Family Friendly Travel & Luxury Lodge News

Luxury Lodges of Australia are proud too announce a range of fully guided nature-based activities have been developed for children to discover Wolgan Valley and the Greater Blue Mountains region. The program includes a broad range of fun outdoor and indoor activities inspired by the natural environment. Activity themes include bush survival, Australian animals and birds, fossil hunting, adventure hikes, bugs and insects, water worlds, yabbying, arts and crafts, orienteering and archery.

With over one third of the total area protected by National and conservation parks, it’s no wonder that Kangaroo Island is often dubbed Australia’s Galapagos or ‘the zoo without fences’. Children ten years and over are welcome at Southern Ocean Lodge – the world-celebrated luxury wilderness lodge on Kangaroo Island. Families will be able to see fur seals lolling around Admirals Arch, koalas clinging to trees  at Hanson Bay Sanctuary, waves crashing against the island’s shoreline, and rock formations that will take your breath away.

The eight night Southern Safari on the mighty True North is the perfect way to start the New Year in style! The South Australian coast from Kangaroo Island to Ceduna boasts an endless horizon of white sandy beaches, uninhabited islands and sheltered bays. 

There’s plenty of excitement too when guests have the opportunity to cage dive with great white sharks or picnic on the beach with only penguins for company.


ETIHAD AIRWAYS CELEBRATES WORLD ANIMAL DAY WITH NEW ANIMAL WELFARE POLICY AND #ETIHAD4WILDLIFE COMPETITION

Etihad Airways has launched a new Animal Welfare and Conservation Policy and an #Etihad4wildlife social media competition as part of the airline’s ongoing efforts to promote wildlife conservation.

The policy establishes best practice for excursions involving animals offered by Etihad Holidays, and also outlines new criteria for the carriage of endangered and threatened species, hunting trophies containing any animal parts, shark fins and live animals intended for use in scientific research, which will not be permitted on aircraft.

To mark World Animal Day, Etihad Airways is running a social media competition until 6 October, to win a trip to Sri Lanka, including flights, hotels, tours and transfers. To be in with a chance of winning, entrants should share their best travel photos of animals in the wild using the #Etihad4wildlife hashtag on Instagram and Twitter.


QANTAS AND AIRBNB TEAM UP TO MAKE FREQUENT FLYERS FEEL RIGHT AT HOME

Qantas and Airbnb have come together in a world-first partnership to give Qantas Frequent Flyer members the opportunity to earn Qantas Points when they book their Airbnb accommodation through qantas.com.

Australia’s national carrier and the accommodation leader have partnered to reward Qantas Frequent Flyer’s 11.4 million members with one Qantas Point for every dollar they spend on any of Airbnb’s 2.5 million accommodation listings across 191 countries.

The partnership marks the first time Airbnb has worked with an airline in this way to reward Frequent Flyer members when booking accommodation through Qantas’ website – and is the next step in Qantas’ partnerships with innovative digital and technology businesses. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said it was a natural fit for two global brands with a track record of wanting customers to feel at home when they travel as well as using technology to create great experiences for their customers.


Skydive the Beach acquires Raging Thunder Adventures to become Australia's largest adventure

Australia’s leading adventure tourism company, is now aiming to also become its largest. The company has announced that it had acquired Queensland-based Raging Thunder Adventures, a leading multi-faceted adventure tourism business, for A$15.45 million.

Raging Thunder Adventures is considered North Queensland’s premier adventure tourism company in the adventure capital of Australia. It operates extreme white water rafting adventures, hot air balloon rides, canyoning, kayaking and boat tours of the Great Barrier Reef, serving more than 100,000 passengers each year.

Raging Thunder Adventures also owns and operates one of two fast catamaran ferries which provides day trips to Fitzroy Island on the Great Barrier Reef and this year the company established a canyoning operation at Crystal Cascades, 20 minutes from the centre of Cairns. Executive Director of SKB, Anthony Boucaut said the acquisition means SKB will be able to provide more unforgettable experiences and adrenaline-pumping stories across Australia.

Raging Thunder Adventures has built a solid reputation of providing memorable and sustainable adventure experiences within the world’s most unique natural habitats. We are thrilled to be able to diversify our offering and bring these ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ adventures to more Australians and international visitors.


Behind A Safari Experience at Ulusaba: Sir Richard Branson’s Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Ulusaba is Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve in South Africa. The name Ulusaba means ‘place of little fear’, so named because the koppie, or hill, on which Rock Lodge sits provided the ancient Shangaan tribal warriors with the perfect lookout point.

Rock Lodge has the best view in the Sabi Sand, Perched high on the summit of a koppie, with panoramic views over miles of bush, grab a pair of binoculars to see what you can spot.

Anyone who’s been on safari before knows that no two game drives are ever the same! There are two daily game drives at Ulusaba, one leaving early in the morning and one leaving late afternoon, each lasting around three hours. Times will vary depending on the season, but you should always keep your eyes peeled for the Big 5!

Ulusaba is part of Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson’s collection of unique retreats.

The hills of Ulusaba are spectacular as they rise above the surrounding terrain, offering a view unsurpassed anywhere else in the reserve.

Ulusaba sits entirely within the Sabi Sand Reserve near Kruger National Park, surrounded by 13,500 hectares (about 33,000 acres) of open bush.