Talking GolfGetaways 69: Wallabies, whiskey and wonderful golf in Australia, Tasmania and King Island
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Talking GolfGetaways 69: Wallabies, whiskey and wonderful golf in Australia, Tasmania and King Island

Surprisingly thrust into a dream golf trip to Australia, "Talking GolfGetaways" podcast co-host Darin Bunch returns with tales of amazing golf, stunning vistas, unknown history, great new friends and the checking-off of a major bucket-list destination. And he shares it all with podcast partner Mitch Laurance in Episode 69.

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Darin talks about finding out he was headed to Australia without the usual planning for such a major trip and explains his chock-full itinerary — with stops in Sydney and Melbourne as well as the islands of Tasmania and King Island. He shares a few tips on what people should know if they’re heading to the Land Down Under—including the best way to fly, what to look for when island-hopping and what to know about the ozone layer, plus various forms of unusual wildlife you might encounter.

The conversation also dives into what Darin would do differently given more time plan a future visit (hopefully with Mitch along for the ride) and then describes in detail the mind-boggling variety of great golf courses spread across three unique geographies. The classic layouts of Kingston Heath, Royal Melbourne and New South Wales in Australia, the world-class Tasmania experiences of Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm (comparing them to his and Mitch’s favorite U.S. destination at Bandon Dunes Resort) and the incredible, though little-known, discovery of the unique layout at Ratho Farm, where golf has been played on the family farm dating back to 1822.

Finally, Darin recounts his all-too-shot trip over to King Island, sharing thoughts on Ocean Dunes and Cape Wickham, two must-experience tracks with a combination of fantastic golf, rugged coastline and world-class surroundings.

If you’re planning a trip to Australia, this is a don’t-miss episode with tons of info from a newly converted devotee of one of the world’s best golf getaways.


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The GolfGetaways crew of Darin Bunch and Mitch Lauarance have decades of golf travels and adventures to share, which they do here at GNN, on their "Talking GolfGetaways" podcast and on their social media channels. You can find them usually playing hickories and having a great time taking in amazing architecture, scenery and company.