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Thu, 23/08/2012 - 01:47

Australia

If you’re not an Aussie, if you live overseas and you fancy a trip Down Under, there is only one tip you should consider. Well several actually but this tip takes precedence. Australia is big. If you only have a short time for your visit, plan and prepare well. Don’t be like the tourist who lands in one capital city and plans to drive to another not knowing it could take three days to get there. But then if you do plan to stay for a fair time, months for example, one brilliant idea is to become a volunteer. There are hundreds of groups in Australia who welcome volunteers. You get to meet Australians, see the countryside and help a worthwhile cause.

 

Some typically Australian holidays

The Great Barrier Reef is famous and while it seems to always be under threat from various pollution-type factors, it remains a majestic and living tourist destination. It helps if you’re a diver but there are plenty of opportunities to explore the Reef at low tide or in a special glass-bottomed boat. Stunning is one word to describe the fish, the coral and the beautiful ocean.

Central Australia is not like the urban sprawl in the major cities like Sydney and Melbourne. This is the arid heart of the country. There is a strong collection of the history and art of the indigenous Australians in Central Australia. There are great tourist attractions in and around Uluru. Driving long distances can be involved and there are tourist buses with all the mod cons but this region is like nowhere else in Australia.

Islands are everywhere. Australia has thousands of islands dotted around its coastline. There are holiday resort islands off the Queensland coat. There are rugged islands in Bass Strait. Kangaroo Island near Adelaide offers unique experiences with wildlife and great ocean beaches.

Rainforests still exist. Australia is a land of contrasts. Inland can be dry and dusty and very hot but on the coast and particularly in Queensland there are rainforests. These areas with majestic trees and dense plant life offer a wilderness experience like no other. There are guided tours of these regions with everything included. You’ll meet the local animals and plants in a real up close and personal experience.

Events Down Under are never ceasing. Australia is a sporting nation with all manner of international sporting events including golf, tennis, football codes, horse and car racing. If you wish to see the world’s best in action, the venues in Australia are fantastic. They even race cars around the streets of both Melbourne and on the Gold Coast.  The nation stops on the first Tuesday in November for a horse race - the Melbourne Cup.

The key to a successful holiday anywhere lies in the planning and this is doubly so for a visit Down Under. It’s a huge country with a relatively small population. Know what you want to do and remember that if travel within Australia is essential then allow plenty of time. Generally speaking the climate is ideal for tourists but check the seasons and destinations to be sure. Australians are big on tourism and you’ll not have to work hard to have a simply brilliant time.