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th e ed ito r ’s n ote Preconceptions abound in travel. The right time of year to visit a place, what the cultural highlights are and the quality of a destination’s cuisine to name a few. Another common one is how long you should go for. When it comes to the ever captivating Australia, people often lean towards a view that a long, long stay is required. For this reason the initial plan to head there often gets parked due to lack of holiday days available. This is a preconception that gets it very wrong. You

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see, Australia works brilliantly for a two week trip, a length of time that allows you to immerse yourself in the best of the country. Many of our clients go for two weeks and when they return, the feedback is always the same. It starts with ‘that was the…’ and ends with ‘…best two weeks of my life’. This is our guide on how to get the best out of Australia over two weeks and in doing so give yourself one of the best holidays you will ever have. Defining experiences and perfect itineraries, there is a wealth of information in here to inspire your trip and dispel that preconception for good. Enjoy. Tom Marchant, Co-Founder Black Tomato

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th e u ltimate iti n erary We’ve really gone all out on this itinerary. Highlighting the crème de la crème of Australian experiences, this is one ultimate adventure.

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melbourne Starting in Sydney, take some time to wander wide-eyed around this incredible metropolis and unwind from your journey. Keen to experience the iconic Sydney Opera House? Well, not only will your luxury suite at the Park Hyatt hotel have a view of the Opera House, but we’ll also arrange a guided tour of this amazing building, especially for you.

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with an unparalleled clarity and snuggle up in the shadow of the colossal Ayers Rock as a storyteller recites some ancient Aboriginal tales. From Ayers Rock it’s on to Kangaroo Island and your luxury cliff-top suite at the exclusive Southern Ocean Lodge. Wake up to the sounds of Kangaroos and Wallabies frolicking in the nearby dunes. Oh, and don’t forget, with your pre-arranged Kangaroo encounter you can get up-close and personal with these infamous Australian creatures. By day, enjoy anything from mountain biking to kayaking and strolling down the pristine beaches. Come night time, relax in your private lounge and enjoy

the pink and purple hues of the magical sunset. Finish off your ultimate Australian adventure with a trip to the exclusive Hamilton Island. The views over the azure bays and paradisiacal verdure of the island are matched only by those you’ll witness on your scenic flight to Whitehaven Bay. Amongst the sheer beauty of this stretch of white sand, delight in a private picnic on the beach and bask in the rays of glorious Aussie sunshine.

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An untamed wilderness lying off the South-West coast of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is a haven for wildlife and an ideal destination for anyone seeking raw, natural beauty and an abundance of native animal and plant species. Interacting with the flourishing wildlife here, notably those adorable hopping marsupials, is a memorable and uniquely Australian experience. You might even be lucky enough to witness the little joeys venturing beyond their mother’s pouches. Cue the ‘‘awwww’s’’.

THE REAS O N Kangaroo Island is a must-see destination if you like the idea of watching kangaroos roam free in an untouched wilderness (and who wouldn’t want to see that?). Away from the hustle and bustle of Australia’s cities and with the animals living unrestricted in their natural habitats, this island is a low-key destination that oozes tranquillity and stands as a perfect example of Australia’s natural beauty.

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For wildlife, June to August is the best time to go, but a visit at any time of year will take your breath away.

This island is a low-key destination that oozes tranquility and stands as a perfect example of Australia’s natural beauty.

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Southern Ocean Lodge - One of the iconic Australian properties, Southern Ocean Lodge perches atop a cliff high above the beaches of Kangaroo Island’s southern shores. Floor to ceiling windows and a chic minimalist design ensure nothing detracts from the incredible views of the vast southern ocean and with just 21 suites; this is exclusive luxury at its very best.

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From the stunning Hamilton Island, hop on board a scenic flight over the azure waters and pristine sands that make up the Great Barrier Reef. Whitehaven Beach is renowned for its 98% pure silica sand, giving it a blindingly white hue. Land here and enjoy a private gourmet picnic on the beach complete with champagne, and toast to the beauty of one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders.

THE REASO N Seeing the beautiful colours of the Great Barrier Reef from the air is an opportunity not to be missed. Look on in awe as you observe how the different shades of blue sparkle and

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blend into one another above the infamous expanse of coral that can be seen from space. Teamed with a private picnic on paradisiacal white sands, you’ll feel as though you’re in a dream.

Qualia (pronounced kwah-lee-ah) in latin means “a collection of deeper sensory experiences”

WHEN TO GO April - September.

