Australia is a wonderfully diverse country and offers adventures of all kinds for everyone, no matter what their ages. The country is vast, but with four major domestic air carriers, private aircraft, interstate train services and self-drive options, it's not difficult to see and do everything you want to with relative ease.
Most itineraries begin in the vibrant city of Sydney, giving you time to catch your breath and take in some of the iconic sights, before exploring other parts of Australia. Sydney is a vibrant coastal city offering a wealth of sightseeing attractions, along with a multifarious range of activities for visitors to enjoy. We suggest combining your city stay with the Blue Mountains that offer a wild landscape filled with gum trees that is ideal for outdoor adventure including bushwalking.
In New South Wales, close to the Queensland border, is Byron Bay which is renowned for its thriving arts scene and individuals with a creative or spiritual side are drawn here by the laid-back lifestyle and outstanding natural scenery including pristine beaches and sparkling turquoise waters that are amongst the very best in Australia. Approximately just over an hour’s drive away, in Queensland, is the cosmopolitan coastal region of The Gold Coast which has a real holiday vibe, long golden beaches and subtropical weather.
If it’s stunning tropical islands you’re looking for, the Whitsunday Islands and Lord Howe Island with their subtropical splendour, glistening waters and pristine sands, are a must. And, the Great Barrier Reef is, of course, world-renowned for some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world.
Australia’s vast area of 'Outback' is known for its remote, rugged, wild and often barren landscapes. A riot of colours, contrasts and awe-inspiring wonders, it has an abundance of natural attractions and national parkland. Perhaps the best-known is the Northern Territory's Red Centre in central Australia, which is home to Uluru – also known as Ayers Rock.
We also feature the cosmopolitan city of Perth, which although remote, it just serves to make it special and it has some of the most unspoilt beaches that are close to city, as well as Melbourne that attracts lovers of the arts with its numerous galleries, tours and festivals.
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
There are three types of Tourist Visa for Australia. For further information (and to apply), please go to www.immi.gov.au
Connoisseurs may wish to include the vineyards South of Perth in the Margaret River region that offer wineries that open for lunch, boutique producers of cheese and chocolate and a host of micro-breweries. Alongside the Yarra Valley close to Melbourne, the Barossa Valley in southern Australia, is renowned for its wine and local produce. Opportunities for wine-tasting and visits to Farmer's Markets abound.
Wildlife-lovers could incorporate Kakadu National Park, in Australia's Northern Territory, into their itinerary. It is rich in wildlife and birds, and opportunities to discover them include airboat tours of the floodplains, river cruises or 4WD safaris. You can also learn more about the Aboriginal culture here and visit rock art drawings.
The pretty island state of Tasmania makes an interesting addition to your Australia holiday and offers some fine illustrations of the county's Colonial and maritime past, as well as its links with Antarctica.
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Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.