Australia’s borders may have been closed to the outside world for the past couple of years, but that doesn’t mean the country’s travel industry is dormant. When border restrictions are lifted on February 21, allowing fully vaccinated international travelers to enter, visitors will find a number of new or revitalized hotels in major destinations exposed or soon to open and new activities to explore the island. .
The Langham, Gold Coast is set to open this spring in sunny Surfers Paradise, 80km south of Brisbane. Set in an eye-catching tower designed to mimic the facets of crystals, the beachfront property will house both a 169-room hotel and 170 serviced apartments, all with panoramic views of the Pacific. Guests of both will also have access to Langham-branded facilities within the hotel, such as the Chuan Spa inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, the Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant T’ang Court and the traditional tea house. afternoon in the lobby lounge, characteristic of the group’s original. hotel in London.
The 14-suite Sequoia Lodge opened last August in Adelaide Hills, next to Mount Lofty, with panoramic views of Piccadilly Hill visible through floor-to-ceiling windows or the outdoor artesian spring baths. Named after three California redwood trees planted by the property’s original owner and filled with custom-crafted furnishings, original artwork, and local wood and stone, the property is positioned for prime access to two of Australia’s most elite wine experiences: winery tours to McLaren Vale producers and a day trip to the Barossa Valley where one of the tours is at Henschke Wines Hill of Grace vineyard and a private tasting of the most elite wines of the vineyard.
Silky Oaks Lodge, located in the lush Daintree Rainforest in Tropical North Queensland, reopened in December after a 20-month, $20 million renovation and build by new owners Baillie Lodges whose other lodges such that Longitude 131 are among the best in the country. The look of the main lodge and 40 suites is now sleek, contemporary and open-air, bringing in the sounds of the rainforest. On site, the Healing Waters Spa offers a range of new treatments, many using local plant and flower essences, mud and sea minerals, while outside there are rainforest walks with native guides and Great Barrier Reef diving/snorkeling.
On the island of Tasmania, a personal favorite for its natural beauty, culinary sophistication and ingredients and the discreet, welcoming charm of the residents, there have been developments in various areas, starting with two new hotels which opened in December in the capital Hobart. The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart is set in three architecturally diverse buildings – an 1840s heritage building, a 1940s Art Deco building and a modern building with waterfront views – with a Tasmanian restaurant /Italian Peppina and Mary, Mary, a popular craft cocktail bar. The Rox, located in vibrant and trendy MidTown, offers spacious, modern apartments in a converted historic building with exposed brick walls, original wood, furniture created by local artisans, full kitchens, and a room service from Sonny, the hard-to-enter Italian. wine bar one block away.
Elsewhere on the island, the World Wide Fund for Nature Australia and the Tasmanian Walking Company Foundation are teaming up to create Walk for Wild trips in October, four- to six-day treks through many of Tasmania’s most famous areas, such as Bay of Fires and Cradle Mountain. directed to WWF’s Regenerate Australia program to restore wildlife and habitats. For guests staying at the Pumphouse Point wilderness lodge, the hotel has introduced another walk, a four-day excursion through Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park showcasing the best of the region.
Taking to the water, Southern Sea Ventures’ Tasman Peninsula Sea Kayak and Whale Watch Escape, launched in October, take guests on a three-day trip to hard-to-reach stretches of coastline to watch whales in action with a biologist resident. A more relaxed trip is Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures’ two-hour sunset cruise launched in September on the River Derwent on a 55ft catamaran to sample local oysters and salmon accompanied by Tasmanian sparkling wine. (There’s also a company-signature 4.5-hour seafood excursion, during which the staff catches a variety of amazing seafood and prepares it on the boat.)
Culinarily, Van Bone Restaurant opened last February in the southeast corner of the island and quickly became a critical darling for its 14-course menus featuring ingredients sourced from local organic farms and its orchards and gardens. on the spot. In the northern part of the island, the city of Launceston was already percolating as a culinary center during my first trip to the island in 2006. Having recently been crowned a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, this development has reached another level with an array of artisan ingredient producers, markets, restaurants, cooking schools and wineries. Definitely worth a visit, as is the island as a whole.