Australia travel guide
Australia, land of legends: an island in the size of a continent at the end of the world, inhabited by strange animals: kangaroos, koalas, platypus and other Tasmanian devils! Travel to the east coast of Australia where the tropical climate if felt, and travel its major urban centers such as Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and of course Sydney. With its ancient and modern history, cultural heritage and national identity, spectacular natural treasures and exciting events, outback characters and World Heritage sites, lush rainforests and unique wildlife, stunning beaches and huge barrier reef, Australia is a unique travel destination.
Big wild Australia is an adventure traveler's dream. And speaking of dreams, from the dreamtime of the Aboriginals to the dreams of English convicts heading to an open free land, modern and famously friendly Australia has always been a last frontier for adventurous spirits who dream big. If you love wilderness and huge wide expanses, red rocks, pristine remote beaches and coral reef, you'll find your spirit in this country. Quirky Australia has always intrigued the world and never tries to be something it's not. Down to earth is the name of the game here and how refreshing that is.
So what if it has crocodiles, hand-sized spiders, sharks and tire-sized snakes. It has nature in exclamation points, such as the remote Alice Springs with Ayers Rock in the dead center of the country, and Kakadu National Park, which has been home to the Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years.
Most Australians, eighty percent of them, live within 50 kilometers of the coast, which means the beach is a second home to these golden skinned citizens, especially surfers, barbeque lovers, and beach crickets players who spend days at a time on the sandy shores.
There's a lot to see in this big country but two highlight stand out, true gems a traveler shouldn't miss. For starters, the Queensland Outback is a landscape like no other, seemingly endless in its expanses and full of colorful characters. It's a land of unbelievably red rolling hills, vast golden plains and sensational sunsets. Locals say G'Day when they pass by you and they love to drink their 'billy tea' every afternoon. Time passes slowly in this land of Aboriginals with their dreamtime, where their ancient culture is recorded on rocks and cave walls. Many types of accommodation are available, everything from four star hotels to backpacker hostels. Many travelers have passed adventurous days at an outback sheep or cattle ranch for an authentic experience with some down home locals. The best times to go are the winter months, between April and October. The summer months (and also the wet season) is too hot for most.
Another Don't Miss of this great country is the Great Barrier Reed, which the World Heritage listed as the world's largest coral reef made up of 3000 individual reefs and coral islands, all spanning an incredible 1500 miles along the coast of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef is the only living organism which can actually be seen from space. Home to a countless sea creatures including giant sea turtles, dolphins and whales, and more than 1500 species of fish, the spectacular coral reef itself is what intoxicates with its range of colors, shapes and textures in a seemingly never-ending stretch of an underworld fantasyland. You can explore the reef either by snorkeling or scuba diving in Queensland's many diving spots and best of all, you can go any time of year.