Australia is the 6th largest country in the world. It is the driest inhabited country and much of the interior of the island is desert. Tourism still flourishes in the land down under and there is so much to see, and so many activities to do in this diverse country. Find out more information about Australia and four of its many tourist destinations in this article.
Australia's Red Centre is a stunning place to visit. Most people will have heard of Uluru and will probably know the cultural significance that the place holds for the Aborigines. However, there is more to the interior of Australia. It is worthwhile to visit the famous outback town of Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Watarrka National Park, Finke Gorge and the MacDonnell Ranges. See the distinctive orangey-red sand characteristic of the Red Centre and marvel at the surprising amounts of vegetation and wildlife in this arid place.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is a natural coral reef, so large that it can be seen from outer space. At 2,000 km long, there is plenty to see and do. Visit the Whitsunday Islands and walk on the cool white sand of Whitehaven beach, snorkel amongst the coral reefs, or take in the marine life in a glass bottom boat. You can learn to sail with fully qualified staff. Bushwalk and camp in Daintree rainforest, or take to the air in a scenic helicopter flight or hot air balloon and view it from above.
The world's largest sand island Fraser Island lies just off the coast of Queensland. It is only accessible via four wheel drive as the tracks around the island are nothing but sand, but it is an amazing place to visit. Take a guided tour or drive yourself, but be sure to take in Eli Creek, the coloured sands of the Pinnacles, and the S.S. Maheno shipwreck. Stay at an eco-friendly resort or just pitch your tent under the stars and enjoy spotting the multitude of wildlife on the island.
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is a route along Victoria's south coast between Geelong and Portland taking in the dramatic and rugged coastline. If you don't want to drive, consider taking the Great Ocean Walk, 91 km along the same coastline. The Twelve Apostles, a stunning range of limestone stacks standing in the Southern Ocean, are probably one of the best known landmarks along this stretch of coast. There are also surf beaches, places for whale spotting and historic ports and just off the coast there are rainforests, rivers, waterfalls and wildlife everywhere.