The ocean, outback and beyond
An Australia holiday means you can tick ‘visiting a continent’ off your bucket list. Australia peaks over the southern edge of the world, between the Indian and South Pacific Ocean. The country's landmass is almost three million square miles and every inch teems with life making it one of 18 countries in the world to bear the title of “megadiverse.” Discover the exotic variety for yourself with Australian tours - snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, hiking toward the sandstone of Uluru. If you’re more of a city explorer than you have amazing cities like Adelaide, Sydney, or Melbourne to choose from. Visit Australia the right way, with a tailor-made trip designed by Travel Experts with Tourlane.
In Australia the wealth of nature led activities can appear infinite. Off the coast of tropical Queensland is the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel or dive underwater toward a coral full of marine life such as the clownfish and sea butterfly for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In the outback, witness Uluru at sunset as the last rays of light appears to turn the copper surface of this iconic crowd-pleaser orange. Australia invites adventurers and explorers to discover the magic within this historic country, a bespoke holiday here will be something you won’t soon forget.
An Australian tour isn’t complete with a road trip along the 150 miles of coastline known as the Great Ocean Road. Pause as you admire the craggy limestone of the 12 Apostles rocks. Spot koalas in the trees by the embankment of Kennett River or hike through Port Campbell National Park as you wind your way across the magnificent countryside.
South Australia is one of only 10 listed “Great Wine Capitals” in the world. In the vineyards of the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills, tour fields with gorgeous views while producing world-class grapes. Sip a chilled chardonnay and take in these rural surroundings at your leisure. Adelaide, with its offerings of cosmopolitan laneways, world-class restaurants, and chic Parisian bars, is an hour’s drive from your door.
Walk the cliff face, walk the treetop bridges, or perhaps zipline over a mountain in a glass carriage. There’s no wrong way to experience the Blue Mountains. Aboriginal guides offer bush walks that lead you to valleys and caves of this sacred land. The Three Sisters rock formation is a place to take pause as you take in a natural wonder.
A natural wonder of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is also a living organism larger than any other found on planet earth. Enter a water world that bursts with life, ranging from brain coral to stonefish. In an ocean of 2,900 reefs, no Australian holiday is complete without a visit to this awe-inspiring sight.
In the middle of the country is Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru is the oval-shaped sandstone rock that soars to 365 metres and is held sacred by aboriginals. As of 2019, visitors are not able to climb the great rock but instead view it respectfully from below. Walpa Gorge, which approaches a mile in length, is a desert refuge for flora and fauna of the region and well worth the trek.
If you’re a family planning a visit to Australia then don’t miss this children’s favourite. Seventy miles off the west coast of Australia you’ll find Kangaroo Island—a name not given in irony. The island has over 60,000 marsupials, including koalas and kangaroos. Wallabies also call Kangaroo Island home, see if you can spot one as you hike around. Take a dip in the Great Australian Bight and splash around with the dolphins and seals that inhabit the waters.
The landscape of Karijini National Park has been carved from two billion years of history. Set in Western Australia, Hancock Gorge is a maze of weaving crevices. Freshwater pools are perfect for a cool down after blazing a trail that includes wildlife sightings such as the rock wallaby.
Because of its mammoth size, Australia’s climate changes dramatically from region to region. From the tropical forests of Queensland to the scorching outback, the season and destination will be central to your travel plans. In general, the country is dry with the interior being hot all year. The rainy season arrives in the north-east around November and remains until April. Cooler climates are enjoyed in the Southern States. The summer months of December to February are considered excellent for travelling. Talk to your Tourlane Travel Expert to find out the best time of year for your tailor-made Australian holiday.
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