From urban hubs like Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to the unique landscapes of Uluru and the tropical islands of the Whitsundays, Australia offers endless variety and experiences you can’t have anywhere else on earth. Why not take a little time to explore the land of contrasts Australia truly is – from the lush tropical rainforests and breathtaking beaches of Queensland, the buzz, excitement and splendor of Sydney’s Harbour to the spectacular wine regions of South Australia – the options are endless. To start your planning, visit Welcome to Australia.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)
Located between Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra is a city designed to reflect an entire nation. Not only famous as the home of our Federal Parliament, Canberra’s attractions are world renowned.
The Australian War Memorial, Old Parliament House, the National Museum of Australia, as well as its galleries, wineries and parklands symbolise the nation. It’s a journey anyone who wants to learn more about Australia should make.
NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)
The Northern Territory is a land of contrasting colours, spanning from tropical Darwin in the north to the red ochre of Alice Springs in the centre. Spectacular natural attractions such as Uluru (Ayers Rock), world heritage listed Kakadu National Park and Nimiluk (Katherine) Gorge are a must see.
Modern restaurants and first class accommodation complement the range of activities available. From balloon flights over the centre to sunset cruises on Darwin Harbour and four wheel drive safaris through the outback, the Northern Territory has something for everyone.
NEW SOUTH WALES (NSW)
New South Wales boasts a wide variety of attractions, stunning scenery and a climate to suit all needs. Enjoy the big city buzz of Sydney, the state’s capital, with its famous Opera House and the beauty of its world-renowned harbour. Then step away to soak up the local flavours of the regions of New South Wales.
Laze on a beach, hike in fresh mountain air, soothe your soul in one of the world heritage national parks, take a leisurely drive through the state’s flourishing farm regions or stop in the quirky towns and cosmopolitan centres.
Also known as the ‘Sunshine State’, Queensland is a warm sub-tropical climate full of dense rainforests and beautiful white sandy beaches with pure blue water. The state’s major attraction is the majestic Great Barrier Reef, a delicate reef ecosystem that evolved over hundreds of thousands of years.
Step into the city of Brisbane and your worries lift. Here the mood is light and the sun warms your face. Queensland’s Gold Coast, an hour south of Brisbane, is also famous for its fine, white beaches, but with a cluster of theme parks, great shopping and restaurants too, it is the place for travellers who want to do it all.
Tasmania, or the ‘Island State’, is a haven to some of our planet’s oldest trees, prehistoric plant life, animals and birds.
The Tasmanian devil, the spotted-tail quoll and the orange bellied parrot are just a sample of what you can see. Tasmania is a paradise for bushwalkers, anglers, boat enthusiasts and rock-climbers. Hobart is the capital city and the Derwent River and mighty Mount Wellington frame this small historic capital. The south is a region of vineyards, valleys, winding waterways and historic sites and villages.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)
South Australia is renowned for its famous wine regions including Clare Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale and the Barossa with a bountiful heritage. South Australia’s capital, Adelaide, is an elegant city of wide streets and gracious colonial architecture surrounded by beautifully laid out parklands for cycling, walking, sports and picnicking.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)
Encompassing more than a third of the entire continent, Western Australia is a state with a diversity of natural attractions. Swim alongside the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, explore caves, browse fine art and craft galleries and see quaint historic towns.
The South-West region of Western Australia offers the opportunity to indulge in premium local wines and gourmet food at boutique vineyards amid towering karri forests and beautiful beaches. The untamed and remote Kimberley is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas, with vast horizons, ancient gorges, astounding rock formations and rock pools.