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Australia
Travel Guide

Newcastle featuring surf and surfing

The land Down Under is like no other place on Earth. Australia is a country of such variety and contrast that you’ll have to see it for yourself to believe it.

Australia is the world’s sixth-largest country, with only a tiny population for its size. This abundance of space means that koalas, wombats, kangaroos, emus and the truly exceptional platypuses still thrive. From the ancient eucalyptus forests and snowy peaks on the island of Tasmania in the far south to the red deserts plains and rainforests of the Northern Territory and Queensland, Australia’s natural treasures are plentiful. A stunning coastline encircles this bounty of beauty, home to a reef system so big that you can see it from outer space.

As you tour the country, look for the remnants of an ancient culture and settlers’ history. Aborigines have lived here in harmony with nature for over 60,000 years and continue to do so today. Early European and Asian settlers have tapped into the country’s bounty of natural resources, focusing on farming, fishing and mining. Today, Australia features in the Top 20 of the world’s strongest economies and is a peaceful cultural melting pot.

It is this more polished, vibrant side of Australia that awaits you in the modern and laid-back capital cities. As the national capital, Canberra has the country’s major national museums, government buildings and memorials, while Sydney has all the famous landmarks and the most popular beaches.

The sport-minded and artistic city of Melbourne is heaps of fun, while South Australia’s fertile valleys have turned Adelaide into a foodie’s hotspot. The immense state of Western Australia is a destination all of its own, home to wonderful wineries, deserted cattle stations and unspoiled beaches.

Brisbane and Perth both make for comfortable stopovers on Australia’s seemingly endless east and west coasts, with heaps of fun and fascinating attractions. Cruise to stunning nearby islands to swim with dolphins and turtles, spot whales or go fishing.

Winter is great for skiing in the southeastern states, especially on the slopes of Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko.

Or, why not make the most of the dry season in the tropical capitals of Darwin and Cairns. Admire Aboriginal rock art, cruise crocodile-filled creeks, swim under waterfalls or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. Before you leave, fly to Alice Springs in the deserted Red Centre to see the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

Throughout your Australian adventure, you will find wonderful places to stay, mouthwatering treats, and of course, that laid-back Aussie spirit that accompanies you every step of the way.

Popular cities in Australia

Sydney featuring night scenes, a bridge and a river or creek
Sydney
Known for Dining, Ports and Shopping
Blessed with more than 100 beaches and buzzing with youthful vitality, when it comes to the good life it’s hard to beat the Harbour City.

Reasons to visit

  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
  • Star Casino
  • Wild Life Sydney Zoo
Brighton Beach featuring a city, a sunset and a beach
Melbourne
Known for Dining, Shopping and Museums
Australia’s capital of style artfully blends the elegance and grace of yesteryear with the bold new world of modern design and culture.

Reasons to visit

  • Princess Theatre
  • Marvel Stadium
  • Carlton Gardens
Kangaroo Point which includes a city, a bay or harbor and night scenes
Brisbane
Known for Dining, Shopping and River View
Sunny Queensland’s laid-back capital city is the perfect base from which to explore riverside parks, subtropical islands and rugged mountains.

Reasons to visit

  • Redcliffe Jetty Markets
  • Bee Gees Way
  • Dunwich Ferry Terminal
Elizabeth Quay which includes a sunset, a city and a bay or harbor
Perth
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-Friendly
Unwind in Australia’s most remote state capital, set in a lush valley along a picturesque river and surrounded by great beaches, historic harbors and vast deserts.

Reasons to visit

  • Scarborough Beach
  • Hillarys Boat Harbour
  • Cottesloe Beach
Adelaide Central Business District
Adelaide
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-Friendly
Nestled between the ocean and the Adelaide Hills, the South Australian capital is a hive of creativity, historical wonder and culinary delights.

Reasons to visit

  • Glenelg Beach
  • Rundle Mall
  • Brighton Beach
Parliament House showing a sunset, an administrative buidling and landscape views
Canberra
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-Friendly
Australia’s capital city is at the heart of Australian politics and where you’ll find some of the country’s best museums. 

Reasons to visit

  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Questacon
  • National Library of Australia

Popular places to visit in Australia

Australia

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