Australia is a rich and diverse country characterised by its stark contrasts and incredible natural wonders. The weather starts to warm up in November making it a fantastic time to travel and visit some of the world’s most beautiful attractions.
Plan your post congress adventure now and visit the Tourism Australia website for more highlights and information: http://www.australia.com/
Be dazzled by the vast landscapes Queensland has to offer. From the rainforest to the reef, vibrant cities and golden beaches, there is a holiday option available to suit your needs. Occupying Australia’s north-eastern corner, Queensland is known for being the ‘Sunshine State’, home to some of the country’s most notable highlights.
Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, is a thriving metropolis offering an all year round subtropical setting best enjoyed with the grass beneath your feet and the sun on your back. With its edgy art scenes, lively nightlife, lush parks, historic buildings and thriving food industry, Brisbane is a key holiday destination to visit.
Key Attractions: Glasshouse Mountains, Mount Tamborine, Mount Coot-tha, Southbank, Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Cairns is a premier holiday location with close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest – two of the world’s most fascinating natural wonders. Cairns is a great place to go scuba diving, snorkelling, reef cruising and wildlife watching. Whether you want to sit back and relax or explore all there is to offer, you will make life long memories from your time in Cairns.
Key Attractions: Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Cape York, Flecker Botanic Gardens, Crystal Cascades
Great Barrier Reef
Listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is a must see destination. Immerse yourself in the beauty that nature has to offer by diving or snorkelling through the technicolour of treasures or four-wheel drive along the golden sand beaches. With the reef stretching more than 2,000km there are plenty of opportunities to experience this wonder.
Key Attractions: Seaplane over Heart Reef, speedboat your way to the Great Barrier Reef, cruise Michaelmas Cay, snorkel Paradise Reef, skydive above the Whitsunday Island, turtle hatchlings on Heron Island Resort, get up close and personal with stingrays at Daydream Island
A swanky resort town, Noosa is glimmering with coastlines, great surfing and a laid-back yet sophisticated atmosphere. Encompassing three main zones Noosa Heads, Noosaville and Noosa Junction, you are bound to find a sub-tropical paradise to suit your needs. Dine out, shop up a storm, pamper yourself, water ski, sail, surf or experience amazing diving…the choices are endless!
Key Attractions: Noosa Heads coastal track, Eumundi markets
Located off the northeast Queensland coast line, the Whitsunday Islands are a tropical paradise. Feast your senses with the stunning natural landscapes and mingle with locals in the friendly towns. Whether you choose to stay on the coastline or hop around the islands, the Whitsundays offer a vast array of entertainment to keep the whole family happy.
Key Attractions: Whitehaven Beach, Hamilton Island, Daydream Island, Long Island, Hook Island, Lindeman Island, Hayman Island, Airlie Beach
Visit New South Wales
New South Wales is Australia’s oldest, largest and most cosmopolitan state. With pristine beaches, awe-inspiring outback and the glitz of the famous city centre, this is an ideal destination that can take weeks to explore. Walk along the stunning coastline, amongst the beautiful rainforests and many national parks or enjoy tantalising cuisine next to spectacular locations.
Located on the north coast of New South Wales, Coffs Harbour is a unique destination located where the Great Dividing Range meets the Australian East Coast. Let the warm sub-tropical waters revitalise you whilst enjoying quaint villages, national parks, mountain escarpments, marine reserves and sandy beaches. Well known as a popular family destination, Coffs Harbour is a destination not to be missed!
Key Attractions: Big Banana, Diggers Beach
If the mountain terrain is more your scene, the Snowy Mountains will not disappoint. Immerse yourself in the year round stunning nature characterized by the exhilarating snow. Enjoy the diverse landscape on horseback or visit a local vineyard. There are plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Key Attractions: Thredbo, Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre, Yarrangobilly Caves, Kosciuszko walk, Boggy Creek shows, Wildbrumby Schnapps distillery
Well known throughout the world for its iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney is an ideal place to visit. Enjoy exploring many of the beautiful, iconic buildings, the contrasting landscapes of Bondi Beach and the views of the harbour. With the thriving metropolis of the city centre offering blended cultures of food, endless attractions and exquisite harbour views you will definitely enjoy what Sydney has to offer.
Key Attractions: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Aquarium
Hugging the tip of the Australian east coast, Victoria offers a vast array of natural attractions, historical monuments, sporting venues, cultural events and tantalising local food and wine. Discover the diversity and beauty that is Victoria. From the rugged Great Ocean Road to the pristine Yarra Valley to the picturesque Mornington Peninsula – it will be hard to choose where to go first!
Great Ocean Road
Noted as one of Australia’s most famous road routes, the Great Ocean Road is definitely a road trip to remember. Travel along the scenic coastline, through pockets of rainforest and calm seaside towns. This dramatic region offers amazing opportunities to get in touch with nature. Make a stop to get up and close to the crashing waves of the Southern Ocean, view ship wrecks, walk through the many national parks or cast a line and try your luck with the fish.
Well known for its style, Melbourne is both a dynamic cosmopolitan and a proud cultural capital. With its edgy street art, secret laneways and rooftop bars – Melbourne has really rejuvenated its city life to a chic town with endless attractions to visit.
Key Attractions: Queen Victoria Markets, Philip Island, Royal Melbourne Zoo, Royal Botanic Gardenss, Melbourne Cricket Ground, St Kilds
Home to more than eighty wineries, the Yarra Valley is renowned for producing Australia’s finest pinot noir and sparkling wine. Also well known for its fresh produce, you will be able to explore the beautiful tastes of Australia from both the land and the sea. Enjoy the beautiful songs of the bell birds whilst exploring one of the many national parks. Finish your day relaxing with some great wine and locally made food from the local markets.
