep you company.
Fine dining in the remote wilderness at El questro
Fine dining in the remote wilderness at El Questro


The luxury of the El Questro Homestead sits in stark contrast to Western Australia’s rugged Kimberley landscape. Perched on a cliff top, with vistas of over the Chamberlain River, the Homestead is a romantic remote retreat catering for a maximum of 18 guests. Honeymooners should try one of the three new Cliff Side Retreats at the Homestead for total privacy at this luxe wilderness base.

A selection of must do’s

  • Take off on a Helicopter Tour to The Lost City and Miri Miri Falls. Explore the Lost City with an El Questro ranger, followed by a cool dip in the pristine Miri Miri Falls while you enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch.
  • Spend an afternoon at the Zebedee Thermal Springs – A magical place to relax and rejuvenate after a busy day.
  • The Homestead is renowned for serving gourmet cuisine in dramatic locations. Request an intimate dinner beneath the stars, or a table set on the cliff side.
Sleep under the starts at Longitude 131
Sleep under the starts at Longitude 131


At Longitude 131°, a gathering of luxury pavilions overlooking Uluru, the vibe is intimate and civilised. The desert retreat fans out from the cool sanctuary of the Dune House, site of lounging, dining and Rock gazing, the perfect base from which to explore the World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta. Camping certainly doesn’t come more glamorous nor the view from the ‘tent’ more spectacular than this.

A selection of must do’s

  • Table 131° – Dine out on sumptuous fare at an exclusive venue among the dunes and be mesmerised by the sounds of an ancient culture. Later, Longitude’s resident astronomer regales the gathering with tales of the southerly constellations.
  • Sunset Camel Ride – Explore the great Central Australia desert at a slow and relaxed pace, accompanied by an expert guide, regaling you with colourful anecdotes about life in this remarkable region.
  • Journey to Uluru in the late afternoon and arrive at Kantju Gorge at dusk to witness the gorge walls illuminated in the vivid evening light. Enjoy sunset drinks and canapés in the silence and solitude.
Capella is situated on Lord Howe Island - one of Australia's most beautiful destinations
Capella is situated on Lord Howe Island – one of Australia’s most beautiful destinations


Inspired by the Australian beach-house, Capella Lodge, is celebrated as a haven of understated luxury and Lord Howe’s premium retreat. Often referred to as the ‘Last Paradise’, the tiny island is an intoxicating blend of pristine beaches, lush rainforests and sheer volcanic peaks, including Mount Gower rated as one of Australia’s best day walks. Below the surface, the world’s southern-most coral reef is home to an abundance of marine life. This is barefoot luxury at its best.

A selection of must do’s

  • World class diving with species endemic to the region. Expect to see schools of Violet Sweep, Amberjack, Kingfish, Silver Drummer, Ballina Angelfish, Rainbow Runners and occasionally Marlin, Dolphins and Wahoo.
  • Pamper yourselves in the petite Capella Spa, offering luxurious a menu of rejuvenating treatments inspired by the island’s endemic kentia palms, volcanic basalt rocks and pristine marine environment.
  • Be part of a tradition that has enchanted visitors for generations – make your way to Neds Beach to hand-feed the ‘locals’ including the royalty of Lord Howe fish, metre-long kingfish.


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Ultimate Kakadu Experience with Bamurru Plains

Immerse yourself in the stone country of awe-inspiring World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park – one of Australia’s greatest strongholds of Aboriginal rock art and culture. The Ultimate Kakadu Experience is the latest addition at Bamurru Plains and is available with a 3 or 4 night stay. After fantastic rain in the Top End, the floodplains of Bamurru are looking incredible, with vivid colours and clouds putting on a show. In addition, the abundance of wildlife that has already returned is a sign for a fabulous season ahead in 2017 so a visit to Kakadu is the icing on the cake.

Bamurru Plains - Melaleuca Forest Airboat
Bamurru Plains – Melaleuca Forest

Kakadu covers an amazing 20,000 square-kilometres and is recognised for its incredible natural beauty and also its cultural significance to the Aboriginal people who have inhabited the area for over 50,000 years. Experience ancient rock art, beautiful rocky escarpment country and a diverse ecosystem, with about one third of all Australia’s bird species in the park!

Kakadu - Image credit: Peter Boer
Kakadu – Image credit: Peter Boer

The experience

Just a short hop from Bamurru Plains by light aircraft across the river systems that separate Bamurru Plains from Kakadu brings you to the heart of this country. Rock art galleries reveal stories of Aboriginal people and their ancient culture. Textures of colours, vistas across savannah woodlands and floodplains provide a sense of the spirituality of this ancient landscape.

From rock overhangs and caves at Ubirr Rock (think classic scenes from Crocodile Dundee) to the meandering waters of the East Alligator River that drains from the stone country of Arnhem Land and marks the boundary between Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land, this day will expose the senses to country that is rich in Aboriginal culture, flora and fauna.

Aboriginal Rock Art - Ubirr - Image credit: Peter Boer
Aboriginal Rock Art at Ubirr in Kakadu – Image credit: Peter Boer

Travelling with Wild Bush Luxury’s field guides in our custom built vehicle, your day will include a bush picnic lunch and the chance to spend time with an Aboriginal guide on the waters of the East Alligator River before returning overland, with a stop at the Bowali Visitor Centre, returning in time for sundowner drinks, canapes and the comfort of the safari lodge as the sun sets over Bamurru Plains.

Your Kakadu Day Trip is available to be booked as a shared excursion with other Bamurru Plains guests on a Tuesday or Friday or a private option on all other days of the week.