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Things to do in Australia

A vast country with a wide-ranging collection of landscapes, attractions and activities, Australia offers countless options when it comes to things to see and do. Explore the rugged, red Outback on a private tour of Mount Conner, embark on a self-drive along the wild Great Ocean Road or benefit from a local's insight in Sydney and Melbourne on our specialist tours.

Australia's wildlife is another highlight with Great Barrier Reef tours on the east coast, swimming with whale sharks on the west coast and scenic flights to Kangaroo Island, where separation from the mainland has allowed a variety of endemic species to flourish.

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Ideas for experiencing Australia

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Australia, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Phillip Island Tour
    Penguin Parade, Phillip Island, Australia

    Phillip Island Tour

    Melbourne

    Phillip Island Tour

    This fascinating experience takes you south of Melbourne to the Gippsland Coastal region. Visit the Koala Conservation Centre, where you can walk among the treetops to see protected Koalas.

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  • Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris
    Ubir rock at sunset

    Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris

    Darwin

    Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris

    Lords' aim is to provide guests with truly unique experiences that will foster an understanding between people and cultures

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  • The Ghan - Great Southern Rail
    The Ghan, Darwin

    The Ghan - Great Southern Rail

    Adelaide

    The Ghan - Great Southern Rail

    The Ghan completed its first journey from Adelaide through the ruggedly beautiful Red Centre to Darwin in 2003, reviving a dream born in the colonial era.

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  • Cruise Like a Local with Sensational Sydney Cruises
    Hidden Cove, Sydney Harbour

    Cruise Like a Local with Sensational Sydney Cruises

    Sydney

    Cruise Like a Local with Sensational Sydney Cruises

    Jump aboard a 16 m (52 ft) motor yacht and embark on a four hour cruise taking in the famous sights as well as the lesser known coves and beaches of the harbour in Sydney.

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  • Melbourne After Dark
    Melbourne at night

    Melbourne After Dark

    Melbourne

    Melbourne After Dark

    Melbourne is breathtaking under lights and this tour will have you marvelling at the heritage buildings throughout the Golden Mile, leaving you mesmerized by St Patrick's Cathedral, the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens and the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building.

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  • Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour
    Sydney skyline

    Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour

    Sydney

    Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour

    This intimate tour is unique in that you have exclusive access to areas normally reserved for the stars and their crew. You will be taken backstage of one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world as it prepares for the upcoming performances.

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  • Yellow Water Nature Cruise
    Waterlillies, Yellow Waters

    Yellow Water Nature Cruise

    Kakadu National Park

    Yellow Water Nature Cruise

    The large landlocked billabong Yellow Water gained its name from the algal bloom found floating on its surface and has become renowned for the abundant wildlife and birdlife that flock to these floodplains.

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  • Goin' Off Safaris
    Sealion at Baird Bay, Eyre Peninsula

    Goin' Off Safaris

    Adelaide

    Goin' Off Safaris

    David Doudle has a contagious passion for exploring and his home is the breathtaking undiscovered coastline of the Lower Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. David is a fourth generation local farmer; he has thirty years of living the perfect Australian lifestyle and guarantees his guests will encounter the true Australia at its very best.

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  • Rockingham Dolphin Watch Cruise
    Bottlenose dolphins

    Rockingham Dolphin Watch Cruise

    Perth

    Rockingham Dolphin Watch Cruise

    Discover the natural treasures of the Rockingham dolphins in the shallow bays of the sparkling Indian Ocean. Experienced staff will guide you on this magical journey to see these incredible creatures in their own environment.

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  • Reef & Rainforest Helicopter Flight
    Port Douglas

    Reef & Rainforest Helicopter Flight

    Port Douglas

    Reef & Rainforest Helicopter Flight

    This scenic helicopter flight encompasses two of the highlights the Tropical North Queensland region has to offer, the Reef and Rainforest.

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  • Seafood seduction on a Bruny Island cruise
    Bruny Wildlife Adventure, Tasmania

    Seafood seduction on a Bruny Island cruise

    Hobart

    Seafood seduction on a Bruny Island cruise

    Join a small group for a cruise down the Derwent River into the waters that surround Bruny Island, home to Tasmania's finest seafood. You'll help with the catch before savouring an extensive lunch of gourmet produce.

