Experts in Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

Australia Holidays

Experience the Land down Under

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 an Australia holiday, with famous landmarks, gorgeous beaches and over 20 World Heritage sites.

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 on an Australia holiday. 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 in New South Wales, Barossa Valley in South Australia or Margaret River in Western Australia.

Australia’s coastlines

Take to the road and journey along world-famous Great Ocean Road in Victoria or venture west and journey up the coastlines of Perth, visiting the locals of Rottnest Island; the friendly Quokka, before continuing your road trip north into the Australian outback. 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 and stay on the largest of the islands; Hamilton Island surround by turquoise waters and coral reefs. Sail, snorkel, hike, swim, sightsee, relax. Whatever you want from your travels Down Under, holidays to Australia have it all.

Australia’s Top Experiences

Visit the immense and sacred monolith of Uluru (also known as Ayres Rock) in the heart of the Red Centre. Join a tour to visit this unique landscape and learn about Aboriginal culture and history. Travel from coast to coast, aboard the Ghan train from Adelaide to Darwin or on the Indian Pacific train from Sydney to Perth, on an epic rail journey with Great Southern Rail. Visit Australia’s only island state, Tasmania for walks around Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay enjoying delicious, local produce, such as olives, walnuts, cheese and fresh oysters.

Talk to one of our Travel Designers today to book one of these incredible experiences, or ask for some recommendations of what else there is on offer; Australia has it all!

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Must-see places

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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Red Centre


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Kakadu National Park

Kakadu and Katherine National Park

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Coral Coast

Coral Coast

Where to go

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Hamilton Island, Queensland
Whitsunday Islands

Hamilton Island

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Port Douglas

Port Douglas

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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

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Recommended experiences

What kind of holiday experiences are you looking for?

Choose where you want to go and select your travel interests to find the experiences you’ll love. Then add your favourites to your Travel Plan to start building your tailor-made trip.

There are 97 itineraries to choose from below. Use the filters to refine your options.

Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania Adventure

17 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £3,199 per person

Discover the city sights of iconic Sydney, vibrant Melbourne and stunning Hobart, combined with the breathtaking scenery of the Blue Mountains, Great Ocean Road and Tasmania.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • City sights
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature

Coast to Coast - Indian Pacific Rail and Hamilton Island

15 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £3,999 per person

Journey from coast to coast on this trip of a lifetime; travel from Perth to Sydney on the Indian Pacific, and then onto the white sand beaches of Hamilton Island.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Rail journeys

Darwin, Red Centre and Kangaroo Island Explorer

19 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £4,549 per person

Embark on an epic journey from coastal Darwin, through the Red Centre to the cosmopolitan city of Adelaide to discover the essence of Australia.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Culture & history

Queensland Classic Self Drive

15 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £2,499 per person

This 15 day itinerary gives you the opportunity to do all of these things - under your own pace driving from Brisbane to Cairns.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • 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. 

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    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