Australia's nick-name is 'Down Under'. The natural identity of Australia has been forged by 45 million years of isolation. It seems that the beautiful and diverse landscapes is reflected in the resilient character of its inhabitants. In 1788 England brought 763 prisoners to Australia, which acted as a prison colony. In 1852, 370,000 people landed in Australia in the hope to find gold during the gold rush. Today, the country is still blessed with minerals such as gold, lead, iron, zinc and manganese. Though the country may be geographically remote from the West, Australia remains thoroughly western.
Australia has 6 regions:
New South Wales (Sydney).
Most people live here. The scenery is very varied, from the fertile coastal plains with beautiful beaches to high mountains such as the Blue Mountains northwest of Sydney and the Snowy Mountains to the south.
Australia's most popular holiday destination characterized by coastal and nature areas including Carnarvon Gorge National Park and the Great Barrier Reef.
Northern Territory (Darwin & Alice Springs).
A scarcely populated area lovingly known as The Top End. Nowhere is the culture of the Aboriginals better preserved. The biggest attraction is Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park.
South Australia (Adelaide)
Famous for its vineyards. The Murray River plays a major role.
As big as England. It is home to The Grampians and The Great Ocean Road. Amongst other activities, rock climbing, sailing and wine tasting are truly popular here!
West Australia (Perth)
Alias the Wildflower state and similar in size to Western Europe.There are numerous national parks, impressive mountain ranges, vast forests, pristine beaches and beautiful coral reefs.
Hotels & Meals
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Australia has 3 main time zones :
GMT +8:00: Western Australia (Perth)
GMT +9:30: Australian Central (Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales except Broken Hill, Tasmania, Victoria & Northern territory all year long)
GMT +10:00: Eastern Australian Time zone (Summer New South Wales, South Australia & Queensland all year long)
Not all states and territories in Australia use Daylight Saving Time (DST). The states that use DST are the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria.
Western Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory, and Eucla don't use DST.
Australische dollar( AUD): 10 AUD = 6,73 EUR & 10 euro = 15.85 AUD (11/03/2019)
The simplest and most reliable way to obtain cash in Australia is to use an ATM. ATMs are numerous in both city and country areas. Credit cards are a widely accepted means of payment even in the most remote areas.
Seasons in the southern hemisphere are opposed to ours: winter in Australia is used during our summer and spring during our fall. The size of the country creates regional differences. For convenience sake we divide the country in north and south. Generally speaking it rains in the north during the summer, making the period May to October the best travel time. At that very moment, it is much cooler in the south. The best travel period here is from October to April. The December-January holiday season is busy as it is the absolute high season.
Average max. temperatures (in °C):
Travel to Australia and visit Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, The Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock, The Snowy Mountains, The Blue Mountains and more and be inspired by this amazing country and its stunning natural settings.
- Sydney and Melbourne
have been ranked among the top 20 destinations in the world for the year 2016, a well-deserved reputation for a consistent number of years. The quality of life comes from the warm to moderate temperatures, a strong economy, a wealth of resources and a strict immigration policy. Sydney is a glamourous mix of beaches and bars and Melbourne is all arts and alleys.
- Brisbane, Adelaïde & Perth:
Brisbane is a subtropical town, Adelaïde is all about the festivals and Perth is bathing in West Coast optimism. No matter which city you are wheeling into you will never be left wanting for an offbeat theatre production or art gallery
- The great Barrier Reef
As fragile as it is beautiful. It extends over 2000 km along the coastline,. This complex ecosystem is populated with coral, sea turtles, reef sharks and tropical fish in every colour.
Nothing prepares you for the immensity and magnificence of Uluru as it first appears on the outback horizon. An exercise in architectural lyricism like no other.
- Amazing Coastline, national parks, outback and mountain ranges!
Cycle through the botanical gardens or take a boat trip on the Brisbane River to view pelicans up close. Laze away in the gardens and lagoons of South Bank or discover the pubs and boutiques of Fortitude Valley.
- 3 days
Enjoy the beautiful harbor of this city with the famous Opera House, the seductive lifestyle and the more than 70 beautiful beaches. Relax in the cobbled dead-end streets of The Rocks or at the markets and in the boutiques, cafes and pubs of Paddington.
