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Australia
Land of Dreams

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, comprises the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and several smaller islands. It is home to vibrant multicultural cities, ancient rainforests, picturesque beaches, exotic islands, red-earthed deserts, fascinating biodiversity and one of the magnificent natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef. The traditional lifestyle of the nation's aboriginal people gives an insightful look into Australia's rich history and culture. 


Popular cities: 

  • Sydney

  • Melbourne

  • Brisbane 

  • Perth

  • Adelaide

  • Gold Coast

  • Canberra

  • Launceston

Countries
Australia
Climate
The northern part of Australia enjoys a tropical climate and the south has a semi-arid climate. The best time to visit the country is between September and November and from March to May. July and August are the most reliable months for skiing.

  • January — Hot
  • February — Hot
  • March — Warm
  • April — Warm
  • May — Warm
  • June — Cold
  • July — Cold
  • August — Cold
  • September — Warm
  • October — Warm
  • November — Warm
  • December — Hot
Things to do
City Life

Melbourne is a vibrant and multicultural metropolis of Australia. Melbourne Central Shopping Center, Queen Victoria Market, Chapel Street and Royal Arcade on Bourke Street are the best places in the city for shopping. To know about the rich heritage of indigenous Australians you can opt for the popular Aboriginal Heritage Walk tour. Brisbane is a vibrant and dynamic city. Located in the Sunshine State, it's well-known for its beaches and resorts. Its fantastic climate make for brilliant outdoor activities such as biking, climbing and hiking. The Cultural Precinct hosts excellent galleries, museums and performance venues. The giant Wheel of Brisbane is another famous tourist attraction which offers kaleidoscopic views over the South Bank and the city. Sydney is a modern city with a long history. With its scenic harbor, summer beaches, architectural wonders and nature reserve parks, Sydney is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers and all types of travelers. Through a harbor cruise from Circular Quay you get to explore the city in an interesting way. Broome is home to several scenic attractions but most importantly it serves as the gateway to the spectacular Kimberly region. This region is blessed with bountiful attractions such as Cape Leveque, Mitchell Falls, Horizontal Waterfalls and the Gibb River Road. Gold Coast is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia owing to its vibrant ambience, water parks, beautiful beaches, sea and surf. Surfers Paradise is home to large shopping malls, numerous nightclubs, restaurants, and bars. Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is bordered by many of Australia's famous wine regions. North Terrace is an amazing place to start off your city tour. Also visit Port Adelaide and Victoria Square. Perth, capital of Western Australia, is home to fantastic cultural sites. Cottesloe Beach and Kings Park are major highlights. Launceston is Tasmania's second largest town. It's graced with elegant architecture, rich history and abundant greenery. Cataract Gorge, City Park, Tamar Island Wetlands, Prince's Square, and Royal Park are the major highlights of this city. You can opt for heritage walks to explore the colonial and Victorian buildings of Launceston.

Historic/Architectural Heritage

Sydney Opera House is one of the major highlights of Australia. This famous edifice on Sydney's Bennelong Point is one of the world's great architectural icons and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It encompasses studios, theatres, exhibition rooms, a cinema, and a concert hall. Surrounded by water on three sides and the magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens to the south, Sydney Opera House is a magical sight to behold. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, also referred to as 'the Coathanger', is the largest steel arch bridge in the world. From the top of the bridge, you can enjoy panoramic views over the harbour and city.  Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a World Heritage Area which houses the sacred sites of Uluru (a red monolith) and Kata Tjuta (red domed-shaped rocks). Federation Square is an integral part of Melbourne. Its ultramodern design strikes a brilliant contrast with the surrounding Victorian architecture. Eureka Tower, Macquarie Lighthouse, Adelaide Oval, Captain Cook's Cottage, Australian War Memorial, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney Tower Eye, Sydney Town Hall, Hyde Park, Customs House, and Bell Tower are other historical and architectural marvels of Australia. 

Museums

Melbourne Museum showcases Australia's social history from its indigenous cultures to its fascination with horse racing and football. Adjacent to it, the elaborate Royal Exhibition Building is also worth a visit. Art Gallery of South Australia, located in Adelaide, exhibits one of Australia's finest art collections. The stunning Victorian Building is a marvel in itself. The collection includes paintings, jewelry, metalwork, textiles, furniture and sculpture. Australian Sports Museum,  located in Melbourne, is dedicated to Australian sport. It features exhibitions and galleries of items related mainly to Cricket, Football, Tennis, Golf, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Summer and Winter Olympic Games, and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, among others. Some other prominent museums in Australia are Santos Museum of Economic Botany, Ayers Historic House Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Immigration Museum, National Museum of Australia and Broome Historical Museum.

