65 Australian places to visit before you're 65
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1. THE LODGE AT TARRALEAH
Why here Located on the edge of the Tasmanian wilderness, this Art Deco lodge, originally built to house Tasmania's hydro electricity officers, now showcases contemporary Tasmanian design, local gourmet specialties and a wide range of wines and single malt whiskies, not to mention sensational fly-fishing, bushwalking, mountain-biking and wildlife.
In the know Enjoy the view over forested green hills and valleys from the cliff-top hot tub
2. SOUTH-WEST WILDERNESS
Why here This is one of the most remote places on the planet, doubly inscribed on the World Heritage list for its values both natural (it is one of three remaining temperate wilderness areas in the Southern Hemisphere) and cultural (indigenous sites reveal human habitation for 30,000 years).
In the know From the base of a comfortable bush camp, Roaring 40s Kayaking offers kayaking in a vast drowned river valley surrounded by jagged mountains. There's also walking across dramatic ridges, button-grass plains and ancient forest;
3. PEPPER BUSH ADVENTURES
Why here Tasmania is your oyster with Craig Williams at the helm. This local bushie is an expert on the Tasmanian wilderness and crafts trips tailored to your interests, be they bushwalking, wine-tasting or wildlife-viewing.
In the know He is particularly fond of showing people the reclusive platypus, the eastern quoll and virgin old-growth forests, but be sure and ask for his bush-tucker recipes such as Tasmanian three-spice trout with lemon myrtle, mountain pepper and native kunzea;
4. BRICKENDON, LONGFORD
Why here Stay in the historic coachman's or gardener's cottage at this working farm run by the same family for seven generations.
In the know Kids love to feed the ducks, goats and chickens and play old-fashioned games in the original farm village with its barn, chapel, henhouse, bakery and woolshed.
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5. MUNGO NATIONAL PARK
Why here The moonlike landscape of Mungo National Park, part of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage area, contains traces of Aboriginal inhabitancy going back 40,000 years, making it the oldest known site of human occupation in Australia.
In the know Take a tour with Aboriginal guides from Harry Nanya Tours to visit places like the Walls of China. Stay at the Aboriginal-owned Mungo Lodge, which is reopening in April 2008 after a complete refurbishment.
6. MONTAGUE ISLAND
Why here Explore NSW's largest colonies of fairy penguins and fur seals on this nature reserve eight kilometres off the coast at Narooma. There are two options for staying in the restored head lighthouse keeper's quarters: a fully catered, fully guided program with Conservation Volunteers Australia or the brand-new self-catering option.
In the know This is one of the Southern Hemisphere's best dive locations.
7. BAWAKA CULTURAL EXPERIENCE, ARNHEM LAND
Why here Traditional owner, Timmy Djawa Burarrwanga, has fashioned a remarkable tour to share his culture on this pristine stretch of white sand fringing the aquamarine sea.
In the know Women learn about basket-weaving and men about spearing fish. And more often than not, you'll enjoy a big feast of fish, oysters and mud crab.
8. DUGONG BEACH RESORT, GROOTE EYLANDTWhy here This new resort has a fascinating array of indigenous art and tours (rock art, spear-fishing, bush tucker) by the Anindilyakwa community. Former footballer Andrew Ettingshausen's sports-fishing operation is next door.
In the know Located off the east coast of the Northern Territory, Groote Eylandt has only recently opened to tourism but there is an existing infrastructure (thanks to the BHP Billiton manganese mine on the island) that belies its remoteness;
9. REMOTE ABORIGINAL ART COMMUNITIES BY AIR
Why here Visit Balgo Hills, Fitzroy Crossing, Maningrida, Ngukkur, Tiwi Islands, Yirrkala and Haast's Bluff to learn about each culture and buy art directly from the artists.
In the know Art collector, experienced pilot, and former remote area nurse, Helen Read has developed close connections with more than 35 remote Aboriginal communities in the past 22 years.
10. KIMBERLEY COASTAL CAMP
Why here Remote even by Kimberley standards, this beach destination has half a dozen gazebos, fashioned from corrugated iron and driftwood with crushed shell floors, tucked amongst sandstone outcrops.
In the know Admiralty Gulf is a world-class fishing spot. Rock overhangs reveal mysterious Bradshaw art (elongated human figures with elaborate decorations). The open-air shed, with its found-art sculptures, is the site of inspired meals of sparkling, fresh seafood.
11. BUSH CAMP AT FARAWAY BAY, KIMBERLEY
Why here Cruise up King George Gorge to massive twin falls cascading over magnificent cliffs. Check out the dugongs, sharks and crocs, bathe in a freshwater swimming hole and even hit golf balls over the cliffs.
In the know On a red rock terrace above the blue waters of Faraway Bay, the open-sided, slate-floored Eagle Lodge is where delicious buffet-style meals feature seafood or camp-oven roasts. Screened corrugated-iron cabins with simple ensuite bathrooms are open to the breezes and bird calls.
12. KEPA KURL ECO DISCOVERY TOURS, ESPERANCE
Why here The beaches around Esperance are some of the best in Australia and this award-winning eco tour company named after the Aboriginal name for Esperance offers insight into the indigenous population.
In the know Learn about hunting and gathering bush and beach tucker, drink fresh water on the beach, go whale-watching.
