Australia

Australia Overview

The largest island within the world, Australia is home to prehistoric landscapes, eccentric creatures and a epicurean lifestyle. Its beauty and scale, with large tracts of deep, red desert, rolling mountain ranges, rain-forest and thousands of miles of untouched sand build it a novel and unforgettable destination.

Australia has many alternative styles of surroundings and climates, from tropical within the north to cool and temperate within the south. The large interior of Australia is usually desert or dry grassland and has few settlements. You’ll realize that the majority of Australians survive within the fertile geographic region between Brisbane and Melbourne and with a country so vast, you need to plan to take in the most of what this country has to offer.

Visit the Australian state of Queensland for the haunting corals of the Great Barrier Reef, or absorb the colourful outside lifestyle of Sydney, in New South Wales. From Melbourne, you’ll find one of the world’s great road trips, the Great Ocean Road. An Australian National Heritage listed spectacular stretch of highway running 243 kilometres (151 mi) along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Winding through varying terrain along the coast and providing access to several prominent landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations, the road is an important tourist attraction in the region and is the world’s largest war memorial. Built by returning soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I.

Visit the Northern Territory to look at the wonder of Uluru (Ayers Rock) within the Kata Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the Kings Canyon, which is part of the Watarrka National Park in the Northern Territory, Australia. The canyon sits at the western end of the George Gill Range, which lies 323 km southwest of Alice Springs and 1,316 km south of Darwin. Don’t forget the West Coast with its deserted outline and isolated capital, Perth, situated in Western Australia.

Away from the cities tour the vineyards in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, Western Australia’s Margaret River and the Yarra Valley in Victoria. Across the water, Tasmania’s quiet rural towns are full of convict-era Georgian architecture, and don’t miss its national parks like Cradle Mountain, where bush walking through its gorges shouldn’t be overlooked.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Canberra
POPULATION: 20.6 million
LANGUAGE: English
CURRENCY: Australian Dollar
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220/240V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: AU
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +61
TIME ZONE:
GMT/UTC +10 (Eastern Standard Time)
GMT/UTC +9.5 (Central Time)
GMT/UTC +8 (Western Time)