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Australia

Australia is wild, vast and untouched, yet cosmopolitan, cultural and cool; a beautiful and ancient land, filled with unforgettable experiences and unique wildlife and landscapes you won't find anywhere else. A pristine coastline of cresting surf beaches and dazzling coral reefs shows off the legendary laidback Aussie surf culture and natural lifestyle, while the iconic Outback offers a majestic experience - silent and splendidly isolated. [See Australia itinerary ideas]

The people are friendly, the wine world class. Whether you're after tropical paradise, luxury escapism or an epic overland adventure. Reefs and rainforests, wetlands and wineries, crocodiles and kangaroos - Australia has it all. Along with the highlights there is of course the chance to go beyond the icons and discover another side to this ecclectic destination.

Discover ancient Aboriginal culture and diverse modern cities, The Great Barrier Reef and Uluru, The Kimberley and Kakadu.

From Tasmania's heritage listed highlands to Sydney's iconic harbour and envied lifestyle, Melbourne's historic laneways, the Top End's legendary wilderness areas. There's nothing like Australia.

WEXAS Travel brochure for Australia

Australia, New Zealand & The South Pacific

Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.


When to go

Australia's seasons are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer for much of the country, and the best time for beach or outdoor activities, but this is the wet season in the tropical north. It's also school holiday season, so expect to be joined by plenty of locals.

Winter (June to August) is mostly mild, but snowy in the southern mountains and dry and sunny in the northern states. Low season elsewhere, Winter is the best time to visit the Northern Territory, Queensland and the northern part of Western Australia.

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Essential Experiences

We’ve rounded up our list of recommended sites and things to do. Click on the map to enlarge it and see what we suggest or follow the links in the list to discover how to get the best out of your holiday.


Practical Information

Capital - Canberra

Size - 7.7 million sq km

Language - Predominantly English. Many first- and second-generation immigrants are bilingual, the most commonly spoken languages being Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Mandarin and Vietnamese. Aboriginal languages are spoken by around 12% of Australia's 550,000-strong Aboriginal-origin population.

Population - 22.9 million (March 2013)

Religion - Australia has no state religion, but the population is predominantly Christian. In the 2011 census, 66.1% identified with Christian faiths, 22.3% reported no religion, and 7.2% identified with non-Christian religions including Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.

Currency - 1 Australian dollar = 100 cents

Time zone - GMT + 8-10 hours

Flight time - Direct flights from London 18.5 hours (Perth) to 22 hours (Melbourne/Canberra).

Festivals

January - Sydney Festival, a programme of events involving over 1,000 artists from Australia and abroad covering dance, theatre, music and visual arts.

February - Spirit Festival of Aboriginal arts and culture, Adelaide.

February/March: Sydney Mardi Gras, celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride.

Moveable (2014: 21 March to 9 June) - Biennale of Sydney, international festival of contemporary art.

March - WOMADelaide world music festival.

March/April - Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

May - Ord Valley Muster, two-week festival of Aboriginal dance, song, art and performance, Kununurra, east Kimberley.

May - Tasmanian National Trust Heritage Festival, month-long series of events including walks, tours, fairs, displays and talks.

June - Barunga Wugularr Sports and Cultural Festival, Aboriginal arts crafts and dance, 80km south of Katherine.

June (biannual) - Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland.

August/September - Melbourne Writers' Festival.

September - Wagga Wagga Jazz & Blues Festival, New South Wales.

September/October - Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Queensland.

October - Melbourne Festival, flagship international festival of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events.

Visas

Please note that entry requirements and visa regulations can change often and at short notice. We can provide general information about the passport and visa requirements for your trip and this information may be included after the itinerary section of your quotation. Your specific passport and visa requirements and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. Neither we nor the principal(s) or supplier(s) accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. Please call your WEXAS specialist if you wish to discuss entry requirements.

Passport requirements

Passports must be valid for the full duration of your stay. If you are visiting another country or countries en route to or from Australia, be sure to check any further entry requirements.

