28 February 2019
Australia’s oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of the "First Fleet" that transported 760 British convicts. Gold and sheep breeding propelled Sydney’s development; today it is the largest port in the entire South Pacific. Mark Twain called it “the wonder of the world.” James Michener wrote, “It is a thing of beauty, a fairytale body of water.”
The Brisbane River meanders through the heart of the city. Elegant Georgian buildings of native sandstone stand next to sleek glass towers. Brisbane is also a superbly landscaped city with jacarandas, flame trees, and bougainvilleas thriving in its semi-tropical climate. Come face to face with koalas, kangaroos and wombats on tours from this laid-back city.
Whitsunday Islands, Australia (from Airlie Beach)
Arrive at Airlie Beach on a clear day and you will be greeted with a view that looks like it has been torn straight from the pages of a picture book, with perfectly ultramarine water and pristine white sand.
On the remote northern shores of Australia’s ‘Top End,’ balmy Darwin has grown from frontier settlement into a multicultural modern city. Discover the region’s dramatic history – from Aboriginal heritage to World War II air raids and the devastating Cyclone Tracy – in the museums and galleries.