Australia immediately conjures images of the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, big-wave surfing, miles of Outback and a rather strange – and endearing – assortment of animals. While the country’s main cities offer charm, glamour, unique festivals, well-preserved history and heritage, fabulous beaches and fun events, it’s also a land of immense contrast and captivating nature. The nation offers something for just about everyone –from water lovers, desert wanderers and canyon climbers, to arts and culture buffs, historians, and foodies. The country’s vast size makes it almost impossible to take in everything in a single visit, but you can pick and choose a perfect holiday according to your personal preferences.
New South Wales (NSW) lies in southeastern Australia and is home to Australia’s capital, Sydney, with its glamorous harbour, museums, galleries and restaurants. The city is also famed for its iconic Opera House and popular east coastal strip of golden beaches.
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The Northern Territory of Australia is known for its stark natural beauty, desert stretches, wetlands, rocky gorges and raging rivers fed by monsoon rains. In addition to the lure of its stunning scenery, tourists travel here to visit sacred Aboriginal sites and enjoy an array of adventure activities.
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This northeastern state incorporates 7000km of coastline, the Great Barrier Reef and its teeming tropical waters (perfect for underwater sightseeing), sophisticated and vibrant cities of the likes of Brisbane and Cairns, rainforests, the surfing beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and dazzling landscapes.
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Victoria is also one of the country’s most diverse regions, with its attractions ranging from spectacular beaches and quaint seaside towns, to the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne – the state capital, and Australia’s unofficial cultural capital.
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Hailed for its wine and seafood, long summers, rugged Outback and spectacular coastline, South Australia offers one unique experience after another. There’s plenty of swimming, fishing, boating and surfing to be had along the coast, with happy interruptions to your fun in the sun.
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Perth is Western Australia’s star attraction. Hailed as the country’s ‘sunniest’ capital – and blessed by the lapping waters of the Swan River as well as miles of coastline – it attracts foodies, fashionistas and fun lovers alike. Visit Kings Park and Botanic Garden; the city’s splendid cultural precinct where you’ll find art galleries, the Western Australian Museum, and the State Ballet and Opera; head down to the beach to swim with dolphins; saunter down the King Street precinct for a taste of Gucci, Louis Vuitton and company; and if you’re into anything vintage, visit Guildford for some retro retail therapy.