Travel: Australia’s new travel temptations, cultural institutions, tours, adventures
Skywalk, Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia. Photo / TA
Thinking of crossing the ditch? Dust off your passport and start adding to that Australian vacation wishlist as a plethora of new travel temptations have emerged over the past year or so. It’s not just shiny new accommodations, restaurants and bars. There are also many cultural institutions and cool guided tours, as well as other inspiring or stimulating experiences.
Queensland Catching Up
The first of its kind in the southern hemisphere, the Great Barrier Reef Underwater Art Museum unites culture and science, especially coral conservation. The Ocean Siren sculpture above the water is easily spotted from Townsville Pier, especially when lit up at night, but you’ll need to snorkel or dive to meet the specialist’s other creations. underwater art Jason deCaires Taylor: 20 “reef keepers” are gradually transformed into marine life.
Newcomer Saltwater Eco Tours cross the Mooloolah River and Sunshine Coast canals in a restored 1925 wooden sailboat. Learn about the traditions of the Gubbi Gubbi people and enjoy a bush tucker-inspired lunch on the cultural tour, or relax. you with live music during the sunset cruise.
What’s new in New South Wales?
BridgeClimb has driven thrill seekers across the southern half of Sydney Harbor Bridge for over 20 years, but now it’s possible to cross the entire span of this icon on the Ultimate Climb. There’s also the new Burrawa Climb, which reveals the Aboriginal stories and landmarks of Sydney Harbor, and sunrise and sunset photography tours 134 meters above one of the world’s most spectacular harbors. .
Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness introduced the two night Yuin retreat in Djirringanj country. Experiences with indigenous guides include a walk in Gulaga National Park and traditional wellness sessions, as well as gourmet bush food in the open air.
Brunswick Aces alcohol-free distillery just got bigger, adding Australia’s first alcohol-free bar to the mix. This Melbourne location offers over 100 soft drinks, beers and wines to several signature cocktails shaken or mixed with fake spirits from near and far. This includes their own gin-like sapiir, distilled from a large window behind the bar.
Dedicated to screen culture, including cinema and virtual reality, the Australian Center for the Moving Image has recently emerged from a major redevelopment. His first major exhibition, alongside the permanent history of the moving image, is Disney: The Magic of Animation (until October 17).
South Australian Refreshment
The exponential growth of Australian artisanal stills continues, with Flinders Gin the latest to bottle their liquid by moonlight. Set in a restored former farrier and stables, this Flinders Ranges distillery also uses a 1950s caravan as a movable cellar door. Their gin, worthy of a memory, is made with native plants such as quandong and wattleseed by a baker-turned-distiller.
South Australia is best known for wine, particularly from the Barossa Valley where Seppeltsfield was founded in 1851. Beyond the usual tastings, this winery’s offering includes the Cooper for a Day experience. Learn more about this artisanal trade, then get started on making your own 10-liter barrel.
Old is new in Western Australia
On two cantilevered viewing platforms jutting 17 and 25 meters from the edge of Murchison Gorge, the Kalbarri National Park Skywalk immerses visitors in an ancient landscape of red cliffs, rugged bush and the Murchison River, 100 meters below. It’s more than just looks: interpretive panels and artwork provide insight into the culture, wildlife, fossils, and geology of local Indigenous people.
WA Museum Boola Bardip, which means “a lot of stories” in the local Noongar language, includes several new and old buildings, including an 1855 prison. A huge blue whale skeleton is among the scientific, historical and cultural treasures of this new one. Perth monument.
The Timeless Northern Territory
Intrepid’s recently expanded lineup of small-group Australian tours include the six-day East Arnhem Land Adventure. On the remote coast of this region, including Bremer Island, learn to hunt and gather, paint and weave from the Yolngu. Hear the stories and songs of these people, who have lived like their ancestors for thousands of years.
Or take a tour of the same region for women and girls only. Gay’Wu – The Dilly Bag Tour by Lirrwi Tourism is a five-day experience among Yolngu women who reveal their traditional way of life and beliefs including astrology, healing, and gathering of foods such as oysters or mud crabs.
New arrivals from Tasmania
Built on a rocky peak in the wilderness of the northeastern island state, the keep is inspired by the ancient fortified towers of Scotland. It sounds uncomfortable, but this unique accommodation is actually a luxurious getaway for two. Enjoy all the comforts made from natural materials such as the outdoor granite tub and fireplace, and 360 degree views of the mountains and coastline.
Hobart’s hottest attraction since it opened ten years ago, Mona took advantage of a nine-month closure in 2020 to revive this daring museum of old and new art. Among the works never before exhibited is a seemingly endless maze-like installation of mirrors and a giant outdoor sculpture incorporating two slides – so kids, please touch this art.