Discover Australia’s destinations, starting with icons such as the Red Centre, Kakadu National Park and the Great Barrier Reef. These natural treasures cover a breathtaking diversity of landscapes, from the mountainous Australian Alps to Fraser Island’s sand dunes, rainforest and lakes. Just as distinct are Australia’s cities, where our laidback lifestyle and cosmopolitan culture meet. From beach-fringed Sydney to elegant Adelaide, you’ll find a melting pot of cultures and a medley of theatre, restaurants, nightlife and events. Australia has so much for you to explore, whether you want nature, wildlife, outback adventure, islands, rainforest or reef. Australia’s unique beauty is spread across eight states and territories, so find out more about the distinct attractions within each. Did you know Australia is the sixth largest country in the world? It’s about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50 per cent larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world – only two people per square kilometre. No wonder the Aussie’s love company! Come and visit us soon. Read More
Home to the world famous Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney is Australia’s largest and most dynamic city. Boasting great surf beaches, a vibrant restaurant scene and easy access to the beautiful Blue Mountains, Sydney has something for everyone. The historical “Rocks” precinct is the birthplace of the Nation. A great way to explore Sydney is on foot. And the Rocks provide the perfect place to do this. Unlock Sydney’s fascinating past and see convict built dwellings. Of course no visit to Sydney is complete without a visit to Bondi Beach. One of Sydney’s most recognizable destinations, Bondi oozes charm. The Eastern Suburbs feature some of Sydney’s finest real estate. The suburbs of Darling Point, Double Bay and Watsons Bay are absolutely stunning.
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Floriade festival of flowers, a yearly event held in spring (September-October), not to be missed. Tulips are the main feature but many other colorful flowers and floral displays are featured. There are also sculptures, garden stalls, makeshift restaurants, activities, live music by local performers and sometimes there is even a gnome or scarecrow festival where children (and some adults) paint gnomes or make scarecrows and enter a competition to choose the best. Great for a photo opportunity! The majority of the Australian Capital Territory is actually not Canberra city and there is a large area of national park. While most people don’t spend any time outside of the city there is plenty to do if you want to get away from the museums and attractions for a while.
With both the wondrous Great Barrier Reef and stunning tropical rainforests on its doorstep, Cairns is a truly unique holiday destination. Enjoy warm weather all year round as you relax with great food, superb wine and friendly locals.
Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne has an enviable reputation for sophistication and culture. Enjoy world-class cafes and restaurants, art and theatre, or coincide your stay with the Formula One Grand Prix or the Australian Open Tennis. Melbourne is Australia’s centre for the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, sport and tourism. It is the birthplace of cultural institutions such as Australian Film, Australian Television, Australian Rules football, the Australian impressionist art movement and Australian dance styles such as New Vogue. Melbourne is also a major centre for contemporary and Australian music. It is often referred to as the “Cultural Capital of Australia”.
Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, and is a beautiful, historic and friendly holiday destination. Plus, it’s a great launching pad to visit surrounding natural wonders such as Mount Wellington, the Freycinet Peninsula and the rugged Tasmanian wilderness. Hobart is Australia’s second oldest capital city after Sydney and as such, has an amazing past. Originally set up as a place to house convicts, Hobart now features beautiful architecture to compliment its beautiful landscapes.
Further North is the town of Launceston. A perfect place from which to discover Cradle Mountain and Strawn on the wild West Coast. Maybe check out the wineries in the Tamar Valley. Hobart and Tasmania is the perfect place to spend 3 or 4 days driving around admiring the sights. The city is the financial and administrative heart of Tasmania, and also serves as the home port for both Australian and French Antarctic operations.
Adelaide is the capital of South Australia, the fifth largest city in Australia. Adelaide is a coastal city situated on the eastern shores of Gulf St Vincent, on the Adelaide Plains, north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, between Gulf St Vincent and the low-lying Mount Lofty Ranges. The suburbs reach roughly 20 km (12 mi) from the coast to the foothills but sprawl 100 km (62 mi) from Gawler at its northern extent to Sellicks Beach in the south.
Named in honor of Queen Adelaide, the German-born consort of King William IV, the city was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for a freely settled British province in Australia. Colonel William Light, one of Adelaide’s founding fathers, designed the city and chose its location close to the River Torrens in the area originally inhabited by the Kaurna people. Light’s design set out Adelaide in a grid layout, interspaced by wide boulevards and large public squares, and entirely surrounded by parkland. Early Adelaide was shaped by religious freedom and a commitment to political progressivism and civil liberties, which led to world-first reforms. From Adelaide you are close to Australia’s premier wine growing region, The Barossa Valley, home of the famous Penfolds Grange. Kangaroo Island is also just a short flight or ferry ride away. Kangaroo Island features some of Australia’s best wildlife spotting regions, rich with Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallaby’s and Australian Fur Seals. As South Australia’s seat of government and commercial centre, Adelaide is the site of many governmental and financial institutions. Most of these are concentrated in the city centre along the cultural boulevard of North Terrace, King William Street and in various districts of the metropolitan area. Today, Adelaide is noted for its many festivals and sporting events, its food, wine and culture, its long beachfronts, and its large defense and manufacturing sectors. It continues to rank highly as a livable city, being in the Top 10 in The Economist’s World’s Most Livable Cities index.
Featuring magnificent beaches, a lively restaurant scene and a superb climate, Perth is one of the world’s most inviting cities. It’s also the gateway to some stunning areas of Australia including Margaret River, Ningaloo Reef and the outback Kimberley region. Perth is the capital and largest city of Western Australia. The metropolitan area is located in the south-west of the continent between the Indian Ocean and a low coastal escarpment known as the Darling Range. The central business district and suburbs of Perth are situated on the Swan River.
Shortly after the establishment of the port settlement of Fremantle, Perth was founded on 12 June 1829 by Captain James Stirling as the political centre of the free-settler Swan River Colony. As the business and administration centre for the resource rich state, Perth has grown consistently faster than the national average. Another great adventure to the North of Perth are the fascinating rock formations known as the Pinnacles. Large limestone rocks that are embedded into the ground. Perth became known worldwide as the “City of Light” when city residents lit their house lights and streetlights as American astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth on Friendship 7 in 1962. The city repeated the act as Glenn passed overhead on the Space Shuttle in 1998.
Travel has never been more exciting in the Northern Territory, Australia’s real Outback. Over three times the size of California, yet with only two hundred thousand inhabitants, it’s not surprising that Australia’s Northern Territory represents nature on a grand scale! Trek across iconic natural landscapes, canoe through imposing gorges and discover the NT’s hidden gems on a four-wheel drive adventure. Experience Aboriginal culture and its 50,000-year-old story, and write your own as you explore from the Red Centre to the tropical north. The Northern Territory has two very distinctive climate zones. The northern region starts the year with warm, tropical rain then moves to warm and sunny days and cool nights mid-year. The end of the year is pre-monsoonal season, which produces amazing lightning storms. Central Australia is semi-arid and experiences Australia’s four typical seasons: summer, autumn, winter and spring. The monsoon rains do not extend this far south so the weather is quite different to the Top End in that there is no tropical rainy season.
Darwin has an international airport and there are domestic airports at Alice Springs, Uluru/Ayers Rock, Katherine and Tennant Creek. The Ghan train links Darwin with Adelaide and stops at Alice Springs and Katherine en route. Darwin is a major cruise port destination. The Red Centre in Australia’s Northern Territory is home to the real Outback and to Australia’s most recognizable icon, Ayers Rock (Uluru).