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Who we are...

We’re Absolute Australia, the Luxury arm of the First Light Travel Group established in 2001: award-winning creators of unique, perfectly-tailored travel experiences.

So who are we? Well, we are a team of people in the know (about Australia). And we’re passionate about detail and service. Combine these, and you come out with our one simple, sole purpose – to encourage and indulge your curiosity about the world and to ensure that your time away is perfect.

 

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We know that it’s incredibly important to spend your time off well and we understand how every moment counts. You don’t want to miss a single thing – down to the last song before the sunsets.

So our role is to make sure that your travels are filled with moments like these. With us, you’ll see a destination in a different light – through the Absolute lens – and discover things you won’t find out about any other way.

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Equally, if you’re not sure where to travel but you do feel the need to escape, give yourself a treat or a challenge, or learn something new… we can arrange that too. Our advice is full of insight and inspiration, carefully curated to suit you. So is your bespoke itinerary.

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How it works

A quick introduction what we do and how our website works

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GET INSPIRED & GET IN TOUCH

Our website is a mood board, and our trips are here for inspiration. Browse, mull it over, and inquire.

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YOUR DEDICATED TRAVEL EXPERT

One of our Travel Experts will devise an itinerary based on your inquiry, budget, group size, and desires.

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WE’LL TAILOR YOUR TRIP

Our trips are entirely bespoke. You can make alterations and work together until your itinerary is perfect.

Why book with us

  • We’re tailor made – we build all our trips from the ground up, with thoughtfulness, care, and attention to detail. Nothing is too little, and nothing is ever too much. What you see on our site are merely suggestions – we tailor each trip to the individual.

  • Inspiration from us is priceless – we don’t charge for our quotes and we will work to get them right before you commit.

  • We’ll save your time, stress and energy. Our travelers lead busy lives. And as the world expands and becomes ever more complex, it can be difficult to find the proper time to plan the escape you deserve; overwhelmed by options, fretting about FOMO. “Have we made the right decision – is this the right time and place?” But it’s our job to cut through that noise – to do the digging, the heavy lifting, the tailoring and precision engineering, all on your behalf.

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In the event that you do have to postpone your travel dates due to Covid-19 travel restrictions then you can do so indefinitely without penalty from us - we have waived our normal change fees

  • Our flexibility promise – We understand that you want something to look forward to without adding any extra uncertainty. In the event that you do have to postpone your travel dates due to Covid-19 travel restrictions then you can do so indefinitely without penalty from us – we have waived our normal change fees. Depending on the type of tour and activities that you have booked, seasonal increases, cancellation and change fees from some individual suppliers may still apply but because of the strength of our relationships and longevity in the industry, the vast majority of our suppliers are happy to be as flexible as we are.

  • We’re here for you – Whilst we all adjust to a new way of life and the future might seem a little more uncertain than usual, one thing you can be certain of is that we will be here for you from your very first contact to in-country support and beyond.

  • We will be your trusted specialists – you’ll deal with just one person who will know your preferences.

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We are recognised with an Enviro Gold rating from Tourism New Zealand and as Aussie Specialists by Tourism Australia.

  • We are the authority on Travel in New Zealand, Australia and our South Pacific Islands. We launched in 2001 – our travel partners are fully vetted – nothing is left to chance.

  • We take sustainability seriously – we are recognised with an Enviro Gold rating from Tourism New Zealand.

  • We are creating a community of like minded travellers – early adopters – trusting us to go beyond traditional travel channels and have fun during the process.

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Frequently asked questions

When is the best time to visit Australia?

When is the best time to visit Australia? – This is a good Question. When it is Summer or Winter in the northern hemisphere, the opposite season prevails in Australia, a principle that becomes harder to apply to the transitional seasons of Autumn and Spring. To confuse things further, the four seasons only really exist in the southern half of the country outside of the tropics. We do have distinct seasons though, so it’s well worth taking time to match your hopes and desires to the best season and location.

Australian Seasons Explained

  • Summer in Australia is December, January and February
  • Autumn/Fall in Australia is March, April and May
  • Winter in Australia is June, July and August
  • Spring in Australia is September, October and November

Two Extra Seasons: The Wet and the Dry
But Australia doesn’t stop at just four seasons. There are a couple more to contend with…

In the Tropical Northern parts of Australia, there is a Wet Season and a Dry Season. You’ll find this in the northern parts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

  • Wet Season: Roughly November to April
  • Dry Season: Roughly May to October

The Wet Season’s weather is hotter and wetter, while the Dry Season is cooler and dryer.

