Australia

Teeming with extremes, this vast country needs no introduction. Its incredible landscape ranges from pristine beaches and scenic vineyards to tropical rainforests and the untamed Outback. Expect fantastic wildlife, plus glamorous cities served up with a hefty dose of laidback Aussie charm. The choices for family adventures are endless – your main challenge will be fitting it all in.

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Ever-changing scenery and exciting adventures await in Australia, spelling an unforgettable family holiday. From adrenaline-seeking teens scaling the Harbour Bridge to blissed-out parents enjoying a cold glass of local wine, this immense country offers something for everyone. 

Thanks to an efficient network of domestic flights, you can pack a lot into a two-week trip. You could begin in Sydney and New South Wales. Kickstart your holiday with a surf lesson at Bondi or Manly. A gentler introduction could involve a cruise around Sydney’s spectacular harbour or wine tasting. Fancy a road trip? Drive the Great Ocean Road towards Melbourne for Blue Mountain vistas and selfies with the Twelve Apostles. Off the coast of Adelaide is Kangaroo Island, known as the “zoo without fences”.

Discover the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. Adventures here include scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing and even flying over this technicolour marvel. For a tropical island escape, hop over to Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays. Buzzy Brisbane and Cairns offer something more cosmopolitan. 

Longer to stay? The extraordinary coast of Western Australia has a rugged shoreline, great surf and superb vineyards. Virtually untouched, this is the place to come for a true wilderness adventure. It also offers activities such as swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef and hiking through the vineyards of Margaret River. 

Finish with a flourish in the wild Red Centre and Northern Territory. The vast, remote Outback has a mystery all of its own, culminating in the dramatic Uluru (Ayers Rock). Hike around the sacred rock formation – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – before star-gazing amongst the Field of Light. If time allows, wild camp in Kakadu National Park and wake up to the sound of distant waterfalls.  

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When to go

Australia is so vast that it is fabulous at any time of the year. However, our travel itineraries do vary by season. The Northern half is driest between April-September but humid from October-March. The South is at its hottest between December-February and enjoys a temperate climate between June-August.  

In the UK winter (Australian summer), we recommend Sydney, the surrounding surf beaches, Blue Mountains, Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road and Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

In the UK summer (Australian winter), see Sydney, the Red Centre (Uluru), the Great Barrier Reef and Cairns and Cape Tribulation. May-September is mild with no jellyfish, so it is an ideal time to snorkel and 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.

Australia temperature chart

Travel Essentials

Flights: Qantas partners with Emirates to fly down to Australia via Dubai, Singapore or Hong Kong. A stop over in Asia is a great consideration opening up airlines such as British Airways and Singapore Airlines via Singapore, Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur or Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong. Expect to travel for about 21 - 24 hours if you opt to get straight there depending on routing and connection times! An alternative is the new direct 17 hour flight to Perth with Qantas. Also confirmed by Qantas are more new nonstop flights from London to Australia commencing in 2025 with direct routes to and from Sydney and Melbourne!
Typical carbon emissions for a return flight (Economy) per person: 6.05 tonnes.

Time Zone: GMT+8-11

Local Currency:
Australian Dollar

Capital City: Canberra

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