Fly in Adelaide. Elegant and compact, the capital of South Australia is consistently voted one of the world’s most liveable cities. Fancy a dip? Henley Beach is just 20 minutes’ drive from the city and offers safe swimming and a lovely old wooden pier. Head up to the Adelaide Hills for lunch. Then it’s off to Kangaroo Island (30 minutes by plane), where you can see penguins, sea lions and koalas in the wild. You’ll find plenty of b & bs, guesthouses and lodges if you’d like to stay for a couple of nights.
It’s a short flight from Adelaide to Tasmania. Your adventure begins in Hobart, a picturesque city on the Derwent River and now home to one of Australia’s most daring and progressive private art galleries – the extraordinary MONA. Travel there in style by motor launch. Some of the island’s most famous landmarks, such as the convict ruins at Port Arthur, are right on your doorstep.
Fly from Hobart to Hamilton Island, via Sydney or Melbourne. Hamilton Island is the gateway to both the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands. You could, in theory, step off the plane and directly onto a dive boat or yacht before checking into your island accommodation. There’s a great range of places to stay – from swish private apartments to the world-famous qualia resort. If your budget allows, also consider staying at the newly revamped, ultra-luxurious One&Only Hayman Island, another Whitsunday icon