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A land of diversity and extremes

Regions of Australia

From the Tropical North to the heart of the Outback. There are so many places to visit. Are you a wine lover? Then perhaps, you would like a trip to visit the best wine regions of Australia? Or are you an outdoor enthusiast? Then visit Australia’s most outstanding nature. There are endless possibilities.

Which regions should you visit in Australia?

A big country with endless possibilities

Depending on how much time you have and because Australia is so big, you will need to make some choices of which regions you would most like to visit. We can advise you on which regions are best suited to your interests. And, we highly recommend travelling at a slow pace, getting to know each place like a local.

Discover Western Australia's Golden Outback
Tropical North Queensland is bursting with natural treasures
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Queensland

Atherton Tablelands

As you drive away from the far north Queensland coastline, you will find yourself surrounded by endless rolling green hills known as the Atherton Tablelands. A mountainous area that boasts waterfalls, volcanic crater lakes, and the oldest rainforest in the world.

Beautiful Waterfall | Australia nature
Go waterfall hopping in Atherton Tablelands
Keep a lookout for the Green tree frog

Port Douglas

Chill out in Port Douglas. Tropical, upmarket and colourful, this tranquil oasis has all the ingredients to soak up summer holiday vibes. There are small streets full of cool cafes, art galleries and high-end restaurants - right next to the beach.

Be mesmerised by Mossman Gorge, nearby Port Douglas
Port Douglas is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
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Great Barrier Reef

Are you ready to conquer one of the earth's most spectacular natural wonders? Home to the largest collection of coral on the planet, the Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2300 kilometres. It is the only place on earth where two UNESCO World Heritage Sites meet and can even be seen from space! With an abundance of things to do and see in this special part of the world, a reef experience is a must-do when visiting Australia.

Discover the underwater world in a glass bottom boat
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Snorkel and marvel at a large collection of unique marine life
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Whitsundays

Surrounded by the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Airlie Beach are 74 stunning islands. 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. Due to its beauty, it is one of the most photographed beaches in Australia!

Get a bird's eye view of Heart Reef
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Soak up the tropical vibes in the Whitsundays

Noosa

Discover one of Queensland's most upmarket and sophisticated beachside towns, Noosa. Located approximately two hours drive north of Brisbane. This trendy part of Australia is oozing with laid-back vibes, friendly locals, gorgeous beaches, fantastic shopping and award-winning restaurants.

Are you a nature lover? Be sure to visit the Noosa Everglades, one of the two only everglade systems on earth. Or visit one of the charming nearby towns in the Sunshine Hinterland such as Montville and Maleny. Or take a 4WD trip to the World Heritage Listed, Great Sandy National Park and K'gari (Fraser Island).

Enjoy world-class beaches
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Shop at boutique stores on Hastings Street
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Magnetic Island

If you are a nature and beach lover, Magnetic Island is an ideal destination to visit. With over 25 kilometres of walking trails to discover, over 500 koalas to spot, 23 bays to explore, and many spectacular beaches to enjoy. It is the quintessential Australian experience, with plenty of great things to do and see. Go for a swim at Radical Bay or Balding Bay. Set sail and explore the coral reef or have close encounters with rock wallabies!

Discover an array of beautiful bays and beaches
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Travel Magnetic in style
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Northern Territory

Katherine

Uncover the secrets of Katherine, where the outback meets the tropics! Located 320 kilometres southeast of Darwin in the Northern Territory, on the banks of the Katherine River. This spectacular place is bursting with gorges, misty waterfalls, warm thermal springs, and ancient culture.

Kajak on river Katherine | Australia holiday
Kayak through timeless landscapes
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Admire ancient rock paintings

Alice Springs

Welcome to Alice Springs, the beating heart of the Red Centre! Located halfway between Darwin and Adelaide. This charming and remote town is the perfect launching pad to discover all the highlights of the Australian Outback. Alice Springs is a timeless place, alive with Aboriginal culture and is waiting to be discovered.

Soak up the Aussie lifestyle, poolside!
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Alice Springs is the gateway to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park
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Western Australia

Ningaloo Reef

Discover one of Australia's best-kept secrets, Ningaloo Reef. Located off the coast of Western Australia is a coral coast. With 250 different types of coral, 500 species of fish, sea turtles, manta rays, whale sharks and humpback whales. Here, you can make spectacular diving and snorkelling trips.

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Snorkel and spot fascinating marine life
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Spot native wildlife at Ningaloo Reef

Margaret River

Tucked away in Australia’s southwest corner is one of Australia’s premium wine regions. Margaret River - where rolling vineyards meet the wild ocean and the spectacular forest. Discover world-class beaches, ancient caves, award-winning wineries and tall-timber trees. A gourmet escape with over 120 wineries to savour, boutique breweries, fine restaurants, local cheese and divine chocolate.

