When to go:
October to March for the South and the opposite for the North.
From £4000 per person for two weeks and upwards of £7000 per person for supreme luxury.
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Did you know?
Australia has the world's largest cattle station (ranch). At 30,028 km2 it is almost the same size as Belgium.
Australia is a remarkable continent and a land of huge contrasts – untouched deserts, ancient rainforests, mystical Uluru, productive wine country, the mighty outback, the vast unknown interior, idyllic Barrier Reef Islands and sophisticated cities.
Australia is wild, vast and untouched, yet cosmopolitan, cultural and cool; a beautiful and ancient land, filled with unforgettable experiences and unique wildlife and landscapes. A pristine coastline of cresting surf beaches and dazzling coral reefs shows off the legendary laidback Aussie surf culture and natural lifestyle, while the iconic Outback offers a majestic experience – silent and splendidly isolated.
First time travellers will be keen to experience such icons as Sydney, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef. They are icons for a reason and are truly wonderful to see, let us show you how to best experience them – away from the crowds. Australia is about more than just the icons – it is a place to explore off the beaten track, to seek out hidden gems and to amble along empty beaches. Any genuinely Australian experience must include time with the locals and a chance to experience the warmth of their hospitality, their ‘down to earth’ friendliness and that dry Australian sense of humour.
From rustic B&Bs to super luxury lodges, from small group walking tours to high flying helicopter sightseeing, from private boats to remote wilderness experiences, this extraordinary country has it all. Don’t be influenced by others who claim to have seen the lot: no one has – except us!
These are just a few of the activities we’ve arranged for our clients in the past. One of them could be the defining reason for your whole holiday, or simply an afternoon diversion.
– May signals the beginning of the annual whale migration, as humpback and southern right whales swim from the food-rich southern ocean to breeding grounds in the warm Kimberley waters. They return south, hugging the coast with their calves in November.
– The Mary River catchment is home to some 236 species of bird, many of which are found at Bamurru Plains. Opportunities for keen birders include a visit to Tasmania where 12 endemic species are best found with specialist guide Dr Tonia Cochran, on Bruny Island. World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island is a bird watching paradise with 14 species of seabird breeding on the island and over 130 permanent and migratory bird species, including an endemic wood hen.
Perfectly located at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, the Hamilton Island Golf Club has some of the most spectacular views and settings of any golf course in the world. Tasmania alone has 80 links including 2 of the best in the world, the highest golf course in Australia, night golf and delightful 9 hole courses with honesty boxes and wallabies to keep the greens trimmed.
– From the highest commercial abseil down the 140 metre Gordon Dam to zip-lining over the rainforest to mountain biking and acrobatic flights, you name it and we do it!
– Kangaroo Island known as Australia’s Galapagos is the best place to see the greatest variety of Australian wildlife – kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, penguins, seals, sea lions, echidnas and a myriad of bird life.. Tasmania has many unique animals – some like the Tasmanian Devil are well known others, such as the Pademelon, Eastern Quoll or Bettong are less well known but equally fascinating. Eyre Peninsula boasts significant marine life opportunities, swim with all manner of sea creatures from sea lions (aptly known as the puppy dogs of the sea) to dolphins and giant blue fin tuna as well as cage dive with the Great White Shark. Ningaloo is one of the best places in the world to swim with the largest fish – the whale shark (which grows up to 18 metres), Ningaloo is also home to manta rays, 6 different turtle species and dugongs.
– Australia’s wine credentials are widely known but what about hot Air ballooning and cycling through the vineyards or taking the opportunity to ‘make your own blend’ of wine. Match your wines to divine oysters and tuna or explore the small scale operations producing gorgeous cheeses. With three Sydney restaurants in the San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants list, inner city suburbs bustling with wine and cocktail bars you can take your pick of cuisine and price tag. Let us help you plan your dinner reservations for a mix of the Icons and local gems!
Shopping, markets and food
– With over 200 stalls and selling a huge array of goods from Australian artists and designers, Sydney’s Paddington weekend markets are loved by locals and visitors alike. You’re likely to pick up something no one at home will have! For food markets the Adelaide Central Food Market gets my vote – it is the largest undercover food market in the Southern Hemisphere with lots of world foods. Small guided tours can also be undertaken with local gastronomic. If you are in Darwin on a Thursday or Sunday head to the Mindil Beach Sunset market And Saturday morning is Hobart’s turn – the Salamanca Markets deserve a good browse.
