Kangaroo at Lucky Bay in the Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance, Western Australia

Explore: Australia

Australia was forged on a mind-bending scale. It has more beaches than anywhere else in the world and some of the planet’s most distinctive wildlife – kangaroos, crocodiles, wombats, platypus, koalas and dingoes are only just the start.

Holidays to Australia

There are natural wonders galore, from the striking Red Centre to its two astonishing coral reefs sandwiched at either end of the country. This is also a place that brims with human energy and its cities alone are worth the trip. Each one is hospitable, vibrant, and stuffed with excellent restaurants. Spectacular Sydney wins the beauty contest, but Melbourne is sports-mad, packed with culture and routinely voted one of the world’s most liveable cities – with Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane not far behind.

Australia has natural wonders galore, from the striking Red Centre to its two astonishing coral reefs sandwiched at either end of the country
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Where to go

The famed harbour city of Sydney is Australia’s logical first stop, while the Great Barrier Reef, described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of nature’s greatest wonders”, is a huge box-office draw of the natural world, along with a visit to see the Red Centre and the sun set over Uluru.

With a little more time, catch a meal and a sports game in Melbourne, explore the Barossa Valley vineyards around Adelaide, consider a trip on the Ghan train – or head to the under-explored west coast for a stay in Perth, a meander around Margaret River, and whale watching in Ningaloo.

Darwin is the jumping off point for Australia’s great Outback adventures: here you can crocodile-watch in Kakadu, or see the extraordinary aboriginal art of Arnhem Land.

When to go

The high season – and highest temperatures – run from December to February. This is the time to see Test match cricket in Melbourne and Sydney and usher in the new year with fireworks over the Harbour Bridge. A cheaper time to go is the quieter shoulder season, often still with glorious weather: March and April for the southern hemisphere autumn, or springtime October and November.

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