Reasons to Visit
Driving is a pleasure on Australia's scenic, safe and uncrowded roads. We usually arrange for you to be met at the airport and taken to your hotel, where a hire car will be delivered. Embark on one of the world's most scenic drives including the Great Ocean Road or Gibb River Road.
Australia's Red Centre has one of the country's highest concentrations of Aboriginal culture while in the north, Arnhem Land is Aboriginal owned and home to Australia's most extensive and significant collection of Aboriginal rock-art.
You don't need a surf board to appreciate the endless white sands that ring Australia. From the hustle and bustle of Bondi beach to the idyllic shores of the Whitsundays or remote beaches of the west, each has its own appeal.
From the world-famous Sydney in the east with her iconic Opera House and bridge, to the gleaming buildings and sandy shores of Perth, Australia offers the visitor endless opportunities to enjoy the fast-pace and excitement of city life.
Australia has one of the largest and greatest national park systems in the world, covering over 24 million hectares. With such diversity as lush rainforest to arid desertscapes the wildlife that call these national parks home are equally diverse.
The vastness of Australia is something truly to behold and there is nowhere better to take this in than in the outback itself, where beautiful desertscape stretch for as far as the eye can see.
Whatever your fitness level, there are plenty of opportunities to head out into the Australian countryside and enjoy the remarkably-varied landscapes during your trip. Choose from leisurely strolls to more strenuous, multiple day hikes.
Australia is well-known for its kangaroos and koalas, but delve a little deeper and you may come across some of the country's more unusual and interesting wildlife, such as the dugong or thorny devil.
Australia is fast-becoming one of the most highly-regarded wine producers in the world, and with the likes of the beautiful and picturesque Barossa, Yarra and Hunter valleys, as well as Margaret River region to explore, we can understand why.
The kaleidoscopic colours of the fish and corals that inhibit the world's largest offshore reef, the Great Barrier Reef to the east, and the world's largest fringing reef, Ningaloo Reef to the west, are a must-see.
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Strahan is located at the head of Macquarie harbour, on the World Heritage-listed west coast of Tasmania, where there is nothing but vast stretches of wild ocean until the southern tip of Argentina.
In this hostile environment an isolated penal colony settlement was situated on Sarah Island, in the middle of Macquarie harbour, and it was to here that the worst of the worst European convicts were sent to work and die felling Huon pine - so valuable for ship building - on the banks of the mighty Gordon River.
The harbour mouth is named ‘Hells Gate’, because of the fearsome reputation held by the penal colony within.
Built up on the back of the local timber industry, Strahan is now one of Tasmania’s quaintest towns with its old timber buildings, scenic port and natural backdrop of weathered mountains and thick native bush.
Taking a cruise out of Hells Gate into the Southern Ocean and upriver into the World Heritage-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is an awe-inspiring visit to pristine wilderness: a real highlight of Tasmania.
Strahan is also home to the restored 2896 railway, which steams 22 miles, across rivers and mountains, to the old mining settlement at Queenstown.
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