Planning Your Australian Vacation
Steeped with breathtaking natural beauty, Australia is filled with dense rainforests, magnificent beaches with crystal-blue water, steamy hot deserts and ancient rock formations. An abundance of places to explore, beautiful weather and various cultures make Australia an excellent choice for vacation.
You won't run out of places to explore in Australia. Go snorkeling along one of the coral reefs that is part of the Great Barrier Reef, and then head to the beach to relax in the sun. Explore the museums and shops and dine in upscale restaurants in Sydney or Melbourne. Regardless of your interests, Australia has something for everyone to enjoy. Simply visit Orbitz.com to book your vacation.
Australia Vacation Packages
Lavish luxury with free Wi-Fi in Sydney’s city centerThe Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney has a presence. The hotel's sophisticated foyer with spiral staircase and fashionable guests hint at the unparalleled luxury the Amora proudly delivers. Here, every guest's whim is... More
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Stay downtown in comfort with kitchen- and Internet-equipped apartmentsWith a great location along North Terrace, in the heart of the Adelaide business district, Oaks Horizons Hotel Adelaide offers spectacular views of the city and the River Torrens. Situated just across... More
Contemporary hotel is neighbor to some of Brisbane’s best places to playRendezvous Studio Hotel Brisbane on George is an easy choice for travelers who want a hotel that offers stylish comfort near top tourist attractions. The property's nearby neighbors include the... More
Whatever holiday style you are dreaming about, let Anacapri Apartments help you make the most of your stay on Queensland's fabulous Gold Coast. Anacapri is conveniently located in Surfers Paradise, on the beautiful Gold Coast, with just a short stroll to the sun... More
History lives at Melbourne’s Grand Victorian hotel Built in 1883, the Hotel Windsor Melbourne is considered Melbourne's original Grand Victorian hotel. Today, the property is the city's only 5-star Victorian hotel, combining historic elegance with modern comfort. Within... More
Good vibes and cool prices in downtown SydneyVibe Hotel, a hip outpost in downtown Sydney, is a short stroll to the city's most popular attractions, Chinatown and the Haymarket district. Reasonable prices and a friendly staff make this a favorite for young jetsetters,... More
Experience great views, spacious rooms in park-adjacent Adelaide hotelRydges South Park Adelaide sits at the southeast corner of the Adelaide city center, bordered on two sides by Lundie Gardens and the West Terrace Cemetery. From the hotel, visitors can explore downtown... More
Brisbane accommodation within walking distance of all that the city has to offer, Oaks Aurora Tower is a modern 69-storey landmark building popular with business travellers. Hailed as a masterpiece of inspired design, the hotel is superbly appointed with resort-style... More
With a unique architecture giving a romantic Brazilian feel and set among amazing gardens, Copacabana Apartments Gold Coast is the perfect choice for a relaxing Gold Coast holiday. Nestled just a short walk from the patrolled beach, Copacabana Apartments Gold Coast is a... More
Views across the scenic Lincoln Square Gardens to the city skyline are testimony to the convenience of Rydges On Swanston Melbourne (formerly Rydges Carlton). Located on the fringe of Melbourne's CBD makes Rydges On Swanston Melbourne the perfect destination for business... More
|Auckland||Sydney||Fri, Aug 1 - Sun, Aug 31||$294|
|Sydney||Brisbane||Mon, Jan 27 - Thu, Feb 6||$134|
|Sydney||Melbourne||Sat, Jun 7 - Wed, Jun 11||$115|
|Los Angeles||Perth||Wed, Apr 2 - Sat, Apr 26||$640|
|Sydney||Adelaide||Wed, Feb 12 - Fri, Feb 14||$121|
|Sydney||Cairns||Thu, May 1 - Thu, May 8||$162|
|Sydney||Canberra||Thu, Feb 6 - Sat, Feb 15||$1,602|
|San Francisco||Gold Coast||Wed, Feb 5 - Thu, Feb 20||$1,781|
|Brisbane||Townsville||Fri, Dec 27 - Tue, Dec 31||$326|
|Melbourne||Hobart||Sat, Jan 18 - Tue, Jan 21||$155|
|Sydney||Alice Springs||Tue, Apr 8 - Tue, Apr 15||$838|
|Sydney||Ayers Rock||Sat, Feb 1 - Tue, Feb 4||$398|
Best time to take a vacation to Australia
The summer months, October through March, are hot, humid and wet. The dry season runs from April to September. During this time, the average temperature ranges from the mid-60s to the high 80s, and it rarely rains. During June, July and August, cities and beaches are crowded with tourists. Hotels and flights are also booked well in advance from Boxing Day through the end of January, which is when Aussies take their vacations. If you want to avoid the crowds, enjoy nice weather and steer clear of peak-season prices, visit Australia anytime from mid-September to the end of October.
