Experts in Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

Australia Holidays

Australia is a vast land – three million square miles to be exact – that is nothing short of extraordinary. There are few places in the world that offer as much diversity as Australia.

Australia is the hard-baked earth of the Red Centre and the colourful coral of the Great Barrier Reef. It is the mystical stories of Aboriginal Dreamtime, tropical rainforests and glorious white-sand beaches. Between the miles of coastline, the immense outback desert and iconic city sights; you will never be short of things to do in Australia.

Alongside incredible natural beauty, Australia holidays offer the chance to explore exciting cities like SydneyMelbourne and Perth. Here you’ll find world-class cuisine from high-end fusion restaurants to off-the-back-of-the-boat seafood. Enjoy their booming café culture – one to rival any European city. Or sample the fine wines of the surrounding vineyards such as Hunter Valley or Margaret River

Then, of course, there are the famous beaches. Watch the pro surfers at Bondi Beach or relax on the powdery shores of the Whitsunday Islands. Pair this with the easy-going Aussie lifestyle and you’ve got one outstanding holiday destination.

Sail, snorkel, hike, swim, sightsee, relax. Whatever you want from your travels Down Under, holidays to Australia have it all.

If you’re short on time in Australia my tip would be to book domestic flights between destinations to make sure you have as much time as possible in each place.
Katie, Destination Manager
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  • Vivid Sydney & Surrounds

    13 Day Suggested Itinerary
    From £1,969 per person

    Sydney

    Great for
    • Adventure
    • City sights
    • Culture & history
    • Self-drives
  • Ultimate Outback Explorer

    16 Day Suggested Itinerary
    From £2,969 per person
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    • Adventure
    • Culture & history
    • Self-drives
    • Wildlife & nature
  • Grand Circle of Tasmania

    10 Day Self Drive
    From £749 per person
    Great for
    • Adventure
    • Beaches & boats
    • Food & wine
    • Self-drives
    • Wildlife & nature

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Traveller's guide

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Useful information

    Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)

    Language: English

    Time difference: GMT +8 to GMT +11

    Flying time: approx. 24 hours + 1 stop

    International airports: Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Perth, Brisbane and Gold Coast

    Recommended airlines: Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines

    Departure tax: included in the cost of your airline ticket

    Visa: all visitors to Australia (except New Zealand citizens) with a British passport require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or eVisitor visa. This enables you to stay in the country for up to three months. Your Travel Designer can organise your visa at the time of booking.

    Best time to visit Australia

    There’s never a bad time to visit Australia. In a country of varying climates, you can always find the ideal weather for you.

    High season: summer (Dec to Feb)

    • Wet season with high temperatures and humidity in the Top End (Northern Territory) and tropical regions.>
    • Hot, sunny weather for the southern states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

    Shoulder season: autumn and spring (Mar to May and Sep to Nov)

    • Warm weather all round.
    • Autumn is a colourful time down south.
    • Spring is a great time for wildlife spotting.

    Low season: winter (Jun to Aug)

    • Dry season brings pleasant temperatures and clear skies up north.
    • Wrap up for the colder weather and rainy days down south.

    See individual state, city or destination pages for more specific weather information. 

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Getting to Australia

    A holiday to Australia does involve a long flight. In fact, it’s two flights and roughly 24 hours of travel depending on your layover time. But, you don’t have to do the long journey Down Under all in one go. Stopover for a few days in an exotic city like Dubai, Singapore, or Hong Kong, to break up your travel time.

    See all our stopover destinations here.

    Approximate flying times:

    • London Heathrow to Sydney = 22 hours + 1 stop
    • London Heathrow to Melbourne = 22 hours + 1 stop
    • London Heathrow to Cairns = 23 hours 30 minutes + 1 stop 
    • London Heathrow to Perth = 19 hours 30 minutes + 1 stop

    Getting around Australia

    Transport in Australia is extremely good and easily accessible. Good news if you’re looking to do a multi-centre trip. However, as one of the largest countries in the world, distances aren’t small. If you’re short on time, internal flights are usually quite affordable and will save you some long journeys on the ground. Car hire (thankfully, Aussie’s drive on the left) is also a popular way to get around with pick-up options at all major airports, towns and cities. For those who’d prefer not to be behind the wheel, buses and trains are frequent. Or opt for an escorted tour if you want to spend more time looking out the window, taking in the view.

    Approximate flying times:

    • Sydney to Melbourne = 1 hours 35 minutes
    • Sydney to Cairns = 3 hours 10 minutes
    • Sydney to Perth = 5 hours 10 minutes

    Approximate driving times:

    • Sydney to Melbourne = 9 hours
    • Sydney to Brisbane = 11 hours
    • Sydney to Adelaide = 15 hours
    • Sydney to Cairns = 27 hours
    • Sydney to Perth = 40 hours

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  2. Book with confidence
    One of our team will get in touch with you to take you through your itinerary and once you're 100% happy with your travel plans, simply pay your deposit and start getting excited about your trip.
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