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Australia travel guides

Australia is a land of remarkable landscapes, from tropical rainforests to the vast Outback, from scenic winelands to idyllic beaches that curl around its glittering cities. This diversity gives rise to an overwhelming range of travel options, whether you’re planning your first trip to the country or wanting to explore more intrepidly, aboard a train.

Our guides, written by country specialists, are designed to help you focus your ideas so that your holiday to Australia is tailored to your interests.

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Ideas for how to explore Australia

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for Australia. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

  • What to do in Australia: our highlights guide
    Sydney, Australia

    What to do in Australia: our highlights guide

    What to do in Australia: our highlights guide

    A country the size of Australia provides a vast and varied array of experiences. Country specialist, Amy, narrows down some of the key highlights for first-time visitors to the country, as well as a couple of lesser-explored options for your Australia holiday.

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  • Self-drive holidays in Australia: beyond the Great Ocean Road
    Australian road sign

    Self-drive holidays in Australia: beyond the Great Ocean Road

    Self-drive holidays in Australia: beyond the Great Ocean Road

    The ultimate Australian road trip? A myth — this is a country of many great drives. We talk you through alternative routes to the Great Ocean Road in traditionally quieter areas of Australia: the southwest, South Australia, and the Top End.

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  • Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef
    Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, Queensland

    Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef

    Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef

    Discover our highlights of a trip to Queensland, which stretches from bordering New South Wales up to the tropical north. You'll find most of the attractions along the coast: the Daintree Rainforest, the Outback oases of the Atherton Tablelands and the Great Barrier Reef.

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  • Classic railway journeys in Australia: The Ghan vs the Indian Pacific
    The Ghan, Darwin

    Classic railway journeys in Australia: The Ghan vs the Indian Pacific

    Classic railway journeys in Australia: The Ghan vs the Indian Pacific

    Australia by train? Yes: the country hosts two of the world’s greatest routes, The Ghan and the Indian Pacific. But, what are the differences between them? Our specialists explain. Either way, expect Outback scenery and great on-board dining and hospitality.

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  • Australia's top 10 natural highlights
    Catherdral Gorge, The Bungle Bungle Range, Purnululu National Park

    Australia's top 10 natural highlights

    Australia's top 10 natural highlights

    Australia has more than its fair share of the world's natural wonders, and our specialists have picked 10 of the best. They range from rainforests to deserts, mountains to coral reefs, and all nurture their own unique flora and fauna.

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  • Southeast Australia
    Melbourne city and Yarra River

    Southeast Australia

    Southeast Australia

    Drive the Great Ocean Road, enjoy the cities of Sydney and Melbourne, and take in the spectacular views of the Blue Mountains in this region that covers the State of Victoria, New South Wales and parts of South Australia.

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  • Driving Australia’s wild west: a step-by-step guide
    Outback road, North Western Australia

    Driving Australia’s wild west: a step-by-step guide

    Driving Australia’s wild west: a step-by-step guide

    Remote and uncompromising in terrain, this road trip is not for everyone. The pay-off? The landscapes and marine life. Vina, born and bred in Western Australia, takes you on a journey through her own backyard: the Perth to Exmouth route.

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  • Family holidays in Australia
    Clown Anenome Fish, Great Barrier Reef

    Family holidays in Australia

    Family holidays in Australia

    Country specialist Amanda explains why holidays in Australia are ideal for families. She shares her pick of where to go, from Sydney to national parks such as Kakadu, as well as suggestions for exploring Queensland’s rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

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  • Southwest Australia
    Yallingup Beach, The Margaret River region

    Southwest Australia

    Southwest Australia

    Perth with its skyscrapers that overlook quiet colonial suburbs on the banks of the Swan River is the largest city in this vast region. Out of the city, you can whale watch, hike in national parks, visit the wineries and have deserted beaches to yourself.

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  • Top End & the Kimberley
    Kakadu National Park, Australia

    Top End & the Kimberley

    Top End & the Kimberley

    Explore gorges and canyons that reveal hidden Aboriginal rock art, take a lesson on mustering cattle, journey along a dusty four-wheel-drive track and escape to a coastal retreat on a tailor-made holiday with us in the Kimberley.

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  • Slow down in Australia: a leisurely stay in Sydney
    Sydney, Sydney

    Slow down in Australia: a leisurely stay in Sydney

    Slow down in Australia: a leisurely stay in Sydney

    Look beyond the Opera House, says Australia specialist and former Sydney resident, Janin. An advocate of choosing to spend longer in this flagship city, she advises how you could take in coastal walks, beaches, and national park hiking trails.

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  • Australia city guide
    Perth skyline, Australia

    Australia city guide

    Australia city guide

    From loud, vivacious and cosmopolitan Sydney to laid back and unhurried Hobart, Australia’s forward-thinking cities are blessed with sun and are a springboard to Australia's countryside and coast. We've selected some of our favourite things to see and do in Australia's cities.

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  • Luxury holidays in Australia
    Hanging Rock, Blue Mountains

    Luxury holidays in Australia

    Luxury holidays in Australia

    Open your hotel curtains to panoramic views of Sydney Opera House and the harbour. Lounge in an infinity pool gazing out at tropical beaches. Hide away at a clifftop spa retreat. Whichever pieces of luxury you'd like on your trip to Australia, we can arrange them for you.

