Hayman Island: A Hedonistic Hideaway

Discover Queensland’s fountain of youth in the precious waters of the Great Barrier Reef. How many places are there in the world where you can take a seaplane to snorkel off one of the planet’s most beautiful reefs or just swim from one room to another? A member of The Leading Hotels of the World since 1988, Hayman Island is one of Australia’s first and most exclusive luxury nature-resorts, … [Read more...]

Dreamtime at Gwinganna

wandermelon explores a sacred place of deep relaxation, healing, restoration and rejuvenation on the east coast of Australia. Gwinganna is perched on a beautiful plateau in Queensland’s lush hinterlands with stunning valley and ocean views, Gwinganna (meaning “lookout”) was the name given to the land by the Kombumberri clan of Aborigines. Originally owned by a wealthy publisher for the … [Read more...]

FOOD BUZZ: Qualia’s Great Barrier Feast

Tropical gourmands unite for a weekend of instruction and indulgence on Hamilton Island. Everyone knows how much the Aussie’s love their food and wine, but what really counts is location, location, location! Qualia, one of Australia’s most luxurious resorts on the northern tip of Hamilton Island, is right on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday passage with stunning … [Read more...]

Queensland’s Island Caretaker

Trust the Aussie's to know how to get the party started! If you thought 2009 was going to be a wash, think again. Tourism Queensland are offering some lucky bugger the Best Job in the World: AUD $150,000 to go live on Hamilton Island in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef for six months and all you have to do is feed the fish, clean the pool and check the mail. For real! The role of “Island … [Read more...]

Wild About Australia

If you think Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman are the only ones getting all hot 'n campy in the sensuous landscapes of wild Australia, think again. Thanks to a handful of innovative wilderness camps that bring touches of class and magic to some of Australia's most jaw-dropping natural wonders, you don't have to be a film star to access the national treasures showcased in Baz Luhrmann's recent epic … [Read more...]

Australia: Living It Up Down Under

Why stay home this Christmas when you can turn your world upside down and rent a fabulous home in Australia for the holidays? Contemporary Hotels offers outstanding independent boutique accommodation well known for its design-conscious beach houses and villas. Design excellence is the hallmark of the Contemporary Hotels ethos which celebrates Australian architects and interior designers. The … [Read more...]