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The world collectively observes the counting down of the new year ahead, with celebrations in full swing around the globe. Australia certainly holds New Year’s celebrations in high stead, with magnificent festivities and revelry enjoyed around the country.
As beautifully vibrant as this season is, it’s also a very busy time of year, with travellers gathering from all over the world. Australia is a wonderfully diverse family-friendly destination, with magnificent experiences on offer right around the country. There are copious opportunities for you to enjoy the journey of a lifetime with your family throughout this festive period.
Why not celebrate the New Year a little differently? Surround yourself with the magnificence of New South Wales’ iconic Blue Mountains, take on adrenaline-inducing outdoor challenges and family-bonding with renowned adrenaline-seeker, James Castrission.
James has lived a life full of exploration and excitement. Duly named amongst Australia’s Top 50 Explorers Of All Time, he has kayaked unassisted from Australia to New Zealand through treacherous conditions with his best mate Jonesy, and has completed an unassisted polar crossing from the edge of the Antarctic to the South Pole and back. His undiminished thirst for life and raw story-telling abilities make him the perfect host for your New Years’ journey.
James has created a lovely bush-side oasis in the heart of the Blue Mountains, and its remoteness is the perfect opportunity for you to spend quality time with your family, away from the festive city crowds. Enjoy luxurious ‘glamping’ style accommodations (complete with professional camp staff and quality shared bathrooms), whilst enjoying days filled with adventure-oriented experiences.
James and his team will guide you in abseiling down craggy cliff faces, canyoning through the many hidden mountain streams, or hiking through quintessential Australian bushland. Begin your mornings with a rejuvenating yoga class or kayak down a pristine river system. These activities not only push you to challenge yourself (and perhaps kick start a New Year’s resolution), but also provide an incredible bonding opportunity with your family that will sure to be remembered for years to come. As there are some physical restrictions to the activities provided by James, this experience is best suited for children aged 10 years and above.
If you are seeking a little more traditional luxury in your Blue Mountains accommodation, there is also the option to stay at the beautiful Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. This lovely 5-star resort is nestled amongst the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, occupying just one percent of a 7,000-acre reserve.
The resort itself hosts an incredible array of activities on-site and is a great family-friendly destination. Enjoy horse-riding, mountain biking and wildlife spotting, or perhaps head out on a guided cultural and historical tour of the region. There is also the option of including a day excursion with James and his team, so as to not miss out on the adventure of a lifetime!
The newest addition to the Luxury Lodges of Australia portfolio is Mount Mulligan Lodge, a delightfully secluded outback resort, located in the shadows of the timeless Mount Mulligan.
What a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of a new year, surrounded by peerless burnt-orange landscapes and an overwhelming sense of serenity. Accommodating just 16 guests ensures that your time is just that, yours, and is uninterrupted by other festive travellers. The ruggedness of the region and the luxurious nature of the lodge provide a contrasting atmosphere, so different, yet so welcoming.
Extremely accommodating to children of all ages, guests of the lodge enjoy adventurous activities designed to make the most of this wonderful locale. Take a guided tour of the Mount Mulligan goldfields and receive a demonstration of Australia’s oldest operating gold crusher, discover the nearby coal mine and abandoned township or take an ATV tour to discover quintessential Australian scenery and wildlife. Entice your sense of adventure with additional activities, including barramundi fishing in the weir, scenic helicopter flights and discovering the day-to-day operations of a working cattle station.
Noosa, a little slice of heaven located on the southern Queensland coastline. This beautiful location has forever been a preferred family-holiday destination – it’s even a favourite of Drew Kluska, The Tailor’s Managing Director and Founder!
The quaint seaside town is awash in the warming glow of Queensland’s magnificent weather, and the pristine stretch of beach entices travellers from all over Australia. With aquatic adventures the main stay for Noosa, it’s the perfect summertime Festive Season journey.
Noosa Private Beach House is an architecturally significant, private house located right across the road from one of the region’s best beaches. This extraordinary house is crafted from local timbers and ancient river stone and with each room carefully curated, this lovely property exudes barefoot luxury. Feel at home with your family in this private residence and enjoy taking the time to relax away from other holiday-goers.
With plenty of activities on offer, Noosa Private Beach House is great for families of all ages, and appreciators of the outdoors. During your stay, you have the use of a wide range of sporting equipment, including mountain bikes, jet skis, stand-up paddle boards and of course, surfboards. The perfect addition to your stay is to include a private surf lesson with a local surf professional, they’ll have you appreciating the Noosa surf culture in no time!
Makepeace Island is an alternative option for Noosa accommodation. Owned by Sir Richard Branson and Brett Godfrey, Makepeace Island is a Balinese inspired retreat located just 2 kilometres upstream from Noosa Heads.
Another great family experience, Makepeace Island is best suited to families with older children (aged 10+). As a family, discover the lush tropical bushland surrounding the island and keep an eye out for the prolific birdlife, or perhaps take a ‘tinnie’ (a small motorised boat) and try your hand at river fishing. There are also plenty of options for activity back at the resort, including tennis courts an outdoor cinema and a media room.
One of the best things about Noosa is that, whilst there are plenty of entertainment options, it is also an incredible location to just take a breath and relax in the Queensland warmth, read a book or simply unwind poolside.
As we get closer to the impending ‘countdown’, we hope that you have found inspiration in this latest article. Our list of 5 unforgettable New Year’s Eve getaways showcases a range of destinations that are not only great for children but are great at re-connecting families, by allowing them to spend quality, uninterrupted time together.
Whether it’s choosing to step away from the hustle and bustle of city life and surround yourself with pristine nature and adventure or removing the distractions and escaping to the outback with your family, this list is designed to inspire you to spend the Festive Season with us in Australia.
Having families of their own, plus a wealth of industry knowledge, our travel designers are incredibly adept at crafting unique journey’s for guests travelling with families of all ages. Get in Contact with us and let us take care of the difficult stuff, so you can focus on enjoying a memorable New Years’ getaway with your family.
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