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Australia

A land of icons

Tailor-made holidays to Australia

Introduction

Australia's warm climate, clean air, big skies, pounding surf and huge open spaces are a world away from our own crowded island. It’s a land of warm welcomes and local characters, of broad golden beaches and ancient forests, of Aboriginal mythology and underwater marvels.

Above all Australia is a land of ‘mateship’, where everyone appears to be on first-name terms and nothing is too much trouble. That’s why it creates such incredible memories: the wine you blended with a Barossa Valley master; the luxury train that whisked you from coast to coast; the stars above the Outback that you saw from your swag. Australian wildlife is as diverse as the landscape, and seeing kangaroos, wombats, koalas or emus in places like Kangaroo Island, the Grampians or the Flinders Ranges is always exciting. And, if you thought it was all campsites and barbies by the billabong then you’ll need to think again. Luxury experiences lie all around. Unwrap a gourmet picnic in Tasmania’s Wineglass Bay, enjoy an in-villa massage on the Great Barrier Reef, sip an ice-cool cocktail as you marvel at the sunset over ancient Uluru, or weave among the inlets of the Kimberley coast on an adventurous luxury cruise.

The trick is to plan a holiday that feels like a holiday, rather than a workout. In such a vast country, it’s hard to see everything in one fell swoop, so why not select just a few regions? Allow time to relax, to laze on a beach, let loose in a city or take a long lunch in the shade of a vineyard. To plan your next Australia holiday, browse our itineraries and then give our specialists a call.

 

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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 FCDO for visa & travel advice

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Special offers in Australia

Komodo, Indonesia

Islands & Wildlife of Australia & Indonesia on Seven Seas Explorer

18-day luxury ocean cruise from £7,850 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Save up to 45% & free 3-night land programme
Book by: 31 May 2024

Sail in style from Bali, via the cultural and natural wonders of Lombok and Komodo, to Australia, where you'll contrast its unique wildlife and Outback wonders with the icons of its east coast.

Top itineraries in Australia

Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island

The Ghan & Kangaroo Island

13-day tailor-made rail holiday from £6,315 pp incl. flights

Travelling from south to north, this tailor-made trip marries one of the world’s greatest rail journeys with tropical Darwin, Adelaide’s heritage and the wildlife of Kangaroo Island.

Uluru / Ayers Rock, Northern Territory, Australia

Sydney, Uluru & the Great Barrier Reef

15-day tailor-made holiday from £3,805 pp incl. flights

Discover the sophistication of Sydney, the monolithic beauty and Aboriginal culture of Uluru and the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. This is Australia at its iconic best.

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Melbourne, the Grampians & Great Ocean Road

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,695 pp incl. flights

Swap Melbourne’s city sights for golden sands, world-class vineyards and the magnificent Twelve Apostles as you drive one of the world’s greatest coastal roads.

Kangaroo in the vines of South Australia

Australia’s Wine, Outback & Wildlife Wonders

17-day tailor-made journey from £3,920 pp incl. flights

With stays on historic cattle stations and in cutting-edge urban hotels, all paired with a range of included excursions, this is the ideal introduction to the myriad delights of two contrasting Australian states.

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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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Top places to stay in Australia

Shangri-La

Shangri-La, Sydney

Contemporary hotel

Shangri-La, Sydney offers fine facilities and finer dining set back from Sydney harbour. Its location gives it superb access to both the waterfront and the city centre.

Longitude 131º

Longitude 131º, Uluru

Contemporary lodge

Perfectly positioned for sunrise and sunset views over Uluru, Longitude 131º offers exclusivity and luxury in this uniquely Australian destination.

The Pavilion Living Area, Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef

Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef

Contemporary lodge

Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 resorts in the world, Lizard Island is a spectacular and secluded island escape that is the ultimate in understated luxury.

Hamo Day Room

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.

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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.

The Blue Mountains

New South Wales: Sydney, the Hunter Valley & the Blue Mountains

New South Wales is home to Australia's global city, Sydney, and attracts most first-time visitors to the country. But, it's out of the city limits that the state really shines, with world-class vineyards, dramatic mountains and idyllic beaches vying for your attention.

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

Queensland: Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

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.

Arboriginal Rock Art, Kakadu National Park, Australia

Northern Territory: The Red Centre & Top End

Australia's Northern Territory is a land rich in Aboriginal heritage and rugged beauty. Step back in time among the rock art of Kakadu and Arnhem Land, take in the sacred solitude of Uluru and King's Canyon, then experience a wilderness adventure in Katherine.

Great Ocean Road

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. It's no surprise that Melbourne is Australia's most liveable city.

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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.

Vineyards, Margaret River Region

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.

Aboriginal Art

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 .

The Ghan

Rail Journeys

Sink back into the luxurious surrounds of Australia's legendary rail journeys. You'll enjoy attentive service and world-class meals as you are whisked through the Outback, Blue Mountains and beyond, stopping off at country highlights and off-the-beaten-track gems.

Heart Shaped Reef, Great Barrier Reef

Luxury Honeymoons

Journey to some of the country’s most remote and romantic areas while staying in luxury lodges, enjoying romantic dinners under starlit skies or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Australia has no shortage of honeymoon ideas.

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When to go to Australia

New South Wales: Sydney, the Hunter Valley & the Blue Mountains
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    Forget shrimps on the barbie and bushtucker trials, when it comes to cuisine Australia is a country transformed.

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    If you've holidayed in Australia before you'll probably have ticked off a few highlights from the standard Australia bucket list. However, look beyond the icons and you'll find there's much more to Australia than the famous reef and that rock.

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    Welcome to our 2024 hot list. This is where we look ahead to a new year in travel, and the destinations we expect to help shape your many adventures over the coming months.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0634 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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