Officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, the Land “Down Under” is comprised of the island of Tasmania, the main Australian continent, and a handful of small islands around it. Considered the world’s 6th largest country and one of the wealthiest countries in the world, Australia is also rich in natural wonders, wonderful beaches and endless Outback adventures. It is no wonder the country is also one of the most popular travel destinations, and tourists from all over the world flock here every year to bask in the sun and revel in its many wonderful and amazing attractions.
The temperatures and predominantly tropical climate that promise a lot of sunny days and more opportunities to explore the sun, the surf, and the great outdoors is one of the main reasons why guests and travelers include the Australian shores in their travel bucket list and make it a point to go there at least once in their lives.
Australia’s location gives it a considerable distance from anywhere else in the world, making air transportation the most practical and the fastest way to reach it. It is a good thing that a number of popular airlines, starting with Virgin Australia, Air Asia and Jetstar Airways, and Tiger from Singapore, offer numerous flights into and out of Australia. There are also a number of routes offered by many discount airlines, giving tourists who aspire to spend their holidays in Australia cheaper alternatives to fly in. In the same manner, tourists can also choose to fly their way around many Australian cities and major attractions by booking one of the local flights offered by four domestic Australian airlines: Qantas, Jetstar, Tiger Airways and Virgin. The more adventurous travelers, on the other hand, opt to sail their way to Australia and others who like the sea route can choose from many cruises that dock on the Australian shores, for example Royal Caribbean, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. These alternative modes of entries to Australia are mostly available in the cruising months of November to February.
Australia will never run out of interesting places to check out, wonderful experiences to partake in and exciting adventures to try. A very interesting point to begin any Australian exploration is by visiting one of its many world famous attractions, the city of Sydney. The state capital of New South Wales, Sydney is also considered the most populous city of Australia. It is home to the world-renowned attraction that made Australia famous to the rest of the world, namely the Sydney Opera House in the Sydney Harbour. Sydney hosted a number of major international sporting events, including the Summer Olympics of 2000 and the Rugby World Cup Finals of 2003. Its many parks are not to be missed and any tourist can start by visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens and Hyde Park. Apart from the parks, the many beautiful beaches in Sydney are also crowd drawers and any visitor should experience its most distinguished, Bondi and Manly beaches. A visit to any of their transportation themed museums, such as the Sydney Tramway Museum, the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Powerhouse Museum, will also prove to be a worthwhile experience.
One of the best things to do in Australia is to enjoy the beaches, working on a perfect tan (always be safe by using sunscreen!). With many of its beautiful beaches, it is very easy to do. Whether a tourist chooses to swim on one of the beautiful Sydney beaches or opt for Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, (s)he will surely enjoy the experience. Apart from swimming, one can always go diving and snorkeling near Australia’s under-the-sea treasures, beginning with the ones found on the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system.
Australia is quite a vast area to explore, making it rather difficult to summarize most of the places a traveler can check out or the numerous activities any guest should explore. Aside from visiting each of its major cities, it will also prove worthy of anyone’s time to check out its national parks, beginning with Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park located in the Red Center of the continent. A sacred place to the Australian Aborigines, the national park is also named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Another exciting activity in Australia is observing many of its endemic animals, starting with its marsupials, kangaroos and wallabies, the very cute koalas and the wombats. In numerous small Australian towns, “big things” attractions can be found, such as the Big Banana or the Big Mushroom. While there, it would also be a wonderful travel experience to visit the Aborigines and observe their way of life, maybe even try playing the didgeridoo or other indigenous instruments.