Our natural world and its endless list of inhabitants are fascinating, and we can't wait to get back to exploring their beauty one day soon. Today we're sharing a few of our favourite wildlife experiences, with a hint of luxury included. Some are a little closer to home if you'd like to get back in touch with your wild side sooner rather than later. Others are ones for the bucket list.
- Close to Home -
Jamala Wildlife Lodge, ACT
Support wildlife conservation and best practice animal welfare while experiencing one of Australia's most luxurious close-ups to the dangerous and endangered. Jamala Wildlife Lodge is like a needle in a haystack - a collection of African inspired luxury suites in the heart of the National Zoo & Aquarium of Canberra. Yes, Canberra. You'll feel like you've escaped Australia's capital city and landed straight in a glamourous safari in Africa. With suites located around the zoo, you can choose who you wake up to - tigers, giraffe, lemurs or sharks.
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Torres Strait Islands & the Remote Reef, QLD
Join an exclusive tour of only eight people on a 20m M/Y Wildcard for a truly remarkable island experience as you explore the northern-most region of Australia - the over 100 Torres Strait Islands scattered between Northern Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Weave your way through secluded islands marked with WWII history and famed for its pearling and fishing while you eat just-caught seafood. Then when you're done, swim amongst the wild turtles and explore one of the most remote parts of the Great Barrier Reef.
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Saffire Freycinet, TAS
Famous for its status as Australia's Best Luxury Hotel, Saffire Freycinet prides itself on delivering an authentic and immersive connection to Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay in Tasmania. But there's more to enjoy that its 20 private suites, luxury day spa and world-renowned culinary offering. Join their expert team of guides on a series of unforgettable local wildlife experiences. Put on a full-body apiarist suit and extract your own honeycomb at the onsite Saffire apiary, with hives overlooking the Hazards Mountains. See with your own eyes Tasmanian Devils in a natural setting and participate in the quest to save the endangered species from extinction.
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We don't think there's anything more magical than spending a night under water in luxury at Reefsuite. Particularly when it's surrounded by our own world wonder - the Great Barrier Reef. You'll be closer than you could imagine to the beauty of our reef. This is an intimate wildlife experience that we guarantee you'll remember forever, not far from Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays.
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Bullo River Station, NT
Get a peek at a true Australian station life at Bullo River Station in the Northern Territory. Experience station life close up on horseback, or explore the stunning landscapes, waterfalls, waterholes and barramundi fishing surrounded by glimpses of Aboriginal rock art. The natives are sure to impress, with birds, wallabies, crocodiles, goannas and other reptiles making regular visits to the area, best spotted on cool mornings and evenings.
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Arajilla Retreat, Lord Howe Island, NSW
Stay in luxury while exploring the array of wildlife of World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island off the east coast of Australia. Arajilla Retreat is your perfect base while you enjoy their hosted excursions, like glass bottom kayaking and snorkeling, where you'll join more than 500 species of fish that call the crystal-clear waters home.
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- For the Bucket List -
Chena Huts, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is on many of our travel wish-lists, and for good reasons. But we think you'll certainly need to relax in the exclusive, luxuriously appointed and private-plunge-pool laden Chena Huts after your personalised safari in the tropical jungles and lakes surrounding Yala. Ruhuna National Park is home to the highest leopard population densities in the world. And if that doesn't scare you, there are dozens of reptile species including turtles, crocodiles, fan-throated lizards and even flying snakes. Nearby are the Great and Little Basses reefs where you'll see blue and humpback whales and dolphins gliding above the wrecks of Portuguese treasure-galleons now scattered across the seafloor.
African Wildlife Safaris
Dreaming of a wildlife-filled holiday is often closely followed by conjured images of the vast landscapes of Africa - a continent that has to be high on close to everyone's travel bucket list (die-hard animal lover or not). For those craving authentic wildlife encounters with a touch of luxury, African Wildlife Safaris offers beautifully appointed and very comfortable tented suites (private bathroom included) as you hop from camp to camp across Botswana's Okavango Delta and Savute Channel via air. Lions, leopards, impalas, birds, ardwolf, brown hyena, elephant, buffalo - the list of animal encounters, big and small, is endless!