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Australia is a vast country and getting your travel plans right can make all the difference to your tailor-made holiday. The great distances involved often make it best to combine air and ground travel to ensure you see the highlights as well as providing a range of lesser-known experiences and attractions. Our itinerary ideas provide a flavour of what is possible and are based on extensive travel across the country. Each trip follows a route that we’ve loved and offers a novel way to explore this popular destination.

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Ideas for your trip to Australia

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Australia, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

By the Beach

  • Explore Sydney's stylish city beaches.

  • Watch the surfers at Byron Bay.

  • Visit the tropical city of Brisbane.

  • Relax on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

  • Take a tour to the amazing Fraser Island.

16 Days from £3,335pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Northeast Explorer

  • Enjoy the scenic walking trails of the Atherton Tablelands.

  • Cruise the Mossman River in search of crocodiles.

  • Snorkel amongst shoals of tropical fish in the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Relax and unwind in your beach side accommodation.

13 Days from £3,385pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Melbourne to Sydney Coastal self-drive

  • Experience the vibrancy of Melbourne.

  • Take a wonderful coastal walk at Wilsons Promontory.

  • Swim in crystal clear waters in Jervis Bay.

  • Take a morning tea cruise on Sydney Harbour.

17 Days from £3,545pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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History, Reef and Rainforest

  • Take a multi-day sailing adventure in the Whitsunday Islands.

  • Explore the beaches and walking trails of Hamilton Island.

  • Look out for cassowaries and crocodiles in the Daintree Rainforest.

  • Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art.

15 Days from £3,710pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic Tasmania self-drive

  • Browse the Salamanca Markets in Hobart for local arts and crafts, surrounded by the historical harbour buildings.

  • Cruise the Gordon River and take in the local flora, fauna and convict history.

  • Get up close to the elusive Tasmanian Devils at Cradle Mountain National Park.

  • Walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout in Freycinet National Park and take your own pictures of one of Australia's most photographed beaches.

13 Days from £3,920pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Western Australia Less Travelled

  • Explore the National Parks to view canyons and dramatic rock formations.

  • Marvel at the spectacular marine life including manta rays, whale sharks and turtles.

  • Explore the historic town of Fremantle, with its convict jails, whaling ships and old taverns.

  • Take a sunset walk along a deserted beach.

16 Days from £4,065pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Southeast Discovered

  • Sample some of Australia's finest wines in the Barossa Valley.

  • Drive along the dramatic Great Ocean Road west of Melbourne.

  • Join a walking tour of Melbourne's hidden laneways.

  • Hike through the beautiful Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney.

  • Enjoy a surfing lesson on Bondi Beach.

20 Days from £4,300pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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South Australia's Wine & Outback self-drive

  • Explore the sights Sydney and the nearby Hunter Valley wineries.

  • Enjoy stays in both the Clare and Barossa Valley.

  • Take a scenic flight over the Flinders Ranges.

  • Stay in the beautiful outback

14 Days from £4,325pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Aboriginal Australia: Darwin to Adelaide

  • Shop at the Mindi Beach craft markets.

  • See first-hand the stunning rock art of Arnhemland.

  • Take a cruise on the Yellow Waters in the Kakadu National Park and see a plethora of bird life here.

  • Experience Kata Tjuta at sunrise and Uluru at sunset and simply absorb the beauty of this unique part of the world.

14 Days from £4,375pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Outback Explorer

  • A spectacular scenic flight over Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges.

  • A guided 4WD tour through the South Australian Outback.

  • Get away from the crowds on a small group sunrise tour to Kata Tjuta.

  • Enjoy sunrise and a gourmet picnic breakfast at Uluru.

13 Days from £4,880pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Australian Wildlife & Wilderness self-drive

  • Browse the local arts and crafts of the Mindl Markets.

  • Cruise on Yellow Water to see prolific birdlife in Kakadu National Park.

  • Visit the rock art galleries of the Aboriginal lands of Arnhemland.

  • Tour Kangaroo Island with an expert guide to see the diverse wildlife.

  • Take an evening to meet a Tasmanian devil up close.

17 Days from £5,565pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Australian Coasts: Perth, Adelaide & Melbourne

  • Sample wines and beaches of Margaret River.

  • Explore the stunning Flinders Ranges.

  • Discover prolific wildlife on Kangaroo Island.

  • Drive on the Great Ocean Road.

  • Visit the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne.

22 Days from £6,095pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Tasmania Walking and Wilderness

  • Explore the pretty and welcoming city of Hobart.

  • Spot wildlife from a full day boat adventure around scenic Bruny Island.

  • Enjoy three days of walking on one of Tasmania's finest walks on Maria Island.

11 Days from £6,175pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Australia Uncovered: Darwin, Alice Springs, Sydney & Melbourne

  • Experience Outback life on a working cattle station.

  • Watch the sunset over the iconic Uluru/Ayers Rock.

  • Take a cruise on Sydney's sparkling harbour.

  • Explore the laneways and arcades of Melbourne.

17 Days from £6,815pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Ultimate Highlights of Australia

  • Watch the sunset over majestic Uluru/Ayers Rock.

  • Take a helicopter trip over Sydney Harbour and Opera House.

  • Sail the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Hot air balloon over the Yarra Valley.

16 Days from £6,995pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Australia Family Adventure (non-driving)

  • Enjoy a surf lesson on Bondi Beach.

  • Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge and tour the city's highlights by bike.

  • See wildlife such as kangaroos and koalas in Flinders Chase National Park.

  • Explore vibrant Melbourne and nearby Phillip Island.

  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.

18 Days from £7,095pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Outback Life

  • Experience life on a working cattle station.

  • Take a luxurious train journey on The Ghan through the Outback.

  • Visit the desert town of Alice Springs.

  • Hike around the rim of Kings Canyon.

  • View the stunning sunrise at Uluru.

15 Days from £7,265pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Australia & New Zealand Uncovered

  • Explore Sydney's iconic highlights.

  • Watch the sunset over the magnificent Uluru/Ayers Rock.

  • Snorkel the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Explore New Zealand's rugged and mountainous landscape.

  • Visit world famous wineries in the Blenheim winelands.

  • Cruise the beautiful Doubtful Sound.

23 Days from £8,835pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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