13. DAMPIER PENINSULA INDIGENOUS TOURS
Why here Several Bardi communities share their culture and country via informal tours. Lombadina Aboriginal Adventures has motel-style units, a craft shop with pearl and ebony jewellery and offers bush tucker tours, kayaking, fishing charters and mud crabbing. Goombaragin Eco Ventures has excellent bush and beach tours and eco tents overlooking the deserted coastline.
In the know Visit Lombadina to see the ancient human footprints alongside those of a dinosaur.
14. SIMPSON DESERT
Why here This ocean of sand has 1111 of the world's longest parallel sand dunes, underlain by the Great Artesian Basin.
In the know Drive carefully. You can only go about 25 kilometres an hour with your tyres let right down.
15. PETER LEHMANN WINES, BAROSSA VALLEY
Why here Embodying both the traditions and maverick character of Australia's wine industry, Peter Lehmann founded his winery in 1979 to buy red wine grapes that were being threatened by the vine pull program. Today, Peter Lehmann Wines is a great place to enjoy a bottle of shiraz with a platter of Barossa produce in the shade of the river red gums.
In the know Seek out some of the other distinctive Barossa winemaker characters such as Robert O'Callahan at Rockford, Dave Powell at Torbreck and Charles Melton.
16. HEAD OF BIGHT, NULLARBOR PLAIN
Why here The Bunda Cliffs - part of the longest line of cliffs on earth - are among the best places in the world to see the annual migration of up to 100 Southern Right Whales.
In the know Between May and October you can see mothers and calves feeding and playing beneath the cliffs.
17. GREAT SOUTHWEST WALK, PORTLAND
Why here This 250-kilometre loop weaves along unspoiled ocean beaches, through eucalypt forests, across lighthouse-topped capes above the tallest sea cliffs in Victoria and beside the dramatic gorges of the Glenelg, Victoria's longest estuarine river.
In the know One of the most popular sections of the walk is along Cape Bridgewater. You'll see spectacular blowholes, a petrified forest of Moonah trees, freshwater springs, and look out over Australia's largest permanent fur seal colony from the soaring cliffs.
18. POINT HICKS LIGHTHOUSE, CROAGINGALONG NATIONAL PARK
Why here Stay in one of the two adjoining 1890s assistant lighthouse keepers' cottages above the pink granite headland first sighted by Captain Cook's lieutenant, Zachary Hicks, in 1770.
In the know Climb the spiral staircase of the tallest lighthouse in mainland Australia for a spectacular view over the 12-kilometre-long West Beach. Sandboard the highest dunes in the Southern Hemisphere.
19. CAPE OTWAY CENTRE FOR CONSERVATION ECOLOGY
Why here This post and beam mud-brick guest house is designed using the latest passive solar technology to leave an almost imperceptible footprint. Help monitor the wildlife or do part of the Great Ocean Walk.
In the know Observe kangaroos, koalas and other indigenous animals as you walk through their natural habitat of manna gums, messmate and maleuluca.
20. HERONSWOOD, MORNINGTON PENINSULA
Why here Explore five acres of "edible landscape" cottage gardens overflowing with heirloom vegetables, fruit and flowers surrounding historic Heronswood House. Then tuck into a flavourful "fork-to-fork" experience that champions the lowest food miles possible.
In the know Pick up a couple of practical tips from the resident Digger's Club gardeners about creating mini plots where you can grow enough vegetables to feed a family of four.
21. GOLD COAST HINTERLAND GREAT WALK
Why here Experience dramatic waterfalls, panoramic lookouts, melodious bowerbirds and lyrebirds and the world's largest subtropical rainforest plus extensive temperate rainforests of soaring Antarctic beech.
In the know The Coomera Falls track is one of the great rainforest walks in Australia.
22. SOUTH LONG ISLAND NATURE LODGE, WHITSUNDAYS
Why here This eco-escape at secluded rainforest-encircled Paradise Bay offers nine luxurious, renovated bungalows.
In the know The resort supplies its own solar energy and water and manages all waste, but it doesn't skimp on luxuries. Access is by helicopter and + you sail all over the Whitsundays in a private catamaran. Check out the fabulous aboriginal art.
23. HAGGERSTONE ISLAND, NORTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF
Why here The ultimate Robinson-Crusoe island, not far from the tip of Cape York, where Anna and Roy Turner have crafted two round huts with sundecks and slate bathrooms and a rustic beach shack with outdoor bathroom amidst the coconut palms. Guests gather for gourmet feasts straight from the sea and the garden in the soaring main pavilion.
In the know Roy takes guests snorkelling around historic shipwrecks, swimming in lakes perched in mainland sand dunes and fishing for tuna, coral trout and barramundi.
24. CARNARVON GORGE
Why here Gouged from the surrounding landscape, the 16,000-hectare Carnarvon Gorge is a lush oasis abounding in birdlife. Cabbage tree palms, grass trees, cycads and ferns line the main gorge beneath sandstone cliffs, while remnant rainforest flourishes in the sheltered side gorges.
In the know Do the Moss Garden Walk and Ward's Canyon Walk [home to the world's largest fern].
25. COCKATOO HILL RETREAT, DAINTREE
Why here Sleep tight in a hand-crafted king-sized timber bed in a thatched-roof treehouse with stunning views above the rainforest to the Coral Sea.
In the know Owned by a French couple, Carmen Fabro and Gilles Germain, who with prior arrangement, offer delectable table d'hote meals.
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