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travel guide to australia

Tourism in Australia

  • Capital city : Canberra
  • Official language : English
  • Population : 22 961 164
  • National anthem : Advance Australia Fair
  • Cash : Australian Dollar AU$ (AUD)
  • National Holiday : January 26

Why visit Australia?

At the other end of the world, Australia is like a “country-continent”. Huge, this country with diverse landscapes and climates, is 14 times larger than France. The journeys between cities and between tourist sites are important, so plan a long stay (minimum two to three weeks) and a good travel budget (if only the price of the round-trip plane ticket represents a significant portion of the budget). Visiting all the points of interest in one go would be almost impossible, unless you stay there for a few months.

There is so much to see in Australia, that each state has some nice surprises in store. There are 8 major states and territories in ozand for each of them, a capital whose name you certainly know: Adelaide in South Australia, Perth in Western Australia, Sydney in New South Wales, Brisbane in Queensland, Hobart in Tasmania, Melbourne in Victoria , Darwin in the Northern Territory, and finally the capital Canberra in the ACT.

For some Australia is theEldorado to find a job with a Working Holiday Visa, for others it’s an opportunity to dive into the Great Barrier Reefor see theAyers Rockdo surfsee the Sydney Opera House, etc. Australia is above all a waking dream in the land of Kangaroos.

Activities in Australia

What to visit in Australia:

First a little word about the Aussie culture: The diversity of cultures is omnipresent, with both strong British influences, but also American and European (more recent), Aboriginals, as well as Asians due to the proximity between Asia and Oceania. 80% of Australians live on the coasts where the cities that are real melting pots cultural. L’australian way of life is defined by taking advantage of what theAustralia, have a smile, do not stress (“there is always a tomorrow”). And of course the beers and the barbecue for the weekend.

New South Wales: Australia’s most populous state is certainly home to the country’s most famous city: Sydney. Unmissable, the city which hosted the Olympic Games in 2000 offers important tourist sites such as theOpera House with in front of Harbor Bridge, Bondi Beachthe most famous beach in Australia, or the CBD itself, and neighborhoods like King Cross, The Rocksand Surry Hills
Not far from Sydney are the Blue Mountains, an impressive national park to visit. On the border with the queenslandwe fall under the spell of Byron Baythe easternmost point of the country, known for surfing.

queensland: It is nicknamed “the sun state”, or “the holiday state”, because it is in Queensland that we find the most activities to do and a generous amount of sunshine. From its capital, Brisbane, you can go south on the Gold Coast and enjoy Surfers Paradise (the name is evocative). But the best is found by going up the coast towards the north of the state: the island of fraser and all of Withsundays for guaranteed adventure, then Hamilton Island for a little rest, before reaching Cairns where both physical and relaxing activities await you: diving on different spots of the Great Barrier Reef (which stretches over 2,600 km), walks in the tropical forest, rafting and canyoning, beaches… North of Cairns, there is a last stage: Port Douglas.

Northern Territory: The territory is one of the least populated in Australia, however it is not the least visited. Indeed, with natural sites as beautiful and important as those of the Kakadu National Parkclose to Darwin, but especially to Red Center (red center) comprising theUluru (also known as Ayers Rock), the Kata Tjuta and the King’s Canyon, there are many visitors. The arid and dry climate puts you in total immersion in theOutback Australian, where the only surrounding town inland is Alice Springs. Adventure lovers will be served!

Western Australia: With only 1 inhabitant per km², it is the least populated state in Australia, but also the most desert. Representing nearly a third of the entire country, activity is concentrated on the coasts, and more specifically in Perth and its suburbs. Freemantle. Broome is the second largest city in the state. The beaches of this coast of the Indian Ocean are reputed to be the most beautiful but also the most dangerous (due to sharks in particular). One of the curiosities to admire is the wave rock, a wave-shaped canyon (or skatepark). Most visitors cross the state by van or 4×4 to reach either Darwin in the North or Adelaide in the South.

south australia: This region of Australia with a more “European” climate is famous for its vineyards with in particular the barossa valley. Adelaide, the capital, hosts many cultural festivals over most of the year. The fairly student city, abounds in museums and gardens, but is upstaged by Kangaroo Islandan island in the southwest, on which one can observe an abundant fauna and flora, appreciate the Remarkable Rocksand admire the local workers (honey, breeding, etc…).

Victoria: Melbourne which organizes each year successively theAustralian Tennis Open and the Formula 1 Grand Prix is a multicultural and cosmopolitan city that stands out for its mix of buildings and skyscrapers with beautiful buildings from the Victorian era. It’s a good place to live on the bay of Port Phillip with its beach St Kilda. This is the starting (or ending) point of the Great Ocean Roadof the Yarra Valley (wine region), and Philip Island.

Tasmania: Close to Melbourne, the Tasmania is named after its finder, Abel Tasman. The island mainly has national parks and nature reserves. You will come across the famous Tasmanian devil, and other local fauna. Between Launceston and Hobart, there are a multitude of solutions for visiting the region and discovering the Wineglass Baythe Freycinet National Parkor richmond.

Canberra: It is the capital of Australia and therefore the seat of government. Canberra is not a tourist site strictly speaking, but its geographical position on the Melbourne-Sydney axis means that we stop there, and the visit is done quite quickly. Lots of museums, memorials, monuments related to parliament or government, and flower gardens in September.

the outback: The Australian Outback is not a state, you will understand, but the center of theAustralia, and the most uninhabited part of the country. It is the desert beyond the bush (just after the ribs). You will visit it only by going to theUlurubut discovering it elsewhere is useless as the nothingness is impressive.

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