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From hidden laneways to its vast red desert, Australia is as diverse as the people that call it home. If you explore beyond the country’s natural beauty and iconic landmarks you’ll find a thriving cultural and foodie scene and the best coffee in the world. Each state and capital city has its own identity and friendly locals who’ll be more than happy to tell you what makes Australia special.
Mornington Peninsula Escape
- 3 nights accommodation
- 3 breakfasts
- Free Copy of Gourmet Trails
Wildly beautiful landscapes, spectacular coastlines, rolling vineyards and over 50 cellar doors await you on this four-day Mornington Peninsula tour!
Red Centre & Uluru Experience
- 4 nights accommodation
- 4 breakfasts and 1 dinner
- Airport transfer & Entrance fees
Get ready to be blown away by World Heritage-listed natural wonders, indigenous wildlife and the iconic red dirt of the Australian Outback on this...
Ultimate Hunter Valley with Wine Tours
- 2 nights accommodation
- 2 breakfasts & 1 lunch
- Ground transportation
Indulge your senses with wine and cheese tastings at Hunter Valley’s favourite vineyards followed by a three-course gourmet meal at Bistro Molines, which is...
A quick guide
Sydney is built around its iconic harbour, and with good reason – it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
On a sunny day you’ll find most Sydneysiders by the water, whether it be dining by the harbour or hitting the surf at one of the many beaches up and down the coast.
Beyond the CBD, you’ll find excellent restaurants, bars and parks across
the inner-city suburbs of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst, and the beachside suburbs of Bronte, Tamarama and Bondi.
Outside the city, there are plenty of beachside towns up and down the coast, excellent wine regions in the Hunter Valley, Orange and Mudgee, as well as breathtaking valleys and hikes in the Blue Mountains.
Climb the Harbour Bridge – See the city from atop its most prized landmark, the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Hit the beach – Try the local’s favourites like Cronulla, Freshwater or Bronte.
Visit the Blue Mountains – See the natural beauty and landmarks around Katoomba and Wentworth Falls.
See a show at the Opera House – Sydney’s most famous building offers a memorable concert experience.
Dine with a view – Try one of Sydney’s Harbourview restaurants: Quay, Cafe Sydney or Bennelong.
SHORT TRIPS FROM SYDNEY
Hunter Valley – Located just over two hours’ drive from Sydney, and best known for it’s Semillon.
Bowral – The heart of the Southern Highlands and home of Donald Bradman.
Kangaroo Valley – Explore rich green pastures and crystal-clear rivers, two hours from Sydney.
Rich in culture, atmosphere and aesthetic, no Australian city is quite like Melbourne. With the constant rumble of trams and the endless hidden laneways filled with trendy coffee spots, hole-in-the-wall bars, unique pop-ups and exclusive ‘there one minute, gone the next’ restaurants, Melbourne is an exciting city that boasts the perfect fusion of food, wine, culture and shopping.
From the bustling CBD to the eclectic streets of St Kilda, the hipster haven of Fitzroy and the on-trend vibes of Chapel St, Melbourne is a melting pot of different styles and cultures that all combine to create what has become one of the world’s most liveable cities – even with its four seasons in one day climate!
Emporium Melbourne – Premier shopping destination and Australia’s largest designer precinct.
Chapel St Precinct – This iconic street runs from South Yarra through to Prahran and Windsor.
NGV – Home to over 73,000 works of art from around the world.
Flinders Lane – This eight-block stretch is a longstanding culinary destination.
Eureka Skydeck – Stands at 297 metres and offers breathtaking views of Melbourne.
SHORT TRIPS FROM MELBOURNE
Yarra Valley – Home to the famous De Bartoli and Demaine Chandon wineries.
Mornington Peninsula – Luxurious day spas, hot springs, walking tracks and galleries.
Great Ocean Road – See the 12 Apostles, get back to nature and indulge in the ocean views.
Brisbane has cemented itself as the go-to for great food, great wine and a thriving social scene – not to mention the great weather!
The home of the original Doughnut Time store and Australia’s largest Oktoberfest, Brisbane is made up of several urban villages, each with its own distinct vibe and unique personality.
Got a sense of adventure? Visit Riverlife in the heart of the CBD and go kayaking or try your hand at stand up paddle boarding, keep your feet dry with a spot of abseiling or rock climbing, or for a slower paced activity, explore the riverside by bike, Segway or scooter.
