All tagged Australia

Decadent Dining at Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island

Capella Lodge is Lord Howe Island’s most glamorous accommodation, and its restaurant is a celebration of local produce and Pacific-inspired cuisine. Adding to that is its sublime location, with spectacular views of the island’s lagoon and iconic twin peaks, and the best spot on the island for a sunset cocktail…

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island - More Baillie Lodges Luxury

In a concerted effort to see more of our amazing homeland, we are visiting some of its most impressive islands.  After the stunning beauty of Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island last year, we were super keen to experience another Luxury Lodge of Australia – so this time it is the iconic Capella Lodge on World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island.

An Indulgent Weekend in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales

A conference in Sydney and a sister in Sydney – a serendipitous aligning of the stars:  we are journeying East for the week.  But while the weekdays are occupied with work during the day and gastronomic adventures in Sydney’s finest epicurean establishments in the evenings, we are bookending our Monday to Friday with weekend adventures further afield.  First up is a journey to New South Wales’ iconic Hunter Valley…

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

We are talking as we drive – about holidays, where to go and how to do more of them.  The road is gravel and punctuated by kangaroos in the waning afternoon light.  Suddenly we are at the beach – a carpark, a campervan, a towel-clad couple returning from a swim.  Fortunately we had been warned by our hospitable car rental gentleman – “if you hit the beach, you’ve gone too far”.  We retrace our route.  Shortly we come to the small blue sign pointing us in the right direction – inconspicuous, but obvious enough when one is supposed to be looking specifically for a small blue sign.  We turn off and soon find ourselves at an elaborate entrance gate, incongruous in the scrubby dunes but an emphatic statement – welcome to Southern Ocean Lodge.

Kangaroo Island, South Australia

The view from Southern Ocean Lodge is hypnotic…  From every angle, from every room, the view of the lodge’s namesake ocean extends to the horizon.  It is mesmerising and inescapable…  plus the food is sublime...

Eventually we manage to drag ourselves away from the indulgence of Southern Ocean Lodge to explore more of Kangaroo Island.  KI has built upon its dramatic scenery and famous wildlife to become a worldclass destination for adventure and food too. 

Iconic Beach-scapes in Broome, Western Australia

Another conference, another perfect opportunity to visit more of our vast home state.  This time the beautiful beach side town of Broome, in Western Australia’s north west. And on this occasion we were lucky enough to have D's young niece, Bella, join us for the adventure, including her first plane flight!

Lunch on Our Private Beach, Lizard Island, Queensland

We are about to set sail in our little motor boat, the Liz III, from Lizard Island’s main resort beach, off to explore Turtle Cove on the island’s southern coast.  The boat is all ours – no co-passengers, no skipper, no guide.  Just the two of us, our snorkelling gear, our underwater cameras and our enormous lunch – two eskies full of drinks and food that were hauled on board by the beach club crew, and now sitting low in the bow of our boat.