Australia Holidays: An Overview

A continent sized country, Australia has anything and everything to make a tailor made trip a memorable one.

Miranda and Katie are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Very few countries offer quite so much diversity for a tailor made luxury holiday, from dramatic coastlines, beaches that go on forever, and beautiful mountain ranges
  • There's so much fresh food to be enjoyed, coupled with an increasingly sophisticated foodie culture
  • We have to mention the weather. Put simply, if it's not hot enough, just head north...

Luxury Holidays to Australia: The Detail

The vast island of Australia is a country of natural beauty and vivid contrasts, and a big Original Travel favourite. Think spectacular landscapes; UNESCO World Heritage wilderness areas; wildlife that has evolved in isolation for over 50 million years and vibrant, modern cities boasting world famous man-made landmarks such as Sydney Harbour and the iconic Opera House. Australia has to be one of the best for tailor made luxury holidays.

Did you know

  • The name 'Australia' comes from the Latin word 'australis', meaning 'southern'
  • Most of Australia's exotic flora and fauna can't be found anywhere else on earth
  • Australia is the biggest island and the smallest continent in the world
  • Aborigines have been in Australia for between 40,000 and 80,000 years
  • Australia is one of the wealthiest and safest nations in the world
  • Besides Athens in Greece, the largest Greek population can be found in Melbourne, Victoria

Australia has seven states, all as different as the next. Queensland boasts pristine beaches, tropical rainforests, the stunning Whitsunday islands and the diving Mecca that is the Great Barrier Reef. Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Cairns are the three main towns/cities in Queensland, and each to their own they have very individual characters, whilst retaining the laid back personality of Queensland.

New South Wales is where you'd find that popular city some call Sydney, as well as the beautiful Blue Mountains, wineries, tablelands and miles of undulating bushland. The beaches in this area of Australia are wild and not to be missed. A particular favourite of travellers and luxury holiday makers alike is Byron Bay, a surfer's retreat with a slow pace of life and quirky little cafes and restaurants.

South Australia is home to the Southern outback, ocean, the city of Adelaide, and the wildlife wonder of Kangaroo Island. This area of Australia is great for wildlife, wine and walking.

Tasmania is a land of rugged wilderness; the fjords, bays, magnificent beaches and dramatic sea cliffs make this one of the best places to visit while on a luxury holiday in Australia.

Victoria is a popular state for those wanting to sample Melbourne's cosmopolitan scene, with year round festivals, fine dining, arts events and so on. Victoria also has magnificent bushwalking trails and scenic coastal drives along the Great Ocean Road.

The Northern Territory is at the very heart of Australia and home to the iconic Ayers Rock, or Uluru. But there's more to the Northern Territory than just the rusty plains of the 'Red Centre' and the chameleon-like quality of Uluru (it changes colour many times between dawn and dusk); the lush green floodplains of the Kakadu National Park are calling from its northern reaches.

Lastly we have Western Australia, the largest state in Australia occupying the entire western third of the country. As expected with such a huge state, there is a huge diversity of landscapes, from the urban (state capital Perth), to the coastal (brilliant beaches and world class diving on Ningaloo reef), vineyards as far as the eye can see near to Margaret River, and the rugged Kimberley region, home to creeks, caverns and some of the world's oldest rock paintings.

The hospitality on offer in Oz is second to none and we can arrange any number of memorable activities to enjoy in any destination of choice. Despite the long flight, don't rule this out as a family destination either, with loads of friendly resorts, child friendly beaches, zoos and other amusement parks.

Australia is actually so big that it is not possible to see it all at once, which obviously means you will just have to go back time and time again. Okay, realistically you may only go that one special time and the beauty is that the Original Travel team can maximise your tailor made luxury holiday with their knowledge and expertise of all that Australia has to offer. If you are an absolute foodie yet love to surf to shed the previous night's shrimp barbecue (sorry- couldn't resist), then maybe we'd suggest the cosmopolitan highlights of Melbourne combined with a jaunt on Australia's Western coast for, let's face it, first class surfing. Who knows…? Australia has it all.


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Clownfish hiding in a sea anemone

My first ever dive on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It's what inspired me to dive. No-one forgets their first dive!

