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  • The best of Victoria and South Australia Touring Holiday

    The best of Victoria and South Australia Touring Holiday

    18 Nights / 19 Days
    Melbourne – Phillip Island – Great Ocean Road – Barossa Valley – Flinders Rangers – Adelaide – Kangaroo Island
     
    About this tour
    The best of Victoria and South Australia Touring Holiday is the perfect holiday for those looking to explore the best of Southern Australia. With exciting self-drives, and an emphasis on the remote beauty of rural Australia, this tour fosters a superb feeling of independence as you discover incredible landscapes and wildlife, often with not another tourist in sight. Over the course of 18-nights, we will show you a comprehensive selection of the highlights of Southerly Australia. You will see Melbourne, the Yarra Valley and Phillip Island in Victoria. You will then drive along the Great Ocean Road before exploring South Australia, including the Barossa Valley, the Flinders Ranges, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island. 
    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.
    • Visit Australia’s capital of sport and culture, Melbourne 
    • Discover Melbourne’s charming café culture, excellent restaurants, and trendy suburbs such as St Kilda 
    • Wine taste through the superb vineyards of the idyllic Yarra Valley 
    • Spend a day with the Little Penguins on Phillip Island 
    • Drive the world-famous Great Ocean Road and stop at the Twelve Apostles 
    • Find deserted coves, pockets of rainforest, and iconic Australian wildlife as you embark on this epic and world-famous road-trip 
    • Sample some of Australia’s best wine in the world-renowned vineyards of the Barossa Valley 
    • Step into the wilderness of the Flinders Ranges for a true taste of Australian Outback 
    • Stroll the streets of elegant, green and European feeling Adelaide 
    • Find a zoo without borders on the remote and striking Kangaroo Island, complete with deserted Southern Ocean beaches and a variety of unique wildlife encounters  
    Tour description 
    Starting in the trendy streets of fashionable Melbourne, this tour will take you into the vineyards of the Yarra Valley, and onto the wild and beautiful Phillip Island. Having seen the best of Victoria, you will embark on an epic road-trip along the world-famous Great Ocean Road, stopping at a variety of places to make the most of this fabulous coastline. Venturing into South Australia, you will next arrive at the Barossa Valley, home to some of Australia’s best wine before heading deep into the outback to the remote Flinders Ranges. On your final two stops of the tour, you will first discover the elegant and green city of Adelaide with a unique European ambience, before travelling to Kangaroo Island to find a wonderful ‘zoo without borders’, where the deep blue waters of the Southern Ocean meet true wilderness. 
    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 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 £4,300 per person in ‘value hotels’.
    From £6,750 per person in ‘luxury hotels’. 
    Please see our hotel lists 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 Melbourne, returning from Adelaide to London in economy class.
    • Domestic flights return from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island.
    • Transfers and car hire where specified in our itinerary. 
    • Accommodation sharing a double or twin room. 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: Melbourne
    Arrive in Melbourne. You are met upon arrival and transferred by private chauffeur to your luxury accommodation. Spend the day to adjust to the climate and the time zone. 
    Day Two: Melbourne 
    Having settled into the charm and character of Australia’s most fashionable city, it’s time to explore. Candidly multicultural, it is characterised by a mix of Victorian architecture and a spectacular modern skyline, a vibrant café scene, fantastic food and wine, great beaches, and sophisticated leafy boulevards. Enjoy a day of leisure as you explore the sights and sounds of Australia’s cultural and sporting capital. Of particular interest here might be shopping in the high-end precinct of Collins Street, visiting Melbourne’s glamorous fashion district, or perhaps venturing to Federation Square or the home of cricket at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground). 
    Three: Melbourne 
    From Melbourne, you could choose to partake in an optional tour to one of Victoria’s main attractions, the world-famous Yarra Valley. Here, guests will find great bushwalks and cycling in the wild National Parks of the region. These Parks are home to much of Australia’s iconic wildlife, and guests who are especially lucky may even come across platypuses in Badger Creek. Most importantly however, the Yarra Valley is of course known for its vineyards. While away a beautiful day in the sun tasting the bounty of Victoria, and many vineyards provide fantastic eateries to complement. Of note are the full-bodied chardonnays, sparkling wine and Pinot noir that fame the area. 
