Exciting adventures with Wild Bush Luxury

Wild Bush Luxury, owner operator of some of Australia’s most inspirational bush experiences, unveiled a variety of product updates in 2013 which will continue in 2014 after their successful introduction this year.

Recent updates to the luxury eco-tourism operator’s exceptional Sal Salis, Bamurru Plains, Arkaba Walk and Arkaba Homestead packages will encourage guests to indulge in pursuits of interest as they connect with the bush.

Wild Bush Luxury’s sister company, Wilderness Australia, which creates tailor-made safaris for luxury travel in Australia, has announced a partnership with Oceania Expeditions to promote an extraordinary 11-day guided exploration of Papua New Guinea.

WHALE SHARK SEASON

Wild Bush Luxury’s remote Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, an exclusive safari camp hidden in the white sand dunes of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park, will have special packages during the region’s annual whale shark season between April and July, 2014.

Whale shark at Sal Salis

Whale shark at Sal Salis

The pristine reef is one of the few places on earth where people can swim with whale sharks. The packages include exceptional hospitality in Sal Salis’ luxury tented camp and unforgettable encounters swimming with the world’s largest filter-feeding shark.

From AU$2660 an adult, twin share for a three-night stay, or from AU$3410 an adult, twin share for a four-night stay, the Sal Salis whale shark packages are inclusive of accommodation, chef-prepared meals, beverages and guided activities — guided snorkels (all gear provided), guided gorge walks and national park entry and camp fees, and one whale shark swim on Tuesday or Friday.

EXCLUSIVE-USE FISHING LODGE

The success this year of Wild Bush Luxury’s Bamurru Plains conversion, in the Northern Territory, to an exclusive-use fishing lodge will continue from February 1 to April 28, 2014.

Located on the Mary River flood plains, the privately-owned Bamurru property has a fishing experience which is second to none in Australia. The property’s waters are teeming with Australia’s most famous sports fish, barramundi, and Bamurru’s signature offering; airboat fishing is a highlight for any fisherman. Hosted in nine safari suites overlooking the wetlands, guests are treated to an unforgettable five-star fishing experience.

Bamurru Plains’ flood plain and river fishing packages are inclusive of daily guided fishing safaris, use of quality tackle and equipment, safari bungalow accommodation, all meals and beverages (beer, wine and soft drinks). Package prices: three-night/two-day fishing package based on three anglers a boat start from AU$2350 a person twin-share; three to six day fishing packages are available.

PHOTO SAFARI

Richard I’Anson, one of Australia’s most talented travel photographers, will host a five-day photographic retreat at Wild Bush Luxury’s remote and striking Bamurru Plains on the Northern Territory’s Mary River flood plains on April 5-9, 2014.

Buffalo at Bamurru Plains

Buffalo at Bamurru Plains

Richard I’Anson will share his creative experiences as he provides guests with hands-on tuition against the stunning backdrop of Bamurru Plains. Participants will join a professionally led photographic exploration of the unique wilderness, wildlife and ancient landscapes that characterise Australia’s vast Top End, with exclusive access to Bamurru’s 300 km² area of privately-owned property.

The photo safari has a maximum of 10 aspiring photographers for AU$4799 a person, twin share, with a single supplement of AU$995. The itinerary includes four nights’ accommodation, all meals and select beverages, the four-day photography program with Richard I’Anson, a full day private group day trip to Arnhem Land by air, return flights from Darwin to Bamurru, transfer from the General Aviation Terminal to Darwin Airport, and all meals and beverages.

With the Top End wilderness photo safari at Bamurru Plains having sold out within weeks of its release, I’Anson will be hosting a luxury photographic retreat at Wild Bush Luxury’s iconic Arkaba Station, in South Australia’s spectacular Flinders Ranges, in September/October, 2014 (final dates are being finalised).

ARKABA WALK

Wild Bush Luxury’s Arkaba Walk in South Australia this year altered its itinerary to include a night at the iconic Arkaba Homestead on the walk’s final night instead of a third night sleeping under the stars at Merna Merna Camp. The four-day walk will continue in 2014, and will include classic outback Australian hospitality at the historical homestead.

Arkaba Homestead

Arkaba Homestead

Wild Bush Luxury’s Arkaba Walk covers 45 kilometres through beautiful landscape, framed by the rugged wall of Wilpena Pound. The first two nights of the walk are hosted outdoors at two semi-permanent camps where Arkaba’s signature star beds are designed to expose guests to their natural surrounds, with key touches of luxury. The beautifully restored Arkaba homestead dates back to 1851 and is a classic Flinders building with thick stone walls and shady verandahs.

Luxury Wilderness Tent at Sal Salis

Luxury Wilderness Tent at Sal Salis

The Arkaba Walk costs AU$2150 a person twin share, which includes all meals, drinks, a naturalist guide, two nights of camping in deluxe swags, one night in the Arkaba homestead, a support vehicle for transporting luggage between camps, national park entry fees, and a AU$10 conservation levy to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

Details, bookings at Sal Salis, Bamurru Plains or the Arkaba Walk/homestead: 1300 790 561, info@wildbushluxury.com or www.wildbushluxury.com

PAPUA NEW GUINEA GUIDED TOUR

Wilderness Australia’s worldwide partnership with boutique tour operator Oceania Expeditions has led to the joint creation of an 11-day guided tour of Papua New Guinea, with three departure dates in 2014: May 30-June 13, June 13-June 23, July 25-August 8.

The Extraordinary Papua New Guinea tour includes vibrant culture, friendly people and stunning landscapes . From the unique coastal fjords of Tufi, to the rugged Western Highlands, the bustling capital, and the famed historic islands of New Britain, the expertly-led expedition will have unforgettable experiences.

The package costs AU$9875 a person, twin share or AU$1350 for a single supplement. This includes the services of an experienced professional guide and local guides, internal economy air transfers within Papua New Guinea, activities, events and transfers as specified in the itinerary, all meals excluding two dinners and local gratuities.

Bookings: 02 9436 1300 or info@oceaniaexpeditions.com.au