When it comes to food, Brissy or Bris-Vegas as it’s known to locals, has you covered with food trucks and markets popping up all over the city. The up-and-coming trendy suburb of New Farm is also bursting with a unique mix of restaurants, wine bars, cafes and boutiques, and many people are unaware that Brisbane boasts a very cool craft beer and brewery scene – Green Beacon and Newstead Brewing Co are two crowd favourites!
Little Stanley Street – An uber-trendy street offering an array of eclectic and exotic foods.
Fortitude Valley – This entertainment precinct has trendy cafes, unique street art and great coffee.
Queen Street Mall – A vibrant shopping and lifestyle precinct located in the heart of the CBD.
Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art – Home to a variety of exciting exhibitions the whole family will love.
Eat Street – 180 dining and entertainment stalls, all housed in colourful shipping containers.
SHORT TRIPS FROM BRISBANE
Byron Bay – The glamourous beachside town is just two-hours from Brisbane.
Surfers Paradise – A one-hour drive from the CBD, it’s the perfect destination for a family day out.
Tamborine Mountain – A quiet reprieve just over an hour from the city, with breath-taking views.
Australia’s most isolated capital city might be one of Australia’s best kept secrets and one of the most underrated holiday destinations. If you dig a little deeper, you’ll find a thriving city with unspoilt beaches, incredible sunsets and fresh food and wine.
Head south of Perth and you’ll find Fremantle, a former port town that has reinvented itself as a hub of creativity, open-mindedness and culture. From Fremantle, you can head 25 mins by ferry out to Rottnest Island, famous for its Quokka population. These happy little marsupials might even let you take a selfie!
If wine or surfing is your thing, Margaret River is hard to beat. Three hours south of Perth, this region features some of the best wine in the world, alongside some of the best surf breaks in the country.
Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll be sure to find it in Perth (or one of the many places up or down the coast) each with its own distinct personality and charm.
Fremantle – This former port town is now a thriving hub of creativity and culture.
Rottnest Island – Take a ferry over to beautiful Rottnest Island, and snap a Quokka selfie!
Cottesloe Beach – Perth’s most popular beach also has one of Australia’s best sunsets.
Kings Par k & Botanic Gardens – Head to Fraser’s Restaurant for lunch after a stroll through the gardens.
Subiaco – Head to ‘Subi’ and catch an afternoon AFL match.
SHORT TRIPS FROM PERTH
Margaret River – This charming wine region is located 3 hours’ drive south of Perth.
Busselton – Famous for having the longest wooden jetty in the world.
Swan Valley – WA’s oldest wine region, with breweries, vineyards and fresh foods.
Hobart is a haven for adventuring in the wilderness, fresh food, as well as arts and culture. Located on the Derwent River, Hobart comes alive around the new year, with the yachts from the Sydney to Hobart arriving at Constitution Dock in late December while the Taste of Tasmania Food and Wine Festival is in full swing.
A trip to Hobart is incomplete without a visit to MONA, a spectacular private art collection and museum built into the side of a cliff overlooking the Derwent River. Here you’ll see an immense collection of modern and classic art, alongside a number of festivals each year.
Hobart City isn’t the sleepy town that people from the mainland might think it is. With a thriving arts and music community, there’s a young, creative environment in suburbs such as North Hobart, West Hobart and the up-and-coming Moonah.
Natural beauty, cutting edge art and a rich Colonial history makes The Apple Isle a truly special Australian destination.
MONA – Prepare yourself for some weird and wild art at this unique museum.
Salamanca Market – Popular weekly market that runs every Saturday.
Mount Wellington – Offers spectacular views back over the city and up the Derwent River.
Sullivan’s Cove Distillery – Taste the world’s best single malt whisky. Tours run hourly, Monday to Friday.
World-class Dining – Some of our favourites include Garagiste, Smalt and Pilgrim.
SHORT TRIPS FROM HOBART
Cradle Mountain – An incredible mix of ancient forests, glacial lakes and rugged mountains.
Launceston – One of the oldest cities in Australia and is rich in Colonial architecture.
Wineglass Bay – Located in Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast.
