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Australia Holidays

Australia is a vast and diverse country, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Known for its massive swathes of outback, spectacular coastlines, national parks and urban landscapes, a finely tuned holiday itinerary is essential in order to enable you to see the highlights as well as the lesser known experiences and attractions in the time that you have.

Why we like Australia

A holiday to Australia combines all the facilities and sophistication of a modern-day nation with a huge and extraordinarily beautiful wilderness area. One day you can sit and enjoy a production in the plush interior of the Sydney Opera House and the next be sitting around a camp fire as Aboriginal tribesmen perform a dance that has been passed down through generations. Good food and delicious wine all add to what is always an adventure.

What to expect on your Australian holiday

  • Personalized private touring with expert guides and drivers
  • Preferred rooms at the very best hotels
  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations
  • Restaurant and spa reservation service, performance and sporting event ticket arrangements
  • Around-the-clock support in each destination during the trip
  • Unique, insider travel experiences

Australia is bursting with adventure and in the last fifteen years has transformed its outback into an exciting playground that appeals to all ages. Aside from the ubiquitous sheep and cattle stations you can explore vast swathes of tropical rainforest teeming with wildlife as well as arid deserts that support kangaroos and emus, where the sacred grounds of the indigenous population, still in use today, date back thousands of years. 

For the most part we recommend staying on private homesteads or in bush camps and lodges although there are private islands and plenty of boutique hotels as well, depending on your preferences.

Some ideas for an Australian holiday

  • Sample bush tucker, search for the Tasmanian Big Five and walk on deserted island beaches in Tasmania
  • Cruise the northern coast from the comfort of a small luxury expedition boat.
  • Walk the base of Uluru in the company of an Aboriginal elder.
  • Go bird watching on the Mary River flood plains on the edge of Kakadu National Park.
  • Explore Australia’s wilderness through an African style flying safari staying in a combination of remote lodges and private homes.
  • Go diving or snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef from a luxury resort.
  • A self-drive adventure in Western Australia with the full range of accommodation to chose from.

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Beyond the ordinary

  • Go walking in Arnhem Land
  • Take a float plane from The Islington, Hobart and fly into the Freycinet Peninsula. Stay at Saffire Lodge and pick fresh oysters from the seabed.

OUR AUSTRALIA EXPERTISE

Charlies knowledge of Australia is incredible and his expertise is augmented by our partners in Australia who are consistently able to pull the most amazing itineraries and adventures out of the hat. No two holidays to Australia are ever the same and each one is crafted and changed until it exactly meets your requirements. Then we add a few surprises to make it all the more special!

Australia FAQs

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How will I get around the country?

Self drive is hugely popular in Australia, with easy roads and plenty of places to stop off at during those longer journeys. For the long distances, then internal flights are the way to travel without being time consuming. When in the city getting around on foot is the best way to explore, and is inevitably when you will come across those hidden gems. If self driving we advise avoiding driving late at night, as this is when many native animals become active, and reaching your destination before nightfall.

What local food should I try?

Australia does not have one specific national dish, but a number of different dishes throughout the country varying from state to state. With its close proximity to Asia, and even closer one to the sea, Australia is the perfect place to try the combination of local and Asian dishes included Salt & Pepper Squid, which is fast becoming a popular choice.

Is it safe to be out in the sun?

Australia is known for its extremely hot summers, and it can take only 15 minutes in the sun for skin to burn. Even on cloudy days, the suns rays are still very strong and protection will be needed. Make sure you bring a high factor, water-resistent sun cream, wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and some form of cover-up. We always advise avoiding the sun during the middle of the day when it is at its most intense, and making sure you drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated.

What should I see?

From the breathtaking underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, to watching the sun set over the red sandstone monolith Uluru, Australia seems to have an infinite list of things to see and do. A trip is not complete without a visit to the buzzing city of Sydney; with its fantastic restaurants, busy Harbour and Opera house, and of course its miles of sandy beaches. For those who are looking to get away from it all and enjoy some of the country’s local produce, then the scenic Hunter, Barossa and Yarra Valleys are the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the fantastic wines on offer.

What are the rules on tipping?

On the whole, tipping is not the norm, and is only now becoming more popular in some of the more expensive restaurants and bars. Tips are only usually made in cases of good service by the locals for around 10% of the bill, but this is of course up to you as to how much you wish to give.

Holidays

Australia - Arnhemland & Kakadu

Arnhemland & Kakadu

Australia is a vast country with some truly spectacular scenery, untouched by man for millennia. ...

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Australia - Ultimate Tasmania

Ultimate Tasmania

This holiday to Tasmania really does show off the best of this beautiful island state. The charmi...

