Australia

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Newcastle featuring waves and surfing

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This page was last updated April 22, 2021.

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The land Down Under is like no other place on Earth. Australia is a country of such variety and contrast that you’ll have to see it for yourself to believe it.

Australia is the world’s sixth-largest country, with only a tiny population for its size. This abundance of space means that koalas, wombats, kangaroos, emus and the truly exceptional platypuses still thrive. From the ancient eucalyptus forests and snowy peaks on the island of Tasmania in the far south to the red deserts plains and rainforests of the Northern Territory and Queensland, Australia’s natural treasures are plentiful. A stunning coastline encircles this bounty of beauty, home to a reef system so big that you can see it from outer space.

As you tour the country, look for the remnants of an ancient culture and settlers’ history. Aborigines have lived here in harmony with nature for over 60,000 years and continue to do so today. Early European and Asian settlers have tapped into the country’s bounty of natural resources, focusing on farming, fishing and mining. Today, Australia features in the Top 20 of the world’s strongest economies and is a peaceful cultural melting pot.

It is this more polished, vibrant side of Australia that awaits you in the modern and laid-back capital cities. As the national capital, Canberra has the country’s major national museums, government buildings and memorials, while Sydney has all the famous landmarks and the most popular beaches.

The sport-minded and artistic city of Melbourne is heaps of fun, while South Australia’s fertile valleys have turned Adelaide into a foodie’s hotspot. The immense state of Western Australia is a destination all of its own, home to wonderful wineries, deserted cattle stations and unspoiled beaches.

Brisbane and Perth both make for comfortable stopovers on Australia’s seemingly endless east and west coasts, with heaps of fun and fascinating attractions. Cruise to stunning nearby islands to swim with dolphins and turtles, spot whales or go fishing.

Winter is great for skiing in the southeastern states, especially on the slopes of Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko.

Or, why not make the most of the dry season in the tropical capitals of Darwin and Cairns. Admire Aboriginal rock art, cruise crocodile-filled creeks, swim under waterfalls or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. Before you leave, fly to Alice Springs in the deserted Red Centre to see the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

Throughout your Australian adventure, you will find wonderful places to stay, mouthwatering treats, and of course, that laid-back Aussie spirit that accompanies you every step of the way.

Popular cities in Australia

Melbourne
Melbourne
Known for Dining, Shopping and Museums
This stylish city fuses contemporary design with an elegantly preserved past. Soak up the future and the past in this relaxed capital of style.

Reasons to visit

  • Princess Theatre
  • Eureka Tower
  • SEA LIFE Melbourne
Sydney which includes modern architecture, a bridge and a city
Sydney
Known for Dining, Ports and Shopping
Sydney has beaches by the bucket-load, must-see icons and a climate to die-for. But it also has a big brash heart that's certain to bowl you over.

Reasons to visit

  • Star Casino
  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
  • Capitol Theatre
Kangaroo Point which includes night scenes, a bay or harbour and a city
Brisbane
Known for Dining, Shopping and Rivers
Come to laid-back Brisbane, the perfect base to discover the beautiful parks, mountains and islands of Australia’s Sunshine State..

Reasons to visit

  • South Bank Parklands
  • Eagle Street Pier
  • Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Perth
Perth
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-friendly
This may be one of the most isolated cities in the world, yet it has a beach scene full of beautiful people and a buzzing nightlife.

Reasons to visit

  • Scarborough Beach
  • Hillarys Boat Harbour
  • Elizabeth Quay
Adelaide
Adelaide
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-friendly
With a mix of beaches and botanic gardens, museums, food and music festivals, it's easy to see why this is South Australia's coastal, cultural and culinary hub.

Reasons to visit

  • Glenelg Beach
  • Adelaide Oval
  • Rundle Mall
Gold Coast featuring a city, general coastal views and a coastal town
Gold Coast
Known for Beach view, Dining and Shopping
Party the Australian way, visit the holiday hotspots, or enjoy the natural beauty of this glorious stretch of Pacific coastline.

Reasons to visit

  • Warner Bros. Movie World
  • Cavill Avenue
  • Dreamworld

Popular places to visit in Australia

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