Mt Mulligan Lodge opens in outback Queensland

The Northern Escape Collection has expanded with the recent opening of Mt Mulligan Lodge in remote Far North Queensland. The luxury outback lodge is situated on a secluded, entirely private 28,000-hectare heritage site, offering boutique accommodation in the shadow of majestic Mount Mulligan.

Guests staying at Mt Mulligan Lodge will be able to experience the spirit of the North Queensland back-country through a captivating landscape with indigenous significance dating back 37,000 years. The expansive property bears the marks of the historic gold and coal rush and in its current operation, as a working cattle station, the pastoral history of Australia.

Northern Escape Collection’s Owner, Chris Morris, said he was thrilled to welcome Mt Mulligan Lodge to the family. “Mt Mulligan Lodge was the missing link for the Northern Escape Collection. Our guests can now experience Queensland’s iconic reef, ancient rainforest and rugged outback in one seamless journey,” Mr Morris said.

The majestic Mount Mulligan dominates the surrounding landscape; the conglomerate and sandstone tabletop mountain boasts a spectacular 18 kilometre escarpment that towers over the surrounding Australian eucalyptus woodlands. Mt Mulligan Lodge lies beneath this undiscovered landmark with views overlooking a sparkling weir and is an all-inclusive luxury property accessible via a 35-minute scenic helicopter flight from Cairns or a 2.5-hour 4WD adventure from Cairns.

Ensuring an intimate escape, the lodge accommodates just 16 guests at any one time and features three different room types, a beautifully designed main pavilion for guest meals and relaxation, an infinity pool and sunset bar. Each guest room at Mt Mulligan Lodge is also assigned its own electric buggy to explore the sprawling property with ease.

A range of experiences have been designed to make the most of the rugged outback territory.  Mt Mulligan Lodge offers guided tours of the goldfields including a demonstration of Australia’s oldest operating gold crusher at Tyrconnell, exploration of the historic Mount Mulligan coal mine and abandoned township, ATV adventures discovering the history and beauty of the region, chef-prepared gourmet picnic hampers, wildlife spotting, sunset drinks overlooking the escarpment, stargazing, hikes around the southern face of Mount Mulligan, barramundi fishing in the weir, scenic helicopter flights and the chance to experience the day-to-day operations of a working cattle station.

Mt Mulligan Lodge offers a light, contemporary and daily-changing menu that showcases a bounty of locally-sourced, caught and freshly-grown seasonal fare. The menu puts a flavoursome twist on outback living, featuring a tasting plate of kangaroo tataki, miso cream, tea-soaked egg, wasabi granola and hearty mains such as grass-fed Bushy Creek beef, charred peppers, manzanilla olive, lemon myrtle, smoked chimichurri. The cellar has been crafted to ensure harmony between cuisine, climate and environment featuring iconic and boutique wines from Australia’s renowned wine regions.

Ongoing conservation is at the heart of Mt Mulligan Lodge’s philosophy. As part of continuing endeavours to safeguard the environment, the lodge runs on solar power and 100% recycled water, sources ingredients from local producers and sustainable farms, and adopts sustainable building design methods. AUD $50 per guest is also donated to the Northern Escape Collection’s Reef Keepers Fund, aimed at protecting and preserving the Great Barrier Reef.

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Jackalope Wins 2019 AILA Award for Tourism - designed by TCL

Jackalope has won the award for landscaping in Tourism, as designed by TCL, at the 2019 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Victorian Chapter Awards.

Set on a private vineyard amid the Mornington Peninsula wine region, Jackalope is the award winning design hotel, featuring 45 designer dens and world class F&B offerings, formed in collaboration with Australia’s preeminent creatives – including TCL, Carr Design Group, and Fabio Ongarato Design.

A personal project of 30-year-old Melbourne-based entrepreneur, Louis Li, the hotel guides guests on a sensory journey of art, design and dining experiences, delivering a decadent interplay between the ideal and the surreal.

Conceived in partnership with some of Australia’s preeminent creatives—including architectural firm Carr Design Group and multi-disciplinary studio, Fabio Ongarato Design—Li has produced an icon of contemporary design.

Jackalope’s 45 rooms comprise 38 sqm ‘Terrace’ or ‘Vineyard View’ categories through to 85 sqm ‘Lairs’. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces connect guests to the rural surrounds and bathrooms boast rain showers, double vanities, bath products made exclusively for the hotel by Hunter Lab, rain showers, and the option of deep-soak, black Japanese tubs.

“Whether a luxury traveller prefers a scenic destination, food, art, evocative design, or to connect with their surrounds, Jackalope sits at the forefront of emerging and established hotel trends,” says Jackalope’s Group General Manager Tracy Atherton, formerly of Aman Resorts and Hotel Hotel.

Perry Lethlean, Director of TCL says, ‘Jackalope hotel is unique in both destination and design, exuding place-driven architecture and landscaping that explores anticipation, nourishment, indulgence and sustenance.

The landscape architecture of Jackalope forms a critical part in the ensemble of experiences – it amplifies the beauty of the site and creates a reverie of indulgence’.

The AILA awards recognise design that support human well being in a variety of sectors from health to tourism and academia, representing places where people and nature coexist.

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Qantas rewards frequent flyers in program overhaul

Representing a $25 million investment, the changes will improve how members are recognised and rewarded as well as how they earn and redeem points.

