Australia is one the world’s most beautiful continents. Think white sandy beaches, sunny climate, and spectacular wildlife. Vacations range from beach holidays to city breaks, to treks in the Outback. There’s something to suit everyone. Here are my top six reasons to visit.
1. The Beaches
Australia is renowned for its beaches. In fact, it boasts some of the longest beaches on Earth. Australians take a lot of pride in their beaches and on the whole they are clean and well-maintained. Some of the most notable beaches are:
Bondi Beach, Sydney
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands
Lizard Island, Queensland
Turquoise Bay, Exmouth
Byron Bay Beach, New South Wales
The list is endless, and I could go on. Most people who visit have their own personal favorite.
High season in Australia is between December and February. It tends to be a little cooler between March and May and between September and November. Low season is between June and August, when the weather is generally cooler, with rain in the south.
2. The Cities
When you think of Australia, you tend to think of beaches, sun or perhaps the Sydney Opera House. But Australia boasts some of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant cities in the world. Think Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, etc. The tricky part is narrowing it down. Wherever you go, I recommend taking a tour, like a Day Tour of Melbourne. A tour will introduce you to some of the most interesting places, people, and activities. Make sure you travel light so that you’re not carrying heavy luggage around.
3. The Aussie BBQ
The BBQ is one of the many things that Australians do well. It is a tradition. When you visit, you’ll find that most parks and public places have barbecue pits. Make sure you experience this. There’s nothing better than a warm evening, a few beers and a couple of steaks on the barbie. And as it’s Australia, they’re likely to be ostrich, crocodile, or kangaroo steaks.
Generally, Australians are some of the friendliest and most laid-back people you could ever hope to meet. Expect a warm and friendly welcome.
If you visit Australia, you won’t be bored. There is no end to the activities, and there’s something to suit everyone. Swim or surf at the beautiful beaches. The pools are stunning too. Go for walks through the Outback or tropical forests. You can even go skiing! Head up to Mount Butler, which is about three hours outside of Melbourne, and hit the slopes.
6. The Wine
Australia is one of the world’s largest wine exporters. Make sure you sample some of the regional wines during your visit. Or better still, visit some of their vineyards and wineries. Hunter Valley is one of the oldest wine producers and boasts over a hundred and fifty wineries.
If Australia isn’t on your bucket list, I would consider adding it. It is one of the most beautiful and vibrant places you can visit. It has just about everything going for it. Expect sun, stunning scenery, friendly people, culture and interesting wildlife.