So, you are thinking about taking an Australian vacation or holiday?
Australia is a fantastic country offering something for everyone. It has plenty of sunshine, amazing beaches, an outback landscape that is stunning and of course some great cities and the Great Barrier Reef.
Australian holidays can be anything you want them to be. But make sure you do some careful planning. Don’t underestimate the size of Australia which makes getting around difficult if you rely solely on a car or campervan. You will need to combine it with some air travel.
Take some advice from a local who has been there, seen it and done it! Plan your trip in sync with the Australian Weather. The good news is that it doesn’t matter when you travel, there is always somewhere in Australia that is hot (or cold!)
If you like the sunshine, then most of Australia is hot from October to March. For most Australian destinations, this is the best time to visit.
The top end of Australia (anything north of and including Cairns and Broome) has two seasons – the wet and the dry. The dry season is the time when you want to go. It’s just not a good idea to go in the wet as roads and attractions are often closed due to flooding. There is one exception to this though. You shouldn’t be put off going to the Great Barrier Reef. It might rain a bit on your way out to the reef and the boat trip could be a bit rocky but its definitely worth it.
If the usual tourist trail of the East coast isn’t really floating your boat, then head to the top end of Australia. Here you can experience some fantastic outback adventures and appreciate the stunning scenery and bird life in the nearby national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield. This area is steeped in traditional aboriginal culture -a must see area if you want to get to know the aboriginal Australia.
Australia holidays need at least 3 weeks to be enjoyed. Anything shorter will feel very rushed. Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones and have a few months to explore Australia. If so, Australia has heaps to on offer.
However long you have, try to incorporate an outback experience, at least one city and some beach/coast. That way, you will get a real feel for what Australia is all about.
I personally recommend the following places, especially if this is your first time here. Yes, some of them are very touristy but you can’t come to Oz and not do them.
Sydney – There’s more to it than the bridge and opera house but they are particularly stunning and deserve a visit.
Melbourne – a total contrast to Sydney with its great shopping and tiny lanes to explore.
Ayers Rock – a truly memorable aboriginal experience – even spiritual!
Kangaroo Island – the place to see animals in their natural environment
Jervis Bay – Amazing beaches. You’ll think you are in paradise.
The Barrier Reef – Come and see the fishes and maybe even learn to dive.
Come on – what are you waiting for!
The author Jennifer Schellington has nearly 5 years experience of travel around Australia. http://www.realaustraliatravel.com offers essential advice about travel around Australia as well as great places to visit, including hidden gems that only the aussie’s know about. Click here for more information on Australian Holidays.
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