Friday, October 21, 2011

Three Aussie Holidays, Three Ways

Heading down under for a holiday is a great idea for so many reasons. Australia is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, and for good reason. Not only do we enjoy a high quality of life with every comfort the average tourist would want, but we also have some of the most beautiful (and strange) wildlife, the prettiest beaches and the most vibrant and unique cities. Top it all off with the trademark Aussie attitude and you’ve got a tourist destination to rival any other in the world.

Australia’s popularity also comes, in part, from the fact that it is possible to have several entirely different experiences in the same country. From perfect Port Macquarie holidays to tropical safaris through rainforests in Cairns, and even chic city breaks in Melbourne and Sydney, there are several different Australia’s all rolled into one, all of which are ripe for the taking if you’re a tourist. Here, we’ve got three different Aussie holidays to choose from, each one as unique and rewarding as the last. Enjoy!

City Slickers

If you’re the type of person who could take or leave nature but really gets off on culture and architecture, Australia’s cities are for you. Sydney and Melbourne are the country’s largest cities, and boy, do they tire of being compared to one another! There is a friendly (ish) rivalry between these two dynamic cities, and as vehemently as you’ll hear someone from Sydney declare that Melbournites all wear black and it rains too much, there will be someone from Melbourne just waiting to fill you in on how superficial and culture-less Sydney-siders are.

In a way, they are the New York and LA of Australia, destined always to be compared against one another. Melbourne definitely trumps when it comes to the arts and culture scene, with a quirky, funky and very ‘New York’ feel to its alleyway bars and cafes. Sydney, on the other hand, wins far and away when it comes to natural beauty (it is surrounded by one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world, after all) and colonial history. Both cities are a must if you want to experience the culture of Australia and its people, so make sure you spend your time getting to know the local neighbourhoods as well as the city centres.

The Outback Adventure

If you’ve grown up watching Crocodile Dundee and can’t wait to experience the fierce red outback of this sprawling country, then outback adventure is for you. Head to the centre of the country to experience the geographical and spiritual heart of our land, Uluru. You can also explore nearby Alice Springs, and take a camel ride out into the desert to see one of the most spectacular sunsets you’re ever likely to see. Broome, in Western Australia, is another great outback town, with the added bonus of Cable Beach, one of the most gorgeous in the country. Darwin, in the far Northern Territory, is pretty much as authentic as you’re going to get, and although it is a capital city, it feels more like a bush town, complete with the threat of crocodiles on the beach and box-jellyfish in the water!

The Beach Break

If Australia were famous for one thing above any other, it would have to be the beach. With over 10,000 beaches around the country, there’s nothing Australians love more than surfing, swimming, sun baking and fishing down at the local stretch of sand. There are so many brilliant coastal towns to visit, and whether you’re staying in beachside Port Macquarie accommodation or a resort on the white sands of the Whitsunday Islands, you’re bound to be mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the sea that surrounds this country.

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