Key attractions: Yarra Valley Farmers Market, La La Falls, Yarra Valley Railway, Maroondah Reservoir
Visit the Northern Territory
No trip to Australia is complete without a visit to the Northern Territory, covered in landscapes as diverse as they come. Known as the most quintessentially Australian of all states, you will find timeless beauty through the land with places like Uluru or through the rich history displayed in Aboriginal rock art. Take the opportunity to watch a range of traditional Aboriginal ceremonies or partake in a number of memorable adventures.
Want to go back in time? Alice Springs will take you there with a true outback town famous for its pioneer history. Located in the red centre of Australia, you will be able to experience the full flavour of the true outback with endless desert landscapes, mountains, cavernous gorges, hidden water holes and famous destinations such as Uluru. Immerse yourself in remote Aboriginal communities and learn about the traditional owners’ dreamtime stories and mythical ancestral figures.
Key Attractions: Rainbow Valley, West Macdonnel Ranges, Alice Springs Desert Park, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens
Renowned for its massive natural harbour, markets, festivals, beaches and multicultural cuisine, Darwin is the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the Northern Territory. With a rich history, and wide range of popular activities, Darwin is fast becoming a prime holiday destination for tourists. Sail across the harbour, glide across the wetlands or cool off under a waterfall.
Key Attractions: Aquascene, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Crocosaurus Cove, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Mindil Beach sunset markets
Visit Western Australia
Western Australia offers all manners of photogenic landscapes, with pristine beaches, breadth of outback, world heritage reefs and rock formations. Whether you are looking for world-class waves, premium fishing spots offering a guaranteed catch or family entertainment, you are sure to find something in Western Australia to make your holiday memorable.
Spreading over a huge distance, Broome offers a true outback adventure with Aboriginal culture running deep across the region. With its exotic pearling past you will find a unique mix of multi-culturalism and once in a lifetime experiences.
Key Attractions: Gibb River Road, Dampier Peninsula, Horizontal Falls, Pearl Tours
Showcasing a beautiful blend of raw, natural beauty and urban living, Perth offers a variety of experiences for its visitors. Visit bustling bars, relax at beautiful wineries or take a walk along the parkland trails and stunning beaches.
Key Attractions: Fremantle Prison, Kings Park Botanic Gardens, Aquarium of Western Australia, Margaret River
Visit South Australia
Located in the southern central state of mainland Australia, South Australia offers long summers, stunning beaches and a rugged outback. South Australia is a gateway to the Barossa, Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island and the outback, providing a perfect balance between adventure and relaxation. Engage in unforgettable adventures, experience close encounters with nature and enjoy exploring the elegant, easy-living capital.
Adelaide, a cosmopolitan city surrounded by parklands, offers a variety of art galleries, museums, restaurants, pubs and shopping centres to visit. Explore the city centre’s historic buildings, parklands and cafes before venturing out to one of the many iconic locations like the Barossa Valley.
Key Attractions: Adelaide Zoo, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula
The Barossa offers unique holiday experiences which are sure to tantalize the senses and leave lasting memories. Explore some of the world’s most acclaimed vineyards, get inspired by the many local artists, discover the pioneering history or indulge in the Barossa’s fresh seasonal produce.
Key Attractions: winery tours, balloon rides, Barossa Farmers Markets, food tours
Located minutes from the mainland, Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary where wildlife and natural beauty flourish. Rated as Australia’s fourth major tourism icon, you simply can’t miss a trip to Kangaroo Island. Explore untouched bush land, take advantage of the many great fishing spots, go boating, relax with a glass of wine or enjoy surfing along the pristine beaches.
Key Attractions: Stokes Bay, Vivonne Bay, Emu Bay, Kelly Hill Conservation Park, Flinders Chase National Park
Winding its way through South Australia, the Murray River boasts breath taking scenery along the many river towns and wineries. The Murray River flows for 2,520 kilometres through the Riverland to Murray Bridge and on to the lakes of Coorong. Take a leisurely boat cruise or explore the greatest waterway by road – the choice is yours.
Key Attractions: Murray Bridge, Cape Bear Lighthouse and Marconi Museum, Newman Estate Winery, Kings Castle Provincial Park.
Set apart from the mainland of Australia, Tasmania is an island of wild, mountainous and beautiful landscapes. Tasmania is renowned for its friendly locals who will add to your experience enjoying the island lifestyle and the vast array of heritage listed national parks. Experience fresh, local produce whilst driving from the white-sanded beaches through to the beautiful national parks.
Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, is a small, scenic capital well known for its crisp air and Georgian buildings. Enjoy the bustling markets or climb Mount Wellington to enjoy the sweeping views of the terrain reaching all the way to the Derwent River. With a vast array of tours available, you will be spoilt for choice during your time in Hobart.
Key Attractions: Salamanca Markets, Mount Nelson Lookout, Mount Wellington, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
Located in the north of Tasmania, Launceston is a feast of historic streetscapes, rich farmland and small town charm. It’s hard to imagine a pocket sized city more appealing as you immerse in this historic, yet contemporary city. Wander through the century old parks, abseil George’s Walls, ride the chairlift offering panoramic views or revitalise with some fresh fish and chips along the seafront.
Key Attractions: Cataract George Reserve, City Park, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, boat tours.
On the west coast of Tasmania is a rich wilderness set with a vast array of convict heritage, mining towns and national parks to explore. Known as the ‘Western Wilderness’ you will be amazed by wild forest adventures, coast wilderness railway rides and luxury cruises on crystal clear waterways.
Key Attractions: Macquarie Harbour, Ganville Harbour, Trial Harbour, Donaghy’s Lookout, Nelson Falls