The vast land of Australia is the world’s sixth-largest country - but has only 25 million citizens. This means you don’t have to travel far to get a sense of the country’s enormity, and to feel far away from civilization. Go diving in the underworld waters of the Great Barrier Reef, or go hiking close to the mighty sandstone of Uluru that’s held sacred by Aboriginal people.
Whatever your passion in life is - you’ll find something that you love “Down Under.” Below are some of our sample itineraries - speak to one of our Tourlane Travel Experts about crafting your own dream trip, based on your travel tastes and preferences. Every Tourlane trip is tailor-made from beginning to end! Australia is vast - but we make trip planning easy. Less
If you love driving, take an Australian road trip along the 150 miles of the Great Ocean Road across Australia’s southeastern coastline. Divine findings such as the craggy limestone of the "12 Apostles" or a Koala spot at Kennett River encapsulate so much of Australia’s natural charm. At Bells Beach, the surf is up—witness waves collide with coastline sands.
A mecca for divers around the world, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and the largest living organism on earth. With a versatile marine life, diving and snorkeling opportunities, and effervescent coral, the Great Barrier Reef is a must-see stop on any Australian tour. It’s no surprise that the Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s most popular attractions. Enter another world full of one-off original wildlife, and seemingly bottomless blue waters.
If you’re passionate about wine, visit the "Great Wine Capital" of the world found in South Australia. The Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills are perfect spots to lay back and enjoy a bottle as vineyards roll out of view. The nearby City of Adelaide is perfect for foodies, as it boasts a thriving culinary scene, world-renowned restaurants, and chic Parisian-styled bars. Ask your Tourlane Travel Expert for insider recommendations about the best vineyards in the area.
If you love hiking and the outdoors, plan a trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park during your Australia vacation. Its dramatic centerpiece is Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, an oval-shaped rock that is the same height of the Empire State Building. This UNESCO World Heritage site rises majestically above Australia’s Outback and is sacred to the Aboriginal people of the area. Watch as it turns a blood-red with the moving of the sun. Then, enjoy a walk through Walpa Gorge (approximately one mile), a desert refuge for plantation and animals, and feel a welcome breeze.
If you’re a nature lover, plan a visit to Kangaroo Island, which is about 70 miles from the mainland of South Australia. The island is home to an abundance of wildlife (kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and more) and extraordinary vegetation. Book a trip out to sea and you’ll find dolphins and seals splashing all around you. Each day presents an opportunity to deeper explore these fertile lands, as well as take part in supervised sessions that allow you to hold and feed wildlife.
Located in Western Australia is the spectacular Karijini National Park. Within its walls are two billion years of history. Hike the Hancock Gorge and weave your way through this historic rock, described as a "journey to the center of the world". Cool off with a swim in the freshwater pools found among a cavernous gorge. The depths and high peaks of this ochre-red inland has had a profound historical significance on local indigenous people.
If you’re a fan of barbecuing at the beach, then you’ll love the Australian food scene. If you plan on visiting Australia over the holiday season, a barbecue on the beach may well be on the menu (normally focused around meat and fish). Other popular Australian foods include the meat pie (typically with minced meat, onions, mushrooms, and gravy), and barramundi - which is the Aborginal name for a type of seabass.
One of the best events to plan your Australia vacation around is New Year. In Sydney, large festivities take place across the city, including an outstanding fireworks display from the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. The excellent weather at this time also makes it an appealing occasion to plan a trip for. If you’re passionate about tennis, plan a visit to coincide with the Australian Open—one of the big four grand slams around the world. Alternatively, if you’re a fan of motor racing, consider getting tickets for the Australian Grand Prix; it takes place every March in Melbourne.
Part of Australian culture is the relaxing and laidback way of life. If you’re looking for a relaxing and meditative experience, head to the Blue Mountains - located about 90 minutes by car from Sydney. Your Tourlane Travel Expert will organize a full-day walking tour with an Aboriginal guide through the valleys and caves of this sacred place. Visit the popular Three Sisters rock formation and catch a breath as you take in a view of a region that will leave you gasping.
The best time to visit Australia is either in the Southern Hemisphere spring (September to November) or summer (December to February), as the weather is glorious and the volume of tourists is manageable. Due to Australia’s size, the climate varies by region. Speak to us for more information.
Australia has three timezones: Australian Western Standard Time, Australian Central Standard Time, and Australian Eastern Standard Time.
The required budget depends on your travel tastes and preferences. Consult your own Tourlane Travel Expert for a quotation, free of charge.
The official currency of Australia is the Australian dollar (AUD).
The official language of Australia is English.
Brisbane (BNE), Melbourne (MEL), and Sydney Airport (SYD) have direct flights to the USA.