– The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is an art museum located within the Moorilla winery near Hobart. In Sydney browse the Paddington Galleries at your own pace or with a local expert guide. Some of the world’s most ancient art is to be found on the rocks of Arnhem Land and the Kimberley.
– Learn about indigenous heritage and culture through local people, traditions and way of life. Learn about ‘Bush Tucker’ and the natural medicines that have supported indigenous cultures for centuries. Take a trek into an ancient rainforest, take a canoe ride through a tranquil lagoon or learn to craft spears and catch fish in the traditional way.
– Australia is all about being outside and the coast is where most of the action takes place. Stunning beaches are what Australia does best. Get a taste of beach culture with a surf lesson at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach. If you want to get underwater, head to the scuba and snorkel paradise, home to the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland offers a myriad of colourful and exotic marine life, isolated atolls, shark feeding and intact shipwrecks.
– Whether you charter a skippered yacht for 10 days exploring the Whitsunday Islands, share a catamaran out of Coral Bay or jump aboard a racing yacht on stunning Sydney Harbour, getting about on the water makes for a wonderful holiday. If you just want a taste, we can organise kayaking along the glorious white sand beaches at Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay in Booderee National Park or trout fishing in Tasmania. The waters surrounding Lizard Island boast some of the most exciting fishing in the world, particularly during the popular Black Marlin fishing season.
Trekking and hiking
– Through rainforest, coastal wilderness, the rugged outback and picturesque mountains, we can organise wonderful self-guided or fully guided treks with superb food and wine, warm showers, expert guides, all in sustainable camps and lodges.
- Getting there
– Australia is serviced by many Airlines offering daily flights including British Airways, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Emirates. Flying time to Sydney is 22-24 hours.
– Australia has a good network of domestic flights, is an easy place to self-drive a hire car or we can arrange driver/guides. Charter flights are a way to cut out long drives and make travel connections smoother and a helicopter safari is one of the best ways to see the Kimberley region. It is important to remember that Australia is a big country and sometimes getting from A to B can take quite a long time.
– The best time to visit the Southern Part of the Country is from October to March, while Northern Australia is lovely from April to September.
Visa/ entry requirements
– UK passport holders require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter Australia for which there is an online application.
Events (festivals, wildlife migrations)
– From yacht races to surfing competitions, food and wine extravaganzas to musical celebrations, horse racing to car rallies, Australia’s events are big, bold and hugely enjoyable and upbeat affairs. They are a great opportunity not only to give your trip a focus but also to meet some of the enthusiasts involved. If you have a specific interest, let us know.
From gentle to extreme: you think up the sport and Australia can deliver. In many cases it probably invented it.
– Sleep under the stars in the outback; marvel at the extraordinary wildness; party all night in the friendliest cities in the world; and kick back on pristine beaches. Don’t do airports? Take a private sea plane directly from the Sydney harbour out into the sticks for an amazing country lunch. What could be more romantic?
- Young and Old Families
– There is just too much to see and do that the trouble is not keeping the kids entertained but dragging them away. If you’re worried about hyperactivity, don’t! We’ll ensure you get some down while the children are whisked away and returned to you full of the joys of something new and exciting.
- Solo Travellers
– Such is the quality of our guides who really bring our destinations to life, that they are more companions than guides ensuring you are not only safe but also entertained. There are also wonderful opportunities to explore wild regions of Australia hosted by local families.
- Limited Mobility
– Australia is very well set up for those with limited mobility. We can ensure your itinerary runs smoothly – this is certainly not a good excuse to miss out on such a beautiful country.
-Where to start? Hundreds of world class vineyards, often play host to wonderful restaurants dot the wine growing region while the cities, particularly Sydney, showcase divine cuisine cooked by some of the most talented chefs in the world.
-The Mary River catchment is home to some 236 species of bird, many of which are found at Bamurru Plains. Opportunities for keen birders include a visit to Tasmania where 12 endemic species are best found with specialist guide Dr Tonia Cochran, on Bruny Island. World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island is a bird watching paradise with 14 species of seabird breeding on the island and over 130 permanent and migratory bird species, including an endemic wood hen.