- 4 days
Extraordinary lodgings: Reef Sleep
- The Great Barrier Reef
Do not miss out on this unique opportunity to spend a night under the starry sky of the Great Barrier Reef! Departing from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island, you will arrive by boat at the Hardy Reef Pier, one of the most spectacular reef sites. Throughout the day, you can snorkel, swim, sunbathe or go on a semi-submersible trip. Optional: scuba diving and helicopter flight.
- 2 days
Kangaroo Island Extension
- Kangaroo Island
This island is home to kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, penguins, ant hedgehogs and different species of bird. In addition, you will find here a beautiful landscape with rugged cliffs, hidden coves between steep headlands, vast native bushland and rolling hills adorned with meadows where kangaroo roam.
- 3 days
This stylish, vibrant city on the Yarra River is home to a labyrinth of hidden shopping streets, opulent bars, exclusive restaurants, and quirky boutiques. Federation Square is the striking cultural center of the city. Acquaint yourself with the Aboriginal heritage in the Royal Botanic Gardens, cheer with the cricket crowds or immerse yourself in theater and music productions.
- 4 days
Pacific Coast Explorer
- Sunshine Coast
- Fraser Island
- Hervey Bay
- Airlie Beach
Ready for thé road trip of a lifetime? This 2,000 km (1,243 miles) route takes you along the tropical east coast of Queensland. Fancy breathtaking surfing beaches, beautiful waterfalls and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef? This selfdrive is undoubtedly right up you alley.
- 10 days
Reef & Rainforest
Cosmopolitan Cairns is the ideal base for a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Go snorkeling or diving in the tropical warm water surrounded by coral and fish in all colours of the rainbow. In the magically beautiful, unspoilt Daintree Rainforest you can sail on the Daintree River and view birds, animals and crocodiles.
- 4 days
Taste of Tasmania
- Coles Bay
- Cradle Mountain
The island of Tasmania, where only 500,000 people live, is really extraordinary. In a few hours you can travel from beach-lined coastal areas to mountain ranges that deservedly won their spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List. And en-route? Hospitable farmers, fabulous wine cellars and delightful restaurants with dishes based on local produce, so fresh that the worlds culinary hotspots envy them.
- 6 days
Taste of The Top End
From Darwin you follow the 735 kilometer long Nature’s Way loop past Kakadu National Park and Katherine Gorge Nitmiluk National Park before finally returning via Litchfield National Park to Darwin. Experct awe-inspiring landscapes behind every corner time and time again. The trip for nature lovers and photographers alike since the dawn of time.
- 5 days
The Coastal Drive - Sydney > Melbourne
- Jervis Bay
- Lakes Entrance
- Wilsons Promontory
- Phillip Island
The road between Australia's two largest cities is dotted with quiet seaside resorts, national parks brimming with wildlife and vast beaches where you singularly leave your footprints in the sand. The one day you could be sailing with a pod of dolphins frolicking in front of the bow of your sailboat while the next day you are shooting the best shots of kangaroos. Or, you could start off your day with a revitalising beach walk and find yourself surrounded by brilliant artworks in the afternoon.
- 6 days
The Great Ocean Road - Melbourne to Adelaide
- Apollo Bay
- Port Fairy
- Halls Gap
- Mt Gambier
From Melbourne to Adelaide you drive along one of Australia's most famous coastal routes. As you will soon notice, it is easy to lose count of the number of "woah" moments. Visit the famous Twelve Apostles, the historic lighthouses and cafes with ocean views. Add to that the lush rainforest, shipwrecks, migrating whales, pristine beaches, national parks and koalas and it is obvious. This is an experience of a lifetime!
- 7 days
The Red Centre
- Alice Springs
- Kings canyon
Cross the ancient landscapes of Central Australia via the Red Center Way winding through Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Uluru. Secluded water pools, impressive gorges and incredible rock formations are all part of this unique environment. Admire the desert from the air, walk on red-colored, unpaved paths and watch the colourful sunset at Ayers Rock from the back of a camel.
- 5 days
Up To The Gold Coast
- Port Stephens
- Port Macquarie
- Byron Bay
- Gold Coast
This selfdrive adventure takes you along magnificent beaches and small but lively, charismatic villages that let you experience authentic Australian culture far from the beaten track; the perfect trip for the curious traveler who wants to experience the destination separately from its already popular attractions.
- 7 days