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  • View of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • The cuddly koala, not a bear but a marsupial, is always a great photo opportunity while on your Australia vacation.
  • Australia's Uluru (or Ayers Rock) is a massive sandstone monolith and should be included on your trip to Australia.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on Earth and is a must visit on all Australia vacations.
  • Learn to throw a boomerang by an aboriginal warrior while on your Australia tour.

Before setting off on an Australia vacation, learn something about its background and history. Is it an island or a continent? Australia is the sixth largest landmass in the world which explains in some ways the reasons why it is so diverse. There are 6 states and 2 territories, all offering a wide range of attractions and landscapes to entice the visitor. Consider the different terrains – tropical rainforests, red desert, coral reefs, snow-clad mountains, wetlands, winelands, national parks, bushland and so much more. On top of these are a number of cities with plentiful culture to compete with any other destination. 

And bear in mind, Australia was once a penal colony – perhaps it was the convicts who gave the Aussies their unique humour! Australia’s nickname is “Oz” which dates back to the early 20th Century. 

Why should I travel to Australia?

To list the reasons for taking a trip to Australia, it is necessary to include the beaches, nature and wildlife (think of the indigenous animals that exist there such as the Kangaroo, the Koala, the Wallaby, the Wombat and the Tasmanian Devil plus the Kookaburra and Emu birds), availability of numerous sporting activities including surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling, food and wine (some of the world’s best wines are to be found here), adventure activities and cultural pursuits. 

What are the best places to visit in Australia?

It may be an island but it could be difficult to decide on where to go and how long to stay in order to experience the true Australia.

Sydney, New South Wales

Most trips to Australia will probably start in Sydney, the country’s largest city known as “The Harbour City” due to it being mainly built around Sydney Harbour. It has been recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful metropolises.  Probably the two most iconic and outstanding and dominating landmarks are the huge Sydney Harbour Bridge (also known as the “Coat Hanger”) and the Sydney Opera House with its sail shaped structural design.Sydney is situated on miles of ocean coastline and has a number of sandy surf beaches within easy reach of the centre. Some of the best known are Bondi Beach and Manly Beach and a visit to them should be included on your Australia tour. A very popular activity is to take a harbour cruise which takes in not only the skyline of Sydney but also the attractive nearby suburbs spread out around the harbour. The city boasts several very beautiful and scenic parks such as The Domain which contains both the interesting Royal Botanical Gardens but also the resplendent Government House. Nearby are the National Art gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Sydney and the Australian Museum. Interesting neighbourhoods to stroll around are The Rocks with its Art Deco buildings and Paddington with its grand Victorian homes and its lively café and restaurant scene,

What are the best sights to see during a Sydney Vacation?

Worth a visit from Sydney are the Blue Mountains 2 hours from the city. They offer remarkable scenery and are a UNESCO world heritage site. The unique formations of dramatic scenery encompass steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and small villages. The mountains include the Three Sisters, awe-inspiring pinnacled peaks.  There are 140 kilometres/75 miles of walking trails as well as a cable railway which is purported to be the steepest anywhere. Should one wish to spend time here, the best place would be Katoomba, a small town offering arty boutique shops.   Another region not too far away from Sydney is the Hunter Valley, a wine producing region with over 120 wineries. The Hunter Valley Gardens here has 25 acres of colourful flowers. 

Blue Mountains National Park is a great additional to all Australia vacations

What to do on a Melbourne Vacation? 

Melbourne, Sydney’s “rival”, is a sophisticated metropolis and should be included on all Australia vacations. It is the most European of Australia’s cities and is its cultural capital. Its unique character includes its streetcars and its Victorian era architecture. Melbourne offers excellent shopping and cultural sites such as art galleries and museums. It has colourful neighbourhoods such as Fitzroy and St. Kilda, the latter a beach resort as well as a trendy suburb. Side trips from Melbourne can be to Phillip Island to watch the Penguin activity at sunset and the scenic Great Ocean Road including the unique rock formation of the Twelve Apostles.

What to do when visiting Adelaide? 

Adelaide is an easy going, relaxed and garden-like city, home to the biannual Arts Festival and is a wonderful centre from which to visit the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale wine districts, Kangaroo Island with its abundance of wildlife and Cleland Conservation Park where you can get up close to many of the country’s indigenous animals. 

Canberra, the serene unhurried and purpose-built and planned capital, is located around the attractive artificial Lake Burley Griffin. Some of the major landmarks are the old Parliament House, the traditionally designed Parliament Building and the Australian War Memorial. Canberra has a several interesting art galleries and museums.

