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Introducing Australia

When is the best time to visit?
There's no bad time to visit Australia, though there are a few tips to keep in mind. Much of Australia runs hot, especially in the north—places like Uluru, Darwin & Cairns are best visited in Southern Hemisphere winter (June, July, August). The opposite applies for southern regions like Tasmania & Victoria that can get particularly cold in winter—January & February are the most pleasant times to visit.

Interested in the Great Barrier Reef? You'll have warm temps all year, though spring and summer bring stifling temps and lots of warm tropical rain. The famous Gold Coast is the country's Goldilocks region, with lovely weather throughout the year it's known for having beautiful weather most of the year. And given Sydney's southern latitude, glittering beaches are best visited in the warm summer months. Learn more

Where should you go?
Ask an Australian, and they'll tell you that picking a favorite place in their vast homeland feels as impossible as choosing a favorite child. That said, travelers can't go wrong with Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock, the stunning sandstone monolith in the Northern Territory), Cairns and the renowned Great Barrier Reef, and the famous sights of metropolitan Sydney. Head to the Gold Coast for beach time, Melbourne for culture, Kangaroo Island for wildlife, and Broome for to visit the fascinating Horizontal Falls, a series of tidal waterfalls in Talbot Bay that's considered to be a natural wonder. 

How many days do I need?
Since reaching this part of the world requires long flights across multiple time zones for most travelers, it's best to make the most of your journey with at least one week in-country. The more time you can give it, the more relaxed and satisfying the trip will be. A great 10-day itinerary might start with 3 days in Sydney, before heading to Uluru, Darwin and Kakadu National Park, and Cairns for a few days each. Learn more

Have two weeks at your disposal? Even better. Consider flying into Melbourne, spending two days on Kangaroo Island, taking the Ghan Train from Adelaide to Alice Springs, and finishing with two nights each in Uluru, Darwin, and Cairns. Learn more about getting around Australia.

If you're combining Australia with another nearby destination like New Zealand or Indonesia, a 5-7 day trip is doable—you'll probably want to stick to exploring one city and taking a couple of day trips from there.

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Australia Tours & Itineraries

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Explore the Gold Coast's extensive coastline
Map of Gold Coast & Byron Bay - 7 Days
Gold Coast & Byron Bay - 7 Days

Enjoy the sun, surf, and sand on this week-long tour of Australia's famous Gold Coast and Byron Bay. Starting in Coolangatta, you'll head up the Gold Coast to Burleigh Heads, Broadbeach, and Surfers Paradise, where you'll enjoy golden beaches, world-class shopping, and a vibrant entertainment scene. End your stay in Byron Bay, taking in stunning sunsets, visiting organic farms, and meeting with friendly local artisans.

Coastal Walk in Australia
Map of Ultimate Australia - 16 Days
Ultimate Australia - 16 Days

This well-rounded 16-day tour of Australia's highlights is sure to delight any first time visitor. You'll explore the hidden laneways of artsy Melbourne and the famous landmarks of Sydney, learn about indigenous culture at Uluru in the country's Red Center, and discover tropical Queensland with an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. Along the way, you'll meet kangaroos at Kangaroo Island, search for crocodiles at Kakadu National Park, and have free time to enjoy a few day trips of your choosing.

Australia's Twelve Apostles
Map of Melbourne to Great Ocean Road: Self Drive Tour - 5 Days
Melbourne to Great Ocean Road: Self Drive Tour - 5 Days

On this five-day self-drive trip, explore the coastal capital city of Melbourne and then hit the open road. One of Victoria's most scenic drives, Great Ocean Road provides plenty of exciting pit stops—explore the surfing town of Bells Beach, discover the waterfalls of Lorne, zipline through the Otway Ranges, and visit The Twelve Apostles rock formations. On the way back to Melbourne, do some sightseeing in Ballarat, known for its Gold Rush heritage and indigenous art.

Uluru at sunset
Map of Outback Adventure: Uluru & Alice Springs - 5 Days
Outback Adventure: Uluru & Alice Springs - 5 Days

Explore the Australian Outback on this eventful five-day journey. Begin in Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, and discover the ancient Red Centre and its surroundings. Then, travel to Alice Springs to tour the art galleries and local sites, including Anza Hill and the Alice Springs Telegraph Station. Next, visit the red-hued West MacDonnell Ranges as a scenic sendoff.

