Wilga Station Luxury Accommodation Bathurst. Image Destination NSW
Wilga Station has recently opened its first accommodation offering. The Farmers Hut sits on the highest vantage point and offers a self-contained retreat for couples. It is 100% off-grid, features a unique grass roof, and a cleverly designed three-sided window set daybed where you can lounge back and watch the sunrise, sunset or gaze into the star-filled skies. There’s a wood fireplace, king size bed, kitchenette, designer bathroom and a sheltered BBQ area.
Located 12 minutes’ drive from Bathurst and 40 minutes from Orange, guests can re-charge on the farm’s tranquil, winding, walking tracks and willow-lined creek, before settling into toasted marshmallows and local wine at night.
The Shearers Hall will be opening in Autumn 2021. Formerly a working shearing shed, it’s being transformed into a luxurious, five-bedroom country retreat for up to 10 guests.
Wilga Station Luxury Accommodation Bathurst. Image Destination NSW
Other luxury accommodation in Central NSW includes Girra Girra Living (Forbes), Rustic Farmstay (Cowra), Byng Street Boutique Hotel (Orange), Bishops Court Estate (Bathurst), Montrose House (Canowindra), Hockey’s Accommodation (Blayney), and Hotel Gracelands (Parkes).
The Best Cultural Tours: The best way to get immersed in Central NSW’s unique culture and history is to join a guided tour. Here are four of the best, packed with fascinating incites, stories and local personalities.
‘Wiradjuri Ngurambang 4WD Cultural Tour’ – Oberon and Bathurst. A leading 4WD tour operator Detour Adventures have created some educational and engaging tours with the Wiradjuri Traditional Owners Central West Aboriginal Corporation. Their full day ‘Wiradjuri Ngurambang 4WD Cultural Tour’ visits significant Aboriginal sites such as Windradyne’s grave, Wahluu (Mt Panorama), Borenore Caves and Maiyingu Marragu (hand painting caves) plus lunch on country.
‘Blind Freddy’s Bushranger Tours’ – Canowindra. Your local guide Craig Lawler will take you on a two-hour journey through the Wild Central West of NSW to hear stories and learn about the tumultuous 1860s. Johnny Gilbert committed over 600 robberies in his career before he was shot through the heart at Binalong. Ben Hall became a folk hero whilst his nemesis, Sir Frederick Pottinger, lurched from half-triumph to full-tilt disaster. Frank Gardiner and his acolytes held the roads, harried the wealthy, and confounded the NSW Police for five years.
‘Captain Barnacles Tours’ – Cowra. Get strapped in for a thrilling open-road adventure in a Harley Davidson sidecar ‘Roadboat’ with Captain Barnacles Tours from Cowra. Guests are taken along scenic routes, to attractions and historic villages. Choose from multiple tours including the four-hour ‘Bushranger Ambush’ tour with the amazing story of Escort Rock, or the ‘Cowra Breakout and Japanese Gardens’ tour.
‘Indigenous Cultural Adventures’ – Orange. Indigenous Cultural Adventures, based in Orange, takes people on a journey to learn about the First Nations People and to share culture and heritage through the food they have consumed and survived on for 50,000 years. All cultural tours are hosted and guided by local Wiradjuri Elders, and small groups of visitors will be taken off the beaten path.
Central NSW begins with a two-hours drive from Sydney and includes Oberon, Orange, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Bathurst, Forbes, Lachlan, Weddin and Parkes.
Lac La Martre Lodge North West Territories Canada. Image Destination Canada
Canada’s latest hotel offerings include wilderness getaways to funky urban stays. Entrepreneurial Canadian hoteliers are looking forward to welcoming Australian visitors when the time is right.
Hotel Zed, Tofino
This swanky hotel on Vancouver Island has a luxurious take on retro chic. There’s the world’s first bike-through lobby, a secret arcade with retro games (think Donkey Kong Jr and Pac Man), a psychic’s den, complete with crystal ball and tarot card reader, and a mini disco featuring a fog machine, glittery sequin wall and mirrored disco ball.
We are already drooling. As part of the Tribal Park Allies, Hotel Zed Tofino collects a one percent voluntary fee from guests to go towards the ecological protection and restoration of the Tribal Parks ancestral gardens and the resurgence of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations culture and governance. A booklet Iisaak in the Garden (Respect in the Garden) is provided in each guest room, telling the history of Indigenous guardianship in Tofino.
The Muir is Halifax’s first five-star property. The 110-room Marriott International hotel is slated to open as part of Queen’s Marque, a $200-million mixed-use development in Halifax’s historic waterfront area. We look forward to trying the halotherapy salt room.
Black Spruce Hotel, Yukon Territory
Four sustainably built cabins nestled in the forest above Yukon Gardens outside the city of Whitehorse make up the new Black Spruce Hotel. With Japanese-style exterior design (including Shou Sugi-Ban wood preservation), straw bale insulation, local Yukon spruce interior detailing, fir flooring and organic sheets and towels, this extraordinary retreat offers an unforgettable wilderness experience, perfectly positioned for outstanding northern lights viewing during autumn and winter.
Lac La Martre Lodge, Northwest Territories
Perfectly primed for wildlife encounters and northern lights viewing, Lac La Martre Lodge in Canada’s Northwest Territories, will be open for the aurora season in August and September 2020/21. Located on an island near the centre of one of the territory’s largest lakes, the Lodge is only accessible by floatplane. With nine comfortable guest cabins featuring full bathrooms and heating, as well as a main lodge and dining room, this beautiful island is home to free-roaming bear, moose, and wolves, with nature trails waiting to be explored.
The Constella, Red Mountain
Constella Red Mountain BC. Image Destination Canada
The brand new Constella cabins at Red Mountain in British Columbia offer the ultimate back country experience. This collection of six cabins plus central clubhouse are perfectly situated in the aptly named Paradise Basin, offering on-mountain, ski-in/ski-out access to Red Mountain. Evergreen woods provide shelter from winter winds while the eco-friendly cabins provide a cosy shelter for you and your loved ones. In the morning, strap on your board or skis and head down to the Paradise Chairlift to start the day the second the lifts start spinning. Each cabin sleeps up to five people.
Ace Hotel, Toronto
Inspired by the multicultural amalgam of the city, built on Toronto’s rich traditions and history of innovation, Ace Hotel Toronto opens in the coming weeks. Designed in partnership with acclaimed architects Shim-Sutcliffe, the rooms feature acoustic guitars, record players and an on-trend selection of vinyls.
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