Adelaide is the hidden gem of the south. Boasting a vibrant and friendly atmosphere, Adelaide is the perfect place for the whole family. Mix with the locals and explore the historic suburbs, quirky laneways, popular coffee hotspots or shop up a storm at one of Australia’s busiest malls.
Conveniently located, Adelaide has much to offer when it comes to weekend escapes. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend a day at one of the many city beaches, get lost in the picturesque wine regions of the Barossa, or explore the city’s parks and nature attractions and go for a hike.
Adelaide offers the perfect mix of food, wine, art, shopping, world-class events and lush greenery. Home to the Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival, Clipsal 500 Adelaide, WOM Adelaide and the Tour Down Under, Adelaide is like that quiet friend that secretly knows how to have a good time.
Rundle Mall – Longest mall in Australia and home to more than 1,000 stores.
Barossa Valley – Famous wine region where long lunching is a way of life!
Ebenezer Place – Filled with quirky cafe and shops. Look out for the red-brick archways!
Port Adelaide – An historic suburb with speciality shops, museums, galleries and restaurants.
Glenelg – A popular beachside suburb just 12 kilometres from the city centre.
SHORT TRIPS FROM ADELAIDE
Flinders Ranges – Explore the 540-million-year-old landscape, three-and-a-half hours from the city.
Fleurieu Peninsula – An hour from Adelaide, it’s a popular place to swim, fish, and whale watch.
Kangaroo Island – See rare sea lions and stunning coastal views, two hours from Adelaide.
Australia’s tropical capital Darwin is an outdoor adventurer’s dream destination. The ideal time to visit is during the dry season, which runs from April until October. Expect clear blue skies, warm days, with temperatures averaging between 22 and 30 degrees Celsius. Average rainfall during the months of June and July can be as low as 10mm for the entire month!
Darwin’s rivers, lakes and estuaries offer incredible fishing opportunities, with several tours and charters that give travellers a chance to head out and chase monster Barramundi (or ‘Barra’ to locals).
For nature lovers, Darwin has two stunning National Parks right on its doorstep: Mary River National Park and Litchfield National Park. Alongside the world-famous Kakadu National Park, they are home to an abundance of wildlife, with tours allowing visitors to spot the various bird species, saltwater crocodiles and of course, Barramundi.
When it comes to incredible landscapes, unique wildlife, friendly people and sunny days, it is hard to beat the Top End.
Darwin Beer Can Regatta – Watch locals race boats made from beer cans at this annual event in July.
Go Fishing – Chase giant Barramundi in the many waterways and estuaries around Darwin.
Visit Crocosaurus Cove – Get up close and personal with the crocs, right in the heart of Darwin.
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets – This market runs every Thursday and Sunday, from April through October.
SHORT TRIPS FROM DARWIN
Kakadu National Park – Australia’s largest National Park is three-hours’ drive east of Darwin.
Tiwi Islands – 100km north of Darwin, enjoy a relaxing island culture and great fishing.
Katherine – Katherine is an outdoor adventurer’s dream, three-hours’ drive from Darwin.
It may be the official home of politicians and Parliament, but the capital of Australia is so much more than this. Over the years Canberra has established itself as a real player in the game. Boasting world-class eateries, all four seasons, a CBD filled with lush greenery and one of Australia’s most famous icons, it’s now considered a must-visit destination.
Trendy inner-city suburb of Braddon has had a resurgence, with a number of boutique stores and popular eateries lining Lonsdale St, including a burger joint, dessert laboratory, cocktail bar and food trucks front and centre.
Ideal for a weekend away or even a quick staycation, Canberra is filled with endless activities, festivals, pop-ups, lnsta-worthy cafes and all your favourite shops, and being only three and a half hours from Sydney, what’s not to love?
Brodburger – This Kingston institution serves up some of the capital’s best burgers.
Parliament House – See bills being debated, watch Question Time and keep an eye out for the PM!
Braddon – Trendy neighbourhood with great food, craft beer and coffee shops.
Mount Ainslie Lookout – Walk, cycle or drive to this lookout and take in the picture-perfect views.
Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex – See a piece of the moon and discover the food that astronauts eat.
SHORT TRIPS FROM CANBERRA
Berry – Charming town with good food, good wine, and boutique shopping.
Mollymook – Beachside getaway, two-and-a-half hours from Canberra.
Snowy Mountains – Hit the slopes at Thredbo or Perisher or stay in with a glass of Schnapps.