Making the Most of a Trip to Australia

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Most people don’t realize it at the outset, but a trip to Australia can be a gargantuan undertaking.  It is the only country in the world that has a continental land mass all to itself, and the distances between cities and tourist attractions can be mind-boggling.  As such, it’s important to have a good idea of what you what to see before you leave for the Land Down Under.

To aid you in this endeavor, we here at Travel and Tourism Guide have put together a primer to the unforgettable highlights of this unbelievably magnificent nation.  Peruse our five favourite destinations in Australia below…  There are plenty of unique Australian tours as well for those wishing to partake in something a little more organized.

1) Sydney

This city is where you’ll begin your Australia adventure, and it is a worthy gateway to this splendid nation.  Easily one of this countries’ most cosmopolitan centres due to years of in-migration from all corners of the world, there are an enviable selection of restaurants to choose from before catching a show at the Sydney Opera House.  Before departing for other areas of Australia, be sure to head to Bondi Beach as well to try your hand at surfing, or at least watch the pros carve up the waves in a manner that makes the sport look so easy!

2) Melbourne

Despite the presence of the Opera House in Sydney, it is Melbourne that is generally considered to be the cultural centre of Australia, so art lovers would do well to have this city next on their travel hit list.  Stroll the city centre, making plenty of time to browse the many boutiques and galleries, and to grab a meal at one of the cities’ well-regarded Italian restaurants, as Melbourne has a sizable community of descendants that hail from Italia.  After, check out the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere, the Melbourne Museum, which covers the natural and human history of Southeastern Australia, as well as hosting international exhibitions in its spacious facilities.

3) Four Mile Beach

After spending time in two of Australia’s greatest cities, it’s time to hit the beach!  To this end, head up to Port Douglas, situated on Australia’s northeastern tropical coast in Queensland.  After nearly ending up as a ghost town after its gold mining industry collapsed, this town near the stunning jewel that is Four Mile Beach has been reborn as a tourism hotspot.  And how, as this beach boasts waters that shimmer with an emerald hue, sugar white sand, and a close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef that allows easy access for snorkeling and diving day tours.  On days where you seek time off from the beach, you can explore the Daintree Rainforest, where an abundance of unique Australian wildlife awaits your personal discovery!

4) Uluru National Park

Located in the red centre of the country and continent of Australia, Uluru National Park protects sacred land and representative outback wilderness that is under threat increasingly across the country.  It also contains the world famous Ayer’s Rock, which can be walked around, or climbed by via ferrata supports.  Just be aware of the distances between the park and the town of Alice Springs, which can be a drive of 4-5 hours each way!

5) Cable Beach

If the sometimes extreme heat of the interior of Australia had you dreaming of a calm blue ocean once again, cap off your journey by visiting one of the best beaches in the considerably less trafficked state of West Australia.  Cable Beach, located near the sleepy town of Broome on Australia’s northwestern coast offers solitude, stunning visages up and down its seemingly endless white sands, and endless photo opps, especially at low tide, when the outgoing ocean makes impressive grooves in the previous covered portion of the beach.  No visit here is complete without riding a camel at sunset, which is the quintessential Broome experience.

Australia is a vast nation, but its major highlights make up for all the long hours put into reaching them.  As they say, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

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