Australia is a country of contrasts and the world's largest island... Relaxing under a palm tree on a tropical island resort, discovering the heart of the Australian outback on a camel trek or an indulgent shopping trip to Melbourne - this is just a taste of what Australia has on offer. Which is why Australia is consistently listed in the top five most desired destinations worldwide.
Due to its size, the Australian climate varies greatly. The northern regions experience summer-like temperatures all year-round, while the southern states experience four seasons. Such variation in climate makes Australia an ideal holiday destination.
There are five-star experiences catering to every taste, from cosmopolitan settings to natural wonders. Take full advantage of Australia's soothing forests and beaches, with spas and specialist health resorts amongst the world's best.
Some highlights we can include in your Australian itinerary are:
- Enjoy the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on the world's largest coral reef in the lap of luxury in a beachfront resort - sailing, diving & snorkelling
- Everyday life will soon be a distant memory as you arrive at a relaxing forest retreat you can unwind in a private outdoor spa set amid a backdrop of native birds and lush greenery, and marvel at the brilliant star-lit sky above.
- Wake up in your own private luxury tent & watch the sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock)
- Australia's wine regions are also justifiably world famous. Foremost amongst them is South Australia, the largest wine-growing territory in the country. Major national companies, as well as charming family-run boutique wineries, are found amongst the state's wine-producing areas - the Barossa, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills - all filled with mouth-watering bottles of the vintner's special reserve demanding to be sampled.
- Superb golf courses designed to challenge even the best of golfers
- Enjoy fine wine & cuisine - Australia is also a haven for seafood lovers!
- Shop to you drop in Australia's cosmopolitan & exciting cities
So, if you're looking for a holiday full of elegance and style, look no further than fresh and modern Australia. With luxury getaways that are truly world-class, this place is, quite simply, as good as it gets!
We offer a range of luxury vacations within Australia and can also combine New Zealand, Tahiti and Fiji. You can select from our range of ready made packages or have us create a tailored Australia vacation especially for you. Please go to our Australia luxury vacations / holidays section to view our range of luxury vacation packages. Or simply contact us to start planning your tailored Australia vacation now!
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Australia has 11 international gateways served by major international airlines. All International Airports have shopping, dining, banking, currency exchange, disabled access, hotel reservation facilities, tourist information desks, and showers. Major car rental companies are represented at all of these. Transfers between the airport and city centre are available by taxi, shuttle bus and by rail in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. Regional areas are served by domestic and regional airlines. Domestic Airports are also of a high standard.
Sydney International Airport is located in the Sydney suburb of Mascot. It is the major airport serving Sydney, and is a major hub for Qantas. It is the world's oldest continually operated commercial airport, and the busiest commercial airport in Australia, handling in excess of 26 million passengers per year, which is expected to rise to over 68 million by 2020. The airport is located 9km (6 miles) south of Sydney.
Flight Times to Sydney
Auckland, New Zealand: 2 hr 55 min
Melbourne, Australia: 1 hr 35 mins
Brisbane, Australia: 1 hrs 30 mins
Perth, Australia: 5 hrs
Los Angeles, USA: 14 hr 40 min
New York City, USA: 21 hrs
London, England: 14 hr 40 min
Hong Kong: 8 hr 50 min
Singapore: 12 hrs 20 mins
Nadi, Fiji: 3 hrs 55 mins
Papeete, Tahiti: 9 hrs 20 mins
Dubai, UAE: 14 hrs 35 mins
Melbourne International Airport Melbourne is the gateway for air travel in Victoria, the airport is located 25km (15 miles) northwest of Melbourne.
Flying Times to Melbourne
Auckland, New Zealand: 3 hr 40 min
Los Angeles, USA: 15 hr 20 min
London, England: 16 hr 15 min
Hong Kong: 9 hr 10 min
Sydney, Australia: 1 hr 35 min
Brisbane, Australia: 2 hrs 10 mins
Perth, Australia: 4 hrs 15 mins
Brisbane International Airport Brisbane Airport is conveniently located approximately 15-20 minutes drive (13 km) from Brisbane CBD, 75 minutes drive from the Gold Coast and 105 minutes drive from the Sunshine Coast.
Flying Times to Brisbane
Auckland, New Zealand: 3 hr 00 min
Los Angeles, USA: 16 hr 15 min
London, England: 22 hr 30 min
Hong Kong: 8 hr 35 min
Cairns, Australia: 2 hr 05 min
Perth, Australia: 5 hrs 45 mins
Sydney, Australia: 1 hr 30 min
Melbourne, Australia: 2 hours 10 mins
How long are the domestic flights in Australia?
The longest direct flight in Australia is Perth to Cairns which is 5 hours. Other flights such as Brisbane to Sydney or Sydney to Melbourne are only 1hr 30mins. So it is very easy to fly around the country visiting lots of destinations during your vacation.
When is the best time to visit Australia?
Spending Christmas at the beach or skiing in August may seem strange but Australia's seasons are the opposite of the northern hemisphere - summer officially starts in December and winter in June. But even in winter you'll enjoy blue skies and warm, bright days. Australia's climate and the fact that it is the driest continent on earth makes it a fabulous holiday destination all year round, whatever you're planning to do. In the Australian winter you can ski in the southern states one day and be diving in the balmy waters of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland the next. Such temperate conditions make al fresco dining, sublime days on the beach or the water, outdoor barbeques, and a huge variety of sports a way of life here. No wonder Aussies believe life is for living!
Do I need a passport or visa to enter Australia?
A valid passport is required for all people wishing to travel to and enter Australia. Everyone, except holders of Australian and New Zealand passports, require a visa to enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders apply for a visa upon arrival in Australia. All other passport holders must hold a visa before travelling to Australia.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility. All travelers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine-readable passport. If you need information regarding visa and other travel document requirements for your trip please let us know. You can find more information about entering Australia here.
Do I need vaccinations to enter Australia?
Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from, or visited a yellow fever infected country or zone within six days before arrival. No other health certificate is required to enter Australia.
Do I need an international licence to drive in Australia?
In Australia all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their licence or permit at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country.
Make sure your driver's licence is current. If your licence is not in English, you must bring an English translation with you or obtain an International Drivers Permit.
Do I need to tip in Australia?
Tipping in Australia is not expected. However, tipping for great service is at your discretion.
What are the taxes in Australia?
All goods and services are subject to a 10 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST). This is included in the displayed price of most items.
Are there any poisonous animals in Australia?
There are many animals in Australia who can be harmful. To name a few, sea animals such as jelly fish, sharks, stone fish or crocodiles, snakes and spiders. Venomous snakes, including the tiger snake, copperhead snake and red-bellied black snake are mostly found in bushland but they can also live in built-up areas. Poisonous spiders, such as the redback spider and the white-tailed spider, are commonly found in houses, sheds and garages. The danger posed by snakes or spiders is, however, extremely low. There are no lions, tigers, or bears in Australia.
Where are the International Airports located in Australia?
Australia has 11 international gateways served by major international airlines. Major international airports are Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, followed by Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin and Cairns.
What clothes should I take?
Australia is a vast country that has a range of temperate climates. In the Australian winter you can ski in the southern states one day and be diving in the balmy waters of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland the next. Such temperate conditions make al fresco dining, days on the beach or the water, and a huge variety of sports a way of life here. Keep clothing light, layered and comfortable to cater for whatever you want to do. Protect yourself against the sun - don't forget to pack sunhat, sunglasses and suntan lotion. For special occasions like business meetings, theatres and formal dining, men may need a jacket and tie or suit and women a more formal dress.