    Day Four: Melbourne 
    Enjoy your final day in the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, perhaps by exploring some of its chic and elegant suburbs. The bay side St Kilda, for example, is an excellent place to head in search of great cafes, delectable restaurants, sublime bay side views and a refreshing coastline. Others may opt to head to the rediscovered and historic Williamstown, enjoying the seaside, the history of Melbourne, and again, spectacular bay side views. 
    Day Five: Phillip Island 
    Pick up your hire car and drive to Phillip island on the South Coast of Victoria. Originally a farming community, Phillip Island is now one of Victoria’s most visited tourist hotspots, and it’s easy to see why from as soon as you arrive, as a rugged coastline brushes shoulders with idyllic countryside. Of particular interest to the tourists is the ‘Penguin Parade’, this refers to the nightly return of Little Penguins to the beaches that constitute Australia’s largest colony of Penguins. It’s a wonderful sight, and such is the demand to see them that viewing platforms have been provided for the convenience of onlookers. Elsewhere Phillip Island is also home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals, as well as abundant bird life, and other fauna. 
    Day Six: Phillip Island 
    Another side to Phillip Island are the incredible surfing beaches that fringe its rugged and idyllic interior. Fantastic surf schools give tourists the opportunity to get involved in this classically Australian pastime – and there is a great mixture of surf levels to choose from, allowing you to catch waves at a level that suits you. Alternatively, another bastion of Australian cultural heritage is available in the form of a wonderful Koala Conservation Centre. This area of coastline is the perfect habitat for these iconic species, and the Conservation Centre offers the chance for tourists to come face to face with them within a natural setting, as well as abundant birdlife, wallabies, echidnas and bats. For guests looking to get away from it all, another option is the idyllic and historic scenery available on Churchill Island. 
    Day Seven: Great Ocean Road 
    Today is the first day of one of the most spectacular road-trips available in Australia. Setting out on the Great Ocean Road in your 4x4 hire car, you will quickly see the suburbs of Melbourne become the rolling green pastures of rural Victoria. Stopping first at Geelong for a mid-morning brunch at one of the many excellent cafes, continue onwards to Torquay, known locally as the ‘Surf Capital of Australia’. Here you could either book a private lesson, or watch the professionals in action as you lounge on the beach. In the afternoon, visit the quaint seaside town of Lorne and cool off with a dip in the water, or by visiting one of the many galleries on the high street. Continue onto your overnight accommodation to recuperate from a full day’s adventure. 
    Day Eight: Great Ocean Road 
    This leg of your road-trip is possibly the most iconic of the entire drive. Having enjoyed breakfast, set off to the Twelve Apostles. Jutting out into the ocean, these rocky stands look as though abandoned to the ocean by the retreating headland. Only seven ‘apostles’ can be seen today by the fabulous vistas from the timber boardwalks that surround the headland. If possible, stay until sunset for a postcard image like no other. Otherwise, you could continue along Shipwreck Coast, aptly named following a series of around 700 shipwrecks. Stop also at the coastal town of Warrnambool, especially in the months of May to October, as this is where Southern Right Whales calve off Logan Beach. Finally, continue to Port Fairy to settle into a lovely evening in this charming coastal town. 
    Day Nine: Great Ocean Road
    After a leisurely breakfast in Port Fairy, continue to Portland where you can take a trip to the picturesque lighthouse that casts sublime views up and down the rugged Southern coastline of Australia. Here, you will also find a viewing platform over a colony of roughly 650 fur seals. Particularly adventurous guests may choose to snorkel amongst them on an optional cage dive. Next, stop at Mount Gambier, an ancient extinct volcano that is encircled by crater lakes. The hiking is superb on a trail around Blue Lake, so called because it turns cobalt blue in the months of December to March. Follow the coastline up to your final overnight stop at Robe. 
    Day Ten: Barossa Valley 
    Rise early to follow the coastline up to Port Elliot. Refresh by swimming in Horseshoe Beach or by surfing off Boomer Beach, before continuing onto the nearby Victor Harbour. Here you can find a unique horse-drawn tramway which links Victor Harbour with Granite Island, home to yet another colony of Little Penguins. Between June and October, you can also book a boat tour to see Southern Right Whales breeding in the sheltered waters of Encounter Bay. Finally, continue inland through rolling hills and vineyards of the idyllic South Australian countryside to reach the Barossa Valley in the early evening for a spectacular dinner washed down with the world-famous wine of the land.