Insider tips for Australia travel
If you blink while driving down Bruce Highway, you'll miss Mission Beach. This tiny town is surrounded by lush rainforest and has a pristine beach.
Load up on sunscreen and head to Hyams Beach. Located in Jarvis Bay, this beach is said to have the whitest sand in the world.
Indian Tea House
Have brunch at the Indian Tea House. The restaurant overlooks the sea along Cottesloe Beach, a petite out-of-the way beach in Perth.
Star of Greece Café
This 1950s kiosk sits on the top of the cliff overlooking Port Willunga. It serves some of the country's best seafood and offers an amazing view.
Browse antique stores and admire historic buildings in this quaint New South Wales hamlet.
New South Wales
Start your tour of cosmopolitan Sydney with a visit to the iconic Opera House; absorb panoramic views from atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge; and play in the surf at Bondi Beach. Venture to the canyons and waterfalls of the Blue Mountains, and go wine tasting in Hunter Valley.
Cairns and Great Barrier ReefTropical Cairns provides easy access to two World Heritage marvels: the lovely islands and marine treasures of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, with its wondrous beauty and animal inhabitants.
Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia. Enjoy its art, café culture, fine wine, sporting events and unsurpassed shopping. Drive along the Great Ocean Road for some breathtaking scenery, including the Twelve Apostles. And don't forget the Penguin Parade.
Visit Brisbane and explore the weekend markets, outdoor cafes, art & culture, and more. Hit the stunning, pristine beaches of the Gold Coast to the south and the Sunshine Coast to the north.
Get the "Real Outback" experience in the Northern Territory, with a pilgrimage to the sacred Aboriginal site of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Go hot air ballooning over the red desert landscape, and explore the famous Kakadu National Park near bustling Darwin.
Elegant Adelaide is famous for its galleries, museums, sidewalk cafes, cozy pubs and excellent restaurants. It's also a gateway to the Barossa Valley, the wine capital of Australia. Take a ferry to Kangaroo Island, a nature-lover's paradise.
Relax along the Perth's pristine, uncrowded beaches; feed the dolphins at Monkey Mia; and explore the Kimberley, a region that inspired the director of Australia the movie.
Friendly and relaxed, Tasmania an ecological and cultural wonderland. It boasts pristine national parks; abundant wildlife experiences and rich colonial heritage. Among the highlights: Hobart's markets, Tamar Valley wineries and the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
Visit Sydney's focal point at night for spectacular photography opportunities featuring the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, flooded with light.
Great Barrier Reef
The largest coral reef system in the world is comprised of more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, and it's visible from the moon.
Koala Park Sanctuary
This sanctuary offers free koala cuddling sessions at scheduled times throughout the day.
Australian National Maritime Museum
Climb aboard the ships and submarines that are docked in the harbor to experience life as a sailor.
Go snorkeling along a 161-mile coral reef. You don't need a 90-minute boat ride to find the reef; the coral starts right on the shore.
Take a guided whitewater rafting tour along the Tully River. The Class III and IV rapids are surrounded by rainforest.
The biggest subterranean town in Australia; it even has underground churches.
National Gallery of Australia
Located in Canberra, this museum has the largest collection of Australian indigenous art in the world.
Kakadu National Park
These hiking trails feature breathtaking waterfalls, cycads, lily-filled lagoons and red cliffs.
National Wine Centre of Australia
Blend your own virtual wine, sample some of Australia's rarest vintage wine and grab lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Wine Centre.