From hiking across snow-capped peaks and lazing about on powder-soft beaches, to exploring tropical rainforest, discovering a new favourite winery and sleeping beneath the stars in the Outback, there are a million reasons to love Australia.

Going wild is easy 
Australia might be a big place, but you don’t have to go very far to get into the wild open spaces. Some of the country’s most spectacular World Heritage-listed national parks – places like the Blue Mountains, Gondwana Rainforests and Kakadu – are just a short drive from the capital cities. Wildlife is prolific – visit place like Kangaroo Island in South Australia and you’ll quickly lose count of the kangaroos, koalas and other native wildlife you’ll see.

Every road trip is an adventure 
Australia is the perfect place for a road trip. Outside of capital cities traffic is light, and there are plenty of places to stay, from camping grounds, caravan parks and value motels to luxury retreats and world-class resorts. Whether it’s a leisurely tour through some of the many wineries, a scenic coastal drive, or kicking up some dust on a remote outback track, hitting the road is the ultimate way to explore Australia, whatever your budget.

Going outback in style 
The Outback may be a rugged and isolated place, but you don’t have to rough it to see it. Watching the sunrise over Uluru from the comfort of your bed at Longitude 131, experiencing the grandeur of the Kimberley at Berkley River Lodge or Home Valley Station, glamping it up in luxury safari tents on the Ningaloo Coast at Sal Salis and exploring the ancient Flinders Ranges on Arkaba Station are very glamorous ways to get red dust on your shoes

Delving into the world’s oldest living culture 
Australia’s indigenous culture is one of the oldest living cultures in the world. The Kimberley, Arnhem Land, Cape York and  the Red Centre are treasure troves of Aboriginal art and visiting ancient rock art galleries with a traditional owner really brings the stories alive. Learning how to paint with elders at Uluru, foraging for food in Kakadu, dancing in the Torres Strait and exploring Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest with an Indigenous guide gives you a whole new view of the land.

Finding divine food and wine 
Australia has some of the world’s best restaurants, but following a food and wine trail and visiting a farmers’ market is a great way to taste regional specialities and meet the folk who grow them. World famous wine regions such as the Barossa – 90 minutes drive from Adelaide, and the Hunter Valley – two hours from Sydney – make fantastic day trips, and just about anywhere you go in country Victoria and Tasmania you’ll find great food being dished up in pubs and cafes. A sensational spot is South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, where the oysters really are the best in the world.

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