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 and we’ll help craft your perfect Australia holiday.

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Perfect for

  • Spectacular scenery

    Explore craggy coastlines, giant monoliths, tropical rainforests and red ochre deserts.

  • Sun-kissed islands

    Snorkel amongst colourful coral reefs straight from your island paradise.

  • Cosmopolitan cities

    Often with easy access to a beach, Australia’s cities feature multi-cultural restaurants and world-class entertainment.

  • Unique wildlife

    Kangaroos, koalas, wombats and emus, just some of Australia’s exceptional fauna.

Australia Regions

Our recommendations for the best places to visit in Australia

Sydney & New South Wales Holidays

Take a memorable journey through New South Wales to discover its vibrant capital, soul-stirring n...

Queensland Holidays

With ancient tropical forests, the largest coral reef in the world and appealing resorts in every...

Melbourne & Victoria Holidays

A vibrant city, beautiful coastlines and natural wilderness areas.

Outback & Northern Territory Holidays

From the stark, dusty deserts of the Red Centre to the dramatic river gorges of the Top End, the...

Perth & Western Australia Holidays

Western Australia has a charmingly easygoing capital, spectacular reef-fringed beaches and some o...

Tasmania Holidays

The entrancing island state of Tasmania offers unspoiled wild landscapes, dazzling beaches, quain...

Adelaide & South Australia Holidays

Award-winning wineries, exceptional gastronomy and the wild landscapes of the Outback come togeth...

Take travel to another level with a road trip, luxury train ride or in-depth tour in Australia

Australia is mammoth in size and brimming with world wonders – and there’s more than one way to tackle its spectacular terrain. Take the reins and do what you want at your own pace on an independent self-drive; ride through the Outback in style on a train journey; or join a tour with experienced guides and learn from local knowledge.

Tours in Australia
We’ve teamed up with our touring partner in Australia, AAT Kings, to offer a variety of guided tours and independent itineraries. AAT Kings are passionate about delivering enriched experiences with their knowledgeable Tour Directors and Driver Guides. You can choose from bucket-list adventures in the Great Barrier Reef and join day trips at Uluru – all with unique dining options and great hotels included and add-on activities available too.

Get in touch with your local Personal Travel Expert for more information about tours with AAT Kings.

Our recommended Australia tours

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Sydney Bridge Climb

The sheer achievement of climbing the Harbour Bridge is as satisfying as the panorama unfolding beneath your feet. The waterfront, the Opera House and, on a clear day, views from the Pacific to the Blue Mountains. By day, there’s a real energy with road traffic and ferries scuttling below, but there’s a special magic at twilight as the city glows electric around you.

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Ngana Julaymba Dungay

From Port Douglas, head off on this personalised and engaging small group tour to spend the day with a local Aboriginal guide. Visit a number of culturally significant areas and learn about the amazing relationships that the Kuku Yalanji have with their land. Walk through the rainforest and coastal habitats to learn about the environment, different foods and medicines utilised from nature, sample some bush tucker and try traditional Aboriginal hunting practices. Complete the adventure with time to enjoy lunch and cool off in a freshwater stream.

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Hidden Secrets Lanes & Arcades Tour

Get under the skin of Melbourne’s vibrant personality on this walking tour through beautiful back streets. Discover artisan and specialty retailers, and see quirky cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture and learn of historic tales in these walkways. Soak in the city via all your senses and engage with passionate creatives. Walking tours run in the morning and afternoon and are also available with lunch.

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Hunter Valley Scenic Wine & Dine Tour

Begin your Hunter Valley Wine Tour with scenic views of Sydney Harbour as you travel the famous Harbour Bridge onward to one of the most famous wine-growing regions in Australia, the Hunter Valley; a region that produces award-winning varieties of wine including Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Verdelho. Wander through vineyards and pop into boutique cellar doors for a complete hosted wine-tasting experience. Enjoy two wine-tasting experiences before lunch and one in the afternoon. Sample more of the local produce, with an educational course in cheese making at the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory. Enjoy a structured tasting with a vineyard representative showcasing their range of wines.

