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Bondi beach

Bondi Beach, New South Wales

When you arrive in Sydney, Australia please schedule a whole day to enjoy the panoramic white sand crescent Bondi Beach. World famous for its serious swells for surfers Bondi Beach offers a number of surf schools offering lessons. A hub for backpackers, city dwellers and visitors from around the world it is an ideal location to soak up the local culture while hanging out in one of its many pubs, beachside cafes, or ice cream parlors. If you desire to view the scenic coast and Australia’s beaches head to Coogee Coastal Walk which is a 6km trail linking four beaches, and if visiting in November you may even spot whales during their annual migration.


Uluru at Sunset

Uluru-Red Centre, Northern Territory

The Red Centre is an extraordinary landscape of desert plains, weathered mountain ranges, rocky gorges and some of Aboriginal Australia’s most sacred sites, including Uluru and Kata Tjuṯa. Floating in an outback waterhole, dining under a starry sky while being serenaded by didgeridoo, and watching the world’s most famous rock change colours at dawn and dusk are just some of the Red Centre’s only-in-Australia experiences. Fly to Alice Springs or Ayers Rock airport direct flights take about three hours from Sydney. Spend a few days in outback Australia’s most cosmopolitan town. Delve into the town’s fascinating past at the historic Telegraph Station. The Araluen Arts Centre has a great collection of Aboriginal art and you can buy a handmade souvenir at one of the many Aboriginal art galleries, such as Mbantua. You can see an ancient rock art gallery at Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park. Or hire a bike and ride out to Simpsons Gap, a sacred waterhole surrounded by cliffs. You could also take a tour to Standley Chasm, another spectacular red rock gorge that’s an easy day trip from town.

Source: Tourism Australia
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An aerial view of the islands of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Coast

Home to diverse marine life of the most vivid colours, the Great Barrier Reef offers the opportunity for great adventure, both in luxury and on a budget. Whether you explore the stunning Whitsunday Islands, trek the ancient Daintree Rainforest or relax on luxurious tropical islands such as Hayman and Lizard, a day on the reef is all about the unforgettable nature that surrounds you. Adopt Australia’s easygoing attitude when you island-hop, or stay in one of the many coastal getaways such as Cairns, Airlie Beach, Hervey Bay, Mission Beach and Port Douglas. Visit the Great Barrier Reef in style on board Ocean Spirit, a 32-metre (105-foot), high-performance catamaran. It sails daily from Cairns to Michaelmas Cay, a stunning reef sand island. You can dive and snorkel the reef among the turtles and colourful fish, lie on the deck and soak up the sun or enjoy a glass-bottomed boat tour. Michaelmas Cay is also home to more than 23 species of seabird and is one of the most significant bird sanctuaries on the Great Barrier Reef.

Source: Tourism Australia
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Beach with trees on the west side of Bribie Island, Queensland,

Perth to Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia

The Cape to Cape Walk Track runs for 135 kilometres along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between the lighthouse of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the far south west of Western Australia. The moderate Top Trail features spectacular coastal and forest scenery, a fascinating geology of cliffs, caves, headlands and rock formations and an ever-changing display of vegetation and wildflowers. Designed to bring people in close contact with the environment, the track mainly follows the coast, alternating spectacular sweeping cliff-top views with stretches of pristine beach. There are several inland loops, which take in some lovely sheltered woodland sections as well as the magnificent Boranup karri forest.The trail varies from old four-wheel-drive vehicle tracks, constructed pathways, firm well-graded tracks, to rough stony paths and sandy beaches. There are easy sections, which make excellent half-day and day walks, while some of the wider parts are rugged and hard going. To tackle the whole walk is a great challenge (usually five to seven days), but multiple access points along the coast allow the track to be completely easily in smaller segments. Several tour operators also offer fully-guided walks and with camping along the track and many types of accommodation close by.

Source: Tourism Western Australia
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Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The spectacular Great Ocean Road winds alongside the wild and windswept Southern Ocean.It spans 400 kilometres (249 miles) from the town of Torquay to Nelson on the South Australian border. Victoria’s dramatic south-west coastline covers an incredible range of scenery. See the world-famous waves at Bells Beach or laze on the sand at Anglesea. Visit the charming old fishing village of Port Fairy and get among the buzzing arts community in Lorne. Of course, you can’t miss the 12 Apostles. These craggy limestone stacks rising majestically from the Southern Ocean are a must-see. Join a scenic flight with 12 Apostles Helicopters to see the Bay of Islands, London Bridge or the entire Shipwreck Coast all the way to Australia’s oldest lighthouse at Cape Otway. From rainforests and rivers to old volcanoes and rugged coastlines, the Great Ocean Road showcases nature at its most diverse.

Source: Tourism Australia
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Queenstown New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown sits on the shore of Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges. It’s rumoured that gold prospectors – captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers – gave this now cosmopolitan town its name. Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most exciting destinations. Surrounded by towering mountains, positioned on the edge of a lake, Queenstown is a hub of adventure, thrumming with adrenaline and an omnipresent sense of fun. Whether you like to indulge your inner explorer or simply relax and enjoy the finer things in life, you’ll be able to craft your perfect itinerary from Queenstown, the perfect base for exploring the area. With a smorgasbord of outdoor activities, Queenstown is the home of the ultimate adventure bucket list. There’s skiing from winter right through to spring, and activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting all year round. It is also a renowned cycling destination, providing everything from easy scenic tracks to backcountry trails, road rides to heli-biking and the Southern Hemisphere’s only gondola accessed downhill mountain biking.

Source: 100 Percent New Zealand
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Whakarewarewa Forest Acidic Pools Rotorua

Te Puia Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Māori culture.From crystal-clear streams and magical forests, to epic biking trails and thermal mud pools, Rotorua has it all. The city offers a raft of attractions and experiences for everyone from adventure-seekers to those just looking to unwind. Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. After marvelling at the distinctive landscapes and volcanic activity within a geothermal park, enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a wellness getaway at a luxurious spa.

Source: 100 Percent New Zealand
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View over Christchurch area

Christchurch, New Zealand

From lush vineyards and wild coastlines to sky-piercing mountains and pristine glacial lakes, Canterbury is a region of remarkable contrasts and a haven for those seeking incredible scenery and adventure. Journey through the Southern Alps by train, investigate the night sky in the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve or get up close with whales in Kaikōura. Watch the steam rise amid murmurs of conversation as you sit back and relax in Hanmer Springs’ natural hot pools, explore boutique galleries and hidden bays in Akaroa and Banks Peninsula or enjoy the delights of the North Canterbury wine region. Or, take in the turquoise lakes, powerful glaciers and the sky-piercing alps of the Mackenzie district and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. The region of Christchurch-Canturbury stretches from Mackenzie country around Lake Tekapo as far north as Kaikōura. Between rugged coastlines and mountainous national parks, you’ll find never run out of things to do.

Source: 100 Percent New Zealand
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