Yes, it was built on the sheep's back, yes, it has gorgeous, sandy beaches, yes, it has critters like you wouldn't believe of both the soft and furry and seriously threatening kind, yes, its people have a reputation for being relaxed, straight talking, outdoors loving, sports fans who love a good drink and know how to party on New Years eve. Australia is definitely offering all those things, but what you don't get from the adverts is the sheer size of the place.
Australia is a photogenic country of wide open spaces and intense colours. Endless reefs, glittering harbours and long beaches lead into the bright dense emerald of tropical forests, the soft grey greens of the alpine bush, the thousand shades of dry of the farming plains, the oranges and ochres of the desert centre and the big red rock at the heart. Vast distances apart hugging the fertile coast, Australia's cities have got their own personalities, influenced not just by the varied environment but by the gradually blending cultures of the people who live in them, cosmopolitan upbringings showing through in arts, food and fashion. But in Australia pretty much everything is influenced by the landscape.
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In contrast to the south, tropical north Queensland is a montage of rainforest, sugar cane plantations, mangrove swamps and river gorges. Explore the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park
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Photos of the Great Barrier Reef attract a lot of visitors to Australia, especially those with an eye for art and Melbourne makes an artistic pairing.
Australia: it's a big place. And there's just no way you're going to be able to see all of it on a flying visit. But two weeks is enough time to experience both.
Oz is the land of colour and the big colour destinations: the Red Rock, Blue Barrier Reef and Green Daintree can all be seen in one fantastic trip.
Sydney born Kat serves up this taster of Sydney to take you onto the harbour, into the bush and the mountains, to a couple of Sydney's best beaches, fill you up on top seafood and feed you a bit of local culture as well - and all in just five days.
Because it's so far away Perth has to have everything. It also has many natural charms: one of the world's most beautiful coastlines, a dramatic interior and it's neighbours with Australia's oldest wine region.