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Australia immediately conjures images of the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, big-wave surfing, miles of Outback and a rather strange, and endearing, assortment of animals. While the country’s main cities offer charm, glamour, unique festivals, a well-preserved historical heritage, fabulous beaches and fun events, it’s also a land of immense contrast and captivating nature. The nation offers something for just about everyone – from water lovers, desert wanderers and canyon climbers, to arts and culture buffs, historians, and foodies. The country’s vast size makes it almost impossible to take it all in during a single visit, but you can pick and choose a perfect holiday according to your personal preferences.
TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND
Hire cars are readily available in all major towns. Australians drive on the left and all cars are right hand drive. Having access to your own car has the advantages of being able travel at your own pace, explore remote areas and visit regions with no public transport. However, as the country is so vast, this form of transport can be time consuming.
A faster option would be to make use of the numerous affordable, frequent, fast flights between major centres.
Reliable, frequent long-haul coach services are available countrywide but they are not always cheaper than flying and are time consuming.
Trains in Australia are slow, expensive and infrequent but the scenery is great. Opt for a sleeper carriage rather than an ‘overnighter’ seat.
CLIMATE AND WEATHER
Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of the continent. The northern states typically experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters. Australia is also one of the driest continents on earth with an average annual rainfall of less than 600 millimetres. Like all countries in the southern hemisphere, Australia’s seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.
Food and Drink
Bush tucker’ is food from Australia’s endemic flora and fauna and can be lean and quite delicious; kangaroo meat in particular is growing in popularity since being made legal to trade to eat only in the past two decades. For all the advent of fine dining and exotic menu items, however, the humble barbecue remains for many the quintessential Australian food experience. Various beaches and parks have barbecue stations that can be used by the public. Steak, prawns and beer tend to feature prominently.
Seafood is an integral part of the cuisine scene in all its shelled and scaled forms. Production of organic foods is increasing to meet demand and is these days widely available in the cities and larger towns. There are fine dining restaurants throughout the larger cities, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney, where big-name chefs have helped to give Australian cuisine an international reputation for bright, creative gastronomy. Regional food markets and increasing numbers of food festivals across the states are a great way to sample fresh produce. Look out for things like farmhouse cheese, speciality sausages and local fruits.
The major vineyards (wineries) are outside Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide. The largest single wine-growing region is in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, two hours’ drive from Adelaide, where high-quality red and white wines are produced. Various wineries, breweries and distilleries are open for public visits.
Time To Rediscover The World
Independent tour designed to experience Australia’s highlights
Five Star accommodation, transport and excursions included
This itinerary can be tailored or amended to suit individual preferences and requirements
Coast to Coast Train Journey aboard The Indian Pacific
- Travel from East to West aboard the iconic Indian Pacific Train
- All-inclusive meals and beverages while on-board the train
- 3 nights in both Sydney and Perth with excursions included
Wine and Wildlife Self-Drive
- Experience South Australia’s highlights on this self-drive
- Accomodation, car hire and McLaren Vale excursion included
- This itinerary can be completely tailor-made