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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The Twelve Apostles, the Great Ocean Road
Australia is so massive and varied a country that it is not possible to see all of it at once. The guides to the regions on these pages are designed to give you a flavour of what there is to see and do.
Fascinating but now threatened, Aboriginal people trod lightly on the land for 40,000 years. Only in the past few years has recognition of their art and culture begun to surface in Australia.
Being such a vast country, planning your first trip to Australia can be a daunting task. Our Australia specialists are expert at planning perfect itineraries that encompass the key areas and sights that should not be missed, especially on your first visit to Australia.
From rainforests to deserts, mountains to coral reefs, all of which contain their own unique flora and fauna, Australia is one of the world's natural wonders.
Embark on one of the many classic self-drive routes around Australia and enjoy an exciting and rewarding journey at a pace that suits you.
A continent in its own right, Australia is a land of extraordinary diversity and remarkable landscapes. You will find everything from tropical rainforests and lush gorges to fiery red deserts in the vast outback, while national parks, scenic winelands and idyllic beaches can be found close to its gleaming modern cities.
14 Days from £2,450pp
Explore the beautiful and isolated region of the southwest, visiting idyllic coastal towns, whale watching off the coast of Perth and sampling wine from the Margaret River region.
12 Days from £2,555pp
Indulge in the incredible diversity of bird and wildlife of the Northern Territory's Top End, complemented by stunning scenery and waterfalls throughout Arnhem Land and the Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks.
13 Days from £3,510pp
Take in the highlights of Tasmania on this circular route of the island to discover the unique wildlife, variety of scenery and fascinating convict history.
20 hours (Perth) or 24 hours (Sydney)
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