Down Under Must-Dos

JETSET Luxury Travel Advisor and trendsetter Melissa Pugh on her down under must-dos.


Stay: Mayfair Hotel is in the heart of the city—a Romanesque style building that’s near the Riverbank Entertainment Precinct. Kickstart a night on the town at the recently opened rooftop bay, Hennessey.

Top Foodie Finds: 2KW is a another hip rooftop bar. And all of the locals go to Adelaide Central Market—and Aussies from other parts of the country travel to Adelaide just for this market.

Not To Miss: The South Australian Museum exhibits the largest collection of Aboriginal artifacts. It’s so important—and interesting—to learn about the history of Australia on your visit.

Off the Beaten Path: Wine Country! Adelaide Hills and Barossa are both great day trips.

Insider Access: We give JETSET clients access to expert local intel. Our guide at the South Australian Museum is an Aborigine. His uncle’s boomerang is on display, while his grandmother is featured in a video. His personal possessions have been passed down through generations—he truly brings the history of Australia to life. Our wine country guide is also unbelievable. He writes for Wine Spectator and ranks wines from all over the globe.

If You Go: As a natural layover, when flying to Kangaroo Island spend three nights at Southern Ocean Lodge and two to three nights in Adelaide on the way there or on your return.



Stay: Macq01 hugs Hobart’s waterfront. Each room is inspired by a well-known Tasmanian local and is finished in stylish décor that tells a story.

Top Foodie Finds: 1XL Bar has been ranked the number-one cocktail bar in all of Australia. And Jackman & McRoss at Battery Point is a local hot spot for brekky and lunch.

Not To Miss: MONA—the Museum of Old and New Art—is simply unbelievable.

Off the Beaten Path: Most people may not associate sparkling wine, gin, or whiskey with Tasmania, but it’s ranked second to only the Champagne region for its sparkling wine (I concur!). It’s also voted number-one in the world for single-batch whiskey. Go for a day to taste the goods: Sparkling wine at Frogmore Creek, and gin and whiskey at Sullivan’s Cove.

Insider Access: A local chef who grew up in Hobart and studied in France has returned to the city. She leads an amazing walking food tour. You’ll discover amazing, locally-made delicacies.

If You Go: Pair a stay in Hobart—two to three nights—with three nights at Sapphire Lodge while in Tasmania.


To plan your trip down under, please contact Melissa Pugh.