First things first - when is the best time take an Australia tour? The seasons run opposite to ours in the United States, so you will want to go from September through May, which is their Spring, Summer and Fall months. March through May is fall, and the temperatures will be cooler. The two most popular and therefore crowded months are December and January.
Australia is a land of amazing contrasts - from cosmopolitan cities to the rugged outback, from tropical rainforests to the Great Barrier Reef. Nearly 90 percent of Australia's 18 million people live in cities along the coast.
Australia has some of the most distinctive and diverse natural environments that offer amazing adventure and wildlife journeys. From pristine beaches and ancient rainforests to spectacular mountain ranges and national parks, you'll find extraordinary nature. So come walk, climb, ski, swim and commune with native animals and discover why there's nothing like Australia.
New South Wales - Sydney and So Much More
Culinary treats, wine tasting in Hunter Valley, beautiful beaches (including world famous Bondi Beach,) for snorkeling, diving, kayaking and surfing, spectacular Barrington Tops National Park and hiking in the Blue Mountains are just a few of the highlights of this region. Of course every trip here begins in Sydney with it's famous Opera House, Bridge and harbour.
Northern Territory- Australia's Outback
Lose yourself in the Northern Territory, a place rich in outdoor adventures and natural beauty. Darwin's tropical parklands offer crystal clear watering holes perfect for swimming and spotting marine wildlife. Bushwalk through forests and see ancient Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park, join a camel trek across Alice Spring's rolling sand dunes and experiences the natural wonders of Uluru (Ayers Rock.)
Western Australia - Coastal Paradise
Come discover why Western Australia is famous for long days of sunshine and white sand beaches. Swim with docile Whale Sharks in Ningaloo Reef and surf or fish in the lush Margaret River region. Nestled in the far northwest, the Bungle Bungle range entices explorers with tis towering orange and black striped rocks. See the wild dolphins at Monkey Mia, making it one of the best spots for dolphin interaction in the world.
South Australia - a Wildlife Haven
From sprawling green parklands to majestic mountain ranges, you'll love South Australia's spectacular natural attractions. Kangaroo Island is the perfect place to see koalas, sea lions and of course, kangaroo. Or in Flinders Ranges, hike the Heysen Trail for breathtaking views, sample native plants and discover ancient fossils and Aboriginal art.
Victoria - Scenic Landscapes
Head into a lush haven of hidden delights in the Dandenong Ranges' secret fern glades, towering forests and eclectic villages, or go rock climbing and canoeing in Grampians National Park. Visit the wildlife wonderland of Phillips Island and see the little penguins and other fascinating Australian animals, or explore the views and natural wonders including the famed Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road Walk.
Queensland - Tropical
Home to the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland offers the chance to enjoy nature and wildlife as well as the indigenous culture. Sun yourself on the golden sands of Surfers Paradise, snorkel or dive the technicolor treasures of the Great Barrier Reef or four wheel drive on Fraser Island. laze away on a cruise through the stunning Whitsundays Islands, visit the natural wonder of the Daintree rainforest or relax at a magnificent five star island resorts. However you experience Queensland, the landscapes and lifestyles will never leave you.
Tasmania - Dramatic
Soak up history on Hobart's waterfront cobblestone streets and wind through the Coal River Valley's cool-climate wineries. Gasp as the breathtaking views in Cradle Mountain National Park and be amazed at the abundance of wildlife on the Maria Island Walk. As well as rugged and ancient natural beauty, Tasmania has a thriving creative culture, a rich history or miners and whalers and some of the best seafood you'll ever taste.
With roughly the same geographic area as the continental U.S., as you can see from reading above, each of Australia's states and territories has its own unique flavor...which ones you visit will depend on your personal taste.