Australia is a diverse country, rich in natural attractions, with a wide range of wonderful experiences to offer. A land of adventure, it encompasses arid desert, rolling hills and rugged outback, alongside cosmopolitan cities, rural villages and beach paradises. In a nutshell, Australia is the ideal destination for a unique holiday experience.
The capital of Victoria, Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city bustling with culture, sports, nightlife and shopping. Whilst Melbourne is a vibrant metropolis, it's also home to a plethora of beaches – meaning you get to kick back by the sea, too.
The capital of New South Wales, Sydney is a city filled with vibrancy and life. Unlike any other place on earth, this beautiful city hosts over 140 different cultures, world-renowned chefs, great shopping, pulsating nightlife and stunning beaches.
The seasons in Australia run opposite to those in the UK. Spring lasts from September to November, summer falls December through February, March through to May is autumn, leading into the cooler winter period of June to August.
In Melbourne, there is a plentiful supply of things to see and do. The free city circle tram is great way to find your way around the city. If you want a bird's-eye view, soar to the 55th floor observation deck at the Rialto Towers. If shopping is your thing, Melbourne has everything you could want: glossy malls, modern boutiques, and an open-air market. Out of town, discover wildlife, vineyards and wonderful road trips.
New South Wales' major attraction, Sydney offers an enchanting combination of fascinating history and natural splendour. Head to the harbour area and explore the world-famous Sydney Opera House or try the bridge climb where you can experience truly spectacular city views. Double Bay has a wonderful selection of designer boutiques for you to browse. Alternatively, soak up the sunshine and embrace Sydney's laid back lifestyle on one of the nearby beaches.
Dining out in Australia guarantees to be a thrill for your taste buds. In Melbourne, head to Chinatown to sample oriental food, go to South Yarra for high class dining, or try international cuisine which is served up throughout the city. No Australia luxury holiday would be complete without trying the ubiquitous Aussie barbeque.
Sydney is home to one of the world's most exciting restaurant scenes. You'll find that the city has absorbed the flavours of Southeast Asia and Polynesia into its cuisine, making for an mouth-watering experience.
When evening arrives, there's an endless amount of things to do in Melbourne. In addition to the array of culture in the city, there's plenty of drinking dens to be enjoyed. Discover smart venues tucked down the city's narrow lanes, or cross the Yarra River to Southgate for riverside bars. Roll the dice at the casino in the Crown Entertainment Centre or enjoy musicals, theatre and opera performances at Her Majesty's, Princess and Regent Theatres.
Australia's largest city, Sydney has a wide and varied choice of bars, clubs, and other nightlife spots.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.