Australia: The Land of Adventures

australia All that you need for a perfect holiday can be found on this Island which is an isolated continent and is surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef. Australia is touted to be of the most adventurous places on earth and has just about everything that would make you say “Yes! I’m coming here next time too”.

Spectacular beaches bordering rugged volcanic mountains, lush rain forests housing some of the rarest species of vegetation and wildlife in the world, raging rivers, and tropical islets surrounding the main land will provide you with a never ending list of activities. There is so much to do and so little time that you wish you could have stayed longer.

A number of airports are scattered across the entire continent and cater to local and international flights. Some of the more important airports include: Sydney Airport, Melbourne Airport, Brisbane Airport, Perth Airport and Cairns Airport. Cruise ships are also common and many travelers disembark in Australia, fall in love with the city, stay back and fly back home.

Regular buses, trains and taxis transport visitors from the airport to the city center and the surrounding regions. Trams are a common sighting in most of the cities while ferries are used to carry passengers from the mainland to other islands and vice versa. Walking is an alternate option and the streets are paved to make it easier for walkers.

Generally offering a climate that is opposite to the Northern Hemisphere, Australia is for the most part, hot and sundry in the north and wintry in the south. The sun can be quite harsh so bring along ample amount of sunscreen, a few sun hats and sunglasses.

If you are the aspiring archaeologist, then these places are a must visit. The town of Kimberly offers one of the most ancient forms of human life with figures painted into rocks, and mystical peninsulas. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park presents a huge red rock in the center of Australia which is said to have formed by ancestral spirits. Trek through the oldest rain forest in the world, The Daintree with its tribal inhabitants. Kayaking through the waterways of Coorong with a tribal guide will give you an insight of ancient medicines and practices. Visit the land of the Aborigines in Gippsland, where you get to see descendants of the Aborigines at work. Walk by the harbor or cruise through to learn about the significant landmarks in Sydney as well as Aboriginal rock carvings in some of the early settlements.

In case you need to go sight seeing, the Flinders Ranges provide scenic views from a aerial tour. Once called the Silver city, Broken Hill is a must visit and contains sweeping deserts and oasises. Paritipate in some bird watching activites, walk by Living desert Sculptures or take a radio lesson in the School of the Air which happens to be the largest virtual classroom in the world. Race the locals on horses, go for a bull ride, and explore the caverns of the pink diamond city, Kununurra.

The glamorous cities of Australia are little wonders themselves and provide a host of facilities and resources for the eager visitor. While Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Darwin, and Hobart are known for their cultural extravagance, the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Cairns and  Queensland are more cosmopolitan in nature.

For the lovers of the beach and the underwater world, Australia offers some of the best beaches and diving locations in the world. Surfing in Byron Bay, sailing in the waters of the Whitsundays, swimming with dolphins and seals in the Mornington Peninsula, sea kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling in the waters of Wineglass bay, there is no end to the places to visit and the things to do in Australia.

And if you want everything in one place, visit the Gold Coast in Queensland, a region which is aptly called the “Coast with the Most”, as you will find everything from beaches, rainforests and theme parks to shops and exciting night life here.

If you crave for adventure, then these are the places you need to go to in order to have a blast. The Ningaloo reef is home to the whale shark, and you can swim with these magnificent creatures along with dolphins, sting rays and other fishes.

Visit the National Parks of Kakadu and Tasmania and hike through these rain forests to visit a side of nature unknown to mankind.

Treks through the rugged Blue Mountains will make your adrenaline rush and the Kangaroo and Philips Islands will bring you face to face with seals, penguins, koalas and bandicoots among other animals in the numerous coves and swamps.

Not to be missed, the Great Barrier Reef stretches for 2,600 km and is a world phenomenon. This underwater paradise of corals, reef and marine life can be accessed from the cities of Cairns, Whitsundays, Gladstone and Townsville.

At the end of the day, if you feel the sun is getting to you; head over to the Australian Alps to drown in some snow activities. Ski down steep slopes or hike to the peak of Mount Kosciuszko. Enjoy the activities of cycling, driving, rafting, caving, horse riding and white water rafting, that the mountain range offers.

Wow! Now that’s what you call an active holiday. What more could you ask for? Take a trip to this Adventure land and kick start your holiday with some of the best adventures you could ever have in your life.

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