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Spotlight on Australia

Tucked away down under lies a land of stunning natural wonders; Australia intrigues us with its many unique features and outback adventures. Once a faraway place, today it’s easy to get to for a thrilling vacation packed with inspiration and rejuvenation!

Australia’s cities will amaze you with the variety of things to see and do. Sydney’s central harbor with the iconic bridge and Opera House is a great place to start. Wander the historic Rocks district and lively Circular Quay while enjoying views of both landmarks. Feeling like a thrill? Try the Sydney Bridge Climb to get your adrenalin pumping!

Get out of town to places where outback adventures abound – mingling with the unique wildlife while "going bush" on Kangaroo Island, hiking at magical Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and exploring the rainforests of Queensland are spellbinding eco-activities.

These adventures are easily combined with intriguing cultural experiences to learn about Australia’s aboriginal people, the oldest living culture on the planet. Hearing stories of the "Dreamtime" around a fire in the remote outback is an adventure you won’t want to miss!

The Great Barrier Reef is the top attraction. Discover the marvels of the world’s largest coral reef by taking a jet boat to one of the activity platforms. Imagine seeing the magnificent, colorful world from an underwater observatory or by scuba diving and snorkeling. You can also experience the reef at many of the spectacular tropical islands dotted along the Queensland coast.

Sydney, the Red Centre and Queensland for the Great Barrier Reef is the standard route to see the top highlights of Australia but there’s much more to see beyond this popular package. Don’t miss what the other states have to offer because this entire country has plenty of exciting surprises and natural wonders for visitors to enjoy.

  • Melbourne is a sporting, artistic and culinary center well worth spending time in.
  • Be sure to head out to the Victoria’s celebrated Great Ocean Road and the remarkable Twelve Apostles, a natural limestone formation along the coast that will take your breath away.
  • Western Australia’s coastlines are spectacular and easily accessible for surfing, beach combing and coastal hiking while the goldfields and Kimberley outback add to the state’s diversity.
  • The island of Tasmania is the Natural State with 19 National Parks and 823 reserves, another great place for hiking and eco adventures.

And of course there are the world class wineries! The best know include Margaret River (Western Australia), Barossa Valley and McLaren Vales (South Australia), Hunter Valley (New South Wales) and Yarra Valley (Victoria) but there are more than 60 designated wine regions across the country producing outstanding whites, reds and sparkling wines. Each winery is distinctive with its own style and inviting tasting rooms. Many have stylish restaurants where you can pair wine with a delectable menu.

Taking a train to get around is a great option for seeing Australia. Find out more in this month’s Top Ten list.

It’s an enticing mix of natural, cultural and urban delights that is drawing more and more visitors to Australia every year. Be sure to include Australia in your plans for one of the most rewarding vacations of a lifetime!

Kata Tjuta | Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT, Australia
 

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