Money

Australian dollars are issued in five denominations: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100, and coins in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2. Notes of all denominations are commonly used in daily transactions, though some outlets may refuse a $100 note for small transactions. All bank notes have an anti-fraud clear plastic window in the bottom right-hand corner, and counterfeits are rare.

ATMs are plentiful in both cities and country areas, and most allow withdrawals from international card networks such as Cirrus or Maestro, usually in denominations of $20 and $50 only. Some non-bank ATMs do not allow withdrawals from credit cards. Some older ATMs issue $50 notes separately from $20 notes, so check your withdrawal carefully. Australian banks generally charge $2 per transaction.

It is advisable to carry a small amount of currency at all times for smaller purchases, but electronic payment via the EFTPOS network is almost universally accepted for transactions over $10. Travellers' cheques are not generally accepted as legal tender except by major hotels but, along with foreign currency, can be changed for cash at banks and bureaux de change.

Regions [15]

Click on a place name below to find out more. Alternatively, to start planning where to go in Australia, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0614.

Northern Territory

The territory is a land rich in Aboriginal heritage and rugged, natural beauty.

Perth

Western Australia's often-overlooked capital, Perth, has a style all of its own: a mix of laidback lifestyle, vibrant cafe culture, city and parklands and famed local beaches.

Queensland

Laze on the stunning South East Queensland coastline and enjoy the best of Australia's sun, surf and sophisticated style. Get a buzz in Brisbane, whale watch off Hervey Bay or four-wheel drive the sands of Fraser Island.

Red Centre

A trip to Australia’s Red Centre offers a vast window into the iconic Outback experience. It is majestic, silent and splendidly isolated.

South Australia

South Australia is not merely a food and wine lover’s dream. Sure, the elegant restaurants, fashionable wine bars and Mediterranean-style atmosphere of pleasant capital Adelaide are a major draw. And the wine valleys are simply not to be missed.

Sydney

Sydney is blessed with the world's most iconic harbour, countless inviting beaches, fabulous food and festivals, and is celebrated for its tempting outdoor lifestyle. The famous Bondi surf beach and harbourfront parklands are enjoyed by millions of visitors, while the …

Tasmania

Tasmania’s small island state is Australia’s most decentralised and geographically diverse – a 90-minute drive can take you from ancient rainforest valleys, highlands and lakes to long white-sand beaches.

Top End

Australia's remote Top End is one of the world's last remaining true wilderness areas.

Victoria

Buzzing Victoria is Australia’s cultural and sporting heartland. Cosmopolitan Melbourne leads the way in style, fashion and dining and each of its distinct districts has its own unique character for you to discover.

Western Australia

Western Australia is wild, vast and untouched. The west’s rugged Indian Ocean coastline offers stunning unspoilt beaches; its huge red-dust interiors a taste of the outback Australia of myth and legend; while its relaxed capital Perth - one of the most isolated cities …


Itinerary ideas [85]

The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Australia. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0614.

Margaret River & the West Coast

Special offer From £2099 pp incl. flights
City Food & wine Natural world

The Margaret River region, just three-and-a-half hours from Perth, features some of Australia's finest wineries, offering tastings, lunches and cellar door …

Margaret River Gourmet Escape

WEXAS Travel will be offering exclusive packages to the 2014 Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Western Australia's foremost festival of food and wine. Western …

Sydney to Brisbane Boutique Self Drive

Special offer From £2235 pp incl. flights
Self-drive City Natural world

Australia's East Coast from Sydney to Brisbane is a well-travelled path, and for very good reason. Some of the country's true icons can be found in Sydney, …

Noosa Food & Wine Discovery

Food & wine Beach Self-drive

Australia is well known for its cuisine, and whether it's the unique delicacies of the country's ‘bush tucker', or fine dining courtesy of some of the world's …

14 nights Sydney, Whitsundays & Brisbane

Beach History & culture

Australia's iconic east coast boasts a wealth and variety of attractions seldom seen anywhere else in the world and is certainly one of the reasons this …

Discover Australia 18-day escorted tour

Natural world History & culture Escorted tour

Travel from across Australia from Perth on the west coast to Alice Springs and Uluru in the country's Red Centre. You'll then head to the East Coast as you …

