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  • Welcome to Australia Touring Holiday | Luxury, tailor-made tour


    Welcome to Australia Touring Holiday

    13 Nights / 14 Days
    Sydney – The Blue Mountains – Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Tropical North Queensland  
    About this tour
    The Welcome to Australia Touring Holiday is perfect for a first-time trip to Australia. Over the course of two weeks, we will introduce you to the classic highlights of this magnificent continent. You will see Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Ayers Rock (Uluru) and the Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest of North Queensland.
    This list includes optional activities possible in the featured locations of the tour, they will entail an additional cost to 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
    • Hike in the National Parks of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains
    • Enjoy a breakfast surrounded by kangaroos and pristine wilderness
    • Visit Ayers Rock and Uluru Kata Tjuta
    • See the stunning Milky Way from the Red Centre of Australia
    • Island hop or road trip on the magical Coral Sea coastline
    • Discover the pristine rainforest of Tropical North Queensland
    • Snorkel, Scuba Dive or simply cruise on the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef
    Tour description
    Starting on the iconic beaches and coastline of refreshingly laid-back Sydney, this tour will take you through the wilderness National Parks of the Blue Mountains, to the mystical Red Centre of Ayers Rock Uluru Kata Tjuta. Having paid homage to this ancient land, you will journey north in search of the tropical coast of Queensland, where pristine rainforest meets the mesmerising, crystal-clear waters of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. 
    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. 
    From £4,400 per person in ‘value hotels’.
    From £10,900 per person in ‘luxury hotels’.
    Please see our hotel lists for more information on what is included in these basic rates.
    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 Uluru, and from Uluru to Cairns in economy class.
    • Transfers 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

    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. Soak up the sun in Circular Quay or the historic Rocks district and revel in the stunning vistas over Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Take a leisurely stroll through the wonderful botanic gardens, Darling Harbour or to the wonderfully fashionable shopping districts of Queen Victoria Building, the Strand Arcade or Pitt Street.
    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 stunning Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, or head to one of the two National Parks that fringe the urban area. Elsewhere, why not discover the excellent museums and galleries of the city, including the Museum of Sydney where the rich history of Sydney and Australia is told.
    Day Five: Blue Mountains
    You are transferred by private chauffeur to your accommodation in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. 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. The mystical blue tinge of the eucalyptus trees will only further mesmerise you in this deeply spiritual place.
    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. In the evening, you are transferred to Sydney Airport by private chauffeur in order to catch your flight to Melbourne.
    Day Seven: Uluru
    The magical Red Centre of Australia’s Northern Territory provides a dramatic change of scenery to the lush bush landscape of the coast. Here, Uluru rises spectacularly from the flat plains of the desert measuring 3.6 kilometres long by 348 meters above the surrounding sandy shrubland. In the morning, perhaps join one of the guided walks to discover the sight’s ecology, Aboriginal cultural significance or geology. In the evening, you can enjoy a sundowner as the sun sets over Uluru, and is replaced with a mesmerising sky full of stars.
    Day Eight: Uluru
    Enjoy a leisurely morning, or choose to wake early and embark on an expedition to the glorious Kata Tjuta, where a Martian landscape of dome formations will fascinate and delight. Next, perhaps visit the cultural centre to learn about the cultural significance of Uluru, before your private chauffeur transfer to catch your flight to the Tropical North of Queensland. Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel. This might be by private chauffeur, or even by scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef, depending on your chosen accommodation. Day Nine: Tropical North Queensland
    Spend the day adjusting to the tropical climate with the help of the facilities on offer at your chosen accommodation. For many, this will inevitably entail a gorgeous swimming pool. For some hotels, pure relaxation can be found in on-site spa facilities.
    Day Ten: Tropical North Queensland
    day 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. Enjoy calm, crystal-clear waters, and the iridescent colours of the coral, if you participate in one of a number of optional activities. Find turtles, rays, colourful fish, and even whales and dolphins for the extremely fortunate.
    Day Eleven: Tropical North Queensland
    Recuperate from the thrill of your optional touring by another day spent indulging in the facilities of your chosen accommodation. The sunshine and warmth of North Queensland will sooth the aches and pains of adventure.
    Day Twelve: 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. From wildlife walks to crocodile cruises, the riches of Queensland are easy to see with an exciting range of optional tours on offer
    Day Thirteen: 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, cruise to the stunning white sands of Whitehaven Beach. Elsewhere, chase waterfalls, wilderness hikes, deserted beaches, islands and mountains. There’s something for everyone in North Queensland.
    Day Fourteen: Tropical North Queensland
    Wake late and soak up the last of the scenery, climate and luxury facilities of your boutique accommodation. Whilst the magic of this incredible continent will stay with you forever, it’s time you say goodbye for now as you are transferred to Cairns Airport to catch your flight home.
    Optional 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 best of New South Wales extension (2-nights)
    Before heading into the Blue Mountains on Day Five, choose from a rich variety of beautiful destinations found elsewhere in New South Wales. Beach dwellers should head south to Jervis Bay or north to Byron Bay, with either offering a pristine bush landscape, idyllic white sand beaches, and thrilling water sports. Elsewhere, wine aficionados should travel to the Hunter Valley for achingly pretty vineyards, whilst skiers are well catered for in the Snowy Mountains of the south east. Spend two nights exploring before re-joining your tour to the Blue Mountains.
    Price on request.
    Optional best of the Northern Territory extension (2-nights)
    Located in the north of the wild Northern Territory, Kakadu National Park offers a completely unique outback experience for travellers interested in Aboriginal culture and wildlife. Retreat to nature for two nights in a safari-style camp, and explore its diverse ecosystems, iconic flora and fauna, and rock paintings. Head here after Day Eight, and re-join your tour in the Tropical North Queensland.
    Price on request
    Optional Melbourne and Victoria extension (2-nights)
    Following your two-night stay in the Blue Mountains, instead of flying from Sydney to Uluru (Ayers Rock) on Day Seven, fly instead to Australia’s capital of culture and sport: Melbourne. Here you can spend two nights exploring the beautiful city, and the wonderful surrounds of rural Victoria including Phillip Island, the Great Ocean Road and the Yarra Valley, before flying directly onto Uluru to re-join your tour.
    Price on request
    Optional Adelaide and South Australia extension (2-nights)
    Following your two-night stay in the Blue Mountains, instead of flying from Sydney to Uluru (Ayers Rock) on Day Seven, 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 including Kangaroo Island, the Great Ocean Road and the Barossa Valley, before flying directly onto Uluru to re-join your tour.
    Price on request. Optional Indian Pacific Extension (5-nights)
    Instead of simply flying from Sydney to Uluru, 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 canapés 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 Uluru to re-join your tour.
    Supplement in price from £1500 per person.
    Optional The Ghan Extension (3-nights)
    Instead of simply flying to Uluru for a 2-night stay, fly from Sydney to the elegant and sophisticated Adelaide in South Australia. Spend two nights Enjoying the rich culinary heritage of the city, or journey to wider South Australia in search of stunning scenery and spectacular wineries. 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 Tropical North Queensland to re-join your tour.
    Supplement in price from £800 per person. 

