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From Vibrant Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef to the Wild Kimberley Coast

Australia dazzles with its contrasting landscapes, among them: the modern skyline of Sydney; the timeless mystique of Uluru; the expansive Outback; the pristine corals of the Great Barrier Reef; and the rarely visited Kimberley Coast. On a visit to Australia, pair this breathtaking scenery and an indigenous heritage stretching back for tens of thousands of years with the convenience of modern amenities, spoken English and a people known for their stoic good humor. Even better, let A&K show you the way with expert guidance and unmatched insider access.

In Sydney, a natural hub for any Australian journey, find a wealth of cultural attractions, none more famous than Sydney Opera House, which we reveal on a special behind-the-scenes tour. With so much inhabited coastline, the beach looms large in the Australian psyche, and no visit to Sydney is complete without a stop at Bondi Beach — something we can complete with privately arranged surfing lessons.

Australia’s natural splendors are unabashedly abundant. The Great Barrier Reef offers some of the world's finest snorkeling and diving; Ningaloo Reef is a foremost destination to experience whale sharks; and the island of Tasmania is a multi-sport haven for hiking, boating and off-road riding. Considered its last frontier, the rugged Kimberley coast with its astonishing waterfalls, islands and wildlife is best explored by sea on an A&K Luxury Expedition Cruise.

Away from the coasts lies the Outback, the parched desert that makes up the majority of the Australian continent. Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, rises from the flat plains of the Northern Territory with an otherworldly presence. Visit this extraordinary natural monument with A&K and enjoy a unique outdoor dinner nearby, followed by a night of stargazing. The Outback offers many opportunities for discovery of all kinds, ranging from wine tastings to a private Aboriginal concert.

Australia

Best Time To Go
Year-Round
Climate Charts
Time Zone
ET +15 hours
Flights
Sydney (SYD); Melbourne (MEL); Cairns (CNS)

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the best time to visit Australia?

    Australia is a year-round destination. The weather in Queensland, the Top End, the Red Center and Western Australia is best from April through September, with June, July and August being the most popular months to visit. May is one of the best time to visit the northern Kimberley region, when conditions are dry and waterfalls at their best. The summer period from November through March affords comfortable temperatures to visit Australia’s southern states of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia (from Perth to the south) and Tasmania.

    Australia is a year-round destination. The weather in Queensland, the Top End, the Red Center and Western Australia is best from April through September, with June, July and August being the most popular months to visit. May is one of the best time to visit the northern Kimberley region, when conditions are dry and waterfalls at their best. The summer period from November through March affords comfortable temperatures to visit Australia’s southern states of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia (from Perth to the south) and Tasmania.

  • What are the best places to visit in Australia?

    Australia boasts unparalleled natural wonders, such as the vast Great Barrier Reef, the monumental rock formations of Uluru and the sprawling Outback, the biodiverse Daintree Rainforest, the Bungle Bungle Range of Western Australia, the wilds of Tasmania, the remote shores of the Kimberley and the fascinating wildlife of Kangaroo Island. Victoria’s Great Ocean Road affords one of the world’s most scenic drives, while the distinctive cities of Perth, Melbourne and Sydney welcome guests to discover a wealth of urban adventures found nowhere else.

    Australia boasts unparalleled natural wonders, such as the vast Great Barrier Reef, the monumental rock formations of Uluru and the sprawling Outback, the biodiverse Daintree Rainforest, the Bungle Bungle Range of Western Australia, the wilds of Tasmania, the remote shores of the Kimberley and the fascinating wildlife of Kangaroo Island. Victoria’s Great Ocean Road affords one of the world’s most scenic drives, while the distinctive cities of Perth, Melbourne and Sydney welcome guests to discover a wealth of urban adventures found nowhere else.

  • What is the best way to travel around Australia?

    Australia’s vast size makes air travel the most popular way to link major destinations. Luxury expedition cruising offers another way to explore some of Australia’s more remote northern coastal regions, such as the Kimberley.

    Australia’s vast size makes air travel the most popular way to link major destinations. Luxury expedition cruising offers another way to explore some of Australia’s more remote northern coastal regions, such as the Kimberley.

  • Where is the best place to access the Great Barrier Reef?

    Stretching over 1,600 miles, the Great Barrier Reef can be accessed via boat from the mainland port cities of Cairns or Port Douglas, or from exclusive resorts on secluded island enclaves such as Lizard, Hayman and Whitsundays islands.

    Stretching over 1,600 miles, the Great Barrier Reef can be accessed via boat from the mainland port cities of Cairns or Port Douglas, or from exclusive resorts on secluded island enclaves such as Lizard, Hayman and Whitsundays islands.

  • What are the best culinary experiences in Australia?

    Australia’s vibrant foodie and wine scenes span Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurants, casual al fresco barbecues, Melbourne’s rich coffee culture and more than 2,460 wineries in 65 wine regions throughout the country. More immersive culinary experiences include bush picnics featuring campfire-cooked aboriginal delicacies and plucking fresh oysters straight from Freycinet’s Wineglass Bay.

    Australia’s vibrant foodie and wine scenes span Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurants, casual al fresco barbecues, Melbourne’s rich coffee culture and more than 2,460 wineries in 65 wine regions throughout the country. More immersive culinary experiences include bush picnics featuring campfire-cooked aboriginal delicacies and plucking fresh oysters straight from Freycinet’s Wineglass Bay.

  • Which are the best cultural experiences in Australia?

    Australia brims with distinctive cultural experiences, such as an aboriginal walkabout in Queensland, exploring Melbourne’s atmospheric arcades and alleyways, browsing the inspiring collection of Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art, mingling with locals at a sheep farm or going behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House. In the remote Kimberley, sacred rock art depicting ancient peoples offers a unique cultural trip back in time.

    Australia brims with distinctive cultural experiences, such as an aboriginal walkabout in Queensland, exploring Melbourne’s atmospheric arcades and alleyways, browsing the inspiring collection of Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art, mingling with locals at a sheep farm or going behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House. In the remote Kimberley, sacred rock art depicting ancient peoples offers a unique cultural trip back in time.

  • Do I need a visa to visit Australia?

    An Electronic Travel Authority visa (ETA) is required for U.S. and Canadian passport holders for entry into Australia and must be obtained prior to departure. To apply for an ETA visa, visit eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3/etas. The current fee is AUD $20 (subject to change without notice) and allows multiple entries for up to 12 months after the date of issuance.

    An Electronic Travel Authority visa (ETA) is required for U.S. and Canadian passport holders for entry into Australia and must be obtained prior to departure. To apply for an ETA visa, visit eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3/etas. The current fee is AUD $20 (subject to change without notice) and allows multiple entries for up to 12 months after the date of issuance.

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