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Live Out Your 'Australia' Fantasy at the Moonlight Head Private Lodges

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  Site Where: 35 Parkers Access Road, Yuulong, Victoria, Australia, 3237
May 21, 2009 at 4:37 PM | by | Comment (1)

Inspiring overworked citizens and spouses of the world to escape the rat race and head down under, the movie "Australia" featured Nicole Kidman as an English aristocrat who arrives in Australia to sell off her husband's poorly performing ranch, just as the rest of the world is preparing for World War II. She ends up falling in love with hunky cattle driver Hugh Jackman amidst the beauty of Australia’s landscape. Not to mention, she falls in love with the Outback and its people too.

As if a hit movie weren't enough (the film earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, a $26 million campaign courtesy of Tourism Australia has helped boost Australia’s global image in a major way. Wooed by the hospitality and friendliness made famous by Paul Hogan of “Crocodile Dundee” fame, coupled with the country’s natural beauty, more tourists than ever are heading down under.

Oh yeah, and if you're regular readers of Jaunted then you would know about the Down Under Air Fare War that's currently going on between Virgin Australia, Delta and Qantas. This means airfare to Oz is cheaper than ever. And the hotel scene isn't looking too shabby either.

Among the latest additions to the Aussie luxury market is Moonlight Head Private Lodges, an über-modern, eco-sensitive property along the Great Ocean Road in Southern Victoria. Three striking lodges, averaging 2600 sq. ft. each, are the brainchild of Glen Murcutt, hailed by TIME as an “environmental hero of the planet,” and his partner Wendy Lewin.

The duo called upon an all-star roster of talent and brands to kit the rooms: Bang & Olufsen, BMW, Ducati, Mercedes, B&B Italia, Cassina, Philippe Starck, Peltrona Frau, New Zealand artist Karl Maughan, handmade Savoire beds, Decamps towels, Jo Malone, Ren or Malin & Goetz goodies, swimming pool sized Villeroy & Boch bathtubs, and double showers by Velo.

Luxe accommodations, amenities and exclusivity like you’ve never seen it before aside, Moonlight Head Private Lodges offers some really cool “Experiences,” including a Blue Whales Heli Tour to see pods of the massive mammals feeding and playing less than a mile offshore. Guests also take in Lady Julia Percy Island, home to one of the largest Australian fur seal colonies, before returning from the two hour, National Geographic worthy excursion.

Prices inclusive of 2 nights at Moonlight Head Private Lodges and the Heli tour out to the Blue Whales start from AU$13,000 for two people (approximately $10,000 USD). Hunky cattle driver not included.

Plans are also in the works for Moonlight Head Hotel, although estimated opening dates have not yet been confirmed.

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You are right private lodges are the go. When i travel in Australia i always try and stay in private lodges.

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