Famous for its laid-back lifestyle and sun-drenched beaches, Australia lives up to its reputation as the Lucky Country. Visitors from far and wide flock to bask on the golden sandy beaches, discover cosmopolitan cities and marvel at unique wildlife.
Things to do in Australia
Australia’s capital of culture, Melbourne is awash with art, music and food. Check out the latest exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, catch a live band in Fitzroy and eat your way through the renowned, chef-driven restaurants. The city also serves some of the best coffee in Australia.
If you’re dreaming of sugar-white sand and jewel-toned water, you’ll love the beaches strung along the Australian coast. In Western Australia, take a dip at picture-perfect Cottesloe, surf world-class waves in Margaret River or find your own slice of paradise on Rottnest Island. Don’t forget to snap a quokka selfie while you’re there.
For wine lovers, Australia produces full-bodied Shiraz, crisp Chardonnay and complex Cabernet Sauvignon. Work your way through some of the most famous viticultural regions, including the Barossa Valley in South Australia, the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and the Yarra Valley in Victoria.
Home to one of the oldest indigenous populations in the world, Australia has a rich history dating back more than 70,000 years. Whether you’re admiring Aboriginal art at the MONA museum in Tasmania or discovering ancient rock paintings at Uluru, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about Australia’s ancient story.
Got an appetite for adventure? Australia delivers with awe-inspiring landscapes just waiting to be discovered. Think off-road expeditions in Kakadu National Park, beach camping on Fraser Island and snorkelling with tropical fish on the Great Barrier Reef.
Getting around Australia
Sydney Airport is the largest travel hub in Australia and offers excellent international connections, though you’ll also find airports in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Car rentals are a popular way to get around, while all major cities offer easy-to-navigate public transport systems. There’s also the option of taxis and rideshare services and long-distance trains such as the Indian Pacific and The Ghan travel between states.