Watch the sunrise at Ayers Rock (Uluru) and admire the rock formations at Kings Canyon. For those who seek adventure, visit the Kakadu National Park, ‘Crocodile Dundee’ country. You could include the dramatic Arnhem Land, a sandstone cliff line that is cut by deep gorges and waterfalls, whose many caves have preserved galleries of Aboriginal art thousands of years old.
Perth offers a relaxed lifestyle, with lush gardens and parks and many beaches only minutes away from its centre. Enjoy a cruise down the Swan River and discover the historic port of Freemantle. Then take a drive to Margaret River for whale watching and visit the famous wine region, while enjoying the gourmet dining.
The festive and wine capital of Australia, Adelaide is blessed with wide streets, numerous shops, street cafes and restaurants. It is almost completely surrounded by parklands and has been described as a jewel in a setting of green. It is one of the most stylish and innovative cities to visit.
While there, take a trip to Kangaroo Island to see the best of Australia’s wildlife.
Golden sands and surf beaches of the Gold Coast! Escape to the Whitsunday, Southern or Northern Great Barrier Reef Islands – all beautiful and each one offering a different range of facilities and grades of accommodation.
Tropical North Queensland resorts offer the chance to visit the palm-fringed beaches, the spectacular rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Take advantage of one of the many Reef cruises available, whether for a day or longer.
New South Wales
In Sydney, visit the world’s most startling harbour, the magnificent harbour bridge and the city’s controversially designed Opera House.
Take a trip into the Blue Mountains to admire the spectacular rock formations and untamed Bush. Enjoy a ride on the steepest railway in the world, or on a glass-bottomed aerial cable car. Relax at Coffs Harbour, or similar resorts with their pristine beaches and sparkling clear water.
Usually known as VIC, Victoria is situated in the south east corner of Australia. Its largest city, and the capital, is Melbourne; a city with new architecture and diverse ‘inner city’ villages. It is known for its many festivals, major art exhibitions and musical activities, as well as the fine dining and wine.
Many of the area’s attractions can be reached in a day from the city. There is the Penguin Parade at the family-friendly Philip Island. The seaside resort of Sorrento is one of the prettiest villages on the Mornington Peninsula, with its historic buildings, cafes, and a population of bottlenose dolphins.
Australia’s finest wine region and birthplace of the Victorian wine industry, the Yarra Valley, is not far and it has some amazing scenery and dining experiences.
Take a few days to drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road, which is one of the world’s most scenic roads. Hugging the rugged south west coast and home to the famous Twelve Apostles, there are stunning ocean views.
Tasmania is all about heritage, wilderness and unspoilt beauty and is Australia’s jewel in the crown. The Tasstralians have ensured that its natural assets have been preserved so the visitor can get back to nature, experience some of prettiest rural scenery in Australia and breathe the finest fresh air. Enjoy the ancient rainforest, while appreciating the wonderful wildlife.
Visit Strathan, a picturesque fishing village on the west coast and retrace history by visiting Port Arthur. Known for its penal colony, at one time it was the destination for British and Irish criminals.
A visit would not be complete without seeing Wineglass bay, one of the top ten beaches in the world, and the Freycinet National park with its coastal scenery. Both are on the east coast.
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Photo: On the reef off North Queensland (PG) 40