Australia is a very diverse destination and hence is very popular with travelers. The country has an attraction for everyone -whether you enjoy the outback, the natural environment, pristine beaches, wildlife or cultural museums or historical sites. It is, however, crucial that you have at least an idea of what to expect before embarking on your Australian sojourn, and we will highlight some of these for you.
To get to Australia from the United States, it is easiest to fly out of the West Coast. The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) offers daily non-stop flights to main Australian gateways such as Sydney and Melbourne. You will also be able to get direct flights out of Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) to these Australian gateways as well. These flights are some of the longest in the world, so prepare yourself by taking along your Kindle, an intriguing book or some form of entertainment to keep you engaged throughout the flight.
Australia has so much to offer that you might get confused and lose sight of the destinations within the country that you want to visit. Where you choose should be dependent on the type of experiences that you desire.
SydneyOne of the most popular destinations in the country is the capital of New South Wales Sydney. Sydney is one of the most alluring cities anywhere in the world with several attractions of note, including; the world-renowned Sydney Opera House, the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge, the lively Darling Harbor Entertainment Complex and the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Sydney also has several museums for visitors to enjoy ranging from the Museum of Contemporary Art to the Powerhouse Museum. On the outskirts of Sydney is the very popular Blue Mountain National Park with attractions such as the Three Sisters Lookout Point, Wentworth Falls and several trails that provide a panoramic view of the beautiful Jamison Valley. There are many more exciting things to do in the city of Sydney, so you are encouraged to book a trip to this welcoming city, the experience would be one that you would cherish for a lifetime!
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MelbourneThe city of Melbourne is another Australian destination that you must visit. The city is in the South East of Australia and is the capital of the beautiful state of Victoria. One of the main attractions in Melbourne is the awe-inspiring Great Ocean Road. This is a coastal highway which is over 243 kilometers long and is one of the most scenic drives you will take in your lifetime. Some of the attractions not to miss on this iconic road include; The Twelve Apostles, the Loch Ard Gorge and the magnificent Gibson Steps. The Twelve Apostles is a group of limestone stacks tightly bunched together and is a picture-perfect wonder of nature that will surely inspire you! The Great Ocean Road is best enjoyed by taking a day trip along the scenic coastline, five days to a week will give you enough time to explore the wonders and thrills of this region.
The Gold CoastThe Gold Coast on Australia’s east coast offers a variety of options for the discerning traveler. This known for its pristine beaches, surfing spots, stunning themed parks and is home to some of the rarest animal species in the world. The Gold Coast has over 57 kilometers of beautiful coastline, and you can surf anywhere along this unending coastline. However, the Spit and Mermaid Beaches provides some of the most amazing waves for surfing enthusiast. The Gold Coast is also one of the most family-friendly destinations in Australia, boasting several theme parks. Some of which includes; Wet n Wild, Sea World, Dream World, and Warner Bros Movie World. These are all thrilling family attractions that families with children will surely enjoy!
The seasons in Australia are opposite to those of the Northern Hemisphere. So, when it is winter in the United States, it is summer in Australia. The summer months of December to February is a perfect time for the North American traveler to visit Australia to soak up some sun and enjoy the variety of activities and attractions. However, if you are seeking the best prices and deals and fewer crowds, you should visit between September and November or March to May. These months are before and after the busy summer tourist season and prices are sometimes drastically discounted during these months.