Situated on the eastern side of Gulf St. Vincent, Adelaide is noted for its attractiveness and relaxed atmosphere. The city itself is noted for its spacious parklands and gardens. Adelaide is known for hosting many festivals including: the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Fringe Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Writers' Week, and the Feast Festival amongst others. WOMADelaide, Australia's premier world music event, is now annually held in the scenic surrounds of Botanic Park. Enjoy the many elegant, heritage public buildings and cultural institutions such as the Art Gallery, Library, Museum, Migration Museum and Adelaide University. Explore the famous wine regions in the city's vicinity or go to the Park Lands. The Adelaide Hill Wildlife Parks might be a nice introduction to Australia's wildlife.
The town is named after Alice Todd, the wife of Charles Todd. In 1865, the two of them came to Australia to set up the first telegraph line. Because of its central location and its nearby red-colored rock-formations and the red-sand desert area, the town is also called the Red Centre. The town itself has some interesting sights to explore, such as: the botanical garden and the Spencer and Gillen museum. Alice Springs is a central hub for exploration of the outback with its camel farms, the famous Ayers Rock (Uluru - its original Aboriginal name) and incredible nature parks.
Originally a fishing and dairying village, Apollo Bay is now a coastal town that makes an income from tourism, though it is smaller and quieter than other tourist destinations such as Lorne. Apollo Bay has plenty of gorgeous beach spots and breathtaking views. Just down the road from any of those tourist centers you have your pick of pristine, almost-abandoned surf beaches. Even Bells Beach is fairly quiet, probably owing to the 60 meter path down a cliff you have to walk down to get to the sand! If you're lucky you'll spot some koala bears in the trees. It is also host to the annual Apollo Bay Music Festival and the Great Ocean Sports Festival. Every Saturday if the weather permits it, market stalls are set up between the Information Centre and the Surf Lifesaving Club.
Ayers Rock, which is also known by its aboriginal name, Uluru, is a great red monolith rising 1000ft above the desert floor, and is one of Australia's most recognizable, and curious natural wonders. The huge sandstone rock formation is located in the southern part of central Australia 287 miles southwest of Alice Spring in the Kata Tjuta National Park which is administered by the Anangu tribe, and is an extremely sacred location for the aboriginal people of this area.
The Aborigines believe that Uluru is hollow below ground, and that there is an energy source that they call 'Tjukurpa' the 'Dreamtime'. The term Tjukurpa is also used to refer to the record of all activities of a particular ancestral being from the very beginning of his or her travels to their end, and the Anangu have requested that visitors refrain from climbing the rock to avoid interference with the traditional spirits that inhabit the area.
Perhaps the most accessible natural wonder in all of Australia, the Blue Mountain National Park, and the Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Site is only 30-60 miles from Sydney, and is an enormously popular destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
Outdoor activities here include hiking, rock-climbing, canoeing, bushwalking through the rainforest and mountain biking with spectacular views of waterfalls (Wentworth, Katoomba, Kanangra), the Giant Staircase walking track, the panoramic vistas of the Edge Cinema, the Katoomba scenic railway, and Jenolan cave network. The area can easily be reached by car from Sydney for day trips, but if you really want to immerse yourself in this glorious natural environment there are a range of accommodations that allow you to maximize your appreciation for the area's spectacular beauty.
Australia's third largest city, Brisbane is both modern and traditional. A place where sandstone cathedrals blend seamlessly with steel and glass skyscrapers. Lively and cosmopolitan Brisbane boasts several interesting and diverse districts (precincts) that feature great outdoor cafes, a network of parks that meander along the bank of the river that is ubiquitous throughout heart of this city. A vibrant nightlife, great restaurants, and serious shopping opportunities abound, as do outdoor activities and adventures, beach experiences and accommodations that reflect the sub tropical climate, pace and disposition of its easy going, but very sophisticated population.