What to do in Brisbane?

Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and is known as the “City of Sunny Days” due to its sub-tropical climate. The Brisbane River dissects the city and adds to the charm and character. A major attraction is the nearby Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s largest.
Not far from Brisbane are two excellent beach resort destinations. The Gold Coast with its 30 beaches including the best known, Surfers Paradise, is also close to a hinterland offering scenic national parks, mountains, waterfalls and rainforest. The Sunshine Coast has 70 kilometres/ 44 miles of uncrowded white sand beaches and lush green scenery to attract the visitor. 

What to do in Perth?

Perth, although off the beaten track and not included as part of many trips to Australia, it is actually Australia’s fourth largest city. It is not only laid-back quiet and safe, it is culturally diverse with attractive uncrowded beaches, gardens and a good zoo. King’s Park is a landmark and is larger than Central Park and encompasses an excellent botanical gardens.  From Perth, one can visit the winelands of Western Australia in the Swan Valley and at Margaret River. 

Darwin, in the north of the country is small yet cosmopolitan mainly due to the mix of different ethnic cultures which one finds here. It is handy for a visit to both the Charles Darwin National Park, one of Australia’s largest wetlands and the Kakadu National Park, the country’s largest national park with its crocodiles, unique birdlife and the largest collection of Aboriginal rock art. Try a short boat cruise there to see everything. 

Cairns in Northern Queensland is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and in our view is a must inclusion in all Australia tours. Mainly a tourist centre, it is surrounded by rainforest and a must here is to take the scenic rail trip to the Kuranda Rainforest.  

Great Barrier Reef Tour

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Located on the east coast, it is 2300 kilometres/1400 miles in length with a colourful underwater kingdom contains 1500 species of tropical fish alone. It is the largest coral reef formation in the world offering a spectacular array of marine life. It is no wonder that it is a scuba diver’s paradise as well as one for snorkelers. An important part of the Great Barrier Reef is the Whitsundays group of islands which include Hayman, Hamilton and Whitehaven Islands and consists of 74 different islands. An excellent way to get to know the Great Barrier Reef is to take a short cruise.

The spectacular Great Barrier Reef should be included on all trips to Australia.

The Australian Outback

The Outback is actually a vast area which comprises most of Australia and which is made up of either semi-arid or desert land. It is not an exact location. One of the best known towns is Alice Springs, and it`s the perfect place to explore the Australian Outback, which is also know as the “Red Centre”. It is also the home of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Activities here can include camel rides from one of the many camel farms, stargazing as the town exists under amazingly clear skies and hot air ballooning. One can visit the nearby King’s Canyon and the MacDonnell Range of mountains. 450 kilometres/270 miles away is Ayers Rock, the huge sandstone monolith which stands out starkly in the surrounding desert. It is one of Australia's iconic sites and one that should be part of any Australian tours.  This UNESCO world heritage site is 348 metres/1142 feet in height. To the Aboriginals, it is a sacred site of spiritual significance. One can climb the rock but this is not highly recommended any more as it is a hazardous undertaking and frowned upon by the Aboriginal community. Ayers Rock is also known by its aboriginal name, Uluru. One of the interesting features of the rock is the changes in colour as the day progresses.

Add a Tour of Tasmania

Tasmania is an amazingly scenic destination with many rugged mountain and wilderness areas and although it is not often included in tours of Australia, it should be. It is in fact, the most mountainous state in Australia. One can experience jagged peaks and dense forests plus pristine lakes all at the same time. The capital, Hobart is a pretty city with a vibrant waterfront and harbour built on reclaimed land. It is also associated historically with the convict era as depicted at the Port Arthur Historical site, an ex convict prison.

There is so much more to enjoy and experience in this magical land. Like most trips to Australia the biggest decision is choosing where to visit in the time available. Our Best Time to Visit Australia page will also help you decide when to travel to Australia. 

The Best of Winter (June to August) in Australia 

Winter in Australia is observably more mild than most major cities in the Northern Hemisphere. Tropical North Queensland and the Northern Territory generally experience their dry season during these months, which makes it a perfect time of year for adventurers, nature lover and wildlife enthusiasts. Surprising to some, South-Eastern areas of Australia, are well known for their winter ski slopes. During these months, you can also see the spectacular sight of humpback whales migrating North along the coastline.

Winter Events in Australia 2019:

There are many wonderful events to attend during Winter in Australia. Below we have highlighted some of our favourites.

Vivid Sydney - 24th May until 15th Jun 2019

Sydney glows for the famous festival of lights and music.

