The most amazing Australasian experiences for your #BookItList

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Whether you decide to take a trip with the family, put it towards a luxury city break, or maybe you’ll take this as an opportunity to tick off something on your holiday bucket list – or, as we’re calling it, your #BookItList!

To get you in a winning mood, here’s a few of our top #BookItList holidays in Australia and New Zealand.

Australasia

Of all the continents in the world, Australasia is one of the wildest. The sweeping landscapes, the astonishing wildlife, and the lush vegetation are stark contrasts to the often no-nonsense nature of the residents, and it’s extremes like these that make the continent such an incredible holiday setting.

From adventurous trips to the Pacific islands to the cosmopolitan style of Melbourne, and the majestic green scenery of New Zealand to the desolate sprawl of the Aussie outback, Australasia offers experiences that can’t be found anywhere else on the planet.

Take a look at some of our handpicked choices for your Australasian #BookItList.

1. Camp out on Fraser Island

The world’s largest sand island lies just off Australia’s eastern Queensland coast, where you can find tall, lush rainforests growing from sand dunes. This World Heritage listed destination offers a non-stop series of majestic encounters with nature at its wildest.

Take a ride along “Highway 1” – or, the beach to us – and discover why Hervey Bay is known as the whale-watching capital of the world. Once you leave the vehicle, trek across one of Fraser’s desert-like sand blows, then minutes later find yourself in a lush green jungle surrounded by chittering cicadas and towering, vine-strewn trees.

For the real Fraser Island experience, camp out overnight in one of the many permanent tents to be found amongst the thick foliage.

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2. See the Great Barrier Reef at the Whitsundays

Further up the east Australian coast, the Whitsundays are an exotic arrangement of islands famous for leading to the Great Barrier Reef, where the array of marine life feels almost mythical. Airlie Beach is often the coastal gateway to the Whitsundays, and the best place to book activities and tours taking place nearby.

Whitehaven Beach is a spectacular highlight of the Whitsunday Islands, and has been voted the world’s most eco-friendly beach.

If you are interested in snorkelling or scuba diving, the Whitsunday Islands teem with underwater life including enormous turtles, tropical fish, and even sharks. What better way to get close to nature?

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3. Skydive over Mission Beach

Feeling adventurous? Why not take a trip close to Cairns and leap from a plane over one of the most famous beaches in Australia?

Mission Beach is known for its 14km of golden sand and the range of activities available close by. You don’t have to be a daredevil to enjoy Mission Beach as you can also enjoy fishing tours, visits to the Great Barrier Reef, and a variety of nearby attractions. However, Mission Beach is perfectly suited for adrenaline junkies!

Visitors can try out white water rafting, horse riding, and skydiving experiences, meaning that Mission Beach is one of the best spots for a riveting Aussie adventure.

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4. Marvel at Uluru

As one of the most iconic landmarks Down Under, Uluru, once called Ayres Rock, could be Australia’s most recognisable tourist spot – and it is even more impressive in the flesh.

Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation found in central Australia, and it is sacred to the Aboriginal people who live nearby. It is surrounded by many caves, springs, and ancient paintings, and the entire area is an atmospheric, spine-tingling wonder.

While the temperature is more comfortable between May and September, outside of these dates the hot weather brings rain that fills Uluru’s waterholes and sets off its spectacular waterfalls.

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5. Discover Middle Earth in New Zealand

Anyone who has seen Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit films will have gazed in awe at the New Zealand landscape. If that sounds familiar, imagine visiting the official movie sets, stopping by Hobbiton, and sipping a delicious brew in the Green Dragon Inn!

Hobbiton includes 44 permanent Hobbit Holes which were built into the rolling green hills of Alexander Farm in the heart of the Waikato region.  As a visitor, you can tour the set and witness the astounding countryside for yourself, gaining access to the buildings featured in the hit films.

Now that’s what we’re Tolkien about!

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6. Venture into the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Deep under the ground beneath New Zealand’s Waitomo village, thousands of glow-worms radiating luminous green/blue light clamber across the rocks. These vibrant “fungus gnats” turn an already atmospheric boat ride through the caves into a magical, unforgettable experience.

This once-in-a-lifetime experience lets you glide along the winding Waitomo River through the “Glowworm Grotto”, where you’ll encounter these creatures that are unique to New Zealand as they crawl along the cave’s roof and walls. There is a wide choice of experiences to choose from, including a brief but unforgettable guided tour through Waitomo, a 3-hour cave tubing adventure, or even an epic 5-hour “Black Abyss” tour.

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