So you think you want to travel to the Land Down Under. You know about the sun, beaches, kangaroos and koalas, but not much else.
Well, there is a lot to know about this small continent. Stay tuned, and we'll give you the facts you need to know before you take your tour of Australia.
Australia is one of the largest countries on earth, despite being the smallest and least inhabited continent. 90% of all of Australia's population lives on its coasts. The rest of the land is primarily desert, also known as the Outback. There are over 500 national parks and over 10,000 beaches. If you love the great outdoors, there is more than enough to enjoy here.
Home to some of the most notable landmarks and attractions, Australia has something for everyone: architecture, food, wine, natural wonders, and friendly people. Among the top attractions are:
Sydney Opera House
One of the most famous and recognizable performing art venues in the world, the Sydney Opera House was built over 4 years starting in 1959. Situated on the Sydney Harbor, its iconic roof is made of 1,056,000 Swedish glazed white granite tiles.
The Great Barrier Reef
One of the seven wonders of the world, this World Heritage site is the most massive living structure on the planet. Larger than the Great Wall of China, it is even visible from outer space.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
This massive, architecturally significant bridge opened in 1932. To accommodate the expansion in the metal that comes from the intense heat of the Aussie sun, the bridge was constructed with large hinges. There are walking tours to get to the top of the South Eastern Pylon, but it is only recommended for the fittest of tourists.
Located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the renamed Uluru is a spectacular natural wonder. It is also one of the most photographed places on earth. This towering natural formation is over 550 million years old and is spiritually significant to the Aboriginal people.
When to Travel
Australia is the seasonal opposite of the Northern Hemisphere. Summertime in Australia is from December to February. June through August is winter. There are 8 states and territories with very different climates. Generally, summer is the best time if you want to take advantage of the beaches, although the Northern Territories have highs in the 70s during the winter. Just be sure to pack sunscreen!