A voyage of world-firsts and natural splendours

The Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree, Kakadu, and more

We’ve boundless plains, cosmopolitan cities, and world-class fine dining. Coast-to-coast, Australia’s pleasures are in vogue, and always will be.

Fish, dive, hike, sip boutique wines, taste ingenious creations, observe humbling natural sights. Epicures, explorers, sun-seekers, take note: Our beautiful country deserves every ounce of your attention.

To get started, you need only pick a direction. So start in Melbourne. Traipse along the Southbank waterfront. Be spellbound by Crown Casino’s lights and sounds. Cross the Yarra River and enter the CBD, where world-leading experiments in cuisine and entertainment unfold any day, or night, of the week. Melbourne’s music and arts scene is its precious jewel. It shines in secret places. To find these wondrous, hidden expressions of art, follow the stream of locals flocking to inner-city bars and clubs in Brunswick, Fitzroy, Hawthorn, Collingwood, Richmond and bohemian St Kilda.

Farther afield, you’ve got natural splendours like the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the Daintree Rainforest, Kakadu National Park, and Battery Point. Or you can go where the limits of art are tested, to the joy and fascination of the world at large: places like the MONA museum in Hobart and Sydney’s iconic Opera House.

Then there are the winelands of South Australia: the winemakers of Barossa, Clare, and McLaren Vale are revered the world over. Their vineyard properties are stunning, and take days, if not weeks, to fully enjoy. Go north for tropical warmth and beachside resorts. Fraser Island and Magnetic Island, both off the Queensland coast, are adored for their cliffs, lofty peaks, and ribbons of flawless sand. Fisherfolk pour these waters for exotic species of ocean-going fish, and the allure of a trophy attracts the globe’s best anglers. The Butchulla people of Fraser Island refer to their home as K’Gari, which means paradise, and that is no misnomer.