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by Grant Charlesworth

Would you be surprised to know that Australia is the same size (Geographically) as the United States? Our population though is small comparatively at only 25 million people. Australia is also the biggest Island continent in the world and has coastline that is 36000 kilometres or 14000 miles long. That’s allot of beaches. Australia also has 16 World Heritage Listed locations and 8 different Eco Systems from Deserts to Rainforests. In fact Australia has the oldest Rainforest in the world and is home to the longest surviving indigenous inhabitants as well. We are home to 7 of the top 10 deadliest snakes in the world, around 200 different species of marsupials and almost 1000 different species of reptiles. Australia also has a population of around 40 million Kangaroos.

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Category : luxury australia tours, things to do in australia | by Grant Charlesworth

Australia is a massive country, in fact geographically Australia is just a little bit smaller than the United States. It is a destination that you can visit all year round and enjoy diverse experiences to match anyone's and everyone's interests. Australia offers extraordinary urban experiences, amazing wildlife, rain forests, deserts, beaches, The Great Barrier Reef and the Outback just to mention a few. To get some tips on how to prepare for your trip to Australia you should read Things you should know before travelling to Australia.

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by Elise Charlesworth

It goes without saying that I am not unfamiliar with the inside of an airport and it's workings. My previous life as a flight attendant is the crux of my obsession for efficient, seamless travel. If you run into me at the airport you will see me scrambling around like a psychopath. Because I am on a mission, a mission to beat the long ques at check in, customs and those annoying people that stand 1 inch from the baggage carousel (I mean really?). Anyway, travelling smarter is all in the preparation and let's face it who doesn't love a good prep list? If you share the same, lets call it passion, for saving time and arriving at your destination feeling less stressed and most of all organised then you need to read this.

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by Grant Charlesworth

Australia is home to a plethara of animals. From marsupials to mammals and reptiles, and everything in between, animals indigenous to Australia are both unique and interesting. Read on for the most popular Australian wildlife and of course the places you need to visit to see them in the wild! 

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by Grant Charlesworth

So you're travelling to The Great Southern Land, Terra Australis, Down Under or what is also commonly known as Australia. Before you embark on your tour of Australia, I have put together my list of the 5 most important things to know when travelling to this amazing country.

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by Grant Charlesworth

For a small population, Australians compete extraordinarily well in a range of different international sports. Swimming, Surfing, Soccer, Cricket and Hockey just to name a few. One of the reasons for this, apart from being brought up on Vegemite, is the fact that as Australians, we can spend a lot of time outside. Our long hot summers and relatively mild winters allow us to take full advantage of an outdoor lifestyle. If you are travelling to Australia you may like to partake in some outdoor activities with locals. These outdoor activities may change depending on what State or Territory you are in and even what time of the year it is. For example you wouldn't find a game of rugby being played in Adelaide in January. But you may find a game of AFL to watch in June. So strap on your budgie smugglers and stand by for my Top 5 Australian Outdoor Activities.

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Category : luxury australia tours, things to do in australia, australia vacation | by Grant Charlesworth

Australia has so many amazing experiences to immerse yourself in that our incredible Arts scene is sometimes overlooked. The diversity and range of galleries and exhibitions throughout Australia is incredible and world class. Here are some suggestions for you to consider when you are next travelling to Australia.    

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Category : things to do in australia, australia vacation, wine, luxury australia tours | by Grant Charlesworth

Some would argue that golf ruins a perfectly good walk. Others not so much as fanatical golfers flock to Australia in seek of the perfect round. Australia, amongst its other delights features some of the best courses known to mankind. No need to worry about sharing the course with hundreds of other golfers as per capita, Australia has the highest amount of courses in the Southern hemisphere and Tasmania has the highest in the world. Impressive stuff alright. 

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Category : things to do in australia, things to do in cairns, australia vacation | by Grant Charlesworth

Cairns is a great destination to visit anytime of the year. Summers can be very hot and humid but winters are almost a perfect time to be there with mild days and cooler nights. There are so many things to do in Cairns and we have listed a few for you below. 