Do I need a visa to travel to Australia?

Unless you are a New Zealand Passport Holder then all other foreign visitors to Australia need a visa irrespective of the country they are travelling from. Visitors to Australia must apply for one of five visas, depending on the purpose of their visit, and the length of their stay.  You must apply for a visa before leaving home. 

1) Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa (subclass 601)

This visa allows you to visit Australia as many times as you want, for up to a year, and stay for three months each visit. This visa is available to passport holders from a number of countries and regions, who live outside Australia. There is no visa application charge for an ETA, however, a $20 service charge applies for online applications only.

To qualify for an ETA, applicants must hold a valid passport from an ETA eligible countries, be in good health, and be outside Australia at the time of application and the time of grant. Applicants with a criminal conviction may not be able to apply for an ETA online and may need to apply for a visitor visa instead.

ETA Eligible Countries:

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Portugal, Republic of San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State.

Apply Online for an Electronic Travel Authority visa (subclass 601)

Tell me about Australian Passport and Customs Control when I land ?

We know it can be daunting to arrive in a new country for the first time. Especially after a long flight. Don’t worry, the information supplied below will make things run as smooth as possible for you on arrival to Australia.

After your plane lands, you will:

  • Head to Passport Control to show your passport/visa
  • Collect your bags from the baggage carousel
  • Dispose of any items (eg food from the plane) that aren’t allowed into Australia
  • Proceed to Customs & Border Protection, where your bags may be inspected
  • Leave the airport and begin the holiday of a lifetime!

Our top tips for a smooth arrival into Australia?

  • Before you leave home, read the official guide to what you can bring in to Australia and repack if necessary
  • Pack a pen in your carry-on bag – you’ll save time by filling out the Incoming Passenger Card during your flight
  • Write down the address of your first night’s accommodation – you’ll need it for the Incoming Passenger Card
  • Bringing hiking boots to Australia? Clean any dirt off them before you go – they will be inspected.
  • Ask a Border Control Officer for help if you’re unsure – get rid of any fruit you may have in your bag –  they’re happy to advise if you’re unsure if an item is permitted.

Having sailed through the arrivals process, it’s time to start the holiday of a lifetime!

Crossing the international dateline

The International Date Line has confused navigators, explorers, and the everyday traveler for nearly five centuries since humans first began circumnavigating the globe. It is important you do know what date you actually land in Australia – don’t let it baffle you!

The International Date Line is the boundary where each calendar day starts and is also known as the “Line of Demarcation” because it separates two calendar dates: When you cross the date line traveling east, you subtract a day, and if you cross the line traveling west, you add a day.

When you travel from North America, you travel across the International Date Line which means you journey forward in time to get here. So when you leave San Francisco on Friday night you land in Australia on Sunday morning. Of course, you may feel like you’ve lost a day but you’ll gain that back on your return journey, arriving home just a few hours after leaving – it’s like time travel!

 

How far in advance should I book my Australian holiday?

Tourism to Australia has boomed in recent years, mainly due to the growing global interest in Australia’s unique landscapes, exotic wildlife, and world-leading food and wine scene. Travellers have also realised Australia offers a safe, friendly holiday destination with tons of fun things to see and do. With visitor numbers increasing we experience certain seasonal bottlenecks, so to avoid disappointment, reserving parts of your holiday well in advance is strongly recommended.

How to get to Australia - Flights, Stopovers, Times & Date Line

The best way to travel to Australia is obviously by air (unless you want to spend a lot of time on a boat). Most major airlines offer direct flights to Australia. It’s easy to get here on a non-stop flight from America, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Or you can get a connecting flight from these countries to Australia from anywhere in the world.

When flying to Australia you may well want to take advantage of the various stopovers available.

From Europe: flight times are around 24 hours (two flights of around 11-12 hours). Most travel experts recommend a 24-hour stop over in Asia (think Hong Kong, Bangkok, Dubai, Singapore, Tokyo.)

From New Zealand: Australia is a three and a half hour flight from the North Island of New Zealand, and around 10 hours flight from most places on the Pacific Rim, like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

From North America: Many flights from the West Coast of the USA leave in the evening, taking about 15 hours,a non-stop overnight flight from the United States.

Think about incorporating New Zealand or the Pacific Islands in to your itinerary. Talk to one of our Travel Designers – we are the experts in creating combination tours of the South Pacific.

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