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The spectacular locations we select are remote, often wild and difficult to reach – they are well off the beaten tourist track. We try to ensure that you do not see the coaches and minibuses that sometimes characterise Australia’s better known tourist sights. The accommodation is not designed to conform to a checklist of 5 star standards, but is innovative and comfortable if not luxurious, and hosted with a truly Australian sense of humour. The guides we use are often conservationists in their own right, always local, and share their expertise and passion for Australia’s natural and cultural heritage.
What we seek to provide is more than just a holiday experience and we know that comfortable accommodation and the best food is fundamental to enjoying a country’s natural experiences. We appreciate that it is the little touches that really make the difference.
Some hints when planning
Australia’s size makes it impossible to see the whole country in one trip. It can also be hard to decide which regions, properties and sights you are able to fit into a holiday. We are continually updating our knowledge and in association with our partners in Australia, continue to check out existing and to discover new places. This local knowledge will help match our itineraries to your hopes and expectations. “Don’t try to attempt too much”, is a useful guide.
Whats it like?
Everywhere you go, you will experience the genuine warmth and hospitality of your Australian hosts as they welcome you into their homes, show you their properties share their stories and take you to some of the most remote places. You will come away with an experience few other visitors have had. Australia’s food is one of the great surprises of the country….the freshest ingredients, often straight from the sea, whether you are at one of Sydney’s famed harbour side restaurants or enjoying a grilled coral trout and chilled beer beside a camp fire. The BBQ is an Australian institution and the locals are the finest exponents in its use, your chance to savour prime Australian beef. The wine is best drunk under a canopy of stars that stretch from one outback horizon to the other.
Most travellers arrive in Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Walk around the famous Rocks area with its historical buildings, museums, cobbled streets and waterside shops, cafes and restaurants. For those who enjoy the performing arts, enjoy a performance at the Sydney Opera House or the world renowned Sydney Theatre Company. A great way to view the city is from the air, either by light aircraft or helicopter. The Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk has also become a firm favourite.
Once you leave the cities the size of the country becomes apparent. The sight of the colours changing over Uluru – formerly Ayres Rock – is one of the most memorable on earth. Combine this with a trip to nearby The Olgas and an Aboriginal art excursion and you will begin to get an understanding of the area. From the “red centre” to the coastal areas, the differences could not be more distinct.
A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is a must for all who enjoy snorkelling and diving. The Daintree rainforest, north of Cairns, possess one of the greatest concentrations of primitive flowering plants in the world and is thought to be older than any other tropical forest.
Special Interest Trips
If you have more specific travel requirements we offer support on the ground and can arrange special interest, exclusive group and family holidays to enjoy Aboriginal rock art, fishing, wildlife conservation, bush walking, diving or bird watching.
Much of Australia is warm or hot throughout the year, and even along the cooler southern coasts the winters are considered quite mild, sometimes cold, and skies are often clear. Only Tasmania, which is in the same latitude as New Zealand, has a temperate climate comparable with that of Britain or northwest Europe.
The most favourable months to visit the Northern Territory, Kimberley and Tropical Northern Queensland is April to November. The southern half of this vast continent experiences opposite seasons to the northern hemisphere, with autumn from March to May, winter June to August, spring in September to October and the summer months are December to February. The best months to visit the southern areas of Australia are November to March, but even though cooler temperatures are experienced in the autumn and spring, the weather can be very pleasant and mild during these seasons.
Visitors to Australia from the UK and USA and most EU Countries can apply online Electronic Travel Authority, known as an ETA for a holiday or business travel.
The ETA is issued by the Australian Government and is linked to your passport ready for you to travel. Apply online here for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) .
GMT + 10 hrs, except Western Australia is GMT + 8 hrs.
Australian dollars. All major credit cards are recognised and ATMs & 24 hour cash machines are widely available.
Daily flights from London Heathrow to Sydney with Qantas, Emirates and British Airways. Flying time is approximately 22 hours to Sydney and approx. 18 hours to Perth.