Fondly called the Land Down Under, Australia is on the bucket list of billions of people around the globe. There is no dearth of reasons to visit the country or things to do here, but we will do an attempt to cover its highlights.
From the world-class wine and exotic meats to the world’s largest coral reef, the Australians have everything. They have some of the most vivid wildlife, ethereal beaches and marine life, and several humongous deserts. Trust us when we say the country is ginormous, even though about 85% of its population lives in the coastal regions.
Did you know that Australia is the smallest continent but the 6th largest country? Well, you are in a good place to find out more. Keep reading.
Know Your Australia
Time: GMT +10 (Canberra)
Telephone Code: +61
Currency: Australian dollar
Visa: Differs from country to country
Australia has all the four seasons and they are the opposite of the Northern Hemisphere
Summer - December - February - 20°C to 37°C
Autumn - March-May - 17°C to 35°C
Winter - June - August - 11°C to 30°C
Spring - September - November - 17°C to 35°C
Best time to visit:
There is something to do in Australia all through the year.
December-February - perfect for a beach holiday (High Season)
June-August - Cool-weather perfect for diving and wine tasting
March-May And September-November - Spring and Autumn are perfect to visit the entire country - Shoulder Seasons
Places to visit in Australia
Great Barrier Reef
Sprawling over Australia’s east coast is the world’s largest living structure, the only living organism visible from outer space. This gorgeous coral formation is the home to over 1,600 species of fish, varieties of whales, giant clams, and marine turtles and is an adventurist’s paradise.
Located just 13km from the South Australian coast is the eponymous Kangaroo island. And you guessed it right, it is the place to be if you want to spot some of the native animals of the continent - Kangaroo, wombats, seals, and koalas in their natural habitat.
Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge
No trip to Sydney can be complete without a trip to the iconic Opera House. The Opera House opened in 1973 and is considered one of the architectural masterpieces of the century. It reflects -the shape of a sailing ship and is a performing arts complex that is a must-see.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Another famed landmark of Sydney and the country itself is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is the biggest steel arch bridge in the world and is a whopping 134m high above the harbor itself.
For the adventurers, a nerve-wracking climb on the Harbor bridge is unmissable.
Though there is no shortage of beaches in the country, the Bondi beach is one of the most famous and visited ones. It is a haven for surfers and beach bums alike. The beach is lined with cafes and restaurants and one can easily spend a day under the sun without a worry in the world
Be it a week’s trip or a year’s, Australia has enough attractions to keep you occupied and amazed. Have you packed your bags yet?
Must-Do Things In Australia
Hitch a hike in Uluru
Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is one of those prominent images that stands out in the mind when we speak of the Great Australian Outbacks. This 348m high sandstone monolith formation spans over 3.5 km long and nearly 2 km wide, making it an imposing sight to marvel at.
Hitchhike or take one of the bike tours to marvel around this UNESCO World Heritage site. Standing closer to it, one can understand why the sandstone formation is such a sacred place to the indigenous people. The ruddy hue of the monolith against the changing colors of the sky above the flat desert is definitely a stunning treat to the eyes.
Dive with the largest living structure
It is no surprise that a trip to the Great Barrier Reef is on top of everyone’s itinerary. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site for all the right reasons.
Dive into the pristine clear water to catch a glimpse of the aquatic marvel and marine life. Or view through the glass-bottomed bottom or from the glass viewing station. Really you have so many options to enjoy this marvel.
The Great Barrier Reef is also the perfect place to learn the importance of conservation and help to protect this unique landmark.
Ride a hot air balloon
Rise above the Yarra Valley and take in the sights of lush green fields along the Yarra River. Catch the first rays of the sun over the spectacular valley that produces some of the world's best wines.
The well-manicured vineyard and lush farm fields among the mountain ranges make the hot air balloon ride unforgettable. This one-hour ride also comes with a sublime breakfast to satiate your appetite worked by the adrenaline pump.
A grand feast for your eyes and stomach, right along the Yarra river - don't miss it!
Drive on the Great Ocean Road
Drive along the gorgeous Great Ocean Road that snakes along the southwest coast of Victoria and connect with the nature and ocean on the road. It takes about 4 hours without stops, but trust us, you will want to stop several times on the road to eat, swim, or just to be there.
You can make it a day trip or a weekend trip, you have enough to do, see and be amazed at. If you can try to visit the Twelve Apostles and marvel at the ultra-photogenic sights.