Guest Post By Mark Tomich
Australia is a truly magnificent continent – the vast plains of the Outback, the untamed nature, the beautiful flora and fauna that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. And all of it in a modern country ranked among the top three in the world when it comes to living standards.
Australia also presents us with unique opportunities of exploring the exiting and enchanting wilderness of the Outback, without having to subject ourselves to its harsh conditions, live of the land, sleep in a tent and ride in a jeep for hours on end.
The modern Outback experience can be as luxurious as your wallet can handle – it is safe, fun, accommodating and relaxing.
The thing that really hooks people is the amazing paradox of being away from civilization, in the midst of a vast empty space where nature remains unaffected by our human presence; and yet having all the commodities that a luxury resort has to offer and being able to safely admire ones surroundings.
What separates the Outback resorts form similar nature tours?
There is a distinct difference between going on a safari – where you dress in your finest 19th century British hunter outfit, ride in an old terrain vehicle and have very basic accommodation options – and enjoying all the luxuries of a modern vacation resort while surrounded by untouched, albeit scarce nature.
You start to feel almost like an adventurer from a technologically advanced race who is on a mission to explore an alien planet. It is pretty much like the Star Trek crew landing on an unexplored world: a feeling of awe washes over you as you admire the scenic view and proceed to carefully explore the vast wilderness, but you are safe in the knowledge that you are one short ride away from all the high-tech gadgetry, tasty meals and other comforts that the modern world has to offer.
In fact, you can stare into the untamed bushland as you lay back on a soft pillow, a glass of wine in hand. The whole thing feels like a nature documentary that you are directing.
How difficult is it to get to these Outback resorts?
A trip to the Outback doesn’t have to involve a camel caravan or a long uncomfortable drive in a terrain vehicle. The easiest and least stressful way to get to your destination is by plane.
Remember, Australia is a huge continent and a bus or train ride can take quite a while (for example, a trip from Sydney to Perth would require a non stop two day drive). It is much better to spend a little extra money, travel in style and save loads of time.
That being said, plane tickets can be reasonably affordable, particularly if you fly often. Members of a frequent flyers club have a number of great benefits that include advanced seat selection, upgrades, priority boarding and complimentary baggage allowance.
In the Australian Outback helicopter rides are a great travel option as well, since they are fast and give you a great vantage point from which to observe and admire the breathtaking sights.
What are some good resorts?
There is plenty to see in the vast Outback, but I will name a couple of very popular and accommodating resorts just to give you some good vacation spot ideas.
First of all you can visit the Ayers Rock Resort with several luxury hotels and 65 different wilderness tours, including breathtaking scenic helicopter tours, intriguing camel back rides, and even adrenaline filled big cruiser bike rides out into the bush.
The Prairie Hotel is located in Parachilna, SA, in the midst of wide desert plains. The hotel offers exceptional accommodation with deluxe and executive rooms, as well as exceptional traditional cuisine.
There is also the beautiful and newly refurbished Captain’s Cottage located about 30 km outside of Parachilna, perfect for those looking for a more private and rustic setting.
The Berkeley River Lodge hosts one of the worlds most famous pools. During your leisurely swim in this pool you are able to look far within the dry wilderness and experience the dissonance of plenty and lack all at the same time, making you aware of how lucky you are to enjoy a life of luxury and deepening your appreciation for life.
The Australian wilderness is a unique gem, an unspoiled natural surrounding that is as beautiful as it is vast.
It is quite a privilege to be able to get out of a comfortable bed, have a tasty breakfast and some strong coffee, and then head out into the wild like it’s your backyard. It is an experience that I wholeheartedly recommend.
Byline: Mark has the biggest luxury life can offer – a lovely wife, awesome children and a place to call home. He has been all over Australia and visited plenty of other countries too. Catch up with him on G+ (here)
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