The trip down under!


Australia is a destination that is often underestimated, both in size and diversity. Having just returned from visiting this mesmerising island continent, I can't help thinking that I have still only scratched the surface of what Australia has to offer.

My visit started in Melbourne, with its strong European influences and a culture of enjoying good food, great wine, friendly people and fabulous coffee. A brief stay, and I only wish I could have stayed a while longer.

The next stop was Tasmania where I arrived via helicopter at Saffire Freycinet, a truly breathtaking way to appreciate the innovative architecture and fabulous setting of this stunning retreat. Saffire's staff tailor their approach to each guest, offering service which is as formal or relaxed as you would like. The spacious rooms offer impressive mountain views and stunning sunsets.

Next, I found myself on a plane to Lord Howe Island. This idyllic and tiny island is extremely exclusive as only 400 visitors are allowed at any time. The place to stay, and my home for the next two days, was Capella Lodge. With just nine beautifully appointed suites, each overlooking a stunning vista, this intimate retreat allows their guests to both retain their privacy and immerse themselves in the warm family atmosphere provided by the friendly and attentive team.

My final destination was a return to Sydney. Of course I had to see the Bridge and the Opera House but Sydney has so much more to offer, from the sprawling Royal Botanical Gardens and beautiful beaches of Bondi to the boutique shops, bars and restaurants of The Rocks. My tip for the best way to get your bearings is to take a trip on the waters of the harbour, either by water taxi or on your very own private charter.

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