Australia: a southern land that keeps this entire earth in balance. A place where you are either surrounded by the dusty redness of the scorching outback or the sparkling turquoise of a beautiful coastline. Where dinosaurs once roamed in abundance only to be replaced by creatures that are even weirder... creatures that move about by hopping. This place and its people are the definition of unique.
Australia is a country, or Australia is the name for a land that encompasses many countries; to understand the latter is to walk in the footsteps of the first peoples - the world's oldest culture that has been preserved to this day despite the impacts of colonisation. Whether you’re tracing outlines of rock art more than 20,000 years old or admiring the iconic sites of Sydney Harbour where the Eora Nation traded for centuries, the backbone of this itinerary pays homage to the fact that you are walking on indigenous land.
Marooned far from the rest of the world, this country is a land full of quirks, idiosyncrasies and contradictions. Vast but sparsely populated; searingly hot, but sees more snow than Switzerland; full of sharks, snakes and spiders, but nevertheless an inviting place for a holiday. It’s also home to the only mammals that can lay eggs, a flightless bird that can’t walk backwards and a population that once prioritised the TV show Masterchef over a general election.
Nowhere builds cities quite like Australia: each centring itself around magnificent waterways or beachfronts, while offering different experiences across different geographies. You only have to travel a stone’s throw from any of Australia’s capital cities before you’ve landed somewhere truly out of this world. Not scared of the deep blue? Dive into famous reefs from the Ningaloo to the Great Barrier Reef, or witness majestic southern right whales off the coast of Kangaroo Island. Like thrills? Nothing will steady your sea legs more than getting on a 4WD tour and hitting one of the many dirt roads leading to rocky outcrops, from Uluru to Mount Mulligan. Bit of a foodie? No trip to Tasmania would be complete without planning exactly where you’ll slurp freshly shucked oysters!
In keeping with the theme of the "Hidden" series of Dream Journeys - this trip has been carefully crafted in a way that allows you to get to know Australia intimately. A weaving of locations that show you this incredible country at its grass roots ten years ahead of the crowds.
Between March and June if you want to catch the whale sharks on their migrations and avoid the intense heat of the Red Centre and Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, if you want to be able to watch the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, December is best.
WHERE DOES IT START?
Cairns with an onward flight to Lizard Island.
If you haven’t gathered, Australia is huge and in order to cross this vast continent whilst truely getting to know it, you will need time on your side. We suggest dedicating 30 days to this Dream Journey.
DID YOU KNOW?
Queen Elizabeth II once fired the entire Australian government!