Face to face with a lion fish. Last night’s opera lingering in your ears. Eucalyptus oil merging with the blue haze from the mountains. The dry, punishing heat of the outback.


Australian cities are second to none and whatever your preferences, there’s a city to suit. Sydney is home to world class coastlines. Melbourne is arty and fashionable with a fantastic food and drink scene, while Perth is all laid back chic and beautiful beaches.

The wine is another very good reason to visit. Barossa Valley produces seasoned, full-fruited wines that pick up all the hints of the climate’s extremes and burst with character. As you explore the area, you’ll find it’s not just about the wine – you’ll also find a whole foodie culture spread out in small boutique eateries.

When you’re ready for the beach, join the sun-kissed crowds at Bondi. Check out the surf, or discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

The more you explore, the more intense the contrasts. From the sparse, inhospitable landscapes of the Kimberley coast, Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land, to ancient rainforests, rivers and tropical islands. Wherever you go, you’ll find one thing remains constant: people are always down to earth.

For a change of pace, spend time in the Aboriginal townships and visit Uluru. For wildlife, Kangaroo Island, Australia’s Galapagos, is one of a kind.

Wherever you go, you’ll never run out of activities: kayaking, fishing, abseiling, bungee-jumping, golfing, snorkelling and diving. The choice, as they say, is yours.

When to go

We recommend visiting from November to March. But the best months to visit the Northern Territory, Kimberley and tropical North Queensland are during the dry season from April to November.

Meet The Experts

Stephanie Carthy
Raised in Australia but has made England home, Stephanie brings extensive first-hand experience across all seven continents.
Sarah Parker
With a wealth of travel experiences Sarah channels her intimate knowledge of varied destinations across the globe to give advice on Australasia, Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean.


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