Melbourne International Film Festival – 1st August until 18th August

One of the oldest film festivals in the world

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – 8th June until 28th June

If you’re a fan of live performances, Adelaide hosts the second largest fringe festival in the world.

Travel to Australia from USA 

The closest major International airport to Australia is Los Angeles (LAX). Whether you are flying into Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne the flight time for direct flights range between 13hrs to 16hrs.

San Francisco (SFO) is also a popular gateway that will have you arrive in Australia in a similar timeframe. There are also direct flights to Sydney from Houston (IAH) and Dallas (DFW).

Travel to Australia from Canada

The only direct flights to Australia fly out of Vancouver International (YVR). Other popular routes connect through the USA (San Francisco or Los Angeles).

"Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

Visting the Icons of OZ on An Australia Vacation (Part 1)

Visiting the Icons of OZ on An Australia Vacation (Part 2)

Discover the WOW Factor of South Australia

Australia's Iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Opera House - Australia's Architectural Wonder

Plan Your Perfect Australia Escape

Enjoy Cruising in Australia and the South Pacific

Top 10 Things to Do in Melbourne, Australia

Top 5 Places to Visit in Australia This Summer

Top 10 Things to Do in Sydney, Australia

Swimming With the Fishes in Australia

7 Great Reasons to Take Your Kids to Australia This Summer

Odd Facts about Australia

2 Myths About Travel to Australia

World's Best Family Destinations

Travel Through the Australian Outback By Train


Australia Vacation Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Australia vacations. 

Learn about the history and culture of Australia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Australia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Australia for yourself. Start exploring...book one of our Australia tours today!

 

Extend Your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Australia vacation at one of Goway's South Pacific destinations. You can choose from  our selection of  New Zealand vacation packagesTahiti vacation packages or stay at one of our  featured Fiji resorts or perhaps take a Cook Island vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Australia.

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  • Best of Australia: Holiday of a Lifetime

    See the highlights of Australia in under two weeks on our fully-escort Best of Australia Holiday of a Lifetime. On this unforgettable tour, you’ll see Australia’s major urban centres like Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide, view unforgettable icons like the Sydney Opera House, get into the heart of the Outback with visits to Uluru/Ayers Rock and Alice Springs, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,999
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Holidays of a Lifetime, Single Friendly
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  • 4WD Dragonfly Dreaming Top End Safari

    The average Australia vacation rarely gives the Northern Territory the attention it deserves. Get a real taste of the Australian Outback on this short round-trip adventure from Darwin.
    Duration:
    3 Days
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    US$ 876
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  • Adelaide & Barossa Valley

    Explore Adelaide, a small elegant city with colonial architecture, an abundance of parkland and a Mediterranean climate. Next visit Barossa Valley, Australia’s largest wine growing area.
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    3 Days
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    US$ 275
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  • Adelaide & Kangaroo Island

    Avoid the tourist traps of Australian tours and take in the hidden charms of South Australia. Stroll down Adelaide’s gorgeous lanes and visit its fascinating museums before heading to Kangaroo Island to engage with Australian seals and kangaroos in their natural habitats.
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  • Adelaide to Alice Springs 4WD Self Drive

    Driving from Adelaide to Alice Springs provides a chance to see some of Australia’s most unique sights. Visit Wilpena Pound, Parachilna and Coober Pedy before arriving at iconic Ayers Rock.
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    9 Days
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  • Adelaide to Darwin 4WD Self Drive

    Drive from the bottom of Australia to the top, encounter unique sights at every turn. Visit national parks and icons and simply enjoy the drive with Australia’s scenery as your backdrop.
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    16 Days
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  • Adventures in Paradise Luxury Adventure Cruise: Cairns to Cairns

    Escape to the remote paradise of Papua New Guinea to explore fascinating islands and exotic underwater worlds. Cruising aboard the True North, you’ll scuba dive through wrecks from World War II around the Deboyne Islands, visit the Trobiand Islands to learn about the villagers’ exotic customs, and fly in a helicopter over Benua Cave on Bougainville Island.
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  • Affordable Diver

    Enjoy uninterrupted cruising and diving on Pro Dive’s live-aboard dive voyage. For certified divers or snorkellers, sleeping onboard gives you more time to discover the Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Airlie Beach: Kiana Sail and Dive Adventure

    Sail onto the open waters of the Whitsundays to snorkel through coral reefs and experience the incredible climate of this coastal island chain. This Australia vacation takes you to dive sites across the Whitsundays and stops off at world-famous islands and beaches along the way.
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    3 Days
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    US$ 779
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  • Alice Explorer