"If you're a foodie, Margaret River is heaven. Organic wines, black Angus, truffles, foie gras - the local farmer's markets have it all."

Rom, copywriter
Savour local flavours at Margaret River
Margaret River has over 120 wineries to discover

Esperance

Discover one of the earth's natural treasures, a beach and a nature lover's dream - Esperance. Located on the Southern Ocean, 720 kilometres south-east of the capital city, Perth. A gem filled with wondrous beauty, white sand beaches, turquoise water and untouched islands. Visit Lucky Bay and admire squeaky-clean sand, arguably one of Australia's whitest sandy beaches.

Discover pink lakes!
Esperance | Australia beach holiday
Be mesmerised by the white-pearled sand of Lucky Bay

"Western Australia one of my most favourite place in the world! Once you are heading north from Perth, it's very authentic and not touristic."

Nicole, Travel specialist

Kimberleys

Unravel one of the world's last wilderness frontiers, the Kimberleys. Spread across Australia's entire north-western corner, this region has an abundance of wildlife and natural beauty to be discovered. Explore fresh swimming holes, outback stations, wide rivers, ancient rock formations and gorges that have eroded over millions of years. Admire mystical waterfalls such as Mitchell Falls and be sure to stop by the iconic Bungle Bungles.

Experience a world-class bush camp
Take a cruise along the Ord River
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Broome

Discover the gateway to the wild Kimberly region, Broome. This Aussie gem is located 1681 kilometres north of Perth and is bursting with things to do and see. Spot rare snubfin dolphins on an ocean cruise or explore the creeks and mangroves of Roebuck Bay. Ride a camel and watch the sunset, along Cable Beach, a spectacular 22 kilometres of glossy white sand.

Sample the local cuisine outdoors, try a mango craft beer and smoked barramundi
Broome - where red-dirt meets the ocean!
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Victoria

Melbourne

Melbourne is chic, stylish and a melting pot of multiculturalism. Renowned for being one of the world’s most livable cities. The capital of Victoria and Australia’s second-largest city. This down-to-earth city is oozing with funky hidden bars, cool cafes and boasts a galore of shopping. Be sure to taste the coffee culture too!

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Did you know Melbourne has close to 3000 bars?
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Experience the lively streets of Melbourne

The Great Ocean Road

Be intrigued by one of the world’s most renowned coastal scenic drives, The Great Ocean Road. A 240-kilometre stretch of road that takes you along the coast of the Indian Ocean, Victoria. Starting from the colourful surf town, Torquay, this road will lead you through ancient forests with the largest collection of eucalyptus trees in all of Australia.

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Marvel at the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia's best scenic drives
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Yarra Valley

Take your taste buds on a culinary journey in Yarra Valley. Located an hour away from the cosmopolitan city, Melbourne. This picturesque region boasts rolling vineyards, secret gardens and national parks. It has a rich wine industry, outstanding locally-grown produce and an array of fine restaurants to savour. The cool climate is ideal for producing quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines. Wine lovers are spoilt for choice with more than 80 wine cellars to discover.

Cycle through the fruitful vines
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Wine barrel | Australia holiday
Go wine tasting together with a knowledgeable local guide

Tasmania

Bruny Island

Uncover the natural treasures of Bruny Island, a 362 square-kilometre island located off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania. This gem is a wildlife enthusiast paradise with a wonderful array of unique animals. Spot white wallabies, pademelons, quolls, potoroos, and an assortment of birds. For a spectacular view over the Tasman Sea, visit The Bruny Island Lighthouse.

Savour local oysters at Bruny Island
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Marvel at astounding wildlife on a scenic cruise

New South Wales

Sydney

Be devoured by the glamour and grandness of Sydney - the largest city in Australia. This refined destination is rich with charisma and historical value, with an array of things to do and see! Be charmed by the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Feel the beach vibes and discover the sunny shores of Bondi, Coogee, or Manly. Nearby, you can visit the stunning wine region, Hunter Valley, or the mysterious Blue Mountains.

Take a tour through one of the world's most distinctive buildings
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Soak up the laid-back vibes at Bondi Beach
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Jervis Bay

Come and marvel at the treasures of Jervis Bay, a perfect mix of wildlife and the beach. Soak up this coastal, marine, and hinterland national park wonderland. Uncover the secrets of Hyams Beach or Greenfield and relish the pearly white sand. Some even say that it may be the whitest sand found in Australia!

