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  • Australian Family Adventure Touring Holiday | Luxury, tailor-made tour

    The Australian Family Adventure Touring Holiday

    16 Nights / 17 Days 
    Sydney – Jervis Bay – The Blue Mountains – Byron Bay/Brisbane – Hamilton Island/Orpheus Island 

    About this tour 
    The Australian Family Adventure Touring Holiday is perfect for a special family holiday to Australia. Over the course of 16 nights, we transport you to destinations packed with activities for all the ages, and we choose hotels designed with children in mind. You will see so much of Australia in the process too, from Sydney, Jervis Bay and The Blue Mountains, to Byron Bay or the Gold Coast, to the Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef of North Queensland. 
    Highlights 
    This list includes optional activities possible in the featured locations of the tour, they will entail an additional cost on the base price of the itinerary. 
    • See the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge 
    • Hit the beaches of Bondi and Manly 
    • Eat, shop and stroll around Circular Quay, The Rocks and Sydney CBD 
    • Relax with the white sand beaches and crystal clear water of the South Coast 
    • Cruise out to meet the seals of Jervis Bay 
    • Sleep in a treehouse safari tent in classic Australian bushland 
    • Hike through the National Parks of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains 
    • Enjoy a breakfast surrounded by kangaroos and pristine wilderness 
    • Learn to surf on the beaches of either Byron Bay or the Gold Coast 
    • Settle into your friendly island resort in the heart of Tropical North Queensland 
    • Snorkel or Scuba Dive in the crystal clear and colourful waters of the Great Barrier Reef 
    • Sail around the paradise islands that surround you 
    Tour description
    Starting on the iconic beaches and coastline of refreshingly laid-back Sydney, this tour will take you and your family through the wilderness National Parks of the Blue Mountains, onto the white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters of Jervis Bay. Meet all of Australia’s friendliest wildlife in these natural and beautiful destinations. Next, learn to surf, or simply soak up the sunshine, in Byron Bay or the Gold Coast before settling down to quality family time on a private island resort, packed with activities for every age! 
    Our range of accommodation includes everything from luxury boutique hotels, to remote wilderness eco-lodges, and safari-style luxury camping. Hand-crafted experiences make your bespoke family holiday to Australia even more special, and a seemingly infinite number of possibilities are available upon request. Please do not hesitate to get in touch and let us know how we can further personalise your once-in-a-lifetime tour Down Under. 
    Prices 
    From £3,900 per person. 
    Please see our hotel list for more information on what is included in these basic rates. 
    Dates 
    This holiday can be arranged throughout the year. Timings may vary depending on the month and day of the week. 
    What’s Included 
    • Return scheduled flights with British Airways, Qantas or Emirates from London to Sydney, returning from Cairns to London in economy class. 
    • Domestic flights from Sydney to Gold Coast Airport, and from Gold Coast Airport to Tropical North Queensland in economy class. 
    • Transfers where specified in our itinerary. 
    • Accommodation based on a family of four sharing one or two rooms, depending on the hotel. Please see our suggested list of hotels for details of base accommodation type. 
    • The meals included with your tour will vary by chosen accommodation. Please see our hotel suggestions for included board basis. 
    What’s not included 
    • Meals and drinks, except as specified in our hotel suggestions. 
    • Optional tours and activities within each location, except where explicitly specified as included in our itinerary, or by hotels in our hotel lists. 
    • Personal expenses. 
    • Insurance. 
    • Visa and Passport. 
    You will need a full British passport with at least six months validity, and a Visa for travel to Australia. Visas requirements should be checked with the Australian authorities. More details are available from www.eta.immi.gov.au