The major initiatives, to be rolled out to members over the next 12 months, include:

  • Adding more than 1 million extra reward seats available annually on Qantas and new partner airlines.
  • Slashing carrier charges – the additional costs associated with flights booked with Points – by up to 50 per cent on international bookings saving members on average $200 per return journey.
  • Changing the points required for reward seats on domestic and international flights including an up to 10 per cent reduction in the number of points required for international economy Classic Reward seats.
  • Increasing the points required for upgrades and Classic Reward seats in premium cabins to better reflect the value of this premium experience.
  • Creating a new tiered Points Club program to better reward members who earn most of their points through on-the-ground transactions.
  • Introducing Lifetime Platinum status, the ultimate recognition for the airline’s most loyal flyers.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the changes are about strengthening Qantas Frequent Flyer to keep delivering for its almost 13 million members.

“The Qantas Frequent Flyer program has always been about rewarding customers for their loyalty. These changes are about making it easier for members to access those rewards and help to keep them highly engaged, which in turn is good news for our business as a whole.

“We know the majority of our members want to use their points to take a dream trip overseas, so we are adding more reward seats including First, Business and Premium Economy, to places like London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Singapore as well as slashing carrier charges.

“While the points required for business class seats on international and domestic flights will increase slightly, it is the first increase in 15 years and the product has improved a lot in that time.”

 

Since its inception in 1987, the frequent flyer program has grown from 50,000 members who could only earn points on travel to almost 13 million members who can earn points with more than 300 partners. The majority of the points earned across the program are used on travel. Four flight redemptions are made every minute and sixty upgrades are confirmed every hour.

“Our members are all unique in how they choose to earn and use their Qantas Points. The combination of the new Points Club, the introduction of our most elite tier in Lifetime Platinum, and the increase in seats across our network means the revamped program should offer something for everyone.”

A full breakdown of the program changes, including interactive tables showing the before-and-after pricing and new reward seat options on partner airlines is available at frequentflyer.qantas.com.

Source: Qantas


Travel: Welcome to Reef House, Palm Cove

The Reef House & Spa is a romantic escape in Tropical North Queensland, located in the laid-back beach front village of Palm Cove. A personal experience, Reef House has character in abundance, offering a fresh sense of luxury contrasted with historic charm.

Half-way between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest; Reef House is only a 25 minutes’ drive from Cairns and 45 minutes from Port Douglas; an ideal getaway for couples and a great base for your tropical far north adventure.

Rich in history, Reef House was one of the first Palm Cove properties built in 1958, before being acquired by Brigadier, The Hon. David Thomson in 1972. Originating from an Officers Mess system in the Army, Thompson adopted the same principle of trust with the Brigadier Honesty Bar; an unattended beverage and snack bar. Signature to Reef House is personalised customer service and a homely experience rare to find in modern hospitality.

Hidden behind palm trees, Reef House is a colonial, beach-front retreat consisting of 67 intimate guest rooms, nine apartments and villas, two large swimming pools (one adults only, one heated to 30 degrees), a rejuvenating day spa and a modern fine dining restaurant.

Surrounded by luscious greenery, each room is nestled in its own private oasis, Reef House instantly makes you relax and unwind; from the romantic love swing, to the relaxing spa baths and sweeping ocean views.

Enjoying spectacular views of the beach sits the Reef House Restaurant; offering tropical fine dining with a constantly evolving menu of the freshest produce. Executive Chef, Ben Canham has created a modern Australian menu with Asian and European influences, where guests come back time and time again for the locally caught Reef fish and Orecchiette pasta with smoked duck chorizo.

A new curated wine list from recently appointed Sommelier, Bernard Bungaleea will feature wines from recognised wineries and epic vintages. Complimentary for guests, is the Reef House Mixology Academy, where Sommelier Bernard will run cocktail classes every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

From check in, Reef House & Spa provides personal touches that make guests feel at home, including complimentary amenities; from an arrival drink, pool-side sorbet and aqua-aerobic classes, to fishing rod and bike loan. Each day, guests are invited to the Brigadier Bar for complimentary punch and canapés, to encourage lively conversation between guests, hosted by the General Manager, Wayne Harris.

For those looking to rejuvenate, the Reef House Day Spa has five treatment rooms, two Vichy showers and a couple’s treatment room with spa bath. On the menu is holistic massages, refreshing facials, body exfoliation, seaweed wraps and anti-ageing treatments. The only Day Spa in Queensland to offer Phytomer treatments (marine bio-technology), the Reef House Spa is the ideal way to pamper and relax.

The only fully owned and operated property in Palm Cove, Reef House & Spa is the ‘summer’ property of Malcolm Bean and David Horbelt, owners of Adelaide’s Mount Lofty House.

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Origin: Away is the newest travel marketplace

The unique travel brand Away has celebrated its official launch into Australia. Away has partnered with a group of leading Australian entrepreneurs, inviting Sydneysiders to experience how travel can transform any idea, big or small.

‘Origin: Away’ offers a curated marketplace in the heart of Sydney, with panel discussions and fireside chats with Dion Lee, Hermione Underwood, Ryan Lobo and more.

“It’s a space that will celebrate the transformative power of travel and some of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs alongside Sydney locals.”
– Jen Rubio, co-founder of Away.

Origin: Away features six shoppable stalls that have been designed to echo the successful brands each entrepreneur has built around the world. For the first time, Sydneysiders are invited to shop Away’s full travel range, designed to work together seamlessly with notable features that solve real travel problems.

Source: Away