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by Grant Charlesworth

There are so many things to do in Australia and if exploring our fabulous local bars is one of your priorities then Sydney has its fair share of traditional Australian pubs, particularly dotted down George Street in The Rocks. The Bar scene in Sydney is changing however and the city is now dominated by speakeasy whiskey bars and Ale Houses. Enjoy small intimate gatherings of like minded people at "blink and you will miss the entrance" hole in the walls. Here are some of my favourite Sydney watering holes that you can include on your next vacation to Australia.

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by Elise Charlesworth

The recently opened precinct of Barangaroo is quickly becoming a must do as part of your Australia Private Tour. Located on the eastern shores of Darling Harbour in Sydney, the area has been restored from a disused industrial site, to now house magnificent parklands, modern restaurants as well as a vibrant cafe and street culture. If you are visiting Sydney, luxury travel companies like Australian Luxury Escapes can arrange a wonderful few hours, half a day or a full day to truely experience the best that Barangaroo has to offer. Here are some of my top picks. 

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by Grant Charlesworth

Nothing quite announces the arrival of Summer each year in Australia like the Australian Open. (And cricket, swimming at the beach, Mangoes, Cherrys and the hum of Cicada's). In January, thousands head to the iconic Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne to watch the superstars of tennis, battle it out on the Rebound Ace surface in the fierce summer heat.

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Category : australia vacation, christmas lights, things to do in australia, luxury australia tours | by Grant Charlesworth

 

Looking for that special Christmas light experience this December while travelling? Well then you have come to the right destination.  Australian cities and regional towns have been following that other great North American tradition (along with Halloween) of Christmas Light displays for many years. 

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by Grant Charlesworth

Hobart, the capital of the Apple Isle, has long been held as Australia's (yes it is part of Australia) exotic terminus. Often mis understood it is also highly under rated as a luxury Australian vacation destination. But I am hear to tell you nothing could be further from the truth. Tasmania is the size of Ireland but only has a population of just over half a million, compared to Irelands 4.5 million occupents. That alone should tell you a little bit about this most Southern State. Here are some great experiences to incorporate into your private Hobart tours. 

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by Grant Charlesworth

Feeling overwhelmed with choice whilst planning your luxury Australian vacation? We have broken down the must do's and everything in between to make the most of your vacation to Australia!

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by Grant Charlesworth

 

Have you ever consumed anything at $45000 a minute? In 2011 Sydney spent $650,000 on their NYE fireworks display. Last year it was over $7,000,000 or approximately $45,000 a minute. Its no wonder then that Sydney has quickly become world renown for her magnificent display of fireworks each and every NYE. With a money cant buy back drop and an atmosphere to die for, it certainly has become a popular addition to luxury Australia vacations. You need to be quick though if you are touring to Australia this year and want to secure your patch to see one of the best (Pyrotechnic) shows on earth. Here are my Top 5.

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by Grant Charlesworth

A recent study in the US suggested that an increasing amount of travellers are looking for healthier alternatives when visiting other countries. Australia has been blessed with wonderful organic, healthy and more recently “Paddock to Plate” food experiences for some time.

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by Grant Charlesworth

Melbourne is a great city to visit all year round. Well known for its great dining, shopping and nightlife, Melbourne is also the capital of sport in Australia. In the lead up to the footy finals (AFL), the “race that stops a nation” (The Melbourne Cup) and the Australian Open (Tennis), it’s a great time to visit. Here are my top 5 things to do all year round.

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Category : Aboriginal Experiences | by Grant Charlesworth

Genuine experiences with Aboriginals are becoming more popular with visitors travelling to Australia. One of the most original and authentic experiences on offer is with Linc Walker of the Walker Brothers based just north of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. Elise and I had the pleasure of sitting down with Linc for a one on one chat about his wonderful product.

