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New experiences and properties added to the Audley Travel portfolio

Published: 05/09/2024   /   Updated: 05/09/2024

Bespoke travel company Audley Travel has expanded its 2024 program with the addition of a ‘new’ area of Australia’s Victoria territory, a new luxury property in southeast Asia, and an alternative, beyond-Africa safari in Borneo.

More to explore in Victoria, Australia

New for Audley’s clients traveling to Australia is Metung Hot Springs, overlooking East Gippsland Lakes, Victoria, with clients enjoying glamping accommodation nestled in the natural surrounds of the hot springs. Clients stay in luxury safari-style tents with an ensuite bathroom, king-size four poster bed, and private bathing barrel on a personal deck overlooking the lagoon.

The addition of the property to the portfolio opens up the East Gippsland region, with clients now able to explore its lakes, 90-mile beach, untouched islands, rivers, wetland wilderness, beautiful Buchan Caves and native flora and fauna.

A two-night stay at Metung Hot Springs can be included in a bespoke Melbourne to Sydney self-drive itinerary. The 11-day tour includes car hire and all accommodation (on a B&B basis) and costs from $7,895 per person (based on two traveling). 855 435 1768 /

Alternative safari experiences

Research conducted by Audley found that 27 percent of premium travelers* have taken a wildlife or safari trip in the previous five years and 31 percent plan to do so in the next two years. Audley continues to expand its safari offering and safari-style experiences outside of Africa to meet this demand.

Off the radar luxury in Borneo

Tabin Rainforest Lodge in Borneo is a new property for Audley clients that presents an opportunity to head into the remote wilderness that is home to some of Borneo’s rarest and endangered wildlife. The lodge, with 12 en suite rooms and a strong eco-tourism ethos, is situated in the Virgin Jungle Reserve of Sungai Kapur, in the northeast corner beyond Tabin’s wildlife reserve. The lodge is a luxurious oasis from which to safari into ancient primary mangrove forests and uncharted jungles, teeming with Bornean birds that are a must-see for birdwatchers.

The conservation area is home to endemic species including the proboscis monkey, Bornean orangutan, sun bear, Bornean ground cuckoo, and the elusive helmeted hornbill.

Audley’s clients enjoy a three-day, two-night stay at the lodge with river cruises, a night walk and safari drive as well as hikes, with an option to add an additional night. The itinerary takes guests to the lodge’s mammal hide as well as its ground cuckoo hide, to photograph the bird. River cruises give the chance to see flying foxes, eagles and the rare Irrawaddy dolphin, and night walks are rewarded with potential sightings of civets, leopard cats, mouse deer, and moonrats.

A 10-day trip to Sabah, Borneo costs from $5,245 per person (based on two sharing) and includes two nights at Tabin Rainforest Lodge as well as time in Kuala Lumpur, Sandakan, Kinabatangan River and Kota Kinabalu. The price includes transfers, accommodation and excursions. 855 435 1768 /

Southeast Asia stay

Garrya Bianti, a new Banyan Tree property in the royal city of Yogyakarta brings a new luxury stay option to Java, for clients looking to indulge in Indonesia’s peaceful setting, with holistic health and wellbeing at the heart of the trip. From lush green surroundings to thoughtfully designed spaces, each element of the property is crafted to inspire a sense of balance and rejuvenation.

A 13-day 'Discovering Java & Bali' trip including two nights at Garrya Bianti costs from $6,550 per person (based on two sharing). The price includes transfers, accommodation and excursions. 855 435 1768 /

*The research was designed by Audley Travel and PA Consulting and was conducted with 2,000 respondents aged over 18 who had taken a vacation abroad in the last five years and plan to in the next 12 months and be willing to spend at least $2,500 per person on a two-week international vacation. Past travel with Audley was not a requirement to take part in the research, and the majority have not traveled with Audley. The research was conducted in March 2023.