The vast island continent of Australia is often seen as an aspirational, once-in-a-lifetime, destination but after that first, memorable visit you'll yearn to return for a second luxury Australia holiday.
The fabled 'golden triangle' of reef, rock and Sydney exerts a substantial pull but delve a little deeper and there are wondrous scenic, cultural and epicurean experiences to be found throughout every state.
Unsurprisingly in a country that encompasses both tropical and temperate climates there are incredibly diverse landscapes, home to a plethora of plant, bird and animal life. Internationally acclaimed wines are grown in many regions and the thread of ancient Aboriginal culture is woven through Australia's history and culture with fascinating effect.
Australia luxury holidays holds many treasures within its realm. Memorable, magical and super-luxurious, you’ll spend the plane journey home planning your next adventure to its pristine shores. Every day is a g’day in Australia! This vast island can offer the discerning traveller so much due to its sprawling landscapes and thousands of miles of coastline; from skiing to snorkelling, surfing to skydiving. But of course there are a wealth of relaxing ways to enjoy Oz too, including dining in the chic restaurants of Sydney and lazing on the paradise beaches of the Whitsunday Islands. With so much to see and do, and given the air miles, a tour of your own selected must-sees over a period of at least two weeks is what we’d recommend.
Time difference: There are three time zones; eastern Standard Time is GMT +10 hours, Central Time is GMT +9.5 hours and Western Time is GMT +8 hours Flight duration: 22 hours 25 minutes (via Singapore to Sydney) Capital: Canberra
How to get to Australia
British Airways and Qantas fly from London Heathrow via Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Singapore Airlines fly from London Heathrow and Manchester via Singapore. Cathay Pacific and Virgin Atlantic fly from London Heathrow via Hong Kong. Malaysia Airlines fly from London Heathrow via Kuala Lumpur. Thai Airways fly from London Heathrow via Bangkok. Emirates fly from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle via Dubai.
Weather in Australia
The tropical northern half of Australia is best visited in its dry season of May to October. Southern Australia experiences four seasons, the reverse of the UK, so expect hot summers, December to February and cool winters, June to August. Spring and Autumn are generally very pleasant times to visit, ideal for touring holidays.
Luxury Australia Holidays Fact File
HIGH SEASON September - February
FLIGHT DURATION 23 hours
UK AIRPORT OPTIONS London Heathrow and Gatwick, Manchester via Dubai with Emirates, Birmingham via Dubai with Emirates and Qantas, Edinburgh via Abu Dhabi with Etihad
DIRECT FLIGHTS No
COUNTRY COMBINATIONS Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong
CURRENCY Australian dollar
TIME DIFFERENCE + 11 hours
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