Australia is made up of 6 states and 2 territories. Each of these areas offers a different Australian experience. From the big cities to the Outback or Great Barrier Reef there is much to explore. Enjoy memorable wildlife experiences or relax on an island resort. For the more adventurous travel let us take you off the beaten track to some of the more unusual places that Australia has to offer.
Start your outback adventure in Alice Springs, in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre. Sail over the spinifex plains in a hot air balloon or bike ride to Simpsons Gap. Join a safari of quad bikes across the desert or fly over the MacDonnell Ranges. This rollicking, modern town is also a day trip from the iconic attractions of Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon.
Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour, seductive outdoor lifestyle and great natural beauty. Wave at the Opera House as you ride a ferry across the harbour to Manly. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or swim in the calm waters of Coogee. As well as a world-famous harbour and more than 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney offers fabulous food, festivals and 24-7 fun.
Melbourne is a maze of hidden laneways, opulent bars, exclusive restaurants and off-the-beaten-track boutiques. Here you can soak up culture, hit
the sporting grounds, taste the dynamic food and wine scene, dance til dawn or wander the parks and leafy boulevards. Visit Federation Square, the city’s landmark cultural space, and enjoy a
sunset beer on the St Kilda promenade. Shop till you drop on funky Brunswick Street or upmarket Chapel Street.
Laze in the lush riverside gardens of South Bank, then browse the markets and swim in its lagoon. Bike ride in the City Botanic Gardens and abseil the cliffs of Kangaroo Point. Glide down the river on a majestic paddlesteamer or take a high-speed ferry to vibrant inner-city villages like Bulimba and New Farm.
Ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park
Dive the Brisbane and experience this historical treasure and budding environmental wonder. The ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park is an artificial reef and dive site off the Sunshine Coast, and is set to become one of Australia’s premier dive attractions.
Kuranda – Village in the Rainforest
The picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda Village is just 25 kilometres northwest of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. It is a vibrant little town surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest. Travelling to Kuranda is a highlight in itself. Visitors can travel to Kuranda on Kuranda’s Historic Scenic Railway, by car or bus, via the spectacular Kuranda Road, or above the rainforest canopy on Skyrail – the world’s longest rainforest Cableway.
Passports and Visas
A valid visa is required for all people wishing to travel to Australia. Visitors of all nationalities (except Australian and New Zealand passport holders) must obtain a visa prior to arrival.
The Australian unit of currency is the Australian dollar.
Driving in Australia
A bonafide tourist may drive in Australia on a valid overseas driver’s license. Please remember to drive on the left hand side of the road.
Australians do not depend on tips or gratuities for their income and tips are not expected for normal service, even in restaurants and pubs. However, tipping in appreciation is at your discretion.
What to Pack
Australian lifestyle is generally informal and the accepted norm is to dress for comfort. We recommend you pack lightweight, comfortable clothes and shoes, while a sun hat and sunscreen are essential. If you’re visiting during winter, leave space for a jacket or sweater and if you’re planning a special occasion a more formal outfit may be required.
When to go
Truth be told, any time is a good time to be somewhere in Australia. When it’s cold down south, it’s magnificent in the north and the Center; when it’s too hot and sweaty up north, the southern states are at their natural finest. There are also the numerous festivals and other public spectacles that are on show every month, from the summertime food-and-wine banquets and large-scale concerts, through mid-year arts celebrations, to end-of-year footy finals, horse races and yachting contests.
DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT…
A willingness to use ‘mate’, ‘no worries’ and ‘she’ll be right’ liberally
An appetite for seafood, steak, beer (other than Fosters), barbecues and fresh fruit
A travel insurance policy covering skydiving, bungee jumping, diving, skiing, abseiling and white water rafting
Warm clothes because winter does actually occur in Australia…well, down south anyway
Extra-strength insect repellent to fend off merciless flies and mosquitoes
Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat to deflect fierce UV rays
A towel and bathers/togs/swimmers/swimming costume/cossie/trunks/Speedos/budgie smugglers…for the beach
Good maps for outback meanders and binoculars for the wildlife while you’re there
Big Time Holiday is Austrailian Specialist and has insider knowledge of this vast continent and can advise you on everything, including where to stay and what to do. You’ll be safe in the knowledge that you have received expert advice and as always our very best prices, so call us today and start planning your dream trip down-under.