    Day One: Sydney 
    Arrive in Sydney. You a met upon arrival and transferred to your accommodation by private chauffeur. 
    Day Two: Sydney 
    Enjoy a day of leisure as you explore this iconic city. One of the best ways to do this would be to enjoy an optional excursion such as a Harbour Cruise on a private yacht, or by joining a guided bicycle ride. Both take in dramatic views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, the skyline of Circular Quay, the historic Rocks district, and much more. For daring families, the views are even more mesmerising still with a twilight guided climb on Harbour Bridge. 
    Day Three: Sydney 
    With the world’s largest harbour on your doorstep, today you could explore the stunning scenery of wider Sydney. Choose from a range of optional excursions, perhaps taking a ferry to the beautiful community of Manly. Built on a narrow peninsula that ends at the dramatic cliffs of North Head, Manly is the jewel of the North Shore. It boasts a harbour and ocean beaches, fantastic snorkelling and surfing, and a refreshingly laid-back ambience. On your way back to central Sydney, marvel at the stunning skyline, sparkling in the last of the afternoon sunshine, and the hues of gold twinkling on Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. 
    Day Four: Sydney 
    On your final day in Sydney, choose from a range of optional tours to delve a bit deeper into what makes this iconic city great. For more scenery, choose from a day at the world-famous Bondi beach, perhaps enjoying the surf, or embarking on the stunning and easy Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Elsewhere, head to one of the two National Parks that fringe the urban area, or get up close and personal with kangaroos, koalas, wombats, emus and wildlife the world over, at the excellent Taronga Zoo. 
    Day Five: Blue Mountains 
    Collecting your 4x4 hire car in Sydney, drive inland deep into the Great Dividing Range. The Blue Mountains National Park has been a favoured wilderness getaway of Sydneysiders for years. Step into the bush landscape through a range of optional excursions and marvel at the breath-taking waterfalls, sublime vistas, iconic wildlife and Aboriginal artwork of the area. For example, some families will enjoy the thrill of Katoomba Scenic World boasting an exciting skyway, cableway and walkway, as well as the steepest railway in the world! 
    Day Six: Blue Mountains 
    Guests can choose to enjoy a leisurely morning in the wilderness surrounds, or otherwise rise early join an optional tour that will showcase the highlights of the local environment. For the latter, you could be served breakfast in the company of wild kangaroos, before exploring the World Heritage-listed area in a four-wheel-drive with a qualified ecological guide. 
    Day Seven: Jervis Bay 
    Drive South East from the Blue Mountains along the achingly pretty Grand Pacific Drive. With incredible vistas of the deep blue Pacific Ocean on your left, and rainforest clad escarpment on your right, spend the journey spotting koalas and be sure to stop at one of the beautiful beaches you pass. In particular, Stanwell Park would make a wonderful mid-morning refreshment break. Arrive in Jervis Bay to be met with white sand beaches, crystal clear water, charming towns and idyllic scenery. Settle into your safari-style camp for the evening and sleep under the stars. 
    Day Eight: Jervis Bay 
    Wake up to the sound of the bush, and the soft pitter patter of kangaroos grazing around your treehouse. Today, you can explore the best of this incredible region through a variety of optional tours. Hike through the bush, visit the charming local towns, or best of all – get out onto the water! The waters of Jervis Bay are teaming with marine life, and families may choose to snorkel, cruise, or join one of the boats that visit the seal colonies of the area. Very lucky guests will spot dolphins, colourful fish, and even humpback whales from the safe comfort of their boat. 
    Day Nine: Byron Bay/the Gold Coast 