WHERE TO STAY Qualia – Your boutique bolthole on this desert island adventure will be Qualia, a luxurious hideaway on the stunning Hamilton Island. Expect total serenity, fantastic food and breath-taking, uninterrupted views over the Great Barrier Reef. blacktomato.com

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U lu r u - No rth er n Ter r ito ry th e EX PERIEN C E Witness the infamous changing of the colours of Uluru as you begin your experience with sparkling wine and canapés at sunset. As you tuck in to a three course bush tucker inspired meal including crocodile, kangaroo and barramundi, a storyteller educates you on the night sky by relaying Aboriginal stories of the constellations, zodiac signs, planets and galaxies.

THE REASO N Not only are you treated to a unique Australian meal full of incredible flavours and native ingredients, but you’re dining in the middle of the Australian desert under a canopy of twinkling stars whose lights shine bright and unmarred by

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light pollution. Learning the enchanting mythical stories of the Aboriginal tribes is truly inspiring and imbues a deeper, spiritual meaning on to this astounding landscape.

th e EX P ERIEN C E Starting with drinks outside the Sydney Opera House enjoying amazing views over the Harbour and the venue itself, we say the Harbour Bridge at the Opera Bar is the ideal place to begin your evening. There’s also a variety of gourmet restaurants in the vicinity and rest assured, we’ll have you booked into the very best for a mouth-watering meal. The perfect precursor to an evening of entertainment.

WHEN TO GO May - November.

WHERE TO STAY Longitude 131° - Longitude 131° provides a truly authentic outback experience, only with none of the hardships, all of the natural beauty, and (of course) plenty of luxury living. As far away from anything as you can be, this is the perfect spot for some serious peace and quiet (with a pretty incredible view to boot).

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performances on offer means this cultural hub will satisfy any taste.

WHEN TO GO All year round.

WHERE TO STAY Park Hyatt, Sydney - Recently re-opened after receiving an out-of-this-world revamp, Sydney’s Park Hyatt has been dramatically transformed into the very embodiment of modern luxury. At one of the best hotels in Australia you’ll enjoy uninterrupted views of the famous harbour and an unrivalled five star service.

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a so uth er n a dv entu r e Embark on an authentic Australian adventure through the country’s southern states, discovering stunning natural landscapes and indigenous wildlife.

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Arriving in Sydney, it’s only a short connecting flight to Lord Howe Island where your trip can truly begin. This little-known piece of paradise is saturated with lush forests and white sand beaches - and really is the perfect place to rest and recuperate after your long journey. Enjoy lounging on the pristine beaches and diving beneath the waters of the Tasmanian Sea, exploring the colourful coral reefs in all their splendour.

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wildlife. You’ll be amazed by the colourful displays of the landscape, the vibrant orange sunsets and the blue haze of the valleys caused by light reflecting off the eucalyptus oils that hang in the air.

adventure in Melbourne will be just as incredible. Your luxury residence at the Park Hyatt is the perfect base from which to explore a city that oozes with culture and its own quirky style.

Flying down to Melbourne, pick up your rental car and make your way to the secluded Mornington Peninsula. Take advantage of the hot springs on your doorstep, relax and let the thermal waters wash over you as you bask in these amazing natural phenomena. If you can bear to leave the mesmerizing beauty of Mornington Peninsula, we promise that your next urban

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With over 60 diving sites to be discovered around the island, there’s no shortage of underwater excitement. Divers from around the world flock to these waters, so you know they’re going to be good. With some of the most southerly coral reefs in the world, a visit to Lord Howe Island will ensure you have one of the best dives of your life. We recommend dropping below the surface at Balls Pyramid – the world’s tallest sea stack, where you’re guaranteed to see bursts of colourful coral and an array of species that include Kingfish, Rainbow Runners and even the occasional Dolphin.

THE REASO N World heritage listed for the clarity of its water, astonishing underwater caves, volcanic geology and diverse marine life, this island gives divers, nature enthusiasts and beach lovers

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alike a place to explore, relax and lose track of time. The island has less than 350 residents and no matter when you go, there’s never a crowd in sight. True island perfection, above and below the surface. image © Capella Lodge

WHEN TO GO October - March.

WHERE TO STAY Capella Lodge – Arriving on Lord Howe Island, you’ll be whisked over to Lover’s Bay and to your room at the elegant Capella lodge. With just nine rooms, this cutting-edge beach house guarantees snappy service and the most deliciously fresh seafood at dinner.

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th e EX P ERIEN C E The natural geothermal outdoor springs that Peninsula Hot Springs lays claim to will leave you feeling pampered and relaxed in no time. Over 20 bathing experiences are available, from Turkish steam rooms, cave pools, mineral showers and a hilltop pool complete with panoramic views, so you can easily spend a whole day de-stressing and soaking up the mesmerising landscapes that surround this world class spa.