Brisbane is the perfect hub for exploring its wide variety of outer lying regions, all reachable in a 60 minute drive. The expansive waterways of Moreton Bay beckon with its myriad of pristine islands, white sand beaches, and all types of water sports. More beach opportunities can be found on the surf beaches of the Gold and Sunshine coasts en route to the seaside town of Redcliffe, the rainforest and picturesque countryside of Pine Rivers, Caboolture and the Glasshouse Mountains.
Famous for its mix of stunning surf beaches, picturesque pastoral land, dramatic ridgelines, cosmopolitan people and inspirational creative vibe, people have always been drawn to the most easterly point of Australia. There is a great variety of things to do. Visit the lighthouse at the beautiful Wategos Beach. There's ultralight flights and sea kayaking out with the dolphins. You can take a surfing lesson, parachute out of a plane, horse ride, bike ride, snorkel, scuba dive, play a round of golf and much more!
Cairns is the fourth most popular tourist destination in Australia. The area is brimming with a multitude of attractions that are popular amongst visitors from the world over. Its tropical climate and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest Area, make Cairns a popular travel destination for many tourists.
Cairns is also near fabulous beaches, wildlife parks, botanical gardens, waterfalls and other activities that can keep any vacationer happily entertained and occupied for the duration of their stay.
Activities in the region include golf, white water rafting, snorkelling, diving and hiking.
Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights Must See's:
Rainforestation Nature Park, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Kuranda Skyrail Gondola Cableway, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Tully River, Cairns Night Markets, Esplanade Swimming Lagoon, Cairns Botanic Gardens, Trinity Beach.
The friendly beachside city of Coffs Harbour is Coffs Coast's vibrant heart. Surrounded by National Parks and facing the Solitary Islands Marine Park, the natural environment and uncrowded beaches are complemented by exciting activities and attractions, excellent shopping, fantastic accommodation and award-winning cafes and restaurants.
Nestled high in the Tasmanian wilderness, on the edge of the World Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain/Lake St. Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain is a unique destination because of all the sights and sounds of nature. The park has exceptional hiking, with opportunities for climbing expeditions in summer and skiing in winter. Besides the park itself, there are large tracts of untouched wilderness to the west and East. From the summit, there are spectacular 360° views, encompassing Dove Lake, Barn Bluff and Mount Ossa. The Walls of Jerusalem National Park lies directly to the East, and the Wild Rivers National Park to the South. Fishing enthusiasts also head to the Central Highlands for trout. Summer or winter, the beauty of Cradle Mountain is an inspiration that will leave you unforgettable memories.
The Daintree Rainforest, is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian continent, and one of the world's most ancient. It is located near the northern border of Queensland and occupies nearly 1000 sq. miles, including long stretches of coastline where the rainforest grows right to the edge of the sea.
Most of the rainforest is encompassed by the Daintree National Park, and is included in the the Wet Tropics World Heritage site because of its unique natural attributes. The forest houses fascinating ecosystems, and divers species of marsupials, reptiles, butterflies and 430 species of birds - some like the Pepper Pecker are unique to this region.
Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory, and one of its most modern cities. It is also an important gateway to Asia, and is actually closer to at least five Asian capitals, than it is to Canberra, and is nearly as close to Malaysia, Singapore, and Manila. This proxomity makes this a popular hub for travelers to the Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park, Katherine Gorge, and the Tiwi Islands.
Darwin and iits environs offer a stunning array of activities including George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Charles Darwin National Park, the Bicentennial Park, the Jingili Water Gardens, the Aviation Heritage Centr, and a wide range of aboriginal sites.
The City of Devonport is ideally located on the Mersey River in the heart of the beautiful North West Coast of Tasmania. This unique location opens the city up to river, ocean and mountain views. Devonport is the major sea gateway to Tasmania and its thriving port is the home for the two luxury passenger ferries, Spirit of Tasmania I and II. These ferries connect Devonport with Melbourne, offering daily sailings. Devonport is particularly well known for its reserves and recreational facilities. From the kilometers of walking and cycling tracks, many beautiful beaches, a river which is suitable for various water sports, great fishing spots and numerous parklands.