New Zealand is so far away, but is so familiar. A country divided geographically into two distinct halves by the Cook Strait, both the North Island and the South Island are a holiday destination in their own right. You could visit one or both, there is no doubt in our minds that you’ll come home wanting to go back.
Nature-lovers feel drawn to this country. A visit to New Zealand presents ample opportunities to meet some of the country’s most unique and endangered animals – whether it is on a predator-free island sanctuary, a national park, or a natural enclosure in the heart of the city.
Get your heart thumping with one of many adventure sports on water, land or in the air. In Queenstown, take a jet boat for a spin, or give quad (4-wheel) biking a try. Like New Zealand’s bungy-jump innovation, there’s always an adventure awaiting!
No other place offers more golf course land per person than New Zealand, a nation of golf-lovers with over 400 golf courses.
Big Time Holiday have been selling New Zealand since years so you can be sure of expert advice based on first hand knowledge. We think New Zealand is best explored by car or Motorhome, giving yu the freedom to wander as you please, but that’s just our opinion. If you prefer someone esle to take the wheel, there is sure to be a coach tour to suit, whatever your interests and budget. In addition, much of the country can be explored by rail, where journeys don’t come much more spectacular than the Tranz-Alpine journey from Christchurch to Greymouth.
Top Ten places to go on a New Zealand Holiday
Rotorua. Experience the wonder of steaming mineral lakes, bubbling mud pools and busrting geysers as well as the rich Maori culture of this attractive town.
Milford Sound. Flanked by towering peaks. A cruise on this deep fjord is a must. Even the road to the town has earned World Heritage status for it’s stunning beauty.
Blenheim. In the heart of the Marlborough wine growing region this is the place to pick up a fabulous bottle of sauvignon blanc to take home.
Kaikoura Whale Watching Sperm whales occupy the coastal regions off Kaikoura year round so you’ll have a fantastic chance to view these majestic mammals.
Hanmer Springs. A thermal nature reserve, where you can take a dip in one of the many naturally heated pools at any time of year.
Dunedin. the ‘Scottish’ city of the South, with wonderful gardens, classical architecture, and a vibrant cafe and arts scene.
Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers. All glaciers are amazing but few are as accessible and fewer still in the southern hemisphere advance so close to the ocean.
Queenstown. Location location location! Is there a town anywhere in such a dramatic setting, on Lake Wakatipu and backed by the Remarkables mountain range.
Coromandel Peninsula. Two dramtically different coastlines form this region jutting north into the Pacific. Pretty coastal townships and hidden bays feel remote despite their proximity to Auckland.
Wellington. A beautiful harbour city and the nations capital. Modern buildings sit alongside painted wooden Victorian houses, backed by mountains. Warm, friendly and wonderful.
When to go?
New Zealand’s weather is like the UK’s but the seasons are reversed. The best time to visit is from December to March, when days are longer and warmer, and nights are milder. New Zealand never gets extremely hot, but during our summer months from May to October it can get cold, especially South Island where snow is common. Whenever you go, pack an umbrella ready for the inevitable shower.
Food & Drink
You’ll probably be relieved to hear that New Zealand is one of the countries whose food is not that different from what we are used to in the UK. You’ll see familiar items on the menu almost everywhere. Fish & chips are popular, and you’ll have no trouble finding a great cup of tea!
English & Maori
New Zealand’s unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Coins have values of 10, 20 and 50 cents and $1 and $2. Notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
For all the best prices and advice, make Big Time Holiday your one-stop-shop when planning your very own New Zealand Holiday.