Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is the only country that has a whole continent to itself. Although it is world famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches & deserts. Australia is actually one of the world’s most highly urbanized country. It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area.
Australia is a unique and diverse country in every way – in culture, population, climate, geography, and history.
There is much to see in Australia that you can’t see easily in its natural setting anywhere else:
Wildlife parks and zoos are in every state capital city, but also check out the animal parks if you are passing through smaller towns, if you are in South Australia, or visit the koalas with best view in the world, at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.
Kangaroos and wallabies are in national parks all around Australia. You won’t see any kangaroos hopping down the street in Central Sydney, but they’re common on the outskirts of most urban areas.
Much of Australia’s modern history was as a penal colony for convicts from the United Kingdom, and there are many historical sites that still stand as a reminder of the days of convict transportation.
Australia has many landmarks, famous the world over. From Uluru in the red centre, to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney.
Australia is a surfer’s paradise, and we’ll tell you where first-class waves crash across the country, from Victoria’s Surf Coast to Western Australia’s Margaret River. Discover our hot-spots for diving and snorkelling, from Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef to Tasmania’s East Coast Dive Trail.
Bushwalking is a popular Australian activity. You can go bushwalking in the many National parks and rainforests.
- Lord Howe Island– Two hours flying time from Sydney, with a permanent population, and developed facilities. (Part of New South Wales)
- Norfolk Island– Direct flights from the East Coast, and from Auckland. Permanent population, and developed facilities.
- Christmas Island– Famous for its red crab migration. Flights from Perth and Kuala Lumpur, developing facilities.
- Cocos Islands– Coral atolls, populated, accessible by flights from Perth, with some facilities for travel.
- Torres StraitIslands – between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, most islands have some traveller facilities but require permission from the traditional owners to visit. Flights from Cairns.
- Ashmore and Cartier Islands– uninhabited with no developed traveller facilities.
- Coral Sea Islands– largely uninhabited, with no developed traveller facilities.
- Heard Island and McDonald Islands– uninhabited islands over 4000km from the Australian mainland.
- Macquarie Island– An Australian Antarctic base, halfway to Antarctica. No facilities for travellers.
- Kangaroo Island– The third largest island in Australia and a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers.
- Canberra— the relatively small, purpose-built national capital of Australia
- Adelaide— the City of Churches, a relaxed South Australian alternative to the big eastern cities
- Brisbane— capital of sun-drenched Queensland and gateway to beautiful sandy beaches
- Cairns— gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, Daintree National Park, and many beautiful beaches and resorts; a great place for people to getaway to and relax
- Darwin— Australia’s tropical northern capital, at the top end of the Northern Territory
- Hobart— picturesque and quiet capital of Tasmania, the site of the second convict settlement in Australia
- Melbourne— Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne is a large sporting, shopping and cultural capital; it is regarded as Australia’s most European city in style
- Perth— the most remote continental city on Earth, on the south-western edge of Western Australia
- Sydney— Australia’s oldest and largest city, famous for its picturesque harbour and natural beauty
- Blue Mountains— a mountainous region in New South Wales, including the Three Sisters
- Dandenong Ranges— these beautiful ranges offer world class gardens and the picturesque villages of Mt. Dandenong
- Great Barrier Reef— off the coast of Queensland, easily accessible from Cairns, and even as far south as the Town of 1770
- Great Ocean Road— a spectacular coastal drive in Victoria past many scenic icons including the Twelve Apostles
- Kakadu National Park— outback adventure travel, aboriginal culture and nature activities in the Northern Territory
- Nitmiluk National Park— the amazing Katherine Gorge, close to the town of Katherine
- Snowy Mountains— almost entirely protected within national parks, home to a number of ski resorts
- Sunshine Coastand Gold Coast — beachside and national park playgrounds north and south of Brisbane
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park— Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are iconic rock formations in the Red Centre
- Watarrka National Park— most famous for Kings Canyon, a mighty chasm reaching a depth of 270 metres