Australia is a vast country (the 6th largest; about the size of mainland United States) and is mainly a semi-arid desert of staggering contrast and spectacular beauty. It includes a diverse range of habitats from wide open grasslands, tropical rainforests, coral reefs, scorched red earth deserts all of which form the landscapes of the sacred legends of the aboriginal people who first arrived 45,000 years ago.
Travellers often describe Australia as a dream destination because of the vibrant multicultural cities (such as Melbourne and Sydney), the safari across vast sand islands, trekking through ancient rainforests, and diving the Great Barrier Reef. In the Outback, there’s the rugged national parks and red-earthed deserts that offer adventure activities, vast empty landscapes and in places interaction with the indigenous culture.
Highlights of an intrepid trip to Australia would include visiting the Great Ocean Road, The Great Barrier Reef, Tasmania, Melbourne, Sydney, The Uluru-Kata Tjuta NP and if you’re circumnavigating Australia or exploring Western Australia, a visit to the Kimberley’s is a must. The Land Down Under deserves all the hype.