Follow in Dundee’s footsteps and discover the incredible and diverse destinations of Australia for yourself.
Brian Dundee and Wally Jr. took the world on an adventure to many of Australia’s iconic destinations, offering a glimpse into the vast and beautiful landscapes waiting to be explored. Now it is time for you to experience some of what they found. From adventures across the vibrant and rugged outback to immersing yourself in the gourmet food and wine scenes that span the country, use their journey to inspire your own incredible holiday rich in experiences that showcase the best of Australia.
Brian Dundee’s arrival in the Australian outback showcases what the country is perhaps best known for. But the outback is a vast and varied region that is much more than red dirt. It is incredibly diverse and colourful – and not just in its landscape. It is also the cultural heart of the world’s oldest living culture. Explore the ancient land of The Kimberley, with its impressive canyons, vast national parks and the remarkable domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges.
Escape to the Red Centre to learn about Aboriginal culture, connect with the land and taste traditional bush tucker. Here is where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, two of Australia’s most sacred Aboriginal sites. Inspire your next outback adventure by checking out these outback journeys and our guides to famous outback destinations like Alice Springs, Coober Pedy and the Flinders Ranges. Take it all in from the comfort of an unforgettable train journey on board The Ghan, or truly immerse yourself by trying one (or all) of these unbelievable outback experiences.
As Brian Dundee introduced himself from atop Lawn Hill Gorge, the world got a taste of the lush waterways that dot the country. This incredible spot is just one of Australia’s most stunning gorges, where you can find incredible vistas, refreshing swimming holes and ancient Aboriginal rock art. From the beautiful Cataract Gorge in Tasmania and Loch Ard Gorge along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, to the Wet Tropics World Heritage area of Mossman Gorge in Tropical North Queensland, these natural attractions range from rugged and wild to romantic.
In addition to these spectacular spots, nature lovers can expect to find arid desserts, lush rainforests and coastal beauty in every corner of the country. Whether you head out on foot for a multi-day hike, challenge your skills on an incredible fishing expedition or watch the sunrise over the Twelve Apostles, Australia’s best nature experiences will challenge your perceptions and delight your sense.
Were you captivated by the vast stretch of Australia’s shorelines that Brian Dundee and Wally Jr. explored? The one you witnessed was Mission Beach, Queensland’s ultimate aquatic playground and adventurous coastal town located just two hours south of Cairns. It’s the perfect spot to relax on white sands, discover unique local wildlife, and experience the Great Barrier Reef. And it’s just the beginning of Australia’s incredible beaches. There is the majestic archipelago of the Whitsundays, a cluster of 74 stunning tropical islands that includes the popular Hamilton Island, resort town of Airlie Beach and one of the world’s most picturesque beaches, Whitehaven Beach.
Heading further south, Sydney has some stunning beaches just minutes from the city centre. From the famous Bondi Beach, to nearby Coogee and Manly, Sydney’s city beaches are easy to reach and incredibly beautiful. If you want to escape the crowds, head an hour north of Sydney to Palm Beach, where Nicole Kidman likes to vacation. If you head just three hours south of Sydney you’ll find Jervis Bay, home to Hyams Beach feautring squeaky clean white sand. Be sure to live the Aussie life by learning to surf during your stay. You can book a lesson and hit some of the best barrels off any one of Australia’s most popular surfing beaches. We’ve also got the inside scoop from Chris Hemsworth, an avid surfer himself, on where he likes to spend his beach holidays.
Wally Jr. wasn’t exaggerating when he told Brian Dundee that Australia produces some of the finest wine in the world. They were sipping pinot noir in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, at Montalto Winery, one of the many fantastic wine regions you can visit across Australia. Only two hours north of Sydney is the Hunter Valley, home to more than 120 wineries and gourmet restaurants. While just outside Adelaide you can explore some of the world’s oldest grape vines in regions like the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley.
A short drive from Perth is the premium wine region of Margaret River, while an hour from Melbourne will take you to the boutique Yarra Valley. Tasmania also boasts a renowned wine and culinary flair so get familiar with these spectacular food and wine trails if you’re planning a visit to the island state. Plus, check out our guide to luxury vineyard accommodation to enhance your stay. Discover the country’s ultimate wineries and our wrap up of incredible winery experiences to help you start planning.
Australia’s food and wine scene is deliciously diverse and creative, offering everything from fine dining establishments and funky cafes, to foodie festivals and gourmet escapes guaranteed to leave you hungry for more. When Wally Jr. revealed the true purpose of their adventure, the boys were seated for a meal at Quay, one of Australia’s most awarded restaurants. With unbeatable views of the Opera House, this must-visit culinary stalwart is just one of the best spots in Sydney to enjoy an unforgettable meal.
In Melbourne you can immerse yourself in the coffee culture, try incredible Asian fusion and discover a modern interpretation of native Australian ingredients at Attica – voted one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Head to Tasmania for a 10 day gourmet tasting adventure, eat your way around the cool food precincts in Darwin and visit some of Australia’s ultimate seafood dining spots.
Across the country, and at every time of year, there are a range of festivals celebrating local produce, incredible wine and craft beer. Check out Good Food Month, the biggest food festival on Earth, which travels around the country each year. Wherever your visit may take you, our guide to the best food and wine festivals will help you plan the ultimate foodie adventure. Go on a tasting journey with one or all of these bucket list food experiences, or see what’s new in the culinary scene by visiting one of Australia’s best new restaurants.
Australia’s nature and wildlife is unique to anything else in the world. It’s also remarkably diverse as you travel through the different regions of the country. The fluffy kangaroos that Brian Dundee and Wally Jr. spotted on the clifftop live on the aptly named Kangaroo Island, which is also the perfect place to spot koalas, sea lions and other native animals. Embark on this ten day trip to experience some of the country’s best animal encounters, or use this guide to discover all the wonderful ways you can experience Australia’s incredible wildlife.
In addition to meeting friendly locals on the ground, your journey through Australia will introduce you to a magical underwater world. The Great Barrier Reef is undoubtedly one of the world’s most spectacular nautical environments, stretching 1430 miles along Australia’s east coast. Get your snorkelling gear ready and check out our guide to the seven best day trips on the reef. Any of the reef’s unforgettable experiences will showcase the stunning beaches, crystal waters and incredible wildlife just waiting to be discovered here.
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