THE REAS O N When you’re in a country as diverse and exciting as Australia, we think it’s essential you make the most of its more unique elements, and this includes the country’s geothermal activity. Oh, and as it’s only 90 minutes from Melbourne, it’s the

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WHEN TO GO All year round.

WHERE TO STAY The Big Blue Backyard - A short hop, skip and a jump out of Melbourne and you’ll arrive at the secluded Big Blue Backyard. Hosting three styles of room (African, beach or bush) it’s an intimate place to rest your head. Located in Mornington Peninsula it’s only a brisk two minute stroll to the usually deserted beach.

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wolgan valley - n ew so uth wales th e EXPERIENC E Prepare for a day of wildlife spotting in the remote regions of the infamous Wolgan Valley reserve. Expect to see a range of indigenous species before heading back to your luxury resort to enjoy sunset drinks and red hued views over the Blue Mountains. The location of your luxury homestead in between two national parks ensures you can truly immerse yourself in the natural beauty of New South Wales as you wave goodbye to the beaten track and hello to untouched Australia.

THE REASO N Wildlife spotting here gives you astonishing views of the Blue Mountains, so whether you’re a botanist, bird watcher, naturalist or just a sucker for a stunning view and a nice

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drink, this experience has something for everyone. If it was astounding enough to inspire Charles Darwin, it’s good enough for us.

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WHEN TO GO All year round.

WHERE TO STAY Emirates Wolgan Valley - Set against the stunning backdrop of the Blue Mountains is the gorgeous spa resort of Wolgan Valley. We’ll arrange a stay in one of the forty individual suites just for you, complete with a private terrace and your very own swimming pool. Sure, it’s as amazing as it sounds.

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th e gr eat outdoors As soon as anyone mentions Australia, images of lush rainforests, the vast plains of the Outback and those world-famous beaches immediately spring to mind, and that’s exactly where we’re taking you on this trip across Australia’s Great Outdoors. A H elicopter T our image © Tourism Australia

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After a quick stop in Melbourne, start your trip the right way with a night of rest and relaxation in Hobart. After a stunning mini road trip you’ll find yourself at the breathtaking Freycinet National Park where azure coastal waters and theatrical rock formations await you at every turn. Trust us, this kaleidoscopic landscape is not to be missed. After a few days here, let us transport you to the Tasmanian Icon, Cradle Mountain. Explore the mountain trails on horseback and experience the wonders of the mirror-flat Dove Lake. Officially cited as one of the top ‘100 things to do before you die’, trek to the mountain top for that awe-inspiring Aussie experience. 14 ways in 14 days

From natural to urban wonders, journey back to the mainland for two nights in Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital. Relax amidst Melbourne’s pristine beaches, quirky street art and eclectic café culture. Take to the skies on your own private helicopter tour and watch in awe as 151 metres of glorious coastline unfolds beneath you. We’ll fly you over dramatic rock formations like the 12 Apostles and you might even catch a glimpse of the enormous silhouettes of Blue and Southern Right Whales. Round your trip off at the ancient Flinders Ranges, South Australia, an explosion of red amidst thousands of miles of mainland desert. Get your adrenaline pumping on a

jaw-dropping 4WD tour of the surrounding wilderness and its beautiful indigenous wildlife. One iconic experience after another, this trip will leave you enamoured and inspired by the sheer beauty and vastness of this truly breath-taking country.

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Take to the skies on an incredible helicopter tour over one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines, stretching 151 miles along the rather aptly named Great Ocean Road. This scenic flight offers incomparable views over the iconic limestone stacks of the 12 Apostles and the spectacular formation of the London Arch. You’ll even be in with the chance of spotting the different species of whale that travel majestically along these shores, their silhouettes shimmering brilliantly just below the water’s surface.

THE REASON To truly appreciate the immensity of Australia, the vastness of its plains and the dramas of its landscapes, you need to look upon it from a different perspective, and aerial views are unbeatable when it comes to epic views that the Great Ocean Road has to offer.

WHEN TO G O All year round.

WHERE TO STAY The Lyall - Holed up at this luxurious bolthole on Murphy Street, you’re just a stone’s throw away from the designer shopping and world class dining delights of Chapel Street. Expect huge fireplaces, lavish printed fabrics and charming, dark wood Australian furniture.

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Head out on a four wheel drive tour over the spectacular plains and mountains of the Flinders Ranges. Your expert guide will give you the low down on the area’s history and natural highlights and you’re sure to spot some indigenous wildlife, too. There’s plenty of stop-offs for photo opportunities and when you reach some of the highest points, the views will be sure to take your breath away.

