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 - 3
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.
Days 4 - 6
Situated in the heart of the Whitsunday Islands archipelago, Daydream Island rests between the northeast coast of Queensland and the biodiverse Great Barrier Reef. It measures only one kilometre in length and 400 metres in width. This oasis of serene surroundings features sublime coral reefs, secluded beaches, tree-lined hilltops, and majestic rocky coves. One of the main tourist drawcards is the famed Living Reef, a free-form coral lagoon wrapped around Daydream Island Resort’s central building. This spectacular exhibit invites guests to join the team of marine biologists to feed the baby stingray who live alongside over 100 species of marine life, including fish, coral and invertebrates. With scenic yachting adventures, thrilling snorkelling tours and breathtakingly beautiful sunsets, Daydream Island is true to its name; a dream.
Days 6 - 7
Situated on a tropical peninsula on the east coast of Queensland, jaw-dropping Airlie Beach offers an array of activities to tick off your bucket list. With temperatures at a stable 32˚C for most of the year, popular leisure options include parasailing, skydiving, snorkelling, diving, boat tours and jet skiing. The soft, white sands and pristine turquoise waters are perfect for a simple sun-bathing session, frolicking in the waters and enjoying a dinner with a view. Just off the coast of Airlie Beach lie the idyllic Whitsundays Island and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, with its incredible diving opportunities. In the surroundings, discover the peninsula’s vibrant markets, beaches and rainforests. Airlie Beach maintains an energetic nightlife all year round, with bustling restaurants, pubs and clubs scattered along the main street.
Days 7 - 9
A sleepy fishing village in the 60s, Port Douglas has evolved into a sophisticated modern town and a more serene alternative to nearby Cairns for exploring the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Hailed as a scuba-diving and snorkelling paradise, this resort destination on the Coral Sea in North Queensland offers miles of pristine palm-lined beaches, and plenty of shopping, wining and dining experiences. A short distance out of town, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge are not to be missed.