Australian experiences go beyond outback and urban adventures. They also include gastronomic delights and beaches. Choosing the right destination for your holiday is important because of the incredible diversity of culture and landscapes across the continent. Let your passions guide you as you plan an unforgettable trip to discover each Country’s best events, places, and experiences. Get inspired for your trip down under!
Every foodie knows Melbourne is the place to go for amazing culinary experiences, from beer-battered fish to Kingfish Tartare. Some of the city’s most popular restaurants are noted for their innovative and creative approach and a passion for seasonal produce and local cuisine. Wander through Melbourne’s famous laneways to find your reservation. You can also explore the vibrant culture and arts scene. Or stop by the markets to pick up souvenirs.
It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting for the first time or if you’re returning to visit; there are always new things to discover.
CONNOISSEUR – WINE
The rolling hills of Barossa Valley, located just an hour north of Adelaide, will charm you with their seemingly endless array of Australian wineries. The region’s exceptional varietals are available for tasting at beautiful cellar doors.
If you don’t feel like enjoying some of the finest wine and food pairings in the world, stay in a luxurious hotel or tour the beautiful cluster of villages, rolling hills and stone churches by bicycle, vintage car or hot air balloon.
FOR THE BEACH BABE
You can stroll along white-sand beaches or swim among coral reefs while you enjoy your day in the sun, exploring one of Australia’s most iconic archipelagos. The Whitsundays, a world-class resort located only 55 km (34 miles) from the Queensland coast, is the perfect spot for anyone looking to enjoy the radiant Australian sun.
You can dive below the surface into The Great Barrier Reef to get to know the marine life. Some of these species aren’t found anywhere else. You can also rent a boat or take a seaplane to see the turquoise waters from Whitehaven Beach. The Whitsundays are a place that can be enjoyed no matter what your budget or occasion.
FOR THE LUXURY-LOVERS
Lord Howe Island is the ideal holiday destination for luxury seekers looking for the ultimate escape. You can immerse yourself in Lord Howe Island’s stunning World Heritage-listed natural surroundings and enjoy incredible day hikes, snorkelling in the coral reefs and swimming with local fish, as well as wandering along quiet beaches. Enjoy the delicious, locally-sourced food, wine, and exquisite views from the highest seat on the island. There are only 400 guests allowed to visit the island at any given time.
FOR THE ONE WHO WANTS A RESET
The Margaret River region of Western Australia is a haven for those looking to relax and unwind. It offers luxury accommodation, yoga retreats, and natural spas. You can slow down and sign up for a private yoga class or a soul-restoring spa treatment. You can then relax at your preferred wineries and enjoy the many blends this wine region has to provide.
You will find the Wyadup Spa, the Injidup Natural Spa. Take a short drive to reconnect with nature. The waves create the perfect amount of foam and bubbles as they cascade over rocks and through narrow gaps to form a clear rock pool.
FUR THE WILD ONES
Tasmania is a great place to visit if you’re an adventure seeker. Tasmania has extreme experiences, but they aren’t for the weak-hearted. There are also thrills you won’t find anywhere else in Australia.
You will be awestruck by the beauty of Cradle Mountain’s canyons. If you don’t want to see waterfalls, you can take a jump off one. You will have a wonderful time floating through the rainforest and abseiling off waterfalls in this cool-climate paradise. You can also experience the world’s highest dam at Gordon Dam, southwest Tasmania (about a 2.5-hour drive from Hobart). This abseiling adventure takes you down 140m (459ft) in one continuous fall, standing several metres higher than Sydney Harbour Bridge.
FOR THE ANIMAL OBSESSED
Australia is home to more than one million species, many of which are unique to Australia. This island is home to many unique creatures, making it an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts.
You can enjoy a walk amongst the sun-baked sea lions and swim alongside dolphins. An expert guide will lead you on a day trip to see wild koalas as well as quirky echidnas, wallabies, birds, and perhaps even a shy platypus.
FOR ALL THOSE WANTING TO BE INSPIRED
For any culture lover, Australia’s capital is well worth a visit. It is just three hours from Sydney; Canberra is a lively hub of science, politics, arts and history. You can explore the cultural precinct of Canberra by stopping at Parliament House to see the Marble Foyer, Great Hall, and the House of Representatives from the galleries. Canberra offers the chance to remember the Australian soldiers at The Australian War Memorial. If you’re a fan of fine art, the National Gallery of Australia has some of the world’s most important works and exhibitions.
FOR ALL THOSE WHO WANT TO EXPLORE DEEPER
Kakadu has a rich history that spans tens to thousands of years. This is where you can see some of the most ancient Aboriginal rock art, dating back to over 20,000 years. It depicts themes of cultural identity as well as connection with the Country. It is a must-see place for anyone who wants to learn more about Australia’s First Nations culture and history.
Explore the many Kakadu archaeological sites that show how the Bininj/Mungguy have managed the landscape over the years. You can explore the area beyond the main attractions and see secret art sites, billabongs, and floodplains. Locally run tours are available all year.
FOR THE ECO-CONSCIOUS TOURIST
Port Douglas is a popular tourist destination, but did you also know it’s an eco-friendly location? Port Douglas has remained committed to sustainable tourism practices since being awarded Ecotourism Australia’s ECO Destination Certification.
You can sail on a carbon-neutral yacht and discover marine life unique to this part of the world. You can also sleep under the stars at significant rock art sites and enjoy eco-friendly accommodations with a clear head when you go on holiday to Port Douglas.