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by Grant Charlesworth

Today’s well read and savvy travellers are often looking to stay somewhere other than a big city hotel. Australia has dozens of amazingly unique and charming places on offer that provide incredible “off the beaten track” experiences, but are also close enough to allow easy access from the major centres.

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by Grant Charlesworth

It has been interesting to observe the trends of our guests visiting Sydney over the past 3 years. Believe it or not Sydney can be a tricky destination when deciding what to see and do and how much time to spend there, compared to other parts of Australia on a limited time frame.

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by Grant Charlesworth

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Category : australia vacation, sydney | by Grant Charlesworth

It’s no secret. Sydney serves as a home to the most well-known icons of Australia, while being the destination for Down Under travellers. While there are obvious places to see and experiences to dive into, there are some off-the-radar things to do in Sydney and surrounding areas that only folks well-versed in the Australian culture can provide.

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Category : sydney, australia vacation | by Grant Charlesworth

Planning a vacation always poses difficulties in what to do, where to go, what sights you should see, and the like. To make it even more difficult, Australia offers heaps of unique experiences that you can’t get anywhere else in the world. It makes it easy to lose sight of the iconic aspects of Australia to see when so many different Australia tours and adventures are offered.

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Category : australia vacation | by Grant Charlesworth

Dreaming up the perfect vacation is easy, but actually creating an Australian vacation itinerary that ties in all you want out of your trip can be tricky, especially when you haven’t visited the destination before. It’s important to have a detailed plan before running out into the wild beauty that Australia has to offer.

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by Grant Charlesworth

You’ve chosen Australia as your destination for your next great expedition. The decision of where to go was difficult enough already, yet now you need to plan out an itinerary for a place you’ve never been to. Sounds difficult, right? That’s because it is.

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Category : planning | by Grant Charlesworth

You’ll find a wealth of fun things to do and amazing places to explore around Australia so make sure you take the time to plan that unforgettable trip. When you're planning an extended trip of two or more weeks, you’ll have plenty of time to do some city-hopping and visit some of Australia’s top landmarks, cultural sites, and entertainment districts. Whether you're in the mood for some rest and relaxation or adrenaline-pumping adventure activities, you’ll find there’s truly something for everyone in Australia. 

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Category : australia, sydney | by Elise Charlesworth

As specially curated travel destination lists get published, it’s no surprise that the city down under is one to continually tail an upward trajectory. Sydney, Australia has ranked chief among such lists and remains modest in both its growing semblance of “cool” and its spot-on embodiment of the perfect getaway. Having already won over 2016, deemed the “Year of Australia” by Peter J. Lindberg, the Land of Oz is a must-visit for travellers of all types. Here are six Australia Points of Interest check out in Sydney, Australia:

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by Grant Charlesworth

There's a reason the country's premier fashion week is held in Melbourne: it's the mecca for anyone who calls themself a "fashionista". While this shopping destination is not just home to Melbourne Fashion Week, it also houses plenty of Australia's fashion brands' flagship stores. If you're planning on doing some serious shopping in Australia, allow our guide to be a good starting point. And don't forget to leave some room in your suitcase for your treasures!

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by Grant Charlesworth

Are you a sports enthusiast? Does the mention of a competition excite you? Well then you'll definitely have to check out some of these must-see sporting events in Australia. There's plenty more than just what's listed here, but it's a good start and will help you plan your trip around these adrenaline boosting adventures!

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by Grant Charlesworth

It kind of goes without saying, but you're going to want to make time to see some of the Australian coastline while on vacation. And with so many to choose from, it was hard to narrow down our list, but we've got something for every kind of experience. Whether it's pristine sand on a private beach or people-watching in the city's hot-spots, we've got something for everyone on your Australia vacation!

