If you're thinking big for your next worldwide adventure, explore spectacular Australia. Expansive landscapes, stunning natural wonders and unique wildlife are combined with iconic cities, harbour towns and beautiful beaches. It is the world's smallest continent but largest island, and favourite hotspots include Sydney, Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road and Cairns. Foodies will relish in the glorious cuisine, whilst art and culture lovers are guaranteed to find their fill. If golden sands and dreamy national parks are more your thing, the Land Down Under certainly doesn't disappoint. Holidays in Australia are once in a lifetime; let us take you there…
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From Sydney and Melbourne to the Great Barrier Reef, discover magnificent Australia on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the land down under.
Sydney boasts grand architecture such as the world-famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge, while Melbourne houses fine buildings, pretty gardens and has a laid-back, arty feel. If nature and wildlife interests you, discover the Great Barrier Reef – a picturesque reef sand island surrounded by magical coral gardens teeming with an incredible diversity of marine life – or, head to Phillip Island where you’ll see delightful Australian fur seals. For a true spectacle, it's worth visiting Alice Springs and Ayers Rock at sunset, where you’ll be in awe at the remarkable light show as Ayers Rock changes colour from red to orange to lilac in a matter of minutes!
Browse key sights and the popular tours you can see them on.
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Although fish and chips are popular in Australia, fresh barramundi – which means ‘large-scaled river fish’ in the Aboriginal language – is a must-try. Grilled, fried or seared skin-side first and served with a herbed oil, it can be found in restaurants across the country.
This classic Aussie chicken dish has roots in Italian-American cuisine and is a pub classic. The ultimate comfort food, the dish consists of chicken schnitzel topped with tomato sauce, ham and melted cheese.
From sausages (also known as 'snags') to pork, steak to lamb, an Australian BBQ never disappoints! Perfect for a get-together, occasions such as Easter and Christmas are popular times to enjoy a BBQ, though you can find barbecued food year-round in the Land Down Under.
The national dessert of Australia, pavlova consists of a soft filling meringue with a crunchy crust, whipped cream and fresh, seasonal fruits such as strawberries, kiwi and passion fruit. Light and refreshing, it's the ultimate after-dinner dish.
With so much on offer, you might need some inspiration! We’ve hand-picked a selection of favourite destinations and provided an overview of the very best highlights...
The Eureka Skydeck is the Southern Hemisphere’s highest observation deck and features on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower in the heart of Southbank. Here you can see spectacular views over the city which change throughout the day, and for those brave enough, head out onto The Edge – a glass cube that extends out three meters from the building!
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Established in 1846, Melbourne Gardens has been a treasured space in the heart of the city for over 150 years. Spread over 38 hectares, the gardens are home to more than 8,500 species of plants from around the world, including many rare specimens. Stroll along the Aboriginal Heritage Walk, see the Fern Gully Health and Wellbeing Garden, or relax in The Terrace café which is situated opposite the Ornamental Lake.
Stroll through the labyrinth of lanes and alleyways lined with quirky shops and independent boutiques around Flinders, Collins and Bourke Streets, or head to the grand Block Arcade for high street shopping opportunities. For a High Tea experience, visit the iconic Hopetoun Tea Rooms which dates back to 1892.
Sydney Opera House
Sitting on Bennelong Point which houses restaurants, bars and the best views, Sydney Opera House – designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. This grand arts space hosts symphony concerts, dance performances, popular music shows, stage plays and film screenings.
This bustling coastal village is home to Australia's most famous, white sand beach, large ocean-side pools, laid-back pubs and boutique shops. The clifftop coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee affords spectacular, dramatic views – keep a lookout for breaching whales and surfing dolphins!
No trip to Sydney would be complete without a visit to The Rocks. One of the oldest areas of the city, and now with a vibrant, bustling atmosphere, visitors will find plenty of stylish eateries, galleries, shops and markets spread through the historic, cobbled lanes. The area plays host to an array of events and festivals, and also enjoys fantastic harbour views.
Kuranda Skyrail Forest Cableway
Travelling over the world's oldest tropical rainforest, the Skyfall Forest Cableway offers a unique perspective of this ancient landscape. Stretching over 7.5kms of pristine rainforest, Skyrail is the world’s longest gondola cableway and visitors will see one of the most botanically beautiful and diverse areas on earth.
Cairns Botanic Gardens
Cairns Botanic Gardens is renowned for its exhibitions showcasing tropical plants in Australia. Diverse and extensive, visitors can explore themed gardens and areas, including the Zhanjiang Friendship Garden, Rainforest Boardwalk, Fitzalan Gardens and two stunning lakes. Be sure to keep a lookout for the many beautiful bird species too!
Great Barrier Reef
One of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2300kms along the Queensland coastline. It is a World Heritage playground, home to over 6,600 species of flora and fauna, including 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 species of molluscs and 400 types of reef coral. Boat tours, snorkelling and scuba diving are all popular ways to discover the reef, which is the world's largest, most incredible coral reef system.
Lorne is one of the first towns on the Great Ocean Road and a popular stop-off for swimming and surfing. This seaside destination has a laid-back, Mediterranean feel and boasts a vibrant shopping, arts and culinary scene, with beautiful beaches and trails to explore.
A picturesque seaside village, Apollo Bay is the entry point for the celebrated Great Otway walks. It has a charming harbour, farmers market, boutiques and bakeries, along with a beautiful 3km beach with golden sands.
The jewel in the crown of the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles is a breathtaking sight, comprising of rugged, limestone, rock stacks that tower out of the sea. Over the years, waves and wind has carved them into what can be seen today, from both the beaches and designated viewing platforms.