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Australia

Sun. Sand. Surf. Penguins.Koalas.

This is a country of sunshine and barbeques on the beach. It is also a land rugged and wild; in its vast red deserts of the Outback, dingoes and roos roam. In its cities, a montage of sensations await: Masterchef-level food, carnivals aplenty, summer parties, and impressive street art. And in its sacred sites, the rich heritage and deep spiritual of Aboriginal Australians, the world's oldest civilisation,  come alive. 

An Aussie adventure makes you want to be a different sort of person. More adventurous. Inquisitive. Braver. You can try a bite of kangaroo steak, go swimming with dolphins in Rockingham bay, or even scale the iconic Sydney Harbour (yes, you can actually do this). Regardless of season, itinerary or travel package, you’re in for a holiday unlike any other.
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This is a country of sunshine and barbeques on the beach. It is also a land rugged and wild; in its vast red deserts of the Outback, dingoes and roos roam. In its cities, a montage of sensations await: Masterchef-level food, carnivals aplenty, summer parties, and impressive street art. And in its sacred sites, the rich heritage and deep spiritual of Aboriginal Australians, the world's oldest civilisation,  come alive. 

An Aussie adventure makes you want to be a different sort of person. More adventurous. Inquisitive. Braver. You can try a bite of kangaroo steak, go swimming with dolphins in Rockingham bay, or even scale the iconic Sydney Harbour (yes, you can actually do this). Regardless of season, itinerary or travel package, you’re in for a holiday unlike any other.

Location

Australia is a continent, country and an island all at once. Positioned  between the South Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, and bordered by 58,920 sq.km of water, it is the smallest continent yet the sixth-largest country in the world.  Flights from India to Australia take about 12 hours on average.

When to go

Seasons in Australia run in opposite times to those in the northern hemisphere. For instance, spring is from September to November, summer runs from December to February, and winter from June to August. Different times of year showcase different regions in different ways, but in general, the weather is usually warm, so any time is a good time to go.

Where to go

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to picking cities or regions to visit in Australia, as each has an individual character and offers local experiences that can’t be found elsewhere. However, it’s a must to visit Sydney during your trip; the capital is a great introduction to the rest of the country and offers access to other regions in the country. Based on the type of trip you’re looking for, you could find yourself drinking lots of wine in Victoria’s vineyards, or scuba diving in the world’s largest coral reefs. There’s something for everybody in Australia.
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At a glance

Language

English
While Australia has no official language, English is most commonly spoken in Australia.

Weather

Due to its vast geographical area, Australia’s climate varies based on the part of the continent you are in. For instance, the North experiences a temperate to tropical monsoon climate, while the South enjoys four distinct seasons.

Currency

Australian Dollar
The Australian Dollar is used in the country.  At the time of posting, the conversion from 1 Australian Dollar to INR is 48.43.

Expert travel advice

Travel tips and insider advice that have made the most difference to us, sourced from our
community of like-minded travellers and global experts.

Go for a dive in the Great Barrier Reef   

Recommended by Nomadic Matt

“One of the most famous reef systems in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is world renowned for its abundance of marine life and world-class diving opportunities. When I was there, I saw turtles, sharks, vibrant coral, and beautiful fish (even a fish pooping, which was as weird as it sounds).”

Matt Kepnes, aka Nomadic Matt, has travelled to nearly 100 countries. He shares proven tips and advice on his website which has been featured on major media sites including the New York Times, the BBC, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, The Independent, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and TIME magazine.

Explore Kakadu National Park   

Recommended by Amateur Traveler

“Kakadu National Park is one of the most wild and beautiful areas of the Australian tropical north. Explore the landscape as it changes from alien rock formations to lush flood lands.”

Chris Christensen’s award-winning blog helps travellers figure out where to go, how to travel, how to save money and more.

Get up close to Australia’s iconic wildlife   

Recommended by My Adventure Across The World


Claudia aims to show travellers that no matter what your age, budget and status, you can travel the world and live the life you hope for.

See the inspiring Uluru Rock   

Recommended by Amateur Traveler

“The trip out to the Northern Territory is an adventure in itself, and you simply can’t miss the single largest natural monolith in the world.”

