Australia offers a vast array of incredible attractions unique to the country. But when you visit Australia, don’t just follow the crowds – take your experience to the next level by selecting the VIP luxury option at each destination. Here’s a top 10 list of Australian VIP luxury experiences.
Dinner at Uluru
Sitting majestically in the heart of Australia, Uluru is an incredible natural phenomenon. Witnessing the rock with your own eyes is sure to inspire feelings of overwhelming astonishment. Rather than simply observing, consider an al fresco dining experience with the red earth at your feet, the stars in the sky and the rock in the background changing colour as the sun descends to night.
Sail the Whitsundays
The famed Whitsunday Islands off Queensland’s tropical coast are synonymous with natural beauty. While many holiday-makers visit the region to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef or relax within the confines of their resort, consider taking your Whitsunday experience to the next level by hiring a luxury yacht and sailing through the region.
Hot air balloon over the Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley in South Australia, just north of Adelaide is one of the country’s prized wine-making regions. Many wineries offer a cellar door wine tasting opportunity however the experience of taking a dawn hot air balloon ride over the valley will give you a completely new perspective on the visually-stunning countryside.
Platinum tour of Australia Zoo
A significant legacy of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, is Australia Zoo, a conservation park dedicated to the preservation of animals. Rather than simply visiting on a general admission ticket, visitors have the option of a Platinum Zoo Tour, which includes a personal guide who’ll take your group of four around the park. Throughout the day you’ll come face-to-face with the big cats, have a private elephant feeding, visit the dingos and come up close to the giant tortoises.
Cruise Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. Don’t just admire the harbour from Circular Quay or the Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a dedicated dinner cruise on the waterway to appreciate its glory.
High tea on Q1
The tallest building in Australia is Q1 on the Gold Coast just south of Brisbane. Tourists can take the lift to the observation deck for the superfluous views of the iconic beach and hinterland. But linger a little longer on the level 77 by enjoying High Tea, which includes a chef’s selection of finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, fresh fruit and a choice of a hot beverage or sparkling wine.
Camel ride on Cable Beach
Cable Beach, near Broome on the Western Australian coast, offers golden sand and turquoise waters. Make your visit to the region all the more special by taking a sunset camel ride along the famous beach.
Attend the Opera at the SOH
The façade of the Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognised structures in the country. While walking around the outside and taking a photo with the building in the background is obligatory, the experience of attending a world-class opera or ballet performance in the Opera Theatre is mesmerising. Opera Australia performs in summer and winter, while the Australian Ballet performs in Autumn and Spring.
Helicopter over Kakadu
The Kakadu National Park, just east of Darwin in the Northern Territory boasts a dizzying array of flora and fauna. Hiking through the park is great but taking a scenic helicopter ride is a fantastic way to view the various waterfalls, spectacular cliffs and majestic rivers.
Gold service on The Ghan
One of the countries great train journeys is the Ghan, which travels between Adelaide in South Australia and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The scenery along the way is spectacular and the trip is made all the more comfortable by taking the Gold Service option. Enjoy a stylish restaurant car, dedicated lounge car, a welcome champagne and sleeper accommodation.
Emma Gilleland is Marketing Manager at Quickbeds.com.