Posted on Feb 20th, 2012 in Travel
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For many people around the world, a trip to Australia is the ultimate travel dream. If you’re planning a holiday down under, you’re most likely busy booking airfares, getting your travel insurance in order and dreaming about the view from your luxury Surfer’s Paradise accommodation or tropical Whitsundays villa! Because Australia is so far away from…well…just about everywhere else, you’re going to want to make the most of your time there. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a guide to squeezing every last drop of enjoyment out of the experience.
- When it comes to visiting Australia, the first things people think of are the beaches and the areas of secluded bushland. While Australia is certainly rich in natural beauty, its cities should not be ruled out as tourist destinations as they offer a unique insight into the culture and history of the country.
- Sydney is great for exploring in the sunshine, and its location on one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world makes it pretty easy on the eyes.
- Melbourne is a fashion and cultural hub, so if you’re looking for some chic threads, a great meal or a feel for the Australian arts scene, you really can’t miss this southern gem.
Australian Indigenous History
- While Australia’s colonial history might only stretch back a few hundred years, its Indigenous history is one of the most ancient on earth.
- Exploring Australia’s indigenous history and culture offers an insight into the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, the past and existing tensions, the moves towards reconciliation and the rich spiritual connection the people have with their land.
- The best places to fully immerse in Indigenous Australian history are those that have sacred meaning to the people. There are hundreds of different Indigenous nations within the country, all of which have different languages, cultures and kinship traditions, so exploring the stories of these people will give you a fuller picture of the country and its identity.
- Australian beaches are legendary throughout the world. There are literally thousands of beaches in Australia, many of which provide some of the best surf in the entire world.
- Make sure you book out a fair chunk of time to simply enjoy the nation’s beaches. The Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Bondi Beach are all must-see places.
- The Great Ocean Road is a spectacular piece of coastline which meanders along the cliffs from Melbourne to Adelaide. A highly recommended road trip.
The Australian Bush
- Australia’s forests and outback are another tourist selling point, and it’s essential to visit the more rugged, rural areas to get an idea of the vastness of the Aussie bush.
- If you want a taste of the bush without venturing too far out, head to the Blue Mountains, just a few hours outside of Sydney.
- A Blue Mountains tour will not only take in the beautiful sites of the region, but also fill you in on both the Indigenous and Colonial history of the area.
Australia is a land full of natural and man-made beauty. Make sure you embrace the experience and get as much out of your holiday down under as possible.