Australian Traveller November 2019 - January 2020

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editor’s letter

DOING A BIG LAP of this wide, brown (and ochre and taupe and green) land of ours used to conjure images of grey nomads or dreadlocked backpackers in repurposed delivery vans snaking their way around the edge of the country for months on end. But as the concept of road-tripping the country has become ever popular, so too the demographic of those undertaking it has morphed. Now you are likely to see twentysomethings working remotely from the road so as not to miss a beat on their career path, families who have decided that the school of the road is as good as any classroom for a time, and empty nesters who had bookmarked the journey until private school/university fees were finally done and dusted. And, of course, the method has…


THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE BIG LAP OF AUSTRALIA Whether you have a month or a year to navigate our great nation, the Big Lap of Australia online hub has everything you need to help you plan what to see and where to stop along our country’s most incredible road trip. VISIT ‘GUIDES’ FOR OUR BIG LAP HUB A GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA’S MOST ICONIC BIG THINGS No Australian road trip is complete without a sighting of a big thing so we’ve put together a guide to Australia’s most iconic: from the Big Banana to the Big Pineapple, and from the Big Prawn to the Big Lobster (and everything in between). SEARCH ‘BIG THINGS’ THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CAMPSITES IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA From the dramatic Kimberley region in the north to the talcum-white beaches of the South West, you’ll…

wish you were here

MT BUFFALO VICTORIA Photographer Brook James captured this atmospheric shot on an early morning ascent of Mt Buffalo, from a “great little spot where you can park the car, go for a short walk off the hairpin corner and sit on the rock face to watch the sunrise,” he says. Once the sun is up and strengthening, this heart-stoppingly gorgeous part of the Victorian highlands offers the full menu of sub-alpine pursuits. Even outside of the snow season (and yes, 14 kilometres of marked ski trails do draw plenty to take on its cross-country undulations), the national park’s 90 kilometres of walking trails take in breath-stealing summits and gorges, waterfalls and wildflowers. Summertime here is also made for picnics and camping trips, naturally.…

pillow talk

BIG SKY RIDGEVIEW LODGE Big Sky Retreats, purveyor of new boutique stays in the heart of Victoria’s Alpine High Country, has debuted the gracious Ridgeview. Located in the town of Bright and taking inspiration from American-style lodges, the four-bedroom property is steeped in country chic, with lots of cosy areas to relax in, as well as an outdoor pool (made from an upcycled shipping container), a steam room and a barbecue. THE RITZ-CARLTON, PERTH Perth is quite the boomtown right now when it comes to hotel openings, withThe Ritz-Carlton one of the most hotly anticipated of them all.The venerable brand has taken up residence at the Elizabeth Quay precinct, with the striking exterior and lobby adorned with 10,000 pieces of handpicked Kimberley sandstone. Inside, the property boasts 205 luxe rooms, including 18…

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RAC Karri Valley Resort This family-friendly property in Western Australia’s South West has undergone a $5.7-million renovation, resulting in the updating of its lake and forest-view chalets, the creation of a new reception area and an extensive refurbishment of the Lakeside restaurant (including an updated menu concentrating on local produce and flavours). A caravan and camping area is still to come. ibis Styles East Perth With its signature vibrant design and quirky personality on show, the ibis Styles East Perth (pictured above) offers up 252 guest rooms over 18 floors, all imbibed with colour and fun.There’s also Eastside Social Restaurant & Bar, a state-of-the-art gym, and convivial co-working spaces, all at a budget-friendly price. Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane After being shuttered since September 2018, the heritage-listed Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane (housed in the…

raising the bar

THE CUMBERLAND This speakeasy in the Sydney seaside suburb of Manly is reached through an antique fridge at the back of the newly opened Cove Deli. The basement bar boasts over 250 whiskies, as well as a selection of natural wines, craft beers and a cocktail menu from general manager Pete Ehemann (ex-Merivale) and creative consultant Petr Dvoracek. As for bar eats, cheeses, Spanish cured meats and antipasto are delivered via a vintage dumbwaiter from the deli above, or try the tapas menu from the small basement kitchen. THE FANCY PARROT After a recent refurbishment, The Fancy Parrot, in Melbourne’s Ascot Vale, is a casual and welcoming space that features a diverse drinks menu (complete with sustainable minimal intervention wines) and generous share plates (that attempt to source produce and ingredients utilising…