Introduction to Australia
An ever-expanding population of 22.6 million people live in Australia predominately around the edge of the vast country, which is known for its pristine beaches, buzzing metropolitan capital cities and glorious seasonal weather. Australia is a mecca for backpackers and features on any self-respecting travel itinerary or bucket list. The country is nearly the size of Europe and leaves its doors open for outback explorers, east coast surfers and urban city slickers.
Australia holds a wealth of natural wonders from the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns to Ayers Rock located in the deep outback, plus the Snowy Mountains near the Aussie capital of Canberra, to name just a few must-see destinations. Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are the 3 largest cities in Australia, and are all located relatively close to the coast with each having a very different personality. With one destination set hours apart from another, visitors to the country and even the lesser-travelled native Aussies will get a real appreciation of how expansive Australia really is.
Melbourne is a cool city known for its creative crowd and bouncy way of life. In the city, there is always something happening whether it is a street festival, show, shop opening or sports event. Melbourne is located southwest of Sydney in the state of Victoria. The New South Wales capital of Sydney is a busy 24-7 city with an abundance of shopping coupled with marvellously sunny days. Great tours and sights burst from the inner-city suburbs and will keep any visitor, whether they are a citizen of Australia or not, very busy. Up north in Queensland, Brisbane has the infrastructure of a hard-hitting city, yet still feels very much personal and welcoming. Towering skyscrapers flood the meandering riverside edge which back onto bars that overlook the city’s famous river. For anyone with a lust for shopping, Brisbane’s central district has a wide variety of retail hotspots and should not be missed. Located just inland from the neighbouring well-known beach destinations of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, Brisbane has cemented its position as a capital city, and is rapidly growing each year.
Also not to be missed on any Down Under trip is the laidbackarea of Byron Bay in northern New South Wales, which draws visitors all year round looking for great breaks, the hippie vibe and awesome annual music festivals. For wannabe mermaids, divers and watersports enthusiasts, don't miss a trip to Cairns, Airlie Beach and Port Douglas for tropical hotspots with a jumping point to the beautiful Great Barrier Reef and stunning islands of the Whitsundays. Whatever holiday style you want, you can bet Australia can deliver, and then some!