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Australia is the only country that has a whole continent to itself. World famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches, deserts, "the bush", and "the Outback", Australia is actually one of the world's most highly urbanised countries. It is also well known for the cosmopolitan attractions of its large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. There is much to see in Australia that you can't see easily in its natural setting anywhere else: Wildlife : Australian flora and fauna is unique to the island continent, the result of having been isolated from the rest of the world for millions of years. Amongst Australian animals are a large group of marsupials (mammals with a pouch) and monotremes (mammals that lay eggs). Just some of the animal icons of Australia are the kangaroo (national symbol) and the koala. A visit to Australia would not be complete without taking the chance to see some of these animals in their natural environment.
Wildlife parks and zoos : Wildlife parks and zoos are in every capital city, but also check out the animal parks if you are passing through smaller towns, like Mildura or Mogo, or staying on Hamilton Island. See the Warrawong Fauna Sanctuary if you are in South Australia, or visit the koalas with best view in the world, at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. In the wild : Kangaroos and wallabies reside in national parks all around the country. You won't see any kangaroos hopping down the street in Central Sydney, but they are abundant not too far from the centre of the nation's capital Wombats and Echidna are also common, but harder to find due to their camouflage and tunnelling.
Koalas are present is forests around Australia, but are very notoriously hard to spot, and walking around looking upwards into the boughs of trees will usually send you sprawling over a tree root. Best seen during the day, there is a thriving and friendly population on Raymond Island near Paynesville in Victoria. You have a good chance on Otway Coast, on the Great Ocean Road, or even in the National Park walk near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.
Landmarks : Australia has many landmarks, famous the world over. From Uluru in the red centre, to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney.
Sports : Sport is an integral part of the Australian culture from the capital cities to country towns. The majority of games are played over the weekend period (from Friday night to Monday night). In winter in Victoria Aussie Rules (Australian Football) is more than just a sport, it is a way of life. Catch a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Australian Open, one of the tennis Grand Slams, is played annually in Melbourne. Or the Medibank International in Sydney Olympic Park in January.
Rugby League is a winter game played mainly in New South Wales and Queensland, with the National Rugby League competition. Teams include Melbourne in Victoria, Brisbane, North Queensland and the Gold Coast in Queensland, a team from New Zealand, with the rest of the teams coming from suburban areas in Sydney, and some in regional areas of New South Wales such as Newcastle and Canberra.
Netball : is Australia's largest female sport, and there are weekly games in an international competition between Australia and New Zealand teams.
Football (Soccer) : is a small event by European standards, but there is a national A-League, which is a fully professional league involving teams from Australia and one from New Zealand, with games played weekly during the summer. Most cities have a semi-professional "state league" played during winter, with most clubs being built around a specific ethnic/migrant community.
Best to Do in Australia :
Swim : in the surf. Australia has seemingly endless sandy beaches. Follow the crowds to the world famous Bondi Beach in Sydney, or Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. The surf is smaller and warmer in the Tropical North, where the reef breaks the swell, and larger and colder in the south with waves rolling in from the Southern Ocean. (And yes, in the middle it is just right). in calm tropical oceans. Cable Beach in Broome is swept pristine daily by the tide, has perfect sand, and warm water - go in winter. in thermal pools. South of Darwin there are many natural thermal pools, surrounded by palms and tropical foliage. The most expensive resort in the world couldn't dream of making a pool this good.
Diving : Snorkelling take a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef on the Queensland coast, or the Ningaloo Reef off the coast of Western Australia. Or take a trip out to Julian rocks off Byron Bay, or just dive in off the beach to see the tropical fish in Bundaberg.
Sports : Golf - Rock Climbing - Mountain Biking. Try the trails in the Snowy Mountains or black mountain in Canberra, or cycle for days along the Munda Biddi Mountain Bike trail in Western Australia.
Ski : Skiing. New South Wales and Victoria have well developed ski facilities. Tasmania can also have skiing for a few months of the year, given the right weather.
Thrill Activities :Sky Diving, all around Australia
Hot Air Ballooning, in Canberra or in the Red Centre.
Gamble : It has been said that if there are two flies crawling up a wall, then you just need to look around to find the Aussie who will be running a book. Casinos. Crown Casino in Melbourne is Australia's largest, nicely located at Southbank, but there are others scattered in every capital city as well as Cairns, Launceston, the Gold Coast and Townsville.
Australia Islands , Cities and Attraction Places :
Lord Howe Island - Two hours flying time from Sydney, with a permanent population, and developed facilities. (Part of New South Wales)
Norfolk Island - Direct flights from the East Coast, and from Auckland. Permanent population, and developed facilities.
Christmas Island - Famous for its red crab migration. Flights from Perth and Kuala Lumpur, developing facilities.
Cocos Islands - Coral atolls, populated, accessible by flights from Perth, with some facilities for travel.
Torres Strait Islands - between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, most islands have some traveller facilities but require permission from the traditional owners to visit. Flights from Cairns.
Ashmore and Cartier Islands - uninhabited with no developed traveller facilities.
Coral Sea Islands - largely uninhabited, with no developed traveller facilities.
Heard Island and McDonald Islands - uninhabited islands over 4000km from the Australian mainland.
Macquarie Island - An Australian Antarctic base, halfway to Antartica. No facilities for travellers.
Canberra - the purpose-built national capital of Australia
Adelaide - the City of Churches, a relaxed South Australian alternative to the big eastern cities
Brisbane - capital of sun-drenched Queensland and gateway to beautiful sandy beaches.
Cairns - gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, Daintree National Park, and many beautiful beaches and resorts. A great place for people to getaway to and relax.
Darwin - Australia's tropical northern capital, at the top of the Northern Territory
Hobart - Picturesque and quiet capital of Tasmania. Site of the second convict settlement in Australia.
Melbourne - Australia's second largest city. Melbourne is a large sporting, shopping and cultural capital. Melbourne is regarded as Australia's most European city in style.
Perth - the most remote continental capital city on earth, on the south-western edge of Western Australia
Sydney - Australia's oldest and largest city, famous for its picturesque harbour. Sydney is the capital of New South Wales
The Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast are the beachside and national park playgrounds, north and south of Brisbane.
The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Queensland, easily accessible from Cairns, and even as far south as 1770
Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), are iconic rock formations located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory.
Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.
The Great Ocean Road is a spectacular coastal drive in Victoria past many scenic icons including the 12 Apostles.
The Blue Mountains is a mountainous region in New South Wales, including The Three Sisters.
Kings Canyon, a mighty chasm reaching a depth of 270 metres in Watarrka National Park, Red Centre.
The amazing Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine.
Australia Flights & Airports : Approximately half of all international travellers arrive first in Australia in Sydney, the largest city . After Sydney, significant numbers of travellers also arrive in Australia in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. There are also direct international services into Adelaide, Cairns, Darwin, the Gold Coast and Christmas Island though these are largely restricted to flights from New Zealand or Southeast Asia. To Sydney it is a 3-hour flight from New Zealand, a 7-11 hour flight from countries in Asia, a 14 hour flight from the west of the United States of America and Canada, a 14 hour flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, a 13-16 hours flight from South America, and up to a 24+ hour flight from western Europe. On account of long journey times from some destinations, some travellers from Europe opt to have a stop-over, commonly in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur.
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