Chris Christensen’s award-winning blog helps travellers figure out where to go, how to travel, how to save money and more.

Go on a road trip around The Great Ocean Road   

Recommended by Y Travel

“You’ve probably heard of the Great Ocean Road, it’s kinda famous around the world as one of the best road trips. We spent 2 weeks driving the GOR and it lived up to expectations. If I have one tip, don’t rush it, don’t drive it in one day like the tour buses, slow down and give it the time it deserves.”

Caroline and Craig Makepeace, a married couple from the Central Coast of Australia, share their adventures around the world with their family.

Incredible places to visit in Australia

Melbourne

The most European of all cities in Australia, Melbourne is hip, free-spirited and liberal. Art installations mark the streets of Australia’s cultural capital, which is also home to the best bars and cafes in the country.  It’s a great city to explore, and there are many charming places to visit near Melbourne that are only a few hours drive away.

St Kilda and Brighton

St Kilda and Brighton are beaches close to the city centre. Brighton Beach is especially famous for its colourful bathing boxes in hues of bright yellow, teal green, pink and orange, painted with weird and quirky art, from boxing kangaroos to space invaders. St Kilda is renowned for its very pretty beach and also for its many, many eateries and wine bars.

The Nobbies

On the south-western tip of Phillip Island, you’ll find the rock formations of the Nobbies. Here, stroll along the boardwalk for an incredible view of the coast and watch soft fur seals soaking up the sun and splashing in the water as their little ones wrestling and playing with each other upon the rocks.

Drink the world’s best coffee

Australia’s love for coffee is well-known. And upon touching down in the country, you’ll be immediately converted. Melbourne will take your newfound or renewed appreciation for coffee to the next level thanks to their freshly brewed, locally-acclaimed Piccolo Latte.  Bonus points if you can time your travel according to the yearly Melbourne International Coffee Expo!

Phillip Island Penguin Parade

It’s strange to think of penguins in a country renowned for its sunshine, but Phillip Island is home to one of the world’s largest colonies of the world’s smallest penguins. As the sun dips over the horizon, watch thousands of furry little penguins suddenly appear at the shoreline, wobbling and waddling up the beach towards you as fast as their little legs can take them, to reach the safety of their burrows. It’s absolutely magical. This is a totally unique experience that – trust us - you’re going to remember with a smile on your face decades later.

Royal Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens is an immense and incredibly diverse botanical landscape featuring a lake, two restaurants and 31 collections of plants. It houses the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden which is an interactive and educational place where children learn about the importance of taking care of the environment. There’s also an Aboriginal Heritage Walk that is led by an Indigenous guide. There’s a traditional smoking ceremony and then you’ll be early to learn more about the indigenous uses of plants for medicine, food, and tools. And you can enjoy High Tea at the Gardens to top of your visit. Wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and scones will be the perfect way to end on a sweet note.

The Blue Mountains

This World Heritage-listed region in New South Wales is known for its dramatic and enchanting scenery - dramatic waterfalls, giant gorges that bloom with rhododendrons in the spring, eucalyptus forests and tall gum trees, great yellow butterflies, and villages dotted with charming guesthouses, galleries and gardens.

Crisp mountain air coupled with dose of modernity that includes golf courses, spas, and shopping centres, make the Blue Mountains a respite for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re on a solo holiday or travelling via a group travel package, The Blue Mountains is an essential destination in Australia.

Wollemi National Park

Drama is Wollemi National Park’s middle name. Thick forests of eucalyptus, green valleys filled with leafy fern, rocky pagodas and even a glow worm tunnel in the neighbouring town of Newnes ensure that there are one-of-a-kind adventures everywhere. Bring along your binoculars; you’re likely to see  grey kangaroos, wombats and koalas, plus there are more than 100 species of bird and 55 species of butterfly here.

Three Sisters

The rock formation of ‘The Three Sisters’ according to legend was a trio of Aborigine maidens turned to stone by a sorcerer. From this lookout point overlooking Jamison Valley, there’s an endless stretch of thick forests of gum trees, rugged and beautiful. From here, you can follow trails leading deeper into the wilderness; it may put you through your paces, but as you lose count of how many waterfalls you see or the million shades of green in the trees, you’ll realize it’s worth it.

