The largest island on Earth and the smallest continent, the Land Down Under offers a vast array of climates, ecosystems, and wildlife that you would be hard pressed to experience all in one go. From pristine beaches making up 23,000 miles of coastline, to the red sands of the desert outback, the thick jungle of the North and the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia has a bit of everything.
Running along the eastern coast is a site so grand it can be viewed from space – the Great Barrier Reef, home to 1,400 miles of immaculate coral and unrivaled marine life, accessible from Queensland or the many islands off the coast. The national parks and nature preserves in the  southern regions offer astounding scenery and diverse wildlife including the wallaby, wombat, kangaroo, and everyone’s furry favorite, the koala. For inland adventures consider the arid red landscapes of the outback with striking rock formations and aboriginal painting inscribed across the desert terrain. Also not to be missed are the bustling cosmopolitan centers like Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth for a brilliant combination of natural wonders, fabulous food and wine, culture, history, vibrant nightlife and laid-back locals.

 

What’s To Love in Australia

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Soak Up Sydney

Take a catamaran tour of the city’s stunning harbor, climb the iconic bridge for beautiful panoramic views, visit the historical Opera House, tour the city’s spectacular zoo or simply soak up the sun on the shores of Bondi Beach. In the evening grab some street food at Rocks Market or raise a glass with the locals at one of the many open air pubs in the Rocks neighborhood nearby the harbor.

Traverse the Country by Luxury Rail

Embark on one of the most epic rail adventures in the world upon The Ghan or Indian Pacific. Explore the vast beauty of Australia and see this sacred land in all its majesty and ever-changing color. Opt to disembark to explore a specific geography for a day or two, then jump back on.

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Swim with the Dolphins; Surf with the Locals

Just south of Perth lies the colorful town of Margaret River, home to craft breweries, live music, art galleries, lush forests and vineyards, famed surfing, and perhaps best of all - the chance to swim with dolphins in the wild.

Discover the Underground City

In the southern desert region lies the town of Coober Pedy, an unusual collection of sandstone homes, community spaces, and even a church built underground in the former opal mines to enable residents escape from the scorching summer temperatures. With an intricate system of ventilation, modern appliances, luxury swimming pools and all the creature comforts you can imagine, the town is truly a unique experience.

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Tell Campfire Stories in the Shadow of Ayers Rock

Overnight in a tented luxury retreat
near the  sacred site of Ayers Rock, a source of aboriginal mythology and centuries' old rock paintings depicting ancient symbols of the Anangu people whose culture is considered the oldest in the world, preserved for more than 60,000 years.

Experience the Great Barrier Reef

Explore the marine underworld of the most spectacular coral reef on Earth with vibrant ecosystems that can be enjoyed by scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, boating, or even a helicopter flight. With 900 islands scattered around its edges, you have a variety of ways to view the vibrant coral.

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Tee It Up in Fabulous Courses

There are an endless number of beautiful links throughout Australia. Pictured is a course on Hamilton Island.

See the Vastness of the Outback From a Hot Air Balloon

Rise early to witness dawn break over the vast red desert of the Outback as you soar above the winding gorges of the West MacDonnell Ranges, spotting wallabies, wild horses, and red kangaroo troops below.

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Support Kangaroo Island's Wildlife Sanctuary

Venture to the wildlife wonderland of Kangaroo Island, home to koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, fur seals, and over 250 species of birds. The Sanctuary is currently recovering from the devastating wildfires of 2019-2020. Roughly one third of the island is protected while the rest is defined by beautiful beaches, bushland, and quaint coastal towns.

Be Suprised by Tasmania 

Visit the mountainous island paradise of Tasmania, an island state with more than half its land protected, the perfect setting for its snow-white beaches, glorious hikes and immense wildlife including dolphins, penguins, and the elusive Tasmanian Devil.

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Get Away From It All on A Private Yacht

Northern Australia promises stunning landscapes, pristine beaches and the ability to have complete privacy and serenity on the luxury yacht True North.

Sleep Under the Stars on a Remote Beach

Reconnect with nature; escape from the everyday in a spectacular wilderness region where you can swim with whale sharks and explore the coastal dunes and gorges, looking to spot kangaroos, euros,  emus and spiny anteaters known as echidnas.

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Contemplate Your Next Visit

A two week vacation is not enough to explore this vast and beautiful country. Use your last few days to contemplate your next visit and pick up on all that you may have missed the first time around.

 

Helpful Information

Seasons

Australia has a broad range of climates, and depending on your destination and desired activities, the best time of year to travel varies. For the northern region it is best to avoid the wet season November to March when temperatures can be quite hot. Within the remaining months of the dry season the ideal time to travel is May to August when humidity and temperatures are at their mildest. For the southern region, the best months to visit are the opposite, with November through March being ideal for warm temperatures and sunshine. The Outback or interior of the country is best visited March through November, avoiding the extreme temperatures of the summer in this region. Sydney is fairly temperate year round.

Budget Planning

Typically for the type of Custom Itineraries we build, prices in Australia can run from $600 - $1,200 + USD per person per day, primarily dependent upon destinations, lodging, activities, time of year, and single or double occupancy. Quoted Tour prices include accommodations, guides, excursions, park entrance and conservation fees, ground transfers, all breakfasts and some meals and beverages while on full day excursions, during wine tastings and cooking classes.  Some remote properties may also include full board meals, beverages and activities.
Tour proposals exclude international flights, travel insurance, and gratuities. Each proposal will detail all inclusions and exclusions for clarity.

 

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