Travel to the world’s far-off corners for a deeply immersive experience. Uncover the traditions of New Zealand’s native people when you partake in an ancient spiritual ceremony, or walk in the footsteps of Darwin himself through the Blue Mountains of Australia.
Visit a private botanical garden in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland. You’ll meet Alan and Susan Carle, founders of this tropical oasis, and enjoy a private tour to learn about the intrinsic link between rainforest plants and cultures and sample some of the most unusual and interesting things imaginable. Relax and unwind on the veranda of this beautiful home as you sip morning or afternoon tea and taste exotic fruits while the Carles share tales of their travels to the remote indigenous communities where they further enhance their broad knowledge of anthropology and collect examples of rare equatorial plant life.
RA KARAKIA SUNRISE MAORI CEREMONY
You’ll depart on your private Māori experience as the sun begins to rise. Take part in a thousand-year-old Rā Karakia ceremony, during which the spirit reconnects to the environment, and then head to the nursery to acknowledge Papatūānuku (Mother Earth) by planting a rakau (native tree). This tree connects you and your spirit with the whenua (tribal lands) when you write your personal wish or prayer and plant it into the earth. You’ll share breakfast in the wharekai (eating house) before continuing on your journey, feeling refreshed both physically and spiritually with the knowledge that you carry good fortune throughout your travels in New Zealand.
A PERFECT DAY ON KANGAROO ISLAND
Experience the very best of Kangaroo Island, starting with an overnight stay at the Southern Ocean Lodge, one of Australia’s premier luxury lodges. Your day includes visiting some of the most remote corners of the island in the company of a resident naturalist. Explore the vast wilderness of Chase National Park as well as the teeming population of sea lions in Seal Bay. Your adventure continues with cocktails and canapés with kangaroos in the wild and ends with a gourmet meal served by the fireplace in your five-star home in this far corner of the world.
DARWIN ON DARWIN IN AUSTRALIA’S BLUE MOUNTAINS
Join conservationist, author, and adventure guide Chris Darwin as you follow in the footsteps of his great-great-grandfather Charles through the Blue Mountains of Australia – exploring the wildlife and landscapes that inspired the famous naturalist’s theories. Walk with Chris along the aptly named Darwin’s Walk to Wentworth Falls and through the Eucalypt forests while he shares his insights about the legacy of his famous forebear and the influence Australia had in shaping his ideas. Following the walk, you’ll revel in stunning views of the Blue Mountains with a gourmet cliff-top lunch before transferring back to Sydney.
For more information or to book your Trip-Of-A-Lifetime, contact Brad Martin at Anywhere Anytime Journeys.
[Cover Photo: Nature path meandering through the beautiful and tranquil Blue Mountains, NSW Australia at sunset. © Can Stock Photo / showface]