    In the heart of Central Australia sits Alice Springs, a thriving outback centre. Rich in history, culture and unique wildlife, the town is lovingly known as “The Alice” or simply “Alice”.
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  • Aussie Adventure

    Explore the best of Australia combining the excitement of snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef with visits to the Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo and the amazing Blue Mountains. An ideal family vacation.
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  • Aussie City and Top End Escape

    Escape the workaday life to explore some of Australia’s most famous sights. On this two-week tour, you’ll head from Melbourne to Darwin to Sydney to explore the wonders of the Great Ocean Road and Victoria, tour the billabongs of Kakadu National Park, and enjoy the pleasures of the nation’s largest cities.
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    14 Days
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  • Aussie City, Wildlife and Outback Escape

    Experience the many sides of Australia on this incredible Aussie Escape, which includes international airfare. Spending two weeks in Australia, you’ll explore the cities of Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney and see incredible natural wonders and wildlife as you journey to Kangaroo Island and Uluru/Ayers Rock.
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    15 Days
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  • Aussie Islands and Sydney Escape

    Escape to the islands of Queensland before exploring the history and culture of Sydney on this Aussie getaway. This affordable vacation includes airfare and showcases the wonders of Moreton Bay, the Great Barrier Reef, and Sydney Harbour, giving you an unforgettable taste of Australia’s natural bounty.
    Duration:
    13 Days
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  • Aussie Kiwi Explorer

    An adventure to keep the kids amused while the grown-ups enjoy the ultimate Downunder holiday.
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    11 Days
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  • Aussie Sampler

    With kids in mind, this introduction to Australia visits historic Sydney and the Gold Coast. It even includes a trip to the Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo.
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    9 Days
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  • Australia & New Zealand Cruise via Bay of Islands: 13 Days Sydney to Auckland

    Embark on New Zealand cruise vacation that takes you to the island country’s most appealing ports including Nelson, Picton, Dunedin, and of course, the magnificent Fjordland National Park. It all starts in Sydney, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the land Downunder’s most recognisable city.
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  • Australia & New Zealand Cruise via Wellington: 13 Days Sydney to Auckland

    Embark on New Zealand cruise vacation that takes you to the island country’s most appealing ports including Nelson, Picton, Dunedin, and of course, the magnificent Fjordland National Park. It all begins in Sydney, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the land Downunder’s most recognisable city.
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    13 Days
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  • Australia & New Zealand Cruise: 15 Days Sydney to Auckland

    Embark on Downunder cruise vacation that takes you Australia and New Zealand’s most appealing ports including Melbourne, Picton, Dunedin, and of course, the magnificent Fjordland National Park. It all begins in Sydney, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the land Downunder’s most recognisable city.
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    15 Days
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  • Australia & New Zealand Cruise: 15 Days Sydney to Sydney

    Embark on New Zealand cruise vacation that takes you to the island country’s most appealing ports including Nelson, Picton, Dunedin, and of course, the magnificent Fjordland National Park. It all starts and finishes in Sydney, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the land Downunder’s most recognisable city.
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    15 Days
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  • Australia's Kimberley Expedition Cruise from Broome

    Few trips to Australia reach the unique natural sights of the Kimberley. Begin in Broome, gateway to the magnificent Kimberley wilderness and enjoy a cruise to the remote Australian Outback.
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    11 Days
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  • Australia’s Kimberley Expedition Cruise from Darwin

    A 10 night exploration voyage to the Kimberley has many highlights. Begin in Darwin, gateway to the magnificent Kimberley wilderness and enjoy a cruise to the remote Australian Outback.
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    11 Days
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  • Authentic Australia

    Journey through the best of Australia on this unforgettable vacation that takes you from Melbourne to Sydney. Along the way, you’ll see Uluru/Ayers Rock, venture into Kakadu National Park, dive the Great Barrier Reef, and explore the Indigenous Dreamtime in Kuranda.
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    15 Days
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    Classics (Bestsellers)
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  • Bamurru Plains

    Bamurru Plains is located just to the west of Kakadu National Park. Birds and wildlife are on the doorstep of a unique bush camp that brings style to a remote and beautiful wilderness.
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    3 Days
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    US$ 2,054
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  • Barossa Valley Wine Country

    The Barossa Valley is Australia’s foremost wine producing region where wine tasting is a must. But it is not all you will enjoy here. You will be surprised by the attractive scenery and the quaint towns. Spend overnight in the heart of the region.
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    2 Days
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