We’ve been all over!
Australia is the land of colour, of adventure, of wild landscapes and wilder people.
This is our curated, hand-picked list of destinations and experiences that best capture the spirit of Australia, of the outback, of the big sky country.
This is our official 2021 Australian Travel Bible.


 

 



Desert woman, where the pindan meets the sapphire, Western Australia has long been the mistress of our imagination, the haunting tug west.



KINGFISHER TOURS, THE KIMBERLEY
Explore the Kimberley’s most iconic locations.
Let the team guide you from Mitchell Falls, to the epic Kimberley coastline and the chasms of Purnululu National Park on the adventure of a lifetime. Day trips out of Broome plus informative, multi day tours, scenic flights and adventures at sea.
www.kingfishertours.com.au (08) 9168 2718


CYGNET BAY PEARL FARM, THE KIMBERLEY
A must-stop for all who ply the western flank of the Kimberley, either by 4WD or by boat. Cygnet Bay has been a pearling centre for over a century, and offers both pearling and reef tours, extensive accommodation options and private shopping for some of the best pearls in the world.
www.cygnetbaypearlfarm.com.au (08) 9192 4283

 


KOOLJAMAN WILDERNESS CAMP, THE KIMBERLEY
At the tip of Cape Leveque, Kooljaman is paradise at the edge of paradise. Home to the best sunsets in the Kimberley, you can go on a mudcrabbing or fishing tour with the traditional owners, stay in safari tents or beach huts with epic views, catch your dinner or enjoy fine dining in the restaurant.
www.kooljaman.com.au (08) 9192 4970

 


WILLIE CREEK PEARLS, THE KIMBERLEY
Where wilderness and luxury collide. Nestled at the foot of the Dampier Peninsula, where the white sands of Cable Beach give way to pindan cliffs, Willie Creek Pearls offers a unique glimpse into the coast’s pearling past, as well as some of the best pearls in the world, right here on the best coast.
www.williecreekpearls.com.au (08) 9192 0000

 


MOONTIDE DISTILLERY, BROOME
Run by a small group of locals, Moontide Distillery is one of the most isolated distilleries in the world.
Plan a visit and experience the unique spirit and delightful flavours of Broome and the Kimberley. Cellar door tastings available midday-6pm Thursday to Sunday weekly.
www.moontidedistillery.com.au 0407 974 492

 


KIMBERLEYLAND WATERFRONT HOLIDAY PARK, KUNUNURRA
Explore the east Kimberley’s stunning landscapes and waterways from the comfort of Kununurra’s best located waterfront accommodation and Holiday Park.
Take advantage of the excellent facilities while staying on a powered or unpowered site, or splash out on a self-contained villa or cabin.
www.kimberleyland.com.au (08) 9168 1280 1800 681 280

 


ILLEGAL TENDER RUM CO, CORAL COAST
This new ultra-premium Australian rum is made with local botanicals right on the Coral Coast.
Kakadu plum, lemon myrtle, quandong, wild rosella and wattleseed are some of the botanicals Master Distiller Codie Palmer uses to create his masterpieces. Stop by on your next adventure and get a bottle for the fireside.
www.illegaltenderrumco.com (08) 9927 2555

 


WARROORA STATION, CORAL COAST
Where the outback meets the reef:
Warroora is a family-run station on WA’s Coral Coast. First class facilities and a range of comfortable accommodation make a great base to explore the 50km of wild coastline and the iconic Ningaloo Reef. Perfect for fishing, snorkelling and surfing adventures.
www.warroora.com info@warroora.com (08) 9942 5920

 


LAKE ARGYLE CRUISES, THE KIMBERLEY
Experience the full length and grandeur of Lake Argyle.
With over 26 years of experience and an unmatched passion for the region, the team know every twist and turn of this magnificent waterway. Boat, canoe, kayak, paddleboard and BBQ pontoon hire also available.
www.lakeargylecruises.com info@lakeargylecruises.com (08) 9168 7687

 


