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Australia

Our verdict:

Many people dream of visiting Australia, but the sheer size of the country can be daunting. You need expert advice to plan a trip tailored to your own requirements, budget and available time, whether that includes beaches, the Outback, Aboriginal culture or vineyard tours - or a bit of everything.

Recommended tour operator: Australian Sky

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Australian Sky says

Planning a trip to Australia but not sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place.

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  • Motorhome itineraries
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The sheer vastness of Australia can be overwhelming, but our expert team will put together the perfect trip for you to ensure you make the best use of your available time. It might be a beach idyll, city life, the vast wilderness and aboriginal culture, tropical rainforest, wine country or scenic mountains.

We work with all the major airlines and our experts can source the best prices, the most convenient routes and all the most exciting stopovers.

Our Australia fly-drives range from one to two weeks or longer with options to bolt together different itineraries. The Sydney to Cairns Discovery, for example, is a two-week trip that takes you from Sydney to Cairns via the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and the Gold Coast beaches. Hit Western Australia on our Grand West fly-drive from Perth to Darwin for the chance to snorkel with whale shark, meet the wild dolphins at Monkey Mia and discover The Bungles and Kakadu National Park.

We also offer motorhome holidays in Australia.

Our multi-centre holidays mean you can combine several states in one amazing holiday, flying from point to point. Splash out on our Awesome Australia uber-luxury trip which takes in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Kangaroo Island, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef.

An escorted tour is a great way to discover Australia, particularly if it’s your first visit. An expert guide, comfortable air-conditioned coach, seamless connecting flights, and carefully-crafted itineraries all add up to a hassle-free holiday.

Other options include rail holidays, using Australia’s renowned network of efficient and comfortable trains (including the iconic Ghan), and on our cruise holidays you can combine Australia and New Zealand or the Far East.

Click here for a full range of our holidays throughout Australia. Also see the best time to visit Australia.

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