Neill, Original Traveller

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 23°C / 73°F
  • Rainfall — 12cm / 4.9 inches
  • Water Temp. — 24°C / 75°F
Language

English

Currency

Australian Dollar

Visa Requirements

Required

Religion

Catholic

Food & Drink

Vegemite, Pie Floater, Chiko Roll

What to pack

swimwear, towel and comfortable clothing for some serious outdoor activities!

Flight from London

19:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +10 hrs


Top picks for Australia

Sab Lord and Aborigines

Top End Tours with Sab Lord

Uluru & The Northern Territory

Australia’s vast Northern Territory is a magnificent blend of ancient Aboriginal heritage, striking landscapes and varied wildlife, and no one knows the Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land in Northern Australia like Sab Lord. Snaffle one of his highly sought after exclusive day tours to aboriginal heartlands to hear about their traditions and see stunning rock art.

What to do

Windmills Break

Windmills Break

Western Australia

Named after a nearby surf beach and located in Yallingup – the ‘Place of Love’ – Windmills Break proposes a series of luxury rooms for the discerning adventurer.

Where to stay

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains

Sydney & New South Wales

Take a trip into the gorges and escarpments of the Blue Mountains, inaccessible to all but the keenest of bush walkers and locals who know their way on the unmarked dirt tracks.

What to do

Facade

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Sydney & New South Wales

Situated in an old wool and cargo factory, the Blue Hotel has had a major facelift and is now the Ovolo Woolloomooloo – a luxury hotel combining century-old history with modern comforts. This heritage listed building is set in a picturesque wharf location and built on a pier overlooking Sydney harbour.

Where to stay

Cape Lodge Forest Suites exterior

Cape Lodge

Western Australia

A boutique hotel in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, Cape Lodge is set in its own vineyard.

Where to stay

Whale Shark, Ningaloo Reef

Western Australia

Australia

Famous for its long days of sunshine, spotless blue skies and brilliant beaches, Western Australia is a great place to experience some rather special natural attractions.

Where to go

Katu Jutas, Northern Territory

Uluru & The Northern Territory

Australia

At the heart of Australia is the ‘Red Centre’, a dry, sparsely vegetated and even more sparsely populated region of the country.

Where to go

The Twelve Apostles, Australia

Victoria

Australia

Enjoy Melbourne's cultural scene, take to the Great Ocean Road, and follow bushwalking trails.

Where to go

Sydney Harbour

Sydney & New South Wales

Australia

With a stunning natural setting, Sydney is Australia's leading city, known worldwide for its spectacular harbour and the iconic Opera House.

Where to go

Pullman Resort Bunker Bay

Pullman Resort Bunker Bay

Western Australia

Perched on the northern point of Cape Naturaliste in the Margaret River is this luxury beachfront accommodation. Luscious gardens are the setting for a series of bungalow style villas and superior facilities.

Where to stay

Saffire Freycinet

Saffire Freycinet

Tasmania

With sweeping views across the Hazard Mountains, Saffire is a lodge bridging luxury and the great Tasmanian wilderness.

Where to stay

Orion Cruises

Orion Cruises

Western Australia

Offering expeditions rather than cruises, the Orion has been purpose-built to take travellers to the most inaccessible areas around Australasia and the Antarctic, allowing them to experience remote communities and abundant wildlife.

Where to stay

The Henry Jones Art Hotel

The Henry Jones Art Hotel

Tasmania

Housed in a former jam factory on Hobart’s waterfront, the Henry Jones Art Hotel is – as the name suggests – a dedicated art hotel with a collection comprising of over 300 works of art.

Where to stay

Pool and sun loungers at El Questro Homestead

El Questro Homestead

Western Australia

Set in one million acres of remote wilderness in the Kimberley region, the El Questro Homestead is in a fairly awe-inspiring location, and is a haven for wildlife.

Where to stay

Wallaby, Kangaroo Island

South Australia

Australia

Home to the Southern Outback, ocean, the city of Adelaide, and the wildlife wonder of Kangaroo Island.

Where to go

Palm Trees at Capella Lodge

Capella Lodge

Lord Howe Island

World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island is a crescent-shaped sub-tropical island in the South Pacific Ocean, a two-hour flight from Sydney.

Where to stay

Whitehaven Beach

Queensland

Australia

Queensland boasts beautiful beaches, perfect islands and the razzle-dazzle of the Gold Coast.

Where to go

Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania

Australia

Fjords, bays, magnificent beaches and dramatic sea cliffs make this one of the best places to visit in Australia.

Where to go

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