With a rich aboriginal culture, storied outback, sheep farms, stunning coast, renowned vineyards, and hip cosmopolitan vibe, Australia packs a wallop. Attend an opera at the stunning Sydney Opera House, traipse white sandy beaches, watch the sun set over the massive red monolith Ayers Rock, snorkel or dive in the largest reef system in the world – the options go on.
Where to Go
Sydney – A vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a 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.
Great Barrier Reef – A living masterpiece so big it can be seen from outer space. It is the largest reef system in the world. Its coral polyps stretch for over 1,600 miles. You can swim, snorkel, dive, sail or take a scenic flight over the reef.
Kimberley – A magical wilderness in Western Australia’s northwest corner with rugged gorges, epic waterways and incandescent ocean. Broome is home of the “Staircase to the Moon” where reflections of the moon stretch across mudflats, creating an illusion of a silver staircase.
Flinders Ranges – South Australia’s rugged, majestic Flinders Ranges and outback is home to Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheater with rims rising 2,600 feet above the valley; the underground opal town of Coober Pedy; and giant salt lakes that dot what used to be ancient sea beds. Star gaze, see rare native wildlife and uncover Aboriginal history.
Kangaroo Island – Meet Australian sea lions, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, penguins, echidnas and diverse birds. Discover rugged rock formations, underground caves, bush-cloaked national parks, and beaches and bays to swim, snorkel, dive and fish.
The Red Centre – 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 Centre, Uluru is an ancient landscape, rich in Aboriginal culture and spirituality.
Wine Regions – With more than 60 designated wine regions across the country, Australia has developed a worldwide reputation for its award-winning wines. Discover some of the world’s oldest shiraz vineyards in South Australia’s Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, sauvignon blanc in Western Australia’s Margaret River, and chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wines in the Yarra Valley near Melbourne.
When to Go
Australia has a great all-year climate but there are seasonal and geographical variations due to the size of the continent. High season is December – February over summer holidays and popular beaches are packed. It is also the wet season in the tropical north. June to August is generally mild, offering sunny days in the northern states and snow in the southern mountain regions.