There’s Nothing Like Australia
With great airfares to seven Australian gateway cities with Air New Zealand, there has never been a better time to explore Downunder.
Explore the harbour, beaches and inner-city precincts of this exuberant city. See dawn break from the top of the Harbour Bridge or the sun set on the Opera House. Fine dine along the Woolloomooloo finger wharf or experience theatre and dance along the redeveloped wharves of Walsh Bay. Take the ferry to Manly, walk from Bondi to Bronte along the spectacular sea cliffs or relax in a beer garden with harbour views in Watsons Bay. Discover the unique character of Surry Hills, Kings Cross, Glebe, Newtown or Balmain. Spend your final day indulging at wineries, restaurants or day spas of the Hunter Valley and get outside of the city to the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains
Melbourne is Australia's culture capital. Compact in size, the city is split into distinct pockets, each with its own individual vibe and character. Behind the historic Victorian-era architecture of the main city streets lies a hidden web of tiny laneways and alleys. Here you will find one-of-a-kind fashion boutiques, hole-in-the wall cafes, and hip bars and restaurants. Farther afield, you have one of the world’s great drives on the Great Ocean Road, some of the world’s top golf courses, and gorgeous wine country.
Australia’s Gold Coast is a modern city of glittering high-rise buildings, built around superb beaches, including the world renowned ‘Surfers Paradise’. Australia's seventh largest city, and the second largest in the state of Queensland, the Gold Coast is where the ‘bikini’ was born. Along with endless stretches of golden beaches, there are international theme parks, designer boutiques, luxurious spa retreats, world-class golf courses, award-winning restaurants, upmarket bars and lively nightclubs. And within a close drive you can visit a prehistoric looking rainforest.
Laze in the lush riverside gardens of the city’s South Bank presinct, then browse the markets and swim in its lagoon. Bike ride in the City Botanic Gardens and abseil the cliffs of Kangaroo Point. Glide down the river on a majestic paddlesteamer or take a high-speed ferry to vibrant inner-city villages like Bulimba and New Farm. When culture cravings hit, wander the art galleries and museums, watch a performance by the Queensland Ballet, Opera or Orchestra perform or see cutting-edge theatre in the Powerhouse. In the boating hub of nearby Moreton Bay and Islands, you can swim, sea kayak, snorkel coral reefs, toboggan down the world’s tallest sand dune, hire a sail boat or tussle with a marlin.
This elegant city is known for its colonial stone architecture, expansive parklands, lively festivals and incredible sense of space. Explore the museums and libraries of North Terrace, dine on dedicated ‘eat streets’ or picnic in gardens that sprawl over almost half the city. Go bike riding in Botanic Park or row past rose gardens in Rymill Park. Swim with dolphins or learn to sail in Glenelg or fish from the jetty in Henley. The city also has easy access wine country in the picturesque Adelaide Hills and the world-class wineries of the Barossa Valley and Australia’s zoo without fences, Kangaroo Island.
The gateway to Queensland’s tropical north, Cairns is renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambience. With islands, rainforests and reefs on its doorstep, from Cairns you can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Immerse yourself in the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest, or take the scenic railway to the tranquil, butterfly-fringed village of Kuranda and cruise amongst colourful parrots, platypus and fresh water crocodiles.
Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is Australia’s fourth largest city and is situated on the Swan River with its suburbs being located on the Indian Ocean. It has an easy-going, friendly and relaxed atmosphere and for those travellers with some extra time Perth is a great addition to any Aussie vacation. It is the sunniest state capital and enjoys glorious sunny weather most of the year. This might explain the reason for the reputation of its beaches, 19 in total, all beautifully clean and uncrowded. Perth has been likened to a picture postcard.
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