The birds might not be particularly musical and the land is so harsh it took English colonisers years to truly understand how to create sustainable agriculture, but it’s the severe landscapes, unique wildlife and unforgiving weather that appeals to the adventurous holiday maker in Australia.

Just the mere mention of Australia and magical images are quickly conjured. From the presence of one of the oldest living cultures on earth to the natural wonders in the remote parts of the outback, Australia is a country to become swept up in.

But more than just kangaroos and koalas, desert heat and ancient history, Australia is made up of cosmopolitan hubs dotted along the coastline. This is where a mix of cultural backgrounds have resulted in a unique Aussie fusion that locals hold dear.

Whether it’s the alfresco dining options in Queensland inspired by immigrants from Greece or Melbourne’s passionate coffee movement influenced by the Italians, Australia is a melting pot of backgrounds, cuisine, cultures and flavours.

This country isn't for the fast traveller. Close to the size of the United States, but with a population of just 24 million, travelling around this island nation takes time. Visitors can expect to get in touch with the country’s indigenous history and local people throughout the country, visit the Northern Territory or Tasmania, and get to know both the connection these people have with the land, as well what impact colonisation has had on them, their language, culture and how they manage the future of their people and identity.

Urban hubs Sydney and Melbourne are notorious rivals for the coveted best city in Australia title, while Canberra remains the often overlooked capital city. Vineyards and wineries abound in South Australia, where the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale are located, and Western Australia throughout the Margaret River region.

The small island of Tasmania, affectionately known as the Apple Isle, has outgrown its moniker and is now a food destination that even the most discerning epicurean will be delighted by.

And then there’s Queensland, known as the Sunshine State and where much of the population on the east coast go for a holiday close to home. It is a tropical destination with remote islands, the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and the glitz and glamour of the Gold Coast.

I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains.
Dorothea Mackellar
When to Visit
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Summer (between December and February) is generally considered the best time to travel to Australia, but given the varying climate patterns around the country, it's worth keeping in mind where you're visiting and what activities you're planning on doing. The north of the country, including... view

Travel Cost
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The prices of incidentals in Australia depend on the region of the country you're in. Hotels in Sydney are more expensive than those in Coffs Habour, for example. Generally, the price of accommodation can range from $25 for a powered camping site or hostel, to upwards of $200 for a city hotel... view