G'DAY AND WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA!
What do you think of when you think of 'Australia'? Is it throwing prawns on the BBQ? Or is it lying in the sun on Bondi Beach? There's no right answer because Australia can be so many things at once, and that's the beauty of this great country. Whether you're looking for a quick escape or a long term getaway, the friendly people, diverse culture and white sandy beaches welcomes you with open arms.
What does 50,000* years of indigenous culture and friendly, modern multiculturalism get you? A country that's built on the spirit of mateship, making it the ultimate travel-friendly destination. Australia conjures up images of pristine beaches, dense rainforests, crashing waves and empty deserts but the truth is, it's all of these and more. Diverse, bold and beautiful. Australia is your next incredible adventure waiting to be had.
The official language of Australia is English, although with its own distinct and unique twist.
Language Breakdown; 76.8% speak English. Other spoken languages include Mandarin 1.6%, Italian 1.4%, Arabic 1.3% and Greek 1.2%.
Food and Drink
Australia has a diverse range of food and drink stemming from its multicultural heritage. Flavours from all over the globe have found their home in Australia making it a true culinary destination. Surrounded by oceans, the seafood is fresh and plentiful and with hundreds of wineries and a unique craft beer selection, the dining options are truly endless. Whether it's an adaptation of a classic cuisine or a new Australian style, from kangaroo to emu, crocodile and everything in between, your tastebuds will never get bored.
Victoria Bitter (VB), XXXX Gold and Carlton Draught
Four and Twenty Meat Pie, Chicken parmigiana or Vegemite on toast.
Australia is the smallest continent in the world but contains some of the most extreme and unique landscapes.
You can trek through Queensland's Daintree Rainforest, bushwalk through NSW's Blue Mountains region, stargaze in the middle of the Outback desert, or try your luck at catching a wave on the infamous Bondi beach. Each area is teeming with unique flora and fauna and waiting to be explored.
- Spring: September - November. Average Temperatures: Min 17, Max 24
- Summer: December - February. Average Temperatures: Min 18, Max 29
- Autumn: March - May. Average Temperatures: Min 16, Max 24
- Winter: June - August. Average Temperatures:Min 16, Max 19
Key Tourist Hotspots
A visit to Australia can take so many forms. Whether you're after exquisite culinary experiences, adrenaline thrills or relaxed escapes, there's something for everyone. Check out these travel hot spots for your next unforgettable adventure:
- The Great Barrier Reef (QLD) - One of the most remarkable natural wonders to see, this protected site is filled with the breathtaking beauty of the world's largest coral reef. Enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming with dolphins and a host of other incredible experiences amongst a picturesque backdrop.
- Kangaroo Island (SA) - Nature abounds on this beautiful national park island, where you can get up and close with Australia's native fauna, including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and koalas.
- Sydney (NSW) - The Harbour City offers unparalleled views with a food and drink culture unmatched in the country. Let the awe-inspiring Harbour Bridge and Opera House frame a night out in buzzing Circular Quay.
- Melbourne (VIC) - The sport and culture capital of Australia, explore hidden alleys to find quirky, intimate bars, works of art and secrets not in any guidebook. Check out the infamous Hosier Lane for eclectic street art or head to Bourke Street Mall for hours of blissful shopping.
- The Kimberley (WA) - Hidden away in Australia's north-west corner, this rugged landscape offers a beauty found nowhere else. Take a 4WD for a spin or a sunset camel ride - either way it's unforgettable.
- The Red Centre (NT) - Home to the magnificent Uluru (Ayers Rock), this is a World Heritage listed site to be enjoyed on foot, on a camel or on board a helicopter.
- Hobart (TAS) – The capital city of Australia's Tasmania island, located off Australia's south coast. With its allure of natural beauty, contrasting blend of heritage, culture and world class attractions, this seaside location will not disappoint.
- Australian Tennis Open (VIC) - January (mid-late)
- Clipsal 500 Adelaide (SA) - February to March
- Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix (VIC) - March to April
- NRL Grand Final (NSW) - September
- AFL Grand Final (VIC) - September/October
- Australian PGA Championships (QLD) - December
Australia is world famous for its beaches with white sands, beautiful clear waters and no shortage of space for you to stretch out in the sun. Notable beaches include;
- Bondi Beach (NSW): The people watching, the atmosphere, the lifeguards. No visit to Australia is complete without stepping foot on the sands of the world's most famous beach.
- Byron Bay Beach (NSW): Clean and undeveloped, the beaches are not overcrowded with high-rises, or in fact with buildings of any sort and this sprawling stretch of sand is framed by beautiful rainforest.
- Mandalay Beach (WA): On the opposite side of the country, this beach is devoid of tourists and overflowing with natural beauty. Backed by a national park this is Australia's Rainbow Coast.
- 75 Mile Beach (Fraser Island): Found on the world's largest sand island. Facing the ocean on the east coast, it's not really a swimming beach due to rough waters and a high shark population but most popular for ocean viewing and fishing.
- Noosa Beach (QLD): Beautiful one day and perfect the next, Queensland is famous for beaches. Sheltered by mountains, it's a year round option for beachgoers with pods of dolphins to be spotted if you're lucky.