Destination: Australia

australia_bannerAustralia is rich in culture, nature, adventure, food and wine, from its cosmopolitan cities to its rugged core.

Victoria
Whether you adore the arts or love the great outdoors, Victoria has something for you. The state is packed with both scenic and cultural attractions, from striking public spaces and state-of-the-art museums to numerous National and World heritage sites and rare wildlife. Discover the cafes and bars of Melbourne’s laneways and drive the Great Ocean Road. Wind your way through 21 distinct wine regions packed with 850 individual wineries and chug down the Murray in a paddle-steamer. Swim with dolphins around Mornington Peninsula and see fairy penguins on Phillip Island. Trek the rugged Grampians then relax in a luxurious Daylesford spa. Bushwalk Gippsland’s coastal wilderness, hit the High Country slopes or explore the grand architecture of a Goldfields town.

Northern Territory
You can rediscover yourself in the Northern Territory, a place rich in Aboriginal history and rugged, natural beauty. Immerse yourself in Darwin’s fusion of cuisines and cultures and explore the rainforest and Aboriginal rock art of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Stay in the Red Centre town of Alice Springs, then visit the iconic wonders of Uluru, Kata-Tjuta and Kings Canyon. Cruise down the vast Katherine Gorge and pan for gold at Tennant Creek. The Northern Territory also offers a huge array of wildlife, colorful outback characters and landscapes for outdoor adventure.

South Australia
Cellar hop in the Barossa Valley and cycle between vineyards and churches in the Clare Valley. Lose yourself in Adelaide’s sprawling green parklands and visit the picturesque German village of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Meet native wildlife on Kangaroo Island and swim with sea lions on the Eyre Peninsula. Four wheel drive past the deep red gorges of the Flinders Ranges and soar over majestic Wilpena Pound. Swim, surf and fish on the pristine beaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula and glide past the willow-fringed banks of the Murray River on a houseboat. Dive into shipwrecks and Aboriginal history on the Yorke Peninsula. Explore the fossil-rich Naracoorte Caves on the Limestone Coast. From historic buildings to pristine islands, you’ll love South Australia’s rich heritage and spectacular natural attractions.

Tasmania
Experience a getaway of luxury, adventure, World Heritage wilderness, fine food and wine and boutique accommodation in Australia’s southernmost state. Home to the cleanest air in the world, Tasmania is just an hour’s flight from Melbourne and two hours from Sydney. The essence of the heart-shaped island, is wholesome and raw with celebrated authentic, unique experiences and a lifestyle that many other places strive to emulate. It's no secret Tasmania has undergone a recent cultural revolution with stunning results: a new level of sophistication based around experiential gastronomy and artistic endeavors, all set amongst breathtaking scenery. Tasmania is capturing imaginations around the world as it continues to enhance its reputation as a must-see destination.

Western Australia
Western Australia, the largest state in Australia located in the western half of the country, is divided into five distinct regions: Australia’s North West, Australia’s Coral Coast, The Golden Outback, Experience Perth, and Australia’s South West. Travelers can truly “Experience Extraordinary” when exploring the State’s many natural wonders, unique to Western Australia. Australia’s North West is home to spectacular natural attractions, including the Bungle Bungle Range in World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park, the world’s only Horizontal Waterfall, the famed white sands and turquoise water at Broome's Cable Beach. Take a camel ride along Cable Beach while taking in an amazing sunset. From Broome, venture into red-earth country and experience an authentic Aussie outback adventure by four wheel drive, take a scenic flight over extraordinary rock formations and magnificent waterfalls, or cruise through the inland waterways that permeate the region. Not forgetting the million acre El Questro Wilderness Park.

New South Wales
New South Wales has endless picturesque beaches, breathtaking natural treasures and one of the world’s most famous and vibrant cities. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge or take the ferry past the Sydney Opera House to Manly. Take a day trip to the Hunter Valley vineyards or the romantic Blue Mountains. Restore your zen on the beach in Byron Bay and see dolphins play in the clear waters of Jervis Bay. Bike ride and dive on Lord Howe Island and visit the world’s oldest ceremonial burial site at Mungo National Park. Head west for Tamworth’s country music and Moree’s natural artesian spas.

Queensland
In Queensland you can discover the colors and wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, the cool blue coast with golden beaches, 300 days of sunshine and a World Heritage listed Rainforest. In the heart of the country you’ll find classic Australian towns founded by gold miners, grazers and farmers as well as varying art, culture, and innovative dining and nightlife experiences.

Australia is recognized for its natural beauty, great beaches, friendly people and unique wildlife. Its residents share a love of fine dining, the arts and music, they are parochial sporting fanatics, and they relish life on the coast. Wherever you go in Australia, you'll find a passion for getting the most out of life.

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