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.
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.