Yes Australia has deadly spiders, big snakes and sharks, but don’t let that stop you from planning a Australia vacation. Australia is really a country that is as big (or little) as your imagination. You can kick back and put your feet up on the white, sandy beaches in the west or lose yourself in a labyrinth streets of culture-rich Melbourne, or head to the red desert where you’ll be humbled as you watch the sun set over Uluru.
Sure it’s tough to live down under, but only if you don’t like wide open skies, dramatic (and beautiful) landscapes, fine dining, friendly neighbours and countless adventures at your fingertips.
Are there beaches in Australia? That’s a silly question. There are lots of beaches in Australia … the trick is finding the right beach for your personality.
If you are an explorer, head over to Cable Beach in Broome. You’ll have to take a 2.5 hour plane ride from Perth to Western Australia, but this exotic port, frontier-town atmosphere and 13 miles of white sand will be well worth it.
If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing day at the beach, head to Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas. If you’re a nature lover, head to Wineglass Bay is Tasmania – search for Tasmanian devils and wallabies in their natural habitat at this beach with the beautiful Hazards Mountains beyond. And finally, if you’re a surf bum, look no further than Bells Beach on Torquay. Expert surfers ride the ocean swells at Bells Beach, so if you’re lucky, you may run into one!
Things to Do
Australia is a huge and very diverse country. You could spend years travelling the land and still not see everything. Lucky for Australia tourism … you can go back as often as you’d like.
If you enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving, make sure you plan to head out and snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef and is the only reef actually visible from space. And, contrary to popular belief, tourism only accounts for a small part of the damage to the reef each year.
Once you’ve seen the Great Barrier Reef, put on your backpacks, lace up your hiking boots and head out on a six-day (five-night) epic trek through the Overland Track in Tasmania. On your hike, you’ll pass through Eucalypt forests and buttongrass valleys. Sure you’ll sweat, your legs will ache and you’ll probably get blisters, but this adventure is worth all the sweat and pain.
Eating and Drinking
Australian cuisine is actually quite diverse and very inventive. Australia is best known for using fresh ingredients – sea food, local fruits, beef and lamb and of course, we can’t forget the world-class cheese. Just like in France and Italy, Australia can be divided into regions that are well known for particular foods.
During your Australia travel, don’t miss out on a meat pie, Vegemite sandwich or sausage roll … that’s what they ate before Australia culinary evolved into elaborate dishes of “seared kangaroo fillet with wilted beetroot greens and roasted onions.”
Before you visit the land down under, it’s best to try and book your flights to Australia in advance. This way they’ll be much cheaper. There are a number of websites that allow you to compare cheap flights ,which makes life much easier instead of visiting multiple travel agents.
Let’s be honest, Australia isn’t one of the world’s greatest shopping countries, so don’t plan to spend a lot of time shopping. You’ll be much happier if you take time to explore, and shop when you run into something that looks interesting. In smaller, rural towns, you’ll find many small, family-run stores – that’s where you should try to do your shopping. If you want to shop in the city, be prepared to pay a fortune.
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