Australia immediately conjures images of the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, big-wave surfing, miles of Outback and a rather strange, and endearing, assortment of animals. While the country’s main cities offer charm, glamour, unique festivals, a well-preserved historical heritage, fabulous beaches and fun events, it’s also a land of immense contrast and captivating nature. The nation offers something for just about everyone – from water lovers, desert wanderers and canyon climbers, to arts and culture buffs, historians, and foodies. The country’s vast size makes it almost impossible to take it all in during a single visit, but you can pick and choose a perfect holiday according to your personal preferences.
Days 1 - 4
Once known as the ‘City of Churches’, today Adelaide is better recognised for its sophistication, charm and cosmopolitan feel. South Australia’s capital is a hub of festivals and art galleries; it enjoys a vibrant nightlife and live-music scene; plus there is plenty of shopping, including gorgeous opals, to be done; and gastronomic delights to be enjoyed. Pop into the Art Gallery of South Australia to view indigenous art, or the South Australian Museum devoted to natural history; take an amble in the Adelaide Botanic Garden; or if you’re up for a hike, find out about the trails on the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Days 6 - 9
Nestling in the elbow of the enthralling Brisbane River, the capital of Queensland offers a taste of the good life to all its visitors. The city’s cultural precinct is home to the fascinating Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, which host incredible interactive exhibitions, as well as the impressive Queensland Museum of Modern Art. Don’t miss a visit to Mount Coo-tha, with its sprawling gorgeous Brisbane Botanic Gardens and astounding views. The Scenic Rim Region, just outside the city centre, is another must-see for nature lovers and photographers, as is the Lamington National Park, and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. After your day’s excursion, kick back at one of the many vibrant bars or restaurants and take in the beats provided by local musicians.