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Australia

Land of iconic landscapes & soulful indigenous beaches

About Destination

Australia is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by area.

A vast, sparsely populated land of desert, swamp, and spectacular coastline, Australia’s charm lies in its combination of intimidating outback, coastal paradises, and manicured cities. Surf-lovers and snorkelers will love the country's laid-back, beach-centric lifestyle, while adventurers will enjoy getting lost in the parched, red landscape of the country’s interior. But if you're more inclined to cosmopolitan city-life, Australia's thriving metropolises have exactly what you need. In Australia, there really is something for everyone. 

The 2300 kilometre (1430 mile) Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail this living masterpiece.


Country : Australia Capital : Sydney
Capital's calling code : +61 Currency : Australian Dollar
Time Zone : GMT+10 hours Minimum Stay : 8 to 12 Days
Languages : English
What to see : Beaches, Marine life, Island, Wildlife, Museums, Mountains, Nature Trails and Nightlife
Suited for : Adventure seekers, Beach lovers, Wildlife Enthusiasts, Honeymoon Couple, Family Holidays, Solo Travellers, Girls Gang, Boys Gang
Best Time to Visit : April to October
Selfie Spots : Sydney Opera House, Sunshine Coast, Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Gold Coast, Dandenong Ranges, Sunrise at Uluru, Climbing the ladders of Sydney Harbour Bridge, streets of Melbourne
What to Pack : Swimsuits, flipflops, light clothing, sunscreen lotion, comfortable sneakers, sunglasses


Explore

One of the top destinations for underwater explorers and scuba divers, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest barrier reef system. Located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia’s state of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef encompasses a huge area of more than 2,900 coral reefs and hundreds of islands and cays. Formed by millions of living organisms over a period of millions of years, the Reef is now one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world and of the best places to visit in Australia.

Blue Mountains World Heritage Area – one million hectares of tall forests, sandstone cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and bushland. Discover a rich Aboriginal heritage in the Blue Mountains - from the legend of the Three Sisters to ancient art and ceremonial sites.  Visit the shallow cave of Lyrebird Dell, an Aboriginal campsite around 12,000 years old. See fine hand stencils and prints at Red Hands Cave near Glenbrook. You can reach the cave on a walking trail past Camp Fire Creek, where many years ago an Aboriginal tribe left axe-grinding grooves on volcanic rock. Go walkabout with a local Darug guide and learn about the songlines that connect sacred sites. See bark and body painting demonstrations, taste bush tucker and swim in a crystal clear billabong under a rainbow waterfall. Get up close to wildlife, explore sandstone caves and listen to the Dreamtime stories that wove this wilderness.

For its tropical climate, easy-going ambiance and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is one of Australia’s most popular vacation destinations. Located on the northwest corner of Australia, Cairns is a provincial but stylish city with a population of around 150,000 people. Few coastal destinations feature more wildlife diversity and more opportunities for travel adventures than pretty Cairns.

The capital of the state of Victoria, Melbourne is Australia’s second most populated city. Located near the southeastern tip of Australia on the large natural bay of Port Phillip, Melbourne is considered the nation’s cultural capital as well as an important port. A well-planned city known for its shopping, fine restaurants and sports venues, Melbourne is the ideal destination for travelers who appreciate the good life.

Gold Coast's star attraction is its beaches, including the world-renowned stretch of sand at Surfers Paradise. Beyond the beaches, discover laid-back neighbourhoods, a booming culinary scene and the Gold Coast's famous theme parks. And don’t miss a trip into the subtropical hinterland for rainforest walks and waterfalls.


Experiences

Leap into the ocean with your snorkel and come eye-to-eye with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, a gentle creature that can grow up to 12.6 metres (41 feet) long and weigh 19,000 kilograms (42,000 pounds). More of these fish congregate close to shore in Western Australia’s Ningaloo Marine Park than anywhere else on earth and this World Heritage-listed coast contains the planet’s largest coral fringing reef.

Unforgettable scenic flights pair the best views of the Sydney Harbour, its Harbour Bridge and the magnificent Sydney Opera House with destination restaurants. Take to the air over the harbour’s well-known landmarks and exquisite coastline before touching down on a remote Sydney waterway, where you’re led to your chosen dining table at restaurants that include Jonah’s Whale Beach or Manfredi at Bells Restaurant. Alternatively, your pilot can pick out a secluded location for a romantic picnic with a ready-packed hamper.

Feel a hot-air balloon’s cane basket lift off the earth and after a sense of rapid elevation, look over the side. Look out at the city of Canberra below, the symmetrical design of Parliament House, the country’s War Memorial as well as mirror-like Lake Burley Griffin. Travelling with the wind, aboard a Dawn Drifters hot-air balloon, it’s three hours you’ll never forget. While in the Australian Capital Territory, tick off another bucket list item: a visit to the remarkable National Gallery of Australia, featuring the best collection of Aboriginal art on the planet, amongst other precious displays.

