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 2024

Departing Days From USD
1 Jan 2024
Kangaroo Island Short Break Adventure
2 1060
1 Jan 2024
Margaret River & Albany Adventure
5 2010
3 Jan 2024
Hike Tasmania's Maria Island
4 1680
5 Jan 2024
Hobart & Southern Tasmania Explorer
4 1695
6 Jan 2024
Highlights of Tasmania
6 1745
7 Jan 2024
Melbourne to Kangaroo Island Adventure
11 3765
7 Jan 2024
Tasmanian Explorer
9 4135
7 Jan 2024
Tasmania's Tarkine & Cradle Mountain Explorer
5 2350
7 Jan 2024
Great Ocean Road & Grampians Adventure
6 2075
8 Jan 2024
Walk Tasmania's East Coast
6 2355
8 Jan 2024
Walk Tasmania's Bay of Fires
5 1825
13 Jan 2024
Sydney to Brisbane Adventure
7 3135
13 Jan 2024
Sydney to Cairns Adventure
14 6790
13 Jan 2024
Kangaroo Island Adventure
5 1695
15 Jan 2024
Walk Bruny Island & Tasmania's South Coast
6 2130
18 Jan 2024
Trek the Cradle Mountain Overland Track
6 2190
19 Jan 2024
Brisbane to Cairns Adventure
8 4030
19 Jan 2024
Queensland Daintree Explorer
5 2510
20 Jan 2024
West Coast & Karijini Overland Adventure
10 2805
20 Jan 2024
East Coast Encompassed
18 9880
26 Jan 2024
Brisbane to the Daintree Discovery
12 6665

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers 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 travelers 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 sandals, a swimsuit 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
  • Daypack
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses (with UV protection)
  • Warm layers
  • Insect repellent
  • Portable power bank
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Swimsuit
  • Comfortable, sturdy footwear
  • Sandals
  • Lightweight towel

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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 travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them toward the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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Belgium: Yes - required in advance

Canada: Yes - required in advance

Germany: Yes - required in advance

Ireland: Yes - required in advance

Netherlands: Yes - required in advance

New Zealand: Not required

South Africa: Yes - required in advance

Switzerland: Yes - required in advance

United Kingdom: Yes - required in advance

USA: Yes - required in advance

All travelers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before traveling to Australia. Failure to do so means you may not be allowed to board your flight to Australia. Most nationalities can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority via the internet before arrival. Please check with Australian Immigration or with your relevant Australian visa issuing office for your nationalities requirements.


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