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West MacDonnell Ranges

Depart from Alice Springs on this full-day tour where you will experience the spectacular landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges, the dramatic deep red cleft of Standley Chasm, the stunning scenery of Ellery Creek Big Hole and the cultural significance of the Ochre Pits. Enjoy lunch before visiting Ormiston Gorge. See the towering cliffs of quartzite at Simpsons Gap where you can spot black-footed rock wallabies.

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Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Cruise Snorkelling

Board Quicksilver’s 45-metre high-speed catamaran on a full-day cruise to Agincourt Reef on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the reef from a semi-submersible, an underwater observatory or snorkel and dive. This cruise is ideal for those keen to do lots of activities and for those wanting to add a wonderful airborne perspective, helicopter transfers are also available (at a supplement). Departs from Port Douglas.

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Reef Magic Outer Reef Full Day Cruise

Travel on board this fast stable motor catamaran for 1½ hours to reach Marine World on the Outer Barrier Reef. You’ll spend around 5 hours at this private reef platform, which provides the ideal base for activities including snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours, underwater observatory viewing and relaxing on the spacious sundeck. Other activities – such as scenic helicopter flights and diving – are available at extra cost.
Departs from: Cairns. Maximum passengers: 190.

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A Night at Field of Light

Savour canapés and sparkling wine as the sun slowly sets over Uluru, with the sound of the didgeridoo setting the scene. Watch the coloured lights of 50,000 glass spheres illuminate the vast night sky while enjoying a three-course bushtucker-inspired buffet menu. Learn about the background and significance of the installation before following illuminated paths through the field.

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Reef Sleep Experience

Reef Sleep is a unique adventure, offering the chance to sleep under the stars on the Great Barrier Reef! By day, Cruise Whitsundays’ ‘Reefworld’ pontoon at Hardy Reef is used by day trippers as a base to explore the marine-rich waters. After 3pm, it’s an exclusive spot for a small number of guests. Enjoy quiet snorkelling time, sip Champagne at sunset,  and watch as the reef comes alive. Then let the waves lull you to sleep in your cosy swag, set up out in the open-air on the top deck of the pontoon.

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Taste the Barossa Wine Tour

This small group tour travels to South Australia’s premium wine region. Your first winery is the beautiful and historic Château Yaldara, home to not only some of the finest Shirazes in the region but to some of the best-preserved period architecture in the state. Continue through the picturesque surroundings of the Barossa Valley, and cross the iconic Jacobs Creek. Enjoy time to explore the shops and attractions of the historic township of Tanunda. Indulge with some of the Barossa’s most internationally acclaimed wines at the beautiful Peter Lehmann Winery with a platter of the best meats, cheeses, and freshly baked bread. The next stop is Rosenvale Wines. This small but top quality cellar door welcomes guests to try their high quality selection of wines, as they guide you through a passionate and personal tasting experience, you will marvel at the quality of their produce. It's then time to depart for the final winery for the day, as you visit the iconic Wolf Blass with its state-of-the-art Visitor Centre.

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Blue Mountains Deluxe Day Tour

The Blue Mountains is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. The first stop is Calmsley Hill, a working farm based attraction involved in animal rehabilitation offering fabulous bush surrounds located near the heart of Sydney. Arrive early to get up close to a range of native and farmyard animals including Kangaroos and Koalas while enjoying a light morning tea. Departing from Calmsley Hill, head to the Blue Mountains. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley with beautiful vistas, where possible away from the crowds. Continue on to Eaglehawk Lookout for views of the famous Three Sisters and to learn of the legends behind this famous rock formation. After lunch, spend the afternoon visiting a selection of scenic lookouts. The view from Govett's Leap is one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. Here the magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. The last stop is the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens to enjoy the sweeping views with a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice.

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Experience Rottnest with Bike Hire

Travel by high speed ferry to Rottnest Island for a day of adventure. Rottnest boasts pristine bays and secluded beaches and has a unique style of architecture dating back to the 1800s. Explore its beautiful natural surroundings on a leisurely bike ride before boarding the late afternoon ferry for your transfer back to Perth.