Perhaps you’ve viewed the majestic limestone stacks that make up the 12 Apostles from land, but gaze at them from a helicopter – at angles seen only by a lucky few – for an altogether different experience. Join 12 Apostles Helicopters, to see a the 12 Apostles as well as a scattering of islands on Victoria’s mottled coastline, the sculpted forms of peach-hued cliffs and the wild Southern Ocean. You’ll also glimpse the Great Ocean Road as it curves along the coast, just begging you to follow it. Get elevated again with a visit to the atmospheric Cape Otway Light Station where you can climb the tower for its vertiginous view of the ocean.

On Kangaroo Island, visit dreamlike beaches, from white-sanded crescents to seal-occupied crags and drive through rolling pastures and rugged bushland to find your own slice of heaven. On the trail, you can find organic honey made by rare bees at the Island Beehive at Kingscote, award-winning cheeses at Island Pure Sheep Dairy, local marron and oysters harvested fresh at The Oyster Farm Shop, locally distilled gin at Kangaroo Island Spirits and cellar doors such as Islander Estate – and of course, kangaroos galore. 


Get to know About

The culture of Australia is a Western culture derived primarily from Britain but also influenced by the unique geography of the Australian continent, the diverse input of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other Oceanian people. The oldest surviving cultural traditions in Australia (which are actually some of the oldest surviving traditions on earth) – are those of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Their ancestors inhabited Australia for between 40,000 and 60,000 years and they lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. The boomerang and didgeridoo, which were invented by Aborigines, are to this day iconic symbols of the country.

Australian culture is founded on stories of battlers, bushrangers and brave soldiers. Of sporting heroes, working heroes and plucky migrants. It's all about a fair go, the great outdoors and a healthy helping of irony. Today Australia also defines itself by its Aboriginal heritage, vibrant mix of cultures, innovative ideas and a thriving arts scene.

Australia has a multicultural population practising almost every religion and lifestyle. Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney are centers of the multicultural. All three cities are renowned for the variety and quality of global arts, intellectual endeavors, and cuisine available in their many restaurants. Sydney is a hub of art, culture, and history containing the world class architectural gem, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Melbourne especially promotes itself as a centre for the arts, while Brisbane promotes itself through various multicultural urban villages. 

Australia's climate varies greatly throughout the eight states and territories; there are four seasons across most of the country and a wet and dry season in the tropical north. Australia's seasons are at opposite times to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.

High Season (Dec−Feb)
Summertime: local holidays, busy beaches and cricket; wet season in the Top End. Prices rise 25% for big-city accommodation. Outdoor rock concerts, film screenings and food festivals abound.

Shoulder Season (Mar−May & Sep−Nov)
Warm sun, clear skies, shorter queues. Easter (late March or early April) is busy with Aussie families on the loose. Autumn leaves are atmospheric in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

Low Season (Jun−Aug)
Cool rainy days down south; mild days and sunny skies up north. Low tourist numbers; attractions keep slightly shorter hours. Head for the desert, the tropical north or the snow.

Australia's unspoilt landscapes produce an incredibly wide variety of fresh and alluring produce. There's a freedom and creativity to our food and wine that helps us produce fresh and innovative flavours, including world-class wines, exciting ingredients and ‘fusion' food. But what really sets us apart is our stunning weather, outstanding natural beauty and outdoor dining lifestyle. You can enjoy some of the world's best food and wine in some of the world's most stunning surroundings. Australia does open air dining like nowhere else.

Migrants from all over the world have immigrated to Australia and brought their culinary traditions with them. Australia has an abundance of fresh food all year round. While meat is a core part of the Australian diet due to Australia’s strong agricultural economy, more and more vegetarian eating habits are becoming common in Australia. You will almost always find a vegetarian option on any restaurant or café menu in Australia.

Evoke the ancient mystery of Aboriginal culture with an Aboriginal artwork or artefact. Buy a signature piece of jewellery made from opals, our national gemstone, or Australian pearls and rare pink diamonds found only in the Kimberley. Let Australia's fashion designers fit you with the greatest of elegance or for the outback, city and beach, or luxuriate in a pair of soft sheepskin boots. Whether it's high end fashion or city and local markets with their diverse array of stores, Australia has a unique array of artefacts and souvenirs for your shopping pleasure. You'll find high end shopping and shopping precincts across cities, markets in the cities and local communities.

By Air : Considering that Australia is a long way from all other parts of the world, the only effective way to get into the land down under is by air. Almost 50% of the international flights arriving into the country land into Sydney. You may also be able to book flights that arrive in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, though their frequency is a lot less. If you are arriving from New Zealand, Oceania or parts of South East Asia, you may be able to find direct international flights into Cairns, Adelaide, Darwin, Gold Coast and Christmas Island. If you intend to change to a domestic flight during your trip to Australia, the ideal airports to land into as gateway cities are Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Each one of these airports offers a sufficient number of domestic travel options. Check the distance and time that will take to connect to flights at the domestic terminals, to save you time and effort during your trip.