Fraser Island is a place of exceptional beauty, with its long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliffs, and over 100 freshwater lakes some tea-coloured and others crystal clear. Ancient rainforests grow in sand along the banks of the Great Sandy Strait.
Known as a popular eco-destination, Fraser Island?s wetlands feature patterned ferns, mangrove colonies, sea-grass beds, and up to 40,000 migratory shorebirds. Rare and endangered species abound , and immense blows and cliffs of coloured sand are part of the longest coastal dune systems in the world.
Renowned for its sunny subtropical climate, popular surfing beaches, and active nightlife Gold Coast has a wide variety of attractions, 35 miles of stunning coastline with some of the most popular surf breaks in Australia, which pretty much means in the world. They don't call it Surfer's Paradise for nothing, and it's no exagegration.
Other well known seaside destinations include South Stradbroke Island, The Spit, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach, Miami Beach and Duranbah beach - one of the world's best known surfing beaches. From the Gold Coast, day-trips to one of the nearby national parks can be easily made. Springbrook, in the mountains, offers great hiking trails through the rainforest, excellent views of the Gold Coast, and the entire trip can be done in one day from Surfers Paradise.
The Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic routes in the world, stretching for 243 km between Torquay and Allansford. It was built as a Memorial to the First World War heroes and offers breathtaking views of the stunning coastline of Victoria. The most picturesque section is the one between Lorne and Apollo Bay, where waves are crashing into the sheer cliffs. A ride, walk or helicopter ride around Port Campbell will reveal the magnificent rock formations carved out by the Southern Ocean into the softer limestone; the most famous is The Twelve Apostles, especially impressive at sunrise or sunset.
Initially known by the Aboriginals as Dabuukji, the Green Island is a popular holiday destination, just 17 miles offshore from Cairns. Beautifully located within a natural wonder, The Great Barrier Reef area, this coral cay was formed by the ocean's wave mostly from sand and coral. This Natural Park is covered by a tropical vine forest and hosts over 120 native plant species and is animated by colorful birds. The recreation area offers the tourist the chance to explore the spectacular reef life through scuba diving or snorkeling, it hosts an Underwater Observatory and a unique Seawalker spot.
Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands, close to the east coast of Queensland, Australia. Hamilton Island is used almost exclusively for tourism. Perfectly situated in the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island offers a unique experience: great weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and a large number of activities.
Enjoy sea-kayaking, game fishing, scenic helicopter flights and 'Breakfast with the Koalas' at the Koala Gallery. Visitors can catch glimpses of migrating whales as they make their way through the warm waters of the Whitsundays around July-September each year. Hamilton Island is also a gateway to other gems in the Whitsundays including Heart Reef, Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.
Situated in the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, Hayman is Australia's most celebrated private island destination, presenting an array of unique and memorable Reef experiences. It is a tropical paradise, where you can enjoy relaxation, tranquility, indulgence, natural beauty but also the adventure.
The turquoise waters of Hayman's lagoon and Whitsunday Passage are excellent for snorkeling, and other activities ranging from bushwalks to tours of the nearby Great Barrier Reef. Cruise or fly by helicopter to see Heart Reef, Hill Inlet or Whitehaven Beach, it will be an unforgettable experience.
Founded in 1803, Hobart is the is the financial and administrative heart of Tasmania. It is a beautiful city, stretching out along either shore of the Derwent River as it opens to meet the Tasman Sea. The western shore is dominated by Mt Wellington (1100 m) with its imposing summit cliffs known as the Organ Pipes. Hobart has a rich and diverse culture and there are many attractions of historic or cultural interest. Browse the markets and art galleries along the waterfront, the cosmopolitan dining of North Hobart, and the historic charm of Battery Point. Hobart is also a good base from which to explore the rest of the island. Hobart is also internationally famous among the yachting community as the finish of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which starts in Sydney.
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia's premier wine growing districts, and it's convenient proximity to Sydney makes it easy to experience the serene beauty of this magnificent region, and enjoy the quiet country charm of its towns and vineyards, and bombard your senses with some of the worlds fines wine and food.