Jenolan Caves

The award-winning limestone Jenolan Caves are the world’s oldest caves, and are considered Australia’s most spectacular, thanks to the sheer size and formation of the stalactites insides. Each cave is different. In the Lucas cave, you can see the Cathedral Chamber which is one of the widest and highest in Jenolan (so much so that weddings are hosted here), while The Orient’s colourful formations makes it one of the most beautiful caves.  Although the Jenolan Caves are usually a part of most Australia packages, make sure that you also sign up for a guided tour for more insight during your visit.

Katoomba

Katoomba is the main town in the Blue Mountains region and is an electric mix of boho and rustic. With sweeping views of the valley, artsy buildings lining the town’s streets and a variety of accommodation on offer,  Katoomba offers travellers both respite and convenience during their visit to the region.

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is all about glitz, drama, sophistication and adrenaline. It is home to some of the best theme parks in Australia, pairing high rises against vivid sunsets. It’s also one of the best places to surf in Australia; it’s powerful swells attract athletes from all over the world. And it also offers a perfect patch of sand for anyone who wants to lay back with a drink in their hand and warm themselves in the sun, making it an essential stop in any Australia group travel package.

Burleigh Heads Beach

Foodies will love Burleigh Heads Beach. From steak bistros to Yakitori bars, Lebanese bistros to Vietnamese restaurants, there are so many things for you to eat here! Protip: Do not miss out on the Moreton Bay Bug Roll while you’re here.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary shows off all the wildlife you can find in the Gold Coast. Set a day aside because there’s so many animals and birds to meet! Cuddly cute koalas! Feed kangaroos! Hang out near crocodiles and snakes! And watch daily shows including the Wild Skies Free Flight Bird show. Families with kids will love this experience, but honestly, we doubt anyone can resist the charm of Australia’s adorable animals.

Go camping with wallabies

Switch beach for bush and go camping or glamping in the Gold Coast. This is your opportunity to experience the essence of Australia’s wilderness. Think sleeping under the stars, hearing the call of wallabies in the early morning, and encountering exotic birds, possums, bandicoots. Glamping will take your camping experience to the next level. You’ll still be able to experience the raw beauty of the wilderness, only with modern comforts such as wine and gourmet food left in your fridge, a bathtub and a comfortable safari tent.

Surfers Paradise

Energy, sunlight, and eclectic nightlife awaits you in Surfers Paradise, one of the most attractive destinations for travellers in Australia. The suburb has more than its fair share of pretty beaches, and a glitter strip of markets and bars, all bordered by Burleigh Heads National Park. What’s not to love?

Climb to the top of Q1

Q1 is Australia’s tallest residential building. It stretches skywards, towering over all the other tall buildings in Surfers Paradise. To reach the top, you can either take a lift or, if you’re up for the challenge, climb the 298 stairs to the summit - no mean achievement. Daytime offers clear views of the city and blue seas, while a visit during the evening gives you the changes to the see the city lights shimmering into life.

Cairns

More commonly known as the ‘Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef’, Cairns is an out-and-out traveller town. With colourful local marketplaces to spend most of your money in, and quiet beaches to relax on, it’s no surprise that this is one of the most visited cities in the country. If it isn’t a part of your Australia tour package from India, you’re missing out!

Helicopter rider over the Great Barrier Reef

Yes, definitely do go swimming in the Great Barrier Reef, but also go flying over it. The sheer magnitude of the largest coral reef in the planet can best be appreciated from the air. As you fly over the blue waters, you’ll see the bright coral gardens and its even more colourful marine leaf such as sea turtles, dugongs and manta rays.

Mossman Gorge Indigenous Dreamtime Walk

The guided Dreamtime Walk takes you through the Mossman Gorge area of the Daintree Rainforest which is the oldest tropical rainforest in the world. Led by a member of the Kuku Yalanji people,  the Indigenous inhabitants of the region, you’ll be able to learn about the rainforest in a way you wouldn’t otherwise. Listen as you learn stories about the creation of the rainforest, and see how the Kuku Yalanji  used the rainforest’s plants to make food, soap, and even insect repellent. It is a personal, authentic experience that will be one of the highlights of your trip to Australia, trust us.

