Exclusively female fishing trip on New Zealand's South Island

GET AMONGST IT: An exclusively female trip sets off from the South Island of New Zealand. Picture: Supplied
GET AMONGST IT: An exclusively female trip sets off from the South Island of New Zealand. Picture: Supplied

Girls-only fishing trip

Fly-fishing and luxury go hand in hand on this exclusively female six-night, five-day stay on New Zealand's South Island. You will spend your days angling for the best catch in Kahurangi National Park with professional fly-fishing guides and in the evenings, return to a luxury fishing lodge for a soak in the jacuzzi, a massage or a glass of wine.

The five-star Owen River Lodge holds New Zealand's highest accreditation for luxury lodges and for environmental responsibility. The accommodation is bright and spacious and you have the option to share a room with a fishing friend, a new friend or keep the space to yourself. The trip runs 8-14 April 2021 and prices start at about $5450 per person.

The garden is inBloom

Explore the inBloom world of floral vibrancy and perfume inside The Calyx at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. The new exhibition is a bright display of every colour across the spectrum blooming along one of the largest flower walls in the Southern Hemisphere.

The flowers have been arranged to form an impressionistic painting that will grow and vary the display between now and winter 2021. It will be worth more than just one visit. The exhibition is open daily, 10am-4pm, for a donation on entry, and runs until 1 July 2021.

The Ghan is back on track

The legendary Australian rail trips by Journey Beyond Rail aboard The Ghan will resume services on Sunday August 30. The train recently celebrated 90 years of outback adventures before it came to a pause due to the pandemic. In its early days as the Afghan Express, the train would transport cameleers to the Top End; nowadays, it is a luxury travel experience travelling through the heart of Australia.

The relaunch this weekend aboard The Ghan will travel Adelaide to Darwin via Alice Springs. Prices start at $1939 per person for an overnight journey Adelaide to Alice Springs or Alice Springs to Darwin.

Journey Beyond Rail is hoping to see the resumption of the Great Southern between Adelaide and Brisbane this December.

Room with a view

Camping on the edge of a cliff, just for the hill of it. Imagine snuggling in for the night (safely ensconced on a portaledge) on a sheer 300-metre cliff face above the stunning Mount Buffalo Gorge in Victoria. This is Australia's first and the world's highest portaledge cliff camping.

Unleashed-Unlimited offers its Beyond the Edge experience in Mount Buffalo National Park, four hours' drive northeast of Melbourne. Ledge camping operates November to May for $699 per person.

Make the experience even more adrenaline-raising with an optional multi-pitch abseil to the valley floor.

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