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Australia

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Tailor-made holidays to Australia

Introduction

Whether you're after tropical paradise, luxury escapism or an epic overland adventure on your Australian holiday, the people are friendly and the wines world class. Reefs and rainforests, wetlands and wineries, crocodiles and kangaroos – a trip to Australia has it all.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
19 hours

Time zone
GMT +10 (North-east/south-east), +9.5 (central), +8 (West)

Currency
Aus dollar (A$) = 100 cents

Language
English

Travel advice
Check the FCO for latest visa & travel advice

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Where to go in Australia

Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru… the iconic destinations of Australia are beloved for a reason. Or, choose to discover the wild Outback, the west coast’s surfer paradises or the rugged Tasmanian landscape and see the Australia less travelled but equally alluring.

Sydney

Sydney is blessed with the world’s most iconic harbour. But, look beyond its historic Rocks District, city icons and foodie scene and you’ll find the Australian outdoors obsession in harbourfront parklands, mountain day trips and countless inviting beaches.

Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

Australia's northeast is a tropical paradise. Chief among its unique natural attractions is its wildlife-filled ancient rainforests and the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef. Here you'll find an otherworldly underwater realm of spectacular coral and colourful marine life.

Red Centre

Aside from that iconic monolith – Uluru – Australia's Red Centre offers a vast window into the Outback. It's majestic, silent and splendidly isolated, filled with stunning vistas and animated by a unique culture. Discover how the Aboriginals carved out a way of life full of art and myth.

South Australia

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

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What to do in Australia

Travellers will find endless opportunity in Australia. Those looking to get a sense of the vast, diverse landscape can relax on one of our classic luxury train journeys, while there are also self-drivescultural holidays, fine wine tastings and laid-back beach holidays, all vying for your attention.

Nature Holidays

From kangaroos and koalas to the Great Barrier Reef and eucalyptus forests, travelling to Australia offers the chance to immerse yourself in the great outdoors like nowhere else on Earth. Uluru, the Kimberley, Daintree rainforest… it’s all here.

Food & Wine Holidays

Australia is a foodie's dream destination. The country's abundance of fresh produce and array of cultural influences means there is no shortage of ‘fusion food', all well worth trying. Or, fall back on the country's classic: a quintessential barbie.

History and culture

Explore Australia's multi-faceted past, from the ancient indigenous cultures of the bush to the colonial cities of New South Wales and Tasmania. Whether it's rock art or political landmarks, there's plenty of opportunity for some fascinating cultural immersion .

Self-drives

Between sweeping ocean drives, city-to-city pursuits and journeys inland to the country's famed winelands, there's perhaps no way better suited to exploring Australia than by car. There's also plenty of adventure to be had, dipping into the Outback's gorgeous severity.

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When to go to Australia

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Top itineraries in Australia

Sydney, Uluru & the Great Barrier Reef

15-day tailor-made journey from £2,290 pp incl. flights

This comprehensive trip takes in Australia's most impressive sights. There's the city sophistication of Sydney, the monolithic beauty and Aboriginal culture of Uluru and the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Lose yourself in a world of tropical fish and spectacular coral.

Sydney to Brisbane: the Legendary Pacific Coast Self-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,545 pp incl. flights

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Save up to £100 per couple
Book by: 27 March 2017

Australia's East Coast from Sydney to Brisbane is a well-travelled path, and for very good reason. After exploring the many charms of Sydney you'll get to spend time discovering the stunning beaches, coastal towns and lush hinterland of the Legendary Pacific Coast as you wind your way north.

Melbourne, the Grampians & Great Ocean Road

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,509 pp incl. flights

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offer

Save up to £160 per couple
Book by: 31 March 2017

Driving one of the world’s greatest road trips, you’ll trace the state of Victoria’s spectacularly cragged coastline, swapping Melbourne’s city cool for golden sands, green vineyards and mountains animated with Aboriginal art. The iconic Twelve Apostles are just the tip of the iceberg.

Margaret River & the West Coast

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,685 pp incl. flights

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offer

Save up to £120 per couple
Book by: 31 March 2017

The Margaret River region is fast making a name for itself as Australia's premier gourmet getaway. And, in between award-winning wineries and farmers' markets, this fortnight-long road trip will bring you among a stunning natural world of giant forests and gorgeous surf beaches.

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Top places to stay in Australia

Qualia, Great Barrier Reef

Accommodation

Situated on the northern tip of Hamilton Island in Queensland’s idyllic Whitsundays, qualia is one of Australia’s finest luxury resorts. You don’t have to take our word for it – in 2012 it was voted the Best Resort in the World in the Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards.

Waverley House Cottages, Lakes Entrance

Small & intimate lodge

Enjoy some rural relaxation in your very own bushland cottage where nights are spent by a roaring fire and private verandahs offer views out the tranquil Bass Strait. Throw in seafood platters, barbecues and hot tubs and this is rural chic at its best.

