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Whale shark, Ningaloo, Australia

Top 10 Things to do in Australia

The iconic landmarks, both man-made and natural, of Australia are unmissable, but there’s more to Oz than you might first think. Read on to find out more and be inspired to plan your own holiday to this big, bold, beautiful, bonza country! Use our suggested itineraries as a guide or we can tailor-make a holiday to suit you.

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1. Weird & wonderful wildlife

Australia has countless unique species, found nowhere else in the world – including kangaroo, koala, wombat, platypus, echidna, quokka, emu and the Tasmanian devil… to name just a few! Seeing some of these quirky creatures in their natural habitat is a highlight of any Australian holiday.

Itinerary idea: Discover Wild Victoria

2. Ancient history

Australia’s indigenous people represent the world’s oldest living culture, with a history spanning back 50,000 years. Dreamtime stories and ancient rock art provide a fascinating backdrop to present day Australia.

Itinerary idea: Highlights of the Red Centre

3. Marine magic

Australia’s extensive coastline provides easy access to both the Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo Reef, home to vivid coral gardens and an abundance of marine wildlife. Swim with whale-sharks, take a helicopter in search of the mighty blue whale, or cruise among dolphins and dugongs.

Itinerary idea: Western Reef Adventure

4. Sydney icons

Instantly recognizable, Sydney Harbour just wouldn’t be the same without its twin landmarks. See the city from a different perspective with a Bridge Climb, or enjoy a performance to remember at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Itinerary idea: Coastal Highlights Self Drive

5. Dazzling colour

With colourful coral, turquoise seas and lush green rainforests, Australia’s colours are truly dazzling. Perhaps nowhere more so than the striking landscapes of the Outback, where vivid red earth is punctuated by lone white gum trees reaching into the endless blue sky.

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6. Great rail journeys

Experience the world’s longest straight stretch of railway with a trip on the Indian Pacific across the vast Nullarbor Plain, or cross Australia north to south from Darwin to Adelaide – both are epic journeys through an epic Australian landscape.

Itinerary Idea: The Ghan Expedition

7. Outback luxury

Australia offers its own unique take on luxury in the wilderness, with safari-style tented properties and working cattle ranches offering top-level service, gourmet dining, fine wines and views to cherish for a lifetime.

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8. Remarkable rocks

Uluru (Ayers Rock) surely has to be the world’s best-known rock, but don’t overlook Australia’s other geological wonders. There’s the aptly named Devil’s Marbles, stripey Bungle Bungles, other-worldly Pinnacles and the remarkable Remarkable Rocks!

Itinerary idea: Kangaroo Island 4WD Explorer

9. A taste of Australia

A diverse range of influences have shaped Australia’s cuisine with fresh produce, a multicultural society and traditional ‘bush tucker’ combining to create unique and innovative menus. Numerous vineyards can be found throughout the southern states and are well worth a visit.

Itinerary idea: Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley »

10. On the road

Travel at your own pace by motorhome or car and take in Australia’s scenic highlights. Drive the famous Great Ocean Road, meander through the forests of Margaret River, explore rural Tasmania or tackle the remote Gibb River Road.

Itinerary idea: Great Ocean Explorer »

Recommended Holidays

Western Reef Adventure

from £1,160
excluding flights
11 nights Year round
Explore Western Australia following a route from Perth along the sunset coast to Exmouth via Kalbarri National Park and Monkey Mia.
  • Wildlife
  • Self Drive
  • Classic Experiences

Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley

from £992
excluding flights
2 nights Year round
Blend wine tasting with wildlife and spectacular views on this add-on group tour in the spectacular Blue Mountains of Australia's New South Wales.
  • Escorted
  • Food and Wine

The Ghan Expedition

from £2,250
excluding flights
3 nights May-Oct
Experience the very heart of Australia aboard the legendary Ghan railway from Darwin to Adelaide.
  • Escorted
  • Rail