Australia is vast. The surface area covers 7.692 sq. km yet only 63% of the land is inhabited. Subsequently, cities are spread out far and wide. The best way to explore the continent is to go on a guided tour.
Endowed with natural wonders, diverse wildlife, pristine beaches, cultural centres and an expansive outback, Australia is a captivating country with plenty to offer. But where should you go and what should you do?
Tropical Rainforests in Queensland
Australia is home to some of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests such as the UNESCO protected Daintree forest in the Wet Tropics of Queensland. The tropical rainforests are a living museum of nature and reveal the evolution of life of earth.
The rainforests in Queensland are also home to the indigenous Kuku Yalanji tribe that have lived off natural resources for thousands of years. Aborigines in the forest have learned to depend on hunting weapons and knowledge of vegetation – including toxic plants which they use for medicinal purposes.
Explore The History of the Outback in Perth
Perth in Western Australia is the most isolated city down under and often used as a gateway into the outback. The vast landscape of bushland is rich in wild flowers and other-worldly mountain-scapes some two billion years old.
The outback around Perth reveal the history of Australia’s gold rush years. The Kalgoorlie-Boulder gold fields reveal stories in which the hopes and dreams of fortune-seekers came true whilst the nearby ghost-towns of Leonora and Gwalia express the failures.
Discover Wildlife in Adelaide
For the opportunity to see Australia’s abundance of wildlife up close and personal, head to Adelaide. Here you can have close encounters will creatures from air, land and sea.
If you’re brave enough, why not experience the adrenaline-rush of cage-diving with great white sharks. Otherwise, there is always the tamer option of swimming with sea lions and dolphins.
A trip to Kangaroo Island is an unmissable experience for visitors in Adelaide and you probably won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to hold cuddly koalas, stroll with emus and feed wedge-tailed eagles.
Experience Culture in Melbourne
Melbourne is the second largest city in Oz and arguably the most cultural. The city is home to exceptionally preserved Victorian architecture, a thriving live music and theatre scene and an abundance of art galleries and museums.
Highlights include Parliament House and the State Library of Victoria, two of Australias oldest buildings. The Hellenic Museum is also housed in the former royal minting house and showcases 8000 years of Greek history.
One of the most heartwarming experiences you can have in Australia is to visit a close-knit aboriginal community. Experience authentic insights into the legacy of the countries first peoples and hear the true stories of their history.
Admire Landmarks of Sydney
A tour of Australia would not be complete without a visit to witness the famous landmarks of Sydney; the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and iconic Bondi Beach among them.
Visitors should also take in the Parliament Building together with a trip to Mrs Macquaries Chair, a bench carved out of sandstone rock by convicts in 1810 as a gift to the Governor’s wife.
Australia has so much to offer and the best way to make the most of this vast continent is to take advantage of local tour guides and tap into their expert knowledge.