Australia, the land down under, is famous for many things. From kangaroos to aborigines, beach BBQs to the Great Barrier Reef and of course unforgettable weather, for many people in the UK, Australia is a must visit destination that’s more popular than ever.
Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia has the world’s 13th largest economy and consistently ranks highly on indices such as quality of life, health care and life expectancy. Split into 6 states and 2 territories, each one has different characteristics that set it apart from the rest. From urban centres to miles of remote outback bush land and some of the most pristine beaches in the world, it’s no surprise to find that many people who go on holiday there simply fall in love with the country and don’t want to go home.
The climate of Australia varies all over the country which explains why so many different species of plants and animals are found there. Ranging from temperate- or typically European- in the south east to tropical in the north, central Australia is generally arid desert and the south west corner even has a climate similar to the Mediterranean. Preparing for all eventualities is the best advice if you plan to travel around the country, so take sun cream and a rain coat!
Australia is one of the best tourist destinations on the planet, as there’s so much to see and do. In terms of culture and ecology there’s nowhere as diverse and exciting on the planet. Whether you’re visiting famous cities like Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide, scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, trekking in the outback, seeing all the weird and wonderful animals at Australia Zoo or watching a multitude of sports events ranging from Formula 1 to cricket, Australia has it all. Everyone knows about the famous landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Ayer’s Rock (Uluru), Bondi Beach, and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, but Australia offers so much more and if you venture off the tourist trail, you’ll make some amazing discoveries.
Contrary to popular belief, visiting Australia doesn’t cost a fortune. The main expense will be on plane tickets, but as prices fluctuate regularly, it’s more than possible to book cheap flights and travel for next to nothing. Of course you can spend as much or as little on things like accommodation, food and leisure as you like, and every city in Australia caters for people looking for the highest quality luxury hotels or cheapest hostels around. The multicultural and international nature of the country means everyone is welcome and are certain to have a good time.
Whether you’re looking to have a relaxing holiday at the beach, are keen to experience the hustle and bustle of big cities or are itching for some excitement on a gap year, Australia is certainly the place to go. From lounging on a sun bed to dominating the surf, helping out with ecological conservation or even teaching at a school, you’ll soon see why Australia is known as the ‘world of wonder’!
So if you’re looking for low cost holidays and want to go somewhere that’s totally different, make Australia your first choice. While getting there might be laborious, once you’re out and about you’ll soon fall in love with the country and everything it offers. For diversity, freedom and a whole lot of fun, the land down under ticks all the boxes!