There’s loads to cram into your cheap package holidays. Australia’s essentials are the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef and magical Uluru (Ayer’s Rock). Sydney has gorgeous beaches, great nightlife and fashionable boutiques. Cairns is the best place to explore the Great Barrier Reef and the miles of sandy cays and islands around it. If you want to see Uluru, the local Anangu Aborigines offer tours of the amazing monolith and nearby Alice Springs is a great place to learn about outback life.
As well as quality wines and beautiful jewellery, Australia has great fashion, from surfwear by Billabong, Rip Curl and Mambo, to bush wear by Driza-Bone, RM Williams and Akubra to modern fashions from Ken Done, Collette Dinnigan and Balarinji.