FITZROY RIVER LODGE, THE KIMBERLEY
Take a guided tour of Geikie Gorge National Park and make sure to visit Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek. Recharge your batteries in the campground or splash out on a safari tent, queen room or riverfront studio. Bar and restaurant onsite, fuel, swimming pool and excellent facilities.
www.fitzroyriverlodge.com.au reservations@fitzroyriverlodge.com.au (08) 9191 5141

 


CROSSING INN, THE KIMBERLEY
On the banks of the famous Fitzroy River, the Crossing Inn has stood on the same site since 1897. Enjoy a  meal at the Homestead Restaurant. Caravan park and camping available with access to camp kitchen, barbecues, laundry and other amenities. Riverfront and garden view motel rooms.
www.crossing-inn.com.au crossinginn@bigpond.com 08 9191 5080

 



Rain goddess, wild, untamed and desert-edged, Queensland is everything you didn’t know you needed, one adventure leading into another.



BRAMWELL JUNCTION ROADHOUSE, CAPE YORK
This is Australia’s northernmost cattle station and the last outpost before the Old Telegraph Track.
Tasty cooked meals and refreshments, OTT conditions and a well-equipped campground. Your last chance to stock up on fuel, ice, water and other supplies before leaving civilisation.
www.bramwellstationcapeyork.com.au  07 4060 3230

 


MERLUNA STATION, CAPE YORK
Halfway between Archer River and Weipa, this 400,000 acre station is a 4WDers paradise off the beaten track.
Find your own place and stay in the renovated stockman’s quarters, air-conditioned rooms or under the trees in the shady campground with an awesome camp kitchen.
www.merlunastation.com.au (07) 4060 3209

 


MUNGUMBY LODGE, CAPE YORK
Hidden within the towering, rainforest-cloaked mountains above Cooktown, Mungumby is a world away.
Sir David Attenborough’s visit to film First Life highlights just how special the flora and fauna here are, and how untouched this wilderness really is. Come and sink into the serenity.
www.mungumby.com (07) 5497 3164

 


CAPE YORK PENINSULA FISHING, CAPE YORK
This is fishing in paradise, guys.
Jay Arnold’s Seisia-based operation has access to some of the best blue water, reef, rocky headlands, sand flats and estuaries on the planet. Choose your fight: barra, jack, GT, mackies…
www.capeyorkpeninsulafishing.com.au (07) 4069 3919

 


MILKWOOD LODGE, CAPE YORK
Experience the tropical north in luxury and comfort.
  Enjoy mountain views from the verandah or soak in the outdoor saltwater pool with waterfall. Air-conditioned fully equipped cottages available. Indoor/ outdoor dining, free WiFi, barbeque + laundry facilities.
www.milkwoodlodge.com.au (07) 4069 5007

 


COOKTOWN CAR HIRE, CAPE YORK
Hire a LandCruiser, Pajero or Hyundai i-20 and explore Cooktown’s gorgeous surrounds at your own pace.
  Take a drive to Hopevale and the coloured sands of Elim, visit mysterious Black Mountain and the old Lions Den. Free airport pick up and discount for Milkwood Lodge guests.
www.milkwoodlodge.com.au  (07) 4069 5007

 


LANDCRUISER MOUNTAIN PARK, KILCOY
The ultimate 4WD experience: A 10,000-acre wilderness camping and 4WD park less than two hours from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Over 200km of offroad tracks from gentle to expert level, comfortable amenities, campfires are allowed and the park is dog friendly.
www.landcruisermountainpark.com.au | lcmp@bigpond.com (07) 5497 3164

 


FRASER GUIDED FISHING, HERVEY BAY
Experience the glorious Fraser Coast and rich waters of Hervey Bay on a personalised, professional full or half day fishing charter.
Hook up to Australia’s most iconic sport and table fish while exploring the endless estuaries and inshore bluewater options along this exceptional coastline.
www.fraserguidedfishing.com.au 0427 230 261

 


