Australia dazzles with its contrasting landscapes, among them: the modern skyline of Sydney; the timeless mystique of Uluru; the expansive Outback; the pristine corals of the Great Barrier Reef; and the rarely visited Kimberley Coast. On a visit to Australia, pair this breathtaking scenery and an indigenous heritage stretching back for tens of thousands of years with the convenience of modern amenities, spoken English and a people known for their stoic good humor. Even better, let A&K show you the way with expert guidance and unmatched insider access. In Sydney, a natural hub for any Australian journey, find a wealth of cultural attractions, none more famous than Sydney Opera House, which we reveal on a special behind-the-scenes tour. With so much inhabited coastline, the beach looms large in the Australian psyche, and no visit to Sydney is complete without a stop at Bondi Beach — something we can complete with privately arranged surfing lessons. Australia’s natural splendors are unabashedly abundant. The Great Barrier Reef offers some of the world's finest snorkeling and diving; Ningaloo Reef is a foremost destination to experience whale sharks; and the island of Tasmania is a multi-sport haven for hiking, boating and off-road riding. Considered its last frontier, the rugged Kimberley coast with its astonishing waterfalls, islands and wildlife is best explored by sea on an A&K Luxury Expedition Cruise. Away from the coasts lies the Outback, the parched desert that makes up the majority of the Australian continent. Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, rises from the flat plains of the Northern Territory with an otherworldly presence. Visit this extraordinary natural monument with A&K and enjoy a unique outdoor dinner nearby, followed by a night of stargazing. The Outback offers many opportunities for discovery of all kinds, ranging from wine tastings to a private Aboriginal concert.