Motorhomes in Australia

From £1795 pp incl. flights

Australia is a wonderful country in which to enjoy a self-drive holiday. Travelling in a motorhome or campervan offers the chance to follow some of the …

Margaret River & Australia's south west by motorhome

World-class wineries, artisan food producers, farmers markets, fine dining, rustic country cafes, wonderful landscapes and a warm, west-coast welcome greet …

A Gourmet Escape to the Margaret River Region

From £2065 pp incl. flights
Food & wine Beach Natural world

The Margaret River region, once a sleepy surfing community on Australia's west coast, has long been one of the country's premier winemaking regions, with some …

12-day Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

City Wildlife Natural world

The dramatic coast between Sydney and Melbourne is one of Australia's best-kept secrets and this 12-day self-drive holiday will spotlight the best of it, from …

8-day Great Southern Touring Route Self-Drive

From £1879 pp incl. flights
City Self-drive Natural world

Australia's Great Southern Touring Route in the southern state of Victoria turns the romance of the road trip into a grand love affair. Starting in Melbourne, …

15-day Sydney & Tropical Queensland

City Beach Food & wine

Australia's east coast plays host to a spectacular array of man-made and natural wonders. From the iconic bridge and opera house of Sydney's world-famous …

Discover the South-West 7-day self drive

Food & wine History & culture Natural world

The south-west corner of Australia is a seldom-explored treasure trove of natural splendours, great wines and world-class cuisine. Towering Karri-tree forests, …

Reef & Outback of Western Australia

With more than 1,000 kilometres of coastline, Western Australia's Coral Coast is surely one of the country's most beautiful regions. This is a land where nature …

Wildlife & Outback of South Australia

This superb seven-day itinerary combines Kangaroo Island with the Flinders Ranges in South Australia's rugged Outback and the beautiful wine regions of the …

Perth & Adelaide with the Indian Pacific

River cruise Self-drive Rail journey

There’s something for everyone on this tailor-made tour combining Western Australia and South Australia. After getting to grips with Perth and Fremantle, …

Uluru & the Red Centre

History & culture Activity & adventure

AAT Kings is an award-winning company offering fully escorted regional tours of Australia’s Red Centre, featuring local guides, daily departures and …

Best of Sydney, NSW & Lord Howe Island

This tailor-made tour of New South Wales starts in the iconic city of Sydney, with a pre-booked cruise of the harbour and small-group tour of the city and its …

Tasmania’s food & wine trail

Along with Tasmania's rugged beauty and abundant wildlife comes some of the best food and wine Australia has to offer and no visit to the island would be …

Highlights of Tasmania self drive

Experience the freedom of the open road as you explore the untamed landscapes of Tasmania's Western Highlands on this six-day self-drive through some of …

Wildlife & Wine of South Australia

Kangaroo Island is hailed as Australia's Galapagos, but it's also an island of breathtaking landscapes. A third of the island is made up of national and …

The Kimberley Complete

Activity & adventure History & culture Natural world

Join award-winning APT on this small-group 4x4 tour of the remote and rugged Kimberley, staying at exclusive camps and lodges. Discover the gorges of the Gibb …

Australian Highlights with Luxury Lodges

Activity & adventure Natural world Spa

This luxurious tailor-made discovery of Australia has been constructed to include Australia’s ‘must see 3’ in an unforgettable 11-day tailored itinerary …

Western Australia & Tasmania self-drive

City Food & wine Natural world

Discover the delights of Western Australia's historic south end and the best of Tasmania's spectacular scenery with this tailor-made self-drive tour. From Perth …

The Ghan & Flinders Ranges

From £5659 pp incl. flights
History & culture Natural world Rail journey

The Ghan is an icon of Australian travel, a passenger train running from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south (or vice versa) via Alice Springs and the …

The Indian Pacific Railway Australia

Special offer From £376 pp incl. flights
History & culture Natural world Rail journey

The Indian Pacific is named after the two oceans it connects on its three night cross-country journey between Perth and Sydney. Covering 4,352-kilometres, it's …

The Ghan Railway Australia

Special offer From £560 pp incl. flights
History & culture Natural world Rail journey

