Australia Quick Travel Guide
With a travel rating of 92%, Australia has been known by such names as "Down Under", "Oz", and "the Great Southern Land", but regardless of what you call it, there's no denying the fact that it's one of the world's truly great travel destinations. Founded as a "dumping ground" for generations of England's "undesirables", it has transformed itself from a penal colony into a place where the sun always shines, the Sheilas (women) are gorgeous, and there's always a shrimp (prawn) waiting for you on the "barbie". So what makes Australia such a fantastic place to visit? Well, with a roll call that includes such world famous destinations as the Great Barrier Reef, the Sydney Opera House, Ayers Rock, the 12 Apostles, and Kakadu National Park, it offers a unique combination of chic, modern cities, a natural environment that spans thousands of kilometers of remote, red Outback desert, and a coastline of white sand beaches that seems to go on forever. But perhaps the most amazing thing about Australia is the fact that - if you want - you can well and truly get away from it all by venturing into the wild north, where six meter crocodiles roam, and you'll find landscapes such as those found in the Kimberley and Pilbra that'll make you wonder if you've been transported to some bizarre prehistoric wonderland. This unique land, located at the bottom of the world, is one whose sheer size is only equaled by the hearts of those who live there, where you'll be dubbed "mate" by most of those you meet. The number of wondrous things to see and do Down Under will keep PlanetHoppers! coming back again and again...
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|Classic Journeys||Cultural Sites|
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Catch a glimpse of Australia's Lake Eyre, the largest lake in Australia - at least on the rare occasions when it's completely full. The lake has only filled to capacity three times in the last 150 years, so if you're lucky enoug....
Take the ferry across Backstairs Passage to Australia's Kangaroo Island, a place that has so many sights that it's hard to believe they're all found on one relatively small little island. With activities including coastal hikes,....
Take a tour of arguably Australia's most iconic landmark - the Sydney Opera House. Perched on the shore of Sydney Harbor, its unique design - reminiscent of a ship in full sail - is recognizable the world over. The audacious des....
Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometers Kakadu National Park is a place of exceptional beauty, great biodiversity, and a wide variety of habitats and wildlife. There are a number of impressive waterfalls to see like Twin and Ji....
Spend the day taking in the underwater wonders of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure in the world that can be viewed from space. The reef stretches for over 2,500 km (~ 1,500 miles) and is home to an en....
Drive along the Great Ocean Road and count the towering monoliths of Australia's Twelve Apostles and wonder if your eyes might be deceiving you. The Twelve Apostles are huge limestone rock formations separated from the cliff sho....
Sit back, relax and absorb the amazing scenery of the Australian Outback aboard The Ghan, Australia's version of the trans-Siberian Railway. Named after the Afghan camel men who helped explore the continent's remote interior, i....
Admire Ayers Rock, Australia's most recognizable natural landmark, a sandstone monolith that rises 348 meters (1,142 ft) high and has a total circumference of 9.4 kilometers (5.8 miles). Situated virtually in the geographic cente....
|Coordinates:||27 00 S, 133 00 E|
|Government:||Federal Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy|
|Currency:||Australian Dollar (AUD)|
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- Location: Australia