Australasia & Pacific
Reef, rainforest, wildlife, cities, adventure, islands and more
Australia is the smallest continent but the area it covers offers the world a plethora of luxury holiday choices. Australia has everything including long golden beaches which remain uncrowded even in the summer months, vast areas of wilderness, mountain ranges, deserts, an abundance of wildlife and fascinating native flora and fauna.
Australia is made up of seven states:-
New South Wales: Home to the largest and probably the most famous city in Australia – Sydney. Here you can visit the harbour, opera house or shop until you drop. Adventure seekers should plan in time to visit the Blue Mountains and, for wine lovers, the Hunter Valley is an absolute must!
Northern Territory: Here you will have the opportunity to discover Australia’s true outback. Visit Uluru (otherwise known as Ayers Rock); an amazing place, particularly at sunrise and sunset. Take a trip to explore Kakadu National Park or find out more about the amazing culture of the Aborigines.
Queensland: Choose from five World Heritage listed areas including the Great Barrier Reef and the unspoilt Daintree Rainforest, Queensland really is an all year round destination and an absolute must for beach lovers.
South Australia: Wine connoisseurs the world over flock to the Barossa Valley. This state is also popular with nature lovers and offers visitors a chance to see most of the country’s native animals.
Tasmania: Located 250 km off the south east coast of Australia, Tasmania is one of Australia’s hidden treasures. Your trip should include a visit to some or all of Tasmania's 19 national parks, time to explore the underdeveloped coastlines and the unspoilt wilderness and learn more about the states intriguing history.
Victoria: This may be the country’s second smallest state but it is home to one of the most famous and scenic drives world over – The Great Ocean Road. The city of Melbourne offers an array of cultural and sporting delights and is well worth a visit.
Western Australia: When you visit WA you will discover a whole host of stunning natural environments along with a huge variety of landscapes and climates. Here you can visit the famous Kimberley region; an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Moving on to New Zealand, you can be assured you'll receive a warm welcome from the 'Kiwis'. We recommend you visit both the North and the South Islands as they are so diverse. The North Island has Tongariro National Park, steaming geysers and towering mountains and the South Island is home to an amazing amount of wildlife and it's a perfect place for a spot of whale and dolphin watching.
Designer Travel are your luxury holiday experts for Australasia & The Pacific and can plan a personalised itinerary tailored exactly to your requirements. We have travel experts who know and love this amazing part of the world and they will source the best flights, luxury accommodation, excursions and anything else your require to make your holiday here one that you'll never forget.
- Visit the kangaroos on Kangaroo Island
- Take a tour of the iconic Opera House
- Sydney is a sophisticated city with plenty of experiences to offer
- A self-drive holiday is a fantastic way to see the sights…why not take the Great Ocean Road?
- Uluru is a magical must-see, it’s absolutely spellbinding
- There are many ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef including scuba diving, snorkelling and cruising
- Tasmania has 19 national parks and 800 other reserves
- There are many excellent wine tours in the Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley and Barossa Valley
- You can visit one of the many film sets from The Lord of The Rings on New Zealand’s South Island
- New Zealand is also a fantastic choice for keen golfers as it has more than 380 golf courses
Flying Time: 22 hours
Time Difference: +8 hours (west), +10 hours (east)
We can provide general information about any health formalities required for your trip but you should check with your own doctor for your specific circumstances. Up-to-date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
Being such a vast country, Australia has several different climate zones. It has a more tropical climate in the north with hot and humid summers and warm and dry winters.
The southern areas are more temperate with summer temperatures between 25°C and 30°C Winter is cooler with temperatures of 5°C to 10°C.
In the outback, temperatures can reach over a staggering 50°C with zero rainfall.
Leisure & Activities
Sydney Opera House
Opened in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre with an iconic exterior design. Apart from attending one of the many performances, you can also join a back stage tour to see how this magnificent building operates. The tour is followed by a full breakfast taken in the exclusive domain of the Green Room.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is said to be the largest living thing on the planet. Situated off the coast of Queensland in north eastern Australia, its home to countless fish, molluscs, turtles and dolphins as well as over 600 types of hard and soft coral and reefs. There are many ways to experience the reef including scuba diving, snorkelling and cruises.
Ayers Rock or Uluru is one of the most iconic natural sites in Australia; a massive 350 m high sandstone monolith situated in the Northern Territory about 463 km by road south west of Alice Springs. This is truly a magical place to visit and one which you absolutely should see if you have the chance.
Destinations in Australasia & Pacific
Melbourne and Victoria
From hot air balloon flights to cultural shows, Victoria and Melbourne are fantastic destinations for the discerning traveller. Melbourne, with its parks and tree lined boulevards, certainly has the feel of the laid-back Aussie lifestyle. There’s plenty of live entertainment...