When you hear, that Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city and Australians have been voted the friendliest people on earth, you must be tempted to experience this incredible country for yourself. Nowhere else will you find such diverse and astounding landscapes, brilliant hot sunshine and some of the best beaches on the planet. Here are 10 reasons to visit down under:
#1 Natural Beauty
Australia is home to some natural wonders that have to be seen with your own eyes. The Great Barrier Reef is just one of these wonders and is the largest single thing on earth made by living organisms. The world’s biggest coral reef is a must for all divers as you witness the huge amount of life that depends on it for survival. The marine life here is truly staggering.
A visit to Uluru (Ayers Rock) is another bucket list natural wonder. This colossal rock began forming 550 million years ago and is sacred to the Aboriginal peoples. Once you see it, you’ll understand why as it radiates something magical.
#2 The Great Outdoors
Australia is home to 500 National Parks and the Godwana Rainforests are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll be amazed to discover that this area holds the largest expanse of subtropical rainforest on earth. Some of the most ancient plant life can be seen here and rainforests are found right across the country.
#3 Mountains and Outdoor Pursuits
If you’re an action adventure traveler then head to Australia’s highest peak at Mount Kosciuszko. There are many others to conquer too, including the Glass House Mountains of Queensland or hop over to Tasmania to explore Cradle Mountain for spectacular views and a challenge to remember.
#4 Unique Wildlife
Just one of the great things about visiting down under is the chance to see truly unique indigenous animals. In the numerous reserves and zoos, you’ll spot kangaroos and wallabies roaming wild and see koalas snoozing in the eucalyptus trees along the side of the roads. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a trip to Rottnest Island and meet the Quokka, the happiest animals on earth!
#5 Best Beaches
With 11,000 to choose from, you won’t be short on options when it comes to visiting some of the best beaches in the world. Whether you want sunbathing bliss or water sport fun, the world-famous Bondi Beach in Sydney is a must. For the whitest sand on the planet, head to Whitehaven Beach, where you’ll find it’s also the softest sand you’ll ever experience. Head to the Gold Coast for surfing and water activities or try a camel ride at Cable Beach in Broome!
#6 Vibrant Cities
Most Aussies live in the cities which makes them lively and cosmopolitan with a great ambience. They offer a classy combination of beach life, charming European culture and great nightlife. In Sydney, you’ll find parks, dining, entertainment, great surfing and a sunset in the harbour to die for! The Aussie lifestyle is laidback, warm and down-to-earth which is reflected in their fantastic city vibes.
#7 Eat, Drink and Be Merry!
World class wine has been made in Australia since 1788 so for wine lovers and foodies, there are many trails across the country directing you to the very best cuisine and wineries. You’ll find regions producing Shiraz, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon along with fresh local produce and gorgeous countryside landscapes.
#8 Sports Crazy
If you love Sports then you’ll feel right at home down under as it runs in their veins! Whether it be cricket, football, rugby, horse racing or tennis – they love talking about it and playing it. Particularly popular is Australian Rules Football where game attendance is high. Why not head to a game and experience one of Australia’s favorite sports?
#9 It’s Easy
Transportation is amazing in Oz with low cost domestic flights and many bus routes. The food is very similar but if you’re looking for multicultural, you’ll find it with ease. The locals are famed for being super friendly and the country is safe, clean and you won’t need any special vaccinations.
#10 Tons of Culture and Heritage
There’s more to Australia than surfing, although no one could blame you for staying on the beach. Whether it’s an evening out at the iconic Sydney Opera House or a visit to one of its 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Visit ancient Aboriginal sites, see fossils from millions of years ago or experience one of the country’s many music festivals – down under, the opportunities are endless!