With the sun rising in the east and setting in the west you could certainly plan a holiday chasing the sun – but it will be a long drive. We are a continent covering 8.468 million km squared. No matter what your passion you will discover Australia is one of the most amazing places on earth. Our people, culture and diverse landscape will have you coming back year after year.
Australia is not just about “throwing a shrimp on the barbie, or girls in bikinis we also have a lot on offer throughout our States and Territories…here is just a snippet
Bondi – Eastern suburbs of Sydney – this iconic beach has it all, sun, surf, restaurants, shopping, luxury accommodation. With easy reach to the city and other beaches. Bondi would be Australia’s most famous beach, often featured in movies, advertising and greatly photographed by the hordes of visitors.
Byron Bay – Northern NSW – endless white sand, very laidback culture, rainforests, great food and a little bit alternative. Byron also offers some of the most luxurious private rental homes for the not so casual holidaymaker.
“You can sum up Australia’s easternmost town by saying it’s a melting pot of surf culture, alternative philosophies and hedonistic indulgence.”
Wineglass Bay - on Tasmania's Freycinet Peninsula, is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world. This flawless crescent of dazzling white sand and sapphire-coloured sea set against pink and grey granite peaks is one of Australia's most beautiful natural environments. It's the perfect location for fishing, sailing, bushwalking, sea kayaking, rock-climbing, or simply soaking up the spectacular coastal scenery. Wineglass Bay has become a favorite honeymoon destination for couples to escape and relax away from the rest of the world. With secluded sandy beaches, luxurious eco-lodges, and fine Tasmanian cuisine, Freycinet Peninsula is an adventure of pure indulgence.
Cottesloe Beach - one of the most popular of all Western Australia’s city beaches. It is located midway between the Perth central business district and the port of Fremantle in Perth’s western suburbs, only 15 minutes from the city centre. Cottesloe is renowned for its relaxed lifestyle and has been a popular seaside holiday destination for Perth locals for more than 100 years. Its village atmosphere and rich maritime heritage is sure to entice you to explore beyond its golden sands. It’s also the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean while dining on fresh seafood.
Outback Australia is what our “wide brown land” is all about. Vast open spaces that seem to stretch on forever and where our pioneering spirit grew. As remote as it appears many areas can be accessed from most major cities and towns.
Red Centre - Discover Australia's Red Centre, where Alice Springs offers access to the awe-inspiring landscapes of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, the MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon. Soak up Aboriginal culture and rugged natural beauty on classic outback journeys; drive the Red Centre Way, hike the Larapinta Trail, ride a camel in the Simpson Desert or take the Ghan train journey from Darwin or Adelaide.
World Heritage-listed Uluru is one of Australia’s most iconic symbols. Located in the heart of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Red Centre, Uluru is an ancient landscape, rich in Australian indigenous culture and spirituality. There are many ways to experience the majesty of Uluru and the beauty of this unique desert landscape. Take a walk with an Aboriginal guide and learn about ancient traditions and stories from the Dreamtime. See it from the skies by helicopter or hot air balloon. Ride across the ochre coloured desert on a Harley Davidson motorcycle or on the back of a camel.
ART AND CULTURE – now and then
Aboriginal people of Australia have a rich, living culture stretching back at least 50,000 years. The Northern Territory is steeped in Aboriginal history with intricate rock art galleries depicting Dreamtime myths and browse through galleries of Aboriginal art in Alice Springs, where the Arrernte people have lived for 20,000 years. To experience the world’s oldest culture through art, campfire stories and by visiting sacred sites is a humbling and yet overwhelming experience.
First settlers – brought their own diverse culture to Australia, which we enjoy today with displays of art, utensils, stories, poems and songs. There are many houses open throughout Australia depicting the life of the early settlers. Whilst some stayed in the cities many a brave soul made their way through a harsh country looking for opportunities to start a new life such as farming and mining. Henry Lawson wrote a number of good short stories which illustrate the life of his time such as The Drovers Wife and The Loaded Dog.
Our National Art Gallery is in our Capital City, Canberra which also is home to The Australian War Memorial, which is very moving and reflective.
Australian art is world renowned. Whether artist are known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Australian artists have kept tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world with such artists as Sydney Nolan, John Blackman, Albert Namatjira, Ben Quilty, Jason Benjamin and Brett Whiteley just to name a few. All Cities have galleries showing art from well-known to emerging artists of all mediums.
What a list we have of writers of books, poetry, TV and film – we certainly are a talented lot which makes exploring Australia a rather exhilarating experience – don’t you think.
Sport – from an early age we expose our children to the great past time of playing sport. Australia is on the world stage in Basketball, Tennis, Cricket, Netball, football, car racing, horse racing – you name it we attempt to do it. We have beaches for water sports, snow for winter sports and clear blue skies for jumping out of planes.
Many world sporting events make their way to Australia such as the Asian Soccer Cup, Tennis, Golf and Rugby – there is always a sporting event happening somewhere!
Food and Wine
In Australian we produce fresh and tantalizing food and wine including ciders and ales from all regions from coast to coast. Our cuisine has been enriched by the knowledge passed down from previous generations and the amalgamation of all the cultures that now call Australia home. Most regions have their own unique take of food and beverages, making gastronomy an absolute delight throughout our amazing country.
We have produced world renowned chefs and listed here are our top 5 restaurants….
Quay, Sydney: Attica, Melbourne: Momofuku, Sydney: Marque, Sydney: Vue De Mond, Melbourne
Four of Australia’s best restaurants - Attica, Quay, Sepia, and Brae - have been named in the prestigious Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants list, as judged by 900 of the world’s leading chefs, restaurateurs and food media.
Our wines, ciders and ales win awards as do our whiskeys which are made in Tasmania.
We know how to treat our guests to the delights of wining and dining whether in a 5 star restaurants or under the stars in the outback – sophistication is what we do very well.
Being Australian (Aussie) we are very good at celebrating. Starting the year in our New Year’s Eve in Sydney is telecast worldwide.
Our National Day (January 26) brings everyone together wearing green and gold t-shirts or draping Australian flags across our shoulders, having BBQ’s, ferry races and concerts – this is a celebration of the arrival of the First Fleet at Port Jackson in 1788.
We love to raise a glass to acknowledge achievements by others and celebrate all that is good whether religious, personal, sporting, business and community spirit.
Australia has it all. And it is not just about caravanning and backpacking. We offer luxury accommodation, travel, service and adventures. Make LUXE HOUSES your quintessential Australian Experience.