Vatu Sanctuary, Alice Springs

Small & intimate hotel

Vatu Sanctuary offers indulgent chic among Alice Springs' frontier severity. Featuring just four garden-ringed private residences, it's the ideal escape, beautified by a series of stunningly colourful indigenous murals.

Ovolo Laneways, Melbourne

Contemporary hotel

Melbourne is a city of art and heritage – two facets that are combine at this boutique offering. Its position in the city's historic laneways is balanced by ultra-trendy rooms where bold splashes of colour play out over superb amenities.

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Special offers in Australia

Sydney to Brisbane: the Legendary Pacific Coast Self-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,545 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £100 per couple
Book by: 27 March 2017

Australia's East Coast from Sydney to Brisbane is a well-travelled path, and for very good reason. After exploring the many charms of Sydney you'll get to spend time discovering the stunning beaches, coastal towns and lush hinterland of the Legendary Pacific Coast as you wind your way north.

Melbourne, the Grampians & Great Ocean Road

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,509 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £160 per couple
Book by: 31 March 2017

Driving one of the world’s greatest road trips, you’ll trace the state of Victoria’s spectacularly cragged coastline, swapping Melbourne’s city cool for golden sands, green vineyards and mountains animated with Aboriginal art. The iconic Twelve Apostles are just the tip of the iceberg.

Margaret River & the West Coast

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,685 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £120 per couple
Book by: 31 March 2017

The Margaret River region is fast making a name for itself as Australia's premier gourmet getaway. And, in between award-winning wineries and farmers' markets, this fortnight-long road trip will bring you among a stunning natural world of giant forests and gorgeous surf beaches.

Sydney to Byron in style

18-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,415 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £80 per couple
Book by: 27 March 2017

This luxury road trip brings you between the city icons of Sydney and the golden beaches of Byron, pausing at the mist-shrouded Blue Mountains, dolphin-rich Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley’s world-famous vineyards. Along the way, you'll stay in some of the region's finest hotels and resorts.

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Australia articles

  • Sydney's Iconic Opera House

    It has to be said: Sydney has a standout attraction. While no pilgrimage would be complete without a clifftop walk from Bondi to Coogee beach or a sail under the Harbour Bridge, it’s a visit to the fabled Sydney Opera House that first-timers most look forward to.

  • The best beach resorts in Australia

    It's well-known that Australia is blessed with sands, sun and surf but, with so much to choose from, it's easy to get lost. With this in mind, this is our definitive guide to Australia's best beach resorts, from the Great Barrier Reef to Kangaroo Island.

  • Top five foodie experiences in Australia's South West

    Originally famous for its chilled out surfing towns and unspoilt beaches, there is so much more to explore in the southwest pocket of Western Australia. Gourmet producers, award-winning wines, towering forests, and stunning national parks to name but a few.

  • Gourmet's guide to the south west of Western Australia

    The Margaret River region of Western Australia is well known for its great wine, but now there is a gourmet food culture to match. New truffle hunts and fine dining experiences take visitors off the beaten track into the heart of Australia's South West.

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What our clients say about our Australia holidays

  • Andy Austen at Wexas has now planned many trips for me – he is informative, quick respond and trustworthy. We had an amazing honeymoon and all things went smoothly and as planned – as have the other trips! Amazing attention to detail.

    I recommend Wexas to everyone and will shortly be planning my next trip with them!

    Sana S

  • I felt that I could contact Emma whenever necessary and I always got a speedy response. She was extremely helpful at all times and answered all our queries in a professional manner. I will not hesitate to contact her for our future travel requirements. Thank you very much, Emma, for a great holiday.

    Godfrey John G

  • My Travel Specialist was very helpful, very polite, very attentive, and very patient. Most importantly, I was never made feel forced to book my holiday with him/Wexas. After numerous correspondences in which he answered my questions in detail, it transpired that Wexas was the best choice.

    Bo B

  • The contact Andy Austen was most helpful and knowledgeable for our mixed Wexas and personal bookings and made sure all the bits dovetailed in together to make a seamless whole!d personal bookings and made sure all the bits dovetailed in together to make a seamless whole!

    J J

  • Thanks for a great holiday, had never visited Australia and felt made most of my time. The quality of the B and Bs etc was first class. The service from airline and the organisation of cars guides went without a hitch. Certainly would use Wexas again.

    Michael M

  • The holiday exceeded our expectations magnificently. Condor travel and their guides were fantastic and totally made the holiday as brilliant as it was. We will come back to Wexas as your tailor made holidays have always been absolutely superb.

    Michael M

  • I have been using Wexas Travel for many years which says in itself that I am happy with the service that I have received. The trip that I have just returned from was very satisfactory.

    Janet J

  • We received well informed and up to date information, which gave us great confidence in the travel advice we were given.

    Carolyn C

  • All that your agent recommended worked out be as he had seen and experienced himself.

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  • Very helpful service and efficient service, as usual.. No problems.

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