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Bondi Local Tour & Surf Experience

Discover the joys of surfing on famous Bondi Beach. Learn how to safely get out and up onto your first wave, with plenty of hands-on help. Your instructor will provide lots of feedback and specific instruction, helping you to surf at your best possible pace. Once you’ve built up your confidence and technique, hit the surf and have fun! This half-day experience also includes a tour of Bondi with your instructor, with a visit to a surf life-saving club and a casual beachside lunch.

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Sailaway Sunset Sail

Board your Sailaway vessel at Port Douglas Marina and set off on a sunset sail cruise along the Port Douglas coastline on board a first class sailing catamaran. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a tropical sunset over the Coral Sea with spectacular mountain views, and enjoy a complimentary welcome drink alongside a selection of canapés.
Departs from: Port Douglas. Maximum passengers: 45.

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Cruise to Great Barrier Reef - Snorkeller

Travel in comfort on board Calypso – a custom-designed motorised catamaran, complete with day bed-style seating and spacious decks, to 3 different Outer Barrier Reef sites that showcase the reef’s colourful marine life just a few metres below the surface. There’ll be the opportunity to listen to interpretive reef talks and enjoy guided snorkel tours. Departs from Port Douglas. Maximum passengers: 85.

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Cape Tribulation & Daintree Wilderness

Wander through the recreated natural environments of Wildlife Habitat on an immersive guided experience where you will learn about the many species in our region. Then cross the Daintree River for lunch at Mason’s Café and enjoy a dip in the freshwater swimming hole. Explore the world’s oldest rainforest with one of the knowledgeable local guides and visit Cape Tribulation Beach. Stop at Alexandra Lookout before boarding a cruise and search for wildlife including Estuarine Crocodiles. Departures from Cairns' northern beaches.

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Tali Wiru

Tali Wiru means ‘beautiful dune’ in the local Anangu language and this open-air restaurant offers an intimate dining experience under the starry Southern Desert sky. Enjoy breathtaking sunset views of Uluru and the domes of Kata Tjuta whilst dining on a four-course dinner of world-class cuisine, premium Australian wine and indigenous storytelling.

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The Rocks Walking Tour

Local guides and skilled narrators will tell you all about the past and present of Australia's oldest neighbourhood on this fascinating tour. Hear entertaining accounts of Sydney’s colourful past, discover the narrow alleyways and cobblestone lanes, and view some of Sydney’s oldest dwellings. Visit the gothic Garrison Church, George Street, the Suez Canal and Rocks Square, as well as pubs once frequented by locals, sailors and rogues!

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Ultimate Adelaide and Hahndorf

Enjoy a full day tour, driving through Adelaide’s cultural precinct and historic North Adelaide, stopping to see St Peters Cathedral or the Adelaide Oval and visit Haigh’s Chocolates Visitor Centre for a tour and tastings. After lunch (not included), drive to Mount Lofty Summit and wind your way through the Adelaide Hills villages before arriving at Hahndorf. Explore the main street before afternoon tea or a traditional German beer tasting at the popular Hahndorf Inn.

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Get to know Australia and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.

Capital
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT +8 to 13 hours

CURRENCY

Australian Dollar

FLYING TIME TO DESTINATION

Sydney and Melbourne: approx. 23 hours; Perth 17 hours non-stop or 20 hours indirect.

RELIGION

Majority Christian

LANGUAGE

Most people speak English as their first language and there are approx. 250 indigenous Australia languages.

Where is Australia?
Australia is located in the southern hemisphere between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It’s the sixth largest country in the world and divided into states and territories, all of which are destinations in their own right.

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Cities
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 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 dream for sporting fans. 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.

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Beaches
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. Beside the reef, the Whitsundays archipelago is a hypnotic palette of white sand beaches and castaway islands, while K'gari (formerly 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.

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Outback
Red desert 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 Uluru. 200 miles away, Kings Canyon is the spectacular red rock gorge, a jaw-dropping site within the barren landscape of Watarrka National Park. 

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Tasmania
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.

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Wildlife
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.

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Wine regions
Wine 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 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. Western Australia’s Margaret River may have only been producing wine for 50 years but is already world-class, especially for its chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon varieties.

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