AUSTRALIA – TOP YACHT CHARTER DESTINATION
It’s hard to picture the Sydney skyline without the iconic Opera House, probably the most celebrated late 20th century building. The eye-catching structure, which continues to fascinate lovers of architecture, overlooks the harbour next to the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. The spectacular cityscapes are great for viewing from the yacht sundeck, particularly after dark when the Opera House is aglow.
AUSTRALIA – THING TO DO
For a more hands-on experience, opt for the Bridge Climb, which has been voted the top tourist experience in Australia. You’ll get up to 134 metres above sea level, taking in panoramic views of the city. You’ll receive a climb completion certificate on the same day, and can add your name to the impressive list of four million bridge climbers which includes A-list celebrities like Luke Evans, Hugh Jackman and Ian Thorpe, among others.
Wildlife enthusiasts – or anyone who thinks penguins are adorable (who doesn’t?) – wouldn’t want to miss the penguin parades! They take place every night around sunset on the Philip Island just outside Melbourne, when penguins waddle from the sea to stay ashore for the night.
Other unmissable experiences for your picture-perfect yacht charter Down Under: Melbourne is home to the Australian Ballet, a world class ballet school, and ArtVo, a modern interactive art centre – be sure your phone is charged up as there will be plenty of great photo opportunities. Adelaide is famous for its state-of-the-art Botanic Garden with a lily pond, rainforest glasshouse and many plant species that those in the northern hemisphere usually only see in pots... Perth takes the lead when it comes to towers (check out the DNA Tower and the Bell Tower), parks and the sleek high-rise Central Business District. Finally, when in Brisbane be sure to check out the Koala Sanctuary and Opal Museum.
australia – GOURMET EXPERIENCE
While chartering in Australia, adventurous foodies might like to try kangaroo, emu and crocodile meat! If you are interested in exotic seafood, here you’ll find abalone (large marine snails), Bluefin tuna, King George whiting and rock lobster. Meringue and strawberry-based pavlova, tender, succulent lamb, Tasmanian ocean trout, Chinese-inspired dim sum and other typically Australian dishes will turn your Australian luxury yachting vacation into a memorable culinary experience.
The selection of food and drink venues in Australia is pretty impressive wherever you go. Sydney? LuMi Bar and dining (the 10 course pescatarian degustation menu is absolutely brilliant) and Est. (treacle-glazed duck, crab tarts, prawn tartar and eastern rock lobster deserve all the accolades they get). Perth? Try Friends Restaurant (don’t miss their citrus cured Tasmanian salmon, the roasted quail is good as well) or Matilda Bay Restaurant overlooking the marina. As for Melbourne? Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar serves fine Italian cuisine. Maha, with its Turkish and Middle Eastern fare, proffers a fabulous mix of flavours you will remember for years to come.
australia – NIGHTLIFE
When in Tampa, make sure you pay a visit to Ybor City. This historic neighbourhood, once built and populated by Cuban cigar makers, is now world famous nightlife venue. The old red brick buildings dating back almost 150 years are now filled with vibrant music, all-night dancing and exotic cocktails. In West Palm Beach head to Roxy’s Rooftop Bar and dance the night away. Jacksonville, the gateway to Florida, boasts an exquisite collection of night clubs including a remarkable The Parlour, designed to resemble a speakeasy establishment of the Prohibition era. In Orlando you’ll be wise to check out One80 Grey Goose Lounge on top of the Amway Arena, with its killer views of the downtown Orlando. In any case, in Florida you’ll have a sizeable collection of dance clubs, ale houses, gastropubs, drag shows and karaoke bars to choose from when deciding how to spend the night in town. If you are travelling with a group and want to privately celebrate a special event, Florida is perfect for arranging a yacht party of any type. You can find state-of-the-art catering, live music, award-winning DJs and anything your soul may desire.
australia – CHARTER A YACHT
Varnish on King in Central Business District in Perth has 140 whiskies on its list, perfect for the whiskey aficionado. Petition Beer Corner, Perth again, is a good spot to learn more about Australian craft beers. Eau de Vie, in Sydney, proffers amazing exotic cocktails and an overall cool vibe. Melbourne boasts a generous scattering of live music pubs and nightclubs where you can dance the night away to the beat of club, house, disco and techno music. In Adelaide, Apothecary 1878 boasts an impressive wine list with over a thousand entries and late XIX century ambience. Whether you want to savour a cocktail, relish a wine tasting, or go dancing at an exclusive club, you’ll find plenty of possibilities during your yacht charter vacation in Australia.