Regarded as one of the world's greatest rail journeys, The Ghan takes you on an unforgettable three-day, two-night trip through the heart of Australia. Running …

Top End Arnhem Land

Kakadu National Park is a mecca for lovers of natural and cultural attractions. Home to ancient Aboriginal rock art, this World Heritage national park features …

Spirit of the Outback

Discover the incredible landscapes and fascinating spirituality of some of the Red Centre's most iconic attractions on this first-class five-day tour. Your tour …

The Mysterious North

The Northern Territory boasts some of Australia's most spectacular wilderness landscapes and richest Aboriginal culture. Amongst the waterfalls, waterholes, …

Kimberley Discovery

The Kimberley is one of the world's great wildernesses. Stretching inland from Western Australia's northern coast this vast region covers almost 164,000 square …

Kangaroo Island Highlights

Arrive on Kangaroo Island by air where youll be met by your guide for an island introduction. Begin your exploration by heading out for wildlife encounters.

The Bruny Island Long Weekend

Located at the edge of the Southern Ocean and just 45 minutes by high-speed catamaran from Hobart, Bruny Island's spectacular rugged landscapes, unspoilt …

Great Ocean Road & Mornington Peninsula

Our leisurely self-drive itinerary combines the magnificent Mornington Peninsula with its sandy beaches and rolling green hills, and the Great Ocean Road, one …

Flinders by foot

South Australia is a diverse, fascinating and beautiful state. To the north of the capital Adelaide, visitors will discover mile after mile of beautiful …

Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safari

South Australia's Gawler Ranges, 600 kilometres northwest of state capital Adelaide on the beautiful Eyre Peninsula is home to some of the Australian outback's …

Bill Peach Journeys – Passage through ancient cultures

Join Bill Peach Journeys on a remarkable luxury 18-day tour from London to Sydney, travelling aboard a 36-seat Embraer 135LR private jet and stopping in an …

Cradle Mountain Walk – Tasmania

This memorable six-day guided walking holiday takes you along part of the Overland Track, through the stunning scenery of Tasmania's Cradle Mountain-Lake St …

Grand Tasman Escorted Tour

Remote and beautiful, Tasmania boasts some of Australia's most spectacular protected wilderness along with an abundance of wildlife, from iconic Australian …

Domes Explorer & El Questro

Use your first day at leisure to explore Kununurra on your own. The next two nights youll stay at Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge.

Discover Van Diemans Land

Tasmania is a nature lovers paradise and the ideal destination for those who wish to get away from it all. The best way to experience the wild and beautiful …

Tassie Wilderness Self-drive

The unspoilt island of Tasmania is a nature lovers paradise and the ideal destination for those who wish to get away from it all. The best way to experience the …

Discover Tasmania

Tasmania is a diverse terrain of spectacular scenery and unspoilt national heritage sites. With Seven Mile Beach and the Tamar Valley, the thriving arts and …

Iconic South Australia

Tap into the sheer breadth of South Australia on this ten-day tailor-made tour. Get out and about in Adelaide, visit the many vineyards of the acclaimed Barossa …

Kimberley and Kakadu tour Australia

This 15-day luxury small group tour experience of the magnificent Kimberley, Katherine and Kakadu region’s of Australia’s remote Top End departs from Broome …

Highlights of Victoria’s South West

It may be a small state but Victoria packs an awful lot in: multicultural Melbourne, the parading penguins of Phillip Island, the country’s greatest driving …

Learn To Dive - Barrier Reef

It is a wonderful and exciting experience to dive the Great Barrier Reef. To scuba divers, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef represent some of the finest and …

Melbourne, Sydney & the East Coast

This comprehensive tour of eastern Australia is beautifully paced to take in all the major highlights while building in time for independent exploration. From …

Queensland Reef and Rainforest tour

This fantastic five-day tour of tropical north Queensland takes in two magnificent World Heritage listed sites, The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree …

Melbourne - Sydney

The dramatic coast between Melbourne and Sydney is one of Australia's best kept secrets. It can take three days or two weeks to drive depending on how much time …

