Watch Melbourne dress up for the nation-stopping Melbourne Cup. Enjoy opera, jazz, blues and sculpture amongst the wineries of the Hunter Valley, near Sydney. Combine food, wine, diving and surfing in Western Australia’s Margaret River. Trek through the primeval treetops in Queensland’s World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. Experience the wildlife and wildflower show on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island or snare a prize barramundi during the Northern Territory’s ‘build-up’. See Canberra come alive with a million spring blooms at Floriade or follow Tasmania’s blooming gardens to natural and historic attractions. In Australia, spring is also a great season to surf, sea kayak and canoe.
Our spring brings you...
The Daintree Rainforest
It's been spring more than 135 million times in the World Heritage-listed Daintree, which lies two hours north of Cairns. But the repetition certainly hasn't dulled nature's creativity. As well as the world's oldest tropical rainforest, the Daintree is home to the earth's largest range of animals and plants. Experience them at their most vibrant during spring, when temperatures are pleasant and the wet season storms have yet to start. Hear migratory birds join the dawn chorus, swim at calm beaches and see orchids bloom on the forest edge.
Kangaroo Island's Spring Showcase
From wildlife to wildflowers, from September to November, spring delivers an action-packed show on Kangaroo Island. The best part is, the many walking trails give you dress circle seats. Spot dolphins from Cape Borda and migratory birds in Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park. Hike past casts of colourful wildflowers at Hanson Bay. Watch wader birds fresh from Siberia and kangaroo joeys fresh from their mother's pouch. Get up close to nesting platypus and endangered Cape Barren geese. With mild, sunny days and energetic wildlife, spring is a great time to unveil Kangaroo Island's secrets.
Canoeing and Kayaking in Australia
From tranquil inlets and backwaters to picturesque rivers and gorges, Australia offers many places to paddle. Canoe the Blackwood River, which meanders through Western Australia's south-west, or along the maze of calm waterways in South Australia's Coorong. Sea kayak off St Kilda Beach in Melbourne or under Sydney's Harbour Bridge. White water raft the furious rapids of Tasmania's Franklin River or the Tully River in North Queensland. Canoe or kayak through the Northern Territory's Katherine Gorge or paddle around Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin. Hire a kayak for a few hours or spend a few days on a canoeing safari through one of our pristine national parks.
10 days sailing It's hard to beat the romance of sailing through the Whitsundays - 74 idyllic, mostly uninhabited islands tucked inside the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Think clear moonlit nights, spectacular sunsets, secluded beaches and pure air. You can sail, swim, snorkel and dive at sheltered anchorages such as Blue Pearl, Butterfly and Hook Island Bays. Soak up the resort atmosphere of Hamilton Island, bushwalk through national park on South Molle and relax in Hayman Island's five star luxury. Visit Whitsunday Island and walk the pure white, silica sands of Whitehaven Beach.
Capital and Country
Step back in time in quaint colonial villages such as Berrima and Braidwood and explore the gracious gardens, art galleries and antique stores of Bowral and Moss Vale in the Southern Highlands. Wind through Australia's most fertile farming country to Yass, where Banjo Paterson lived on a farm here in his youth. Then explore the orchards and vineyards of the cherry capital of Young. Visit the cool-climate wineries near Murrumbateman and enjoy gourmet delights in Gundaroo and tiny Collector, before returning to Canberra. On this scenic touring route you can picnic on picturesque lakes and visit historic homesteads. See the sun fracture through the stained glass window of a century-old church and wander through rose gardens and cherry orchards. From food and wine to history and scenery, you'll savour the delights of the Capital Country region.
Fishing in the Barra Build-up
Snare a prize barramundi during the Northern Territory's ‘build-up'. Lasting from October to December, this pre-monsoon season brings a barra bonanza to the billabongs and estuaries of the Top End. Discover the fishing hot-spots around Darwin Harbour or share the shore with professional anglers on the Daly River. Take a heli-fishing trip to Adelaide River or find the promised barra waters along Mary River. In World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, you can cast your line from a boat in South and East Alligator River. Hire a boat, join a fishing charter with experienced guides or stay at a remote fishing lodge. However you angle it, a fishing holiday in the build-up offers both barramundi and the wild, natural beauty of the Top End.
Surfing in Australia
Australia's surf beaches, where first-class waves for all surfing abilities crash, are born from the Pacific Ocean in the east, the Indian Ocean in the west and the Southern Ocean in the south . Visit iconic Bells Beach, near Torquay, the gateway to Victoria's Surf Coast on the Great Ocean Road. In New South Wales, Byron Bay, Newcastle, Sydney and its south coast offer a superior swell. Hang out in Burleigh Heads or coast along one of the world's longest waves at Snapper Rocks on Queensland's Gold Coast. In South Australia, great surf beaches dot the Fleurieu, Yorke and Eyre peninsulas as well as the Limestone Coast. In Western Australia, Perth, Margaret River and Esperance are home to an abundance of surf beaches. Brave Tasmania's Southern Ocean swells in Hobart, Bruny Island, Launceston, Devonport and Marrawah. You'll find a wave to yourself on our uncrowded and pristine coastal beaches.
Tasmania's blooming gardens
Visit Tasmania from September to November, when blooming gardens provide a backdrop to breathtaking scenery and historic attractions. Embrace dozens of cultures and hundreds of tulips at Hobart's Spring Tulip Festival and wander the grand gardens in Huonville and Richmond. See elms and oaks planted by convicts in Port Arthur. Do the daffodil walk in Launceston's Cataract Gorge and skip between the gorgeous gardens of Tasmania's north-east. Join the tulip festivities in Wynyard and bushwalk past tulips on Table Cape.