Having visited Australia six times and counting, Luxury Travel Advisor Denise Schaefer knows a thing or two about this remarkable country. Australia has it all – from modern cities to ancient history to mind blowing landscapes – beckoning you back to visit again and again.
Whether you are exploring Sydney’s iconic harbor or seeking adventure in the Outback, Australia is full of discovery and wonder. Nature lovers will fall in love with the unspoiled coastline, unique wildlife, and alluring Uluru, the most photographed landmark in the country. Fine dining abounds across the country, appealing to even the most discerning palates.
Wine-producing regions rival those of Europe, with vines dating back to the 1840s. And the Aboriginal experiences will inspire and transform you, as you learn about what may be the world’s oldest living culture. The art of unstuffy luxury hospitality has been perfected in Australia as home to some of the world’s finest lodges and resorts.
It’s important not to rush your trip, so you can take in all the beauty and appreciate every special moment. Australia is a special place, and it’s no wonder that this destination tops travel bucket lists.
For an exhilarating thrill and gorgeous harbor views, the BridgeClimb Sydney is an absolute must. With an expert climb leader, make your way to the top of one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks. Even if you are afraid of heights, you won’t want to miss this and the 360-degree panoramic views of the city.
Lovely Hamilton Island, with its terrific vantage point of the Great Barrier Reef and car-free lifestyle, offers endless activities for exploration. Hamilton Island Wildlife is not to be missed. Hop in your golf cart to make your way to the wildlife park for a fun-filled day of Aussie Animal Encounters. The highlight will be getting to know (and hug) snuggly koalas.
Sometimes micro-moments are the most meaningful memories of a vacation. In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, you can find exceptional lodging like the Qualia Resort. A sandbar appears when the tide goes out, unveiling the perfect romantic setting for a special celebration.
Sip cocktails and watch the sunset in a secluded paradise. These tiny moments have a lingering effect and are an ideal balance to more thrilling adventures.
With over 2,400 wineries and 65 wine regions, Australia is the quintessential destination for wine lovers. Enjoy a full-day easy-to-follow wine trail, a private barrel tasting, immersive blending and cooking class, excellent seven-course tasting menus, or impromptu wine picnic options. No matter where you venture in the country, you will find a wine experience to suit you.
Naturally, the Great Barrier Reef comes to mind when thinking about Australia’s water adventures. As the world’s largest reef system, snorkelers and divers travel from across the globe to experience this iconic site. The Great Barrier Reef is only one of the countless locations to marvel at Australia’s marine beauty. From sunken ships to dwarf minke whales to colorful tropical fish to underwater art to several shark species, you will find a myriad of dive and snorkel spots around the country.
Australia is a surfer’s paradise with picture-postcard beaches and epic waves for beginners and experts alike. World-renowned Bondi Beach is perfect for your first time on a surfboard. This location is where the World’s Largest Surf Lesson record was broken, with 320 newbies learning for the first time.
Experienced riders should head to South Bondi for more powerful swells. Bondi Beach isn’t the only place to carve a wave. You will discover spectacular surf spots near Sydney and beyond.