Thoughts of koala bears and kangaroos hopping around as people go about their daily business are bound to popu up when Australia is mentioned - at least in the minds of those that have never been there and have little to go on besides cartoons and slaps-stick comedy. However a visit to the gorgeous land will quickly convert Crocodile Dundee's image as Australian ambassador into a figment of the imagination. The real country of Australia is one of the most magnificent and largely untouched places on earth - the sprawling country is diverse in landscape, ringed with gorgeous beaches and the air is fresh and welcoming for all.
Sydney is a world-class city, brimming with restaurants, theaters, shops and everything else that a stellar city should offer. Queensland is a paradise, especially for sun worshippers – the great yellow orb in the sky is present for 300 days in this area. Victoria is more to the cultural vulture’s taste, though there are plenty of blue skies to be found there too.
Australia has a temperate climate and because of its location south of the border , there seasons are the direct opposite to those of North America, with North American winter being Australia’s summer and so on. If you like things on the warmer side, arrive in summer – in January or February.
One on the world’s favorite cities, Sydney is a tourist’s dream. You can spend hours in the Royal Botanical Gardens, serenely absorbing the magnificence on display; tour the famous Sydney Opera House with its identifying architectures sails or play it cool at the excellent Museum of Contemporary Art. When you have been culturally satisfied you can head out to Bondi Beach to swim with the locals and lay on some of the whitest sand you’ll ever see - the Tarongo Zoo is the place to catch up with wildlife – Aussie-style.
Is there a surfer lying within you, waiting to be let out? Queensland is the place where surfers meet their landscape; waves are ridden all day by the tanned and toned. If you are not up to the physicality of being tossed about by serious waves, you can always watch while others are. You don’t need to be a surfer to snorkel above the Great Barrier Reef, which is an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Victoria is a cultural haven but in a different way than is Sydney. You’ll find a vibe of charm rather than of bustle. There is a marvelous recreation of an 1860’s gold mining town, aptly named Sovereign Hill, that kids just cannot get enough of, and one of the most celebrated restaurants in the country – Attica, where you just have to try the potatoes baked in earth. Seriously.
Australia offers so much to its visitors, many of who seriously consider moving there after spending a week or two in its embrace.
Airlines providing service within Australia include Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas.
Australia to Australia
Popular three-city tours within Australia include Sydney-Adelaide-Perth, Sydney-Melbourne-Perth, Melbourne-Adelaide-Perth among others.
More information at the Australia Holidays guide.