Australians are considered to be inveterate travellers, the geographical remoteness and sheer size of the country certainly contributes to this nature. Melbournians will venture on a nine-hour road trip, whereas Sydney-siders will willingly board a long haul flight to Europe. Put simply, Australians are well versed at enduring long-haul trips in order to uncover cultural gems.
For those who would like to limit the travel-time and allow more time for uncovering unique experiences, consider a private journey with Abercrombie & Kent, which offers plenty of journeys that take under five hours to reach, making a luxury escape all the more accessible.
A short hop across the water and you will find yourself surrounded by the landscapes of New Zealand. No matter which part of the country you visit, the glaciers, alpine peaks, volcanoes or rich pastoral land, the scenery is breathtaking. If you’re an adventure seeker – there are plenty of activities to engage with including bush walking, kayaking, sailing and fishing. A&K’s six-night private journey from Christchurch to the Marlborough Sounds grants you access to exceptional vineyards and hiking trails off the coastal Queen Charlotte Track. Luxury boutique accommodation is included at The George, Christchurch, Bay of Many Coves Resort and Edenhouse, Nelson.
A&K’s six-night private journey ‘Christchurch to the Marlborough Sounds’ starts from $4285 per person.
Papua New Guinea
Experience Papua New Guinea in style on board the True North adventure cruise ship, which departs from Cairns and Darwin. Sailing through the rivers, you will see the jungles, marine parks and volcanoes. A&K’s 11-night cruise from the Bismarck Sea allows you to discover the rarely-visited Lousiade Archipelago. Snorkel over submerged tanks and aircrafts lost during World War II, explore the rainforests and waterfalls of the highlands and share the Karawari River waterways with local boatmen. For a truly unique cultural experience, book a private journey with A&K.
A&K’s 11-night Papua New Guinea cruise departs 30 November 2017; 27 November 2018.
Prices from $20,995 per person twin share.
The south west corner of the continent affords a magnificent coastline and is home to world-class vineyards and gourmet produce. With A&K’s ‘Gourmet South West’ journey you can visit Margaret River, the nation’s largest wine producing region. Allow yourself to be chauffeured from vineyard to vineyard, whilst you meet vignerons, enjoy a private barrel tasting and sample the local drop. Continue your journey on the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk where you can take in the views from some of tallest timbers on earth, the tingle trees. This intimate journey will be an unforgettable experience.
A&K’s seven-day private journey ‘The Gourmet South West’ from $3225 per person.
The Apple Isle
Historic villages, seaside towns, fine food and exquisite boutique accommodation makes Tasmania a rewarding getaway. Though small in size, Tasmania is rich in culinary and cultural invention. A&K’s eight-day private journey ‘Tasmania on a platter’ showcases the highlights. With private wine tastings, picnic hampers showcasing local produce, artisan chocolate and berry tastings, there promises to be an abound of gourmet experiences. There is also a dinner at Saffire Freycinet’s award-winning Palate and a degustation lunch with matching wines at The Source restaurant at MONA. There is a world of ancient landscapes, abundant wildlife, deserted islands, wild bushland and secluded beaches to explore.
A&K eight-day private journey ‘Tasmania on a platter’ is priced from $6050 per person.
Queensland’s Scenic Rim is a little-known haven with wineries and scenery located south of Brisbane. Enjoy digs and award-winning cuisine with A&K’s ‘Queensland Gourmet Getaway’. Staying at Spicers Peak Lodge and Spicers Clovelly Estate, food is the focus. Spicers Peak Lodge delivers a degustation dinner plus a three-course lunch in the Granite Belt wine region with matching wines. Meanwhile Spicers Clovelly Estate has a French-inspired degustation menu at the Long Apron Restaurant, as well as a Thai cooking class and a three-course dinner of local produce. There are visits to boutique wineries, a spa treatment, plus a host of outdoor activities.
A&K’s five-day private journey ‘Queensland Gourmet Getaway’ from $2380.