09th June, 2011

5 Aussie Holiday Highlights

Australia is regularly voted as one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations and it is easy to see why. Beautiful and varied natural landscapes, stunning beaches and a climate that ensures that it is always perfect somewhere conspire to create countless obvious attractions. Vibrant cities, dusty outback towns and friendly locals serve to seal the deal. But before you rush off and book your Surfers Paradise apartments or Sydney hotel, check out our guide for the low down on Australia’s top holiday highlights.


Any first time trip to Australia should include a visit to Sydney. A beautiful natural harbour has been enhanced by the iconic architecture of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge to create a visually spectacular city. Great nightlife, a thriving cultural scene and some glorious city beaches, such as the world famous Bondi, mean that if you do ever manage to take your eyes of the harbour, you will still find plenty to do.

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, situated just off the coast of Queensland, is the largest coral reef system in the world. It is one of the most spectacular too. The best way to experience the wonders of this marine world is to get in amongst it by snorkelling or diving, If you have never dived before, don’t worry; there are dive companies operating beginner’s courses in all the major tourist centres along the Queensland coast, so there is no reason for you to miss out. Even if you are not comfortable with the idea of diving, you can get a taste of this natural wonder. Glass bottomed boat tours allow you to get up close and personal with the marine life without even getting your feet wet.

The Red Centre

For a complete change of scene head into the centre of Australia to the land that water forgot. Over hundreds of millions of years, nature has carved dramatic and majestic formations out of the deep red iron rich rock to create a mysterious, almost Martian terrain. The most famous attraction is Ayers Rock (known as Uluru by the local aboriginal people to whom it is a sacred site), but just as worth a visit are the Olgas (Kata Tjuta) and Kings Canyon. Wherever you go, you will have your breath taken away by the beauty and the sheer vastness of the landscape. And when darkness falls, prepare to be dazzled by the most spectacular night sky you have ever seen.


Visitors to Australia often ignore Tasmania, separated as it is from the rest of the country by the Bass Strait, but this is a big mistake. With rugged and spectacular scenery in places such as the Freycinet Peninsula and Cradle Mountain, Tasmania is a great destination for hikers. A thriving food and wine culture, with the best seafood found anywhere in Australia, adds another delicious dimension and historical sites in Hobart, and at the former penal colony Port Arthur, give a fascinating insight into the history of European settlement.

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a perfect choice for a family holiday. Great beaches and tons of theme parks will make it easy for parents to entertain the kids. There is plenty to keep mum and dad occupied too, with an array of shops, restaurants and great nightlife. A huge choice of Surfers Paradise accommodation means that it is easy to find something central that matches your tastes and budget. It really is the complete destination.