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Discover Australia
The fabulous Land of Oz
Australia is the largest country in Oceania

General information

Capital:

Canberra

Population:

25 180 200

Official language:

Australian Engilsh

Currency:

Australian dollar

Territory:

7 692 024 km²

A spot on a map and the largest cities in Australia

Australia is the smallest continent. The mainland is surrounded by water on all sides. The territory of the country is divided into six states: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania. There are also external territories under Australia's jurisdiction which include Christmas Island, Norfolk, Coconut and some other uninhabited islands.

Map Australia

Where to go and what to see

Canberra is the capital of Australia. It doesn't have its own international airport, so many tourists don't even come here. They are pretty much satisfied with Sydney and Melbourne. However, they make a huge mistake, as Canberra is the embodiment of Australia's true spirit. It's a peaceful, measured, green city, where every street is designed in detail. Canberra's main task is to govern the country fairly. That's why there are no toxic industries, no bustling business quarters, and no indefatigable resorts. First of all, it's worth visiting the Parliament Building buried in luxurious gardens, the Australian National Gallery, the Botanical Garden which occupies 50 hectares and displays unique species of plants, the Australian War Memorial and Black Mountain, which offers a great panoramic view of the city.

Sydney is the business center and financial capital of Australia. It seems like the postcards come alive here: the Harbour Bridge floating over the harbor, the petals of the Sydney Opera House, the sparkling wheeled ferries and the beautiful surfers of Bondi Beach. The Rocks district in Sydney literally marks the beginning of a new history in Australia. Here you can eat delicious dinners and simply stroll the streets laid down by the first colonizers; try on the bohemian mood in modern museums and art galleries of the Darling Harbour district; relax from the hustle and bustle of the big city in the Royal Botanic Gardens; watch hilarious sea lions performing in Taronga Zoo and attend an organ concert in St. Mary's Cathedral. 

Melbourne is Australia's cultural and sports center, located on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. It has been recognized as the most comfortable city to live in and deserves this status. Believe us, you don't want to leave a kind, clean, intelligent Melbourne. Here you can admire the mystical glow of thousands of mirror balls during the White Night, bet on the Melbourne Cup Carnival and laugh from the heart at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. You can also check out the colorful graffiti at the Rutledge Lane open-air gallery, drink cocktails at the bars on Chapel Street and support your favorite on Australia's Formula 1 Grand Prix tour. 

Brisbane is the largest city on the east coast. Despite its charm, the state capital of Queensland has a transit function. The local airport hosts many local and international airlines, so tourists usually stay in Brisbane waiting for a flight or spend a day or two before heading to the Gold Coast. But since you are here, do not waste your time in a hotel. Visit the largest koala sanctuary in the world called "Lone Pine", Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Brisbane Riverfront, an old windmill and make a lap on the Ferris wheel in the South Bank Parklands. If you have some extra time, take a day trip to the paradise Fraser Island and the rainforests of Lamington National Park. 

Adelaide is a green oasis of Australia. The city floats in the parks of the Lofty and Montefiore hills, fragrant with the flowers of the Wittunga Botanic Gardens, refreshes with the full-flowing waterfalls of Morialta Conservation Park and spins your head with the best wineries in the country. Here you will find the South Australian Museum, the most visited one in the country. Its unique exhibition reveals the continent's history and culture. It is also worth visiting the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute where you'll learn about Australia's Aboriginal traditions. If you're bored of bohemian life, take a ferry to Kangaroo Island. Here you can spot long-legged marsupials in the wild, as well as New Zealand seals, koalas, and sea lions.

Why should you come to Australia?

The Land of Oz offers many leisure options. If you are looking for lazy beach holiday resorts, welcome to the Golden Coast or the wild beaches of the Fraser, Bruny and Trinity Islands. The Great Barrier Reef is a true Mecca for divers. Here you can admire underwater coral castles, colorful fish, sharks, whales, and huge turtles all year round. The lands of Australia are also full of amazing places. On a safari tour, you can visit the red Macdonnell Ranges, Barramundi Gorge, and hot springs, see blood-thirsty crocodiles in the Crocodylus Park, kangaroos and black-footed wallabies cutting through the desert. And how can you not surf in a country where it is almost a national sport! Here you'll find soft waves on Long Reef Beach for beginners and closed tubes on South Curl-Curl Beach for kamikaze surfing. And for dessert, Australia offers you the snowy slopes of the Great Dividing Range, where you'll find the Thredbo, Perisher Blue, Falls Creek, and Buller ski resorts.

Flora and Fauna of Australia

Australia's flora and fauna have been forming in isolation from other continents for a long period. So the continent is populated by more than 75% of endemic plants and animals. Teddy-like pandas, perky kangaroos, funny platypus and wombats, long-legged emu ostriches, loud cockatoos, Tasmanian devil, and Dingo wild dog — you won't find all these animals on other continents except for zoos. Australia's plant world is also rich in unique species: dense eucalyptus groves, slender bamboo forests, giant curry and jarrah trees, acacia that exhale fragrance along the entire northern coast, screwpine and much, much more.

What should you mind before going to Australia?

  • Australia's airports will meet you with strict customs controls: medications must be prescribed by a doctor, cigarettes must not exceed 50 pieces per passenger, and under no circumstances should you bring food with you. Animals and plants (yes, even a small piece of coral) are not allowed to leave Australia.
  • It's easy to get heatstroke in Australia. So don't forget about hats, sunglasses, and cream with high SPF levels.
  • Don't forget to put an adapter in your suitcase: Australia uses Type I receptacles for plugs with three flat pins.
  • Smoking in public places is strictly prohibited but you can bring your alcoholic beverages to almost all cafes and restaurants.
  • Choose a beach for swimming responsibly. You can easily encounter a shark and crocodiles on a wild coast. On land, tourists are also in danger. So, it is better not to tease kangaroos, Dingo dogs, and duckbills. Walk on the grass only in shoes to protect your foot from an accidental sting of a scorpion, spider or centipede.
  • Sale of alcoholic drinks is limited in time: you can get ready for a party from Monday to Saturday from 17:00 to 00:00.
  • Australians are very passionate about their continent. This means that any resident will report you to the appropriate authorities if you throw garbage past the bin, smoke in an inappropriate place, harm an animal or do any other illegal activity.

The best time to come to Australia

You should choose the date of your trip to Australia based on your goals. You can admire the Great Barrier Reef at any time of year with the exception that there are plenty of jellyfishes between October and May. The best time to visit Tasmania is from December to February when all the national parks are open. Southwest is waiting for you from September to May when the weather is as dry and warm as possible. You should better stay away from Central Australia during this period when temperatures rise to +40°C even in the shade. It's better to head to the tropics, in the north of the continent from May to September, when there's minimal rainfall. But Sydney is a year-round destination, with dry, non-windy weather and average temperatures of +20 - +23 °C.

Hotels in Australia

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Arise Brisbane Skytower
from 56 $
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Sunbird Beach Resort
from 68 $
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Pacific Towers Beach Resort
from 99 $
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Imagine Drift Palm Cove
from 64 $
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Poplar Box Hill Apartment
from 49 $
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Stamford Plaza Brisbane
from 109 $
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Central Brunswick Apartment Hotel
from 62 $
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Hyatt Regency Sydney
from 116 $
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Silvershore Apartments on the Broadwater
from 76 $
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Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
from 162 $
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Noosa Tropicana
from 118 $
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Stamford Plaza Melbourne
from 111 $

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