TASMAN VENTURE, HERVEY BAY
Unforgettable Whale Watching & Fraser Island Experiences!
Explore Hervey Bay’s premium experiences with Tasman Venture.  Escape the crowds and experience a full day tour to the unique and untouched remote west coast of Fraser Island (K’Gari). During whale season (July-October) choose from a half day Whale Watch Encounter or a full day Remote Fraser Island and Whale Experience and if conditions permit, swim with the humpback whales. Private Island Escapes are also available.
www.tasmanventure.com.au (07) 4124 3222

 


SEALINK NORTH STRADBROKE FERRIES
Where the journey is part of the adventure!
Visit North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) with SeaLink 365 days of the year. The world’s second largest sand island is on Brisbane’s doorstop and is home to amazing beaches, iconic Aussie wildlife and is part of the whale highway during May-September.
www.sealinkseq.com.au (07) 3488 5300

 


KILCOWERA STATION, OUTBACK QLD
1200km west of Brisbane, Kilcowera Station is home to 180 bird species, natural artesian springs, diverse native wildflowers.
Enjoy privacy, comfort and warm showers. Multiple hot tubs are being installed in 2021, and the owners are curating a private, off-property hunting experience.
www.kilcowera.com.au (07) 4655 4960

 


WONGAI 4WD HIRE, BRISBANE
Hire a reliable, kitted-out Toyota LandCruiser or Prado for your next adventure.
Vehicle hire includes rooftop tent, recovery gear + camping equipment. Fantastic rates, unlimited kilometres, complimentary driver training + warranty and damage cover. Live the dream in style.
www.wongai.com.au  1800 966 424

 


BEACHCAMP ECO RETREAT, FRASER ISLAND
Home of our Outback Tagalongs Fraser Island trips, Beachcamp captures the true spirit of Fraser.
Glamping right on 75 Mile Beach in safari tents or cabins with camping hire available. You can even hire a LandCruiser to explore the rest of the island reliably and privately.
www.beachcampfraserisland.com.au 0487 333 606

 



Ancient land of the long sun, desert palm and bushfire haze;
the barra haven and heart of adventure.



ULURU-KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK
A living cultural landscape, home to iconic rock formations steeped in ancient wisdom and memories.
Explore walking tracks around the base of Uluru and the 36 steep domes of Kata Tjuta, 50km to the east. Take advantage of ranger-guided tours and rock art viewing. Visit the Cultural Centre and view traditional art at the Maruka Arts Gallery & Walkatjara Community Art Centre.
parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/

 


EAST ARNHEM FISHING ADVENTURES, NHULUNBUY
Top End adventure fishing at its best: enjoy an action-packed day fishing these teeming waters.
Anthony’s deep knowledge of the country ensures your best chance of hooking up to epic sport and table fish and guarantees an exciting day on the water. As seen on TV with Carlisle!
www.eastarnhemfishing.com.au bookings@eastarnhemfishing.com.au 0408 082 203

 


BAREFOOT FISHING SAFARIS, DARWIN
The fishing adventure of a lifetime!
Darwin skipper Watty and his 6.7m Southwind specialises in barra day trips, crabbing, runoff barra, bluewater, flyfishing and live aboard adventures. Top gear, expert knowledge, passion and experience = success on the water!
www.barefootfishingsafaris.com.au 0417 272 871

 


LIRRWI YOLNGU TOURISM, EAST ARNHEM LAND
Welcome to Yolŋu Country.
The traditional owners of the Miwatj region of East Arnhem Land welcome visitors to learn about their traditions and culture. One-day tours are a perfect introduction to Yolŋu culture, while multi-day cultural immersion tours allow visitors to stay on remote Yolŋu homelands with Yolŋu families, taking part in day to day life. Book now for 2021 and 2022 tours.
www.lirrwitourism.com.au | tours@lirrwitourism.com.au

 


KAKADU AIR SERVICES
Thundering wet season falls, verdant floodplains, teeming wildlife, jagged Stone Country peaks & the Arnhem Land escarpment.
Kakadu Air flies year round, offering the best scenic flights over UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu + surrounds at the best prices. 60-minute fixed wing flights out of Jabiru & Cooinda. Bespoke ‘Kakadu In A Day’ guided tour out of Darwin. Wet Season/ Dry Season options + chartered flights available.
www.kakaduair.com.au reservations@kakaduair.com.au

