Self Drive Experience
Australia has a vast network of well-maintained roads and highways with some of the most beautiful road touring in the world such as along Great Ocean Road, the Grand Pacific Drive from Sydney to Wollongong etc. An Indian driving license in English is valid and driving is on left side of the road like in India. There are plenty of opportunities to leave the main road and discover Australia’s natural wonders. The picturesque coastal roads lead past spectacular beaches and coastal scenery and through sleepy towns. You’ll discover a variety of landscapes as you drive South through wineries and tall forests, head North to coral reefs and canyons, or journey inland on an Outback odyssey.
Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands, Queensland
Great Barrier Reef is internationally recognised as the world’s largest and healthiest coral reef. Scuba-diving, snorkelling, sailing, and cruise shipping, are some of the water-based activities on offer. On the Whitsunday Islands, comprising a reef system naturally formed into the shape of a heart, Heart Reef can be best appreciated from the air. During the stay at the Whitsunday islands, you can take private helicopter/seaplane rides to the uninhabited Whitehaven Beach and experience breathtaking views.
Sydney, New South Wales
Sydney offers action-packed harbour experiences, sparkling beaches, pulsing nightlife and abundance of art and culture. The Sydney Harbour Bridget offers exhilarating tours with Bridge Climb that take you along catwalks, up ladders, and up to the bridge’s summit. For a bird’s eye view of Sydney, you can take a flight in a classic Beaver or Cessna Caravan aircraft. Taking a seaplane flight to one of the beautiful restaurants in Sydney’s Northern waterways is a must-do. Ads – Sydney – Melbourne Holiday Tour Package
Food and Wine
Food, wine and lifestyle are the articulation of Australian culture. From the most up-market restaurants offering dishes influenced by Indigenous, Japanese, Thai, Greek, Lebanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese or French cuisine, to pub balconies with fresh fish and chips, a locally-brewed beer and some of the best views in the world, Australia has it all. There are endless perfect settings for outside dining. You can order dinner in the desert under the big, starry sky of Uluru; eat a feast under the ancient canopy of a World Heritage rainforest; catch and barbecue your own barramundi etc. Australia’s wine regions like Margaret River in W. Australia, Barossa Valley in S. Australia, Hunter Valley in New South Wales and Yarra Valley in Victoria have a laidback atmosphere with fresh produce and fine food.
Australia is the perfect place for romance and one is spoilt for options. Lose yourself on a secluded island retreat in the Great Barrier Reef/Whitsundays, be pampered and preened at a glorious day spa in Daylesford or explore the peace and tranquility of nature’s most spectacular landscapes on the Kangaroo Island. Australia has plenty of romantic havens and one can find the perfect beach house, resort or private villa or a luxury pavilion.
Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Close to Melbourne, the power of nature ensures a dramatic ride on Great Ocean Road National Landscape. Stretching from Geelong to Portland in South Western Victoria, it enjoys exquisite coastal scenery, mountains, rainforests and historic relics. Lighthouses are dotted along the route, a reminder that this wild coastline is known as Australia’s Shipwreck Coast. One of its star attractions is the 20-mn-year-old Twelve Apostles. One of the must-dos here is to take a helicopter flight over these giant Twelve Apostles.
Gold Coast, Queensland
Gold Coast is a modern city of glittering high-rises, built around white sandy beaches, including the world renowned ‘Surfers Paradise’, which has an array of nightclubs, pubs, bars and restaurants. Along the beaches are international theme parks, designer boutiques, luxurious spas, world-class golf courses, award-winning restaurants, etc. The Gold Coast is also the gateway to some of Queensland’s best natural attractions. Just half an hour from the beaches is the Gold Coast hinterland, comprising more than 100,000 hectares of national parks, including the famous Lamington National Park.
Waiting to be discovered in all corners of the Australian continent are exclusive island resorts, fabulous wilderness lodges, decadent tented camps in the desert or in coastal sand dunes, private spa and vineyard retreats, and remote country lodges. Luxury Lodges of Australia offer experiences that are amongst the world’s finest. From the Qualia at the Great Barrier Reef to Southern Ocean Lodge at Kangaroo Island, Wolgan Valley at the Blue Mountain, Longitude 101° in Kakadu/Top End in the north and Saffire at Freycinet, Tasmania are numerous options.
Uluru, Northern Territory
Uluru, known as Ayers Rock, is the world’s largest monolith. Uluru-Katy Tjuta National Park, where Uluru is located, is well known for its natural and cultural values, spectacular geological formations, rare plants and animals, exceptional natural beauty, and in particular for its continuing Aboriginal traditions and beliefs. Under the canopy of stars is the Sounds of Silence, offering the world’s most spectacular alfresco dining experience.
Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania
The Freycinet Peninsula is a breathtaking combination of pink granite mountains, white sandy beaches and eucalypt forests. Famous for Wineglass Bay, a perfect arc of pale sand and turquoise water, at Freycinet, it is recommended to stay at Saffire Freycinet. Overlooking the wide expanses of Great Oyster Bay, the Hazards Mountains and Freycinet Peninsula, Saffire Freycinet features an exclusive spa and an innovative Palate restaurant.
Bungle Bungle Range, Western Australia
The Bungle Bungle Range is the ultimate destination for an adventure seeker or those interested in ancient cultures. Rising up to 578 mts above sea level, for more than 350 MN years, nature’s forces have created this outstanding geological phenomenon in Australia. In this remote wilderness, you can camp under the stars, go driving across rugged terrain, and hike through gorges.
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Kangaroo Island, one of the world’s most pristine wilderness destinations, is often referred to as ‘a zoo without fences’, allowing visitors to see animals in their natural environment, including echidnas, wallabies, goannas, and kangaroos. Australia’s Southern Ocean, the island’s rugged coastline is teeming with marine life. Between May and August, visitors can watch migrating southern right whales and their calves.