    Today, intrepid families have a tough choice of destination. For those looking for a laid-back environment, pristine rainforest and bush, and a more secluded feel, Byron Bay provides an iconic beach resort in the northern fringes of New South Wales. Other families will relish the glitz, glamour and facilities of Surfers Paradise, a playground city in the heart of Australia’s Gold Coast. No matter what choice you make, you can guarantee a wonderful climate, and stunning beaches. Fly into Gold Coast Airport and pick up your 4x4 hire car to make the most of either coastline. 
    Day Ten: Byron Bay/the Gold Coast 
    After enjoying a leisurely morning in paradise, it’s time to hit the beach and soak up the best of these coastlines. Either Byron Bay or, as the name suggests, Surfers Paradise, provide a wonderful destination to try out the Australian pastime of surfing! Choose from a range of optional activities that will introduce you safely into this wonderful sport, with family lessons available upon request. Otherwise simply relax in the sunshine, build sandcastles and paddle in the crystal-clear water. 
    Day Eleven: Byron Bay/the Gold Coast 
    The coastlines of either destination are perfect for a road trip. Perhaps today, take your 4x4 up and down the coast in search of a range of iconic destinations. For example, why not cruise up the coast to the shimmering city of Brisbane, where sophistication, fantastic cuisine, stunning beaches and a beautiful climate meet. Otherwise, just north of Brisbane, Steve Irwin’s iconic Australia Zoo is also within reach for a true taste of Australian wildlife. 
    Day Twelve: Tropical North Queensland 
    After a leisurely breakfast, drive back to Gold Coast Airport in order to catch your flight to the Tropical North of Queensland. Spend the day adjusting to the tropical climate with the help of the family friendly swimming pools and beaches at your chosen accommodation. 
    Day Thirteen: Tropical North Queensland 
    Today would be a great day to acquaint yourself with the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Stretching 2000km of coastline, this pristine stretch of coral reef is home to some of the most diverse and fascinating marine life on the planet. Families can choose from a range of activities designed with children and safety in mind, from snorkelling to glass bottom boat adventures. Find turtles, rays, colourful fish (including Nemo and Dory), and perhaps even a dolphin or two! 
    Day Fourteen: Tropical North Queensland 
    Recuperate from the thrill of your optional touring by another day spent indulging in the facilities of your chosen accommodation. Our family friendly hotels offer a range of activities designed with families in mind, from tennis to kid’s clubs and everything in-between. The sunshine and warmth of North Queensland will sooth the aches and pains of adventure. 
    Day Fifteen: Tropical North Queensland 
    With the Daintree Rainforest to the North, the Atherton Tablelands to the East and Conway National Park to the South, the rainforest of North Queensland is never far from your chosen accommodation. Perhaps today explore the pristine, sometimes World-Heritage listed, landscape and marvel at the diversity of flora and fauna that surround you. Spot crocodiles, colourful birds, cassowaries and much more with the help and safety of experienced ecological guides. 
    Day Sixteen: Tropical North Queensland 
    Having acquainted yourself with the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, use your last full day in Australia exploring the other local sights of interest. In the Whitsunday Islands, for example, enjoy a family cruise to the stunning white sands of Whitehaven Beach. On Orpheus Island, a trip can be taken to Australia’s largest national park island, Hinchinbrook Island, where families will find guided walks, pristine rainforest, saltwater crocodiles, and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. 
    Day Seventeen: Tropical North Queensland 
    Wake late and soak up the last of the scenery, climate and outstanding facilities of your family friendly accommodation. The memories of your time together, in the sun relishing this incredible continent, will stay with you forever. It’s time to say goodbye to Australia as you make your way back to Cairns Airport in order to catch your flight home. 
    Extensions 
    Everything we do at Expressions Holidays is bespoke, and we are dedicated to personalising the itineraries of every single client. Choose from the following range of tour extensions, or get in touch today to suggest something completely different. 
