The iconic Sydney Opera House
rises like a fleet of sailing ships
in the middle of Sydney Harbor.
Australia Travel Fast Facts
Getting there: regular flights from points worldwide to international airports located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
Flight times to Sydney: New York = 20 hours; Los Angeles = 15 hours; London = 22 hours; Hong Kong = 10 hours
What to see: Bondi Beach and Sydney Opera House, Blue Mountains, Great Barrier Reef, Australian wine country, natural wildlife (kangaroos, koala bears) Ayers Rock and the central Australian Outback.
A whole continent
unto itself, Australia is often compared to America for its sheer size (as large as the 48 contiguous US states) and for a similar pioneer spirit that first brought English and Irish settlers
here in the 18th century.
remains a vibrant, expansive and sometimes tempestuous place for
which its citizens are rightly proud.
It's wide open expanses
are what also attracts millions of foreign travelers a year offering
adventure, sheer beauty, unique wildlife, and miles of sunny coastal
natural attractions, Australia also boasts some of the world's
most modern progressive cities, starting from it's unofficial
and it's iconic Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
(Only short day trip from Sydney lies another of Australia's top attractions, the spectacularly rugged Blue Mountains.)
Other numberless attractions also await in four other of Australia's top urban centers including:
tourist attractions await at another famous Australian natural
icon, Ayers Rock and the Australian Outback, followed by the unique and beautiful flora and fauna found on the island of Tasmania.
Australia by season
One of the
largest countries in the southern hemisphere, the seasons in the
land Down Under are directly opposite to that of the US and Europe.
And, while the residents of the northern hemisphere may celebrate the
holidays with snow, an Australian
Christmas is usually spent with a backyard barbecue or a day
at the beach on December 25, the height of summer.
The iconic 2-mile long Ayers Rock
in the Australian Outback.
November - February remains Australia's peak travel season when
Barrier Reef off the northern coast of Queensland annually
attracts some 2 million visitors a year looking to dive or snorkel
around the world's largest living organism.
In season, a taste of Australian wine country is also at the top of must-sees for wine lovers as Aussie wines continue to make a splash on the worldwide wine scene, for local vintages most notably produced in the Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley, and Margaret River wine regions.
• Kangaroo meat is often sold at supermarkets, or served at restaurants. Fans of kangaroo say it is delicious -- if it's not overcooked. And it's virtually fat free.
• Vegemite, an Australian favorite, is made from yeast extract and spread lightly on toast (with butter) for breakfast or a snack.
More about Australia travel & tourist attractions around the Web:
travel guide - Wikitravel - Get familiar with the entire
continent in this sweeping overview including factoids on Australia
weather, time zones, history, top tourist and natural attractions,
travel safety tips, with photos and related resources.
Woop - Also known as Never-Never, with the the Australian
Outback as the subject for a feast of professional photos expertly
served in a virtual tour of the the country's long stretch of
- Get all the drum (information)you need
in the unofficial Aussie phrasebook and you'll be stoked (very
pleased) to learn colorful and off-color turns-of-phrase
in what purports to be English. Go have a Captain Cook