THE REAS O N Millions of years of weathering have sculpted dramatic mountain ranges, knife-edge peaks, sheer drops, creeks and gorges into the Australian landscape creating a destination that provides endless opportunities for exploration. As the largest mountain range in Australia, there’s no better place to head to than Flinders Ranges for authentic views and intrepid adventures over this age old country.

WHEN TO GO Avoid the harsh summer months and head there between the months of May and November for balmy weather.

WHERE TO STAY Arkaba Station - Nestled in the heart of one of Australia’s most ancient landscapes, the Arkaba Station offers up wild bush luxury on 60,000 acres of serene and peaceful landscape. This couldn’t be further from the rush of city life. You’ll get a real taste of Australian country hospitality while you stay in one of the four bedrooms in the 1850s homestead, or even in your own garden cottage.

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FREYC INET NATIONAL PARK - TASMANIA th e EX P ERIEN C E On the East coast of Tasmania, the illustrious Freycinet National Park provides a 30km trek that covers an array of aesthetic wonders. Wineglass Bay is a flawlessly sculpted azure bay with white sands framing its notable curve. The pink tint of the rolling Hazard Mountains against this backdrop of stunning beaches makes this one or two day trek a must-do adventure.

THE REAS O N Lying off the coast of Australia, Tasmania is often overlooked by those travelling down under. It feels relatively undiscovered and, simply put, that’s why you have to go. It’s a destination made beautiful by electric blue seas and vast mountains

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blanketed in verdant greenery that can be explored without the crowds. Perfect.

WHEN TO GO All year round.

WHERE TO STAY Saffire Freycinet - Where better to stay than in the midst of Freycinet Peninsula at Saffire Freycinet resort, with the Hazard Mountains and Wineglass Bay offering you a stunning backdrop? At Saffire Freycinet, the modern yet minimalist rooms complete with floor to ceiling windows will leave you mesmerised.

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f ood, wi n e & wi ld l i f e iti n erary An itinerary to satiate your hunger for good food and awe-inspiring exploration, we’ll have you working your way across some of the country’s most iconic sights, beginning in Western Australia and ending in Queensland.

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Arriving in Perth you’ll be whisked off to your very own Spa Suite at Cape Lodge, deep in the heart of the Margaret River wine country. The Mediterranean climate of this south western gem makes it ideal wine country, which is why we’ve planned a mouth-watering private food and wine tour for you to sample some local delicacies and get to grips with the flavours and character that makes Margaret River wine so special.

in Exmouth, you’ll be staying in your own luxury bushstyle camp with some of the most luxurious tents you’ll ever see. Up next are the sweeping plains of Bamurru in the Northern Territory, where an exhilarating Australian safari (yes you heard us right) to see the incredible wildlife, reptiles and birds awaits. Naturally you’ll be staying in the height of luxury, ensconced in your own spacious bungalow.

Next it’s on to the stunning Ningaloo Reef. Dive with gargantuan whale sharks or spend time snorkelling over this pristine, technicolor reef. What’s more, whilst you’re

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fauna, so we’ll provide you with an indigenous guide who’ll spend a day teaching you about this awe-inspiring ecosystem. Complete your whistle-stop adventure with a mystical candle-lit dinner under the forest canopy and be entertained by traditional aboriginal performances.

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n i ngalo o r eef - wester n austr alia th e EXPERIENC E Snorkel through iridescent, turquoise waters in the company of the world’s biggest fish; the Whale Shark. To be in the presence of this gentle giant is a mesmerising experience that will leave you touched and overwhelmed. Other encounters with manta rays and turtles are on the cards too in this reef teeming with awe-inspiring marine life.

THE REASO N Whale Sharks are a vulnerable species and swimming with them is unlike any other marine life encounter. Meander along peacefully and watch as this magnificent creature opens its mouth to a fascinating size to feed on plankton, krill and small fish.

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Margaret River is famed for an array of world class wineries and the production of premium cheeses (it’s starting to sound great already, isn’t it?). It’s a foodie haven and we’ve decided a Cheese and Wine Tour is a perfect (and satiating) way to explore this beautiful region. Think rolling green vineyards and gourmet restaurants set against the stunning backdrop of Western Australia.

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WHERE TO STAY Sal Salis - Camping on the beach has never looked like this. An eco-luxury safari camp just metres from the water, Sal Salis resort is the perfect place to stay when you’re exploring this widely undiscovered stretch of coastline. Let the chef spoil you with contemporary West Australian cuisine, while wallaroos (a type of mini kangaroo) come out for their own evening meal. Talk about blending with nature.

