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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.
Australian Tours 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. On a Australia holiday with Abercrombie & Kent 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.
Australian Holidays 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.
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).
Sydney/Melbourne/Perth/Darwin (British Airways/Qantas/Emirates/Etihad Airways)
17-21 hours 30 minutes, one refuelling stop
GMT +8 - +10 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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:
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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
Read about our lastest experiences in our Travel Blog pages.
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First experience with A&K. Intended to ask various travel companies for quotes but Vicky (Hamlin) was so good with her suggestions that we did not seek alternative quotations the suggested itinerary was excellent and helped us decide on a balanced and interesting holiday.
- GD, Windermere