Know Your Destination

Australia caters to all travel styles, from jet-setting sophisticates, to honeymooning newlyweds, to families on fun-filled vacations, to friends on adrenaline-jazzed outdoor adventures. Its most iconic attractions range from the instantly recognizable Sydney Opera House – the height of urban sophistication – to the sacred Ayers Rock, mighty symbol of the Outback.

Here, There & Everywhere
The rugged Red Centre landscape. Thousands of miles of beaches. The stupendous Great Barrier Reef. Kangaroos and koala bears. Magnificent wine regions. Subtropical rainforests. Sprawling deserts.┬áThat’s a ton of attractions, but still only a fraction of what makes Australia one of the world’s most desirable vacation destinations.

The Regions
Visit New South Wales for its pristine beaches, breathtaking natural treasures, and one of the world’s most famous and vibrant cities. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take the ferry past the Opera House to Manly. Join a day tour of Hunter Valley vineyards or the romantic Blue Mountains.

In Queensland, sun yourself on the golden sands of Surfers Paradise, and snorkel amid the technicolour treasures of the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the Daintree Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide, and board a catamaran to the unspoiled Whitsunday Islands.

Drive Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, hop onto Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant for a rolling 5-course dinner, and catch exciting Australian Rules Football action at Etihad Stadium. Stroll Hobart’s cobblestone waterfront in Tasmania, and hike the spectacular Maria Island Walk.

Fly to the Northern Territory and catch the eye-popping sunset colours blanketing Ayers Rock. Hike the rim of the wondrous Kings Canyon. Savor exotic flavours at Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Market.

In South Australia, sip your way through the many Barossa Valley wineries outside Adelaide, and immerse yourself in the Old World vibe of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Dip your toes into the white-sand beaches of Perth, capital of Western Australia, and tee off on the world’s longest golf course – 850 mile-long Nullarbor Links.

Dine Your Way Across Australia
In the big cities and off the beaten path, to indulge in Australia’s tastiest cuisines and foodie experiences:

– Chomp into a sandwich of toasted bread lathered with Vegemite, a savoury spread and, without doubt, the most famous authentic Australian food product.
– Sit down for some low-fat, high protein kangaroo meat, fresh off the barbecue grill.
– Don’t forget to sample Aussie meat pies, “bus tucker,” potato cakes, cheeses from King Island Dairy…
– Australian equation: Sponge cake + chocolate + coconut = Lamingtons, the dessert of choice for millions of Aussies!
– And hit the road for a tour of wineries, and sip some Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz from the celebrated wineries of the Hunter and Yarra Valleys.

Source: Australia & the South Pacific, Worldwide Traveler