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  • Hobart Kayaking
    Constitution Dock, Hobart, Australia

    Hobart Kayaking

    Hobart

    Hobart Kayaking

    Experienced guides will provide comprehensive paddling instructions before you take to the water and explore the shoreline of historic Battery Point.

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  • Coral Expeditions Cruise
    Coral Expeditions, Great Barrier Reef

    Coral Expeditions Cruise

    Cairns

    Coral Expeditions Cruise

    A Coral Expeditions Cruise is perhaps the best way to experience and discover the many National Park designated islands off the tropical north coast of Queensland and the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.

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  • Maria Island Walk 4 Day
    Maria Island Walk, 4 Day, Day 3, Maria Island

    Maria Island Walk 4 Day

    Maria Island National Park

    Maria Island Walk 4 Day

    This outstanding four day guided walk is the most awarded tourism experience in the history of the Gourmet Traveller Travel Awards! Based on a beautiful island national park, the walk is a delightful blend of rare Tasmanian wildlife, convict heritage, elegant accommodation and gourmet dining.

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  • Sounds of Silence Dinner
    Sounds of Silence dinner, Uluru

    Sounds of Silence Dinner

    Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

    Sounds of Silence Dinner

    In front of you is the fabled Uluru; behind you are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here you enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapés whilst a local didgeridoo player explains and performs this traditional Aboriginal instrument.

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  • Snorkelling with Whale Sharks
    Whale shark, Ningaloo Marine Park

    Snorkelling with Whale Sharks

    Snorkelling with Whale Sharks

    Experience a unique ocean experience in swimming with the largest fish in the sea. From late March to early July each year whale sharks converge in the nutrient rich waters off the Ningaloo Reef, timing their annual visits with the coral spawning.

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  • True North cruises
    Kings Cascades, True North Cruise

    True North cruises

    Cairns

    True North cruises

    North Star Cruises is one of the most unique adventure-cruise operators in the world and the winner of numerous awards for excellence. The company offers activity based itineraries designed specifically for the discerning adventurer.

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  • The Indian Pacific
    Indian Pacific Train, Perth

    The Indian Pacific

    Perth

    The Indian Pacific

    As the name implies, The Indian Pacific links two oceans in one of the world’s longest and greatest train journeys. Travelling from Sydney to Perth, or vice versa, it covers a distance of 2,720 miles over three nights.

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  • Full Day Cave Hill Tour
    Traditional Aboriginal tools, Anangu Tours

    Full Day Cave Hill Tour

    Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

    Full Day Cave Hill Tour

    This full day tour is an indigenous cultural experience that provides a fascinating insight into everyday Aboriginal life. You will journey by 4WD and travel deep into the desert of the Pitjantjatjara Lands of Central Australia.

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  • Bay of Fires Walk - 4 Days
    Bay of Fires, Binalong Bay, Tasmania

    Bay of Fires Walk - 4 Days

    Launceston

    Bay of Fires Walk - 4 Days

    The magnificent wilderness coastline known as the Bay of Fires lies at the edge of the Mount William National Park and this four day walk invites you to experience its dramatic landscape, ecology and wildlife.

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  • Sealion & Outback Experience — 3 Days
    Lake Gairdner, Gawler Ranges

    Sealion & Outback Experience — 3 Days

    Adelaide

    Sealion & Outback Experience — 3 Days

    Experience the areas prolific wildlife as many different species thrive in this Outback environment. Visit multi coloured ocre rocks that local Aboriginal people used to decorate themselves with for ceremonies by grinding the stone and making it into a brightly coloured paint.

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  • Bruny Island
    Bruny Island Charters, Bruny Island

    Bruny Island

    Hobart

    Bruny Island

    Bruny Island lies off the south east coast of Tasmania, some 25 kilometres from of Hobart. The island is an unspoilt haven with spectacular scenery and a landscape which varies from pasture to rain forest. It boasts glorious miles of sandy beaches and rugged cliffs.

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  • Cape Tribulation
    Cape Tribulation, Cape Tribulation by appointment with Downunder Tours

    Cape Tribulation

    Cairns

    Cape Tribulation

    Visit Stingray Bay and Cowie Beach, with its shallow bay, spectacular mountain backdrop and the unusual "Lone Soldier" mangrove. A chance then to walk on the world renowned Cape Tribulation rainforest beach and coastline and the fringing coral reef from Kulki Lookout.