Highlights of New South Wales

From dolphin sightings to wine tastings, picturesque beaches to stunning mountain scenery, New South Wales offers a diverse range of attractions to suit every …

Flinders Ranges tag along

This is your opportunity to take the wheel on your own Australian Outback adventure. Travelling in the comfort of your own Britz Bushcamper, you’ll join a …

Ultimate Sydney Escape

Enjoy 4 nights at the beautiful Fours Seasons including early check-in, a full day of luxury touring in the blue mountains, lunch onboard a stunning harbor …

East Coast Encompassed - Sydney to Cairns

Rugged landscapes, crashing surf and indigenous culture stretching back through time and beyond—Australia’s East Coast possesses a truly otherworldly …

Australia Encompassed

Sydney, Melbourne, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays – your crash course in Australia starts now. Over 24 days’ time, you’ll head up the east coast (and …

Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime

This is hardly a sleepy trip. Rather, this is the perfect 12-day adventure for sailing buffs that want to experience the blue waters of Australia, as well as …

Best of Tasmania

The wild and wondrous island state of Tasmania stands apart from the rest of Australia in ways beyond mere geography. A great option for travellers who’ve …

East Coast Australia in Style

This comfort-minded journey up Australia’s eastern shore delivers the wonders of the region to you in fine style. Using a diverse range of transport—trains, …

East Coast Australia in Style

This comfort-minded journey up Australia’s eastern shore delivers the wonders of the region to you in fine style. Using a diverse range of transport—trains, …

Australia & New Zealand Explorer

Australia or New Zealand? Do both! There’s never been a better time to get a taste of the world Down Under, and on this adventure, you’ll do so via trains, …

Outback to the Great Ocean Road in Style

The outback...in comfort? Oh, it's possible. This adventure offers travellers the chance to explore the exotic extremes of contemporary Australia, from its busy …

Outback to the Great Ocean Road in Style

The outback...in comfort? Oh, it's possible. This adventure offers travellers the chance to explore the exotic extremes of contemporary Australia, from its busy …

Australia in Style

It's tough to cover all of Australia in a single trip, but believe us, we've tried. This three-week extravaganza incorporates all the absolute must-do bits of …

Australia in Style

It's tough to cover all of Australia in a single trip, but believe us, we've tried. This three-week extravaganza incorporates all the absolute must-do bits of …

Outback to the Top End - Adelaide to Darwin

You can’t get Down Under through a bus window. If you’re going to get off the tourist track, you’ll have to shake things up a bit—that’s why we’ve …

Outback to the Red Centre - Adelaide to Alice Springs

Forego the typical coach tour and get off the beaten track from Adelaide to Alice Springs and explore some of the most remote areas on Earth. From Adelaide, hit …

Kakadu Adventure

Get remote and head into the last frontiers of Australia—Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. Featuring lots of inclusions at a great price, this itinerary …

Great Ocean Road West - Melbourne to Adelaide

This might be a quick trip along the Great Ocean Road—but you’ll never feel rushed. Geared towards budget-conscious travellers looking to hit the highlights …

Australia South to North - Melbourne to Darwin

You can’t get Down Under through a bus window. If you’re going to get off the tourist track, you’ll have to shake things up a bit—that’s why we’ve …

Melbourne to the Red Centre

If you really want to get Down Under and experience Australia’s highlights without feeling rushed, you’ll have to get off the big coaches. Explore Melbourne …

Northern Aboriginal Experience

“Dreamtime,” the animist mythology central to indigenous Australian society, is a fascinating ideology that has helped shape the continent. This trip is …

Red Centre Experience

A great little add-on to a longer Australian adventure, this short-and-sweet journey to the famed Red Centre brings you close to the continent’s vast heart. …

The Rock, Rail and Kakadu

For rugged natural splendour, the Australian Outback is where it’s at. This journey into the remote regions of northern and central Australia brings you …

Sydney to Brisbane Experience

Think Australia’s out of your league since you’re short on time and cash? Nope! This quick and economical Sydney-to-Brisbane jaunt squeezes tons of …