    Day Eleven: Barossa Valley 
    The Barossa Valley is perhaps the best known and most appreciated of all of Australia’s wine producing regions. Here a wonderful climate and soil conditions have conspired to produce internationally acclaimed reds, such as Barossa Valley Estate’s Black Pepper Shiraz, and certain vintages of Penfolds Grange. In truth, there are now more than 80 cellar doors which are often open to public visits, giving visitors the chance to sample the riches of this area and experience the warm South Australian hospitality that couples it. The idyllic scenery means that a happy day can be spent travelling between wineries and spotting Lutheran churches, pretty hamlets and old cottages that date to 1842. 
    Day Twelve: Flinders Ranges
    Today the road-trip continues as you venture deep into the Outback of Australia and head into ‘the Flinders’, an ancient mountain range in the heartland of South Australia. Jagged peaks and escarpments rise up north of Port Augusta and track 400km north to Mount Hopeless. The colours are remarkable, as mauve mornings become midday chocolates and ochre-red sunsets. Emus wander across the roads and yellow-footed wallabies bound from boulder to boulder. Settle into your remote accommodation and dine under a star display like no other. 
    Day Thirteen: Flinders Ranges 
    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the calm of this remote region, before venturing out to engage with this environment in a more active way. A variety of options are available, from 4x4 drives to hiking to cycling to scenic flights. The scale of the landscape begs belief, and qualified guides will introduce you to the best vistas, and sightings of the iconic wildlife that abounds in this pristine Outback location. 
    Day Fourteen: Adelaide 
    Another day offers another road trip. Today you will drive south to the capital of South Australia, but on the way there is plenty of time to savour the pasting vistas, as the red hues of the Outback become the rolling green plains of the fertile wine regions. Stop at Port Augusta along the way to savour the sights and sounds of this frontier town, with its elegant old buildings and revitalised waterfront. Arrive into Adelaide in the late afternoon to drop off your hire car and settle into your penultimate stop on your tour. 
    Day Fifteen: Adelaide 
    With a distinctly Mediterranean climate, a renowned gastronomy scene, and bordering world-class wineries, Adelaide is a pleasant stop on any itinerary in Australia. Its ambience is elegant and green, as historic buildings sit agreeably next to the many parks that compose it. Soak up the culture of the region by visiting the excellent Tandyana Centre, or stroll through the fantastic botanical gardens for a relaxed day to replenish your energy for the last part of the trip. 
    Day Sixteen: Adelaide 
    Another taste of Adelaide awaits visitors who choose to hop on the tram and head to the old-fashioned seaside resort of Glenelg. Here you will be richly awarded by a fantastic beach, lined with a distinctly European feeling strip of al-fresco cafes making the most of the brilliant South Australian produce. Alternatively, more great wine and scenery is accessible through a quick trip to the bordering Adelaide Hills. However you choose to soak up your last full day on mainland Australia, be sure to return to Adelaide for a last dinner in this special city. 
    Day Seventeen: Kangaroo Island
    Wake early to catch your flight to Kingscote on Kangaroo Island. This wilderness island, alone in the vast expanse of the Southern Ocean has rightly been dubbed a ‘zoo without fences’, and it is home to an incredible range of iconic Australian wildlife, as well as rugged scenery and dramatic Southern Ocean beaches. Spot sea lions at Seal Bay, explore the vast wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park, or hike along the clifftops with the coastal flora for company. In the evening, settle down to the warm hospitality of lodge. 
    Day Eighteen: Kangaroo Island
    On your final full day in Australia, the choice is yours for making the most of the exceptional climate and landscape of Southerly Australia. A number of guided adventures are possible, from hiking to kayaking and with everything in between. It might be a great day, for example, to finally come face to face with kangaroos, by enjoying the ‘Kangas and Kanapes’ experience available to guests staying at Southern Ocean Lodge. Otherwise, why not learn about the settling of the area at Grassdale, which tells a microcosm story of Australia’s history. However you choose to spend you final day, be sure to eat well and raise a glass of South Australia’s finest to this enchanting continent!
    Day Nineteen: Return Home
    Wake to soak up the last of the scenery and climate before boarding your flight back to London via either Adelaide or Melbourne. 

