Want to travel like a Dunphy-Pritchett-Tucker?
Then head Down Under and stay at the brand new One&Only Hayman Island in Australia, which opens in July. The cast of the hit ABC show “Modern Family’’ stayed there in February while filming the Australia vacation episode. The resort is located in the heart of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on Hayman Island, a private island that’s open to the public.
Travelers can save 25 percent off accommodations by booking before July 31 in honor of the opening. The resort features a luxurious spa, a surrounding swimming pool, restaurants with Australian, Italian, and Asian cuisine, and private balconies overlooking both gardens and water.
Once you book your stay, you’ll need to figure out where to play. Why not take a cue from your favorite blended family crew by visiting these spots that were featured on the show?
Tackle the BridgeClimb at the Sydney Harbour Bridge (which locals call the “Coathanger’’). Since 1998, adventure-seekers have been climbing through the catwalks and up ladders and stairs to the breathtaking view at the top.
Claire was reluctant due to her fear of heights, but wound up climbing it in the end (largely because she felt guilty for choosing work over family earlier in the trip). The 82-year-old bridge, known for it’s wide steel arch, is one of Australia’s most well-known and photographed landmarks.
If you tire of the sand and surf, there is an entire seaside village of more than 130 cafes, shops, and restaurants to explore.
If opera and architecture strike your fancy, stroll the halls of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House (which Manny uncharacteristically turned down to walk Bondi Beach with Luke). The building’s 1,000 rooms and 300 corridors is a lot of ground to cover, so you may want to take the tour, which runs daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The opera house hosts more than 1,600 performances and attracts more than 8.2 million visitors a year.
And, finally, what’s a trip to Australia without bushwalking? It is the term Australians use for walking in natural areas. Phil famously encountered a kangaroo on his bushwalk. If you happen upon one too, just stear clear of its left hook so you don’t wind up with the same shiner.