Australia Holidays: An Overview

The vast island of Australia is a country of natural beauty and vivid contrasts both on land and in the seas. Think spectacular landscapes, incredible coral, abundant marine life, UNESCO World Heritage wilderness areas, wildlife that has evolved in isolation for over 50 million years and vibrant, modern cities boasting world famous man-made landmarks such as Sydney Harbour and the iconic Opera House.

Neill and Louisa are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • The coral gardens of Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef are stunning.
  • Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia is home to mantas, whale sharks and more.
  • Lord Howe Island is a hidden gem in New South Wales.
  • Away from the diving there is much to explore here.

Our Guide to Diving Holidays in Australia

There are a number of must-dive trips within Australia from the Great Barrier Reef on the east coast to snorkelling with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia to the world's most southerly coral reef atLord Howe Island. Combining diving any (or all) of these with a visit to the vibrant cities and deserted outback is an incredible experience.

Several of the team have been to Australia in recent years and we've been keeping a close eye on the crop of fantastic new lodges that opened recently and have taken the standard of accommodation to another level.

The hospitality on offer in Oz is second to none and we can arrange any number of memorable activities as well. Despite the long flight, don't rule this out as a family destination either.


Original Highlight

Clownfish hiding in a sea anemone

My first ever dive on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It's what inspired me to dive. No-one forgets their first dive!

Neill, Original Diver

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 23°C / 73°F
  • Rainfall — 12cm / 4.9 inches
  • Water Temp. — 24°C / 75°F



Australian Dollar

Visa Requirements




Food & Drink

Vegemite, Pie Floater, Chiko Roll

What to pack

swimwear, towel and comfortable clothing for some serious outdoor activities!

Flight from London

19:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +10 hrs

Top picks for Australia

Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef


Ningaloo Reef, off the coast of Western Australia, is one of the few places on earth that at the right time of year you are guaranteed encounters with Whale Sharks.

Where to go

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island


Home to the southernmost coral reef in the world, this little known island is a hidden gem.

Where to go

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef


Lizard Island, in our opinion the best place from which to dive the Great Barrier Reef, is situated at the northern end of the Reef, is home to little more than a Marine Research Station, a luxury hotel, pristine beaches, and a population of large lizards.

Where to go

Palm Trees at Capella Lodge

Capella Lodge

Lord Howe Island

The place to stay on Lord Howe Island is Capella Lodge. It is a hotel of the highest standard and a very special place to spend a few days.

Where to stay

Picture of the view from a pavilion daybed

Lizard Island Resort

Great Barrier Reef

The Lizard Island Resort is the only place to stay to experience the magnificent coral and dive sites of this stretch of the Great Barrier Reef.

Where to stay

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