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Australia sights - Uluru/Ayers Rock in the Red Centre


From the Great Barrier Reef in the north to the Great Ocean Road in the south, Australia is a continent in itself, a vast land of staggering diversity that can be explored in so many different ways.

Australia has a well-earned reputation as the most welcoming and relaxed of countries, famous for its cosmopolitan cities as well as its stunning beaches. But Australia is also a land of adventure, which offers the visitor magnificent scenery, diverse climates and landscapes, and unique and fascinating wildlife. Each state or territory has its own distinct attractions, and trying to single out a few areas to focus on is the real challenge of planning a holiday to Australia – you can never hope to see everything!

Perhaps you want to see incredible Aboriginal rock art, dive on the Great Barrier Reef, sip a delicious Australian wine or sail a yacht on Sydney harbour – these activities are all possible within the scope of a single itinerary, though it often makes sense to focus on a few key regions of Australia. Whatever you choose to do, we are here to help you design your perfect Australia holiday, tailor-made to your requirements so as to make the most of the time and budget you have available.

Contact Sarah on 01822 600 600 or Sarah@ganeandmarshall.com for an initial chat about your visit to Australia. Sarah lived in Australia for 15 years and knows the country extremely well. She will be happy to discuss your travel plans and help you plan the perfect Australia holiday.

Australia holidays at a glance

  • Australia can be visited year-round, though do keep in mind that the seasons are reversed - December brings heat-waves!

  • Self-drive holidays are easy in Australia (they drive on the left!)

  • Take advantage of domestic flights, which are regular and affordable and can cut out large distances.

  • Several festivals take place throughout the year; include one in your visit to Australia.

  • Australia boasts many diverse and beautiful National Parks - let us help you plan a bespoke holiday to Australia that focuses on the country's unique wildlife and geography.

  • There is such a wide choice of activities to choose from in Australia, from abseiling to zorbing… try something different!

  • Australia is the biggest island on earth, roughly equivalent in size to mainland United States and almost one and a half times the size of Europe, so it’s essential to carefully plan your visit and avoid trying to cram too much into one holiday!

Regions in Australia

Australia Capital Territory - Floriade

Australian Capital Territory

Australia’s low-key capital, Canberra, is a planned city with lots of parkland and beautiful bushland surroundings. Be sure to visit in the spring, when the Commonwealth Gardens spring to life and the annual Floriade festival begins. Autumn, meanwhile, brings the Canberra Balloon Festival. Beyond Canberra, the Capital Territory is also home to some of Australia’s most dramatic scenery in Namadgi National Park and the Australian Alps.

New South Wales - dramatic Australian landscapes

New South Wales

Modern Australia was birthed in New South Wales, which remains to this day the country's most populous state. Sydney, with its seemingly endless suburban sprawl, dominates the map, but there's more to NSW than the famous Harbour City. This is a land of contrasts, which offers urban glitz and natural splendour in equal measure. Take the time to explore the Blue Mountains, the wineries of Hunter Valley, and beautiful Byron Bay.

Camels in the Red Centre, Northern Australia

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory is Australia’s wildest state, and has a huge amount to offer both nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Learn more about the country's earliest inhabitants in the Red Centre, a bastion for Aboriginal culture; explore beautiful Kakadu NP on a private camping safari; or, if you’re more inclined to leisure, take the Ghan Train from Darwin to Alice Springs, the pioneering town at the centre of the Australian continent—and story.

Wildlife in Queensland, Australia


Queensland, aka the 'Sunshine state', is best known for its marvellous coastline, but there's more to this state than its beaches, stunning though they are. Brisbane is a lively city that provides access to a range of activities, while further afield Daintree Rainforest offers family-friendly adventure. Port Douglas offers an altogether more peaceful atmosphere, while World Heritage listed Fraser Island is a natural wonder.

Koala Bear on Kangaroo Island, Australia

South Australia

South Australia is a land of contrasts. Metropolitan Adelaide, with its lively centre and bustling market, is a tribute to modern Australia, while the old heritage town of Coober Pedy, famed for its opal mines and rugged hinterland, recalls an earlier era. Wine fanatics will find some of the best vineyards in Australia on the southern coast, while wildlife lovers should head straight to Kangaroo Island, a home for koala bears, wallabies, penguins and more.

Port Arthur, Tasmania - Australia


The little island of Tasmania is well-known for being home to some of Australia’s most dazzling natural attractions, though its stunning lakes, beaches and mountains call to mind the landscapes of New Zealand more readily than anything on the Australian mainland. Perhaps less well-known is the extent of the island's rich, independent history, which can be explored through visits to historic Port Arthur and the regional capital of Hobart.

Melbourne in Victoria province, Australia


Victoria is one of Australia's most diverse and beautiful states. It has a thriving urban and cultural centre in the form of Melbourne, while just a short distance from the city, the Grampians offer stunning panoramas and marvellous walking trails. Try to find the time to explore the Great Ocean Road for dramatic coastal views and, if you're a wine lover, the picturesque Yarra Valley, famed for its vineyards.

Perth, Western Australia

Western Australia

Encompassing almost one third of the Australian landmass, Western Australia is by some measure the country's largest state. A land of immense dimensions and spectacular diversity, it is notable for both its beautiful cities - foremost among them the regional capital Perth and nearby Fremantle - and stunning wilderness areas, which range from the wine valleys of the Margaret River Wine Region to the dramatic rock formations of the Pinnacles Desert.

Example itineraries in Australia

The Best of Western Australia

Experience the best that Western Australia has to offer, from the lively urban centres of Fremantle and Perth to the beautiful Margaret River Wine Valley and the stunning Coral Coast. This 5-day self-drive holiday can also be extended to include a guided walking tour of the south-western coast.

Southern Stars - Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney

Explore the best of Southern Australia, including the lively coastal cities of Melbourne and Sydney, the historic attractions of Tasmania, and the natural splendour of the Grampians NP and the Great Ocean Road. Accommodation throughout is in boutique hotels and beautiful country retreats.

The Red Centre & Top of Australia

Venture into Australia's Red Centre and its northernmost wilderness parks on this 12-day tour. You'll visit the geological marvel, and Aboriginal landmark, that is Uluru; travel on the Ghan train to Australia's geographic centre at Alice Springs; and explore the country's largest National Park, rough and rugged Kakadu.

Wildlife, Beach and Sydney

This two-week, part-guided, part self-drive Australia tour focuses on the cultural and scenic highlights of the country's eastern and southern regions, including the Coral Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, Kangaroo Island, and the Atherton Tablelands.

Australia Family Holiday

This two-week guided Australia holiday is full of activities for families. Climb the harbour bridge in Sydney; explore stunning Aboriginal rock art sites in the Red Centre; search for koala and kangaroo in the wild; and glide through the trees in Daintree Rainforest. The itinerary also aims to provide a detailed overview of Australia's core regions and can easily be adapted to suit older travellers.

New South Wales Glamping Adventure

Discover the beauty of New South Wales at your own pace in this special motorhome adventure. Travelling in a unique airstream motorhome, you will take in the best that the south-eastern coast of Australia has to offer, from Jervis to Batemans Bay. This short tour works perfectly as an add-on to a longer Australia holiday, or can be extended into a full-length 1-2 week adventure.

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