Australia

Australia is a unique and diverse country in every way – in culture, climate, geography and history. Australia boasts some of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest coral reef system and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayers Rock (Uluru). Man-made icons like the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House have captured the world’s attention with their innovative designs.

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What to Expect

With a rich aboriginal culture, storied outback, sheep farms, stunning coast, renowned vineyards, and hip cosmopolitan vibe, Australia packs a wallop.

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Attend an opera at the stunning Sydney Opera House, traipse white sandy beaches, watch the sun set over the enormous red monolith Ayers Rock, snorkel or dive in the largest reef system in the world – the options go on. Such an enormous country can be overwhelming, we recommend focusing on the highlights for your first trip. So much to do, so little time…let us help you make the most of your journey ‘Down Under’.

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The Essence of Australia — Nothing can compare with the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, which spans over 1,600 miles (2,575 km) wide. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space.

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The reef is a gathering of brilliant, vivid coral gardens along with coral sponges, mollusks, rays, dolphins, over 1,500 species of fish, more than 200 types of birds and around 20 types of reptiles including sea turtles and giant clams. You can swim, snorkel, dive, sail or take a scenic flight over this living masterpiece.

City Slicker – Sydney is the country’s largest and most vibrant city housing the famous Opera House and harbor, beautiful beaches and water sports. The world Heritage-listed Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley wineries lie to the west. To the south you’ll discover picturesque country towns and the Australian Alps. To the north are the coastal jewels of Coffs Harbor and Byron Bay. Fine dining options abound in this city bursting with life.

The Red Center – Nothing says Australia quite like vast open spaces that seem to stretch on forever. Uluru, the red monolith in Australia’s center also known as Ayers Rock, is one of Australia’s most iconic symbols. Located in the heart of Australia’s Red Center, Uluru is an ancient landscape, rich in Aboriginal culture and spirituality. Hike through the Outback, join a 4WD adventure, or spend time delving into the ancient tribal artwork and culture.

Hidden Gem – Nestled in a forested valley with sheer rock cliffs just hours from Sydney, is Wolgan Valley. In the heart of the Blue Mountains, this valley has sustained human life for over 40,000 years. At an exclusive luxury resort, discover the rich stories of aboriginal and settler history including a historic homestead from the 1830s. Game drive or horseback ride in search of the local wildlife or get your hands dirty while participating in a conservation initiative which preserves the natural wonders of the area.

Need to know

Flights are easily arranged into major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane. Direct flights are available from the west coast of United States. Domestic flights within Australia can vary between 2 – 6 hours depending on the region. Access to the Great Barrier Reef is by small aircraft or boat.

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  • We recommend 10 – 15 days in Australia, preferably with three nights in each location. Of course, if you have more time Australia pairs nicely with New Zealand.
  • Australia is a sure bet for any type of traveler (beaches and reef for ocean lovers, sandy desert for wanderers, mountainous terrain for avid hikers, unique endemic wildlife for animal lovers, and varied cosmopolitan cities).Visas are required for most visitors and inoculations may be recommended. We suggest you see a travel medicine specialist for advice.
  • Infrastructure is very developed and efficient throughout Australia. We recommend a combination of overland and flying, depending on itinerary.
  • Australia is quite multi-cultural however majority of Australians speak English as their first language.
  • Culinary treats abound in Australia – you’ll find lots of fresh seafood and farm-to-table options with an emphasis on meat. Vegetarian and special diets can be accommodated with no trouble.

When to go

Australia is vast with a wide range of climates. Typically, there are four seasons. Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. Based on your dates of travel, we will design the best itinerary for you with weather in mind.

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December – February: This is Summer season or known by the locals as Festival Season. All the major cities become the most visited destinations hosting many elaborate and fun filled festivals. Humidity can be high, and the occasional thunderstorm lurks around. The sun is very bright and producing strong UV rays so you must always be prepared by being sun smart.

