Enliven your senses on The Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World.
Embrace stunning panoramas in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area
The Sydney Opera House, set against a backdrop of the of the glistening harbour framed by the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge
Australia is large, lively and full of contrasts. From sun-kissed beaches to immense red deserts, it is timeless yet modern
Known for its untouched wilderness, diverse landscapes and cosmopolitan cities, Australia offers many unique and luxurious lifestyle options.
Whether you are seeking white sandy beaches, snow-capped peaks, pristine rainforests or a bustling metropolis, Australia is a country that caters to your every desire. Head to Sydney, home to one of the world's most beautiful harbours and you will discover for yourself why so many people have made this international hub their home.
Explore the diverse natural beauty of Tasmania, or indulge in some of the country's finest wines and gourmet produce in the heart of South Australia's Barossa Valley. Uncover the rugged coastlines of Western Australia before retreating to the cosmopolitan heart of river-side Perth.
Discover the artistic, creative and every-changing city of Melbourne by getting lost in its many laneways and unique neighbourhoods including Carlton, St Kilda and Fitzroy. Head north to Queensland where pristine coastline and exclusive tropical islands meet bustling urban centres such as the Gold Coast and Brisbane – Australia's new world city; or experience the dramatic outback landscapes and red sand deserts of the Northern Territory, including the iconic Kimberley region.
Australia is known for it's unique and diverse architecture with a wealth of luxury homes that exudes lifestyle. From chic beach-side bungalows, to canal-front retreats, to alpine hideaways and extravagant inner-city sanctuaries, Australia truly has it all.
Aboriginal Australians are believed to have first arrived on the Australian mainland by boat from the Indonesian archipelago between 40,000 - 60,000 years ago
Aboriginal Australians established among the longest surviving artistic, musical and spiritual traditions known to Earth.
Gold rushes and agricultural industries brought prosperity to the country. Australia now sustains the 14th biggest economy in the world.
Food and Wine
The Australian world of food and wine offers more freedom and diversity than perhaps that of any other nation on the planet.
Australians have grown up with a broad influence from Indigenous, European and Asian cultures so it is unsurprising that there is less of a national cuisine and a rather borrowing and contemporary interpretation of cuisine from around the world.
There's an inherent free-spirited attitude in the kitchens and cellars of Australia that drives adventure, refinement and discovery when food and wine get together.
With sparkling waters, golden sandy beaches and tropical temperatures, Australia is the perfect destination for sun-seekers or for those that enjoy whiling their days on the water.
- Take in the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, a world heritage-listed, natural inspiration and the world's largest coral reef
- Venture to Sydney, where the natural surrounds and beautiful harbour form the perfect backdrop for harbour-side activities.
- Immaculate, pure mountain air - for the adventurous, don't miss the Snowy Mountains region, where snow activities are in abundance.
- Kick up your heels in bustling Melbourne. From locally-designed originals to the best of international brands you'll be spoilt for choice in Melbourne's shopping precincts.
- Enjoy the locally produced food and wine from one of the country's many rich vineyards and farmlands
The Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne hosts the annual Australian Open part of the ATP world tour.
Perisher, New South Wales, boasts the largest ski resort in Australasia.
With 74 islands inside the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, the Whitsundays offers the luxury of pure air, secluded beaches and spectacular sunsets which make for a truly idyllic sailing experience. Alternatively the sparkling waters of the Sydney Harbour offer a myriad of spectacular and captivating sights.
Did you know?
The Australian Alps, or Snowy Mountains as they are also known, receive more snow than Switzerland.
- Australia ranks highly in many international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education and economic freedom
- In 1995, an Australian red wine, Penfolds Grange, won the Wine Spectator award for Wine of the Year, the first time a wine from outside France or California achieved this distinction
- In land area, Australia is estimated to be the sixth largest nation, although houses a relatively small population.
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Australia's climate varies widely.
Whilst the vast majority of Central and Western Australia is desert with a semi-arid climate, the south east corner consisting of New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania offer a very temperate climate.
The northern regions of Australia from North Queensland to the Northern Territory have a very tropical climate year round.