 


MATARANKA HOMESTEAD, MATARANKA
Stay in comfort and enjoy the hospitality at Mataranka Homestead – home of the famous Mataranka Thermal Pools.
Comfortable cabins and motel accommodation + plenty of powered & unpowered sites. Tasty meals at Jeannie’s Kitchen and cold drinks at Maluka’s Bar. Pet friendly + supplies at reception shop.
www.matarankahomestead.com.au matarankahomestead@bigpond.com

 


WIRIB STORE & TOURIST PARK, TIMBER CREEK
Stay in beautiful Timber Creek, halfway between Katherine and Kununurra.
The perfect stop over to explore the Gregory National Park and enjoy fishing on the Victoria River. Accommodation to suit all travellers and a huge store filled with fresh food, bakery bread and real coffee. Cheapest fuel in town too!
www.wirib.com.au 0429 893 435

 


ESTUARY ESCAPES FISHING CHARTERS, DARWIN
Experience an unforgettable full or half day tropical sportfishing escape in the Darwin region with Hutcho:
an experienced and knowledgeable Top End fishing guide! Battle giant barramundi in the run off, book a Billabong Escape or a day on one of the local harbours where barra and a variety of reef fish are at your mercy.
www.estuaryescapes.com.au | 0414 292 900

 


SPECTACULAR CROCODILE CRUISES, ADELAIDE RIVER
The experience of a lifetime.
Cruise the Adelaide River watching wild saltwater crocs in action while the team of avid wildlife guides educate on croc biology and the ecosystem. The team know the environment exceptionally and each of the local crocs by name and personality. Safe, up close & personal viewing from three different vessels, with four cruises daily.
www.jumpingcrocodile.com.au | (08) 8978 9077
 


DUNDEE BEACH FISHERMANS INN, DARWIN
The experience of a lifetime.
Cruise the Adelaide River watching wild saltwater crocs in action while the team of avid wildlife guides educate on croc biology and the ecosystem. The team know the environment exceptionally and each of the local crocs by name and personality. Safe, up close & personal viewing from three different vessels, with four cruises daily.
www.dundeebeachfishermansinn.com.au | 0408 799 394

 



Southern belle, poised between the Arctic and the desert,
hot days and cool nights and colours beyond imagination.



WILPENA POUND RESORT, FLINDERS RANGES
Wilpena Pound is the only accommodation located within the Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park in Adnyamathanha Country.
Enjoy outback hospitality and choose between the campground, glamping safari tents and hotel rooms. Scenic flights, tours, bushwalking and dining options available.
www.wilpenapound.com.au 1800 805 802

 


MERN MERNA STATION, FLINDERS RANGES
Serenity and wilderness in equal measures.
Comfortable homestead accommodation in the heart of the Flinders Ranges, cosy cabins overlooking the Elder Ranges and epic hilltop 4WD tracks leading to secluded campsites and views all your own.
www.mernmernastation.com.au (08) 8648 4886

 


BENDLEBY RANGES, FLINDERS RANGES
Explore remote campsites and exhilarating tracks by 4wd, foot or mountain bike.
Country accommodation in the homestead, cottages and shearers quarters, plus private campground with kitchen. Pet-friendly and views of the Gawler and Flinders Ranges.
www.bendlebyranges.com.au (08) 8658 9064

 


MT IVE STATION, GAWLER RANGES
Outback adventure in the Gawler Ranges.
Private 4WD tracks, geological sites including the Organ Pipes and Pillars, and private access to Lake Gairdner: 150km of pure white salt lake. Stay in the stone huts, shearers quarters or spacious campground with barbeques and firepits. Fuel, ice, drinks, snacks and other supplies available.
www.mtive.com.au 08 8648 1817

 


PIRATE’S SEA CHARTERS, FLEURIEU PENINSULA
Full and half day charters out of Victor Harbour on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Visit Seal Rock, West Island and the cliffs of Waitpinga while we target southern bluefin tuna and snapper in some of the best fishing waters in the world. All gear, bait, ice, sunscreen and water provided. Just bring your muscles!
www.piratesseacharters.com.au 0429 192 452

