Sun, surfing, and sandy beaches await you on an Australian getaway, but the Land Down Under has more to offer than just idyllic ocean views. Its cities provide plenty of glitz, glamour, and culture to explore, from Sydney's glamorous shopping districts to Melbourne's thriving arts scene. One of the most popular types of holidays in Australia is the classic road trip, which allows you to explore its sprawling deserts and secluded beaches from coast to coast at your leisure. Whether you're ready to hang ten on a surfboard, get cuddly with a koala, or view the shifting colours of the Outback at sunset, Australia is set to impress.
From chic boutique hotels in Melbourne to eco-friendly getaways in Cairns, there's a wide range of accommodations to suit the diverse nature of Australia holidays. Soak up the sun in subtropical Brisbane, or enjoy the sunny beaches and modern architecture of Perth on the west coast. Darwin offers a tropical climate and the colourful characters of the Mindil Beach Sunset Market, while Sydney provides a posh sensibility combined with down under home hospitality. Attractive as they may be, there's more to Australia than its urban centres and you can also enjoy a holiday in the vast desert expanses of the outback, using quaint Alice Springs as a central point for exploration.
Holidays to Australia will appeal to all types of travellers, from adventurous backpackers to couples in search of a romantic getaway. If you're solely interested in making the most of warm weather, try visiting during the summer months of December to February. Enjoy art, theatre, and fine dining in cities like Sydney and Melbourne in the warm summer air, and then view a different type of culture by viewing Aboriginal rock art in stunning natural surroundings.
Food and wine tastings rank highly on the list of attractions in Australia, which has become increasingly famous as a major global wine producer. From the Bavarian villages of the Adelaide Hills to the chic cellar doors in the Barossa Valley, Australia's wine country is as complex and varied as its vintages. Accompany your glass of fruity Shiraz with Australia's modern cuisine, combining Asian and European cooking techniques with fresh ingredients. After dark, see why Australians are known for their ability to party, as you'll be sure to find a welcoming pub, art gallery opening, or sprawling beach party in which to make some new friends.
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Australia's rugged natural beauty is its star attraction, including the big blue sky of the Outback and curious rock formations such as the Pinnacles, Ayers Rock, and the Twelve Apostles. View typical Australian wildlife in its natural habitat in refuges like Kangaroo Island or Kakadu National Park, where you can see crocodiles, wallabies, dingoes, and kangaroos out and about. Grab your flippers and visit the Great Barrier Reef, or the lesser-known Ningaloo Reef, to see astonishingly elaborate coral formations in the crystal blue waters off Australia's coast, or go diving with whale sharks and dolphins.
Skiing, surfing, and mountain climbing are all top activities for adventure holiday in Australia, but you can also enjoy a lazy boat ride through the Whitsundays or a stroll through Sydney Harbour that is perfect for all visitors to Australia. Culture vultures can't miss a peek of Sydney's iconic Opera House and a trip to the Melbourne Museum. If you are curious to see what’s off the coast of the mainland, you can always hop on a ferry to visit the remote stretches of Tasmania, including Hobart's art galleries and verdant Cradle Mountain.