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Reunion to remember? Tick.

With border closures, lockdowns and travel bans having shaped the last year of our lives, visiting family abroad has been a challenge. If you have loved ones living in Australia, you’re probably wondering how soon you can be reunited. Thankfully, with vaccinations being rolled across the UK, there’s light at the end of the tunnel – and the time for getting back on a plane to visit family in Australia is creeping ever closer.

And what better way to lift your spirits than to plan that much awaited trip to the Land Down Under? At Travelbag, we can tailor-make your 2022 Australia holiday to suit you, helping you with everything from flexible flights and COVID insurance, to car hire and apartment stays. And, if you want to explore while you’re there, our experts can help you create a bespoke itinerary.

If visiting friends or family in Australia, you might be planning a lengthy stay – so it can be useful to have your own space. Why not book an apartment near your loved ones? You’ll have all the comforts of home and we can help you sort car hire, so you’ll have the freedom to travel around at your leisure. Alternatively, if you’re planning to stay at your family’s home, spend some quality time together on a mini-break. You could enjoy a long weekend exploring the wineries of the Barossa Valley, book a beach break on Hamilton Island, or tick off some of Australia’s major sights like the ancient Daintree Rainforest and magnificent Uluru.

Or, if you’re seeking an adventure, you could pack up a campervan and go travelling for two weeks. What better way to reconnect with friends and family than a road trip? You can explore Western Australia and witness epic sunsets and discover deserted beaches. Or hop over to Tasmania and discover the island’s incredible food scene and outstanding national parks.

We know weddings have been missed, honeymoons have been put on hold, and there might even be new family members you haven’t met yet. Let us help you make up for lost time – speak to our travel experts about visiting your family in Australia, and start planning a reunion to remember.

Apartments

Off the beaten track

Australia & beyond

Visas

Apartment living

Apartment-style accommodation is a great option when visiting friends and family in Australia. If you’ve been away from your loved ones for a long time, you might be planning a lengthy trip – and an apartment is ideal for longer stays. You can really make yourself at home, as most apartments have a fully fitted kitchen, living and dining areas, plus practical facilities like a washing machine, dryer and car park. Some apartment buildings even have their own pool or gym.

If you’re visiting Sydney, check out Oaks Goldsbrough in Darling Harbour – the perfect base for exploring Australia’s most famous city. The one- and two-bedroom apartments have a full kitchen, and you’ll have access to an indoor lap pool, gym and sauna.

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If you’re visiting family in Melbourne, the Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Northbank offers all the facilities of home. You can cook up a storm in your fitted kitchen and enjoy downtime in your own lounge. Just moments from the Yarra River and a five-minute walk from Southern Cross Station, you’ll have Melbourne and a great transport network at your feet.

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Do something new

If you have loved ones in Oz, chances are you may have visited Australia before – so why not take the opportunity to explore more on your next trip? After seeing your family, you can take the road less travelled and discover some lesser-known places.

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Over in Western Australia, The Kimberley should definitely be on your list. Covering an area larger than England, this remote region is home to incredible wildlife, freshwater swimming holes, sandy beaches and magnificent canyons and gorges. You can see bizarre horizontal waterfalls, incredible Aboriginal rock art, and even dinosaur footprints. Whether you fancy cruising along its stunning coastline or driving the famed Gibb River Road – a 410-mile stretch designed for 4WD vehicles – The Kimberley offers all kinds of adventures.

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Explore Australia and beyond

While visiting friends or family in Australia might be the main reason for your trip, you might wish to extend your holiday to make the most of the long journey. With an incredible array of road trips, rail journeys and tours, you’ll certainly find plenty of things to see and do – whether you’re seeking bustling cities or beautiful beaches.

If you have family in Sydney, why not jump on the Indian Pacific Railway afterwards, and travel across the vast Outback to sun-soaked Perth? Or, if you’re visiting friends in Brisbane, you could take a Queensland road trip up to Port Douglas after you’ve said your farewells.

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A holiday to Australia also puts you in the perfect position to explore some of Oz’s neighbours. Combining Australia and New Zealand into one trip makes for an epic adventure. And, since many of us have accrued lots of annual leave over the past year, what better way to spend your time? Or if you want some downtime after a busy couple of weeks with family, you could book a multi-centre to Australia and Fiji and round off your trip with turquoise waters lapping at your feet.

