Overview

The land of Oz – maybe no yellow brick roads, but with glittering cities, rainbow coloured landscapes, mythical creatures and larger than life characters, it’s certainly not Kansas.

Vast and varied, from tropical jungles and coral reefs teeming with marine life to empty deserts and verdant vineyards, this fairy-tale destination offers scope for every sort of adventure.

Highlights

Where to start? With almost every possible climate, landscape and culture on offer - visitors are spoiled for choice.

Sydney sights

Tick off the must-sees in Sydney - the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the Rocks - then take time to explore trendy and fashionable inner-city neighbourhoods – Woolloomooloo, Paddington, Pyremont, Chippendale and China Town.

The Red Centre

Experience spiritual calm and scenic splendour at Uluru and Kata Tjuta – just two of the wonders of the Outback.

The glorious Great Barrier Reef

Discover the world’s largest living organism – the Great Barrier Reef, with its multi coloured corals, powder white beaches and laid back living on, or beside, the water.

When to visit

With a range of climates from tropical to temperate, the perfect time to visit varies from state to state, and even varies within some states. Traditionally, Europeans head down-under in the winter months to experience an Australian summer, but any time of year is good for visiting, so consider avoiding the peak times for travel and holidays in Australia (December/January) as this is when airfares, accommodation and vehicle hire prices are at their highest.

Also be mindful of hot summer temperatures in Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory (December to March), the wet season in Northern Queensland and some parts of the Northern Territory (January to March) and heavy rainfall on the Great Barrier Reef (January to February).