 


AUSCOUNTRY TAG A LONG TOURS, FLINDERS RANGES
Guided 4WD adventures for all your outback memories.
Book the 10-day Flinders Ultimate Adventure through Hawker, Merna Mora Station, Rawnsley Park, Wilpena Pound, Blinman, Lake Torrens, Bunyeroo, Brachina, Parachilna & Glass Gorges to Arkaroola. Shorter North & South Flinders tours also available. Permits, camping, fees, welcome & farewell dinners, sat phone + emergency first aid included.
www.auscountrytagalong.com.au | (02) 6775 0054

 



She’s little but she packs a punch,
from opal deserts to the lush coast.



THE OFFROAD TRADIES
Buckle up and explore
the Mallee-Sunset NP, NSW Outback, Darling-Baaka River, Vic deserts & High Country + South Oz beaches with your guides Luke & Curl. Biannual expeditions to Cape York & across the Simpson Desert. All tours fully catered (3 meals/ day), include camping + all fees and charges, $150+ merch pack, bush toilet & shower, sat phone + emergency first aid.
www.theoffroadtradies.com.au | 0477 709 948

 


BLUE MOUNTAINS STARGAZING
Embark on a captivating, fun and interactive 90 min stargazing journey in the spectacular Wentworth Falls lookout, on the Blue Mountains’ dark skies away from the city light, led by Astrophysicist Dimitri, PhD. Includes constellation storytelling, naked-eye astronomy, navigation tips, telescope viewing of the Moon, planets, stars, galaxies with complimentary hot chocolates. 
www.bluemountainsstargazing.com.au | 0449 829 003

 


TUCKERS LANE BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION, HUNTER VALLEY
Spectacular 43-acre property in the Hunter Valley wine country.
Choose from five one & two bedroom cabins and enjoy outdoor dining areas, BBQs & luxurious spas, hammocks + uninterrupted views of bushland and starry nights. Visit nearby Wollembi Valley’s 4WD tracks and any of the region’s 150 wineries.
www.tuckerslaneaccommodation.com.au | 0423 297 127 

 


BEYOND BALLOONING, HUNTER VALLEY
See the Hunter Valley like never before.
Beyond Ballooning’s balloons are registered aircraft and the team of highly skilled pilots have a wealth of local knowledge + strong safety emphasis. Small + large groups catered to with daily balloon flights, VIP & exclusive flights plus packages including breakfast and in-flight photos.
www.beyondballooning.com.au | 1300 HOT AIR

 


NELIA GAARI STATON, DARLING RIVER
Tranquillity on the Darling.
Splash out on a comfortable, air-conditioned cabin, or post up in the well-equipped camping area. Explore surrounds from Broken Hill to Silverton, Menindee Lakes, Kinchega NP, Wilcannia & White Cliffs. Enjoy fishing for Murray cod + golden perch, a round of gold on the station’s nine-hole course + sunset drinks around camp.
www.neliagaari.com.au | (08) 8091 6496

 


PACKSADDLE ROADHOUSE, OUTBACK NSW
An icon of the west, just 175km north of Broken Hill on the Silver City Highway. Visitors guaranteed top-notch meals, icy cold drinks & good old fashioned outback hospitality. Weary travellers can choose between well-kept outback motel accommodation, on-site cabins + powered & unpowered sites in the spacious, well-equipped campground.
www.packsaddleroadhouse.com.au | (02) 6775 0054

 


BURRABUROON FARMSTAY, RIVERINA
Kick up your heels at Burraburoon Farmstay in NSW’s Riverina.
Score a lakefront campsite at Bob’s Bend, or choose from a converted red-rattler railway carriage & renovated caravan accommodation. Hearty country breakfasts, camp oven roasts & BBQ dinners available. Camp kitchen, BBQs, pizza oven + more. Swimming & canoeing in the lake + pet-friendly policy.
burraburoon.wixsite.com/farmstay | 0419 147 455


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