Australia has so much to offer

Welcome to Australian Adventure, your insider guide to this incredible country’s most exciting experiences and destinations. We’ve considered where you might fly into – Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Cairns, Brisbane, Canberra or Darwin – and shared some insider tips on what to do when you’re there (and where to sleep, natch). We’re on a mission to highlight Australia’s headline acts with our insider tips about the best beaches, coastal cafes, hip restaurants, favourite walking trails and secret coastal spots. Here’s a littles taste of what awaits…

Flavours of Australia

Food and wine are national passions in Australia, which puts some of the world’s most memorable wining-and-dining experiences on your plate. Where else can you watch kangaroos graze while eating just-caught seafood, taste top-notch wines whose flavour has been determined by limestone-rich soils, ocean breezes and generous amounts of sunshine, or sample indigenous plants and herbs prepared by innovative chefs and served in trend-setting city-laneway restaurants?

Coastal playground

Australia offers a myriad reasons to go underwater, whether you want to snorkel the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, discover deserted coves and fish for barramundi with an Aboriginal guide, swim with friendly whale sharks or enjoy beach picnics on sun-kissed white sands while kangaroos graze close by. Here, you can combine city thrills with beach life and enjoy waveside walks, ocean-spying picnics, beach cricket, surfing and sea swims; further afield, coastal road trips await.

Where the wild things are

Encounter nature at its most inventive in Australia, whose belief-defying wildlife includes dozy koalas, dinosaur-like cassowaries (flightless birds), tree-climbing kangaroos, elusive platypus, choral kookaburras, ponderous dugongs, graceful manta rays, gentle whale sharks – and more. On dry land, join a nature tour run by dedicated guides or set off on a hike through some of the world’s oldest national parks, where you can learn all about the land’s rich Aboriginal history. Get up close to indigenous plants and herbs, admire ancient trees and take a dip in cooling, hidden-away waterholes. There’s plenty for water-babies here: sign up for a snorkelling expedition, go diving, enjoy a kayaking adventure or a trip on a glass-bottom boat, where you might see whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles and manta rays swimming beneath you.

Tastemakers, itineraries and a special prize...

Don’t just take our word for it, though; our band of trusted tastemakers – from wildlife experts and modern-day adventurers to top chefs – will add an extra layer of on-the-ground intelligence. We’ve also drawn up some handy itineraries and developed a nifty planning tool to help you tailor-make your trip. You could even win an Australian adventure for two.

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