|The first thing to remember when visiting Australia is that it’s a huge country, the 6th largest in the world in fact! This means that unless you’re here for several months there’s no way that you can get to see the whole country. Also, unless you specifically wanted to stay in just one place, you will need to have a multiple destination holiday.
Here is a whistle-stop tour of the best of Australia…
The modern and vibrant city of Sydney is popular with people from around the world for its great lifestyle and culture. No trip to Sydney would be complete without a visit to the world famous Sydney Opera House and with a backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge this makes for a great photo opportunity.
Sydney’s beaches are also very popular. One of the most famous has got to be Bondi Beach where you can enjoy the sun, sand and surf.
Keeping with the city theme, Australia’s other popular cities include Perth. This city in Western Australia is quite remote, in that there’s not a lot around it, but as a stop off, the city itself is very pleasant with parklands and uncrowded beaches.
Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and is located in the south east of the country. Like Sydney, this is a vibrant city but has an interesting mix of both modern and Victorian architecture in some of its suburbs, giving Melbourne a different appeal.
The other popular cities in Australia include Adelaide, Darwin, Cairns and Brisbane, and of course there are many smaller cities inland as well which are popular stop-over points.
Away from the cities, Australia has some amazing scenery. Along with the Sydney Opera House the other iconic image of Australia is Ayres Rock, now more officially called Uluru/Ayres Rock. This World Heritage Site is situated in the centre of Australia, and the nearest town is Alice Springs, which is 450km (280 miles) by road. Uluru is a sandstone rock formation and climbing it is very popular with visitors even though it is not recommended and is considered a sacred site by the aboriginal Anangu group.
The Great Barrier Reef is popular with divers and day trippers. This area is the world’s largest coral reef and extends for over 2000km (1,250 miles), just a little way off the Queensland coast. Many visitors to the Reef will arrive in the city of Cairns. There are many tour companies offering both short and long trips along the Reef which vary hugely. Try to get a trip in a glass-bottomed boat for the best experience!