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Last updated: May 2020
For many, Australia is the trip of a lifetime. It is truly a kaleidoscope country, filled with so many beautiful and varied landscapes, deserts, forests, beaches, oceans and busy cities. It offers some of the most fascinating experiences you are likely to find, from getting up close and personal with marine life that can only be found in Australia, to immersing yourself in some of the oldest aboriginal communities in the world. With travel becoming more easy and accessible, what are you waiting for?
Australia is an enormous country – the 6th largest in the world, in fact. It is home to an incredible variety of natural and urban landscapes. With that being said, there’s an endless list of things to do in Australia. Above all else, you’d be a fool not to experience the breathtaking nature in Australia. The sight of those towering rocks and mountains, sun-kissed beaches and unique wildlife will make memories that you’ll never forget (if you don't believe us, just check out our article on cage diving with greate white sharks). So, grab your walking shoes and your surfboard and let’s go!
Travelling there is no easy feat, with flights taking at least 20 hours from most European countries and at least 14 hours from the USA. With it being such a huge country, it’s hard to pin down the best time to visit. Remember that Australia’s seasons are the opposite of what you may be used to if you are based in Europe and the USA: Australia’s summer runs from around December to February. The country is in full swing during this period, with plenty of festivals and sports events to enjoy. However, the blistering heat (and humidity in the north) can get too much. Alternatively, autumn (March to May) is an ideal time to visit pretty much anywhere in Australia. The weather cools down a little (whilst still being warm enough for those all-important beach days) and the crowds of tourists start to thin out. For more information and advice when it comes to exploring the outback, check out Flip Flop Wanderers for more Australian travel tips.
In a country that covers more than 7.6 million square kilometres, where on earth do you start? If you’ve been thinking about travelling to Australia for a while now, you most likely already have a pretty lengthy list of places you’d like to visit. Would you rather head to the lively cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide? Or are the peaceful landscapes of Fraser Island and the Whitsunday Islands more your style? Whatever you’re looking for, we’re here to help you get on your way. You can read some of our top tips for travelling in Australia:
They say that you never really know a country until you travel there and experience it for yourself. For the most part, that’s true. But it never hurts to learn a few fascinating facts about your next destination! First of all, Australia is so much bigger than most people realise. In fact, it’s almost the same size as mainland USA, and it would take you more than 29 years to visit all of Australia’s beaches if you visited one beach every day. That gives you plenty of reasons to make a trip there! What’s more, the Aussies certainly know how to party. They’re some of the world’s biggest beer drinkers, with each adult knocking back around 680 bottles per year. Sound like a lot? Well in fact, the Czechs drink double that!
Lastly, Australia prides itself on being a forward-thinking country with a melting pot of different cultures. For example, the kangaroo and emu were chosen to be the two animals that represent Australia on its coat of arms and both animals can’t walk backwards. With this, Australia wants to show that it is always moving forwards, never back. This might be why so many different people have chosen to make Australia their home. Around 28% of Australia’s population were born overseas, and the country is home to one of the largest Greek populations outside of Greece itself.
We are Jacob and Taylor. Travel is our passion and we love sharing our experiences here at The Travelling Souk. Our hope is that you would be inspired by this little blog to try something new, embrace an adventure, and live life to the fullest.