The most epic and diverse ways to explore Australia

4. Trek the Larapinta Trail

Itchy feet? Take to a trail instead, specifically the Larapinta Trail. This 140-mile hiking route is ideal for those seeking to escape the crowds. The route cuts west from the outback town of Alice Springs to Mount Sonde. When not clocking up the miles, you could take a dip in a cool waterhole, before setting up camp beneath the stars. Make it (relatively) easy for yourself on Australian Walking Holidays’ six-day trek. You’ll stay in semi-permanent camps, while still putting in the rigours of a long walk.

The Australian Walking Holidays’ six-day Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort costs $2,895/£1,618 (

5. Take an expedition voyage

Step on board expedition ship Coral Discoverer for an art-focused cruise. The 11-night Coral Expeditions’ Cape York and Arnhem Land cruise explores Australia’s top end. Highlights include a stop at the continent’s northern-most point, Cape York, where you’ll be served champagne at sunrise.

A stop at Lizard Island will give you the chance to swim and snorkel and to visit the Lizard Island Research Station where you can learn about the work scientists are doing to preserve the Great Barrier Reef. Come away from your voyage with a better understanding of Australia’s indigenous people, the oldest civilsation on Earth.

Coral Expeditions Cape York and Arnehm Land 11-night cruise costs $10,890/£6,073 (

6. Walk the Great Ocean Road

Travel through the contintent at your own pace on the Great Ocean Road. It’s just an hour’s drive from downtown Melbourne and is 151 miles long. Running from Torquay to Allansford it was built in the Twenties. “It doesn’t fit any of our preconceived notions of the Australian wilderness,” writes Telegraph destination expert Mark Chipperfield. Enjoy views of the 12 Apostles – limestone rock stacks – and unspoiled surf beaches. You could also make detours along the way for adventure sports or wildlife watching in the ancient rainforest.

Non-drivers can take an organised tour with an operator such as Sightseeing Tours Australia ( 

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