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Australia South:
Tasmania, Kangaroo Island & the Great Ocean Road

Accommodations

Mayfair Hotel
Location
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide's newest 5-star boutique hotel is set in the heart of the city in a heritage-listed and impeccably renovated Romanesque-style building. Sink into a luxury room decorated with warm contemporary detail in soothing neutral tones. Custom-crafted king-size beds are made in South Australia, and spacious en suite bathrooms have a walk-in rain shower, bathrobe and slippers, and L'Occitane toiletries. Other amenities include a media hub, large screen TV, mini bar, complimentary Wi-Fi and hand-selected artwork. Due to the historic nature of the building, each room has its own unique floor plan. Stylish public spaces include a restaurant and bar featuring South Australia's fines wine and locally sourced cuisine. Named after the original building's architects, the Hennessy rooftop lounge is set beneath the steeply pitched roofline and incorporates a bar and relaxation leading to a glass-topped open-air terrace.
Aurora Ozone Hotel
Location
Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Optimally located on the Kingscote Seafront, the Aurora Ozone Hotel enjoys exceptional proximity to one of South Australia's most pristine coastlines, plus easy access to wildlife viewing throughout Kangaroo Island. Our Executive Sea View rooms offer a panorama of Nepean Bay from private verandas accessed through large sliding glass doors. Furnished in a minimalist vibe, spacious rooms have simple, clean-lined decor with one king bed, or a king and a single bed on request. All have air conditioning, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, writing desk, tea and coffee facilities, and mini fridge. Overlooking the ocean, the Zone restaurant and bar features fresh seafood and local produce grown on Kangaroo Island. Walls are decorated with old photos and newspaper clippings showing Kangaroo Island's heritage, plus pieces by local artist Neil Sheppard.
Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge
Location
Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

The 4-star Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge, surrounded by the lush coastal flora of Eastern Cove, sits on seven acres of natural bushland, four of which are committed to the preservation of native vegetation. Wildlife thrives in this secluded location overlooking American River Bay, with Tammar wallabies, brush-tailed possums, black swans, Cape Barren geese, Australia pelicans and rare glossy black-cockatoos are often spotted on the property. All 38 air-conditioned, natural-light-filled rooms have sea or pool views and come with a private balcony or patio ideal for birdwatching. Rooms have a modern vibe with warm wood accents and are furnished with a king-size bed that can be converted to two singles, plus a comfortable chair and a writing desk for those who may want to journal the day’s adventures.  Rooms also have a flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, and coffee- and tea-making facilities. Guests can enjoy the saltwater pool and a nature trail on the premises, and if time permits, also participate in the morning pelican feeding with fish scraps from the restaurant.

Reflections, the lodge restaurant, is a Trip Advisor Travelers' Choice award winner. Meals are served indoors and al fresco, showcasing local and organic ingredients such as the famous island honey from the purest strain of Ligurian bees in the world, American River oysters, Kangaroo Island eggs and regionally made chorizo. There are plenty of plant-based options as well, including breakfast choices of Kangaroo Island granola with local fruit or smashed avocado on homemade sourdough, accented with garnishes from the lodge's herb and edible flower garden. Choose a glass of Kangaroo Island wine with dinner, followed by a nocturnal walk around the property—the lodge provides flashlights, and it is common to cross paths with wallabies. 

Kangaroo Island Lodge takes pride in its environmental consciousness, reflected in its use of solar power, rainwater storage, food scrap composting and vermiculture.
Chris’s Beacon Point
Location
Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia

Nat Hab groups enjoy exclusive occupancy of this dramatic property, in private 4-star villas that offer 180° views above Skenes Creek and Bass Strait through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Set high in the Otway Ranges above the Great Ocean Road, Chris's Beacon Point offers an unmatched sense of seclusion. Each air-conditioned villa features clean lines and a bright white palette accented with cool, muted tones to create a calm and restful space. Relax on the sofa in the living room with a panorama of the ocean out your window, or watch a movie on the large LCD TV. Bedrooms have one queen and two single beds, with crisp white linens. Spacious bathrooms have raised porcelain sinks and glass-enclosed tiled, walk-in showers. Early risers can make their own cup of tea or coffee in the kitchenette, then head out to the private balcony to look for koalas in the nearby manna gum trees as the sun comes up over the water. Some lucky guests occasionally find koalas hanging out on their deck!

Chris's Restaurant is widely renowned, its reputation growing since its founding in 1979 when nearby Apollo Bay was still a tiny fishing village. The emphasis has always been on the freshly caught local seafood, to which Chris adds his trademark Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flair. Imagine the decadence of a whole baby squid stuffed with pine nuts, sultanas and spinach on a tomato and basil salad (vegetarians will be happy to know that guests rave just as much over the authentic Greek salads). Fine Australian wines are carefully curated to complement your meal. The restaurant's design is as memorable as its cuisine, with sandstone floors and polished native redgum and blackwood timber. It is uniquely set up on different floor levels, ensuring that just as with the villas, every table has a memorable view through the massive windows.
Cradle Mountain Lodge
Location
Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, Australia

This lakeside lodge at the edge of Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park offers warm hospitality, local food and wine, indulgent spa treatments and close proximity to the wonders you want to explore. Located close to the main lodge and linked by timber boardwalks, each private cabin is set discreetly in the wilderness with a balcony overlooking the lake or bushland. Cabins reflect a crisp modern sensibility with bright accents and plenty of lounge space. Cozy armchairs and a daybed round each cabin’s gathering space around the gas fireplace, and rooms include en suite bathroom, a queen size bed, and coffee and tea making facilities. Gather around the fireplace at the on-site Highland Restaurant with its refined mountain vibe.
Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village
Location
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia

Tucked into temperate rain forest on the edge of World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain/Lake St. Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village offers an ideal location for quick access into one of Australia’s earliest national parks—in fact, it’s just a 5-minute walk to the Visitor Center. The grounds are surrounded by imposing peaks and pine-fringed glacial lakes, while the individual chalets are hugged by ancient plants, including the long-lived King Billy pine and native deciduous beech. To enhance privacy and seclusion, the chalets are set in small clusters. While the exteriors suggest rustic cabins, inside guests find modern furnishings in a cozy atmosphere defined by wood wainscoting and cabinetry with a kitchenette, dining area and lounge with TV and DVD player. Separate bedrooms have locally made queen-size beds, and bathrooms have a walk-in shower, heated towel rails, hair dryer and complimentary toiletries.

