Australia - The Land Down Under
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The Land Down Under is a nature-lovers' paradise, with incredible blue skies, vast desert areas, and stunning coastlines. Australia is known as an outdoor nation of beaches, sports, and surfing, but its main attraction may very well be its informal friendly and fun-loving people, who are always ready for a beer and barbecue!
Where to go
In Sydney, pose for photos in front of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge, and eat fresh seafood at the Fish Market. Take a daytrip to the Blue Mountains on the thrilling Katoomba Skyway. Cheap flights to Sydney.
Brisbane has casinos, golf courses, and the beaches of the Gold Coast. People-watch at Surfers' Paradise, and take your children to theme parks like Warner Bros Movie World and Wet'n'Wild. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, with its enchanting corals and marine life. Cheap flights to Brisbane.
Take a tram around the sophisticated city of Melbourne. Great shopping can be found in Bourke and Collins streets, and excellent restaurants on the banks of the Yarra River. For a beautiful roadtrip, drive along the Twelve Apostles and other coastal sights of the Great Ocean Road. Cheap flights to Melbourne.
The vast Australian Outback offers a landscape of rocks and desert. Visit Alice Springs, the tranquil glens of MacDonnell Range, and enormous Uluru (Ayers Rock), which glows red at sunrise and sunset. Cheap flights to Alice Springs.
In Western Australia, relax in laid-back Perth, and view the spring wild flowers at Kalbarri National Park. Drive out and sample the estate-grown wines of Margaret River. Cheap flights to Perth.
Southern Australia has picturesque farming villages in Adelaide Hills, and the impressive scenery of Flinders Ranges, Mount Gambier's Blue Lake, and the stark Nullarbor cliffs. Cheap flights to Adelaide.
Undiscovered by most tourists, remote Tasmania brings you to Cradle Mountain, glacial lakes, and the historic site of Port Arthur.
Australia is a country of vast distances. If you're traveling to major urban centres, flying is the fastest way of getting around. Price wars between airlines have made flights competitive, with discounts during holiday seasons.
For a slower pace, try a road trip. Good expressways link all capital cities, and cars can be rented for a range of prices. If driving on the dirt roads in the Outback, always carry spare tires and extra fuel. Long-distance buses are of uniformly high standards, and offer discount passes for extensive travel.
Trains connect the cities of the south and east coasts. For scenic rail journeys, take the overnight Overland between Melbourne and Adelaide, or the three-night Indian-Pacific run linking Sydney and Perth.
Within cities, public transport includes subways, monorails and buses. Or take taxis, which are priced at similar rates to those in Singapore.
Do's and Don'ts
Do make sure you wear sun protection of at least SPF 25, to avoid sunburn when outdoors.
Unless it's higher-end dining, do bring your own beer to a restaurant. This practice is called BYOG, or "bring your own grog", which makes drinking cheaper (though you might have to pay a corkage fee).
Do greet Australians with a smile and a handshake. Maintain personal space and keep an eye contact, and say “G’day, mate!”
Don't be late if invited to dinner, and don't put your elbows on the table when eating.
Did you know…?
Wine has a 200 year-old history in Australia. In 1788, ships brought grape vines from South Africa and convicts from Britain to start a new industry. Wine cultivation expanded rapidly, and Australia is now the world's fourth largest exporter of wine. The average Australian consumes approximately 30 litres per year.
Aboriginal art is the oldest ongoing artistic tradition known to mankind. The first art forms were paintings on rock, with the earliest dated about 50,000 years ago. Aboriginal art records important stories that have been handed down virtually unchanged, allowing tribes to pass on knowledge about their country and culture.
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