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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From the burnt red desert to the lush rainforest, from the pulsating cosmopolitan cities to the small outback towns, Australia’s variety is simply stunning.
Amazing, unique wildlife, great food and wine, superb character accommodation and freedom to explore combine to create an ideal place to travel.
Australia offers the traveller a friendly and hospitable welcome and a wealth of travel options at any time of year, be they exploring the immense Outback, experiencing Aboriginal culture, encountering the continent’s somewhat quirky wildlife or exploring the cosmopolitan cities, as well as discovering Australia's recent history, modern Australia and the Aboriginal people as well as a staggering array of landscapes and wildlife.
Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef
Brisbane is the place of week-round ‘sun-days’ and boasts great weather, exciting sporting events, a thriving arts and cultural scene and casual, yet sophisticated dining.
Top End & the Kimberley
Darwin was built on the traditional lands of the Larrakia Aboriginal people and the city is far closer to Asia than the rest of Australia; this influence can be felt at every turn.
Fraser island is awash with colour; blinding white sand flanks the milky turquoise and inky blue-black lakes, the dense green centre contrasting wonderfully.
The Kakadu National Park is made up of rugged stony plateaux, red escarpments riven by waterfalls, twisting rivers and wetlands festooned with flowers and birds: add in Aboriginal rock art sites and it's easy to see why this is one of the most important UNESCO World-Heritage areas.
Around three hours south of Perth by road, the beautiful Margaret River region is famed for its world-class wineries, many of which are family-run, offering tastings, superb lunches and cellar door sales.
With such a spectacular combination of old and new architecture, Melbourne’s self-congratulation on its own greatness is hardly surprising. Here lavish parks and elegant streetscapes showcasing Georgian masterpieces disappear into buzzing arcades.
Sydney is one place that lives up to the glossy brochure hype and is, quite simply put, one of the best cities in the world.
Sweeping from Lady Elliott in the south to beyond Haggerstone Island in the north are the islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Some are tiny specks, others little more than sandy cay swirls, crowded with seabirds, whilst several are densely vegetated and encased in rock.
Hugging the contours of Victoria’s rugged coast, this famous road snakes from the surf-capital of Torquay past cliffs, scenic lookouts, rainforests, wrecked ships, and laidback fishing villages on its way to Port Fairy.
Central & Outback Australia
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was awarded dual World Heritage status for both ancient culture and its natural attributes, and it is worthwhile for anyone visiting the park to look beyond the rock and learn something of its significance.
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