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Australia - New Zealand and the South Pacific Holiday

If you’re in search of a holiday where you will have beaches, mountains, tropical rainforests and unusual wildlife within just a short distance—and beautiful weather in which to explore it all—look no further than the South Pacific, New Zealand and right here in Australia.

When you plan a getaway on one of these Southern Hemisphere islands, you’ll have the chance to enjoy spectacular stretches of sand, bushwalks through forested hinterlands and Polynesian cultures.

Australia is much too vast to be called “just” an island—it’s a huge country filled with sophisticated cities and beautiful landscapes. In Melbourne, watch cricket and footy matches, sip coffee in cool graffiti-filled laneways, tour the Royal Botanic Gardens and sample Yarra Valley wines.

On the southern shores, the Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most celebrated scenic drives. Visit Bells Beach, home of world-renowned surf tours, and drive on to see the 12 Apostles natural rock sculptures rising dramatically out of the sea.

Head northeast to the capital city, Canberra, to see impressive government buildings, monuments and galleries. Continue on to Sydney, which you’ll know for its striking Opera House and Harbour Bridge, but don’t forget about the beautiful beaches, Taronga Zoo, Hunter Valley wine region and loads of world-class museums.

The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are known for surfing—see for yourself in the appropriately named Surfers Paradise. Nearby Brisbane is a sophisticated city straddling a winding river. Enjoy the koala sanctuary and venture into the hinterland wilderness.

Visit Port Douglas and Cairns in the far north to see the Great Barrier Reef, ideal for snorkelling, diving or viewing colourful fish and coral from a glass-bottom boat. See water dragons, cassowaries and other animals at the Wildlife Habitat and exotic birds in the Daintree Rainforest.

Fly west to enjoy other incredible adventures, including the giant red rock of Uluru, the Barossa Valley wines of Adelaide and food and wine tours of Perth.

Even more adventures await across the Tasman Sea. On New Zealand’s North Island, head to Auckland to sail its lovely harbour and appreciate the multi-ethnic culture and food. Drive to Rotorua to experience the sulphur springs, cooking corn on the cob over the hot steam eruptions or relaxing in a natural hot tub. Continue to the southern city of Wellington, the capital, to enjoy a beautiful harbour surrounded by cultural attractions.

The country’s South Island has Mount Cook, glaciers, fjords and blue-green lakes that served as fantasy film settings for The Hobbit. Stroll through the botanic gardens in Christchurch, then visit the Canterbury Museum to admire its unique treasures. Queenstown is on the bucket list of every adventure seeker, with plenty of opportunities for skiing, rock climbing and bungee jumping.

Elsewhere in the South Pacific, explore islands that were described by author James Michener as having “endless ocean” with “coconut palms nodding gracefully” and “lagoons, lovely beyond description.” Find this beautiful scenery in FijiSamoa, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia. Learn about the Polynesian explorers who once sailed the high seas in outrigger canoes—or just soak up the sunshine on the legendary beaches. It’s your holiday.



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The Victoria Hotel Melbourne AU$99
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The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
     
    4.3 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    The staff was very accommodating and friendly. The property is walking distance to many attractions and great restaurants. The buffet breakfast had a good variety and could place indovidual orders woth chef. The air conditioner was not effective...rooms temps remained in the mid 70s despite wanting ...

    Swissotel Sydney AU$193
    Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2019
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    Swissotel Sydney

    Swissotel Sydney

    68 Market Street, Sydney, NSW
       
      4.6 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Room was spacious and clean, though could have used free wi-fi. Parking outside the hotel to checkin is a nightmare.

      Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park AU$209
      Reviewed on 25 Nov. 2019
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      Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

      Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

      161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW
         
        4.6 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Sparkling clean, close to shops. Food is very good, and the spa/gym are ok.

        Space Hotel - Hostel AU$89
        Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2019
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        Space Hotel - Hostel

        Space Hotel - Hostel

        380 Russell Street, Melbourne, VIC
           
          4.2 of 5
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The location is great! Many events on weekly, only let down was the cleanliness of the bathrooms.

          Citadines on Bourke Melbourne AU$132
          Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2019
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          Citadines on Bourke Melbourne

          Citadines on Bourke Melbourne

          131-135 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC
             
            4.5 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Convenient position, comfortable room and wonderful helpful desk staff.

            Rydges World Square AU$157
            Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2019
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            Rydges World Square

            Rydges World Square

            389 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW
               
              4.2 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Fantastic central location!!! Lovely big room. Really enjoyed our stay and would definitely go back.

              Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne AU$112
              Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2019
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              Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

              Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

              328 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC
                 
                4.3 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Beautiful hotel- restored to a vintage era. Staff were great. Parking was tricky but had read info ahead of time.

                Sofitel Sydney Wentworth AU$215
                Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2019
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                Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

                Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

                61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney, NSW
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The property is a good location but certainly does not have all the 5 star touches

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