Most of the Coast - Sydney to Cairns

The route up Australia’s East Coast has earned its rep as one of the seemingly endless supply of must-do experiences in the country. The classic …

The Red Centre to Melbourne

It’s a wide-open space between the aptly named Red Centre and Adelaide, and we intend to make the most of it on this 9-day trek full of good company and good …

Australia Highlights

Let’s be honest: All of Australia is a highlight. However, if you’re looking for a trip that’ll give you a little bit of everything, then this 27-day tour …

The Red Centre to Adelaide

Bored with the outskirts? Go right into the (Red) center of the action with our trek from Alice Springs to Adelaide. On the way, we’ll hike Kings Canyon, camp …

Great Ocean Road East - Adelaide to Melbourne

Are there two words that go better together than “road” and “trip”? We don’t think so. On this short and sweet 3-day tour from Adelaide to Melbourne, …

Brisbane to Cairns Experience

You can get a sense of just how huge Australia is by looking at a map, but once you’re there, the vastness really hits home. For travellers long on ambition …

Places to stay [67]

The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Australia. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Australia, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0614.

Desert Gardens

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  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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Surrounded by magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs, the Desert Gardens hotel offers a range of stylish accommodation from shaded poolside rooms to …

Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef

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  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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Beach Relaxation Sports & activities

Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 resorts in the world, Lizard Island is the northern most island group on the Great Barrier Reef and an ultimate in …

Longitude 131, Ayers Rock

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  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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Perfectly positioned to offer guests private views of the picture perfect sunrise and sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock), Longitude 131 offers an exclusive and …

Bamurru Plains

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  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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Located on the edge of Kakadu National Park, Bamurru Plains is more than a luxury tented safari camp, it’s a wildlife experience and the only one of it’s …

The Langham, Sydney

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).

The Langham is the latest boutique addition to Sydney's ever-growing collection of luxury hotels, located in the heart of the city, just minutes from the …

Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

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£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

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Located just 72km north east of Gladstone (Queensland), in the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Heron Island is a nature lover’s haven. A natural …

Cicada Lodge, Northern Territory

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).

The recently opened Cicada Lodge, located just 32 kilometres from the town of Katherine in Australia's Top End, is a stylish, contemporary property set amidst …

Sal Salis, Ningaloo Reef

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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WEXAS price guide

£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £300 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £100 per room per night

Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

Hidden in the white sands of Cape Range National Park on the shores of the Indian Ocean is the exclusive Sal Salis, a luxury tented camp overlooking world …

Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island

Deluxe

What does Deluxe mean

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
£££££

What does this price mean

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WEXAS price guide

£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £300 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £100 per room per night

Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s premier luxury lodge experience and is perfect for couples and wildlife lovers. An environmentally sensitive and …

The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa, Byron Bay

Set within a stunning 45-acre subtropical rainforest, just moments from the beaches of bohemian yet sophisticated Byron Bay, this stylishly designed, …

Henry Jones Art Hotel

On Hobarts waterfront (where Governor Collins first settled the city), a row of historic warehouses dating from the 1820s and a former IXL factory have been …

Pullman Resort Bunker Bay, Margaret River

Just three hours from Perth and set right on the shores of the Indian Ocean, the luxurious, 5-star Pullman Resort Bunker Bay is ideally placed for exploring the …

Arkaba Station, Flinders Ranges

Located on a 60,000 acre working sheep station at the edge of the stunning Flinders Ranges in northern South Australia, Arkaba Station is a luxuriously restored …

Saffire Freycinet Tasmania

The discreetly positioned Saffire Freycinet is a luxury boutique coastal sanctuary on Tasmania’s East Coast within the Freycinet National Park.

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island

Capella Lodge is Lord Howe Island’s premium boutique accommodation, with stunning views of spectacular Lover’s Bay and the surrounding mountains. The lodge …

Hayman Island Resort, Whitsundays

The multi award-winning Hayman is not just a romantic island getaway but a fully equipped private island resort offering more ways to bask in the beauty of the …

Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Australia

Australia's Mary River Wetlands is a welcome flash of lush greenery amongst the arid landscape of the Northern Territory. Located near Kakadu National Park, the …

Sails In The Desert

Sails in the Desert is the premier hotel at Ayers Rock Resort with spacious, airy and exquisitely furnished rooms set in lush park-like grounds. Deriving its …

Thala Beach Lodge, Port Douglas

A superb property set between Cairns and Port Douglas in a World Heritage-listed area of ancient rainforests and stunning wide beaches. Accommodation consists …

Sanctuary Cove Resort, Gold Coast

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The Gold Coast’s Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove is luxury Queenslander-style resort offering an elegant and timeless experience.