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THE REAS O N Western Australian wineries are considered to be some of the best in the world and produce around 25% of the country’s premium wines. Whether you consider yourself to be a bit of a food and drink connoisseur or you’re just keen to explore what this lesser known part of Australia has to offer, believe 14 ways in 14 days

us, Margaret River will delight more than just your palette.

WHEN TO GO All year round.

WHERE TO STAY Cape Lodge - If you’re looking for a tranquil, gourmet experience in the heart of Australia’s wine country, we’ve found it for you. Cape Lodge has everything you could need for your boutique Western Australian experience. Delicious food, stylish rooms and great wine. Perfection.

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th e EX P ERIEN C E Immerse yourself in the rich Aboriginal history and culture of northern Queensland as you wander amongst the twisted trunks of the Daintree Forest, the oldest living rainforest in the world. Led by your aboriginal guide, learn all about these indigenous tribes and the spectacular setting in which they have flourished for centuries. Lit by the flickering of candles and the light of stars, finish your day with a dinner at the Flames of the Forest – a gourmet, atmospheric treat set in the midst of this astounding forest.

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ba mu r r u pl ai n s - No rth er n Ter r ito rY th e EXPERIENC E We won’t blame you for never associating safaris with Australia, but safaris there are (and great ones at that). You’ll explore the fragile yet significant ecosystem of the Bamurru and Mary River Flood Plains with a knowledgeable guide who will offer you an insight into a part of Australia rarely seen. Expect to see some incredible wildlife including crocodiles, buffalo, wallabies and more.

THE REASO N Discover a side to Australia not many people know about. Lying on the outskirts of the Kakadu National Park, a journey away from the crowds of southern Australia and into the Northern Territories will leave you awe-inspired and humbled

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Australia has plenty of natural wonders, but the Daintree Forest is one of its most spectacular. With the help of an expert Aboriginal guide, you’ll get a unique insight into this natural and cultural icon. You’ll be humbled both by the Forest’s magnificence and the stories of the indigenous people who know the Forest so well. The evening dinner is an experience like no other, too. Well, where else can you dine under the canopy of the oldest living forest in the world and watch aboriginal performances as you dine? Only in Northern Queensland.

by the sheer majesty of this huge and geographically diverse country.

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Bamurru Plains – To the west of Kakadu National Park lies Bamurru Plains, your luxury base for a few days exploring this vast wilderness. Your safari suite blends seamlessly with the beautiful surroundings and allows you to completely immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Northern Territory.

WHERE TO STAY The Sea Temple Resort - From bush to beach, The Sea Temple Resort and Spa is perfectly situated for exploring the Daintree Forest, as well as providing you with incomparable five star luxury, right on the sandy shore. image © Tourism Australia

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TH ER E & BAC K B EST TIME OF YEAR TO GO

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There really is no bad time to visit Australia. When it’s cold down south, it’s beautiful weather in the north and all year round there’s a wealth of seasonal experiences to indulge in. You’ll find the hottest months are between November and March, and this is the perfect time to head to southern Australia for sunshine and barbeques (Christmas on the beach is most definitely one for the bucket list). April through to September tend to be cooler, offering the perfect climate to venture north to Uluru and the vast desert plains of the Northern Territory that Australia is famous for. Finally, whether it’s beautiful landscapes, delicious food, vibrant history or just a good party you’re after, trust us, no matter what time of year you go, these things are all guaranteed.

Plane - Due to Australia’s size, air travel around the country is advised for the most part if you’re tight on time or have an itinerary covering vast distances. Several airlines such as Qantas offer great connections between cities and provincial airports.

G ETTING THERE

A FEW FUN FACTS

Flights - Flights to Australia from London are available with a variety of carriers and there’s usually a stop in Asia on the way. Depending on the route and where you stop over, flight times vary between 21 to 26 hours. From NYC it’s the same flight times, usually with a stop in LA or Dubai.

Much of Australia’s native flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Visa and Entry Requirements - If you’re a British or US citizen, you’re required to apply for a three month visa. It’s all electronic and can be applied for easily online.

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Car - Many people choose to self-drive to get around Australia, and we agree that it’s a great way to see the country (particularly if you’re travelling down the East Coast). However, the distances can be huge, so it’s worth bearing this in mind when deciding on how best to get around.

The koala is not a bear, it’s a marsupial. The Tasmanian devil does exist, and it has the jaw strength of a crocodile. There are more sheep in Australia than people.

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