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Bright blue skies, immense red deserts, sun-bronzed beaches and vast green wetlands, there are boundless plains to explore in Australia's southern states.

Whether you’d rather be hiking Mt Wellington in Hobart, spotting roos on Kangaroo Island or taking a summer road trip to see the Twelve Apostles, there’s never been a better time to book an Aussie holiday.

Explore our top trips

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Southern Australia's summer highlights

Hike in the Grampians National Park

Take a deep breath and savour the fresh mountain air. The ruggedly beautiful Grampians National Park, which is comprised of four separate mountain ranges, is the perfect summer playground. All told there’s more than 150 kilometres of walking tracks to be explored, with a mix of trails ranging from leisurely strolls to overnight camping treks. The paths cross through some of Victoria’s best scenery, taking hikers past blooming wildflowers, panoramic vistas, and the cascading terraces of Mackenzie Falls.

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Hit the surf along the Great Ocean Road

Is it any surprise that an island nation with nearly 26,000 kilometres of coastline is famous for its surfing? Bells Beach along Victoria’s winding Great Ocean Road boasts an international reputation as one of the country’s best surf spots. If you don’t know what ‘fakie’ or  ‘barney’ mean, drop into nearby Torquay for a surf lesson. If you’d rather swim than ride the wives, Bells is a bit rough, but there are plenty of other beaches along the coast to choose from. Lorne, Apollo Bay and Anglesea are all great options. 

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Swim with sea lions in Baird Bay

Drive up the western coast of the Eyre Peninsula and you’ll discover the remote coastal village of Baird Bay. You’ll also find one of the few places where you can swim with totally wild sea lions and bottlenose dolphins. That’s right. No cages. No glass walls. Just unbridled freedom in the open ocean. The locals have formed a close relationship with their aquatic friends over many years. Curious sea lions will even swim right up to the boat just to say hello. You can jump right in and play with these amazing animals while learning more about how they live off Australia’s southern coast.

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Take shade in Tasmania’s Tarkine Forest

The pristine forests of Australia’s ‘apple isle’ are legendary – and for good reason. Tasmania’s Tarkine Forest Reserve is a sprawling 1,800-square kilometre patch of uninterrupted wilderness, marked with rivers, hidden caves and hundreds of animal species. Walking beneath the reserve’s giant tree ferns, don’t be surprised if a wombat bumbles across your path, or if you hear the telltale signs of a glider leaping from tree to tree overhead. The Tarkine is also home to some of Australia’s most important Aboriginal heritage, with rock carvings dating back over 40,000 years!

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Go wild on Kangaroo Island

A short ferry ride from the mainland you’ll find Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s most underrated wildlife sanctuaries. Mostly rural and substantially underdeveloped, the limited encroachment of human activity has allowed local wildlife to thrive. Over a third of the island is a protected nature reserve, which is home to a plethora of penguin colonies, koalas and kangaroos. If you’re looking for thrills, you can hire a sand board and take a ride down Little Sahara’s smooth sand dunes, or grab a kayak and explore the tranquil estuaries of the Harriet River.

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