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by Grant Charlesworth

For art enthusiasts all over the world, one place that you should add to your bucket list is Australia. With a vibrant focus on the world's oldest living culture, Aboriginal museums and galleries highlight the customs through art, dance, myths, music and even the land itself. We've put together a list of some top places to see Aboriginal art and before buying any pieces to take home, check out our guide to buying Aboriginal art.aboriginal-art

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Category : australia vacation, australia vacation packages, australia vacation package | by Elise Charlesworth
 
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by Grant Charlesworth

In recent years, the demand for Aboriginal art has increased, and of course, so have the dealers, galleries, and museums that are featuring works by Australia's oldest art communities. To ensure that you find the best artwork for your home while making an ethical purchase, use our guide to buying Aboriginal art and take home a valuable piece of Australia's history and culture.

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by Grant Charlesworth

There's plenty to see in this cultural hub of southern Australia, but get off the beaten path and see what magic lies in the surrounding areas of Victoria's capital city. Add some of these to your list of things to do in Melbourne, Australia and we guarantee you'll have an amazing trip!

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by Grant Charlesworth

When thinking about your Australian girls' getaway, don’t overlook Adelaide as the spot for a fun-filled vacation. Often overshadowed by its more popular cousins, Sydney and Melbourne, Adelaide has lots of dining, culture, and shopping to keep you and your friends busy. A well-preserved city that strikes a comfortable balance between quaint and cosmopolitan, this southern spot just might be the next destination for you and your girlfriends! 

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by Grant Charlesworth

Australia holds the allure of natural landmarks like the Great Barrier Reef and the outback, while offering some of the world's top urban destinations like Sydney and Melbourne. So when is the best time to visit Australia? Whatever you have in mind for your vacation down under, there are some optimal times to go depending on what you plan on doing. Use our guide to decide the best time to visit Australia for you and your family!

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by Grant Charlesworth

There's plenty more than what's on our list, but we've got a good list to start off the shy samplers and the bold eaters in your group. Why not try some of Australia's signature treats while you're here?

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by Grant Charlesworth

There are many options, sometimes too many, when looking at tours for your vacation to the southern hemisphere. Whether you're an outdoorsman, movie buff, foodie, or all three, indulge in some of these popular Australia and New Zealand tours to see what these beautiful countries have to offer.

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by Grant Charlesworth

So you’ve managed to escape a possibly brutal winter by heading to the southern hemisphere and taking in some of the Australian culture. Luckily, if you’re heading to Cairns, there’s not really a bad time to go. This area is a favorite beach destination from May through August and the rainforest and waterfalls are phenomenal during the rainy season, which is September through March. Using Cairns as your launch point for your Aussie adventure will lead you to breaktaking outdoor adventures, as well as some culture and history in the city. Here are some ideas on things to do in Cairns, this beautiful Northeast region of Australia.

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by Grant Charlesworth

Melbourne is also known as Victoria's cultural mecca; a place where you can find just about anything to entice your sights and senses. With our list of thing to do in Melbourne, Australia, you'll want to stay another week in this southeastern Australian destination!

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by Grant Charlesworth

Sydney is a treasure for foodies, wine lovers, and anyone who appreciates fusion dining. Attracting some of the world’s top chefs, the New South Wales’ capital is sure to impress you with creative fare that showcases regional ingredients from all over Australia. Make sure to check out some of Sydney's hottest restaurants while you’re in town!

 

 

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by Grant Charlesworth

Australia is a huge country with so much to offer; from outdoor adventures to museums, as well as culinary tours to sweeping outback landscapes. Start with the essentials when planning your trip, and you'll end up wanting to stay a little longer on your Australia vacation - we just know it!

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by Grant Charlesworth

Australia is home to plenty of luxury lodging, personalized adventures, and private excursions. Here's a handful of Australian resorts to showcase the diversity of this beautiful country.

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Category : wine | by Grant Charlesworth

What sets Australian wineries apart is the place: the stunning weather, outstanding natural beauty and fusion dining lifestyle means you can enjoy some of the world's best food and wine in some of the world's most stunning surroundings.

