There are dozens of Australian holiday packages to choose from, and as it’s impossible to see everything in this huge country on one visit, deciding where to go is your first step. The large cities of Sydney, Perth and Melbourne offer a variety of museums, restaurants and sights, although the country also boasts scenery ranging from desert to tropical jungle. Packages vary in length too, and typically include your accommodation, any air travel, meals and excursions, making them a much better value than booking everything separately. There are some highlights that anyone planning their first Australian holiday package may want to consider.
Many tours take in Australia’s famous and sparsely inhabited Outback area, where distances between settlements can be hundreds of miles. Alice Springs is often considered the centre of this vast area, and although remote it has a good range of accommodation, shops and restaurants. The town is also a jumping off point to explore Uluru, once known as Ayers Rock. This enormous sandstone monolith has long been considered sacred by the Aborigines, and is spectacular when seen at sunrise or sunset. Within easy reach of Uluru is the equally spectacular Kata Tjuta mountain range with its 36 red domes.
Many tours spend time in Sydney, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, known for its beautiful setting and its laid back lifestyle. As well as the must see sights that include the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and Rocks area, the site of the first English settlement, the city is also known for its several spectacular beaches. Sydney is a city of neighbourhoods too, such as King’s Cross, the place to go for bars, clubs and restaurants. Many Sydney packages also combine a visit to the scenic Blue Mountains, a couple of hours drive west of the city. This area is ideal for outdoor pursuits and is also home to dozens of wineries, many of which offer free tasting and tours.
For many people, the must see sight in the eastern part of Australia is the famous Great Barrier Reef. A trip here is often combined with a visit to Cairns or Townsville. There are several ways to experience the reef up close, depending on how adventurous you are; diving into the clear blue waters to see the 1,600 mile long reef is an unforgettable experience. Cairns is within easy reach of other area attractions including Green Island, several picturesque waterfalls and one of the oldest rainforests on earth.
A holiday package is a practical and easy way to experience the wonders of Australia, one of the world’s most fascinating destinations.