From cosmopolitan cities to the rugged outback and tropical rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia is a land of amazing contrasts.
Nearly 80 percent of Australia’s 23 million citizens live in cities along the coast, leaving much of its interior to its wild and natural state. With roughly the same geographic area as the continental USA each of Australia’s states and territories has its own unique flavour:
Sydney & New South Wales
Enjoy the cosmopolitan buzz of Sydney, its great restaurants, shopping and the beauty of its world famous harbour before escaping up country to the Blue Mountains for some misty moments in this ruggedly beautiful region. Alternatively, enjoy the surf off Bondi Beach or the fruit of the vine in Hunter Valley.
Queensland and The Great Barrier Reef
Australia is blessed with an expansive coastline, but along the eastern seaboard of Queensland the description of ‘Gold Coast’ is an understatement. This holiday haven offers beaches, the Great Barrier Reef in all its 2,000 km length, jungles, gregarious locals and the Aussie interpretation of a laid-back tropical way of life.
Australia’s wild Northern Territory offers a natural wonderland of epic proportions. From the northern coast’s swamplands to the awe-inspiring red rock wonder of Ayers Rock, this is where you can connect with the aboriginal spirit and culture of ancient Australia.
Occupying an area equivalent to India, Western Australia is about the country at the other end! Perth, the state capital is actually closer to Bali than to Sydney. Needless to say you could dedicate a holiday to just this region but be prepared for big horizons, big fish (swim with whale sharks), big trees (yara) and big wines (on the Margaret River).
Escape the crowded cities and busy resorts and discover a destination with unique wildlife, stunning landscapes and wide open spaces. South Australia has it all – food and wine, heritage and culture, festivals and events, nature and wildlife.
Melbourne and Victoria
The most southerly mainland state combines the cosmopolitan sophistication of Melbourne with a dramatic and diverse countryside containing 35 national parks and the spectacular coastline along the Great Ocean Road.