Port Douglas Beach
Map of Tropical North Queensland: Hamilton Island, Port Douglas, Cairns & More - 7 Days
Tropical North Queensland: Hamilton Island, Port Douglas, Cairns & More - 7 Days

Explore North Tropical Queensland on this seven-day tour. Begin in Hamilton Island and snorkel, sea kayak, play a round of golf, or relax. Then, take a cruise to Whitehaven Beach and learn the area's history. Next, journey to Port Douglas to enjoy a leisure day, a Daintree Rainforest tour, and an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. The trip winds down in Cairns, with plenty of native animal exhibits to visit and a scenic ride up the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Noah Beach where the Daintree Rainforest meets the ocean
Map of Highlights of Australia - 12 Days
Highlights of Australia - 12 Days

This 12-day highlights tour combines stunning natural settings and diverse wildlife with heart-stopping activities. You'll begin in Sydney before flying into the outback, ending your stay along the coast where you'll divide your time between rainforest and the Coral Sea. You'll hug koalas in Kuranda, watch whales off the coast of Sydney, snorkel part of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as hike in the Blue Mountains and catch a sunset over Uluru.

Make the Most of Your Time in Australia

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Get yourself to Kangaroo Island for a unique experience with the 'roos
How Many Days to Spend in Australia

When planning a trip to Australia, a 10-day trip is an ideal amount of time to visit four different areas. However, if you are strapped for time, you can explore two regions in...

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Sydney
Map of Highlights of Australia: Sydney, Uluru & the Great Barrier Reef - 12 Days
Highlights of Australia: Sydney, Uluru & the Great Barrier Reef - 12 Days

Experience the world-class cities, awe-inspiring natural wonders, and rich Aboriginal culture of Australia on this 12-day highlights tour. The adventure kicks off in Sydney with visits to iconic locales like the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach. Fly to Uluru for tours of the sacred Red Centre desert landscapes before ending the trip in tropical Cairns, where you'll explore the corals of the Great Barrier Reef and venture deep into the rainforests of Daintree National Park.

Children on beach
Map of Australian Adventure for Families: City, Outback & Reef in 10 Days
Australian Adventure for Families: City, Outback & Reef in 10 Days

This adventure-packed 10-day itinerary features a mix of unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Sights with plenty of family-friendly excursions both inland and on the coast. Soak up the sights of Sydney, spend the day sheep shearing and boomerang throwing with an Aussie cowboy, then venture into the outback to watch the sunrise and sunset over Uluru. Snorkel among the beautiful coral and marine life in the Great Barrier Reef before experiencing the magic of the world's oldest rainforest.

Views across Sydney's Bondi Beach
Map of Highlights of Sydney, Port Douglas, & Brisbane - 13 Days
Highlights of Sydney, Port Douglas, & Brisbane - 13 Days

In just under two weeks, this action-packed itinerary introduces you to the highlights of Australia's spectacular eastern coast. Climb the Harbour Bridge and cycle through the waterfront neighborhoods of Sydney before flying north to Port Douglas, where the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient rainforests of Daintree await. Turn south again to end in the Queensland capital of Brisbane, touring the famous Australia Zoo and adventuring through the waterfalls of Springbrook National Park.

Australia Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Australia map: 14 Days in Australia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
14 Days in Australia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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10 Days in Australia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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7 Days in Australia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Australia
Travel specialist Liz Neal
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Liz Neal

I have been involved in the travel industry since my first job out of college, working for hotels, travel companies and for the last 4 years in Springboard Vacations. I approach my customer's...

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Travel specialist Ruth Grau
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Ruth Grau

I grew up in small outback towns in South Australia before starting in the travel industry in Adelaide. After working many years in Sales & Marketing with tour companies, wholesalers and airlines,...

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Travel specialist Gary Topic
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Gary Topic

I am immensely proud of my beautiful, stunning country and love to show it off to visitors. I get a real buzz when someone from overseas says, "Wow, that was amazing." I am also an explorer by...

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Travel specialist Terry Armenta
active 20 hours ago

Terry Armenta

I have been designing customized dream vacations for 39 years. Most of that time, I was working for a company that exclusively sold Australia and New Zealand, so I have been very fortunate to...

