Australia Travel Guide

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Australia is a continent in itself and also a country of big adventures, savage natural beauty and infinite horizons. Truth be told, if you’re into the great outdoors, sunshine, great open spaces and dangers lurking all around, Australia is the place to visit this summer.

Boasting a huge land area of 7,692,024 square kilometers and a population of just 24,1 million, Australia has one of the lowest population densities in the world, making for the the ideal travel getaway if you’re the lonely type or you don’t like crowded places.

Australia has it all: great sandy beaches, landscapes to die for, lots of sunshine, rain forests and so on and so forth, but the hardest thing is to decide where to visit first. Together with an epic scenery, Australia also boasts its outstanding cities, which are excellent traveling destinations in their own right.

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Where to go, that’s the question that drives anybody who reaches Australia’s shores, because the opportunities are basically endless. The Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley, Uluru, Kakadu, The Great Ocean Road, Hobart, the cities like Melbourne, Sydney, choosing the ideal traveling destination is a tough one in Australia’s case.

If you’re a city dweller, you should go visit Melbourne first, which is a great place to explore if you like the architecture from the Victorian era. Also, you’ll enjoy the city’s state of the art counter culture together with the numerous local festivals, excellent cuisine, sport and the great outdoors. Afterwards, you could pay a visit to Sydney, a veritable tourist trap which boasts its beautiful beaches, the skyline, the harbor and a laid back culture, here’s the place where you’ll fall in love by the Aussie way of life, if that’s your cup of tea of course.

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Western Australia’s biggest city is Perth, featuring a chill-out urban vibe, not so energetic like Melbourne or Sydney but definitely a place to spend a few days exploring its scenic beaches and attractive parks.

If you’re already tired of the city life, go dive the Great Barrier Reef, on the east coast of Australia, a place bursting with tourists and great resorts. While here, you can go to Fraser Island which is well known for its 4 wheel drive opportunities or to Surfer’s Paradise which doesn’t require further explanation, its name being obvious for what it has to offer to the intrepid traveler.

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For those of you seeking outback adventure, I have three words: the Gibb River Road, which stretches over 370 miles across the Kimberley, a place which is actually venerated by off-road enthusiasts from all over the world for it savage and rugged scenery and the truly challenging conditions. This is a place that can be visited only using a four wheel drive/all terrain vehicle, but it’s worth every penny if you’re into rally and similar stuff.

While in Western Australia, don’t forget to pay a visit to Purnulu National Park (I know, it sounds funny) and fly over the Bungle Bees, it will be an experience to remember for the rest of your life.

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Tasmania also is worth a stretch and if you’re the artsy kind of gay or “gal”, go to Adelaide, which is one of the world’s most livable cities and the capital of South Australia, a true urban gem if it ever was one. This city is the ideal place for art buffs, as it harbors countless art galleries, beautiful parks and it also hosts numerous cultural events and art festivals.

Australia’s Kakadu National Park is a place where you’ll experience a real shock and awe adventure, being a huge place boasting Australia’s best features, i.e. untamed wilderness, wild natural landscapes and plenty of wild life, the likes of crocs (crocodiles, yes), creeks and even waterfalls.

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Don’t forget to experience the Aussie cuisine, such as Sydney rock oysters, Barramundi (a species of fish), lobster, Kangaroo, macadamia nuts, meat pies, mangoes, apples, pumpkins (all locally grown and the best in the world), deep fried hot dog aka dagwood dog, craft beers and superb local wines.

Before you go, keep in mind that you’ll require a valid passport and a Visa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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