Cape Lodge, Margaret River

Uniquely positioned in the heart of its own Margaret River vineyard, overlooking it’s own private lake Cape Lodge is a luxurious accommodation and dining …

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Adjacent to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is a world-class conservation-based luxury resort uniquely …

Alice Springs Resort

Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent River Red Gums, and just five minutes away from the heart of town, Alice Springs Resort …

Crown Promenade

The stylish, affordable and thoroughly modern Crown Promenade is the perfect place from which to explore the vibrant Southbank and many of the citys arts and …

The Langham Hotel Melbourne

The Langham Hotel Melbourne is a reinterpretation of the original Langham grand hotel, offering the city’s finest luxury hotel experience.

qualia, Great Barrier Reef

Perfectly located on the islands formally secluded northern tip, qualia is Hamilton Island’s luxury hideaway. Every consideration has been made here to ensure …

Peppers Beach Club & Spa

Peppers Beach Club and Spa is one of the most sophisticated boutique resorts in tropical north Queensland. Beautifully appointed guestrooms overlook the golden …

Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge

Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge is exclusively located, among the desert oak trees, in a secluded part of Kings Creek Station.

Palm Bungalows, Hamilton Island

Palm Bungalows, located on Hamilton Island in the heart of Australia's beautiful Whitsundays, dispels the myth that staying on the Great Barrier Reef has to be …

Reef House, Palm Cove, Australia

The award-winning Reef House Resort and Spa boutique resort in Palm Cove has a brilliant location on the Coral Sea with an atmosphere of complete relaxation.

The Hotel Cairns

Hotel Cairns is a 4-star resort hotel, with a private tropical atmosphere, set right in the centre of the city. It’s also located within an easy walking …

The Islington Hotel, Hobart

Delightful views of Mount Wellington and a cellar stocked with fine Tasmanian wines are just two of our response for recommending this regency style hotel in …

The Berkeley River Lodge, Australia

Accessible only by air or water, the Berkeley River Lodge is one of Australia's newest wilderness retreats. Situated in the Kimberley Region on Western …

Mantra On The Esplande

Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin enjoys a prime location overlooking Darwin Harbour. Suites have large private balconies, perfect for experiencing a famous …

Silky Oaks Lodge, Daintree, Australia

With an enchanting setting on the edge of Mossman Gorge, Silky Oaks Lodge is a great base from which to experience the ancient rainforests of northern …

Mounts Bay Waters

Lying between Kings Park and the Swan River, this luxury apartment hotel offers one and two bedroom apartments, each comprising of a spacious living area, a …

Bloomfield Lodge - Weary Bay

The Lodge has been carefully designed to blend in with the beauty of the surrounding Daintree Rainforest, and views out over the blue waters of Weary Bay.

Mantra Southbank

Mantra Southbank is located next to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and within walking distance of the State Art Gallery and the Museum. The hotel …

Quay Grand Suites

If you’re looking for 5-star, all suite luxury at Sydney’s ultimate harbour front address then look no further than the Quay Grand Suites. With views of …

Peppers Guest House

Peppers Guest House, Hunter Valley is nestled in the Pokolbin region of the Hunter Valley wine country. Set in peaceful gardens, the property features 47 …

Peppers Anchorage

Peppers Anchorage offers luxury hotel accommodation overlooking the unspoilt waters of Port Stephens. All 80 rooms and suites have private balconies and most …

Peppers Seaport Hotel

The Peppers Seaport Hotel takes its character from this thriving waterfront location. The interiors reflect the nautical history of the site and use local …

