Australia is a land of stark contrasts and curious critters. It offers up a compelling mix of wild and woolly adventures in the Outback, spectacularly secluded ocean hideaways, and a hip and modern cosmopolitan scene.
Australia is one of our all-time favorite destinations, and though it may seem leagues away and difficult to get to, an overnight flight from Los Angeles or San Francisco will have you waking up in Oz before you know it! Australia is a land of abundant choices. Whether you are looking for a honeymoon that provides bragging rights for a lifetime or the ultimate family adventure, Australia offers up as much thrill and excitement as a safari to Africa.
Favorite Things about the Land Down Under
Here at Outside GO we love Australia's world-famous attractions like looking for roos, swimming with sharks, tasting the wine, and sinking our toes into the beaches. But with insider knowledge, thanks to five-star guides and an unquenchable thirst for the new and exciting, we've also got a handful of the best hidden treasures up our sleeves.
"We're back and it was outrageous. What a great time we had. We have [Sandy Cunningham's] wonderful skills to thank for arranging everything for us. Our entire trip went off like clockwork!"
–Tony Barone, GO Traveler
AUSTRALIA'S BEST ADVENTURES
An island with fewer than 800 people, a city of 4 million, and the unexplored frontier of Tasmania come together to create an itinerary for Outside reader's dreams.
from $7,495 pp 10 Days/9 Nights $749/Day
Australia is a continent of vast distances and uncharted landscapes so remote that only the locals know how to best experience it in true Aussie style.
from $11,585 pp 15 Days/14 Nights $772/Day
There are so many ways to see Australia that sometimes you can find yourself in a paradox of choice. Let us take out the guesswork with this epic 11-day journey including Byron Bay.
from $5,695 pp 11 Days/10 Nights $517/Day
It's difficult to imagine visiting Australia and not spending time in the incredible landscapes it is so famous for. From the heights of Harbour Bridge to rugged Northern Queensland and on to the lush Daintree Rainforest, this itinerary never keeps you far from Australia's great outdoors.
from $5,835 pp 11 Days/10 Nights $530/Day
Australia is an epic adventure and a traveler's dream. With insider knowledge and hidden gems, we've created something special. This itinerary was hand-crafted to showcase Australia's best.
from $9,780 pp 9 Days/8 Nights $1,086/Day
NEW SOUTH WALES AND QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
This seven-day trip combines the best of the city and bush, from Sydney to the Scenic Rim Trail, so that you don’t miss a thing.
from $3,995 pp 7 Days/6 Nights $570/Day
This 12-day sea-to-sea journey showcases Australia's spectacular scenery and sights, all the way from Sydney to South Australia and everywhere in between.
from $8,995 pp 12 Days/11 Nights $750/Day
Tasmania's isolation and rugged wilderness calls to the adventurer's spirit in each of us, and a 9-day walking journey through Tasmania's Freycinet Peninsula is the ultimate way to experience Tasmania's beauty.
from $5,250 pp 9 Days/8 Nights $583/Day
This 11-day journey takes you through some of its most iconic regions all on foot with a grand finale in the capital. You'll spend six days walking through the moorlands, eating lunch old-growth pine trees, and marveling at glacially-carved lakes, staying in perfectly spaced huts along the way.
from $5,595 pp 11 Days/10 Nights $508/Day
MURRAY RIVER, AUSTRALIA
As with all of our trips Down Under, we recommend staying in Australia for at least a week to really take in the flavor of this immense and spectacular country. This 12-day journey is a truly awesome sampler.
from $5,675 pp 12 Days/11 Nights $472/Day
BASE CAMPS IN AUSTRALIA
WOLGAN VALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA
Emirates Wolgan Valley is Australia's first conservation-focused luxury resort, and it perches lightly on a private 4,000-acre wildlife reserve.
ULURU-KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK, AUSTRALIA
While we have quite a few epic base camps in Australia, Longitude 131 is our favorite one under canvas.
The Great Barrier Reef is a destination with a certain aura of magic about it, a true natural wonder, and at Orpheus Island the magic is only ever a few steps away.
COLE'S BAY, TASMANIA
An undiscovered outpost that balances endless exploring in Freycinet National Park with lavish digs.
DAINTREE RAINFOREST, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
Surrounded by the lush beauty of the Daintree National Park, Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa blend the soothing qualities of the ancient rainforest with the stylish indulgences of a contemporary retreat.
KANGAROO ISLAND, SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA
Perched atop a dramatic cliff and endowed with majestic views of the awe inspiring Southern Ocean, Southern Ocean Lodge perfectly navigates the fine balance between nature, comfort, and contemporary style.
Hike remote islands in Ireland, trek part of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, go off the grid in Tasmania, and more in our five favorite walking safaris.
This past fall Whitney spent two weeks in Australia exploring Sydney all the way to Brisbane. She surfed Bondi Beach, went on walkabout on the Scenic Rim Trail, snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, and more.
Outside GO President Sandy Cunningham reports back from Australia's island state.
Whether you want to hike a volcano in Central America, explore glaciers in New Zealand, or snorkel the uncharted waters of Australia, we've got something for you.
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Australian native and guide, Doudle, talks to us about a typical day on safari and how to understand some local slang.
The Saffire is Tasmania's newest hidden gem, and one of the coolest digs we've seen in the last century.
The Berkeley River Lodge on the Kimberley Coast consists of twenty suites perched perfectly on a sand dune.