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A continent in its own right, Australia’s landscapes range from tropical rainforests to the red deserts of the Outback via vineyards, surf beaches and cosmopolitan cities. Thanks to an efficient network of internal flights, you can experience many of these places within the same trip.

We’ve found some of the biggest Australian myths to be true: this really is a land of easy-going attitudes where active, outdoor lifestyles are celebrated and natural wonders abound. We can recommend how to make the most out of your Australia vacation, whether you’re interested in snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, heading out on a bushwalk with an Aboriginal guide, or simply looking for the best seafood in Perth.

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Suggested tours for Australia

These tours give you a starting point for what your trip to Australia could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Practical tips for traveling to Australia, from social protocols to guidance on money matters, with a link to the latest government travel advice.

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Our detailed brochures feature trip ideas and travel experiences recommended by our specialists.

Australia by region

If you’re planning to focus your time in Australia around a particular area, you can jump into the region you're most interested in to find detailed itinerary ideas together with accommodation choices and a taster of the experiences we can offer.

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Our expert guides to traveling in Australia

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to Australia. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate Australia at its best.

  • Introducing Australia

    Introducing Australia

    Exploring the various landscapes of Australia, this video captures the variety of the country.

  • Sydney, Australia

    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 vacation.

  • Australian road sign

    Driving vacations 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.

  • Dove Lake hike

    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.

  • Clown Anenome Fish, Great Barrier Reef

    Family vacations in Australia

    Country specialist Jeanne explains why vacations 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.

  • Cassowary in the Daintree rainforest

    Wildlife vacations 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 vacation in Australia.

  • Aboriginal rock art, Kakadu National Park

    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.

  • Hanging Rock, Blue Mountains

    Luxury vacations in Australia

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

  • Sailing in the Whitsundays

    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.

  • Outback road, North Western Australia

    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.

  • Kawarau River Valley, Queenstown

    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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