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Let them eat cake and scones and clotted cream

Regions, STAY, Travel
The Brimstone at night Image courtesy of The Brimstone Hotel

Let them eat cake and scones and clotted cream

Tweed clad hosts who do it all are the first physical contact one has with the Brimstone if arriving by train. These hosts are real live Dobbies (except with their own socks) lighting your fire, delivering you breakfast in bed, making dinner reservations and letting you in on all the best hidden gems of walking trails.

Australia’s Best Local Diving Escapes Where You Can Have a Scuba Diving Holiday in Your State

Dive, Regions, Travel
Green Turtle Image courtesy of Shutterstock/Tracey Jones

Australia’s Best Local Diving Escapes Where You Can Have a Scuba Diving Holiday in Your State

You don’t need to travel overseas to discover the best of the underwater world, with so many experiences to be had right here in Australia. So, for those unable to travel interstate, here’s a comprehensive list of the Best Dive Getaways for around Australia, compiled by the experts at Diveplanit Travel.

Spetses: where the millionaires play

Lifestyle, Regions, STAY, Travel
The Poseidonion seen from approach to Spetses Image courtesy of The Poseidonion

Spetses: where the millionaires play

‘The Poseidonion, a veritable French chateau, stands out from its commanding position if you arrive by sea. Set less than a kilometre from the harbour it is convenient to the Bouboulina Museum and the Hatzigianni Mexi Spetses Musem. There are also a handful of beaches just minutes away. Opened in 1914 and the brainchild of Sotirios Anargyros it represented the cosmopolitan face of the island tempting high society, royalty and wealthy Athenians to its doors.  In 2009 it welcomed a five-year restoration inviting guests back to the island which inspired John Fowle’s The Magus.

Why go international when you can go to Tassie?

CITY, Lifestyle, Regions, Travel
The Southern Lights Image Credit Dietmar Kahles

Why go international when you can go to Tassie

We have a lot more chance of going to Tasmania soon than to Europe but looks like there’s no need to cross the international dateline because Tassie is offering everything from their own brand of bubbles through to the southern lights and even whisky distilleries.

Rare chance to live out your James Bond fantasy

Adventure, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Regions, SEA, Travel
Inveruglas Image credit Kenny Lam/Visit Scotland

Rare chance to live out your James Bond fantasy

The island of Inchconnachan situated on Loch Lomond whilst not the home of James Bond is very close to a Sky Fall lifestyle. The 42 hectare property which has been owned by the Colquhoun family for more than seven hundred years is for sale for overs over 500,000 pounds. The island is located around 40 km from Glasgow airport and a stone’s throw from the award winning Loch Lomond distillery.

Rent your own private island in Queensland: Opening dates for the Islands

Adventure, Deals, Dive, EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Regions, SEA, STAY, Swim, Travel
Lizard Island Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

An exclusive rental or rent exclusively

Break out the Cristal, Tattinger or Verve because the Queensland borders are opening on July 10.

For those that want to take social distancing to the next level there are a number of islands which can be exclusively rented or perhaps you would just like extra exclusive accommodation.

New Zealand Luxury Lodges allow guests to set their own price

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Auckland, New Zealand, Image credit: Shutterstock/Winston Tan

Oh to live in the land of the long white cloud and to holiday in the world’s most divine lodges at the price one names. It sounds like a fantasy but what would one expect in the land that brought to life the Lord of the Rings.

New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most exclusive lodges and according to a recent article in both Quail Lodge in Auckland’s Drury and Pen-y-bryn in Oamaru have this incredible offer.

Pinot and Pedal in Tasmania

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Regions, Travel

Cycling popularity is growing even further with the need to social distance. Australians are ready to get off our couches and start shifting the ISO kilos. Tasmania spruiks that they take their riding seriously with purpose built tracks through landscapes offering sky to sea, rainforest to beach and granite to dirt with 300 kilometres of track across the island for all skill levels.

Entire towns are dedicating their tourism to serve riders with eateries and accommodations popping up along the trails.  Below is a handful of Tassie cycling experiences.

Cycling in Tasmania, Image courtesy of Tourism Tasmania