Covering a huge area, Australia’s diverse landscape has something for all tastes - spectacular beaches, desolate red deserts, snow capped mountains, rainforests and coral reefs thriving with sea life. It is the cosmopolitan cities that are on everyone’s Australia holiday itinerary, however we know of a more undiscovered Australia which should also be on the wish list for every Australia holiday.
Rich in Aboriginal culture and boasting some of the most dramatic scenery on earth, Australia’s north-west is a beautiful and isolated region of Australia, rarely visited on conventional Australia holidays. The rugged Kimberley coastline boasts inlets, gorges and huge waterfalls, not to mention extreme tides, which make for spectacular horizontal waterfalls as coral reefs seemingly, emerge from the sea and the stunning nature of this coastline is best seen from the sea looking in and not the other way around.
The Bungle Bungles, which were only discovered in the 1980s, are also accessed from this region and are astounding when seen from the air. Aboriginal art is scattered across this region with rocks and caves acting as galleries for this ancient work.
Orion Expedition Cruises offer the most wonderful itineraries and this is the Australia cruise to take.
The islands of tropical North Queensland showcase the world renowned Great Barrier Reef. Swimming and snorkelling around the stunning corals thriving with marine life and relaxing on the pristine beaches is a must on any Australia holiday.
If you are planning on taking an Australia holiday, it is worth extending your trip to do a fuller exploration.
For obvious reasons the Red Centre is not on Australia cruise itineraries, but a visit to Uluru, Kings Canyon and the Olgas should be a part of any trip.
The Whitsundays and Frazer Island on the East Coast also showcase Australia’s unique landscapes.
Day 1-2 - Fly London to Cairns, via Hong Kong
Day 3 - Cairns. At leisure
Day 4-5 - Travel to Daintree Rainforest for a 2 night stay. From here explore The Daintree River, Cape Tribulation and The Great Barrier Reef
Day 6 - Join Orion in Cairns
Day 7 - Hardy Reef. Visit "Reef World" floating pontoon and view the reef from the underwater viewing chambers
Day 8 - Hamilton Island. Visit the Whitsundays' beautiful resort island
Day 9 - Percy Island. A day on the beaches of this unspoilt island
Day 10 - Lady Elliot Island. Dive and snorkel in the surrounding waters
Day 11 - At sea
Day 12-13 - Brisbane. Arrive Brisbane for a 2 night stay
Day 14 - Fly London
Day 15 - Arrive London
Day 1 - 3 - Fly London to Darwin via Singapore
Day 4 - 5 - Com / At Sea
Day 6 - Wyndham & The Bungle Bungles. Flight seeing tour of Bungle Bungle Ranges and Purnululu National Park
Day 7 - King George River and Falls. Zodiac voyage in the awe-inspiring sandstone canyon to the King George Falls
Day 8 - Vansittart Bay. Visit Jar Island to see fascinating rock formations and aboriginal art
Day 9 - Hunter River. Anchor off Naturalist Island and take a Zodiac into the mangroves of the Hunter River and an optional helicopter to Michell Falls
Day 10 - Montgomery Reef & Raft Point. From your Zodiac see Montgomery Reef rise from the ocean
Day 11 - Talbot Bay. Witness the Horizontal Waterfalls of the Buccaneer Archipelago, produced by the rapid fall of the tide
Day 12 - Nares Point & Crocodile Creek. Cruise by Zodaic around this fascinating geological area
Day 13 - 14 - Broome. Transfer to the airport for your flight home via Perth
Day 15 - Arrive London
The best time to visit the North of Australia is during the Australian winter between April and September (northern hemisphere summer) when temperatures are cooler and there is less humidity. Further south (Australia’s East Coast and the cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne), Australia’s summer is the best time to visit with hot and sunny weather.
Tropical, lightweights and cottons are recommended. Dress code onboard is smart casual and during the day, comfortable clothing is recommended.