With 80 wineries in the region, it is no wonder the valley is referred to simply as "Wine Country', but although you can expect to spend some time (possibly a great deal of time) sampling some of Australia's finest wines , cheeses, and top quality cuisine, the Hunter Valley also offers visitors a look into the area' quaint history and architecture, various museums and a range of historical tours. The Hunter Valley also boasts an abundance of wildlife on display in their natural habitat at the Barrington Tops National Park, and if you're feeling adventurous, try a hot air balloon flight along the coastline and inland over the famed vineyards.
Kakadu National Park is another of Australia's popular natural wonders, and is listed as a World Heritage site. The land of Kakadu lies about 150 miles from southeast of Darwin, and is known to have been occupied and owned by the aboriginal people for some 20,000 years. There are thousands of rock-art sites to be explored here, including Nourlangie and Ubirr, two of the area must see attractions, and Kakadu is a habitat for a wide range of unique flora and fauna including about 60 mammal species (kangaroos, wallabies, dingos, black wallaroos),117 species of reptiles, and hosts about 280 species of birds, making it a sensational bird watching location. There are also many beautiful waterfalls and gorges within the park including Maguk, Gunlom, Twin Falls and Jim Jim Falls, and Yellow Water which is a popular destination for fishing, but be careful not to swim in the water crowded with crocodiles.
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Kangaroo Island is Australia's third largest island and one of the most popular tourist destinations, primarily because of the unique and abundant wildlife that is uncompromisingly protected within the National Parks, and Conservation areas that cover more than one third of the Island's total area. Here sea lions bask on white sand beaches, Koalas lounge in great eucalyptus trees, and a wide variety of birds hover over placid lagoons to the delight of visitors, and locals alike.
There are many walking trails and camping areas on the island, as well as great swimming on the northern beaches, awesome sea food, 28 vineyards, that produce excellent Barossa style wine, and fabulous accommodations designed make your stay on Kangaroo Island an unforgettable experience
Located in the Northern Territory, Katherine is a relatively small but very charming town, famous for its spectacular surroundings. The world-renowned Katherine Gorge (part of the Nitmiluk National Park) is home to ancient rock paintings, and breathtaking natural surroundings that offer plenty of options for adventure including canoeing on Katherine River, caving, camping or fishing. But be careful not to step on the saltwater crocodiles.
Day trips from Katherine can be taken north to Pine Creek or south to Mataranka, and Katherine offers simple, but comfortable accommodations, including the 4 star Maud Creek Lodge which is affiliated with Nitmiluk Indigenous community.
Tasmanias second largest city is nestled in the Tamar River Valley where the North Esk, South Esk and Tamar Rivers meet. Launcestons ambience is provincial; old buildings, parks, gardens, riverside walks, craft galleries and hilly streets lined with weatherboard houses. Situated in Australias Northern Tasmania, Launceston is the third-oldest city in the nation with a fascinating history traced in its beautiful old buildings and streetscapes dating from early Colonial and convict times to Georgian and Victorian eras. These beautiful buildings are kept alive with business and social activity from fashion houses and restaurants to banking institutions and high-tech work environments. The city has the charm and pace of a regional centre and the facilities of a much larger city, but without the crowding, traffic, litter and crime.
Australia`s sporting and cultural capital, Melbourne host some of the most significant cultural and sporting events in the country. The city is notable for its mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture, Victorian parks, and its multicultural society.
Federation Square, with its distinctive architecture, large digital screen has become one of the city`s main hubs. Many of the city`s parades and rallies are conducted in the main thoroughfares of Swanston Street and Bourke Street. When you`ve had it with the big city you can drive down the Great Ocean Road and admire the breathtaking views.
Recommended Stay:At least 3 nights Must See's: Queen Victoria Market, Federation Square, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Shrine of Remembrance, National Gallery of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens,St. Paul's Cathedral, Eureka Skydeck, Dandenong Ranges, Degraves Street, City Circle Tram, Philip Island, Flinders Street Station, Puffing Billy, Yarra Valley Wineries.
