Cosmopolitan cities and an epic beach culture meet fiery Outback sunsets and a rich indigenous heritage on holidays to Australia
Appearing high on bucket lists and once-in-a-lifetime travel plans, this huge island continent captures imaginations with its wild beauty, iconic cityscapes and world-class wildlife. It's like nowhere else on the planet. Watch as rugged Outback rock formations change colour in the light of the day, glide through glistening waters alongside whale sharks and dolphins, and drive along one of the most scenic coastal roads in the world. Australia holidays are all about the great outdoors, with its dreamy coastlines, colourful coral reefs and jaw-dropping mountain ranges. Then there’s the world-famous wine regions, age-old rainforests and immense desert outcrops that house one of the oldest surviving indigenous civilisations in the world.
Whether it’s a first-time tour of the major cities, an epic road trip or a luxury discovery of the vast scenery and native wildlife, this is the land of adventure. As the ultimate touring territory, every holiday to Australia is a unique experience. We’re experts in creating tailor-made holidays, so give us a call or pop into your local store and we’ll help craft your perfect Australia holiday.
- Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, and swim with whale sharks and dolphins in Western Australia
- Learn all about Aborigine culture in the red centre and visit iconic Uluru
- An ideal self-drive destination with scenic roads, and great for families - especially with one of our campervans
- Iconic cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth
- The rugged wildernesses of Tasmania and Kangaroo Island, and the vast Outback
Best time to visit Australia
• With three climates from the ‘Top End’ to the south, the ‘best time’ depends on whereabouts you are
• Generally speaking, Australia’s winter is from June to September and summer lasts from November to March
• Peak season is June to August and around Christmas
• Travelling to the Northern Territory and parts of Western Australia is best in winter months, avoiding peak summer temperatures and heavy rains.
Australia holiday highlights
A country, a continent and an island in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Australia is an extraordinarily diverse and vibrant destination. At its heart, Australia is laden with history, with its rich indigenous culture and powerful ancient landmarks. For some, it's a once-in-a-lifetime destination, one that would be fitting as part of a round-the-world adventure. Beyond this country’s heritage is a treasure trove of world-class beaches, sophisticated cities, exceptional ecosystems and exotic wildlife, so incredible and diverse, it’s unlike anywhere else you can imagine in the world.
With the visual wow factor of the iconic harbourfront at its centre, Sydney is the loud, ambitious and unforgettable capital city of New South Wales that, much like its renowned firework displays, dazzles with its urban beach lifestyle and iconic attractions like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. In dynamic Victoria, artsy Melbourne is the stylish state capital, a city with a stellar food and café scene, and a sporting dream for fans of the AFL, cricket, horse racing and tennis. The gateway to the wine country, Adelaide is South Australia’s popular capital city known for its heritage architecture and lush emerald parklands, while in Western Australia, easy-going Perth is a quieter alternative to these busy central hubs, a haven of cool bars, historic streets and one of the largest inner-city parklands in the world.
Laid-back Queensland is an assault on the senses, and is Australia’s first-class beach state known for its dazzling white sands and turquoise waters. Off the coast, the Great Barrier Reef is the world-famous underwater ecosystem that offers some of the best diving and snorkelling you’ll ever experience. Exceptional coral waters are home to a staggering assortment of marine life, and breathtakingly beautiful islands conceal lush rainforests and mesmerising national parks. Beside the reef, the Whitsundays archipelago is a hypnotic palette of white sand beaches and castaway islands, while Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, home to the infamous native dingo and over 100 incredible lakes. Beyond the big-name beaches, you’ll find stretches of palm-fringed sands all around Australia’s coast, from Sydney’s urban beaches to remote swathes of burnt orange dunes near Broome.
Nature & wildlife
Burnished-orange wild landscapes, indigenous cultural territories and an impressive portfolio of iconic landmarks make the Outback a must-see on any trip to Australia. The Red Centre is the Northern Territory’s remote desert setting where you’ll witness extraordinary sacred Aboriginal rock sites and the 600-million-year-old monolith of historic Ayers Rock. 200 miles away, Kings Canyon is the spectacular red rock gorge, a jaw-dropping site within the barren landscape of Watarrka National Park. Other national treasures include the rugged scenery of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains in New South Wales, and the stunning coastal landscape of Victoria’s penguin-haven, Phillip Island. And then there’s the Great Ocean Road. Victoria’s world-famous ocean drive, this road trip will take you past charming fishing villages and pristine golden sands to some of the most incredible, and natural, landscapes to be found in the whole of Australia.
Nature lovers flock to visit Australia’s smallest state of Tasmania, a rugged wilderness haven where nearly half the island is protected by remote reserves and captivating national parks. Separated from the mainland by the Bass Strait, Tasmania enjoys a slower pace of life than Australia’s major cosmopolitan cities, and will stun you with its colonial-rich heritage, primeval forests, spectacular coastlines and sweeping bays. Back on the mainland, Kangaroo Island sits just off the coast of South Australia, and is the country’s very own protected Galapagos, where you can bump into an exceptional array of wildlife like the ubiquitous kangaroo, sea lions, wallabies, echidnas and koalas. In Australia’s largest state of Western Australia, Rottnest Island is a car-free island getaway where you can discover a rich collection of exotic marine life and shipwrecks, as well as the chance to spot a quokka in its native environment.
The wine regions
With Australia a real wine lover’s paradise, connoisseurs will fall in love with its selection of world-famous wine regions. While Sydney is without doubt the standout star of New South Wales, this state is also a treat for its beautiful Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s most well-known and oldest wine regions that’s home to an award-winning Sémillon and indulgent Shiraz. For a change of scenery, the scenic Yarra Valley in Victoria produces some of Australia’s finest sparkling wine, while Southern Australia is a real wine lover’s haven with world-famous regions here including the beautiful Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.
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