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Australia harbours a land of vast contrasts from desert to sea and much in between. Blessed with an abundance of unique wildlife and scenic splendours, Australia is also a haven of lively cities, gourmet wonders and captivating indigenous culture. Cruise, walk, fly, eat and drink your way across Australia with this comprehensive guide to the most unique and iconic destinations and experiences this country has to offer.
New South Wales
The mild climate and well defined seasons make New South Wales an easy holiday destination. For those after a city escape, it doesn’t get more iconic than Sydney and its Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Cruise one of the most beautiful Harbours in the world on a private charter and see all the quintessential sites or take a walk among the historic Rocks, filled with some of Sydney’s oldest pubs and upscale restaurants. Outside the city limits, just an hour west lies the Blue Mountains region, perfect for a bush walking adventure. For those seeking sun, sand and surf, there are over 892 beaches to uncover on New South Wales’ coast including the world-famous Bondi Beach. For a tropical island getaway, New South Wales is also home to the World Heritage Listed Lord Howe Island, just over two hours flight from Sydney on the edges of the Great Barrier Reef.
New South Wales Things To Do
One of Australia’s smallest states, Victoria does not hold back when it comes to all-encompassing travel experiences. Take a stroll by the Yarra River or spend the weekend exploring the city’s urban laneways, hidden boutiques, bars and galleries in the cultural hub of Australia, Melbourne. For food and wine lovers, Victoria plays host to five outstanding wine regions and harbours more than 800 wineries matched with artisan food vendors, perfect for a gourmet getaway to suit every palate from the coastal Mornington Peninsula down South to the world famous Yarra Valley, just 27 minutes drive of the city centre. No holiday to Victoria is complete without taking to the road on the Great Ocean Road leading to the famed Twelve Apostles.
Victoria Things to Do
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In South Australia, you will find some of the country’s best wines and food appreciation culture. Named as the ‘Great Wine Capital of the World’ why not hit the road and grab a glass. Whether it be the Barossa, Adelaide Hills or McLaren Vale, there is an undeniable abundance of opportunities to delight your taste buds. Prefer a coastal adventure? Delve into Australia’s major seafood hub on the Eyre Peninsula where you can swim with friendly seals and dolphins and even cage dive with the infamous Great White Shark. Just a 45 minute ferry from the Fleurieu Peninsula you’ll find the wildlife teeming Kangaroo Island. Not only does South Australia lend itself to incredible vineyard, farmland and coastal scenery, but it also boasts some awe-inspiring outback landscapes home of the Flinders Ranges and Lake Eyre. Mine for your own opals in the Opal Capital of the World in Coober Pedy or sleep under the stars on an iconic outback walking experience.
South Australia Things To Do
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There is nothing quite like Tasmania with over 40 percent of the state standing as protected national parks and reserves. A perfect place to get back to nature you can find tropical rainforest and craggy mountains to the west where you can walk the famed Cradle Mountain Overland Track. Head east and you will find white sandy beach of Wineglass Bay and the red lichen coastline of the Bay Of Fires. Tasmania’s moderate climate and fertile lands make it one of the most sought-after foodie destinations. Wade into the waters and try the freshest of oysters in Coles Bay or try your hand Whisky making in the city of Hobart. Doused in history and convict heritage, Port Arthur Historic Site to the south is a great way to get your educational fix.
Tasmania Things To Do
One of the largest remote regions, the Northern Territory is the least inhabited area of Australia, yet one of the most curious. It is nearly impossible to travel to the Red Centre without visiting and viewing the changing colours of the sunset over the iconic Uluru/Ayers Rock, but beyond that lies Kings Canyon, a place of indigenous importance where you can enjoy one of the best spots for hiking. Travel to the Top End and you will be amazed by the contrast in landscape inside Kakadu National Park, boasting 20,000 year old rock art and a indigenous culture dating back more than 65,000 years. Watch the sunset over the Nadab Floodplain at Ubirr Rock Lookout or take a refreshing dip in one of the many secluded water holes in Litchfield National Park. Head even further north and you can experience true, rustic island living on Bremer or Tiwi Island.
Northern Territory Things To Do
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The largest state of Australia, covering nearly one-third of the country it is almost impossible to list just a few of the incredible sites and activities. The Margaret River region is the perfect place to start, located in the south, expect craft breweries, boutiques and exceptional wineries, sure to tantalise your tastebuds. If you are seeking adventure, look no further then the Kimberley region characterised by its vast wilderness, deep seeded indigenous culture and unspoilt natural splendours. Take a tender ride through the bizarre Horizontal Falls or take the time to explore Purnululu National Park on foot and you are sure to be impressed. Journey to the north-west coastline and you will find picturesque turquoise water and the opportunity to swim with the friendly giants of the sea, the whale shark, at Ningaloo Reef.
Western Australia Things To Do
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When most people think of Queensland, the famous Great Barrier Reef is sure to pop into the mind. A quintessential island getaway is not hard to find whether it be amid the Witsundays or the city of Cairns where you can sail, swim, snorkel and soak up the rays on a picture perfect beach. Yet beyond the iconic tropical coast lies many wonders waiting to be uncovered. Ofcourse, you can’t go a-miss when visiting the Daintree Rainforest. Stay in a treehouse amid the canopy and wake up to the sounds of the rainforest or simply explore the world’s oldest rainforest by foot and the myriad of animals that call it home. For those after a hiking adventure, just under an hour and a half drive will find you at the Scenic Rim trail, trailing through the World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest along the Great Dividing Range. Further inland, you will come across a dramatic change from the state’s lush wet tropics in the form of Queensland’s outback, showcasing the history and culture of life in rural Australia.
Queensland Things To Do
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