The Northern Beaches refers to a collection of beachside suburbs that stretch over 20km along the coast North of Cairns where many of Cairns citizens reside outside the city proper, drawn by the palm lined slivers of white sand beaches, warm tropical climate, and convenient proximity to Cairns.
Besides the gorgeous beaches, this district offers few distinctive attractions including the Baha'i House of Worship, one of the only seven in the world, Oceanworld Manly where you get really close to sharks, turtles or deadly snakes as well as trying your first dive experience, and Waratah Park, Earth Sanctuary where you can admire Australian animals in a natural mini-ecosystem.
Palm Cove village is a perfect holiday destination, offering a genuine tropical experience for any budget in its central resort Paradise on the Beach. Easily accessible from Cairns airport, it is the ideal gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. The natural landscape is magnificent - the steep Cairns Highlands are the backdrop for the resort, while the Double and Haycock Island resemble the view from the palm tree-fringed beach. Palm Cove is also known for its dining places and the multiple entertaining options, like golf, horse riding or white water rafting.
Perth City is located alongside the peaceful waters of the Swan River, twenty Kilometres inland of the Indian Ocean on the West Coast of Australia. The weather is fantastic and the beaches are clean and uncrowded. Being Australia`s sunniest capital city, Perth enjoys 3000 hours of sunshine a year. No wonder it`s been voted one of the world`s most liveable cities.
Once a quiet fishing town in North Queensland, Port Douglas quickly developed into a tropical paradise, due to its geographical position. The area of Port Douglas offers a wide choice of accommodations, ranging from budget campgrounds to luxury resorts. A must-see destination is the Great Barrier Reef, lying just 13 km off-shore; during your cruise, you may try diving, snorkeling or fishing. The ancient Daintree Rainforest gives you the chance to watch the native wildlife from treetop walkways; also, you should not miss a relaxing day on Four Mile Beach.
Discover history in every corner of this charming old fishing village on Victoria's Great Ocean Road. Wide streets are lined by nineteenth century cottages, great Norfolk pines, old stone churches, boarding houses and inns. Many fine examples of the architecture of the 1800s remain intact, and more than 50 buildings are classified by the National Trust. There`s also a range of boutique, antique, art and craft shops to peruse, local artists to see at work and museums to explore. Or you can relax and enjoy the fine food and wine on offer at one of the many great pubs, cafes and restaurants. Port Fairy is 290 kilometers west of Melbourne. Travel by car via the Princes Highway, or take the scenic route via the Great Ocean Road. Daily rail and coach services are available from Melbourne.
Whether you're after some fun on the beach, high adrenaline in the sand dunes or an afternoon on the water, watching dolphins, you won't want to forget your camera when you visit Port Stephens. Hide away with a book in a secret spot, snap the wildlife at Tilligerry Nature Reserve, take a sunset stroll or get up close and personal with the creatures of the deep. There are plenty of things to do for all ages in Port Stephens.
Robe is situated along the Limestone Coast, of the South East of South Australia. The heritage centre of seafood, wine and coastal delight, Robe is the preferred destination for visitors who enjoy a relaxing coastal retreat that offers fresh local gourmet produce and wine. Robe is located in Australia 340 kms South East of Adelaide, South Australia and 580 kms North West of Melbourne, Victoria.
Sydney is the largest, oldest, most sophisticated city in Australia, and has been named one of the world's most beautiful and livable locations. A treasure trove of history, nature, culture, art, fashion, and cusine, this incredible city encompasses miles of ocean coastline, sandy beaches, and a spectacular harbor that features two of the most iconic structures on the planet, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The entire city is surrounded by nature and national parks, which extend from the harbour's shores, through the suburbs, and on to the Greater Blue Mountains, a world heritage site, at its far west perimeter.
Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights Must See's:
Sydney Harbour, The Opera House, Sydney Tower Eye, Circular Quay, Bondi Beach, Taronga Zoo, The Rocks, Queen Victoria Building, Royal Botanic Gardens, Blue Mountains.
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