There really is nothing like a holiday in adventurous Australia. Across this incredibly diverse country of cool cities and hot deserts you’ll always enjoy a warm welcome from the locals – whether that’s the people or the weird and wonderful wildlife!
In a country the size of a continent, there can be very little surprise that Australia has something to satisfy the appetite of any budding explorer. But before you take to desert hikes, bushwhacking and scuba escapades, take the time to uncover the hidden delights of Australia’s wonderful cities. Between the glamour of Sydney, the cultural marvels of Melbourne and the gastronomic paradise of Perth, Australia has urban chic down to a tee.
Australia is home to some of the world’s biggest skies. Get out of the city sprawl and within hours you can be the only person from horizon to horizon. From the scenic Blue Mountains National Park to the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you can take in panoramas on a spectacular scale. And the world beneath the waves is every bit as inspirational – snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef is for many a life-changing experience.
With over 3,800 kilometres of coastline, the spiritual connection between Aussies and the beach is easy to understand. Sublime golden beaches and prime surfing territory have consumed many a sunny afternoon. Inland, you can head into the South Australian wine valleys around Adelaide, or explore millennia-old Aboriginal caves. But when you can hit the Great Ocean Road in a hire car, or lounge on stunning Fraser Island sands, why resist the irresistible call of the Aussie coast?
The majority of Australian wildlife can be found nowhere else on the planet. Possums and platypus, kangaroo and koala, Australia is a living zoo – and there are always fantastic guided treks available. Strap on your hiking boots (after tapping them out for unwelcome passengers!) in the UK summer months, for the most tolerable weather.
The humble barbecue is Australia’s most authentic stereotype. As fresh seafood sizzles on a sun-kissed grill, washed down with cold beers or your choice from a world-beating range of home-grown wines, just try resisting! In the cities, truly exceptional restaurants are springing up on a daily basis, with something to please every palate.
Australia is big. Really big! Which means choosing your itinerary wisely. But if you’re an adventurer at heart, life on the open road is no bad thing in Oz. Hire a car, and enjoy one of the most exhilarating road trips of your life on the Great Ocean Road.