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Visas for Australia

With lots of annual leave being racked up after months of UK travel bans, this is the perfect time to plan a visit to far-flung Australia. And the Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa allows British passport holders to stay in the country for up to three months – so the dream of that ‘big’ Australia trip could very easily become a reality.

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Oz is a vast place. Spanning three time zones, it’s the sixth-largest country in the world and is crammed with must-see attractions, natural wonders and cultural sites. Once you’ve caught up with your family and friends, you’ll have endless options on how to spend the rest of your holiday.

Just so you know, you’ll need to apply for your ETA before you travel. Once granted, the visa allows you to visit Australia as many times as you want within a year, and you can stay for up to three months each time.

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Apartments

Apartment living

Apartment-style accommodation is a great option when visiting friends and family in Australia. If you’ve been away from your loved ones for a long time, you might be planning a lengthy trip – and an apartment is ideal for longer stays. You can really make yourself at home, as most apartments have a fully fitted kitchen, living and dining areas, plus practical facilities like a washing machine, dryer and car park. Some apartment buildings even have their own pool or gym.

If you’re visiting Sydney, check out Oaks Goldsbrough in Darling Harbour – the perfect base for exploring Australia’s most famous city. The one- and two-bedroom apartments have a full kitchen, and you’ll have access to an indoor lap pool, gym and sauna.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re visiting family in Melbourne, the Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Northbank offers all the facilities of home. You can cook up a storm in your fitted kitchen and enjoy downtime in your own lounge. Just moments from the Yarra River and a five-minute walk from Southern Cross Station, you’ll have Melbourne and a great transport network at your feet.

Show More
Show Less

Off the beaten track

Do something new

If you have loved ones in Oz, chances are you may have visited Australia before – so why not take the opportunity to explore more on your next trip? After seeing your family, you can take the road less travelled and discover some lesser-known places.

Show More
Show Less

Over in Western Australia, The Kimberley should definitely be on your list. Covering an area larger than England, this remote region is home to incredible wildlife, freshwater swimming holes, sandy beaches and magnificent canyons and gorges. You can see bizarre horizontal waterfalls, incredible Aboriginal rock art, and even dinosaur footprints. Whether you fancy cruising along its stunning coastline or driving the famed Gibb River Road – a 410-mile stretch designed for 4WD vehicles – The Kimberley offers all kinds of adventures.

Show More
Show Less

Australia & beyond

Explore Australia and beyond

While visiting friends or family in Australia might be the main reason for your trip, you might wish to extend your holiday to make the most of the long journey. With an incredible array of road trips, rail journeys and tours, you’ll certainly find plenty of things to see and do – whether you’re seeking bustling cities or beautiful beaches.

If you have family in Sydney, why not jump on the Indian Pacific Railway afterwards, and travel across the vast Outback to sun-soaked Perth? Or, if you’re visiting friends in Brisbane, you could take a Queensland road trip up to Port Douglas after you’ve said your farewells.

Show More
Show Less

A holiday to Australia also puts you in the perfect position to explore some of Oz’s neighbours. Combining Australia and New Zealand into one trip makes for an epic adventure. And, since many of us have accrued lots of annual leave over the past year, what better way to spend your time? Or if you want some downtime after a busy couple of weeks with family, you could book a multi-centre to Australia and Fiji and round off your trip with turquoise waters lapping at your feet.

Show More
Show Less

Visas

Visas for Australia

With lots of annual leave being racked up after months of UK travel bans, this is the perfect time to plan a visit to far-flung Australia. And the Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa allows British passport holders to stay in the country for up to three months – so the dream of that ‘big’ Australia trip could very easily become a reality.

Show More
Show Less

Oz is a vast place. Spanning three time zones, it’s the sixth-largest country in the world and is crammed with must-see attractions, natural wonders and cultural sites. Once you’ve caught up with your family and friends, you’ll have endless options on how to spend the rest of your holiday.

Just so you know, you’ll need to apply for your ETA before you travel. Once granted, the visa allows you to visit Australia as many times as you want within a year, and you can stay for up to three months each time.

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