Big, bold and colorful, Australia is utterly unique. A place where vibrant, cosmopolitan cities fringe pristine beaches and harbours, and cultural attractions reflect the diversity of our population, visitors are welcomed to learn about Indigenous traditions and celebrate the Australian way of life.
Start dreaming of your next Australian holiday as we take you through stunning natural wonders, unique wildlife, life-changing experiences and true-to-Australia cuisine.
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Freycinet Marine Farm, Tasmania
Daintree National Park, Queensland
Sydney, New South Wales
Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Discover Australia's unique destinations. Climb a mountain and view captivating modern art in the same day in Tasmania, or see the Red Centre's glowing Uluru. Snorkel amongst the turtles in the Great Barrier Reef, or sail Sydney Harbour while soaking in iconic Sydney Opera House views. Where will you venture?
Click on each state/territory below to discover the treasure they hold.
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HOME TO ... Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island, The Whitsundays and Cairns and Port Douglas.
Hike through Daintree, the world’s oldest tropical rainforest.
Discover the vibrant Great Barrier Reef, home to turtles, rays and clown fish.
Explore Fraser Island, the only place on Earth where tall rainforests grow on sand dunes.
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HOME TO ... Sydney, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley Vineyards, Lord Howe Island, Bondi Beach, and Byron Bay.
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a thrilling view of the city.
Take a road trip down the South Coast to find small towns and hidden beaches.
Hike Australia’s largest network of walking tracks around the Blue Mountains.
HOME TO ... The Tasmanian devil, Mona, Cradle Mountain, the Gordon River and Wineglass Bay.
Visit Australia's largest private museum, Mona (Museum of Old and New Art).
Sign the Maria Island Pledge before seeing 11 of Tasmania’s endemic species wandering in the wild.
Climb to the top of Cradle Mountain for an amazing view of Crater Lake.
HOME TO ... Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Alice Springs, Darwin, Kakadu National Park, and Litchfield National Park.
Hike around the base of Kata Tjuta on the Valley of the Winds walk.
Discover Aboriginal rock art up to 20,000 years old in Kakadu.
Get a closer look at a saltwater crocodile on a jumping croc cruise in Darwin.
HOME TO ... Perth, Ningaloo Reef, Rottnest Island, The Kimberley, and the Margaret River.
Swim with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef.
Visit Rottnest Island and snap a selfie with a quokka.
Ride a camel along Cable Beach at sunset.
Experience an eco-alternative to traditional shark cage diving that uses music to attract pelagic predators in the Eyre Peninsula.
Drink craft beer and small-batch Australian gin on Kangaroo Island.
See the extraordinary Wilpena Pound from above on a scenic flight.
HOME TO ... Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Yarra Valley, and Grampians National Park.
Drive the Great Ocean Road and see the famous 12 Apostles rock formations.
See the state's famously sweet penguins at Phillip Island Nature Park, knowing your entry fee goes towards research.
Tuck into farm-fresh produce, visit famous cellar doors and be pampered at a luxury spa in Yarra Valley.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
HOME TO ... Australia’s capital city of Canberra.
Enjoy the views of the city’s architectural wonders and natural beauty on an early-morning hot air balloon ride.
Discover the stories of Australia’s modern and ancient cultures at the National Museum of Australia.
Explore the Canberra District wine region and sip on cool-climate wines.
HOME TO ... Adelaide, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Kangaroo Island, Eyre Peninsula, and Flinders Ranges.
Choose an island right for you! Head to The Whitsundays home of 74 paradise islands, here you’ll find crystal waters, extraordinary marine life and national parks too. Be sure to visit the famous Whitehaven Beach and also take a scenic flight over iconic Heart Reef.
Did you know that Vivid Sydney is the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere? As the sun goes down, the skyline illuminates in bright colors, the facades of waterfront venues dance with vibrant projections and the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge join in the city-wide kaleidoscope.
Tasmania is amazing for outdoor enthusiasts, with more than 40% of the state protected and 19 national parks to explore. Since many of our native animals are nocturnal, the best time to see wildlife is late afternoon to dusk.
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Australia boasts some weird and wonderful wildlife! Bouncing kangaroos, snoozy koalas, paddling platypus, choral kookaburras and dinosaur like cassowaries all call Australia home. For a closer look join one of the many nature tours across the country run by passionate and knowledgeable guides.
Click on each animal below to find your favorite furry friends across Australia.
