Australia in January looks like a 'wish you were here' postcard

While the Northern Hemisphere is deep in winter, the folks Down Under are living it up in the summer sun. From the picture-perfect Whitehaven beach to the pristine dunes of Kangaroo Island, the secluded coves of Margaret River to the turquoise waters of Tasmania's Bay of Fires, get ready to soak up some of the world's best beaches this month. Whether you decide to road trip up the coast or hunker down in one spot, you'll undoubtedly see why Australia's iconic beaches are such an important part of the country's identity.

Top 10 Australia tours January 2025

Departing Days From EUR
1 Jan 2025
Kangaroo Island Short Break Adventure
2 930
2 Jan 2025
Brisbane to Cairns Adventure
8 2390
2 Jan 2025
Best of Perth, Margaret River & Rottnest Island
5 1585
2 Jan 2025
Best of Cairns, Great Barrier Reef & Daintree
5 1900
3 Jan 2025
Sydney to Brisbane Adventure
7 2210
3 Jan 2025
East Coast Australia Adventure
19 5815
3 Jan 2025
Sydney to Cairns Adventure
14 4430
4 Jan 2025
Kangaroo Island Adventure
5 1475
4 Jan 2025
Tasmania Adventure
6 1270
5 Jan 2025
Best of Tasmania's Tarkine & Cradle Mountain
6 2000
5 Jan 2025
Great Ocean Road & Grampians Adventure
6 1625
5 Jan 2025
Best of Tasmania
9 3260
6 Jan 2025
Walk Tasmania's Bay of Fires
5 1485
6 Jan 2025
Walk Tasmania's East Coast
6 1920
9 Jan 2025
North Queensland Adventure
13 4035
9 Jan 2025
Trek the Cradle Mountain Overland Track
6 1965
10 Jan 2025
Best of Hobart & Southern Tasmania
4 1365
13 Jan 2025
Red Centre & Uluru Explorer
6 1885
16 Jan 2025
Daintree & Cape Tribulation Adventure
6 1690
18 Jan 2025
Uluru & Kings Canyon Adventure
4 920
19 Jan 2025
Melbourne to Kangaroo Island Adventure
11 3210
23 Jan 2025
Best of Australia
12 5640
23 Jan 2025
Best of Sydney & Blue Mountains
3 1135
26 Jan 2025
Best of Uluru & Kings Canyon
4 1750

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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If you live in Australia, you’ll be well aware that you need more than a pair of thongs, bathers and sunscreen when you go on an adventure. Australia is a huge country and the landscapes are extremely diverse, ranging from tropical beaches and arid deserts to humid rainforests. No matter what type of trip you’re going on, there are a few essential items you should bring including:

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Daysack
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses (with UV protection)
  • Warm layers
  • Insect repellent
  • Portable power bank
  • Camera
  • Torch
  • Bathers
  • Comfortable, sturdy footwear
  • Thongs
  • Lightweight towel

Check out our ultimate packing list for Australia

Both states have an abundance of natural beauty including jaw-dropping national parks and endless sandy beaches so settling the debate of the Northern Territory vs Western Australia is a hard one. Both bursting with Aboriginal culture, vibrant and multicultural cities, and more wildlife than you'll be able to spot, each region is breathtaking in its own way. 

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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