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Australia is mesmerising – a remarkable continent encompassing the spectacular and the soul stirring. A land of huge contrasts with untouched deserts to explore and unforgettable spectacles to gaze upon: simmering rainforests; bounding marsupials; sunrise over mystical Uluru, symbol of Aboriginal heritage, practice and belief. Sailing around the Whitsunday Islands reveals pristine seascapes and brilliant reefs that are perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling. Dotted around the coast are sophisticated cities such as Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne – the latter a haven for the fashion conscious with its artistic café culture.

In Sydney the attractions are many, spanning harbour bridge walks, designer shopping and world-class dining. Take a seaplane to Sydney’s northern beaches, landing at an exclusive restaurant for lunch. There are epic rail journeys to look forward to aboard the Ghan or the Indian Pacific, and an infinite choice of self-drive options, perhaps taking the Great Ocean Road to Adelaide with a stop off to sample the vintages at South Australia’s award-winning wineries. Across the Bass Strait lie Tasmania’s verdant wilds and green valleys, the rugged national parks proffering a vast expanse of hiking trails. The Australasian and Pacific Rim cuisine is outstanding, and everywhere there are luxurious resorts and hotels to pamper and cosset after the day’s explorations. Let your antipodean adventure begin.

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Australia Essentials

Approx. Flight Times Sydney: 21 hours 30 minutes. Perth: 18 hours 40 minutes. Darwin: 17 hours. Brisbane: 19 hours 40 mins. Adelaide: 23 hours 45 mins. Melbourne: 22 hours 45 mins
Time Difference GMT Eastern States: + 10 hours. Western Australia: + 8 hours. South Australia & Northern Territory: + 9.30 hours.
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Australia Hotels & Itineraries

Introducing some of the best 5 star resorts in Australia.

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Best experiences in Australia

 

  • Sip champagne under the stars at Uluru (Ayers Rock) followed by an alfresco dinner and stargazing
  • Spend a memorable evening at Sydney Opera House, with a guided tour followed by dinner and a performance
  • Indulge in a personalised tour of one of Australia's wine regions, with the opportunity to meet winemakers and enjoy private tastings
  • Take in Sydney's beautiful coastline and harbour, the Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley on a full day air tour, landing for lunch at a working sheep and cattle station
  • Encounter colourful marine life by snorkelling or diving on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef or Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef

When is the best time to visit Australia?

Australia’s seasons in most areas are the opposite to those in the UK and best visited from November to March. However, the best months to visit the Northern Territory, Kimberley and tropical North Queensland are during the dry season from April to November.

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Carrier has been tailoring holidays worldwide for over 35 years and has firmly established its reputation as one of the leaders in the luxury holiday market. We have been voted ‘Favourite Tour Operator’ by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine more times than any other company in the past decade, and have been featured in The Sunday Times Travel Magazine’s Top 10 Tour Operators for 2016. Carrier has also won several national travel industry accolades, including ‘Luxury Tour Operator of the Year’ from TTG Luxury and Advantage Travel Centres.

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