Australia is land of curious and fascinating elements, from a richly diverse cross-cultural population, a thriving arts scene, deep-rooted Aboriginal heritage, pulsating enthusiasm for sporting, and a gorgeously laid-back lifestyle. That happens when 80% of the population lives within just miles from the coast! It’s not uncommon to find beaches filled with people of all ages, enjoying a morning surf and soaking up the seemingly eternal sunshine. With a complex population hailing from over 200 countries, imagine the fusion of tantalizing cuisines from Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East around nearly every corner. When it comes to the arts, there’s no shortage of festivals, live music and theater. And for those seeking adventure, well, you’ve found your paradise whether you favor climbing, hiking, sailing, trekking, campaing, snorkeling or anything else you can think of really…
Currency: Australian Dollar – AUD
Country Code: 61
Do I need a Visa? Yes, if you don’t hail from Australia or New Zealand than one is required. Visit http://www.immi.gov.au/Visit/Pages/Visit.aspx to check the requirements from your country.
How will I charge my devices? Australia’s electrical current is 220 – 240 volts, AC 50Hz.
How do I get there? Well, if you’re heading to Sydney and flying from…
New York: 21.5 hours
Los Angeles: 14.5 hours
Toronto: 21 hours
Sao Paulo: 22 hours
London: 22 hours
Most flights require at least 1 connection.
NB: Crossing the International Dateline changes the date by one day. Moving east, you lose a day but don’t worry, when you cross back west you’ll gain it back.
Geography: This is the largest island in the world, covering an area of 7.69 million sq. KM, leaving a whole veritable world to explore across this diverse continent. Australia also boasts the 3rd largest ocean territory in the world.
Time Zones: Australia’s got 3. AEST in the East (GMT + 10), ACST for Central states (GMT + 9 ½) and AWST covering Western Australia (GMT + 8)
How's the weather? In a word, beautiful. Australia’s fortunate to enjoy a rather temperate year-round climate, generally warmer in the north and cooler during the winters in the south. NB to all of you Northern Hemisphere dwellers, Australia’s seasons are the opposite- with winter June – August, spring September to November, summer December to February and fall March to May
Meet Willie Gordon, a native Nugal-warral Elder who will share with you his passion about his Aboriginal culture and spirituality. Be enchanted by his beautiful stories, explore his personal path through dramatic landscape and an ancestral Birth Site where his forefathers were born and bask in his incredible knowledge of the land including which flowers give messages, best bush medicines and beyond
Luxuriate in a private villa between the Rainforest & Great Barrier Reef, a fabulous base from which to explore nature
Take a private surfing lesson at Bondi Beach
How about a day being accompanied by a personal stylist who will gain you private access to the best of what Australia’s most exclusive designers have to offer
Kids will adore an interactive private tour of the Taronga Zoo, to get up close and personal with their favorite creatures.
Be inspired by dramatic views of Ayers Rock from your luxury tent, champagne in hand as you bask in the sunset and dine under a canopy of stars
Yes really! find it amongst wombats, wallabies, possum and so many others amidst ancient forests with a private expert guide in the Tasmanian wilderness.
Special Aussie-style pre-departure gift delivered to your door before you embark upon your journey.
Explorateur Concierge Guide for your regions of choice when you book an Explorateur Journey
Exceptional amenities including room upgrades, spa credits, curious welcome gifts and private touring experiences at select hotels.