    Optional Uluru and Kakadu Northern Territory extension (4-nights) 
    Instead of flying from Gold Coast Airport to the Tropical North of Queensland, fly into the deep red interior of the continent. Spend two days appreciating the majesty and cultural significance of Ayers Rock, whilst, in the evening, you enjoy sundowners as the evening sun is replaced with a mesmerising sky full of stars. Next, fly to Kakadu National Park via Darwin for a completely unique outback experience. Here you will spend 2-nights in safari-style tents overlooking the thriving wetlands of this wild land. Re-join your tour in Tropical North Queensland. 
    Optional Melbourne and Victoria extension (2-nights) 
    Following your two-night stay in Jervis Bay, instead of travelling North to Byron Bay or the Gold Coast, fly instead to Australia’s capital of culture and sport: Melbourne. Spend two nights exploring the wonderful city, and its charming rural surrounds. For example, on Phillip Island, why not meet the local little penguins as they return to their beaches after a hard days fishing. Re-join your tour by flying directly to Byron Bay or The Gold Coast. 
    Optional Adelaide and South Australia extension (2-nights) 
    Following your two-night stay in Jervis Bay, instead of travelling North to Byron Bay or the Gold Coast, fly instead to the elegant and green Adelaide. Here you can spend two nights exploring the Mediterranean climate of this European-feeling city, and the wonderful surrounds of rural South Australia. For example, on Kangaroo Island, guests are immerged into a ‘zoo without borders’ of incredible Australian wildlife. Find emus, kangaroos, koalas, penguins and much more. Re-join your tour by flying directly to Byron Bay or The Gold Coast. 
    Optional The Ghan Extension (5-nights) 
    Instead of simply flying to Byron Bay or the Gold Coast, fly from Sydney to the elegant and sophisticated Adelaide in South Australia. Spend two nights here enjoying the ambience of the city, or journey to Kangaroo Island for a true taste of Australian wildlife. On day three, you will board The Ghan for an overnight journey in the comfort of a private luxury cabin and all-inclusive service. Often touted as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, this luxury outback trailblazer will transport you into the mystical heart of Australia and out into the wild and tropical climate of Darwin in the Northern Territory. With a variety of excursions at your designated stops, there are ample opportunities for exploring the Red Centre of Australia. For example, discover the markets of Alice Springs, the cultural significance of Uluru and Kata Juta, river cruise in Katherine, and embark on a scenic flight over Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks. On the evening of day four, arrive in the tropical city of Darwin. Here, spend another two nights enjoying the tropical ambience and Aboriginal heritage before flying to Byron Bay or the Gold Coast to re-join your tour. 
    Optional Indian Pacific Extension (5-nights) 
    Instead of simply flying from Sydney to Byron Bay or the Gold Coast, board the Indian Pacific for the outback rail journey of a lifetime. This luxury rail expedition is one of the most iconic in Australia, and promises superb comfort in a private cabin, and an all-inclusive service. On day one, you will depart Sydney and travel through the spectacular rural landscape of New South Wales, the Blue Mountains, and the Great Dividing Range. On day two, you will arrive in the mining town of Broken Hill for your first taste of outback Australia. Later that day, choose from a winery tour in the stunning landscape of the Barossa Valley, or a walking tour of the elegant and green Adelaide. On day three, your journey takes you deep into the true red desert as you voyage across the raw beauty of the Nullarbor Plain. Stop at Rawlinna this evening for canapes and drinks under the star display of the desert sky. Finally, you conclude this epic rail journey on day four, passing through the Avon Valley into the bustle of cosmopolitan Perth. Stay here for two nights, enjoying the ambience of the city, or perhaps venturing to wider Western Australia in search of Fremantle or the Margaret River. From here, fly to the Gold Coast or Byron Bay to re-join your tour.

