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With modern, cosmopolitan cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, The Great Barrier Reef fringing nearly the entire length of the east coast, the Daintree Rainforest of tropical North Queensland, awe inspiring Kakadu National Park in the Top End and Uluru in the heart of the outback, Australia is truly a land of many contrasts and tremendous beauty. Although far too big to see all at once, there is so much more to Australia than just 'Sydney, rock &reef'. Head to South Australia and you'll be rewarded with unique encounters of the native wildlife on Kangaroo Island. Take the Ghan train journey up through the timeless, ochre coloured red centre and explore the rugged Northern Territory –the land of the Rainbow Serpent and Aboriginal dreamtime. Head out west through The Kimberley and the less well known but equally impressive Ningaloo Reef awaits you, with world class snorkelling and diving opportunities. Margaret River on the southwest coast is home to renowned wineries and stunning coastal scenery while the 'apple isle' of Tasmania sits just off the coast of Victoria with a landscape more akin to New Zealand. Whether you want to bust out the board shorts or bikini for surf lessons in Byron Bay or don a dinner jacket and little black dress at a luxury lodge, the land down under has now come of age as a diverse and modern nation ready to welcome all comers for a taste of its enviable outdoor lifestyle.

Australia with A&K
It's not every A&K traveller who puts holiday movies on YouTube. But when you've just ridden a thoroughbred around an iconic landmark, you've good reason to showboat. As sunrise ignited the desert, one of our clients circumnavigated Ayers Rock on the very camel that had won Australia's outback races the week before: a perfect symmetry of time and place. And that's just one of many treats lying in wait. Travel to Australia with Abercrombie & Kent and you step onto one of the world's ultimate experiential stages. Whether it's our exclusive insider behind-the-scenes access to Sydney Opera House, a helicopter spin around the Hunter Valley's famous vineyards or a sheep-shearing lesson on a family ranch, we've the perfect team to make it all happen.

Holidays to Australia with Abercrombie & Kent will get you closer to the people and places that make this fascinating country so special.

For two decades, A&K Australia has arranged highly creative, luxury holiday itineraries with travel consultants who have tried and tested just about every hotel and excursion down under. Small wonder it was recently awarded the country's Tour Operator of the Year crown, and that Aussies themselves use us to holiday in their own country. As they say, if it's good enough for the locals.

Whether you're travelling with family, in a small group or on your own, A&K will reveal a huge and diverse country juxtaposing modern and ancient indigenous culture. For starters its wonderful coastal cities offer the southern hemisphere's most acclaimed restaurants, loveliest cafes and best shopping, alongside cultural attractions, ground-breaking architecture and a sun-kissed ocean vibe.

Away from the urban hotspots, you'll find miles of empty beach, amazing snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef - although we strongly recommend you also dive the west coast's Ningaloo Reef - well known for its whale sharks - along with tropical forest and soft rolling hills. And you haven't even reached the Outback's vast parched landscapes, multi-coloured mountains and red centre. You can help round up cattle on massive stations, fly over the Bungle Bungles' beehive rocks or visit Tasmania's lush wilderness. It's all possible - and you don't even need a champion camel. 


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Best time to be there

All year round; many parts of the country are perfect, even in the middle of the year. The climate ranges from tropical (Darwin) to semi-desert (Alice Springs), humid temperate (Brisbane and Sydney), cool temperate (Melbourne and Hobart) and Mediterranean (Perth and Adelaide).

Fly to

Sydney/Melbourne/Perth/Darwin (British Airways/Qantas/Emirates/Etihad Airways)

flying time

17-21 hours 30 minutes, one refuelling stop

time difference

GMT +8 - +10 hours

Visas

Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Australia

Nights: 13 | from £4,742

Australia is a vast land of no-nonsense, bold-and-beautiful, sun-drenched diversity, ranging from glamorous Sydney Harbour to the ruby-dusted Red Centre.... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made Set departure

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Quintessential Australia

Nights: 12 | from £4,995

Cosmopolitan Sydney, the rugged outback, dense rainforests and the famous Great Barrier Reef – it’s all up for grabs on this 12 night tour of Australia. Find out more

Honeymoons

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Highlights of Australia

Nights: 14 | from £4,270

Travel the Great Ocean Road, walk through rainforests, watch the fiery sun rise over Ayers Rock and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef on this 14 night Australian... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Unwinding the Great Ocean Road

Nights: 7 | from £720

Uncover the dramatic coastline of South West Victoria along one of the most scenic roads in Australia. Our suggested 8 day self-drive takes in Aussie... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Family Connections - Australia & New Zealand: A Family Journey (2015)

Nights: 15 | from £13,620

Enjoy fun activities for all ages Down Under: learn to surf at Bondi Beach, swim or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, see an endangered kiwi and visit enchanting... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Small Group Journeys

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Bamurru Plains

Northern Territories  

The focus of a stay at Bamurru is on the environment around the camp and the wildlife and birdlife to which it is home. Each individual safari suite is...Find out more

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Longitude 131

Ayers Rock  

Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, Longitude 131° is set in stunning landscapes in the heart of Australia' Red Centre - with views of the sun rising...Find out more

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Honeymoons

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Orpheus Island

Queensland

Free from reef day-trippers, Orpheus is a rare island getaway where you can enjoy complete tropical escapism miles away from the trappings of daily life....Find out more

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Qualia

Queensland

A byword for Hamilton Island luxury, Qualia is situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island surrounded by all the splendour of the Great...Find out more

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Honeymoons

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Saffire

Tasmania

Magnificent in every detail, Saffire is defined by its subtle but chic interiors, and a fluid architectural design. Water is a strong theme here with...Find out more

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Honeymoons

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Southern Ocean Lodge

South Australia

The Southern Ocean Lodge is defined by superb contemporary design, astonishing location and first name service. Set back from a cliff above the pounding...Find out more

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Honeymoons

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.

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