We all know about Australia’s wonderful climate – the sun, sea and surf, and on rainy days who doesn’t want a slice of that? But there are many more reasons to visit the Land Down Under and some amazing ways to enjoy the ride.
For the first time visitor, a popular route travels between the largest Australian city of Sydney and travels up the east coast to Cairns. It is a favourite because it combines the cosmopolitan cities of Sydney and Brisbane with the smaller more laid back cities of Cairns and Townsville (both gateways to the World Heritage site of The Great Barrier Reef). If you have time stay on one of the Barrier Reef Islands for some sailing and snorkelling – there is a wide range of experience from the luxury to the remote. Visit Fraser Island, another UNESCO world heritage centre of Australia.
Travel through Surfers Paradise where the beach never seems to end and onto Byron Bay for some good laid back Aussie hospitality. From Cairns travel to the northern most parts of Queensland to Cape York and Mission Beach or kick off your shoes at Port Douglas for a quick dip before a long cool beer.
Perth in Western Australia has the most amazing beaches and is the easiest city to reach from the UK. It is a gateway to the natural wonders of WA and the jaw-dropping rock formations which are home to stunning swathes of wildflowers and indigenous animals. Visit the Kimberley’s in the north and take some epic 4WD routes to the regions’ stunning National Parks such as El Questro Station. Visit the rugged Pinnacles and Karijini National Park, and Ningaloo and Monkey Mia’s marine treasures. For an alternative Western Australia trip try our Marine Expedition. Head south from Rottnest Island and Freemantle for Margaret River wineries, Kalgoorlie’s goldfields and pink lake and Albany’s dramatic coastline. We have some good small group tours which do justice to Perth and Western Australia.
The Northern Territories are accessed via Darwin in the North or Alice Springs in the Centre – Red Centre, in fact. Or take one of our Australia 4WD Self Drive Tours which allows you to explore the Darwin area with Broome and the Red Centre. Learn about the indigenous Aboriginal culture (a good 70,000 years old), by joining tours around Uluru and Kings Canyon led by locals. Understanding the history of how Australia was settled and the rich culture which exists truly adds to your holiday.
If you have time to apply for the relevant permits which are necessary Arnhem Land is extraordinarily beautiful, an untouched wilderness and rarely visited. Alternatively visit Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Parks where you can appreciate the natural beauty of the region and learn of how the indigenous people care for their sacred lands (now named NItmiluk). We have some great tours around the Northern Territories of Australia.
Visit ‘Marvellous Melbourne’, in Victoria and enjoy a pastry and a beer at the Southbank area. There are some great cafes and good markets here along with a Food and Wine Festival. Drive the Great Ocean Road on your Australia self drive holiday to experience what a scenic drive actually means, stopping off at the Twelve Apostles. Head South for great National Parks such as the Grampians and lovely small villages which dot the route over to Adelaide.
Tasmania may well be Australia’s best kept and accessible (mainly by 4WD) secret; another great wilderness of natural beaches, mountains and unique wildlife; where else are you going to find the Tasmanian Devil? Motorhome holidays in Tasmania allow the Australian visitor to fully experience the beauty of the wilderness – otherwise self drive is a good option.
Australia is a huge country, with a wealth of adventure and experience. Take a look at our tours and see the variety of touring holidays on offer. From coach tours which pack everything in to a small time frame to small group tours which get off the beaten track. We have tours to suit all tastes and from our personal experience can piece together your perfect Australian touring holiday.