Bronzed Aussies, kangaroos, koala bears, Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef, the wines of Barossa Valley, the beauty of Fraser Island, Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and Outback pubs, friendly locals, sizzling barbecues and dangerous creatures are some of Australia's trademarks. The only country to also be a continent, Australia's biggest attraction is its vast natural beauty and its diverse population. To get under the skin of Australia, read, 'Songlines', by Bruce Chatwin, watch, 'The Castle' and listen to 'Pub With No Beer' by Slim Dusty.
Best time to visit: Different parts of Australia, all year round. The average temperature in Australia is 12.9°C. The highest monthly average temperature is 28°C in January, while the lowest monthly average temperature is 0°C in July.
Australian cuisine has come a long way from the bland food of the settlers to a rich and diverse cuisine incorporated from several cultures. Seafood, meat and poultry are popular, while Australian pigeon is rated the best, world-over. The only crop that remains native to Australia is the Macademia nut, and except for Aborigine food, the cuisine is similar to that all over the Western world.
Australian wine, a didgeridoo, Vegemite, Aboriginal paintings, a boomerang, nougat, opals, koala, wombat and kangaroo miniatures, abalone, Merino wool, UGG boots, sapphires.
The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.
With these unbeatable airfares, don’t let anything stop you from heading to Australia for the most unique holiday yet. Choose from Scoot, Qantas, Air India, Air Asia, Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways.
You may have heard Australia is a big country, but did you know, despite its size, it's easy to get around?
Flying is the best way to cover Australia’s large distances in a short time. Australia’s domestic airlines – including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tiger Airways and Rex – serve all state and many regional cities. Book in advance for some great value fares.
Coach and bus travel in Australia is comfortable, efficient and reasonably priced. Long-distance coaches generally have air conditioning, reading lights, adjustable seats and free wifi.
Australia has a vast network of well-maintained roads and some of the most beautiful in the world. Follow Victoria’s as it hugs our spectacular southeast coastline or experience Australia in an epic drive across the desert. You’ll find car rental companies at major airports and central city locations; so hire a car, 4WD, caravan or motorbike and hit the highway.
Train travel is a convenient, affordable and scenic way to explore Australia.
There are also spectacular rail journeys such as The Ghan and Indian Pacific, which sweep across the continent, offering comfort and a sense of nostalgic romance. The Indian Pacific travels between Sydney and Perth, stopping at Broken Hill, Adelaide and Kalgoorlie; the legendary travels between Adelaide and Darwin, taking in Australia’s Red Centre and the tropical Top End.
The Spirit of Tasmania operates a nightly passenger and vehicle ferry service between Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, and Devonport in Tasmania with extra services during peak periods. Ferries connect Cape Jervis in South Australia (approximately 108km / 67 miles south of Adelaide) several times a day. There are also ferry services in our capital cities, connecting suburbs around Sydney Harbour, on the Swan River in Perth and on the Brisbane River.
Australia's customs laws prevent you from bringing drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms and protected wildlife into Australia. Some common items such as fresh or packaged food, fruit, eggs, meat, plants, seeds, skins and feathers are also prohibited.
Goods that you declare will be inspected by a biosecurity officer, who will assess the level of risk associated with the goods. In most cases, goods are low risk and will be returned to you after the inspection. However, if a biosecurity officer deems the goods to have some risk you can pay for the goods to be treated, pay to export the goods, or voluntarily dispose of the goods.
Hotels and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill, and tipping is always your choice. In up market restaurants, it is common to tip waiters 10 per cent of the bill for good service.
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