As Australians start to dust off their post-COVID travel plans and set their sights on domestic adventures, we’ve been busy thinking about which local destinations we’ll visit first.
Here at WRD, we’re all about slow travel – in the form of environmentally and community-friendly operations – and we’re excited to join our fellow travellers on the road and experience the bounty of well-meaning properties our blessed country has to offer.
Below is a list of the sustainable and philanthropic destinations – and their diverse, divine landscapes – we’re itching to explore.
“As soon as I can, I’ll be travelling to Longitude 131 – a luxury desert base camp at Uluru-Kata Tjuta. There is nothing more important right now than connecting with Australia’s heartland. It warms my heart to know we are moving back to slow travel, and movement that embraces culture and respect. There is no product that embodies both of these things locally (for me) more than Longitude 131.” – Tess
“My first backyard adventure will be to Arkaba Conservancy by Wild Bush Luxury in the desert of South Australia. A former sheep station, turned private wildlife conservation, Arkaba is a 60,000-acre property shared by no more than 10 guests, where you can embark on a luxurious wild bush safari and soak up the absolute best of Australia’s famous outback scenery.” – Amelia
“My next Aussie adventure is going to be to Sal Salis Ningaloo – a remote eco-luxe camp located near Exmouth in WA and a fantastic example of slow travel. The Ningaloo Reef is the world’s largest fringing reef so you can just wander out of the tent and snorkel straight off the beach. Plus living in Sydney, I’m a sucker for anywhere I can see lots of stars!” – Lauren
“When we’re allowed to cross borders again, Satellite Island in Tasmania is at the top of my list. It looks phenomenal and a private island with your closest friends sounds like a dream. It’s easing back into iso; but connecting with the purest form of nature.” – Nina
“My first native escape, as soon as we’re allowed to travel again, will be to El Questro in WA’s untamed Kimberley region. With all the elements that make for an outstanding sojourn, El Questro is a nirvana. With the capacity of only 18 guests, this luxury lodge is the perfect base for guests to explore the diverse Kimberley landscape. Thermal springs, tranquil escapades down the Chamberlain Gorge, waterfalls and sunsets on horseback. This is pure outback living.” – Narelle