Australia is fast becoming the top must see destination
With breathtaking beaches, unique natural wildlife and buzzing cities putting Australia very much on the world map.
Australia contains a breathtaking diversity of natural landscapes from the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps to the lush rainforests of the tropical north, and from the spectacular surf beaches of the coast to the wide open spaces of the Australian Outback. No visit would be complete without exploring some of Australia's natural heritage icons, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park and Uluru.
Just as distinct are Australia's cities, where our laid back lifestyle and cosmopolitan culture meet. You will find a melting pot of cultures and a medley of theatres, restaurants, nightlife and events. Come, stay and celebrate, then spring into the rest of your Australian holiday. Australia has so much for you to explore, whether you want nature, wildlife, outback adventure, islands, rainforest or reef. Australia's unique beauty is spread across eight states and territories, so find out more about the distinct attractions within each:
Victoria is the lush pocket on the lower south of Australia with a very diverse and changing landscape.
Victoria has a spectacular coast line, with visitors come from near and far to drive along the famous Great Ocean Road– and they are never disappointed. The twelve apostles are a must see Victorian natural wonder, if you don't feel up to the 6h round trip from Melbourne, you can always get a ride on a helicopter there! Wilson Promontory, the most southerly point of Australian mainland is another aww inspiring road trip with pristine beaches and amazing tracks and trails. Moving inland and the landscape continues to amaze, with the snow covered Victorian alpine areas boasting a healthy snow season in the winter and spectacular mountain trails in the summer. Explore the Murray River system on a house boat and enjoy the dry heat of northern Victoria or explore the forests of The Grampians and sleep under the trees.
If food and fresh produce is more your thing, Victoria has you covered. With the Yarra Valley just a short drive from Melbourne it boasts some world famous wineries and beautiful rolling landscapes. Check out Domaine Chandon for world celebrated sparkling wine, Yering Station to experience one of the regions oldest wineries, or drop in to Oakridge to dine and sample some of the region's best wine.
The Mornington Peninsular is another short drive away from Melbourne but also one to not miss. Beautiful beaches, weekly farmer's markets and more stunning wineries are just an hour away from Melbourne. Pick your own strawberries at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, relax in a hilltop spa at Peninsular Hot Springs or fly amongst the trees at Enchanted Adventure Garden.
Wind down with a treatment at an award-winning Daylesford Day Spa, or by teeing off at one of Australia's top 10 golf courses, such as the Shearwater Cape Schanck Resort, surrounded by spectacular ocean views and magnificent natural landscapes. Whether discovering Australia's gold-mining history at a historical township such as Ballarat, or getting up close and personal with wildlife and penguins at Phillip Island Nature Parks, visit regional Victoria for an unforgettable experience of Australia.
For a comprehensive guide covering all that Victoria has to offer, see www.visitvictoria.com.au.
Wake up in paradise. Take a moment to explore New Zealand
Travelling to New Zealand is easy. Flights are available from many international destinations.
Jam-packed with things to do. The hardest part of planning your holiday will be deciding which to do first!
Exploring New Zealand's magnificent landscapes and coastline tops the list for many. Fantastic cycling and walking trails dot the country from north to south or try kayaking, sailing or diving.
If you're after New Zealand's famous adventure activities and extreme sports, there's a myriad to choose from. Bungy jumping a must-do; while rafting, jet boating, sky diving and zip lining offer a similar rush.
Stray from well-beaten paths and discover ever-changing landscapes as one journey leads to another. From glaciers to beaches, whale-watching to wine-tasting, New Zealand has so much to offer.
Home to a magical blend of vineyards, olive groves, beaches, art studios and funky cafes, Waiheke Island is an enchanting oasis. Sip New Zealand’s finest wines at one of the many vineyards while enjoying sea views.
Queenstown is the perfect place for an adventure. Experience jet boat rides, skiing, river rafting, hiking and biking, or go bungy jumping where it all began. Not for you? Try wine-tasting, spa treatments or alfresco dining for a relaxing alternative. Depart from Queenstown or Te Anau and enjoy an afternoon cruise around Milford Sound's dramatic fiords, spectacular waterfalls and snow-capped peaks. Other ways to see the "Eighth Wonder of the World" is by flightseeing, kayaking or overnight boat ride. See more Fiordland experiences.
Soak up Māori culture and hospitality in Rotorua, the cultural heart of New Zealand. Visit an authentic pre-European Māori village for a cultural show. After a delicious ‘hāngī.' feast, the thermal hot pools will be calling. Geysers, boiling mud pools & huge volcanic craters are in Rotorua, where nature's forces escape by bubbling, steaming & hissing from the inner earth. Discover the sights and wonders of this city sitting squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Ever since the first The Lord of the Rings movie was released in 2001, New Zealand has been known as the home of Middle‑earth. Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, land of The Shire's lush pastures.
For a comprehensive guide covering all that New Zealand has to offer, see https://www.newzealand.com/au/
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