    The best of Victoria and South Australia Touring Holiday map

    Value Hotels
    Melbourne
    The Lyall Hotel and Spa

    In the fashionable suburb of South Yarra, this sophisticated hotel enjoys a great location for exploring Melbourne, as well as a genuinely boutique ambience. We include Continental Breakfast and accommodation for two sharing a Deluxe One Bedroom Suite.
    Phillip Island
    Holmwood Guesthouse

    This stylish retreat offers romantic stays just a five-minute walk from Cowes Beach. With great access to all of Phillip Island’s attractions, it is a wonderfully boutique retreat. We include Breakfast and accommodation for two in an in-house Queen/King Room. 
    Great Ocean Road
    Great Ocean Eco Lodge

    The Great Ocean Eco Lodge is surrounded by pristine bushland, lush rainforest, secluded beaches and steep cliffs. It’s the perfect place to retreat to nature in bespoke homely comfort. We include Continental Breakfast and Dinner, a two-hour guided twilight nature walk, and accommodation for two sharing a Standard Room. 
    Quamby Homestead 
    With a tranquil setting near Port Fairy, Quamby is a historic and traditional Victorian Homestead set amongst botanical gardens attributed to William Guilfoyle. We include Continental Breakfast and accommodation for two in The Mews Room. 
    Robe House Bed & Breakfast
    Built in 1847, Robe House is a historic and quaint Bed and Breakfast featuring high vaulted ceilings and rustic floorboards. We include Breakfast and accommodation for two in the Apartment.  
    Barossa Valley
    Abbotsford Country House
    Set on 50-acres of farmland in the heart of the Barossa Valley, enjoy the warm hospitality of this traditional Australian homestead. We include Full Breakfast and accommodation for two sharing the ‘Deluxe Suite’.
    Flinders Rangers
    Rawnsley Park Station

    Overlooking the southern side of Wilpena Pound, Rawnsley Park is an ideal base for exploring the Flinders Ranges. With a dedication to being eco-friendly, and genuinely warm hospitality, explore the best of this wild region. We include Breakfast and accommodation for two sharing a 1 Bedroom Holiday Unit. 
    Adelaide
    Mayfair Hotel
     
    The Mayfair Hotel is an architectural landmark in Adelaide, occupying the former Colonial Mutual Life building. Stay here for a wonderful location, and a painstakingly thoughtful heritage renovation. We include accommodation for two sharing a Superior Queen Room. 
    Kangaroo Island
    Stranraer
     
    Built in 1920, and surrounded by rolling farmland, this historic homestead offers a wonderfully cosy ambience, a central location for exploring the highlights of Kangaroo Island, and a dedication to traditional hospitality. We include Gourmet Breakfast, ‘Stranraer Under the Stars’, and accommodation for two sharing a Guest Room. 
    Luxury Hotels
    Melbourne
    Park Hyatt Melbourne

    Offering 5-star accommodation in the centre of Melbourne’s cosmopolitan buzz, enjoy views over St Patrick’s Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens and the architecture of the city centre. We include Breakfast and accommodation for two sharing a King Room. 
    Phillip Island
    Glen Isla House

    A painstaking restoration has recently reclaimed the former glory of this stunning historic homestead. It’s setting matches the architecture, as it is encircled by a secluded heritage garden, as well as enjoying a beachside location. We include Breakfast and accommodation for two sharing a Classic Room. 
    Great Ocean Road
    Chocolate Gannets

    Set magnificently on a sandy beach in Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road, enjoy a homely ambience and intimate coastal views over the Southern Ocean at Chocolate Gannets. We include a Breakfast Hamper upon arrival and accommodation for two sharing a Luxury Sea Villa.
    Oscars Waterfront
    Oscars Waterfront enjoys an enviable position on the marina of Port Fairy. The style is French provincial and the atmosphere is warm and homely. We include Breakfast and accommodation for two in a Courtyard Room. 
    Robe House Bed & Breakfast
    Built in 1847, Robe House is a historic and quaint Bed and Breakfast featuring high vaulted ceilings and rustic floorboards. We include Breakfast and accommodation for two in the Apartment.  
    Barossa Valley
    The Louise

    With traditional architecture and a surrounding of renowned vineyards, The Louise is a luxury culinary retreat in the heart of the world-renowned Barossa Valley. We include Breakfast and accommodation for two sharing a Vineyard Suite. 
    Flinders Rangers
    Arkaba Station

    Arkaba Station offers some of the most exciting Outback stays in the whole of Australia. More like a safari, guests will experience the best of the Flinders Ranges in complete luxury and comfort. We include All Meals and accommodation for two in a Homestead Guestroom. 
    Adelaide
    The Intercontinental Adelaide

    On the banks of the River Torrens, this hotel occupies one of Adelaide’s most prominent positions as well as a suite of facilities that one would expect in a prestigious five-star hotel. We include accommodation for two sharing 1 x Superior Room. 
    Kangaroo Island
    Southern Ocean Lodge
     
    On a clifftop in the centre of the Kangaroo Island wilderness, Southern Ocean Lodge offers panoramic views, unrivalled touring facilities and second-to-none bespoke luxury. We include all dining, and open bar with premium wines and spirits, an in-suite bar, signature experiences, airport transfers, and accommodation for two sharing the Flinders Suite.

    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 
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