QUEENSLAND

Queensland is known as the sunshine state for very good reason. Under bright sunny skies you can go on an outback adventure, sail round idyllic islands, and experience the Great Barrier Reef.

From Brisbane, why not travel south and take in the stunning beaches and national parks of the Gold Coast? Or fly north to enjoy the Whitsunday Islands? You can access the Great Barrier Reef from here, or fly further north up to Cairns.

From Cairns, check in to an island resort or base yourself in Port Douglas or Palm Cove, renting a fabulous beach house, staying at a boutique hotel, or at a campervan park. Make sure you get out on the reef to experience spectacular marine and coral life and leave time to enjoy the ancient Daintree Rainforest.

NEW SOUTH WALES

New South Wales is best known for Sydney – holidaymakers come to climb the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, watch a performance at the Sydney Opera House, and eat out at incredible restaurants. However, those that stay a few days start to discover some of the city’s hidden gems, such as quiet coves, secret bars and great galleries.

Just a 90-minute drive from the city centre, you can be walking ancient trails in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Combine this with a trip to the gorgeous Hunter Valley wine region for a treat for all the senses, or head north to enjoy the beautiful beaches at Coffs Harbour, Port Stephens and Byron Bay.

For paradise on earth, fly two hours from Sydney to Lord Howe Island to hike through palm forests, indulge in spa treatments and snorkel the coral reef.

VICTORIA

Victoria is a compact pocket in the south-eastern corner, full of colour and fabulously photogenic highlights around every bend. With easy driving on the left-hand side in Australia, in just a few short hours from Melbourne you can journey from rugged mountains in the High Country to the white sandy beaches along the Great Ocean Road.

Take a road trip to see koalas snoozing in trees, hike through lush rainforest, swim with dolphins and seals, and indulge in some of the world’s best food and wine experiences in rolling vineyards and picturesque coastal towns.

With its amazing food scene, great nightlife and superb visitor attractions, you probably won’t want to leave Melbourne, but there are so many adventures on the city’s doorstep, it’s worth going exploring.

Wine tasting in the Yarra Valley, a helicopter ride over the Great Ocean Road, seeing the Phillip Island penguins – all these can be enjoyed in this rich and varied corner of Oz.

TASMANIA

The island state of Tasmania is loved by Aussies and overseas visitors alike. It boasts World Heritage-listed wilderness, great food and wine, lovely cities and some of the world’s cleanest air!

Hobart is a brilliant city in its own right, but is also a great gateway to historic Port Arthur, the wildlife of Bruny Island, and the breathtaking Wineglass Bay in Freycinet.

To discover Tasmania’s wild west coast head to Strahan, the edge-of-the-world fishing town perfectly placed for white-water rafting the Franklin River and hiking through the Huon pines in one of the world’s last temperate rainforests.

Whether you’re whale watching, diving in kelp forests, fishing for trout, wine tasting or walking its fabulous trails, you’ll be thrilled you made Tasmania part of an Aussie holiday.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

South Australia is often referred to as Australia’s food and wine capital, producing world-class wine, delicious gourmet produce, and some of the country’s best seafood. But there is so much more to South Australia. The vibrant city of Adelaide is a small city with a big heart.

Home to gorgeous beaches, great street art, galleries, festivals and the iconic Adelaide Oval cricket ground, it’s a great place to visit year-round. It’s perfectly placed for visitors to enjoy wildlife experiences – Kangaroo Island is just a 30-minute flight – or you can see the wine regions of the Barossa or McLaren Vale, swim with sea lions on the Eyre Peninsula, or camp under a million stars in the ancient landscapes of the Flinders Ranges.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Life is lived at a laidback pace in Western Australia. Even in Perth, a metropolitan and vibrant city home to world-class restaurants, great bars and a super events calendar, you feel relaxed.

The Margaret River region, a three-hour drive south of Perth, makes some of the world’s best wines against a backdrop of beautiful beaches. On the drive down there, swim with wild dolphins at Rockingham, or walk the southern hemisphere’s longest jetty at Busselton.

North of Perth, swim with friendly whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, relax on the beach at Broome, and take a trip in to Punululu (Bungle Bungle) National Park – 350 million years in the making, it is one of the most captivating places on Earth.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

The Northern Territory is home to some of the world’s most unique and exciting areas, blessed with an abundance of natural environments.

Flying in to Darwin, you’ll be struck by the fantastic Asian influence on the food, climate and vibe as you eat out at Mindil Beach Sunset Market or cruise the huge harbour.

From Darwin, journey to Kakadu National Park, home to incredible flora and fauna, and a rich Aboriginal history. To immerse yourself further in Australia’s indigenous culture, visit Arnhem Land, one of the world’s last great untouched wilderness areas.

Further south, is Australia’s Red Centre, famous for Uluru (Ayers Rock). The whole area is rich in Aboriginal culture and whether you’re watching the sun rise over the rock, hiking the Larapinta Trail, or buying art in the galleries at Alice Springs, you’ll be struck by the majesty of this splendid region of Australia.