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Australia boasts many landscapes, from lush tropical rainforests to dry red deserts; rolling vineyards to majestic mountains and glimmering city sights. With three different time zones and incredible transport routes, Australia holidays allow you to experience a huge variety of adventures all in one trip.

It’s easy to see why so many visitors fall in love with Australia’s breath-taking nature, sophisticated cities and easy-going lifestyle. Offering mystical stories of Aboriginal Dreamtime, miles of untouched nature, unique wildlife and some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, there is no end to the bucket list adventures you can have on Australia holidays. Why not start in New South Wales with a Sydney Harbour cruise for sights of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge? Once you’re done with city sights, take a hike through the Blue Mountains or indulge in a Hunter Valley wine tour.

Australia: The land down under

The state of Victoria offers lush green countryside and epic coastal drives, such as the world-famous Great Ocean Road. Melbourne’s laneways are a foodie’s delight. You can tuck into eclectic restaurants and hipster cafes that serve some of the best coffee in the world. For a honeymoon to remember, why not fly from Melbourne to Hamilton Island and stay at luxurious properties, boasting postcard views?

In South Australia, sample some of the world’s best wines with a tour of the Barossa Valley, or head to Kangaroo Island to observe penguins and other native animals. If you’re a thrill-seeker then you will especially love Queensland, home to the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics, the Whitsundays and more. In Queensland, there’s no end to the unforgettable adventures that await you. For a true taste of the Australian outback, visit the eerie desert of Uluru in the Northern Territory or venture west and check out the coastlines of Perth ,and snap a selfie with one of the world’s happiest mammals, the quokka, on Rottnest Island.

There is so much to see and do in Australia that it can be difficult to know where to start. Give your Hayes & Jarvis Destination Specialists a call today to organise your unforgettable tailor-made Australia holiday.

Destination Highlights

  • Hop on board The Ghan and speed through the outback from South Australia to the Northern Territory.
  • Drive the East Coast from New South Wales into Queensland to visit World Heritage Sites: Daintree Rainforest and The Great Barrier Reef.
  • Connect with mother nature and camp out under the stars in the Red Centre of the Northern Territory.
  • See the breathtaking beauty of Victoria on the Great Ocean Road or explore the stunning coastline of Western Australia.

Explore Australia

Time Zone

GMT +7 to GMT +10 (dependent on daylight saving)

Flight Time

Approx. 23 hours

Currency

Australian Dollar (AUD)

Visa Information

All visitors to Australia (except New Zealand citizens) require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). This can be organised by your Travel Expert at the time of booking.

Language

English

Health Info

No vaccinations required

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“Meet Phillip Island’s resident penguins and see the ‘penguin parade’ as they waddle between the sand dunes and across the beach at dusk. During the day, come face to face with a cute koala as you wander across the treetop boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Centre.

James
Destination Specialist
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“A trip to Australia wouldn’t be complete without immersing yourself in Aboriginal culture and history. Consider booking an indigenous experience, such as the Didgeridoo Dreaming tour in Monkey Mia, the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Day Trip in Cairns, the Tiwi Islands Tour in Darwin, or see the Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta in Ayers Rock.”

Dave
Destination Specialist

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Australia holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions. Australia offers a huge selection of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone. 

Woodford Folk Festival

One of the biggest folk festivals in the world, Woodford Folk Festival is centred around folk music, showcasing artists from around the world. This event also offers comedy, film, street theatre, and more. Attend workshops, see the fireworks and enjoy the incredible food and drink at this must-see festival.

 

Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks

The world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks in Sydney Harbour is an unforgettable spectacle that attracts visitors from all corners of the globe. Pack a picnic and pitch up at one of the many viewpoints around the city to see in the New Year with style.

 

Mardis Gras

The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is a vibrant, colourful event providing two weeks of theatre, music and art, as well as incredible parties and a colourful parade. An event like no other in the world, prepare to have your boundaries pushed and your mind opened wide.

 

Anzac Day

Held on the 25th of April, Anzac Day is a national day to commemorate the Australians and New Zealanders who served in the war. Attend the dawn parade and pay your respects, or head to the local pub for a game of 2up, a traditional game which involves guessing if a coin will land heads or tails.

 

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Australia holiday. Australia has no shortage of incredible food, with its diverse lands offering plenty of fresh and locally sourced produce. The entire country is peppered with world-class restaurants, hipster cafes and alfresco dining spots. Offering a melting pot of flavours and influences from around the world, as well as staple Australian classics, there is no doubt the food in Australia will be a major highlight of your holiday in Australia. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.

 

Fresh Seafood

Home to the Barrier Reef, Australia is overflowing with restaurants that offer fresh fish and exceptional seafood. From buckets of tiger prawns to creamy oysters, succulent Moreton Bay bugs and freshly grilled barramundi, you will be spoilt for choice.

 

Australian Game Meat

From crocodile to kangaroo, emu to ostrich, you can sample it all in Australia. Each one with its very own distinctive flavour, Australian game meat is high in protein and low in fat. Visit a local butcher and pick up a selection of meats for a traditional Aussie BBQ or alternatively, try a tasting platter at a local restaurant.

 

Aussie Burger

The Australians love to put their own twist on things. The Aussie burger usually consists of egg, bacon, onion, pineapple, pickled beets and a beef patty.

Lamington

Lamingtons are sponge cakes that are covered in chocolate or raspberry sauce and sprinkled with coconut. Delicious with a cup of tea in the afternoon.

 

Tim Tams

Tim Tams are an Aussie favourite. They consist of two malted biscuits separated by a light chocolate cream filling and coated in a thin layer of chocolate. The best way to try a Tim Tam is a Tim Tam slam. Grab a tea or coffee, bite two corners off the Tim Tam diagonally and then use the Tim Tam as a straw to suck the tea or coffee through the biscuit, eating it quickly before the soft gooey biscuit falls into your drink.

Vegemite

Vegemite is one of the most common Australian foods to try during your Australia holiday. Just like Marmite, Vegemite is a yeast-based spread and you will either love it or hate it. The most popular way to eat it is on toast with butter. Many Aussie hipsters enjoy blending it with smashed avocado on sourdough bread.

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