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Introducing Australia

When is the best time to visit?
There's no bad time to visit Australia, though there are a few tips to keep in mind. Much of Australia runs hot, especially in the north—places like Uluru, Darwin & Cairns are best visited in Southern Hemisphere winter (June, July, August). The opposite applies for southern regions like Tasmania & Victoria that can get particularly cold in winter—January & February are the most pleasant times to visit.

Interested in the Great Barrier Reef? You'll have warm temps all year, though spring and summer bring stifling temps and lots of warm tropical rain. The famous Gold Coast is the country's Goldilocks region, with lovely weather throughout the year it's known for having beautiful weather most of the year. And given Sydney's southern latitude, glittering beaches are best visited in the warm summer months.

Where should you go?
Ask an Australian, and they'll tell you that picking a favorite place in their vast homeland feels as impossible as choosing a favorite child. That said, travelers can't go wrong with Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock, the stunning sandstone monolith in the Northern Territory), Cairns and the renowned Great Barrier Reef, and the famous sights of metropolitan Sydney. Head to the Gold Coast for beach time, Melbourne for culture, Kangaroo Island for wildlife, and Broome for to visit the fascinating Horizontal Falls, a series of tidal waterfalls in Talbot Bay that's considered to be a natural wonder.

How many days do I need?
Since reaching this part of the world requires long flights across multiple time zones for most travelers, it's best to make the most of your journey with at least one week in-country. The more time you can give it, the more relaxed and satisfying the trip will be. A great 10-day itinerary might start with 3 days in Sydney, before heading to Uluru, Darwin and Kakadu National Park, and Cairns for a few days each.

Have two weeks at your disposal? Even better. Consider flying into Melbourne, spending two days on Kangaroo Island, taking the Ghan Train from Adelaide to Alice Springs, and finishing with two nights each in Uluru, Darwin, and Cairns. If you're combining Australia with another nearby destination like New Zealand or Indonesia, a 5-7 day trip is doable—you'll probably want to stick to exploring one city and taking a couple of day trips from there.

Australia Travel Insights

Coastal Walk in Australia
Ultimate Australia - 16 Days

This well-rounded 16-day tour of Australia's highlights is sure to delight any first time visitor. You'll explore the hidden laneways of artsy Melbourne and the famous landmarks of Sydney, learn about indigenous culture at Uluru in the country's Red Center, and discover tropical Queensland with an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. Along the way, you'll meet kangaroos at Kangaroo Island, search for crocodiles at Kakadu National Park, and have free time to enjoy a few day trips of your choosing.

Experience Uluru
Highlights of Australia - 9 Days

If you've got a limited to time to tackle the vast Australian continent, this may be the itinerary for you. You'll start in cosmopolitan Sydney under the swooping eaves of the famous Opera House, then fly out to the Red Center to experience the dramatic rock formations of Uluru. Top it off with a visit up to Cairns to explore the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, with plenty of free days in between to add your own twist.

Exploring Northern Australia - 9 Days
Exploring Northern Australia - 9 Days

Explore the natural beauty and diverse wildlife of the northern half of Australia, making your way from tropical Cairns to lively Perth on this 9-day trip. You'll see the Great Barrier Reef, cruise through the wetlands of Kakadu National Park and fly over the magnificent Horizontal Falls. Along the way, you'll learn about aboriginal culture, explore the dramatic Katherine Gorge, and end your journey with a sunrise camel tour on the beach as you gaze out over the Indian Ocean.

Federation Square in Melbourne
Urban Australia - 8 Days

Visit three cities of Australia with this eight-day itinerary. You'll start off in Sydney, where you can enjoy both the bustling downtown and coastal cliff walk, then head to Melbourne to explore its artsy alleyways, museums, and cafes alongside the wildlife of the Yarra Valley. Finish off in Hobart, Tasmania, to learn about its history and art scene.

Look for these gorgeous islands as you boat through the Great Barrier Reef
Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns - 7 Days

This is the ultimate trip for first-timers in Australia with the perfect mix of guided tours and free time to explore on your own. Kicking off in Melbourne, you'll drive past the crashing waves of the Southern Ocean, sip craft beers with locals in Sydney, hike in the Blue Mountains, and experience the breathtaking beauty of the world's largest coral reef by catamaran.

