The Thoughtful Guide To Australia
Australia is a richly diverse holiday destination. From desert plains to beaches, mountains to buzzy metropolises, if you’re planning a trip Down Under, you have a huge range of views, cultures and scenes to choose from. If you only have a couple of weeks, try basing yourself in one or two cities and venturing beyond them for day trips; if you have a month or more, then this country really does become your oyster. We’ve handpicked places and experiences that respect the ecology and beauty of this eclectic, vast country.
WHERE TO STAY
Just two and a half hours outside of Sydney, this luxury resort sits within its own 7,000 acre nature conservancy nestled between two national parks. It’s also one of the few hotels in the world which is certified as fully carbon-neutral.
Over on the West coast, Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is a beach-side luxury safari camp hidden in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park. Each of its fifteen wilderness tents offer views of the surrounding bush and beach.
How about calling an ancient rainforest home for a few days? The Daintree Eco Lodge is in a rainforest estimated to be 140 million years old; it’s the oldest living tropical rainforest on earth. Finish a day of exploration with organic fare at the lodge’s Jalaymba Restaurant.
WHAT TO DO
Sun-soaked, sporty Australia is all about making the most of the great outdoors – but you can find some great art and shopping, too.
Bondi Icebergs Pool, Sydney
Buy a day pass and slip into one of the most famous open-air swimming pools in the world. You can also take a yoga class with an incredible view here.
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
Melbourne is home to a plethora of museums and galleries – pick up an iced coffee and take an afternoon visit to ACCA, which is dedicated to modern art.
Dolly Up Vintage, Sydney
Sort through rails of perfectly-curated mix of vintage designer fashion from a mix of decades at this Sydney store.
Learn To Surf
Bring home a new skill as well as a tan. You can master the waves in a UNESCO World biosphere by signing up at Tropic Surf’s Noosa surf school.
WHERE TO EAT
Abundant fresh seafood, a great restaurant scene, local wines…Oz is a foodie paradise.
The chefs at this solar-powered eatery source fresh, local and ethically produced ingredients for their kitchen. Ask for a table in their sun-dappled courtyard.
In the Newtown neighbourhood, Bloodwood boasts a great dedicated vegetarian menu and chic décor sourced from reclaimed materials.
Aussies are coffee connoisseurs, so top-notch places to get your caffeine fix abound. In Perth, Grouch & Co and Veen Coffee both grind traceable, high-quality beans which have been bought ethically.
WHAT TO PACK
Summer or winter, Australia receives intense sunlight, so sunscreen is an essential. We’d also pack a chic hat and light, layerable pieces to stay cool under the Antipodean rays.