There’s nothing like Australia to try something new

There’s nothing like Australia to try something new

Australia has so many diverse and exhilarating experiences to offer. Take a helicopter ride over Sydney beaches or see the Great Barrier Reef from inside a mini-submarine. Join wildlife and eco-tours, sail Kangaroo Island or cruise the Kimberley. There are so many ways in which you can experience the cities and landscapes of Australia.

Here are 23 ideas to help your start planning your Australian holiday:

Northern Territory

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Take to the skies with Bamurru Plains new helicopter flight over the spectacular Mary River floodplains and coastline of Northern Australia. Witness a variety of wildlife from a different perspective, such as Magpie Geese, Egrets, Whistling Ducks, saltwater crocodiles and flocks of Corellas. 

2.

 Dine under the outback sky with Tali Wiru, a unique alfresco dining experience from Ayers Rock Resort. Limited to an intimate group of 20 people, the Tali Wiru experience begins with champagne and canapés around a firepit and progresses to the dune top for a Table d'hote four-course dinner, matched with premium Australian wine.

Queensland

3.

Explore the depths of the ocean without even swimming on Great Barrier Reef Submarines’ new fleet of mini-submarines, operating from Fitzroy Island. They conduct tours both day and night, which are limited to two passengers plus a personal submarine pilot. 

4.

Take in the beauty of the Gold Coast from 270 metres high in the sky with SkyPoint Climb. Along the way an informed guide will highlight major landmarks and share some of the region's best kept secrets as the group take in spectacular uninhibited views of the golden beaches, city skyline and lush green hinterland.

5.

Enjoy a spa with a view at Sky Lodges, luxurious accommodation surrounded by the World-Heritage Listed Lamington National Park. Set to open in February 2012, the self-contained apartments will each have their own fireplace, TV and spa bath with a spectacular view. Sky Lodges will also incorporate environmentally-sensitive and energy-efficient designs.

New South Wales

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Take a walk on the wild side at WILD LIFE Sydney, Darling Harbour. Formerly Sydney Wildlife World, WILD LIFE Sydney takes visitors through the iconic regions of Australia and the animals that live within them. Walking through eight distinct Australian habitats guests will take in some of Australia’s most loved and feared animals . Have breakfast within the Koala Rooftop’s quintessentially Australian garden setting every Saturday and Sunday.

7.

Go walkabout at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in the rural town of Dubbo. The zoo has opened the newly refurbished Aussie Walkabout exhibit where visitors can now wander among wallabies, koalas and quokkas. Visitors can also see a newly-painted Aboriginal mural in the Walkabout by local artists Lewis Burns and Nathan Peckham.

8.

Get a birdseye view of the famous Sydney coastline with Bondi Helicopters’ new scenic flight tours. Every passenger gets a window seat to marvel at the beauty of the coast and the amazing homes that abound the cliffs along Maroubra and Coogee.

South Australia

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Enjoy a luxury sailing getaway with Kangaroo Island Sailing. Taking place onboard the 21-metre luxury ketch, Lady Eugenie, packages include three-day, all-inclusive adventures to Kangaroo Island, day sails along the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula coastline, romantic twilight sails and corporate packages. 

10.

Combine fine food and cycling with Barossa Trike Tours’ new Trike ‘n’ Hike tour. Cycle through Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park and observe more than 400 species of native plants and an abundance of wildlife, including western grey kangaroos, the occasional echidna and plenty of birdlife. The tour includes a local Barossa pick up and drop off, plus the option to stop at the recently opened Artisans of Barossa Cellar Door for a regional platter and tastings from boutique local wineries.

11.

Explore the best of the Flinders Ranges with Rawnsley Park’s new three-day and five-day walking tours. Led by Rawnsley Park Station owner Tony Smith and bushwalking author Kym Tilbrook, guests will see wildlife up close and welcome the new morning at sunrise atop Rawnsley Bluff. At the end of a satisfying day’s walk, guests can enjoy a meal and luxury eco-villa or cabin-style accommodation.

Tasmania

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Follow a delicious trail with Gourmania Food Tours, who lead visitors on a gourmet journey in and around Hobart. Introduced to local cafes, providores, fine restaurants and the talented people behind them, guests are able to sample the best Tasmanian produce in abundance. 

13.

Experience a luxurious farm stay at 28 Gates in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley, a one hour drive west of Hobart. Situated on a sixth generation family owned grazing property that dates back to 1862, the three bedroom living quarters were originally stables and grain lofts which have been transformed into premium boutique luxury accommodation.

14.

Go ghost hunting at the Port Arthur Historic Site with the new Paranormal Investigations tour. Visitors are able to use professional test equipment to try and detect the presence of ghosts or other paranormal activity.

Victoria

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Architecture lovers can now get an insight into Melbourne’s renowned art deco architecture from a noted expert in the field. MEL Tours’ new Melbourne Art Deco Architecture provides insight into the history of art deco in the city, its influence on design, construction methods and the history of the occupants of some of Melbourne’s interwar buildings. 

16.

Wine and dine in The Grampians and Pyrenees with private half and full day tours by Grampians Regional Wine Tours. Showcasing exceptional cool climate wines, there’s also the option to build your own customised wine tour itinerary including other local attractions along the way.

17.

Discover wilderness and wildlife on Gippsland High Country Tours’ new eco-tour to Cape Conran Coastal Park. The four-day tour introduces visitors to the magnificent coastal park with a highlight including the evening spotlight walks to observe nocturnal wildlife.

 

Western Australia

18.

Sleep in luxury at Kuri Bay, Australia’s oldest pearl farm which has been turned into an exclusive wilderness lodge. Located on the remotest shore of the Kimberley coast, the property is only accessible by helicopter or sea plane from Broome - with stunning views along the way. With just five verandah rooms, which are fan-cooled and housed in a traditional Broome-style building, Kuri Bay offers a dining menu featuring local delicacies and a focus on the natural environment. The exclusive property is scheduled to open in April 2012.

19.

 Eco Beach has launched its new Beach Houses, offering private, ocean-front escapes ideal for families and small groups. Set upon a cliff-top overlooking the Indian Ocean and Kimberley bushland, the two self-contained houses are linked by timber decks with a shared open-air living space.

20.

 Hop on board luxury charter boat, The Caribou, for catered, overnight stays. Launched by the award winning East Kimberley Wilderness Retreat, Faraway Bay, the experience offers an opportunity to stay overnight at secluded and remote destinations, including the twin waterfalls on the King George River, which featured in the movie Australia.

Australian Capital Territory

21.

Discover Lake Burley Griffin’s foreshore, landmarks and national attractions in a fun and unique way with a guided Segway ride from Seg Glide Ride. Guests will receive personalised training before embarking on a tour, which leave periodically throughout the day from 10am. 

22.

 Delve into the National Library of Australia’s most interesting artifacts at the new Treasures Gallery in Canberra. Valued objects in the collection include James Cook’s Endeavour journal, a letter from Jane Austen and the original Waltzing Matilda manuscript.

23.

 Marvel at artworks from the largest collection of Australian Indigenous art in the world at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Visit the James Turrell sculpture, and SkySpace to see the sunset and sunrise as never before.