Watch playful dolphins in Jervis Bay
Say G'day to kangaroos

Tenterfield

Immerse yourself in Australian heritage during your visit to Tenterfield. This quaint region is bursting with country-charm, friendly locals and is rich with historical value. Located 275 kilometres south of Brisbane, by the Great Dividing Range in New South Wales. This charismatic place is best known for being ‘The Birthplace of the Nation’.

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Soak up the fresh country air
Learn about the history of Tenterfield with a local guide

Lord Howe Island

Discover one of nature’s open-air art galleries, Lord Howe Island. This paradise boasts subtropical forests, sandy beaches, and crystal clear water. The island was created over seven million years ago by volcanic activities 2000 metres below sea level. The island is World Heritage Listed because of its rare flora and fauna, seabird colonies, and aquatic animals.

Discover the natural beauty of Lord Howe Island
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Coffs Habour

Coffs Harbour, also known as Coffs, is a coastal town in New South Wales. Coffs has a semi-tropical climate and is located 540 kilometres north of Sydney. It is a popular holiday destination for locals near the Pacific Highway. It is the only place in Australia where the Great Dividing Range meets the Pacific Ocean. Coffs Harbour is known for its spectacular coastline, where many surfing competitions are held. The atmosphere is beachy, laid-back and ideal for holidaymakers!

Take a photo at the Big Banana!
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Soak up the stunning coastal views

Hunter Valley

Indulge in Australia’s oldest wine region, Hunter Valley. Take your tastebuds on an awe-inspiring journey, a real culinary escape. Located two hours drive north of Sydney, near Newcastle in New South Wales. If you’re a sommelier or wine lover, this stunning region has over 100 wineries on offer. This gourmet destination is also the perfect place to discover locally grown produce and is best known for producing Semillon and Shiraz.

Vineyards | Australia holiday
Sleep between the vines
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Soak up the amazing views
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Byron Bay

Uncover the laid-back culture of the most eastern point of mainland Australia, Byron Bay. Take it easy as you soak up the Byron vibes on foot or by bike! This beachside town is bursting with organic cafes, boutique shopping and an array of nature. A colourful and spiritual place which boasts nine outstanding surfing beaches. Take a wander to the lighthouse and try to spot dolphins, humpback whales or stingrays in the Pacific Ocean.

Learn to surf at Byron!
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Savour organic produce at a range of charming local cafes

South Australia

Mclaren Vale

Where rolling vineyards meet the beach - Mclaren Vale. Located 40 kilometres outside the city of Adelaide, in South Australia. Boasting a Mediterranean climate, this gem is a foodie haven. Spend your days swimming at pristine beaches, sampling quality wine, and delicious food. Visit the farmer's markets, go on a hiking trail or discover local art.

Go winery hopping and taste the local delights
Explore wide-open spaces

Adelaide

Uncover the secrets of Adelaide, a hip and colourful city oozing with laid-back vibes. The town has streets lined with restaurants and cafes, showcasing the region’s finest produce. Go on a culinary journey, taste locally produced wine and modern Australian cuisine. Visit Central Markets for a foodie adventure or head over to Peel and Leigh Street for some bar hopping.

Discover the vibrancy of Adelaide
Explore the Adelaide market | Australia holiday
Visit local markets and taste local produce

Kangaroo Island

Explore a natural wonderland - Kangaroo Island. Located south-west of Adelaide, off the mainland of South Australia. An island with 509 kilometres of coastline, rich with protected nature reserves and home to an abundance of native wildlife. Say G’day to sea lions sunbathing on the beach, koala’s dozing in eucalyptus trees or pelicans soaring over glistening lagoons.

Bottlenose Dolphin | Australia wildlife
Kangaroo Island, home to an abundance of wildlife
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Kangaroo Island wildlife | Australia wildlife
Spot cheeky seals along the coastline
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Coober Pedy

Did you know that Australia has an underground town? Located between Alice Springs and Adelaide, Coober Pedy is a mining town, supplying 80% of Australia's opals. Restaurants, shops, museums, and even the local church are all located underground! If you like to visit quirky places, Coober Pedy is a must-visit!

Spend the night underground!
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Barossa Valley

Discover a region full of Australian gastronomic delights - Barossa Valley. Located in South Australia, approximately one and a half hours drive from Adelaide. Renowned for being Australia’s wine mecca with some of the oldest vineyards in the country. Originally, founded by German immigrants, you will find mainly German-style wines here. Spend your day admiring rolling vineyards, sampling Shiraz (a local speciality) or tasting the local produce at the many high-end restaurants.

Go winery hopping in the world-renowned, Barossa
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Indulge in the delicious local cheese!
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