The Louise, Barossa Valley

The Louise is an intimate haven set amid some of the most idyllic vineyards in South Australia, those of the remarkable Barossa Valley. This exclusive retreat …

The Esplanade

Just 20 minutes from downtown Perth, the colonial-style Esplanade Hotel occupies a prime location overlooking Fremantles Marine Harbour. Most of the guestrooms …

Stamford Plaza

Situated between the banks of the Brisbane River and the Botanical Gardens, Stamford Plaza Brisbane is one of the citys most prestigious landmarks. The hotel …

The Sebel Noosa Resort

The Sebel Resort Noosa is a boutique hotel located in the heart of one of Australias most exclusive holiday destinations. Terraced tropical gardens with a …

Shangri la The Marina

Shangri-la The Marina has perhaps the most enviable position in Cairns - right on Cairns Harbour and Esplanade. Youll be treated to stunning views of the marina …

Crown Promenade Melbourne

The stylish and modern Crown Promenade Hotel is well placed for access to the local entertainment - and is linked directly to the 24-hour Crown Entertainment …

Crown Towers Melbourne

Located right on the banks of the Yarra River, the opulent Crown Towers Merlbourne sets the benchmark for Australian luxury hotels. Lavishly appointed …

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Stunningly situated in the historic Rocks district, the Four Seasons is synonymous with style, service and elegance. Boasting dramatic harbour front views from …

The Richardson Hotel Perth

The Richardson is Perth’s premier luxury boutique hotel, designed by renowned London architect Sir Terry Farrell.

O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat

O’Reilly’s is located on the western edge of Lamington Plateau, 930 metres (3,000 feet) above sea level and enjoys spectacular views to the west over the …

Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa

Peppers Ruffles is the latest addition to the Peppers Resort collection. Perfectly positioned on a ridge in Willow Vale, Gold Coast Hinterland, the lodge is a …

Bedarra Island

A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia Offering the ultimate in barefoot island luxury, Bedarra is one of the worlds most exclusive boutique resort retreats. …

Spicers Peak Lodge, Scenic Rim

Amazingly positioned at the ridge peak, on a spectacular 8,000 acres, Spicers Peak Lodge offers 360 degrees of breathtaking views across the World Heritage …

Lake House, Daylesford

Overlooking the idyllic shores of Lake Daylesford, in the heart of Victoria’s spa country (a mineral spring hotspot), the Lake House is a perfect country …

Spicers Clovelly Estate

Spicers Clovelly Estate - one of the top luxury lodges of Australia - has a relaxed, natural style and sophisticated charm. The classic Chanel-inspired …

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle, Perth

Fremantle’s finest accommodation is the privately owned, 4.5-star Esplanade Hotel, housed in a character-filled colonial style building close to Fremantle’s …

Holiday Inn Old Sydney

The heritage-listed Holiday Inn Old Sydney is located in the heart of The Rocks, with Harbour Bridge and Opera House views. Surrounded by the quaint cobbled …

Sofitel Brisbane Central

This refined and elegant hotel, in the heart of Brisbane, offers finely appointed rooms and suites with breathtaking views.

Medina Executive, Brisbane

Located in Brisbane’s eastern end and enjoying sweeping views of the beautiful Brisbane river and Storey Bridge, Medina Executive is expertly positioned.

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

The Shangri-La Hotel Sydney offers up stunning Sydney Harbour views and the Shangri-La group’s celebrated hospitality in equal measure at this great location …

Crown Metropol Melbourne

The Crown Metropol is the newest addition to the Crown Melbourne complex, which is home to three world-class hotels. No other destination in the city can match …

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins is located in the heart of the premier shopping district, among the city’s finest restaurants and top theatres.

Mantra Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast

The Mantra Coolangatta Beach offers couples and families a relaxed, but premium beachside getaway on the southern end of the Gold Coast.

Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast

Palazzo Versace features spectacular architecture, Italian furnishings, extraordinary service and a glamorous ambience, all inspired by ‘House of Versace’ …

Peppers Broadbeach, Gold Coast

The impressive towers of this exclusively chic haven of luxury, refinement and relaxation soar above the surrounding shopping and dining precinct, which …

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