    Australian Family Adventure Map

    Sydney 
    Ovolo Woolloomooloo 
    A stunning wharf restoration, Ovolo Woolloomooloo offers a fashionable atmosphere, fantastic service, and a peaceful and safe location from which to explore the City. We include breakfast and accommodation for a family of four in 2 x King Rooms. 
    Blue Mountains 
    Old Leura Dairy 
    Homely, cosy and impossibly pretty, the Old Leura Dairy is a wonderfully restored set of quirky cottages situated in the heart of the Blue Mountains. We include room only for a family of four in the ‘Moo Manor’ accommodation category. 
    Jervis Bay 
    Paperbark Camp 
    With 12 canvas safari tents thoughtfully spaced amongst the soaring eucalypts and paperbarks of Currambene Creek, Paperbark Camp epitomises barefoot luxury. Sleep under the stars and enjoy the natural splendour of Jervis Bay. We include breakfast and accommodation for a family of four in a King Deluxe Tent. 
    Byron Bay/the Gold Coast 
    Byron at Byron 
    Surrounded by rainforest and native Australian bush, the Byron at Byron is a relaxing and peaceful escape set with privacy out of the main town of Byron Bay. With a separate children’s pool, it is well set up for families, and provides a luxury base for exploring the gorgeous local coastline. We include room only for a family of four in 2 x Rainforest Suites. 
    QT Gold Coast 
    With a hip and trendy atmosphere, fantastic facilities, and a commanding location within the iconic city of Surfers Paradise, GT Gold Coast is a brilliant hotel with attractions for all the family. Splash in the pool, or soak up the sophisticated evening ambience of the Stingray Lounge. We include breakfast and accommodation for a family of four in 2 x QT Ocean View Rooms. 
    Tropical North Queensland 
    Reef View Hotel (Hamilton Island) 
    With the breath-taking facilities of Hamilton Island on your doorstep, enjoy the mesmerising views over the Whitsunday Islands, and the charming family-friendly ambience at the Reef View Hotel. We include breakfast and accommodation for a family of four in a Two Bedroom Terrace Suite. Also included are island hotel transfers, use of catamarans, paddle skis, windsurfers and snorkelling equipment, use of the gym, spa and tennis court hire, and use of the island shuttle service. 
    Orpheus Island 
    Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus Island is a small, family friendly private island featuring unforgettable touring activities and accessible only by a scenic helicopter flight. We do not include this hotel in the base pricing of this tour, however it is available for a supplement upon request and features a once-in-a-lifetime ambience, and an exciting range of All-Inclusive amenities.

