Before you plan for a trip to Australia, take a look at the country on any world map. It might seem a small country tucked away at the bottom of the Southern Hemisphere but be warned, looks can be very deceiving. It will take you a full 6 months if you want to see it all. Australia is the 6th largest country in the world and can easily accommodate all the European Union countries put together. On the other hand, it has one of the lowest population densities with an average of 3.1 people per sq km.
The majority of the population of the country lives along the coast. Hence, if you are not tripping along the East Coast and venture elsewhere, be prepared to drive days on end without meeting a soul. Not for any reason is most of Australia called the great outback.
Here are a few things that you should know about Australia before you pack your bags and jet off.
Hugely diverse landscapes
Being in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reverse to what it is in the Northern Hemisphere countries like the USA or Europe. In May, bring woollens with you. The country saddles multiple climatic zones with rainfall and temperatures varying radically from the tropical north to the temperate south. Summers are hot and very humid while winters are not that cold. In the island of Tasmania though, winters can get very chilly.
Wide range of sightseeing options
There is something for all sections of tourists to Australia. For nature lovers, the famous Great Barrier Reef is a case in point. It’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world with 3,000 coral reefs, 300 coral cays and 600 continental islands. For those passionate about architectural splendours, there is the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. For adventurists, especially four wheel drive enthusiasts, a visit to Fraser Islands is almost mandatory. It is the largest sand island in the world with the Seventy Mile Beach and coloured sandstone cliffs.
For diehard shopping buffs, apart from the usual memorabilia to take back home, do not forget to pick up pink diamond rings which is unique to Australia. Few know that the Argyle Diamond Mine in East Kimberley is the only known major producer of pink and red diamonds accounting for more than 90% of the world’s supply. In Australia, you will get the best that money can buy.
Visit the cities
Australia’s cities are incredibly beautiful and packed with gardens, parks, museums and architectural splendours. In Sydney you have the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge and in Melbourne, the second most populous city in the country you can see the National Gallery of Victoria which is one of the most visited art galleries in the world. In the cities you can soak in the unique culture, cuisine and the warmth of the local population. Indulge yourself in shopping and while at it in Melbourne visit the showroom of Australian Diamond Company for exquisite diamond jewellery collection, among some of the best you will get anywhere in the world.
Visit Australia to go through a once in a lifetime experience!