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The future of travel is off the beaten track – explore the beauty of remote regional Australia

As the landscape of the world continues to change, the way that we explore and the ideals we hold for travel are also evolving.

As we inch closer to re-opening and our horizons gradually expand once more, we at Jigsaw are feeling the pull towards the path less travelled – undiscovered gems hidden outside the big cities, in the friendly communities and remote destinations of regional Australia.

There are endless opportunities to explore the great unknown and the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Australia in a safe and socially distant way. And for now, if we can travel to far-flung destinations without having to deal with major airports and commercial flights, all the better!

Here, we bring you a range of incredible regional short escapes from our private air tour partner, Kirkhope Aviation, with tours all over Australia departing from a private hangar at Moorabbin Airport.

We also explore the stunning landscapes of Queensland’s Great Dividing Range and the World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest in understated Australian luxury on Spicer’s Scenic Rim Trail,  and share our ultimate road trip escape in Victoria – ideal for a special occasion, gift for a loved one, or just as a treat when you’ve had more than enough of cooking at home!

Our passionate team of travel advisors can create personalised and customised holidays with access to the best prices, VIP benefits, amenities and extras only available via our exclusive relationships and affiliations.

Discover more inspiration on our social media @jigsawtravel and Jigsaw Travel Facebook.

Happy travels!

SMALL GROUP AIR TOURS WITH KIRKHOPE AVIATION

NSW – Lord Howe Island (4 days)
Treat yourself to a fabulous bucket list experience on spectacular Lord Howe Island (pictured) . Flying from Moorabbin in Kirkhope Aviation’s Super King Air enjoy 3 nights luxurious accommodation at Arajilla Retreat (with other properties available).
All inclusive of flights, accommodation, tours, and meals.
$7,800 per person twin share (based on 6 passengers).

NSW – Mungo National Park & Trentham Estate Winery Cruise (2 days)
Fly into the World Heritage area and one of Australia’s richest archaeological treasures. With an accredited tour guide, unearth Mungo’s ancient story on a National Park Day Tour and stay overnight at Mungo Lodge in a deluxe cabin with uninterrupted views of the landscape from your private rear decking.  Enjoy dinner and breakfast in the lodge’s Bar & Bistro.  On day two, fly to Mildura and with a local expert guide take a behind the scenes tour of the famous Trentham Estate Winery located on the banks of the Murray with a delicious lunch and paddle steamer cruise back to Mildura. Fly back to Melbourne late afternoon.
All inclusive of flights, accommodation, tours, and meals.
$1,495 per person twin share (based on 6 passengers).

NSW – Broken Hill Adventure (3 days)
The remote Broken Hill in NSW is a great destination with amazing Australian experiences on offer.  On the way,  stop at Mungo Lodge for lunch and tour the archaeological treasures of Mungo Man and Mungo Woman – carbon dated to over 40,000 years old.  Arriving mid-afternoon at Broken Hill , join an introductory tour and enjoy 2 nights’ accommodation at the charming Royal Exchange Hotel.Over the next 2 days, take in the wonderful cultural and natural sights – visit Pro Hart and Jack Absalom galleries, sunset drinks at the magical Living Desert Sculptures and a tour to Silverton, famous for many film appearances including Mad Max.
All inclusive of flights, accommodation, tours, and meals.
$2,650 per person twin share (based on 6 passengers).

SA – Seafood Lovers Weekend (3 days)
This is the ultimate experience for lovers of fine seafood. Port Lincoln is known as the seafood capital of Australia, and for good reason.  Eat fresh local produce, dine at leading restaurants and enjoy a superb gourmet lunch at Boston Bay Winery, complemented with local award-winning wines.  Tour the amazing seafood industry of SA, enjoy a relaxing cruise on Boston Bay and learn how to shuck oysters.  Join an exclusive seafood masterclass with renowned local chef Kris Bunder in his waterfront home.  This is a weekend filled with seafood highlights that your tastebuds will long remember.
Departs 30 October $3,995 per person twin share, Single $4,195

VIC – Murray River Cruise and Brown Brothers Winery (2 days)
Escape for an indulgent weekend of wineries and paddle steamers on the mighty Murray River. Fly to Brown Brothers Winery in Milawa for lunch and some fine wines before flying on to Echuca.  Board the beautifully upgraded PS Emmylou (pictured) for an overnight cruise.  Sit on the deck with a drink in hand and watch the world pass by. After a leisurely breakfast onboard, hop on another cruise downstream to Morrisons winery for a delicious lunch and wine tasting.  Return to Melbourne fully relaxed.
All inclusive of flights, accommodation, tours, and meals.
$1,750 per person twin share (based on 6 passengers).

GREAT WALKS OF AUSTRALIA - SPICERS SCENIC RIM

Spicers Scenic Rim Trail
Explore rarely seen parts of Queensland while experiencing Spicers’ signature relaxed luxury service on the Scenic Rim Trail multi-day experience. Walk along the Great Dividing Range, through World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest and see native fauna and flora in all its glory.

The jewel in the crown of Spicers Retreat’s nature-based eco offerings, the 50km Scenic Rim Trail is the only Queensland Great Walk of Australia, and easily accessible from Brisbane.

Small groups of up to only 12 walkers will join expert guides as they venture on foot through one of Australia’s most unique landscapes. Travellers can choose the length, with the five and seven-day walks both encompassing the new trail and accommodation (main image), and the two and three-day walks continuing to depart from Spicers Canopy. Pack-free walking means luggage is transferred daily with guests only carrying a day pack.

For people who are seeking a remote Australian escape to the outdoors with a touch of bush luxury the Spicers Scenic Rim Trail is a must.

INDULGE WITH A REMOTE REGIONAL ROAD TRIP

LON RETREAT & SPA 

What’s an ideal antidote to a rather intense few months spent cooped up at home?  Fresh ocean air and a luxury  spa retreat set on 200 acres of remote rural land, hidden up on a hill by the sea.

Lon Retreat and Spa in Point Lonsdale on the Bellarine Peninsula, 90 minutes from Melbourne offers a truly sublime escape. Just seven suites are spread throughout the sandstone lodge – each individually designed as a private sanctuary and inspired by their natural surroundings, combining earthy tones with contemporary luxury.

The adults only retreat is also home to a small and exclusive spa offering three treatment rooms and breathtaking views over the coastal landscape.  Revitalising therapies, soaking tubs and a heated mineral pool are fed by the waters of natural springs found hidden in limestone caves beneath the farm.

The wild and woolly Point Lonsdale beach can be accessed via a private track and is both a relaxing and rejuvenating place to cloud-watch, star-gaze, wander and reconnect with the outdoors.

Enjoy food and wine experiences in the comfort of your suite with homestyle meals prepared on site that celebrate local, seasonal produce; or venture out to discover the award winning restaurants of the region – Merne at Lighthouse (15 mins away), degustation-only Geelong diner Igni (30 mins away), and some of regional Victoria’s best cafés and vineyard cellar doors.

Lon Retreat & Spa has only just re-opened its doors on July 1. We are now taking bookings for winter escapes and beyond.

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