We know how much fun our clients have had exploring the USA and following our own travels in the United States. Therefore it was a logical step for us to add Australia as one key of the holiday destinations we feature. We want to entice our clients to do more of the same, albeit on a different continent.
We’ve been busy completing our Aussie Specialist training so although we’ve not set foot in Australia as yet, we have loads of knowledge to share with you and plenty of tips as to how to get the best out of this destination. We’ll be sure to back this up with some personal experience, as soon as we get the opportunity. We promise to take you with us, via our travel blog and social media updates!
Fly drive holidays in Australia
Here are 4 suggested road trips you can take in Australia, we have more ideas so please get in touch for other itineraries.
Victoria: Circular route from Melbourne taking in the Great Ocean Road including the 12 Apostles and fantastic seafood, before heading inland to walk in the Grampians National Park and the Goldfields at Sovereign Hill.
Suggested overnight stops: Bellarine Peninsula, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, Grampians & Sovereign Hill
Recommended duration 3-5 days
Distance 842km / 523 miles
New South Wales: The Grand Pacific Drive is the coastal route from Sydney to Melbourne or opposite direction. Take in sleepy coastal towns, white sand beaches, discover wildlife including seals, wombats, kangaroos, whales & penguins.
Suggested overnight stops: Jervis Bay, Tilba Tilba, Gipsy Point, Metung, Phillip Island & Mornington Peninuslar
Recommended duration 6-8 days
Distance 1580km / 981 miles
Queensland: The Pacific Coast Way stretches from Brisbane to Cairns or opposite direction. Explore the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island, discover the white silica sand beach at Whitehaven in the Whitsundays, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and walk in the rainforest at Daintree National Park.
Suggested overnight stops: Noosa, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton, Mackay, Airlie Beach, Townsville, Ingham
Recommended duration 6-10 days
Distance 1784km / 1108 miles
Western Australia: The South West Trail from Perth is a circular route and gourmet adventure. Meet bottle nosed dolphins in Bunbury, discover local gastronomy and explore forests in Margaret River and taste the sought after black truffles in Manjimup.
Suggested overnight stops: Bunbury, Margaret River, Pemberton, Manjimup & Bunbury
Recommended duration 4-6 days
Distance 750km / 469 miles
Cruises in Australia
The main cruise season is October to May, although you can cruise all year round in Australia. Sydney is one of the main ports (along with Newcastle) to discover New South Wales, imagine sailing into the harbour under the bridge and witnessing the iconic Sydney Opera House on arrival. P&O, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Princess Cruises are the regular cruise lines to make this stop.
If the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, take a Queensland cruise from Brisbane to Cairns. Ships dock at Hamilton Island or Airlie Beach for an opportunity to visit the Whitsundays. Port Douglas enables trips to see the Daintree Rainforest.
Some of the more luxurious cruise lines such as Azamara, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas and Silversea dock in Victoria at Melbourne & Portland to witness wildlife, Mornington Peninsula, helicopter tours of the 12 Apostles and visit Yarra Valley wineries.
Cruising from Perth you can discover Western Australia including the historic port of Fremantle, the premium wineries of Margaret River, meet a Quokka at Rottnest Island and witness the yellow Pinnacles desert.
Discover the Northern Territory from Darwin, where you can combine a pre or post cruise trip to Uluru, previously known as Ayers Rock, where you really should spend the night to experience the “Sounds of Silence” dinner. Walk the Larapinta Trail listed as one of the top 20 experiences by National Geographic magazine.
For foodies Tasmania is the place to head for and Hobart has one of the world’s deepest harbours. Gastronomy delights await with fresh oysters & fine single malt whiskey as well as dramatic coastlines and the Tasmanian Devil. Follow the steep Hazards Walk footpath from Wineglass Bay to Coles Bay for a fantastic view.
States of Australia
New South Wales: Sydney is the capital. Highlights include an almost perfect climate, 800 national parks, 721 beaches (Bondi & Manly for surfing) and an iconic capital city.
Northern Territory: Darwin is the capital. Highlights include the stunning red landscape at Uluru (Ayers Rock) and King’s Canyon, the place to experience Australia’s outback and Aboriginal culture.
Queensland: Brisbane is the capital. Highlights include the weather with 300 sunny days a year, stunning beaches along the Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast, amazing snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and whale watching at Fraser Coast.
South Australia: Adelaide is the capital. Highlights include Barossa Valley the primary wine producing area, Kangaroo Island for foodies and nature lovers, visit the underground world of the opal mining town Coober Pedy or swim with wild sea lions & dolphins on the Eyre Peninsula.
Tasmania: Hobart is the capital. Highlights include Bruny Island for fresh oysters, Salamanca Saturday market, stunning beach and views from Wineglass Bay, play golf in Bridport, spot wildlife at Cradle Mountain including the Tasmanian Devil and platypus or pick a walk from 2,800 KM of footpaths.
Victoria: Melbourne is the capital. Highlights include the 151 miles of the Great Ocean Road, penguins at Phillip Island, artisan food & wine in The Murray region and goldfields at Sovereign Hill.
Western Australia: Perth is the capital. Highlights include the Swan Valley Food & Wine Trail, meet a quokka at Rottnest Island, taste black truffles from Manjimup, take Indian Ocean Drive to see the Pinnacles in the Nambung National Park or swim with Whale Sharks at Ningaloo Reef.