From an eco-lodge and the return of a major art museum to a different kind of pub crawl, we map out the latest happenings in Oz.
The Remote Getaway: Wild Bush Luxury is converting the former VIP guest quarters of Paspaley Pearls—Australia’s largest pearling company—into Kuri Bay, five simple yet chic rooms opening in April. Kuri Bay; 61-2/9571-6399; doubles from $1,595, all-inclusive, two-night minimum.
The Air Adventure: This activity elevates the humble pub crawl to an art form. The Historic Hotel Heli Tour starts in Darwin and flies to five of the Northern Territory’s most iconic pubs. The day also includes fishing for barramundi. $858 per person.
The City Renaissance: In addition to its $748 million airport transformation (currently under way), Perthhas recently seen a spate of new restaurants. A couple of our new favorites: the contemporary Middle Eastern Raah, and the Aviary, a restaurant, lounge, and rooftop bar.
The Luxury Safari: Get up close to crocs, water buffalo, and agile wallabies at the eco-friendly Wildman Wilderness Lodge, where guests stay in air-conditioned units or fan-cooled tents. Point Stuart Rd., Mary River; 61-8/8978-8955; from $244 per person per night, including meals.
The Seaside Retreat: The Gold Coast town of Surfers Paradise recently welcomed a Hilton (6 Orchid Ave.; 800/445-8667; doubles from $258)—with Australia’s first Eforea Spa—as well as the 77-floor Sea Temple (8 The Esplanade; 61-7/5635-5700; doubles from $836).
The Hotel Rebirth: Top-floor suites and redesigned rooms are all part of the head-to-toe renovation of the landmark waterfront Park Hyatt Sydney, which reopens this month. Doubles from $992.
The Cultural Hot Spot: Thanks to a major expansion, Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art will relaunch—doubled in size—in March, with three additional galleries plus a rooftop sculpture terrace.