Discover what friendship is all about

Friends holiday to Australia

Close your eyes and picture you and your friends on an adventure in Australia. Are you camping in a ‘swag’ under the Milky Way? Surfing Australia’s famous waves? Exploring iconic cities like Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane? Hiking through national parks with red rocks as far as the eye can see? Savouring traditional Aussie barbecue? Swimming with dolphins? Doing anything your heart desires? The possibilities are limitless.

Experience the laid-back Aussie lifestyle

Be welcomed by a classic 'G'day, how's it goin' and soak up the laid-back Australian lifestyle. Stay in small-scale accommodations that offer the perfect blend of genuine Aussie hospitality and authentic local experiences other tourists don't know about. Short drives and mapped-out routes make sure you hit all your bucket-list items while travelling at a relaxed pace. Surrounding nature provides the perfect backdrop to learn new things about the world, your friends, and yourself in turn.

Three people snorkelling in Australia
Explore weird and wonderful places together with your friends
Experience the Aussie lifestyle, away from the mainstream

A journey as unique as you are

Your journey to Australia should represent you and your friends - and everything you like to do together. Because we are specialists in the art of travel, you'll experience a bespoke holiday that is significantly yours. Are you ready to travel Australia in a uniquely local way? Let’s put your dreams on paper and map out your adventure.

Let's design your holiday together

We'll take the time to get to know you to match your fully bespoke holiday with your pace, your interests, and anything you desire - and always at the best value for your money. Combined with first-hand, local knowledge, you'll receive a mapped out itinerary from us - but the process isn't done until you are 100% satisfied. We take care of every detail, so you can focus on relaxing, rejuvenating and reconnecting with your friends and the world around you. Get in touch to get started now.

Australian BBQ in Barossa Valley | Australia holiday
Enjoy a barbecue, Aussie-style in your backyard

The TravelEssence guarantee:

  • Explore beyond the typical tourist destinations with a tailor-made holiday that is made just for you.
  • Engage and immerse with your welcoming local hosts and gain a deeper understanding of different customs.
  • Discover unique small-scale accommodations and activities.
  • Once in a lifetime kind of experience.
  • Rest assured with a 24/7 network of support for the duration of your holiday should you need us.
  • Speak to a travel expert when convenient for you - our team is available every day until 9 pm at our London office or online.
  • Complete peace of mind as we are full members of ATOL and ABTA.

How long do we need in Australia?

Australia is one of the biggest countries in the world. You could spend months travelling the ever-changing landscape and not see the same place twice. For your holiday, the question becomes, "How long do we have?".

A great trip comes with enough time to truly reset and get into a new rhythm. Rejuvenate yourself with the fresh air and reawaken your senses in pristine nature. No need to rush from highlight to highlight.

Travel at a relaxed pace

To discover authentic Australia, we recommend travelling at a relaxed pace for a minimum of three weeks. If you have slightly less time, your travel specialist can help you choose the best regions that suit your wishes. Have a look at some of our favourite trips to get inspired for your own journey.

Holiday ideas for friends

3 week journey along the South-east coast of Australia


2-3 weeks - 5260 £

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4 week diverse journey through Australia


3-5 weeks - 4199 £

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Where can we stay?

At TravelEssence we focus on small-scale accommodation and personally know the local hosts renowned for their Aussie hospitality. From a cosy cottage surrounded by lush colourful gardens, to a treehouse in a tropical rainforest, and waking up with kangaroos in your backyard. Escape the ordinary and experience the natural wonders of Australia.

A unique spot to unwind and connect with your friends and the locals

Enjoy a barbecue together on the veranda at sunset, sit around the fire and share stories with your friends and fellow travellers. These accommodations are an experience in themselves and the greatest way to discover the hidden gems in Australia.

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Would you like to find out a little more?

We offer regular online presentations. Get to know Australia a little better. And see if you like what we offer and what we can offer you. It’s free, of course, and no obligation. You can find our next online presentations here.

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What can we see and do?

With the diversity of Australia, you can see and do just about anything your heart desires on your trip. From sipping wine in the Barossa Valley to taking a helicopter ride over Uluru. Discover the hidden gems of Melbourne and Sydney with a local guide or snorkel the sparkling Ningaloo Reef. Explore tropical islands, vineyards, vibrant cities, the Outback, white-pearled beaches, and beyond.

Authentic once-in-a-lifetime experiences with the locals

Don't fall for the tourist traps! Let your travel specialist know your interests and they will advise what is best for you as a group or individually. There are private tours available as well as small group tours which offer a great chance to meet other travellers. We can take care of every detail, so you just have to show up and have fun.

Top nine places to travel with friends

Aus nsw sydney opera house harbour bridge
Be enchanted by Australia’s largest and most glamorous city, Sydney. The capital of New South Wales is located along the East Coast of Australia and draws visitors from all over the world.
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Aus victoria O Donnell Gardens St Kilda Melbourne
Uncover the capital of Victoria, a melting pot of culture and style. Go on a bespoke journey and discover Melbourne, one of the world's most lovable cities.
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Aus queensland beach surf
Featuring a large part of the East Coast of Australia, the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island, and the tropical town of Cairns - Queensland is spoiled with world-known highlights.
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Byron Bay
Soak up the boho vibes in Byron Bay, a popular and colourful coastal town in NSW.
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Aus qld cairns fitzroy island
The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, Cairns is an absolute tropical paradise.
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Aus adelaide beach
Australia's fifth-largest city is a vibrant holiday destination with friendly locals.
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Aus wa City Beach Perth view
Perth is a vibrant and lively holiday destination brimming with natural attractions and beautiful beaches.
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Aus darwin aerial view
Discover Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory. Australia's smallest capital city is laid-back and features friendly locals, tropical vibes, and an assortment of great things to do and see.
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Au whitsundays heart reef wizard
Set sail off into the Whitsundays, a massive stretch of coral reefs with an abundance of marine life. Visit the famous Whitehaven Beach, known for its white pearly sand and turquoise water.
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Ready for the holiday of a lifetime?

Discover a world beyond ordinary

At TravelEssence, we specialise in crafting custom-made holidays that take you off the beaten path and create memories to last a lifetime. We believe in connecting with the heart and soul of a place, introducing you to the locals who call it home. Engage in conversations with fascinating individuals who will share their stories, traditions, and way of life, leaving an indelible mark on your journey.