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 multi-coloured coral of the Great Barrier Reef. It is the mystical stories of Aboriginal Dreamtime, the tropical rainforests and the endless white-sand beaches that line the coasts. Between captivating coastal views, the immense outback desert and numerous iconic sights; you will never be short of things to do in Australia.

As well as incredible natural beauty, Australia holidays offer the chance to explore exciting cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide where you’ll find world-class cuisine including off-the-back-of-the-boat seafood to high-end fusion restaurants. Enjoy the booming café culture – one to rival any European city – or sample the fine wines of the country’s best vineyards. Pair all this with the relaxed, easy-going Aussie lifestyle and you’ve got one outstanding holiday destination.

What’s more, the world is getting smaller and people’s bucket lists are getting longer and more adventurous. So whether it’s your first time Down Under, or you’re a returning traveller, as the sixth largest country in the world with four time zones and twenty two million people, you’re sure to experience something new with every visit.

Sail, snorkel, hike, swim, sightsee, relax. Whatever you want from your travels, 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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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: departure tax is included in the cost of your airline ticket

    Visa: all visitors to Australia (except New Zealand citizens) require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or eVisitor visa that enables you to stay in the country for three months. This can be organised by your Travel Designer 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 there

    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. However, 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

    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 very 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