    Welcome to Australia map (V2)

    Value Hotels
    Ovolo Woolloomooloo
    A stunning wharf restoration, Ovolo Woolloomooloo offers a fashionable atmosphere, fantastic service, and a peaceful location from which to explore the City. We include room only in the ‘Superoo Room’ accommodation category.
    Spicers Potts Point
    Spicers Potts Point is a beautifully restored set of traditional Sydney town houses on a leafy boulevard in Potts Point. Expect a truly boutique ambience, and explore the city like a local. We include room only in the ‘Queen Room’ accommodation category.
    Blue Mountains
    With a fantastic spa, a tennis court, two heated pools and a renowned restaurant, the traditional homestead of Lilianfels is a wonderful nature retreat for all the family. We include room only in the ‘Deluxe Room’ accommodation category.
    Old Leura Dairy
    Homely, cosy and impossibly pretty, the Old Leura Dairy is a wonderfully restored cottage set in the heart of the Blue Mountains. We include room only in the ‘The Studio’ accommodation category.
    Sails in the Desert
    Sails in the Desert features all that discerning clients could need in the Red Centre of Australia, an inviting swimming pool, a great restaurant, beautiful rooms and a thirst quenching bar and lounge. We include room only in the ‘Superior Room’ accommodation category.
    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 room only in the ‘Garden View Room’ accommodation category. 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.
    Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
    Set around a 3,000-square metre lagoon pool, the Sea Temple Resort and Spa offers a magnificent base from which to explore the reef and rainforest of Tropical North Queensland. We include room only in the ‘Studio Spa Room’ accommodation category.
    Luxury Hotels
    Park Hyatt Sydney

    The Park Hyatt in Sydney is an iconic hotel offering sublime views over Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, an exclusive atmosphere, and a wonderful location from which to explore the city. We include Full Breakfast and the ‘Harbour View Room’ accommodation category.
    The Langham Sydney
    The Langham in Sydney is an elegant and sophisticated 5-star hotel located superbly in the heart of Sydney’s historic Rocks District. We include Breakfast and the ‘Deluxe Room’ accommodation category.
    Blue Mountains
    Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
    Located in the heart of a 7,000-acre conservancy in a World Heritage-listed region of the Blue Mountains, experience true luxury and utter exclusivity in your indulgent private villa. We include a One Bedroom Heritage Villa, as well as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily, all non-alcoholic beverages, a range of beer and wine with meals, and two on-site nature based activities per person per day.
    Longitude 131

    Longitude 131 is an oasis of luxury in the Red Centre of Australia offering second-to-none hospitality, and a complimentary range of exclusive touring around Ayers Rock and Uluru Kata Tjuta. We include all dining, premium wines and spirits, an in-suite bar, signature experiences, return Ayers Rock Airport transfers, and the ‘Luxury Tent’ accommodation category.
    Tropical North Queensland
    Lizard Island Resort

    With 24 private beaches shared between just 40 villas, Lizard Island Resort is as exclusive a private island one can find in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. We include gourmet meals, a fine selection of wine, beer, basic spirits and champagne during meal periods, deluxe picnic hampers for private beach outings, the use of motorised dinghies, stand-up paddle boards, clear view kayaks, and sailing craft, and the ‘Garden View Room’ accommodation category.
    Orpheus Island
    Again, 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 include All Meals, selected Australian wines and beers, a daily Orpheus Island experience, unlimited use of motorised dinghies, paddle boards, kayaks, and catamaran, and the ‘North Beachfront Room’ accommodation category.

    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 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 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
    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.
    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 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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