Nature & Adventure

The Great Barrier Reef gracing Australia with its natural magnificence is one of the largest living structures on the planet. The Great Barrier Reef Marine park protects fragile ecosystems, which include more than 3,000 coral reefs, 300 coral cays, inshore mangrove islands and 600 continental islands. Diving and snorkeling amidst the corals and myriad of marine life species is an astounding experience. Blue Mountains National Park is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site located about 81 kilometres west of Sydney in New South Wales. This stunning park houses waterfalls, rock paintings, gorges and exhilarating hiking trails. Three Sisters Rock formations, Govetts Leap and Katoomba Scenic Railway are the famous attractions of this park. Besides hiking, you can also indulge in mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding and abseiling. Daintree National Park, located in Queensland, is among the most ancient ecosystems in the world. This park encompasses two scenic sections namely, Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation. Here you can witness the gorgeous convergence of rainforest and reef, as well as, an astounding biodiversity. You can enjoy hiking, wildlife watching, paddleboarding, river cruise and ziplining. Kakadu National Park is the largest national park in Australia. You can explore its monsoon rainforests, rivers, gorges, wetlands, ancient wall paintings, rock sites, and waterfalls by car, boat or by hiking. The Kakadu Escarpment is particularly stunning. Great Ocean Road is a spectacular driving route along Australia's southeast coast. Port Campbell National Park, Twelve Apostles, Lord Ard Gorge, Great Otway National Park, are some of the highlights along the road. If you seek adventure you can visit the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Its glacier-carved wilderness is perfect for hiking. Some famous ones include Weindorfer Walk, Cradle Mountain, Lake Dove Walk and Overland Track, among others. The Pinnacles located within Nambung National Park are spectacular limestone formations. Sand from the coastal dunes constantly blows over these mystical structures that make for an incredible sight. Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Mount Gower, Wineglass Bay Circuit, and Mount Kosciuszko Walk, are a few of the famous hikes in Australia. Australia also offers a unique skiing experience. The ski resorts offer downhill skiing, snowboarding, terrain parks, tubing, cross-country trails, tobogganing and some also offer night skiing. Perisher, Thredbo Alpine Resort, Mt. Buller, Mt. Gotham, Charlotte Pass, Mt. Bas Bae Alpine Resort, Dinner Plain and Falls Creek are some of the places for skiing. Karijini National Park, Dandenong Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Royal Botanic Gardens, Yarra River, Lake Burley, Brisbane River, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and Swan River are some other places known for their exquisite beauty.

