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
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
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.
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.