Australia offers an appealing mix of fine food and wine, cultural immersion, action and adventure, and natural beauty. Australia’s east coast offers the chance to experience some of the country’s most famous highlights. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, see kangaroos and koalas, sail around the Whitsundays or join a bush food tour led by an indigenous guide, the choice is yours. Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is friendly, laid-back and easy to navigate on foot. Melbourne has famous laneways decorated with spectacular street art and filled with hip cafes. Visitors to Hobart who venture beyond the historic waterfront are rewarded with cutting edge contemporary art at the world-famous MONA gallery and the rich convict history of Port Arthur. The Northern Territory offers everything from the spiritual beauty of Uluru to the knockabout charm of Darwin and spectacular landscape of Kakadu National Park. Adelaide is a foodie’s delight with restaurants, cafes and bars galore and a colourful inner-city market. Western Australia offers the chance to swim with whale sharks, see quokkas on Rottnest Island near Perth, and explore the picturesque Margaret River wine region. Mention Canberra and most people think of politics but the Australian capital is also home to some of the country’s best art galleries and museums.
Explore the great outdoors
Tour the Sydney Opera House
Australia is a big place so it’s no surprise its climate varies greatly depending on where you are. Most states experience the four seasons although you’ll notice this more in some places like Victoria. Others like Queensland don’t have such a big fluctuation in temperatures or seasonal changes like autumn colours. The top of the country has a wet and dry season with monsoonal rains and the occasional cyclone in the wet season. It’s warm enough to swim throughout the year the further north you go. Winter is the most popular time to visit spots like Tropical North Queensland and the Northern Territory as the temperature, humidity and rainfall are all at their lowest at this time of year. During the hotter low season months, some tours only run a few days a week instead of every day and some activities don’t run at all due to the weather. Spring runs from September to November and offers sunny, dry days with a low chance of rain in most of Australia.
Australia is a big country which means you’ll need a lot of time to really do it justice. It’s best to choose just a few spots to see and do them well.
Always swim between the flags. Australia’s beaches are beautiful but they can also be dangerous, even if the water looks calm.
Australia has three different times zones during the summer months due to daylight saving. Remember to change your watch if you change states.
Don’t just visit the capital cities. The smaller towns are equally captivating in their own way and shouldn’t be missed.