Islands
Whitsunday Islands is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Part of the Great Barrier Reef, this scenic destination is surrounded by warm aquamarine waters and is home to picturesque beaches. As Whitsundays is blessed with an abundance of coral reefs, it is a great place for snorkeling and scuba diving. Sailing around its 74 islands and islets is also popular among visitors. Whitsunday is also home to some of the oldest Aboriginal archeological sites. Fraser Island, located off Australia's east coast, is the largest sand island in the world. Along the picturesque Seventy Five Mile Beach, you can see coloured sandstone cliffs of The Cathedrals, Lake Wabby, Lake Mackenzie, Champagne Pools and rusted hulls of shipwreck. Away from the bustling cities, Fraser Island offers a serene and beautiful escape. Kangaroo Island, located in South Australia, is known for kangaroos hopping along the powdery shores, crystal clear water, wind-sculpted rock formations, sea lions, penguins and koalas. You can indulge in scuba diving, sandboarding, and hiking.  Tasmania is home to some of the most breathtaking attractions of Australia. Besides its bountiful nature, Tasmania has a rich history and beautifully preserved heritage towns. Some of the major highlights are Cradle Mountain, Port Arthur Historic Site, Freycinet National Park, Tasman National Park, and Mona Museum and Art Gallery, among others. Besides sightseeing, you can also indulge in a plethora of adventurous activities. Rottnest Island, Penguin Island, Lord Howe Island, Moreton Island, Bruny Island, Magnetic Island, Phillip Island and Cocos Islands are other famous islands known for their lush vegetation, azure waters and sandy beaches.
Beaches
Bondi Beach, located in Sydney, is one of the world's most famous beaches. You can visit this scenic place to soak up the sea views, swim and enjoy a seaside stroll or picnic. There are several shops, bars, restaurants and cafes across the street. Cable Beach, located in Broome, is popular for its infinite white sands, turquoise water and camel rides at sunset. Byron Bay, the easternmost point of Australia's mainland, boasts idyllic beaches, surf spots and laid-back lifestyle. Main Beach is the most popular beach of Byron Bay. Besides lounging on its wonderful beaches, you can also enjoy scuba diving, surfing, skydiving and yoga. Cottesloe Beach, Port Beach, Scarborough, Trigg Point are some of the famous beaches in Perth. Collaroy, Narrabeen and Dee Why beaches offer some fantastic surf breaks. Manly Beach, Coogee Beach, Whitehaven Beach, Turquoise Bay, Noosa Main Beach, Twilight Beach, Hyams Beach, Surfers Paradise Beach, Lucky Bay, Cronulla Beach, Bronte Beach, Bell's Beach, and Cape Tribulation are other popular beaches in Australia.
Wildlife
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, located in Brisbane, gives you an opportunity to cuddle a koala which is inarguably a quintessential Aussie experience. Besides koalas, this sanctuary also houses kangaroos, wombats, crocodiles, wallabies, snakes and much more. There are interesting demonstrations which make a trip to this sanctuary even more delightful. Perth Zoo offers up-close encounters with Kangaroos and other native species. National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra is Australia's only combined zoo and aquarium in Australia. You can find a myriad of animals such as koalas, western grey kangaroos, African lions, Bengal tigers, Sumatran tigers, white lions, rhinos, zebras and many others. The Aquarium houses a variety of tropical marine and freshwater fishes such as Queensland groper, Murray cod, sharks, giant moray, zebra moray and many others. There are several species of reptiles, amphibians and birds as well. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Aquarium of Western Australia, Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, Adelaide Zoo, Cleland Wildlife Park, and Taronga Zoo are some of the other places known for their exotic wildlife and marine species.
Places of Worship
St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney stands as a symbol of the spiritual beginnings of the Catholic Church in Australia. Its neo-Gothic style and stained glass windows that cast beautiful patterns of light is a fascinating sight to behold. St. Patrick's Cathedral is one of the architectural glories of Melbourne. Built in the Gothic Revival style, the cathedral has a stunning interior. Few other beautiful churches and cathedrals include St. Andrews Cathedral, St. George's Cathedral, Albert Street Uniting Church, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Sacred Heart Cathedral.
How to spend time / how long will it take?

A major chunk of Australia can be covered in 8 to 12 days. Starting off in Melbourne, spend a day exploring the city and its nature-rich parks. Spend two days in Tasmania, exploring the towns and national parks adorning the islands with their exquisite attractions. Back on the mainland, spend a day exploring the exotic city of Sydney. Take a day trip to the Blue Mountains to engage in some adventurous activities. To enjoy urban delights, water sports and sandy beaches, spend a day in Gold Coast. Spend a day exploring the cultural sites of Brisbane and also visit the famous Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Move to Hervey Bay in order to visit the scenic Fraser Island for a day. Spend a day in Cairns to visit the Daintree National Park. Take a day tip to the vibrant Great Barrier Reef from Cairns to enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving. Spend a day or two in Darwin exploring the city and the scenic Kakadu National Park and Katherine Gorge. Spend a day in Broome to visit the Kimberley Region for a soulful escapade. For a day enjoy the cityscapes, art centers, beaches and nightlife of Perth before moving to Adelaide. Spend a day exploring this scenic city and its modern architecture. Take a short trip to Cape Jervis and from here take a ferry to Kangaroo Island where you can conclude this marvellous exploration of Australia. 

Cuisine
  • Due to large-scale immigration, Australia features a diverse cuisine influenced by various cultures including Asian, British, Middle Eastern and European. Some of the scrumptious food items are Meat Pie, Chicken Parmigiana, Barbecue sausages, Lamingtons, Pavlova, Barramundi, Grilled Kangaroo, Pumpkin soup and many others. You can also easily find famous international cuisines as well.
Costs
  • In general, a regular meal might cost around 16 AUD (USD 12.01) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians require a Visa.
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa.
Season to Visit
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • March
  • April
  • May

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 8 - 12 days

Known For
  • Aboriginal Culture
  • Beaches
  • Islands
  • Solitude
  • Shopping
  • Art Galleries
  • Winering Touring
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife
  • Otherworldly Landscapes
Areas to Visit
  • News South Wales for Sydney, Blue Mountains, beaches, ski resorts
  • Queensland for Great Barrier Reef, beaches, islands, wildlife & nature
  • Sacred aboriginal sites and tropical parks in Northern Territory
  • Different types of ecosystems in Western Australia
  • Exotic coastline, valleys & Kangaroo Island in South Australia

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