THE WILDEST WILDLIFE
The Tasmanian devil, an endangered tiny terror is among animals you can’t see anywhere else. In real life, Tasmanian devils don’t spin about in a wild, cartoonish frenzy. See how curious they are at wildlife parks and sanctuaries near Hobart, Cradle Mountain and the
Visit Devils in Tasmania
Every year between July and November, tens of thousands of humpback whales converge in the calm waters of Hervey Bay in Queensland’s Fraser Coast region, making it the perfect place to spot these creatures up close. Get there easily, fly direct from Brisbane in under one hour.
LISTEN TO Whale songs in Queensland
Rottnest Island is known globally as the home of the cutest and most photogenic animal in the world, the quokka. Apart from a small colony on the mainland, they are found nowhere else on Earth. These tiny animals are found in abundance on the island, and have no fear of humans so will often come right up to visitors.
MEET THE WORLDS HAPPIEST ANIMAL
Humans aren’t the only creatures who like to feel the sand between their toes! Catch 'roos sun bathing just south of Sydney at Pebbly Beach, or take an intimate guided tour to get a glimpse of one of Australia's most iconic animals.
SPOT KANGAROOS IN THE WILD
6 out of 7 species of turtle can be found in Queensland’s waters. Head to Heron Island in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region between November and December to see mother turtles nesting, and between January and March to see hatchlings making their way to the sea.
See Little Turtle Hatchlings
The wombat is the largest burrowing mammal in Australia. In Tasmania, there are plenty of places to see wombats up close in the wild like Maria Island and Cradle Mountain. Wombats are mainly nocturnal and seen in the late afternoon/evening but some colonies of wombats are readily seen during the day.
Meet CUDDLY Wombats in Tasmania
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For many, Australia’s most adorable animal is the koala, with its fluffy ears and cute nose. You can find koalas in wildlife sanctuaries across Australia but there's nothing like the thrill of spotting them in the wild. Take a wildlife tour from Sydney and within 90 minutes of the city you can see them in their natural environment.
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Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the custodians of the oldest culture on Earth. Dating back more than 50,000 years, Aboriginal culture existed long before Stonehenge, the Pyramids and the Acropolis.
Immersing yourself in this rich culture will do more than give you an insight into Australia's unique Indigenous customs –
it will open your mind to a new way of thinking.
Learn about the history of Aboriginal peoples’ saltwater heritage within Sydney Harbour on The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour. Or, walk through Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden with an Aboriginal guide to learn about the use of native trees and plants by First Nations people.
Take a tour of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and learn about the region's cultural significance to the Traditional Owners, the Anangu people. With a paintbrush in hand, sit down and create your own artwork in a dot-painting workshop. Your Aboriginal artist guide will lead you through the origins and meanings of recurring symbols while you paint.
Join local Aboriginal guides as they lead you on a rainforest adventure at the Daintree Discovery Centre. Along the way, you’ll gain an insight into how culture and landscape is entwined, be taught about ancient lore and spot amazing wildlife.
What better way to connect with traditional landowners while learning about Tasmanian Aboriginal (palawa) culture than to join the wukalina walk - a three night, four day Aboriginal owned and operated guided walk based around the magnificent natural landscape and stunning beaches of the Bay of Fires and Mt William National Park north east of Launceston.
Bay of Fires
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In Australia, you’ll find an incredible bounty of jaw-dropping natural wonders. From peculiar rock formations, bubble-gum pink lakes, idyllic waterfalls and crystal-clear ocean vistas, here are some impressive Australian natural wonders to add to your itinerary.
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Soak up the waterfalls, valleys and cliffs of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains, located 90 minutes drive west of Sydney. It’s one of the most accessible natural wonders in Australia and can be explored by car, train, coach, eco-tour, horseback or by foot.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. Think tropical islands, stunning beaches and abundant marine life. Access it from many places, including Cairns and Port Douglas in Queensland’s Tropical North, the famous Whitsundays region and even Southern Queensland. Take a day trip and get in for a dip to see turtles, clown fish and rays up close.
Great Barrier Reef
This picturesque peninsula of towering, pink-hued granite mountains surrounds the white sands and turquoise waters of Wineglass Bay, Tasmania. For the best views, take the 90-minute roundtrip walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout or the 4.5 hour cruise along the spectacular coastline of the Freycinet National Park.
FREYCINET national park
Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks Ningaloo
Right beside the red soils of the Cape Range National Park on the Western Australia coast lies the turquoise lagoons of Ningaloo Reef. Heaving with life and home to the one of the world's largest aggregations of whale sharks. You can swim with these gentle giants here, along with manta rays, turtles or humpback whales during their migration.
Located to the east of Darwin in the 'Top End', Australia's biggest national park is home to rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 20,000 years old. Learn about Aboriginal culture, take in thundering waterfalls and witness millions of migratory birds - as well as mighty crocodiles - among the wetlands.
KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
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Rising from the pastoral land to the west of Melbourne are the Grampians – a playground for adventurers and haven for food and wine lovers. The Grampians National Park is home to an incredible mountain landscape dotted with picturesque small towns. With so much to do, it's no wonder this nature lover's paradise is a popular escape among Melburnians.
Kangaroo Island, 8 miles off the coast of South Australia and 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide, is one of the best places in Australia to see wild native animals, like koalas, kangaroos, sea lions and seals. Throw in some incredible geology and an easily accessed local food and beverage scene, and Kangaroo Island is a magnificent place to explore.
South of Sydney, you'll find the white sand beaches of Jervis Bay, with Hyams Beach one of the star attractions. It's a safe, family beach that gets little swell. A little further south you can meet the resident kangaroos of Pebbly Beach. Wherever you decide to lay your towel, you'll find great spots for snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.
Tasmania’s raw natural beauty, and immense wilderness makes it one of the world’s natural treasures. Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, with its ancient rainforests and glacial lakes, is home to the world-famous Overland Track and many other hiking trails. Take the two-hour walk around Dove Lake for spectacular views of Cradle Mountain.
Queensland is home to the world's largest sand island. 4WD along 75 Mile Beach, spot dingoes walking the sands, be wowed by 200 metre tall trees, and take a dip in crystal Lake McKenzie. Getting here is easy: simply take the passenger ferry from Hervey Bay, or fly in a small aircraft, landing directly on the beach.
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The flavors of Australia, like the people themselves, are bold, enticing and unforgettable. The freshest seafood is in abundance, local wines are surprisingly sophisticated and inspiring venues are easy to find yet hard to leave.
Choose your favorites from the menu below to discover the best places to enjoy them. Then contact our agency to craft the ideal itinerary to enjoy Australia’s finest flavors firsthand.
TOASTS & TASTES
At Saffire Freycinet on Tasmania’s eastern coast, guests can visit a nearby marine farm, where a guide suits you up in waders, leads you to a waiting table in a cool, pristine bay, and scoops Pacific oysters from some of the purest water in the world. The oysters are opened and served right there, just with a squeeze of lemon, and a glass of sparkling Tasmanian wine.
Take the stunning ferry ride from Sydney's Circular Quay to Manly for a delicious meal of fish'n'chips overlooking the famous Manly Beach. Stay and enjoy the surf, a scenic bike ride or relaxing stroll along the foreshore.
fish & chips
Home to the biggest prawn fishing fleet on the east coast, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to enjoy wild-caught prawns. Local favourites include the black-striped tiger and the eastern king (or Mooloolaba) prawn. For one of Queensland’s most iconic and wallet-friendly dining experiences, order a bucket of prawns and a cold beer at Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club – the beach views (and lifelong memories) are free.
Native Australian ingredients are fundamental to the country's cuisine, and the Northern Territory offers opportunities to experience bush foods and the culture that has used them for thousands of years.
With innovative new brewing methods and an inclusive culture of dedicated brew-masters who love to experiment, you’ll be glad you stopped in at one – or pub-crawled to all – of the Gold Coast's breweries.
Tassie’s sparkling wines are also earning global attention, with House of Arras recently voted the number one sparkling in
To the north of Sydney you'll find Australia's oldest wine region with 150 cellar doors to discover. The Hunter Valley's warm, humid climate produces delicious medium-bodied shiraz and outstanding semillons, known for their crisp, zesty profiles that pair perfectly with seafood.
Melbourne has turned coffee into an art form. Coffee professionals all over the city are experimenting with roasting techniques and brewing styles and Melbourne has attracted world champion baristas from elsewhere in Australia and overseas to make outstandingly good brews. Make sure you try a deliciously smooth flat white!
Tasmania’s pure water is perfect for distilling whisky, vodka and gin with several award winning distilleries including Lark distillery. Come explore Tassie’s whisky, cider and beer trails and meet the makers.
Sample the local tropical fruits of Queensland. From
the hot pink dragon fruit to the jewel green native finger lime and golden mango, see – and taste – the rainbow in what is known as ‘the fruit bowl of Australia’.
Sydney's Black Star Pastry quickly gained a cult following for its strawberry watermelon cake with rosewater cream, which has won several culinary awards. Declared the World's most Instagrammed cake by the New York Times, this cake tastes as good as it looks!
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From the fiery red sand of Uluru to the glassy turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef, and the deep greens of the Daintree Rainforest; Australia will dazzle your every sense.
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