March – May: Autumn is a great time to visit all regions in Australia. The humidity has simmered, the crowds have dispersed, and the thunderstorms have all but ceased. Perhaps still a little steamy in the far north of Australia but by far the most comfortable time of the year to visit outback Australia. If swimming with gentle giants is on your bucket list, then head to Australia’s west coast where Autumn brings in the majestic whale sharks just off the coastline near Perth.

June – August: Surprisingly Australia does have snow fields! This is where the diversity kicks in. So, if you are really wanting to get your skiing fix on your vacation then head to the Snowy Mountains. Unsurprisingly, winter is the perfect time to visit the tropics in the Northern parts of Australia. Granted it is hot all year round, but in the winter, the humidity breaks and the rain cease leaving you to enjoy the sunny, warm days.

September – November: Much like Autumn, spring is another great time to visit Australia with mild temperatures and fewer tourists. The main difference being that spring is known as ‘Sports Season’. Australians are sports mad year-round but spring is finals season so the action is in full swing with emotions high. Spring is also peak season for Australia’s wine growing regions and beautiful range of wildflowers.

Accommodation

In Australia, you can find a vast array of accommodation to suit your personal style and budget. We love the small eclectic places that hum with Australian vibes and warm hospitality.

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Choose from exclusive island resorts, boutique properties tucked into vineyards, chic city hotels or a scenic mountain hideaway…or include them all on your adventure! Intrepid travelers, families, and couples seeking romance will find ideal settings for relaxation throughout their journey. Every property booked on a Rothschild Safari is vetted by staff and offer the highest standards in each category.

What our travelers say

Amy Lundberg

Wow, wow, wow!! We are back in LA now, recovering from jet lag and still in shock and awe regarding our experience. From the moment we landed in South Africa to the moment we touched down in LA, our experience was seamless and amazing. 

Betsy Robertson

We were thrilled with the trip. It was as good as or better than described at every turn. The prep, attention to detail, willingness to make changes and ensure we were ready and prepared was outstanding. Our Travel Designer was awesome! 

Dawn Jacobs

Choosing a safari expert is never easy given the choice and lists upon lists of "top suppliers"....but we made the BEST choice for us....why....because above all, Rothschild listened ....really listened to what we wanted to experience.

George Kowalski

It was a well organized trip. It was easy to get around since we were guided through all of our itinerary. Everyone was pleasant and very helpful. This is an excellent way to travel. Rothschild Safari did very well and brought a fantastic African experience to us.

Jackie Smith

My trip was beyond AMAZING! I truly enjoyed every moment. The itinerary allowed me to experience a variety of different activities all of which I enjoyed! When I originally thought of going to Africa I was just thinking of safaris. This trip opened my eyes (and my family/friend's) to so much more Africa has to offer.

Jamie Scarlett

Trip was PERFECT!! Every single detail was planned out and the accommodations and people were wonderful. This trip exceeded all of our wildest expectations. Every place we stayed was just lovely and each each camp had a different vibe, which was really neat. Everyone we worked with was outstanding. 

Joe Moravec

On behalf of the Moravec’s and the Stone’s……thank you for arranging a trip of a lifetime. Every detail was accounted for and all the recommendations were perfect. It honestly could not have gone any better.

Kim Mather

Meggan Woody and Kim Killick were extraordinary at crafting THE PERFECT safari for our family of 8. They both listened (actually 'read' my email) to EXACTLY what we wanted, within the budget that we needed, and miraculously pulled off miracles in obtaining the properties that we wanted! 

Lisa Anderson

Every aspect of my trip went according to plan and the plan Rothschild's help me to orchestrate was magnificent! I loved every lodge that I was blessed to be in! They were all very different yet all high end and very accommodating.

Mary & Rob Johannigman (and family)

It was the most exciting, scenic, inspiring trip we've ever taken. To say it was a trip of a lifetime doesn't begin to capture our experience. Pam Langhoff and the Rothschild team did an outstanding job of helping us plan this trip.