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Head to the outback on Virgin’s new direct flights from Brisbane

Virgin Australia Airlines will begin dedicated direct flights twice a week from Brisbane to Alice Springs return starting from 19 June. This is great news for Brisbane and Gold Coast adventurers looking to trek the famous Larapinta Trail on our Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort by Australian Walking Holidays, one of the Great Walks of Australia.

Winding its way through the Northern Territory bushland, this walk experience passes the ancient landscape of the West MacDonnell Ranges. It is a highly regarded trail amongst adventurers well-known for the sunrise summit of Mount Sonder. Walk through vast plains, wander through impressive gorges and take a refreshing dip in the idyllic waterholes along the trail.

Join us on this incredible 6 day/5 night walk, opening soon for walking season 2018.

Find out more here.


The Maria Island Walk is celebrating winning GOLD at the Qantas Australia Tourism Awards with 30% off the price of their four day walk.

Tasmania’s Maria Island Walk, through the World Heritage listed island off the east coast, has been awarded best Tour and Transport Operator 2017 at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. To celebrate they are offering great walkers the opportunity to experience it for themselves with a 30% discount on new direct bookings made for walks departing now through until 30 April 2018.


It’s the fourth time the walk – operated by Ian (pictured above) and Bronwyn Johnstone and their team of 19 guides has won an award at a national level in their 15 years of operation, having previously won Best Adventure Tourism in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

The Maria Island Walk is a fully guided three-night, four-day experience into one of Australia’s most spectacular destinations. Small groups (a maximum of ten guests and two guides) wind their way through beaches, rainforest and mountains, taking in the dramatic sea cliffs of Fossil Bay, the peaks of Mt Maria or Bishop and Clerk and the largest stand of giant Tasmanian blue gums. Accommodation is in specially designed wilderness camps with the final night at the colonial Bernacchi House at the Darlington convict site.

The four day walk runs over the warmer months from 1 October to 30 April. To make the most of this incredible 30% saving, book today and get your feet on the trail before 30 April 2018! Please note, this offer is valid for NEW bookings only.

See more of what’s included in the itinerary or make your booking here.

As a walking adventure that has been millions of years in the making, the new Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers is truly a one of a kind experience.


The revised itinerary is now a three day, three night walk, led by expert guides through the dramatic high country of Queensland, taking in trails rich with history and majestic views.

Hiking between 6.5km-15km per day, walking highlights include the summits of Mt Mitchell and Spicers Peak, glimpsing rare and endangered flora and fauna as well as exploring the cool depths of the rainforest aside Millavale Creek.

New activities include stargazing at night, bush poetry and a very special Aboriginal cultural encounter with a member of the local Ugarapul Tribe on the afternoon of day two, whereby you will have the opportunity to experience a smoke signalling ceremony, boomerang and spear throwing as well as trying your hand at making traditional Aboriginal instruments and art.

For those of you who have been eyeing off the incredible glamping accommodation on this walk, don’t despair, all three nights are complete at Spicers Canopy with a luxurious tent, great food, wine and of course time out with fellow walkers around the iconic fire pit that is sure to lull you into a true state of relaxation at the end of a breathtaking day.

With all this on offer and more the new Scenic Rim Trail is definitely one for the bucket list!

With walks departing between March – November, find out full details of the itinerary or see the next departure date here.

Fast facts – Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers
3 day/3 night walking experience
Weekly departures, season runs from March – October
Total distance: 34.5km
Accessed from Brisbane with transfers included (or self-drive)
Accommodation: lodge based experience, glamping at Spicers Canopy
Inclusions: accommodation, transfers, food and wine, guides, experiences, loan of backpack, hiking poles and rain jacket

It will surely be a memorable July school holidays on The Arkaba Walk for families in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, with family time at Arkaba.


There’s nothing as rejuvenating as time in fresh air for children and adults alike. And on this child friendly departure of The Arkaba Walk, this is only the start of what’s on offer for the perfect family retreat.

When you join one of two Arkaba Walk departures (3  – 6 July and 12 – 15 July) dedicated just for families these July school holidays, your children travel free. That’s a savings of $2,500 per child!

Like a book coming to life, the expert guides from the Wild Bush Luxury team will draw on 600 million years of history to share Arkaba’s remarkable conservation story and inspired tales from the bush, guaranteed to have your children spellbound.

Sleeping in the very cool signature star-gazing beds offers further opportunity to share enlighten moments and ponder your place in the world, no doubt sparking conversations that both you and your kids will continue to talk about long after you’re back at home.

Plus to top it all off, we will host your family in decadence, with delicious kid friendly South Australian food (and stunning wines for the grownups!), ensuring your family will be sufficiently charged and ready to explore this magical land.

If you’re searching for a holiday that can deliver on quality family time and develop a deeper connection for a lifetime, make it The Arkaba Walk this July.

For more details on this exclusive walking opportunity contact arkabawalk@wildbushluxury.com

$2,500 per person, twin-share all-inclusive. Up to two children aged between 8-16 years free of charge with compliments of Wild Bush Luxury when travelling with two adults.


As Murray River Walk guests spread the news about their fantastic experience, the popularity of this relatively new walk is ever increasing. In light of this we’re excited to announce that more departure dates have been set for 2019.

For the 2019 season, the Murray River Walk in South Australia will introduce twice weekly departures. These departure dates, from May-September 2019, are now available to book.

The Murray River Walk covers 40km of easy walking over three days in an intimate journey, enabling a deeper connection and understanding of the Murray River.

Like all Great Walks of Australia, The Murray River Walk guides are at the heart of the walking experience and their passion for the river is infectious. Guests often comment on how much knowledge is able to be acquired in such an effortless and enjoyable manner.

The nature of these small walking groups also enables the guides to provide comprehensive and tailored information and for guests to have time to build friendships with like-minded people, over the leisurely pace of the walk.

With the addition of sophisticated catering, luxurious accommodation in a house boat and not to forget, some very fine South Australian wine, the growing popularity of this unique Great Walk of Australia is testament enough in itself.

Take the time to find out more – view full itinerary details or make an enquiry into 2019 departure dates here.