Babinda Boulders

Babinda Boulders is a popular swimming and picnicking spot in the midst of tropical rainforest. The boulders form a cool pool where travellers can kick back and cool off from the sun. The creek that feeds the pool is perfectly clear, letting you see fish swim by you in the water.  Behind the boulders, Mt Bartle Frere rises in the distance. Protip: Exercise safety. There are no lifeguards here, and there can be strong undercurrents in the water.

Palm Cove

Palm Cove is easily Cairn’s most stylish and sophisticated beach village. It has stretches of white sand and a coastline fringed by palm trees. It has trendy eateries and a gorgeous promenade lined with independent boutiques. Travellers looking to unwind in luxury will make to make a pitstop here as should couples as it makes for a great place for a honeymoon.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

A ride on this cableway is one of the best things to do in Australia. It takes you on a 1.5 hour ride over miles of Kuranda’s Rainforest. Just metres away from the canopy, you’ll be able to see a variety of wildlife and plants, including the towering 400 year-old Kauri Pine. The Rainforest houses 65% of Australia’s fern species, 60% of its butterfly species and 40% of its bird species, including the tall, flightless Southern Cassowary which is not found anywhere else in the word.

Sydney

Sydney is bold, vibrant, and welcoming. Yes, it is famous for its iconic Opera House, its Harbour Bridge, and Hugh Jackman. But the city also boasts a blend of laidback beach vibe and city glam. You can easily stretch out on the shore during the day (there are around 100 beaches in all), and by night, see the city come alive with street music, dance bars, festivals and good cheer.

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is a large recreational hub near the city centre, frequented by travellers and locals alike. There are many, many bars and restaurants to choose from, as well as shops. And attractions like the Sea Life Sydney aquarium, National Maritime Museum and Madame Tussauds make it perfect for families too. You can also book a quick cruise on one of the many ships in the harbour - if you choose to go in the evening, you’ll be able to take in the view of the Opera House glittering in lights.

See the 'Forgotten Songs' installation

Of all the hidden delights you’ll find in Sydney, this strange but striking installation is one of the best. If you walk down Angel Lane and look up, you’ll see dozens of birdcages suspended above your head. They were originally installed in 2009 to highlight the many bird species that are no longer in Sydney. As you walk down, you’ll also hear the sounds of bird calls - a collection of recordings from the different species. During the day you can hear the sounds of daytime birds such as the Scarlet Robin while at night you might hear Australian Owlet-nightjar. You won’t find the installation on many Australia group packages, so make sure you pencil in the time to venture into the city and find it on your own. It’s worth the effort.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The  Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. You can take a selfie beside it as well as *on* it.  That’s right. You can actually scale the bridge - it only takes 3 and half hours to reach the top - and don’t worry, no special climbing skills are required. Stairs and lifts are available from both shores. Do make the additional 200-step ascent to the bridge’s southeast pylon for some Instagram-worthy shots from the top. And after you’ve put your phone down, take a breath and take in the view over the harbor below, the skyscrapers of the city on your sides and - on a clear day - the Blue Mountains in the distance.

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House, perhaps the most  renowned jewel in Australia’s crown, attracts more than 8 million travellers yearly.  It is a testament to the country’s cultural riches, hosting around 1500 shows and experiences throughout the year. From Titus Andronicus to West Side Story, Twilight in Concert, to Freedman Jazz, you’re in for an entertaining evening. If you’ve a packed schedule, don’t worry, you can also take a short guided tour.

Bondi beach

The Pacific Ocean meets golden shoreline at Australia’s most famous waterfront, Bondi beach. Having gained international attention thanks to shows like Bondi Beach Rescue, it is one of the most visited beaches in the country.  If you head down early (it is only 8km from the city centre), you can enjoy a quiet swim without the crowds. Later on, the shores will fill up with travellers in colourful suits, and surfers in the water. Protip: you can sign up for surfing classes at one of the accredited surf schools by the beach.

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