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Visitors to Australia often say that it doesn't take long to start feeling like a local. We're inclined to agree. Sink into the soft sands of the sparkling beaches, dine outdoors in a balmy evening breeze or lock eyes with one of Australia's majestic whales on a whale watching cruise and you'll begin to understand what it truly means to relax. Australia might be home to some of the world's best beaches, but this special island is home to so much more. You'll find some of the planet's most special wildlife, a thriving gourmet scene and breathtaking unspoilt scenes.
Dive on Pristine Reefs
Plucky Clown Fish defend their anemone homes, shoals of blue and yellow Surgeonfish shimmer over clumps of vivid coral, and a large Green Turtle slowly climbs a shaft of sunlight to the surface...
Just another fabulous dive on Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef. Head from east to west coast and you'll discover Ningaloo Reef, in Western Australia. The world's longest fringing coral reef is a snorkellers dream, just metres from the shore and bustling with colourful anemones, sea turtles coral lagoons. Whilst aquatic fans will love the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, those preferring to keep their feet on the ground may prefer to get behind the wheel of a 4WD to explore the red sand dunes in Cape Range National Park.
Explore Unouched Islands
Australia is fringed by more than 8,000 islands, perfect for relaxation, adventure, food, wine and wellbeing.
Hayman is one of the most popular close to Australia's magnificent reef in the famous crystal clear waters of the Whitsunday passage. It is the most northerly of the 74 Whitsunday islands and is one of the closest to the 2,300 kilometre long Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, a two hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane can have you escaping the bustle of modern life on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, a tranquil natural paradise. Choose from mountain walks, relax on white sandy beaches or explore the riot of submarine colour in the world's southernmost coral reef.
Epic Coastal Drives
Hire a car and explore some of Australia's best coastal strips. The Great Ocean Road, a two and a half hour drive from Melbourne, is a spectacular journey which links famous surf beaches, tranquil seaside towns, whale lookouts and the Twelve Apostles. If you're looking for a route a little less trodden, Tasmania is a must do. Australia's 'Apple Isle' has more than its fair share of delicious food and wine, from punchy pinot noirs to fresh seafood and slowripening berries –plus the talented chefs to create cuisine almost as spectacular as the views. Feast on the best of gourmet Tasmania on a luxurious self-drive tour taking in Launceston, Freycinet and Hobart.
Unique Coastal Retreats
When it comes to places to lay your head, beachside, Australia is unparalleled in its offering. Exclusive and award-winning, Southern Ocean Lodge epitomises the Australian luxury experience. Blending seamlessly with the pristine landscape on Kangaroo Island, the lodge is an architectural masterpiece with vast blue panoramas of sky and sea filling the view. Travel a little further and you will be surrounded by one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth, the Berkeley River Lodge in the Kimberley. Activities include river and coastal cruises, beach and bush 4WD tours, fishing and guided walks. A heli picnic or scenic flight to nearby waterfalls, ancient rock art sites and remote gorges is highly recommended.
Sun-drenched Coastal Cities
The east coast cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are on everyone's Australia hit list.
Whilst distinctly different in character –culturally diverse and sophisticated Sydney with its iconic harbour bridge and world class eateries; the music, art and coffee infused cool kids on the block Melbourne;and tropical Brisbane, the river town with buzzy beaches and bands aplenty –they all offer a colourful diversity and some sensational laid back living. Don't overlook the west coast though –here you'll discover sunshine drenched Perth with its picturesque coastline, world class beaches and outdoor living locals.
A&K Suggest...Classic Australia
The perfect two week holiday for the first time visitor to Australia, visiting New South Wales, Northern Territory and Queensland.
13 days from £4,803 per person (including international flights)
A&K Suggests... Unwinding the Great Ocean Road
Experience one of the world's most iconic drives, and some of Australia's most spectacular scenery.
7 nights from £720 per person (excluding international flights)
A&K Suggests... The Pristine Waters of Ningaloo Reef
From sophisticated Perth to the beauty and tranquillity of Ningaloo Marine Park.
5 nights from £2,860 per person (including international flights)
A&K Suggests... Tantalising Tasmania
Enjoy the state's finest luxury boutique accommodation in world class lodgings, with private wine tastings and gourmet meals throughout.
7 nights from £3,550 per person (including international flights)
Nights: 13 | from £4,803
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. However, it’s possible to combine some of the country’s most wildly contrasting, yet equally iconic, destinations in one two-week trip.
Footsteps through Escarpment Country
Nights: 6 | from £2,790
In Australia’s Top End, the rocks are art galleries and waterlily-clad billabongs bustle with crocodiles and birds. Explore this tropical wonderland with expert guides to immerse yourself in its mesmerising natural and Aboriginal heritage.
Nights: 7 | from £3,550
Australia’s ‘Apple Isle’ has more than its fair share of delicious food and wine, from punchy pinot noirs to fresh seafood and slow-ripening berries – plus the talented chefs to create cuisine almost as spectacular as the views. Feast on the best of gourmet Tasmania on a luxurious self-drive tour taking in Launceston, Freycinet and Hobart.
The Gourmet South West
Nights: 6 | from £1,875
A week-long road-trip from the sunny Western Australian capital opens up a world of delicious opportunities: visit world-renowned restaurants, tour highly-acclaimed wineries and taste excellent local produce in the most spectacular of settings.
The Untamed Top End
Nights: 6 | from £3,770
Dramatic rock gorges, Aboriginal Dreamtime legends, diverse wildlife: Australia’s Top End is an unforgettable and unique region where the Outback meets the lush tropics. Explore the Northern Territory on a luxurious holiday combining scenic flights with the most stylish eco-retreats.
Australia: The Untamed North
A return trip down under has been a pipedream of Senior Product Manager Ross Pakes for some time. Last year he was finally...
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