    All about Australia 
    Australia is a vast landscape of contradiction and variety. From the distinct, dusty red of the outback in Ayers Rock to the tropics of the Daintree Rainforest in the Far North Queensland, from the superb ski resorts of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, to the humid plains of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. For this reason, the only true way to visit Australia is by undertaking a touring holiday. To travel between the dynamic corners of this magical continent, and to make the most of the multifarious activities on offer. You have to be prepared to travel far, but you will be richly rewarded with awe-inspiring landscapes that exist on a scale that is barely imaginable. 
    Surrounded by 18,000km of beaches, this is a nation that thrives on the outdoors. From sailing in the Whitsunday Islands to Aussie Rules football, from skiing in the Snowy Mountains to scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and everything in between. Yet in contemporary Australia, the thriving cosmopolitan city centres are also important sites of interest in their own right. Here you will find distinct local cultures, outstanding food and wine, and a refreshing al-fresco café culture that is typically laidback. From the chic and fashionable Melbourne to the elegance and sophistication of Adelaide, not to mention Sydney, Hobart or the up-and-coming bustle of Perth. 
    Australia facts 
    Location: Australia comprises the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania, and is neighboured by Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east, and New Zealand to the south-east. 
    Time difference: Canberra has a time zone of GMT + 10 hours. There are several time zones within Australia. 
    Language: English. 
    Population: 24.889 million. 
    Size: 7,692,024 km2, roughly 2,290 miles from north to south and 2,500 miles from east to west. 
    Currency: Australian Dollars (about 1.82 to the pound) 
    Capital: Canberra, located in the Australian Capital Territory between Sydney and Melbourne. 
    Geography and climate 
    Australia’s size results in a variable climate. The expansive interior is hot throughout the year but can often be very cold at night. The southern third of the country enjoys warm summers (December – March) and mild winters (June – August), although there are extremes of this, such as in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, where ski resorts are found. The Far North of the country has just two seasons because of its position on the monsoon belt – hot and wet, and hot and dry. 
    Cities and Culture 
    Australia is often thought about in terms of its natural bounty. The mind quickly wanders to images of beaches, landscape, wildlife and weather. Yet modern Australia is also home to a rich tapestry of cultures, and a wonderful array of buzzing urban centres. To the East, the iconic Sydney stands proud in its beautiful Harbour home, where miles of waterways, the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and a gleaming CBD coincide invitingly. To the West lies pretty and friendly Perth, the most isolated city in the world, located closer to South East Asia than any other Australian city. Here, find a rich and relaxed quality of life, where great food and wonderful scenery are perched on the banks of the Swan River. In the South, fashionable, sporty and arty Melbourne has cemented itself as the centre of the Australian cultural sphere, whilst elegant, sophisticated and green Adelaide boast the country’s best food and wine, and an enviable Mediterranean climate. With so many other exciting destinations on offer, such as the historic and alternative Hobart, or the sparkling CBD and gorgeous sunshine of Brisbane, clients will find exceptional stays in the many cities of this wonderful country. 
    Landscape and Coastline 
    Whilst many minds would simply conjure an image of a beach and a eucalyptus tree, Australia’s landscapes are more varied than one can truly comprehend. From the distinct, dusty red of the outback in Ayers Rock to the tropics of the Daintree Rainforest in the Far North Queensland, from the superb ski resorts of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, to the humid plains of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. To the same degree, the coastline of Australia matches this variety. For example, two extensive areas of coral reef are found here; Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef in the North East, each with warm, calm and crystal-clear water. Yet elsewhere, the coastline can take on a decidedly temperate tone, such as is found on the Great Ocean Road of Victoria and South Australia, where striking and jagged limestone cliffs bravely stand to the onslaught of the Southern Ocean. 
    Wildlife and Ecology 
    For nature enthusiasts, Australia offers a pilgrimage unlike any other. Its geographical isolation has resulted in more than 80% of the flowering plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs being unique to Australia, along with most of its fresh water fish, and almost half of its birds. Within this unique list, iconic species are often members of the marsupial family, and these include classic images of Australia such as its friendly and inquisitive kangaroos, koalas, wombats and wallabies. Elsewhere, you may encounter the weird and wonderful animals that are unlike anything found on earth. In the Tropical North of Queensland, for example, the Cassowary is an elusive and beautiful flightless bird which is often seen through the densest patches of rainforest. In freshwater, other guests may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a platypus, a wonderful creature that has challenged taxonomies of the natural world for years. With so many more interesting species on offer, from echidnas to crocodiles to emus, wherever you are in Australia, the variety of landscapes will have provided an entirely unique assemblage of species that have captured the imagination of naturalists the world over. 
    Underwater, things are even more interesting still. In the North East of the country, the Great Barrier Reef lies in the shallow, warm and calm waters of the Coral Sea. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, such is the scale of the Barrier Reef that it can clearly be seen from space. Here, 3000 individual reef systems are host to an astonishing variety of coral and reef animals. Yet it is not the only series of coral reefs in Australia. To the North West, one can find the spectacular Ningaloo Reef, a favoured home of pelagic species such as Whale Sharks, Cetaceans and Manta Rays, whilst Lord Howe Island in the South Pacific Ocean contains the southern-most barrier reef found anywhere in the world. Elsewhere in Australia, these warm and tropical waters meet the nutrient richness of the temperate zone, creating a home for a wonderfully vibrant array of species. The crystal-clear waters of Jervis Bay, for example, provide a playground for seal colonies and tropical fish species alike. Again, due to the scale of Australia, a wide variety of marine ecosystems are found which provide a totally unique assemblage of species to explore wherever you may find yourself. 
