As you may already know, I am currently travelling around Australia so it is no surprise that I am a fan of this amazing country and I think everyone else should be too. It’s not exactly what you see on Home and Away, ok maybe it is a little bit, but it’s also so much more than that. Here are my top five reasons to visit Australia this year.
The Great Barrier Reef
You’ll never see anything quite like the Great Barrier Reef. It really has to be one of the most vibrant and colourful examples of marine life. While exploring this living coral structure you may be able to see turtles, colourful tropical fish and even sharks! You cannot even imagine just how incredible an experience it is to see the most famous reef system in the world – there is just nothing else like it.
When it comes to terrain, Australia has everything – from the sprawling deserts of the Australian Outback, to the tropical forests of Queensland, to the epic views of the King’s Canyon and even snowy slopes of Mt. Buller. There are very few places in the world where you can experience so many different climates in one country. Also, don’t forget to pack for the right climate during your trip – Summer is Winter and Winter is Summer for Aussies.
Food and Drink
It’s not just a cheesy cliche that Aussies love a good barbecue – all parks and public areas usually feature several (sometimes free) electric barbecues, and most warm evenings end with some meat on the barbie, beers and chats with friends.
For a morning pick up, 1 Cover says that Melbourne is the best place to get coffee in Australia, as it takes it “almost laughably seriously”, so if you are a connoisseur of a cup of Joe, Melbourne is a place to go.
However, if you are more of a wine fan, there are several fantastic wine regions Down Under, producing a ton of different varieties. Some of the most famous are the Barossa Valley near Adelaide, Margaret River near Perth, and the Hunter Valley near Sydney. Make sure you try the Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
Australia is known for its incredible beaches, and it’s no wonder, as there is over 50,000km of coastline! The east coast beaches are full of tourists on a sunny day, whereas the western coastline is a bit of a hidden gem. If you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie, try your hand at surfing. Head to Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast – known for its waves – and there will be so many other people in the water. I’m sure no-one will notice if you wipe out… ok maybe only a few.
It’s not all deadly giant spiders and venomous snakes. If you are an animal lover, take a ferry to Kangaroo Island where you can check out koalas, whales, dolphins and, of course kangaroos in their natural habitat on an island that is lacking in natural predators.
If you want the thrill of those famous deadly creatures, go on a Jumping Crocodile Cruise if you want to see some animals that are less cuddly, or really get your heart pumping with Shark Cage Diving.
These are not the only reasons of course, but they are five of the best. There is so much going on in Australia and no matter how long you spend, you will never see it all. What makes you want to visit Australia? Let me know in the comments!