With its stunning landscapes, friendly cities, exotic wildlife and unique indigenous culture, Australia makes an ideal destination for a family holiday. But its vast proportions, diverse activities and profusion of options make it difficult to know where to go and what to do. In my experience, the perfect family trip satisfies both children and adults and includes the country’s greatest highlights as well as a couple of less obvious attractions to impress the folks back home.
Articles in the 'Australia' Category
We asked some of our Australia specialists for their favourite experience of the Territory and this is what they chose.
Mungumby Lodge in Australia’s Far North Queensland is set in lush primitive rainforest and this year Sir David Attenborough stayed there when he filmed part of his new series, First Life. The series examines the origins of life on earth and the tropical paradise surrounding the lodge provided plenty of clues to help piece the story together. We find out why and discover what there is to see and do in the area.
For first-time visitors to Australia visits to Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Great Barrier Reef are a must but Kangaroo Island, situated off the coast of Adelaide, is fast becoming a popular addition to tours for those wanting to delve further into the wildlife of the country. Lou Payton, one of our Australia specialists, recounts her recent visit to the island.
After time spent immersing yourself in the temples, cities and nature of the country, many people opt to spend some time relaxing on or near a beach. Here, our specialists pick out some less-known beaches from around the world, places that remain unspoilt and away from the tourists crowds.
It was back in 2000 that Lizzie Corke and Shayne Neal first considered opening an ecolodge in the Cape Otway National Park; their dream was an environmentally sustainable guesthouse and ecological research centre in the Otways where people could learn about and observe native animals. In 2004 this dream became reality and here we look at what a stay at the Great Ocean Ecolodge entails.
If you’ve explored a destination on land, why not spend a few days exploring the underwater part of it. It’s a whole new world. If you’re not already qualified, you can choose to do an introductory course, a full PADI training course or, for the more qualified, a day or more diving and discovering some of the underwater world’s most spectacular species. A number of our destination specialists are keen divers, some are qualified instructors, and here they pick out their own favourite dives sites.
Chris Wilson explores the Sunshine Way and returns to Brisbane, a city that he once found to be struggling with rapid development, but a place now at ease with itself.
When originally tasked with setting up Audley’s Australia programme, the company ethos of authentic, cultural, off-the beaten-track tours and experiences rang loudly in my ears. I’ll admit I was just a little worried.
Australia is widely portrayed as a land of amazing diversity and, thanks to the recent screening of the ‘Australia’ blockbuster movie, the country’s rugged landscapes and vast outback scenery have been the recipients of a bag of well-deserved plaudits. Whilst cinemas and tourism campaigns have been filled with a glossy and romantic portrayal of the Aussie outback dream, Australia’s ‘second city’ sits patiently in the state of Victoria, ready to be discovered. Here there is a stark contrast to the roughly hewn cattle-drover and dusty outback image portrayed on screen.
Audley’s specialists pick out some of their favourite music, dance and drama performances from around the world.
Take picture-perfect images of outback Australia: the deep ochre of a sweeping escarpment cast ablaze at sunset, the verdant green of a surprise oasis or simply an endless stretch of cloudless sky. Add an award-winning producer, two of the world’s most highly regarded film-stars, an epic story and you have this year’s Hollywood blockbuster, Australia, the film. Paul Done, Australia Regional Manager, shows how the movie has sparked a new route into Australia’s remote northern heartlands.
Sarah Kane shares her passion for all things Australian.
There are some immensely clear and gloriously spectacular night skies across the world, many that must be seen to be believed. Here, our specialists choose their favourites.
Next to the enormous landmass of the Australian mainland, Tasmania is perhaps not considered a priority when
exploring this vast and diverse country, but with an abundance of wildlife and easily accessible national parks,
Australia’s small island state is here to remind us that small is very, very beautiful as Jenny Bouquet discovered.
Australia represents the very definition of long haul travel. The perception that such a trip generates a significant carbon footprint cannot be disputed but as a destination, Australia is environmentally forward thinking and offers a variety of sustainable travel experiences to satisfy the responsible traveller. The cost to the environment therefore can be limited through planning an itinerary that takes advantage of such experiences, ultimately proving that a trip to this part of the world can be considered at least as, if not more, culturally sensitive and environmentally sustainable as destinations much closer to home.
Marc Dolman reveals how an adventure in the Outback can be both relaxing and exhilarating.
Whether you’re a serious wine buff, teetotal, or simply enjoy the odd tipple, winegrowing regions are always fascinating places to visit.
Our Australia specialists reveal their favourite parts of the “real Australia”.
Paul Done introduces you to a few of the more unusual inhabitants of Australia.
Rachel Wood invites you to help save the dwindling turtle population of the Western Cape of Australia
Sarah Kane relives the days of historic cattle drives.
Michael Codd ventures across theis vast land on The Ghan and The Indian Pacific.
The gold mining history of the state of Victoria in Australia.
Indroducing the Australian continent.
The macho barbecuing culture may still exist but Australia’s culinary ability now stretches much further.