Wild koala climbing up a tree in Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Australia Holidays

A vast expanse of bustling cities, rich aboriginal culture, sought-after sceneries and iconic animals. Create a bespoke itinerary to enjoy all of this – and much, much more – on your travels down under.

Massive swathes of outback rub shoulders with tropical rainforests teeming with wildlife, vibrant cities, remote islands, and an indigenous population rich in ancient traditions and culture. Superb food and world-class wine only add to any adventure.

The extensive coastline ranges from dramatic and rugged to idyllic sandy beaches, from wild mangrove-lined swamps to scattered islands – all with waters rich in crocodiles, penguins, whales or turtles. A finely-tuned holiday itinerary is essential in order to see the highlights as well as the lesser-known experiences and attractions.

Wombat, Australia
Rainbow Lorikeet on Boab tree nest, The Kimberley, Western Australia
Rainbow lorikeets
Emus, Southern Australia, Australia

What to expect on your Australian holiday

A holiday to Australia can combine all the sophistication of a modern-day nation with a huge and extraordinarily beautiful wilderness area. On one day, you can enjoy a production in the plush interior of the Sydney Opera House and, the next, sit around a campfire listening to Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. Self-drive, travel by train, cruise the coastline or explore on foot – all are possible and all add another dimension. It’s simply perfect for an adventure with the kids, seeking out romantic boltholes, going in search of wildlife or getting off-grid.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Thala Beach Nature Reserve £££££

  • Australia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Set on the coast within 145 acres Thala Beach Nature Reserve is nestled into the rainforest, overlooking two kilometres of beautiful beach.

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Bamurru Plains £££££

  • Australia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Bamurru Plains is made up of nine spacious and cool safari suites plus the generous Kingfisher suite, all built amongst the savannah bush on the edge of the Mary River floodplains.

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Longitude 131 £££££

  • Australia
  • Tented Camps

Located amidst the sand dunes of Australia’s vast central desert, Longitude 131° offers an eco-sensitive, luxurious and romantic place to stay, with privileged views of the sun rising and setting over Uluru (Ayers Rock).

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Arkaba Station £££££

  • Australia
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Arkaba Homestead sits on a 60,000-acre private conservancy amidst the Flinders Ranges; an ancient landscape moulded by millions of years of geological activity and home to some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery and wildlife.

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Explore Australia

  • Sydney and the Blue Mountains
  • Lord Howe Island
  • Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Tasmania
  • Uluru
  • Perth & Margaret River
  • The Kimberley
  • Kakadu and Arnhem Land
  • Queensland

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A selection of activities and experiences you could consider including in your holiday to Australia.

Koala hanging in tree

Bushfire Recovery

Join like minded people to assist in land rehabilitation activities in areas worst affected by bushfires. Unite with Steppes Travel in supporting the Koala Clancy Foundation – enjoy wildlife encounters whilst engaging in meaningful conservation projects such as tree planting, habitat maintenance and wildlife counts of species affected by the fires.

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Indian Pacific Train heading Eastbound through Clare Valley, Australia

Australia by Train

Cross the country by train onboard the Ghan or the Indian Pacific.

Puppy sea lion seal coming to have fun and play

Swim with Sea Lions

Meet playful sea lions at Bairds Bay on the Eyre Peninsula in Southern Australia.

A group of walkers silhoutted on a ridge at sunrise, on Heading Cliffs overlooking a hazy Murray River below.

Australia on Foot

Escape the modern world for a few days and explore on foot on one of Australia’s Great Walks – a wonderful insight into a more hidden Australia.

Aerial view of the Olgas in the Red Centre at sunset

The Red Centre by Air

Take to the skies by helicopter or hot air balloon to witness the true vastness of the Red Centre.

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Whale Shark, Exmouth, Australia

Swim with whales

Stay at Sal Salis and swim with whale sharks or humpbacks on the Ningaloo Reef.

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Wild koala climbing up a tree in Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Conservation Work

Join in with conservation efforts from relocating koala to tracking feral cat, identifying manta ray and monitoring camera traps.

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Arkaba Station, Flinders Ranges, Arkaba Walk, Swagging Out, South Australia

‘Swag’ Out

‘Swag’ out under the stars for the night, a truly Australian experience.

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Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef Experience

Snorkel or dive in the ultimate underwater world on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Ubirr rock art Kakadu- Northern Territories Australia

Signature Aboriginal Experiences

From wildlife walkabout tours, rock-art or foraging, to city tours giving insight into music, painting and storytelling, a signature Aboriginal Experience offers a deeper understanding of the world’s oldest living culture.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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