Australia – One of the most remote countries in the world, yet one of the most popular places to visit. With the countless natural wonders, diverse mix of wildlife, dazzling beaches, and cosmopolitan metropolises, it’s no wonder. You can experience so many things in Australia, it caters to all.
However, the good things are often hard to come by. Wherever you’re coming from, the journey is usually long and pretty expensive. Don’t let that hold you back though – search for a flight on a travel comparison site and find a good package.
Here are 5 reasons why you must visit Australia someday soon:
1. Beautiful Beaches and Amazing Surfing
Australia has some of the best beaches in the world. With over 11,000 beaches to choose from, you’re not short of finding a pristine stretch of white sand or lively action-packed shores. A few highlights include the brilliant Cable Beach in Broome; the incredibly white sands of Hyams Beach; Sydney’s beautiful Shelly Beach; and the 9kms of Whitehaven Beach, close to the Great Barrier Reef.
Best surfing is on the East Coast, loads of places to catch a good wave. Everyone floods to Bondi Beach in NSW but Maroubra and Manly offer great surf too. Bells Beach, Victoria is definitely worth checking out too as it attracts the world's finest professional surfers.
2. Sun, Sun, Sun!
It is almost beautiful all year round in Australia. You get constant clear blue skies, followed by incredible sunsets. The colours are just amazing. Time it right and you can actually have a whole year of summer – starting at Melbourne or Sydney, and going up the coast to Cairns with the warm weather.
It’s the perfect place for outdoor adventures. There are activities galore – camping, hiking, surfing, swimming, white water rafting, etc.
3. Great Food
From the humble flat white to fine dining, Australia boasts a flourishing culinary culture which is steeped in tradition but with a and infused with a creative flair. In this multi-cultural country, you’ll find an immense choice of cuisines. Pick from Chinese, Italian, Thai, Indian, Mexican, Greek, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Lebanese, and French. The list goes on.
Obviously, you’ll want to try the local Australian food too. Have you ever tried kangaroo? Crocodile and emu are a little harder to find on a menu.
4. Incredible Nature and Wildlife
Lush jungles, red deserts, snow-capped mountains, and clear waters fringed by white sand. Nature is always on your doorstep in Australia, there's so much wild beauty to explore.
Highlights include the colourful and aquatic haven of the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru – where the mammoth Ayers Rock covers 8km of land, the Twelve Apostles (off the Great Ocean Road), and the 550 National Parks.
Check out Australia’s iconic wildlife, not everything wants to kill you! Well, we can’t speak for the crocodiles. Native animals include kangaroos, koalas, wombats, emus, cockatoos, and kookaburras. Look in the right spots and you’ll see them in the wild.
5. Cool Cities
Scattered between mountains, wilds, and ocean, Australia’s metropolitan cities are quite extraordinary. Sydney, best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, is a vibrant place of culture, with quirky bars and restaurants and an alluring beach lifestyle. Melbourne has a charming European feel, an eclectic nightlife, and a dynamic arts scene.
Whilst Sydney and Melbourne get all the attention, the other major cities are not to be missed. Adelaide is a pleasant coastal city with delightful beaches and nice parks. Darwin is remote in Australia’s lush north and has some marvellous local markets. Perth has a more chilled vibe and combines beach fun with good food and a buoyant arts scene.
Cairns’ ideal location between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree rainforest makes it perfect for adventure travellers. Finally, the capital, Canberra, has world-class museums, large open parklands and brilliant architecture.