Australia for the Independent Traveller

Looking to escape the chill of winter? Longing to ski in August? Then it's time to holiday in Australia. Located south of Asia, Australia is a small continent that promises big adventures.

View of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House

Sydney offers up a pleasing temperate climate and enough attractions to fill a busy holiday. The spectacular Sydney Opera House, located on Sydney Harbour at Bennelong Point, hosts a wide range of productions catering for all tastes. Adventurers can experience an exhilarating climb of the renowned Harbour Bridge or cut through the harbour at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour on a jet boat. Visitors with less of a taste for the extreme enjoy cruises, sightseeing tours, world-class cuisine and natural wonders ranging from pristine beaches to botanic gardens.

Visitors to Melbourne will find a multicultural metropolis highlighted by up-to-the-minute architecture, entertainment and culinary explorations. Brisbane, dubbed "Bris Vegas" by locals, is known for its sunshine by day and glitz by night, and it's packed with cultural attractions. Startlingly blue waters surround more than 80 kilometres of white sand beaches on the Sunset Coast of Perth. Adelaide, once controlled by puritanical rulers, now plays host to a succession of music and arts festivals. The well-known Barossa Valley, located on the city's outskirts, is one of many nearby vineyards.

Australian flag Capital: Canberra
Language: English
Time: GMT +10 hrs
Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)

No matter which Australian city you choose, pay a visit to the interior ancient grounds of the Outback, where time has left its mark on some of the most wondrous and unusual land masses on earth.

Australian States & Territories*

Australian Capital Territory* | New South Wales | Northern Territory* | Queensland | South Australia | Tasmania | Victoria | Western Australia