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Luxury Travel: All-time Favourites
Luxury Travel: All-time Favourites
Lydia Bell, Travel and features Journalist, The Times; FT How to Spend It and Net-a-Porter’s The Edit

Find out why Australia is Lydia’s all-time favourite.

My connection with Australia is, above and beyond, personal. My father is English and I grew up in England, but my mother is a fifth-generation Australian and the pulse of Australia definitely runs deep within me. My memories of the country go back to childhood holidays. They are memories of eye-popping colour – the vivid blues of the Australian ocean and sunburst-filled days with my grandparents on the Central Coast of New South Wales. After university, I spent four, carefree, happy and under-paid years in Sydney, training as a journalist and at The Australian newspaper. Over the years, I’ve travelled to most corners of this wonderful country. As a travel destination, Australia’s unique selling point is its amazing diversity. Australia has absolutely every landscape, from the balmy subtropics to idealized desert islands, and an atmospheric outback of epic proportions.

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Daylesford, Melbourne, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, Coonawarra, Barossa Valley, AdelaideClassic Great Ocean Road

South coastal Australia is blessed; sophisticated cities, unrivalled scenery and a reputation for producing some of the finest wines in the world. This self-drive begins with the perfect rejuvenating start in Daylesford, Victoria’s spa country, followed by the cultural attributes of Melbourne. ...

Cruise /North Star Cruises - Kimberley Snapshot

The True North luxury adventure ship takes to the seas on this ultimate Kimberley cruise, featuring several icons of this wilderness destination. Departing from Broome, explore the majestic Kimberley starting with the Horizontal Falls where you can view this huge tidal range from the comfort of the ...

AustraliaRail Australia- The Ghan Darwin

Cross the Australian continent in style on board the legendary Ghan which travels between Darwin and Adelaide via Alice Springs on its two night journey. Trains are operated by Great Southern Rail and offer superb views of the remarkable Australian landscape and outback. Platinum Service cabins ...

Sydney, Blue Mountains, Hamilton Island, Kangaroo IslandCity, Island & Wilderness Extravaganza

This is a holiday of pure indulgence; the destinations are captivating and the accommodation exquisite. Commence in Sydney with its iconic architecture, including the world famous Opera House. Your journey continues as you leave city life and enter the serenity of the Blue Mountains, a region of ...

Cruise /North Star Cruises - Kimberley Ultimate

This thousand nautical mile voyage from Wyndham to Broome combines a fine blend of adventure, luxury and service. The Kimberley captivates the traveller with its rugged landscape and billion-year old sandstone gorges, while its delightful freshwater pools and streams offer many private oases all ...

AustraliaRail Australia- Indian Pacific Perth

Cross the Australian continent in style on board the mighty Indian Pacific which links Perth and Sydney via Adelaide, over three nights. Trains are operated by Great Southern Rail and offer superb views of the remarkable Australian landscape and outback. Platinum Service cabins are exceptionally ...

Blue Mountains, Uluru, Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier ReefAustralian Icons with Luxury Lodges of Australia

A journey of pure indulgence capturing some of the must see icons in Australia accompanied by some of the finest luxury lodges and camps in Australia. Luxury Lodges of Australia is a collection of independently owned and operated luxury lodges, each lodge offers signature experiences and ...

Cruise /North Star Cruises - Wet Season Adventure

The True North's thrilling wet season adventure cruise departs when the waters are running strong and the landscapes are blossoming. Experience the best of luxury cruising in the northwest of Australia on an itinerary that takes you to Kimberley's most iconic landmarks. Explore, hike, fish, swim ...

Australia /Best Experiences

  • 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

Australia /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.

Australia /Reviews

On arrival into Sydney Airport we were met by our chauffer and driven in a private car to the very contemporary Park Hyatt hotel. Located at Circular Quay, the Park Hyatt offers spectacular views overlooking the Harbour and Sydney Opera House.... more

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Approximate 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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British passport holders must obtain a visa prior to arrival.

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The ideal way to discover Australia is with a multi centre itinerary combining a number of contrasting states and experiences. Whether this is a first time or repeat visit, a tailor-made holiday can be arranged. A self-drive is the best way to explore certain regions.

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