Australia

An island. A continent. A country.  Australia’s contrasting landscapes, modern cities and pristine ocean waters are hard to top. From the infamous Outback and Great Barrier Reef to Sydney’s Harbour and the markets in Melbourne, Australia has a range of modern and natural beauty.

Highlights

See and do:

  • Cruise on the Daintree River to see “salties” (saltwater crocodiles)
  • Dive or snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Climb the Sydney bridge
  • Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock) and dine under the stars
  • See koalas in their natural habitat on Kangaroo Island

Pairs well with:

  • New Zealand due to proximity and complimentary experiences
  • Hawaii or Fiji to break up the long flight there or back from the United States

From the craggy peaks of the Blue Mountains to the lush tropics of Queensland and the coral treasure land of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia has something unusual and special to offer each of its visitors.

While the most frequently visited places in Australia’s vast “red center” have been tamed by tourism, the Outback hasn’t lost its frontier allure. Watching the sunset at Uluru is a magical – some say spiritual – experience. The same can be said for much of the rest of this country that’s also a continent.

A cruise on the Daintree River is a great way to safely see “salties” (saltwater crocodiles) and Ningaloo Reef is famous for its high concentration of whale sharks (as well as dolphins, turtles and vibrant tropical fish).  If you’re in the south, check out Kangaroo Island, a world-renowned wilderness conservation and research area.

Throughout most of Australia, fresh local produce and seafood can be found nearly everywhere. Crayfish (lobster), prawns, Sydney rock oysters (raw with a touch of lemon and black pepper), Moreton Bay bugs (a type of lobster), coral trout, coral cod, barramundi (wrapped in plantain leaves), Tasmanian salmon, mud crabs, mussels and scallops are all worth a try.

Whether you visit for a family vacation, a private getaway or honeymoon, there’s a mix of 5 star hotels and luxury resorts in Australia that will help you soak in all this diverse country has to offer.

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The Island Continent

18-Day Australian Adventure

Soak in all of Australia's modern and natural wonders, from the metropolitan marvel of Sydney to the indescribable Wolgan Valley. Topped with island activities and abundant animal interaction, this trip hits all of Australia's highlights.

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