The choices for travelling Australia are as diverse as the country itself. Discover Australia’s cities, states and territories, unique iconic destinations and events. Whether you’ve got two weeks to see the sights or six months to cover the country in a campervan, here you will find everything you need to know about the places to go and things to do on your Australian holiday. Use the suggested itineraries to help you plan your own perfect Australian adventure. If you’re seeking nature, adventure, art and culture, food, wine or inspirational holidays, you will find everything you need here.
Whether you’re looking for adventure, nature, great food and wine, shopping, art and culture, or to connect with the oldest culture on earth, there’s nothing like a holiday in Australia.
From short city breaks to walking trails, nature journeys, coastal drives and epic journeys across the outback, here are some suggestions to get you started on your Australian holiday adventure. Plan your holiday around one of Australia’s many events and festivals that span the country, from world-class international sporting events to regional events celebrating Australia’s culture, food and wine and seasons.
Immerse yourself in Australia’s Aboriginal experiences, places and journeys.
Aboriginal people of Australia have a rich, living culture stretching back at least 50,000 years. Get a snapshot of the diverse experiences on offer when you immerse yourself in Aboriginal Australia.
Discover places steeped in Aboriginal history in the Northern Territory. Visit Australia’s Red Centre and walk around the base of Uluṟu with an Aṉangu guide. Browse Aboriginal art in Alice Springs, where the Arrernte people have lived for 20,000 years. Learn about Dreamtime myths in the intricate rock art galleries of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.
Find the journeys which bring you closer to the world’s oldest culture. Drive the Red Centre Way to sacred sites such as Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa and Kings Canyon. Follow the South Australian Loop through the Flinders Ranges, where you can hear Adnyamathanha creation stories over the campfire. Drive the Savannah Way to Aboriginal rock art sites across Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
How to start your Australian adventures? With its vast outback, ancient forests, pristine marine environments and unique wildlife, Australia offers many choices. Challenge yourself or enjoy soft beds and gourmet meals on more luxurious Australia adventure tours.
Learn about Australia’s many adventure journeys, which range from Outback Australia’s 4WD routes to challenging long-distance walks and picturesque sailing trips. Read about places to visit in the remote, rugged Australian outback, from Australia’s Red centre to South Australia’s Flinders Ranges and the magical Kimberley in Western Australia.
Australia is a surfer’s paradise, and we’ll tell you where first-class waves crash across the country, from Victoria’s Surf Coast to Western Australia’s Margaret River. Discover our hot-spots for diving and snorkelling, from Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef to Tasmania’s East Coast Dive Trail. Then learn more about the beautiful Australian places you can canoe or kayak, from dramatic Katherine Gorge to the pristine waters of Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park.
Get up close to Australia’s beautiful nature. We have birds, plants and animals found nowhere else, 15 World Heritage-listed wonders and more than 500 national parks.
Experience the transformative power of the Australian outback in the Red Centre and Western Australia’s Kimberley. Snorkel with brilliant fish and coral on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. See koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, sea lions, pelicans and penguins on Kangaroo Island, a haven for Australia wildlife. Discover the wetlands and waterfalls of Kakadu National Park, home to one third of all Australian birds. Or step back in time in the Daintree Rainforest, where some of the Australian plants date back to Gondwanaland. Between May and September, you can spot whales along Western Australia’s vivid wildflower trail.
Nature-lovers can enjoy lots of great journeys – from drives to nature walks through the Australian bush. Hike Tasmania’s famous Overland Track, trek the lush Gold Coast hinterland or explore the Blue Mountains on the Six Foot Track.
Your Australian holiday wouldn’t be complete without shopping for uniquely Australian gifts and souvenirs. Evoke the ancient mystery of Aboriginal culture with an Aboriginal artwork or artefact. Buy a signature piece of jewellery made from opals, our national gemstone, or Australian pearls and rare pink diamonds found only in the Kimberley. Let Australia’s fashion designers fit you with the greatest of elegance or for the outback, city and beach, or luxuriate in a pair of soft sheepskin boots. Whether it’s high end fashion or our city and local markets with their diverse array of stores, Australia has a unique array of artefacts and souvenirs for your shopping pleasure. You’ll find high end shopping and shopping precincts across our cities, markets in the cities and local communities. Don’t forget to explore the opportunities to shop in Australia.
Australia’s Food and Wine
Australia offers any number of culinary adventures. Dining on Sydney Harbour is magical, from the high-calibre fare of city restaurants to fish and chips at Manly Beach, or on the deck of a luxury harbour cruise. Dine under a million stars at the Sounds of Silence or capture the legend of the Outback stockmen with camp-oven cooking in the Northern Territory. Explore the laneways of Melbourne where you’ll find world-class restaurants in converted warehouses and secret underground locations. Dine overlooking the vineyards in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Enjoy an Outback barbecue in the Kimberley for a uniquely Australian experience. Wander through the Mindil Beach Markets in Darwin and taste a breadth of fare from across the globe. Visit the rows of fresh produce and sumptuous delicatessens of the Victoria Markets in Melbourne or the Central Markets in Adelaide. Dine on seafood served fresh from the day’s catch at the Sydney Fish Market. Hunt for truffles in Western Australia or the Australian Capital Territory. You can shuck your own fresh oysters on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula. Meet the growers in regional Australia. Outdoors, by the water and in stunning locations, the range of ways to experience food and wine in Australia is almost as varied as the goods we produce.
Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia
Australia has more than 2,400 wineries dotted amongst 65 wine regions around the country. Australia’s wine regions produce more than 100 different grape varieties and over 30 million glasses of Australian wine are consumed worldwide every day. Australia is home to some of the oldest vines in the world, dating back to the 1850s.
Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia is a collection of premium award-winning wineries in Australia’s most renowned wine regions, offering a range of diverse experiences beyond the cellar door.
These wineries are not simply venues to taste and purchase wine. They offer restaurants, events, art, as well as exciting behind the scenes tours, private tastings, wine education and gastronomy, all in some of Australia’s most spectacular locations.
Great Walks of Australia
Walking is a great way to fully immerse yourself in Australia’s natural environment. The Great Walks of Australia are world class experiences and the best guided, multi-day walks Australia has to offer. From Tasmania’s pristine wilderness to the rugged outback of the Northern Territory, they’re a pilgrimage through the some of the world’s most unique and spectacular landscapes. You won’t have to forsake comfort either with comfortable eco-lodges, unique wilderness camps, hot showers, and gourmet meals to enjoy at the end of your day. So lace up your hiking boots, strap on your backpack and follow your guide on an adventure into Australia’s great outdoors.
Australia’s unique animals are a major drawcard for international visitors; and many zoos in Australia are among the world’s best. Australia has both public and private zoos. Some Australian zoos showcase exotic species such as big cats and elephants; while others focus on Australian native animals and birds. Zoos and wildlife sanctuaries in Australia undertake vital environmental education and research for the conservation of endangered animals. Many zoos in Australia hold special events, ‘behind the scenes’ tours and overnight stays which include close encounters with the animals. Here is where to see koalas, kangaroos, wombats and Australia’s other amazing animals.
Spoil yourself to an eventful journey of extraordinary holidays in Australia.
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