Nowhere on Earth will take your breath away like Down Under.
Australia is an island continent endowed with wild rugged beauty and her icons are many-faceted. From the amazing beauty of the natural icons including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park to the endless white beaches and idyllic island paradises of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia’s best feature is nature. Then there are encounters with unique wildlife on land and sea, to friendly people who say “G’Day”.
Aside from her awesome natural beauty, there are the man-made icons from Sydney’s Opera House and Harbour Bridge to Queensland’s glitzy Gold Coast. Around 130 nationalities call Australia home, making it one of the most multicultural countries in the world. And as a highly urbanised country, Australia offers fun, bustling cities to rival any other.
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New South Wales
New South Wales is colourful and awe-inspiring. It’s home to Sydney with its spectacular harbour and sun-kissed beaches. The NSW coast is perfect for beach holidays, with an abundance of activities on offer. West of Sydney, the Blue Mountains have some of the country’s most dramatic scenery of deep valleys, and eucalyptus forests, while to the north, Port Stephens offers adventures in and out of the water. On the Far North Coast of NSW is Byron Bay, a coastal gem of spectacular beaches, quaint hinterland towns and other seaside villages.
A visit to Queensland is a must, with its stunning beaches, bustling cities, diverse natural wonders and exotic islands. From the glitzy Gold Coast or vibrant Brisbane, head north to Lady Elliot Island to swim with turtles, then continue to the Whitsunday Islands, home to Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach in the Great Barrier Reef. Travel further north to Cape Tribulation where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.
Fine food and wine, world-class arts festivals, beautiful scenery, and a rich European Heritage make this state one of Australia’s most interesting. Northeast of Adelaide is the Barossa Valley, a leading food and wine region, and off the mainland is Kangaroo Island, a big secluded island of magnificent flora and fauna. Experience the rugged beauty of the outback in the Flinders Ranges, which features the mystically beautiful Wilpena Pound. The Eyre Peninsula is a triangular peninsula of pristine coastline where visitors can swim with dolphins, playful sea lions, and taste some of Australia’s freshest seafood.
Australia’s Northern Territory is one of the last remaining genuine outback regions, with many natural wonders, ancient history, and unique wildlife to explore. It’s the third-largest state/territory in Australia, yet is the least populated. it’s home to Uluru/Ayers Rock, the mighty Kings Canyon, historic Alice Springs, diverse Kakadu National Park, Darwin & Litchfield National Park. The region invokes a spirit of exploration with its wide-open spaces, colourful landscapes, and Dreamtime legends.
Whether you love the great outdoors or the arts, Victoria has something for you! From sandy beaches to snow-peaked mountains, spas, and wineries, to striking public spaces, and iconic Australian animals such as koalas, kangaroos, and wombats in the wild, everywhere you turn, there’s always something special to see and do in Victoria. The fresh regional produce and creative cuisine on offer throughout the state combine to create wonderful contemporary food and wine scene. Being a compact state there are many wonderful day trips or short overnight trips beyond Melbourne to connect to nature and wildlife via a road trip. Majestic coastal journeys, wineries, healing spas, and great regional food & wine are all within easy reach.
Western Australia is Australia’s largest state and is blessed with diversity, endless sunshine, and blue skies; from the Kimberley region in the north with its ancient rock formations and sunsets on Cable Beach to world heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef on the Coral Coast, home to whale sharks and dolphins. The southwest corner is perfect for a road trip for breathtaking scenery and marine rich waters. Perth is the gateway and capital of WA and boasts one of the world’s largest inner-city parks – Kings Park. Places to visit close to the city include Rottnest Island, the Swan Valley region, Fremantle, Mandurah, and a host of pristine beaches.
The pristine serenity, the clean air, the spectacular beauty of its rugged mountains, and the dramatic coastline make the island of Tasmania a destination like no other in Australia. Experience the beauty and diversity of Tasmania’s world heritage wilderness from picture-postcard Wineglass Bay to the desolate yet beautiful alpine region of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. The island state also has amazing wildlife, a thriving creative culture, a rich history of convicts, pioneers, miners, and whalers, as well as fabulous food and wine.
Australian Capital Territory
Canberra, Australia’s capital is a small but cosmopolitan city located between Sydney and Melbourne. It’s home to some renowned galleries, museums, and parliament houses, and it’s a fantastic base from which to explore historic townships and the beautiful south coast including Berry, Kangaroo Valley, and Jervis Bay in Booderee National Park to name just a few.