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  • Live (it up) like a local: why stay in a luxury Australian private home?
    Bondi coastline, Sydney

    Live (it up) like a local: why stay in a luxury Australian private home?

    Live (it up) like a local: why stay in a luxury Australian private home?

    Want to sample the Australian good life in chic, comfortable surrounds? Audley Australia specialist Vina explains why you might like to stay in a luxe beachside or city private home on your Australia trip, rather than a traditional hotel.

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  • Cruises in Australia
    Sailing in the Whitsundays

    Cruises in Australia

    Cruises in Australia

    Explore the possibilities for small-ship cruises in Australia, including the best options for sailing the Great Barrier Reef and the remote Kimberley region. You can also find out about an excellent day cruise (with a theatrical twist) in Tasmania.

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  • Wildlife holidays in Australia
    Cassowary in the Daintree rainforest

    Wildlife holidays in Australia

    Wildlife holidays in Australia

    Australia is well-known for its kangaroos and koalas, but delve a little deeper and you'll find a whole host of unusual and eye-catching wildlife. We'll advise you about the best ways of spotting the wildlife you don't want to miss on your holiday in Australia.

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  • Central & Outback Australia
    Uluru, Central Australia

    Central & Outback Australia

    Central & Outback Australia

    The centre of Aboriginal Australia, the Outback and central Australia take in Alice Springs, Uluru and some of the country's most intriguing wildlife. Our specialists will suggest the best places to visit and stay in the region where red earth glows against a blue sky.

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  • Stay in an Australian Outback homestead
    Driving cattle at Bullo River Station

    Stay in an Australian Outback homestead

    Stay in an Australian Outback homestead

    Stay on a cattle station or homestead and experience life in the Outback for a few days as part of a tailor-made trip to Australia. We'll arrange for you to stay in a station, or farm, in comfort and beautiful surroundings while you sample life as a jackaroo, or farm hand.

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  • Wildlife holidays in Tasmania
    Tasmanian Devil, Australia

    Wildlife holidays in Tasmania

    Wildlife holidays in Tasmania

    Tasmania is one of Australia's best wildlife hot-spots: home to wombats, wallabies and the Tasmanian devil. For such a small island, you can pack a lot into a tailor-made tour, and we can arrange activities that centre on you seeing Tasmania's wild side.

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  • What to do in Tasmania: our highlights guide
    Dove Lake hike

    What to do in Tasmania: our highlights guide

    What to do in Tasmania: our highlights guide

    Encounter rare wildlife (including those infamous ‘devils’), walk wilderness tracks, and explore a thriving food scene: Tasmania is finally stepping into the spotlight. Audley specialist Janin shares her recommendations for how best to experience Australia’s oft-overlooked island state.

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  • Aboriginal Australia
    Aboriginal rock art, Kakadu National Park

    Aboriginal Australia

    Aboriginal Australia

    The big skies of the Northern Territory are also the heartland of Aboriginal Australia. We work with local Aboriginal guides and groups who'll reveal their way of life, traditions and a hidden wealth of ancient rock art.

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  • Activity holidays in Australia
    Cradle Mountain, Australia

    Activity holidays in Australia

    Activity holidays in Australia

    In a land where living the life outdoors runs through the veins, we can tailor any number of activities into your trip to Australia. Complete the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, saddle up and ride the trails of the High Country or snorkel with whale sharks, to name but three.

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  • Honeymoons in Australia: from Outback adventures to island havens
    Millaa Millaa Falls, Atherton Tablelands

    Honeymoons in Australia: from Outback adventures to island havens

    Honeymoons in Australia: from Outback adventures to island havens

    Wondering about places to visit in Australia for your honeymoon? Don’t worry too much about the cities, says Audley specialist Holly. Head instead to the mountains, Outback homesteads, wild, unspoiled islands, and little-visited rainforested tablelands.

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  • Shining a spotlight on South Australia's wildlife and landscapes
    Wild koala on Kangaroo Island

    Shining a spotlight on South Australia's wildlife and landscapes

    Shining a spotlight on South Australia's wildlife and landscapes

    Holidays to South Australia can include scenic drives and hikes as well as close-up wildlife viewing, explain Audley specialists Tom and Matt. They highlight the best places to go in the region — Kangaroo Island and Flinders Ranges — and why.

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  • The Kimberley by land and by sea
    Galvans Gorge, the Kimberley

    The Kimberley by land and by sea

    The Kimberley by land and by sea

    An expedition cruise, Zodiac boat trips or hikes and stays on cattle ranches: two members of our Australia team share how to best experience the Kimberley, both overland and overwater, and define the allure of this Outback region.

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  • Combining Australia and New Zealand: questions to ask yourself
    Kawarau River Valley, Queenstown

    Combining Australia and New Zealand: questions to ask yourself

    Combining Australia and New Zealand: questions to ask yourself

    Trip duration, timing, your appetite for flying — these are some of the things to think about if you’re planning a joint Australia-New Zealand trip. But Audley specialist James says it really comes down to what kind of experiences you’re after.

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