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Trip Reviews for Australia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Great trip to Australia
Australia | Aug 7 - Aug 21, 2022

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Stephen W.
Brighton, MA | Aug 31, 2022

My wife and I had a wonderful trip to Australia for two weeks. We did Sidney --> Palm Cove --> Byron Bay --> Brisbane and had a wonderful time in each place. Liz was instrumental in helping us plan where to go, booking lodging, and arranging for tours/activities in each place. We did a mix of tour activities (Great Barrier Reef, Blue Mountains outside of Sydney, Springbrook National Park outside of Brisbane, among others) and free days. For our free days, Liz had good recommendations for... read more

My wife and I had a wonderful trip to Australia for two weeks. We did Sidney --> Palm Cove --> Byron Bay --> Brisbane and had a wonderful time in each place. Liz was instrumental in helping us plan where to go, booking lodging, and arranging for tours/activities in each place. We did a mix of tour activities (Great Barrier Reef, Blue Mountains outside of Sydney, Springbrook National Park outside of Brisbane, among others) and free days. For our free days, Liz had good recommendations for other sights to see or places to eat. Particular highlights among the many things Liz arranged for us were the Aboriginal Fishing (crab hunting) on the mudflats north of Palm Cove and the Scenic Rim tour outside of Brisbane. Liz suggested and arranged for both of those, neither of which we would have thought of on our own. Working with Liz made everything quite easy on our end - the lodging was excellent, our rides to and from airports or activities were always right on time and very comfortable, and the planned activities themselves were always enjoyable. It was a great mix of big highlights we discussed with Liz with lesser known things that she suggested. She also worked well with us to make a great trip within our budget on relatively short notice (only a couple months) during a busy travel period.

Hotel Reviews
Spicers Balfour Hotel
Brisbane
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Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection
Dawes Point
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The Reef House Palm Cove
Palm Cove

Great adults only hotel in Palm Cove with lovely rooms, lots of pools, fun activities (yoga, cocktail classes, etc.) included.

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Crystalbrook Byron
Suffolk Park

Beautiful hotel a little outside of downtown Byron with kitchenettes and a combo washer dryer. Really great place to relax by the pool, on the covered room patios, or the nearby beach, or in the beautiful forest on the grounds.

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Beautiful hotel with lots of boardwalks through lush trees and plants.
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Blue Mountains Deluxe Day
Sydney
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Full-Day Aussie Outback Private Tour
Brisbane

Eco Tours Queensland was excellent. The scenic rim tour was beautiful with a great mix of sights, hiking opportunities, or beautiful drives. This is the kind of thing that would be very very difficult to do on your own given the back roads required to get to the best spots, but we had a lovely time with everything.

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Local specialist: Liz Neal
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Liz Neal
Local specialist in Lawndale | Aug 31, 2022

Oh my goodness you guys !! thank you so much for your kind words. You were delightful to work with! I am so glad you enjoyed this trip so much !! Hopefully we can work together again in a future trip ! Wishing you lots of happiness !!

Liz

Liz helped us plan an amazing 1 month trip to...
Australia | Jul 7 - Jul 25, 2022

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Mark P.
Hendersonville, NC | Jul 27, 2022

Liz helped us plan an amazing 1 month trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Liz and her team were always there to help and support while abroad and couldn't have been accommodating. They have personally tested all recommended guided trips and hotels as was apparent because all were first rate, including the drivers that transported us to and from the airports. I highly recommend Liz and her team to help you plan and execute your dream vacation, too! read more

Liz helped us plan an amazing 1 month trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Liz and her team were always there to help and support while abroad and couldn't have been accommodating. They have personally tested all recommended guided trips and hotels as was apparent because all were first rate, including the drivers that transported us to and from the airports. I highly recommend Liz and her team to help you plan and execute your dream vacation, too!

Hotel Reviews
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
Sydney

Excellent property and perfect location for seeing all of Sydney’s wonders. Great breakfast and coffee each morning with very attentive service staff both in the restaurant and the front desk. Highly recommended.

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Pacific Hotel Cairns
Cairns

Good property in an excellent location.

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Garden Court Suites & Apartments
Queenstown

Modest apartment style accommodation that was very clean and in an excellent location with views of the “Remarkables” from the property. Front office was most kind and managed by a dear woman from Ireland.

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InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, an IHG Hotel
Natadola, Fiji

A true 5 star property with staff, views and food to match. All needs are immediately attended to with your happiness and comfort always in mind when dealing with the property staff. The food and beverage manager, Freddie, was everywhere and was always making sure that every meal and drink was served to perfection. Highly recommended!

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Morning Panoramic Sydney Sights
Sydney

Nice overview of the city ti get an overall feel of the city.

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Sydney Opera House Tour
Sydney

Great, insider primer on the Opera House that really helps to understand the significance of the building. Highly recommend instead of just relying on a tour book.

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Day Trip to the Blue Mountains
Sydney

Excellent day trip with incredible scenery. Visited the “3 Sisters”, the Australian “Grand Canyon, Bridal Falls (for a hike.) Sunset champagne toast before heading back.

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Just a pick nick lunch, but was perfect for hiking.
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Tali Wiru Dinner
Uluru

Incredible cocktails and dinner overlooking Ayers Rock at sunset. Will definitely be a once in a lifetime experience. Highly recommend. Also recommend the “field of 50,000 lights” afterwards. Amazing beauty in the middle of a desert.