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by Grant Charlesworth

Before you’ve even looked at what activities you’ll be enjoying, where you’ll be dining, and what sights you’re going to see, you’ve got to fly to Australia first. Consider this list of airlines, as well as mileage program perks and incentive programs when booking your flight.

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Category : souvenir, australia, vacation | by Grant Charlesworth

So you’re off to your Australian vacation, and of course you’ve got family, friends, and officemates clamouring for a souvenir from down under. With this curated list, you’ll be able to pick up something for everyone on your list. Just make sure to leave enough room in your luggage for plenty of presents!

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Category : planning, australia | by Grant Charlesworth

You’re ready to check Australia off of your travel bucket list, but before heading to the land down under, read through our practical checklist. These tips will help you avoid any embarrassing blunders and cultural mishaps that could turn a dream vacation into a bad memory.

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Category : dining, australia, sydney | by Grant Charlesworth

When traveling, we all want to avoid the tourist traps and sub-par restaurants, so do Sydney how the locals do it. This diverse list of Sydney dining spots will please any palate and budget. 

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Category : planning, australia | by Grant Charlesworth

 

So you’ve booked your trip to Australia and have an itinerary filled with exciting activities. This continent has some of the most extreme and varied climates in the world and if you’re coming from the northern hemisphere, don’t forget that the seasons are opposite, i.e. it’s summer there, when it’s a frosty winter in New York.

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Category : adelaide | by Grant Charlesworth

When thinking about your Australian getaway with your girls, don’t overlook an Adelaide vacation for a fun-filled vacation. Often overshadowed by its more popular cousins, Sydney and Melbourne, Adelaide has lots of dining, culture, and shopping to keep you and your friends busy.

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Category : daintree, cairns | by Grant Charlesworth

We know it's only August, but that doesn't mean you haven't thought about a mid-winter getaway. So you’ve managed to escape a possibly brutal winter by heading to the southern hemisphere and taking in some of the Australian culture. Luckily, if you’re heading to Cairns, it's a great time to go! There are tons of beautiful Cairns vacation spots.

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Category : planning | by Grant Charlesworth

Here's a question we get from our USA clients almost every week:

Do I need a visa to visit Australia from the USA?

It's a great question - and the answer is yes, you need a visa to visit Australia from the USA. Luckily, Australia's process for distributing visas is extremely simple, streamlined and easy. You'll be amazed at the efficiency of the entire process. 

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Category : destinations, tasmania, queensland, philip island, sunshine coast, blue mountains, daintree | by Grant Charlesworth

There is a reason why Australia topped the 2015 Travel Dreams Survey as the favorite destination for luxury travelers: it is welcoming, there are no language barriers, and it has a lot to offer, such as the Aboriginal culture (and kangaroos!). Excitement to discover Australia is only increasing globally, so we listed the top travel destinations in Australia for 2015! Here are our top Australia destinations - see which ones you want to visit:

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Category : planning | by Grant Charlesworth

The hip tourist-spots in Australia are distractingly beautiful, but sparing time to discover hidden gems of Australia will definitely be a unique experience! We listed 4 under-the-radar places overlooked by tourists. When planning your itinerary, keep these spots in mind so you can stop by! Here are the 4 spots to go to feel like a local:

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Category : planning | by Grant Charlesworth

 

Australia is not just a new destination; it is a whole new continent. Understanding the local dynamics and planning your trip can be a bit tricky, so here are 5 essential tips for you to be prepared to get the best of your vacation to Australia!

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Category : destinations | by Grant Charlesworth

First time in Australia, and can’t decide where to go? Overwhelmed with thousands of options? Here are the best must-go Australian destinations. Take a look at our list before you plan your trip!

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Category : beaches | by Grant Charlesworth

 

The locals in Australia have a saying: “If you find a beach with someone on it, find another one.”

There are more than 10,000 Australian beaches in the 50,000 km coastline, and if you can’t decide which one you should visit, here are the 10 top-secret Aussie beaches:

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