Things to do in Australia
Sydney to Cairns
Pick up your rental car and drive from one of the world's most iconic cities to the largest coral reef on the planet whilst enjoying some of east coast Australia's best loved locations, including the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and Lamington National Park, all to be found before reaching the halfway point in Brisbane.
Driving northwards from Queensland's capital finds no let up in the incredible coastal scenery with chances to camp on Fraser Island's Seventy Five Mile Beach, before continuing to Bargara and Rockhampton, about as good as it gets for those seeking white sand at the southern start of the Great Barrier Reef. As you get closer to Cairns it's the breathtaking Whitsundays that steal the show with shimmering shallows and glorious gardens of coral allowing a glimpse at things to come as you experience wet tropics rainforest and the Great Green Way before finally reaching your end goal. All that’s left is to drop off your car at Cairns airport and head for home.
Our Australia Holidays
Arnhem Land remains Australia's one true Aboriginal stronghold and stands in testament to the relationship between indigenous people and their impenetrable land.
Researching the origins and oppression of Australia's Aboriginal people is heartbreaking stuff which is why a visit to Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory is a must for anyone wishing to find out more, as well as learning about the spiritual significance of Dreamtime. Guided tours allow access to Aboriginal artwork on an unprecedented scale before embarking on trips through Kakadu National Park and onwards to the Cobourg Peninsula where evidence of abandoned British settlements brings the relationship between man and nature into even starker contrast.
Explore the Great Barrier Reef
There is no better way to truly experience the remarkable channels and reef islands around the Great Barrier Reef other than to embark on a small boat cruise accompanied by a marine biologist. Sailing to Thetford Reef and Sudbury Cay before heading out on a glass-bottomed boat invites every opportunity to immerse yourself within an underwater world alive with tropical fish and hundreds of species of coral, with expert advice ensuring a much deeper experience in every sense.
Guided snorkelling tours allow you to explore the most impressive shallows with cruises through the Hinchinbrook Channel and onwards to Pelorus Island unveiling trails through rainforests and mangroves whilst dolphins, turtles and dugongs appear offshore. Stepping foot on rainforest-covered islands, such as Dunk and Nathan, offer further opportunities to revel in the region's wildlife with sun birds, doves and blue-winged butterflies fluttering overhead as starfish, sea cucumbers and red emperors call for another dip over the world's most majestic marine environment, the Great Barrier Reef.
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Although early settlers wiped out many of Australia's indigenous animals, rising sea levels led to Tasmania becoming like a Noah's Ark for the world's most weird and wonderful wildlife.
Take a wildlife tour in Tassie
Tasmania’s wildlife is as eclectic as its landscapes with tiny offshore islands, like Bruny, offering opportunities to spot white wallabies appearing through cloud forests whilst a cruise to the outermost reaches of the Great Southern Ocean conjures up shearwaters, sea eagles and huge colonies of fur seals against 300m cliffs. From Mount Field and the Western Wilderness to spotting platypus, quolls and Tasmanian devils on a river cruise up the Arthur River in the Tarkine Rainforest, nothing beats Tasmania for wildlife tours.
More about Australia
Follow our straightforward temperature and rainfall chart to help you discover the best time to visit Australia; and see our pick of the cultural calendar.
Put down your camera, throw out your Neighbours box set and let our Australia travel guide lead you on an adventure that will become as much a part of who you are as where you go next.
Our Australia map and itineraries page takes you from Kakadu National Park to Tasmania with the Kimberley, Uluru and Kangaroo Island in between.
Self drive tours of Tasmania; skimming over the Great Barrier Reef; whatever independent travel in Australia you’re looking to achieve, we can help.
Do you live out your surfer dreams in Sydney and on east coast beaches? Or go rough and ready around the vast landscapes of the Outback? And then there’s lesser-visited Tasmania or Western Australia.
At just over 300km both ways, Tasmania is like a pop-up book when you delve into it.
The country’s most populous state is where many people begin their Aussie odyssey, touching down in vibrant Sydney.
Australia’s Northern Territory is all about the great outdoors: the landscape here is big, bold and beautiful.
Queensland is Australia’s tropical treasure trove, where glorious coral reefs lie offshore and ancient rainforests throng with life.
South Australia is like a continent in miniature, home to rugged coastline, vast mountain ranges and ancient forests.
Find out how to get around Australia, what to pack and where and what to eat as you read advice and tips from our friends.
There are two major responsible tourism issues in Australia which need to be highlighted.
Find all of our Australia guides in one place, including guides for different areas such as the Great Barrier Reef, Tasmania or the Great Ocean Road.