The capital city of the State of Victoria, Melbourne a cosmopolitan city with a reputation for being a major ethnic melting pot. As a result, the city is known for its restaurants which serve a multitplicity of cuisines, and for being at the forefront in fashion, style and the arts. Victoria has a wide diversity of landscapes which cover the whole gamut of the Australian experience - semi arid desert areas, rugged coastal cliffs, alpine ski resorts, historic goldmining towns and ancient river gum forests.
Adelaide and South Australia
South Australia is the fifth largest state in Australia with a population of 1.4 million. It is home to long summers, stunning beaches and award-winning wine, events and festivals. South Australia has the easiest access to the Australian outback of any state. Its capital, Adelaide, is the gateway to the Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island, the vineyards of the Barossa Valley, and the scenic Fleurieu, Yorke and Eyre peninsulas.
The Australian Capital Territory is the site of Canberra, Australia's capital city. As well as the seat of Government for the Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra has been developed as a celebration of and salute to Australia's culture, its unique natural features and its notable sons and daughters.
Sydney and New South Wales
Sandwiched between Queensland and Victoria on Australia s eastern seaboard, New South Wales is known for its diversity of landscape and attractions, ranging from outback to city, rugged mountains to sheltered harbours, subtropical rainforests to expansive sandy beaches. Its capital city is Sydney, the oldest European settlement in Australia and largest city in the country. Sydney is regularly declared to be one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world.
Darwin and Northern Territory
Largely tropical, the Northern Territory covers about one sixth of the Australian continent with an area equal to the combined areas of France, Spain and Italy. It is an area of great diversity, from lush tropical rainforest in the north to the ancient semi-arid plains and deserts of the Red Centre. Darwin, Australia's only tropical capital city, has a wealth of attractions for visitors who warm to its laid back lifestyle.
Lord Howe Island
A treasure island of extraordinary contrasts, with rugged volcanic peaks, lush forests, rolling surf and serene lagoons, Lord Howe Island is encircled by the world's southern-most coral reef. Families love the safety and variety of kids' activities; lovers find romance in the island's secluded corners, natural beauty, luxury lodges and fine dining establishments; adventurers scale the heights of its mountain peaks.
Brisbane and Queensland
Known as Australia's Sunshine State, Queensland offers a great diversity of holiday and touring opportunities, with the Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands, tropical rainforest and wilderness, open sandy beaches, and the vast outback, as well as the sophisticated attractions of Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. Brisbane has a feel all of its own - the weather, the architecture, the love of recreational activities by the locals who enjoy a laid back, relaxed, semi-tropical lifestyle.
Perth and Western Australia
Western Australia is the largest state, covering the western most third of the mainland. A range of experiences, from wilderness adventures in the arid outback or diving on coral reefs, to fine dining, wine tasting and stunning wildflowers, attract a wide variety of visitors. Perth, its capital city, is known for its wonderful white, sandy and uncrowded beaches, a sunny climate and its friendly, hospitable atmosphere.
Unique Australian Holidays
Australia is a land of great contrasts - from hot, dry deserts and sun-kissed tropical islands, to world heritage listed rainforests and snow-capped mountains. Consequently, it is home to a vast array of holiday destinations, experiences and travel options. The Unique Holidays Australia website highlights some of the more out of the ordinary holiday packages available in Australia, with full online booking facilities.