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Australia - Perth & The Ningaloo Reef

Perth & The Ningaloo Reef

Spend time exploring the laid-back city of Perth before heading north to the Ningaloo reef, home ...

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Australia - South Australia & Kangaroo Island

South Australia & Kangaroo Island

Often less visited that some areas of the country Southern Australia is a land of extreme contras...

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Australia - Highlights of Western and Southern Australia

Highlights of Western and Southern Australia

Often less visited than other parts of Australia due to its distance from the bustling cities of ...

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PNG - Sepik River Adventure Cruise

PNG- Sepik River Adventure Cruise

Travel to Papua New Guinea with Steppes Travel on the 12-day expedition cruise on board True Nort...

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Australia - Combined Australia & Tasmania Holiday

Combined Australia and Tasmania Holiday

This fantastic and varied itinerary incorporates a tour of Sydney, a visit to the World Heritage ...

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Australia - Ultimate Kimberley Cruise

Cruise Western Australia

This 14 day expedition cruise on board True North explores the magnificent Kimberley coast w...

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Australia - Family Australia

Family Holiday to Australia

This 17 day family holiday suggestion combines the wonderful, wild outback, beautiful beaches, th...

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Australia - Kimberley by Helicopter

Australia - Darwin to Broome by helicopter

A true adventure in one of Australia’s most beautiful and untouched wildernesses.Walk Aboriginal ...

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Inspiration

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Daily sunset lighting of the Sydney Opera House Sails

Every day at sunset and again at 7 pm until 31 August 2017 the Sydney Opera House is being lit up for a seven-minute projection exploring age old First Nations stories. Bennelong Point, where the Sydney Opera House is built was originally owned by the Gadigal People and the light show is titled Badu Gili, meaning 'water light' in their ancient language.
Kangaroo, Australia

New direct flights into Kangaroo Island

New direct flights are now operating during Australias summer season from Melbourne into Kangaroo Island.

Currently it is only possible to access this rugged island by ferry or flight from Adelaide, however, the island's airstrip has been extended enabling flights from other major cities to access the island. Kangaroo Island is a wonderful addition to any holiday and offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the country.

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Wild Flowers, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia

Non Stop Flight UK to Perth

This year Qantas Airlines began operating the longest commercial flight in the world - Perth to London in 19 hours.
These direct flights to Perth make it the most accessible city in Australia with the shortest flight time from the UK. Winter in Western Australia between June and November offers a different reason to visit the region with wild flowers carpeting the region and the food and wine experiences hitting a high. Truffle hunting throughout August and the Margaret River Gourmet Escape in November showcasing the wonderful produce of the region and leading wine experts and chefs attending.
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True North Boat, Eagle Falls, The Kimberley, Western Australia

The best wet season on record

Following a positively dry, wet season last year, the top end of Australia from the wetlands of Kakadu to the thundering waterfalls of the Kimberley are bursting with life following one of the best wet seasons for decades.

The floodplains around Kakadu and Bamurru Plains are teeming with crocodiles and a profusion of birdlife and the waterfalls of the Kimberley are even more impressive than normal. Explore the wetlands of Kakadu and the ancient Aboriginal culture of Arnhemland with some of Australias best guides or board the luxurious True North to cruise the Kimberley. 

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Diplodocus, Dinosaur Print, The Kimberley, Australia

World's largest dinosaur footprint

The remote Kimberley coastline is home to a newly discovered dinosaur footprint measuring some 1.7 metres. Thought to be the print of a giant herbivore, probably standing at around 5.3 to 5.5 metres at the hip, this huge print is one of a collection of diverse impressions embedded into the sandstone rock and only visible at low tide. 
The Goolarabooloo people are the ancient custodians of this land and were aware of the prints, so when the land was selected as a site for liquid natural gas processing back in 2008, they contacted Steve Salisbury, a vertebrate palaeontologist at the University of Queensland who investigated and reported his findings to ABC News. Board the True North for a luxury cruise to explore this magical and ancient land.
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Field of Light by Bruce Munro, Uluru, Red Centre, Australia

Field of Light illuminates the Uluru desert

Over 50,000 stems topped by frosted-glass spheres light up once darkness descends over the desert.
The Field of Light art installation, by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, was dreamt up when he first visited Uluru in 1992. It has now come ‘home’ to the place that inspired it having first been shown at the V&A museum in 2004 and subsequently in varying forms around the UK, in the US and Mexico.

This solar installation is powered by 36 portable solar panels and is made up of spheres, stems and cables of varying colours that appear to sway in the quiet night. Pathways lead visitors into the artwork which is spread over an area of about 49,000 square metres.

Guests at Longitude 131° will experience the Field of Light as part of their signature experiences program. 

This magical artwork will be on show at Uluru until 31 March 2018.
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