Explore the Gold Coast's extensive coastline
Gold Coast & Byron Bay - 7 Days

Enjoy the sun, surf, and sand on this week-long tour of Australia's famous Gold Coast and Byron Bay. Starting in Coolangatta, you'll head up the Gold Coast to Burleigh Heads, Broadbeach, and Surfers Paradise where you'll enjoy golden beaches, world-class shopping, and a vibrant entertainment scene. End your stay in Byron Bay, taking in stunning sunsets, visiting organic farms, and meeting with friendly local artisans.

Australia Travel Maps

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Ultimate Australia - 16 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Australia
Travel specialist Lisa Sultanova
active 3 days ago

Lisa Sultanova

Originally from Russia and after visiting many continents and countries, I feel so happy to be able to call Australia home. My first trip overseas without my parents was to Bulgaria when I was 6...

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Travel specialist Jasmine Harvy
active 1 day ago

Jasmine Harvy

I'm a born and bred Gold Coast local, with a strong interest in culinary delights and destinations. In my spare time, I enjoy planning small road trips, discovering hidden gems and exploring new...

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Travel specialist Simon Bernardi
active 1 day ago

Simon Bernardi

I have been in the travel Industry for over 30 years and have traveled extensively both within and outside Australia. Our business was established to provide tailormade experiences for travelers...

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Travel specialist Peggy Maeshian
active 18 hours ago

Peggy Maeshian

I have been working in travel for most of my working career. I travel every chance I get. Australia as a destination offers so much for travellers to explore and enjoy in each region of Australia....

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Trip Reviews for Australia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim
Susie

Sydney and beyond for nature lovers, Australia - Aug 2 - Aug 12, 2019

Traveler: Susie G. - Local specialist: Jasmine Harvy

We had an absolutely enchanting trip to Australia, thanks to Jasmine at Global Tour Specialists! She created a perfect itinerary for us that involved adventures like a rock hopping river hike to a day spent in the rainforest sampling ice cream and climbing above the tree line! We snorkeled at four sites along the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns to Port Douglas, cuddled koalas, and just had day after day of top notch adventure.

Travel was seamless and included transportation - which was a... read more

We had an absolutely enchanting trip to Australia, thanks to Jasmine at Global Tour Specialists! She created a perfect itinerary for us that involved adventures like a rock hopping river hike to a day spent in the rainforest sampling ice cream and climbing above the tree line! We snorkeled at four sites along the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns to Port Douglas, cuddled koalas, and just had day after day of top notch adventure.

Travel was seamless and included transportation - which was a huge help since we’re used to driving on the other side of the road! We felt so relaxed and joyful, and grateful to have had Jasmine’s insight and good planning. We appreciated that there was a 24 hour phone number to contact in case of an emergency, and when we ran into minor issues, Jasmine and her team were so responsive.

This is not the type of vacation we usually take — it was a special occasion (our 10th wedding anniversary) and Jasmine did absolutely everything to ensure it was a special trip every day from beginning to end. Thank you so much! We had the adventure of a lifetime and would recommend KimKim and Jasmine at Global Tour Specialists in a heartbeat!

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Jasmine Harvy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Susie & Michael,

I'm so happy to hear about your experiences in Australia. Cairns & Port Douglas are such a special area of Australia with so much to offer to each and every visitor. I'm glad you guys enjoyed your trip and really hope to see you travel to Australia again. I enjoyed working with you from start to beginning on your itinerary.

Kind Regards,
Jasmine

High school graduation trip , Australia - Aug 2 - Aug 8, 2019

Traveler: Rebecca H. - Local specialist: Jasmine Harvy

Had a wonderful time , missed flight due to weather and Kim Kim team was right on it . No way we could of experience all the things we did in a short time without their help. Would highly recommend !

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Jasmine Harvy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rebecca,
I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your time in Australia. It was such a pleasure to create your dream itinerary. We hope you visit our country again sometime soon!
Kind Regards
Jasmine

Family with kids 19-26 want to experience as much of country as possible flying in out of sydney, Australia - May 18 - May 27, 2019

Traveler: Timothy D. - Local specialist: Lisa Sultanova

Lisa and the kimkim team were tremendous to work with. Our 10 day journey around Australia was perfect, the kimkim business model works! Lisa built a detailed itinerary that was fantastic, memories for a lifetime.

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Lisa Sultanova, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Timothy,
Thank you very much for a great review. Our team is very happy to hear that you enjoyed the trip. It was absolute pleasure to work with you!
All the best and Happy travels!