Introduction to Australia

Ah Australia... Land of beaches and barbies, didgeridoos and dingoes, kangaroos and koalas, and also a favourite holiday getaway for Kiwi travellers.

We’ve forgiven them for their underarm bowling and stealing the Finn brothers, and have been heading over in droves, lured by the toasty warm temperatures and wealth of natural attractions.

Once the popular destination to ship convicts off to from England, today it’s the popular destination for Kiwis looking for a sun-filled break on golden sands, outdoor adventures in the outback or shopping expeditions in the vibrant cities.

Whichever type of holiday you’re looking for, Australia delivers – and all just a short hop over the pond.

Beaches and great surfing: check (Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise). Cafe culture and trendy shops: check (Sydney and Melbourne). Awesome outdoor escapes: check (Great Barrier Reef, the outback and tons of wildlife sanctuaries).

So grab your crocodile boots, put on that corked hat and get ready to say “G’day mate” to Australia.

Must Do

The perfect fusion of lively city life and chilled-out beaches is what makes Sydney well worth a visit. The vibrant city centre houses iconic attractions like the Sydney Opera House, while the spectacular coastline lures keen surfers to the golden sands of Bondi Beach.

Melbourne is the country’s hip and creative heart, where riverside restaurants mingle with boutique shops. It’s a cool city and a firm fave for Kiwi travellers.

For fun in the sun it’s hard to go past the Gold Coast, with its expanse of white sand and clusters of cool bars and shops stretched along the coastline. For more active travellers there are also tons of theme parks and wildlife sanctuaries right on the doorstep.

Cairns is the place to go for virtually year-round summers. The city’s warm climate makes it the perfect jumping off point for a range of outdoor experiences, like the famous Great Barrier Reef, lush rainforest, wildlife encounters and the huge expanse of the outback.

For more must-dos in Australia, check out our things to do page <link> and start planning your Australia holiday.

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