We give you four (4) new things to add to your bucket list for Australia 2018.
A new, six-star outback luxury station
Immersing yourself in the Australian outback can be an unforgettable experience. Especially when you do it in luxury. Mount Mulligan Station lodge offers serious indulgence. It’s a 28,000-hectare working cattle station on the Atherton Tablelands. The lodge is a three-hour drive west of Cairns, although you can also get there by helicopter if you want to arrive in style. Here, guests will have opportunities for classic outback experiences. They’ll be able to try mustering cattle and panning for gold. But they will also enjoy luxury accommodations in a beautiful lodge. The lodge has eight rooms and it houses a maximum of 20 guests.
The Mount Mulligan Station lodge sits in a classic Australian landscape dominated by Mount Mulligan’s 18-kilometre (11-mile) sandstone ridge. It overlooks a pavilion overlooking an infinity pool and weir. This is Queensland’s answer to the Kimberley’s outback paradise, El Questro.
Stay a hot new hotel in Australia
Thanks to an Aussie “room boom”, several exciting new hotels are opening in 2018. The hip luxury W Hotels will return to Australia. The $800 million W Brisbane will open in March. Melbourne is getting the Novotel Melbourne South Wharf and the Novotel and ibis Melbourne Little Lonsdale Street in late 2018.
On a more boutique scale, Sydney is saddling up for the William Inglis MGallery by Sofitel overlooking Warwick Farm racecourse. There’s also the funky 29-room Paramount House Hotel, set to open in the café-cool inner city neighbourhood of Surry Hills.
In late 2018, The Tasman, a Luxury Collection hotel by Marriott, will open in Hobart, taking over heritage buildings located at Parliament Square. There will be a QT and a Westin in the city centre of Perth, and a DoubleTree by Hilton in the neighbourhood of Northbridge.
Try Australia’s modern cuisine
Ever been to a restaurant and eaten green ants? What about mangrove seeds? Or kangaroo tendon with Tasmanian mountain pepper?
Australia’s native flavours have been gaining momentum for several years now. The restaurant Orana is one of its biggest backers. Orana recently won the award of Australia’s 2018 Restaurant of the Year. Owner-chef Jock Zonfrillo visits Aboriginal communities in some of the most remote corners of Australia to find his ingredients. He’s been serving Australia’s exquisite native flavours.
If you’re lucky enough to get a table at Orana, expect to eat 18 courses featuring 50 to 60 native ingredients from Australia. There are just 11 tables. Orana also has a sister restaurant just downstairs, Bistro Blackwood, offering food based of native Australian ingredients.
There are many other restaurants showcasing Australia’s unique produce. Experience native flavours at Attica in Melbourne and Brae in rural Victoria, both of which were named among The World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2017. At Attica, chef Ben Shewry serves dishes such as whipped emu egg with quandong (a native fruit) and grilled marron (an Australian lobster) with desert lime.
At Brae, chef Dan Hunter provides an extraordinary, ever-changing menu from local ingredients, many of which are grown on site on the Brae organic farm, or foraged from the local environment.
Explore Tasmania’s spiritual Aboriginal culture
Wukalina Walk isn’t just another guided hike – it’s a spiritual journey into Palawa (local Aboriginal culture). Launching in January 2018, the Wukalina walk takes place over four days and three nights, crossing the stunning landscapes of north-east Tasmania (including the dramatic Bay of Fires, home to white beaches, orange boulders and clear waters) while gaining deep insights into local Aboriginal culture and enjoying world-class accommodation, food and wine.
Guests get to meet Aboriginal elders, hear Palawa creation stories and take part in Aboriginal cultural practices that have been passed down over thousands of years. Accommodation is in bespoke Palawa-inspired huts and a renovated lighthouse keeper’s cottage. The accommodations in Tasmania is Aboriginal owned and operated, with two guides leading a maximum of 10 guests.
This rounds up our list of the four (4) new things for your bucket list for Australia.