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  • Kakadu Helicopter Safaris
    Your transport awaits, The Kimberley

    Kakadu Helicopter Safaris

    Kakadu National Park

    Kakadu Helicopter Safaris

    A Kakadu Helicopter Safari is one of the world’s most amazing experiences. Imagine skimming over vast wetlands, landing on isolated beaches miles from anywhere, or swimming in clear fresh water pools fed by waterfalls since time immemorial.

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  • Exceptional Kangaroo Island
    Seals at Seal Bay, Australia

    Exceptional Kangaroo Island

    Kangaroo Island

    Exceptional Kangaroo Island

    Twelve thousand years ago Kangaroo Island was part of mainland Australia. The Ice Age and low sea levels allowed the Island to be populated with an amazing array of wildlife. Kangaroo Island’s plants and animals are now isolated and are clearly different from their mainland relatives.

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  • Mount Conner Outback Safari with SEIT Safaris
    Mt Conner tour with SEIT

    Mount Conner Outback Safari with SEIT Safaris

    Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

    Mount Conner Outback Safari with SEIT Safaris

    Follow 4WD tracks and a landscape which betrays a fascinating geological past on this full day tour of Mount Conner.

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  • Bungle Bungles & Lake Argyle
    Catherdral Gorge, The Bungle Bungle Range, Purnululu National Park

    Bungle Bungles & Lake Argyle

    El Questro Wilderness Park

    Bungle Bungles & Lake Argyle

    This brilliant day out will ensure that you experience the Bungle Bungle region in all its glory. A scenic flight will enable you to take in the views of Lake Kununurra and the enormity of Lake Argyle before you reach the amazing Carr Boyd and Osmand Ranges and the vast Lissadell and Texas Downs Stations.

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  • Kakadu & Arnhem Land Safari - 4 Days
    Ubir rock at sunset

    Kakadu & Arnhem Land Safari - 4 Days

    Kakadu National Park

    Kakadu & Arnhem Land Safari - 4 Days

    Visit Kakadu's ancient rock art galleries and enjoy bushwalking in unspoiled country, swim in clear waters at the base of towering red ochre escarpment cliffs, cruise on a tranquil billabong full of saltwater crocodiles, and perhaps visit Arnhem Land to view Aboriginal rock art galleries, with an Aboriginal Guide on hand to provide explanation and interpretation.

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  • Wine Tour of the Barossa Valley
    Barossa Valley

    Wine Tour of the Barossa Valley

    Adelaide

    Wine Tour of the Barossa Valley

    Tailor your own personal guided tour to the heart of Australia's wine industry, sampling the food and wine that interests you the most as you journey into the Barossa Valley.

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  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
    Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, Sydney

    Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

    Sydney

    Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

    The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb has become a legendary activity for any visitor of Sydney. The three and a half hour excursion takes you over the arch to the summit of the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, giving you wonderful 360 degree views of the Harbour, including the iconic Opera House.

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  • Great Ocean Walk - 4 Days
    Apollo Bay, Australia

    Great Ocean Walk - 4 Days

    Melbourne

    Great Ocean Walk - 4 Days

    This outstanding coastal bushwalk takes you through some of the most remarkable forest and coast scenery including rocky platforms, sheltered beaches, pristine rivers, huge forests and coastal heathland.

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  • Mount Cockburn Safari - 2 Days
    Pentecost River and the Cockburn Ranges, El Questro Wilderness Park, Australia

    Mount Cockburn Safari - 2 Days

    El Questro Wilderness Park

    Mount Cockburn Safari - 2 Days

    The Mt Cockburn Safari is an experience where attention to detail, service and catering is second to none. An El Questro Ranger is the host on this fascinating overnight safari, starting at the King River Road, an old station track linked to the Karunjie Track. Together, you can circumnavigate the entire Cockburn Range.

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  • Blue Mountains Private Tour
    Katoomba Falls, Blue Mountains

    Blue Mountains Private Tour

    Sydney

    Blue Mountains Private Tour

    Visit an ancient Aboriginal site, get shown some outstanding look out points, examine rock formations and the unusual plants and wildlife that abound the area.

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