Each chalet has a private balcony accessed via a large sliding glass door that offers views even when the weather is inclement. It's the perfect vantage point to observe local wildlife—usually at dawn and dusk—which may include wallaby, pademelon, possum, currawong and wombat (a cuddly cousin to the koala). In the pond at the front of the mountain lodge, guests with patience might even spot an elusive platypus. After dark, end the day with a night walk in search of wild Tasmanian devils and quolls.

The lodge is located in an area of Tasmania known as the "Foraging Region," and Hellyers Restaurant makes the best of fresh seasonal local produce and herbs. Creative, contemporary Tasmanian fare may include tea-smoked freshwater trout, warm pickled baby fennel, nightshade cherry tomato and caperberry salad, or a 75-day dry-aged Robins Island grade 9 Wagyu, cooked over Japanese white charcoal and flame and served with Tasmanian truffle butter—all accented with local wines and beers. The ambience is as gratifying as the cuisine, with local timber and stone used in the restaurant's design, impressive views of Cradle Mountain through the windows, and a large central stone fireplace.
Freycinet Lodge
Location
Freycinet National Park, Australia

As the only accommodation located inside Freycinet National Park in Tasmania, this is a secluded and stylish lodge between the pink granite mountains of the Hazards and white sand beaches. The one-room cabins are artfully nestled into the natural environs, with views from your private balcony toward the ocean or the coastal bushland. While the cabin exteriors are rustic wood, the interiors reflect a contemporary coziness. Enjoy a king bed, a comfortable sitting area and decor that is bright and airy, including light wood floors and colorful upholstered furnishings. The cabin has en suite bathroom with shower, air-conditioning, electric blankets, coffee and tea-making facilities. Indulge in local seafood and Tasmanian wine as you overlook Great Oyster Bay. The lodge has two restaurants, a lounge and a bar with crackling log fire for the cooler months.

Swansea Beach Chalets
Location
Swansea, Tasmania, Australia

Wake up to magnificent sunrise views over Great Oyster Bay from your private chalet perched on grassy dunes close to Freycinet National Park. Swansea Beach Chalets enjoy an exclusive, secluded location on Jubilee Beach on the spectacular Freycinet Peninsula near the historic township of Swansea on Tasmania's east coast. The tranquil beach offers some of the safest swimming in the area, and those who prefer to stroll the shore can keep an eye out for short-tailed shearwaters and little penguins, as well as dolphins, whales and seals offshore.

The chalets are sited to maximize views from the property's coastal location, and all have two walls of glass doors to let the natural light flood in. Equipped with expansive private verandas, each chalet is like a tiny beach house sanctuary where indoors and outdoors blend seamlessly. They are fully self-contained and air-conditioned, featuring clean lines, modern decor with blonde wood, a comfortable couch, TV and DVD player, enclosed bedroom with queen bed, bathroom with shower, and a kitchenette and dining table, inviting you to pull up a chair for a late-night cup of tea. An outdoor swimming pool is on site, and the beach is just steps away. The mood here is relaxed with a casual, beachy vibe— curl up by one of the toasty fire pits with a glass of wine from one of the nearby vineyards as you watch the moon rise over the bay.
Corinda
Location
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Corinda is a genteel historic estate in the state capital, built in the 1870s and surrounded by one of the finest private gardens in Tasmania. It's now an inn run by the great-great grandson of the original owner, Alfred Crisp, who was a timber magnate, state politician and former mayor of Hobart. Julian Crisp and his wife, Chaxi, have retained the home's Victorian elegance while bringing it up to date with every modern convenience. Our group has the run of The House, the original residence, which is reserved entirely for Nat Hab's use during our stay. Six private en suite bedrooms are individually decorated with opulent period furnishings, antiques and original artworks. Each room is named after one of the many fascinating characters who have lived in the house or been closely associated with it, with their history noted in a specially bound handbook next to your bed.

Breakfast is an affair to remember at Corinda. Start your day with a lavish spread, prepared to order and served outdoors on the veranda on fine china. The menu features free range eggs, grilled bacon, fresh fruit salads and juices, and croissants and bread rolls from Jean Pascal, Hobart's best-known artisan bakery. T2 tea and Villino coffee, freshly roasted in Hobart, are also available in each bedroom. In the afternoon or evening, relax with a drink from the honor bar in the Drawing Room, offering Tasmanian whiskies, gin, vodka, Australian wines, craft beers and soft drinks.

Corinda is perfectly located for easy access to all Hobart has to offer, within walking distance of the city center and Royal Botanical Gardens. It also lies on the downtown edge of the Queen’s Domain, a 450-acre natural reserve just 10 minutes' walk from the central business district.  Just down the hill in front of the house is Hobart’s historic waterfront, once a whaling center but now home to the famous Salamanca Market and the city’s hippest galleries, restaurants and bars. An excellent public gym in the nearby Aquatic Center is open to visitors.

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