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Uluru Highlights
Uluru

Would highly recommend this visit deeply moving, beautiful work of nature. Don’t miss this if traveling to Australia!

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Evening Field of Light Star Pass
Uluru

Don’t miss this beautiful work if art in the desert!! The beauty, scale and surroundings will delight all your senses.

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Welcome to Fiji !
Fiji

Intercontinental Hotel was amazing as was the day River Safari to visit a local village and its warm and friendly people. Highly recommend the river trip to get a feel for the “real” Fiji.

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Welcome to Cairns!
Cairns

Beautiful tropical town which is a launch point for a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef! Si different than Sydney and Melbourne and gives a totally different perspective to tue diversity of Australia.

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Full Day Marine World Outer Great Barrier Reef
Cairns

A must do while in Cairns to see one of the natural wonders of the world. Fun boat ride to and from with good food, snorkeling and amazing sea life all around. Highly recommended.

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Buffet, but was good for what it was. Had to service the many people on the cruise, so it was a bit crowded on the platform.
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Full Day Outback Tasting Adventures
Port Douglas

Great experience to get to see another side of Australia. The “Tablelands” wee beautiful and rich with agriculture and the tastings were all well prepared and served with a wide variety of Australian cuisine. A great experience to see the true diversity of Australia.

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Half-Day Macetown 4WD Tour
New Zealand

Great four wheeler fun crisscrossing several rivers to get ti the location. Learned much about the development of NZ through the lens of the gold rush that helped settle the area. Panned for gold which was great fun!

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Skyline Gondola Ride
Queenstown (NZ)

Easy on and off and would highly recommend to get incredible views of the “Remarkables” as well as the lakes and surrounding areas.

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Boutique Wine Tour - Half Day
Queenstown (NZ)

Total fun way to spend a day! Saw beautiful scenery and sampled great regional wines. Had a delightful lunch along the way. Highly recommend!

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Walter Peak Farm and Gourmet Barbecue Lunch
New Zealand

Wonderful way to spend a day! Delightful trip over on an authentic 1912 steamship with incredible scenery along the way. Gourmet lunch featuring local grilled meats and vegetables, served in a beautiful environment overlooking the water. Sheep dog exhibition after lunch was beautiful to watch and learn. Tour of the farm and interaction with the animals in a beautiful setting was a great way to end the day before heading back over to the town on the ship. Highly recommend.

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Liz Neal
Local specialist in Lawndale | Jul 27, 2022

Dear Mark and Lou,
Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a detailed review ! I am very glad you enjoyed your trip and it was truly special to have met you, we don't always get to meet our clients in person and I considered myself lucky to have had that opportunity on your way back from the trip.

I sincerely hope our paths cross again and we would all be very happy to assist any time in the future.

I can't say enough about my local specialist,...
Australia | May 21 - May 31, 2022

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Kelly P.
Wilkinsburg, PA | Jun 07, 2022

I can't say enough about my local specialist, Liz! She was wonderful to work with. Always responded timely, patiently answered my many questions, was full of helpful information and put together a wonderful itinerary. Our airline made major changes to our flight (mid flight during our first leg) and it was so comforting that Liz was working on all the many things it caused us to need adjusted. Really took the stress out of an already stressful situation. I look forward to working with... read more

I can't say enough about my local specialist, Liz! She was wonderful to work with. Always responded timely, patiently answered my many questions, was full of helpful information and put together a wonderful itinerary. Our airline made major changes to our flight (mid flight during our first leg) and it was so comforting that Liz was working on all the many things it caused us to need adjusted. Really took the stress out of an already stressful situation. I look forward to working with her on another trip in the future!

Hotel Reviews
The Reef Retreat
Palm Cove, QLD

Loved the Reef Retreat. Great location and loved the atmosphere.

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Clarion Suites Gateway
Melbourne

We were luck to have a corner room with all windows where we could see the River Walk. In the evening beautiful to look at. Only disadvantage was you can hear some of the street noise.

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Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Surry Hills
Surry Hills, NSW
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Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
Australia

Well run and very organized. Staff was lovely.

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Local specialist: Liz Neal
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Liz Neal
Local specialist in Lawndale | Jun 07, 2022

Dear Kelly and family,
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was such a pleasure to work with you and I am so sorry that the airlines had to give you such a tough time but very happy we were able to team-tag between our offices here and in Australia so all would be perfect when you landed.

I would love to be able to plan another trip with you so let me know when the family is ready for New Zealand :)

Liz