There is no place like Australia, offering a unique holiday experience with something for everyone. Must sees include the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and the Red Centre, Sydney and the nearby Blue Mountains, a wildlife safari of the Kakadu National Park near Darwin in the North or trek in Far North Queensland, and surfing on the Queensland or New South Wales coast. The challenge is to fit it all in!
If you have only 2 weeks, our holidays include Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, perhaps Hamilton Island or Cairns/ Port Douglas, then the Red Centre. If you have 3 weeks or more, we highly recommend, Sydney and Queensland, then adding a trip to Kakadu or Perth, Margaret River and Western Australia to see rugged coastline, surf and vineyards, or if in the Aussie Summer, head to Melbourne and drive the Great Ocean Road to see the 12 Apostles. The East Coast of Australia has excellent onward links to New Zealand or Fiji in the Pacific. Round the world trip anyone?!
When to go
Australia is so vast that it can be visited at any time of the year, however our travel itineraries do vary by season. In the UK winter (Australian summer) we recommend Sydney, surrounding surf beaches, Blue Mountains, Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road and Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef. The Far North of Australia is often too hot and humid from November to February. In the UK summer (Australian winter) see Sydney, the Red Centre (Uluru), the Great Barrier Reef and Cairns and Cape Tribulation. May to September is mild with no jellyfish, so it is an ideal time to snorkel, enjoy watersports and the Great Barrier Reef. For the more adventurous, we suggest you also visit Kakadu National Park near Darwin and or Western Australia to see Australia’s rugged landscapes and wildlife.
Flights: Qantas partners with Emirates to fly down to Australia, but a stop over in Asia is a great consideration, opening up airlines such as British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Singapore. Expect to travel for about 22 hours if you opt to get straight there!
Time Zone: GMT+8-11 hours
FCO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/australia
Sydney & New South Wales