    Also calling Australia home, however, are of course the snakes, spiders, crocodiles, sharks, jellyfish, blue-ringed octopus and various creepy crawlies that send chills down the spines of many would-be-tourists. In truth, these animals are rarely seen by anyone who isn’t explicitly searching for them, and the majority of trips to Australia are trouble free. Expressions Holidays recommend that clients follow local advice when travelling within Australia, to best avoid incident with potentially dangerous animals. 
    Food and Wine 
    Australia has recently established itself as a great culinary destination, a result of excellent local produce and immigration. ‘Modern Australian’ describes the country’s new cuisine – a blend of east and west. Dishes are generally unfussy, with often bold and interesting flavours. Whilst cuisine does not really alter from region to region, there are some obvious influences such as Southeast Asian in Darwin and Italian in Melbourne. Undoubtedly Australia’s best food is seafood, which is taken from some of the purest waters and usually cooked with great care. Especially prized are Sydney rock oysters, sea scallops from Queensland, fantastic rock lobsters and sweet mud crabs. Meat is also excellent, tender and full flavoured. Very few dishes can be called uniquely Australian but the range of cuisines on offer here span the globe – from Indian and Vietnamese to Fijian and Jamaican – it can all be found in Australia. The size of Australia means that there is some incredible and varied produce on offer – from sublime Tasmanian strawberries to highly prized lamb from the lush Gippsland of Victoria and plentiful mangoes in Queensland. Elsewhere, the ‘bush tucker’ of Aboriginal Australia is on offer to adventurous tourists in the Northern Territory. 
    With vineyards found in every state of Australia, and a total cultivated land mass of 160,000 hectares, Australia’s wine scene has matched the rise of its gastronomic fare. A varied climate, and a history of geographically diverse immigration, have resulted in a full range of wines, from full-bodied Merlot to the scintillating acidity of Sauvignon Blanc. Indeed, a whole suite of regions have become iconic as part of this trend, including the Barossa Valley in South Australia, the Yarra Valley in Victoria, the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, and the Margaret River Valley in Western Australia. Each boasts spectacular rural scenery, and undoubtedly first-class cuisine to match the fruits of the land. 
    Government advice
    The UK government has an excellent website www.fco.gov.uk which you must use to obtain up-to-date information about worldwide destinations. This site gives details about trouble spots but also general advice about most countries. We advise most strongly that you check notices about your intended destination before you book and travel. 
    Passport and Visas 
    A full British passport is required for travel to Australia. Please bear in mind that it is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid and still has six months validity before you book your holiday and it can take some time to obtain a new one. Each individual needs his or her own passport so if you are thinking of taking an infant, allow plenty of time to get a passport. Visas are required for travel to Australia, and the details of this should be checked with the Australian authorities. You may be eligible for an Electronic Travel Authority which can be arranged very quickly on-line. More details from www.eta.immi.gov.au Visas are not required for Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Dubai or Malaysia. Visitors may enter the USA as part of the visa waiver scheme, details of which should be obtained from www.usembassy.org.uk 
    Health 
    There are no required vaccinations for travel to Australia but you should nevertheless always check with your doctor before travelling. A leaflet is available from the Department of Health called ‘Health Advice to Travellers’, by telephoning 0800-555777. If you are suffering from any disability or illness, this should be communicated to us at the time of booking. Please note that pregnant passengers are not accepted by airlines usually after about 28 weeks into the pregnancy. You should check this with us before you make a booking. 
    Insurance 
    It is your own responsibility to ensure that you are adequately insured for your holiday. Please refer to our statement on insurance in our booking conditions. Insurance for the activities you choose to undertake during your holiday is also your own responsibilities. Additional requirements are needed for scuba diving, such as a doctor’s certificate. 
    Security and personal safety 
    When travelling you should take sensible precautions wherever you are and take care of money and personal valuables when passing through crowded and public places and cities in particular. In Australia, you should advise your accommodation when you set out on a long walk, drive, or venture into the wilderness. It is sensible to top up with petrol whenever you are about to leave a town for a long rural drive. 
    Wildlife hazards
    In Australia, you should heed local advice as far as crocodiles, sharks, spiders, snakes, jellyfish and other species are concerned. Mosquitoes are a fact of life in the tropics. In fact, it is advisable to take your own anti-mosquito creams and lotions with you. Other insects (large beetles, cockroaches, sand flies etc) and some rodents are also common in tropical places. We cannot prevent these creatures from entering your accommodation. If this is a worry, perhaps a holiday to the tropics is not right for you. Guide books available will give you more advice on wildlife hazards. 
    Getting around
    Main roads in Australia are very good. Some roads are not surfaced, particularly side roads, rural roads and private roads. These often lead to lodge accommodation. 
    What to wear 
    Due to the incredible diversity in climate and landscape, a trip to Australia will require a range of clothing. We advise you check local recommendations. 
    Tipping 
    Tipping us generally expected for many services throughout Australia. Around 10 per cent of the bill is sufficient. This does not apply to your hotel stay.

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  • Verona Opera 2018 Programme

    The performance and dates for the 2018 Verona Opera Festival have been released, and we have begun taking bookings.

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  • New Swiss Rail Tours

    Exciting developments to our Swiss programme have lead to many more personalised rail holiday options.

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  • Sugar Beach, the Best Long Haul Hotel in the World

    The Viceroy Resort in St Lucia has been voted the Best Long Haul Hotel in the World at the 2016 Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards in Las Vegas this September.

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