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Travel Australia logo Welcome to Australia

This is a place with its own rules. Where life is lived in a different light. You'll leave here not having seen Australia, but having been Australia. Australia. A different light.

Be prepared to be amazed, for all the nation's familiar faces - Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Great Barrier Reef, Aboriginal art, amazing mammals and Sydney Harbour - will not just live up to, but exceed expectations. And beyond them lie Australia's hidden treasures, lesser known but equally fascinating experiences, just off the beaten track.

Warm and welcoming, you'll find Australians happy to share vibrant cities or outback towns. Even when you're visiting a city you're never far from the open spaces of a woodland, wildlife sanctuaries or unspoilt national park.

With the reverse seasons of the Northern Hemisphere, Australia enjoys a largely temperate climate. Most of Australia receives more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, or an amazing 70 per cent of the total possible hours. Grab a hat and sunscreen and enjoy our delightful climate!

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Here’s a taste of the adventures in store for you from around the country:

Australia’s citiesSydney Harbour Bridge

Australian cities are all about lifestyle. Find out where there is great shopping, food and entertainment, natural surrounds and cosmopolitan fun. Urban Australians are waiting to show you Australia in a different light. The wonderful variety of Australia’s culture is reflected in its cities. Each offers its own distinct character reflected in design, arts, food and entertainment experiences. There is a city for all tastes.

Sunny, sexy, sophisticated - Sydney basks as the shining star of the southern hemisphere. The stunning Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are the pride and joy, but there's much more on offer.

The nation’s capital, Canberra, is home to many of Australia’s most important public buildings, art works and institutions. It’s also a great place to enjoy a well-planned city with its parks, gardens and surrounds.

The capital of South Australia, Adelaide nestles between sea and hills. It is a graceful city of wide streets, elegant buildings and parkland. Cultural pursuits, good food and wine are high on the agenda.

Melbourne, is known for the good things in life - fashion, food, entertainment and sport. This is a city of style, architecture, trams, theatres and art.

Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, with its stunning harbour and historic buildings is one of the most attractive Australian cities. It’s the perfect first step for exploration of the southern part of the island state.

Don’t let Brisbane’s easy-going, sub-tropical ambience fool you. There is plenty to do; visit islands, savour mouth-watering cuisine and fine local wines or soak up the arts or sporting lifestyle.

Darwin is a vibrant, tropical capital city perched on a deep-water port, offering a blend of cosmopolitan and city pleasures. It also acts as a gateway to key Top End natural and cultural attractions.

A sophisticated, scenic city, there is plenty to do in Perth. Cool down with Swan River water sports, enjoy a glass of local wine or explore the bushland in central Kings Park. 

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Beaches and islandsFrolicking on the beach at sunset

With a coastline of 36,737 kilometres, the island continent of Australia is one long stretch of sand. From the tropical islands of the Queensland coast, the wildlife rich islands of the south, and the unique island cultures of north, Australia's islands offer a rewarding experience away from the bustle of the mainland. Australia’s waterways are a paradise of rivers, inlets, estuaries, fresh and saltwater lakes containing abundant fish and wildlife.

Australia's largest marine park is the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, stretching more than 2000 kilometres along the Queensland coast. It has the most diverse animal and plant ecosystems on earth.

The Whitsundays comprise 74 pristine islands dotting warm, truly blue waters. Here you can commune with marine life among coral, set sail, explore a rainforest, stretch out on white sand and relax.

The dazzling Sunshine Coast is a string of coastal cities, beaches, and national parks, strewn along the sparkling Pacific Ocean. A haven for surfers, swimmers, adventurers, or those who want to relax.

The Gold Coast has 70 kilometres of coastline and many canals and tidal rivers to explore. You can swim and surf safely all year at 35 patrolled beaches on Australia's largest expanse of calm water.

Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef, covering 5,000 square kilometres of ocean, is famous for whale shark diving and in Shark Bay you can hand-feed wild dolphins.

Formerly just a pearling town, the tropical city of Broome is now the gateway to the Kimberley region in north Western Australia. It is blessed by sunny days, balmy nights and beautiful scenery.

Perth is surrounded by beaches – almost 80 kilometres within the city limits alone. Ideal for swimming, surfing, sailing, diving and fishing. The clear waters are also home to a variety of marine life.

South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula offers long white beaches ideal for swimming and surfing yet close to Adelaide. Marine wildlife abounds along a coastline adjacent to beautiful Kangaroo Island.

Tasmania’s East Coast is known for its sense of history, picturesque beaches, rugged gorges and headlands. Enjoy a scenic coastal walk, swim on a sheltered beach, dangle a line or simply relax here.

Winding around dramatic cliffs with the surf of the Southern Ocean swelling below, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road passes beaches and coves, quiet seaside villages and spots to enjoy brilliant sun and surf.

More than 70 uncrowded beaches line the coast of Sydney and beyond its northern limits. Visit famous ocean beaches like Bondi to Manly, or relax on some of the Central Coast's stretches of golden sand. Travelling south from Sydney, the south coast invites you to explore its scenic coastline. From Shoalhaven Heads in the north to the Sapphire Coast in the south, long beaches, inlets and bays abound.

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The best touring routesA jeep drives along an Australian beach

Australia is a land waiting to be explored and it's so easy. From spectacular coastal drives to outback adventures, there is an itinerary to suit every taste and time scale.

Western Australia is Australia’s largest state, with a variety of landscapes to match. Journey south through wineries and tall forests, head north to coral reefs and canyons, or seek out seasonal wildflower blooms.

Some of Australia’s classic drives wind along the eastern coast. Inland, scenic roads wind over the Great Dividing Range to the charming towns and landscape of the interior.

There are plenty of opportunities to leave the bitumen and discover Australia’s natural wonders. From the central deserts, to the Top End, Australia’s adventure routes are a paradise for explorers. The scenic byways of southern Australia wind through historic villages, enticing wine valleys and luxuriant forests. It provides the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.

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Discover Australia’s unique landscapes

A single rock rising from the earth like a giant red heart, sandstone figures clustered like ancient cities, such are the unique wonders that Australia is famous for. You will find them nowhere else as Australia has its own rules.

The Great Barrier Reef , more than 1,000 islands off the far north coast of Queensland, offers more than dazzling coral displays: there's pristine white beaches, crystal blue water and warm, lazy days.

Step into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a land where imposing russet monoliths loom over flat sand plains, and you step into a world of mystery and legend. This is the home of two of the most breathtaking unique wonders in Australia. Uluru (Ayers Rock), one great monolith rising 348 metres from the earth, and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), 36 red landforms clustered together just 32 kilometres away. This land is more than a magnificent sight, it is home to the Anangu Aboriginal people.

Western Australia's ancient land houses several unique wonders including the Pinnacles - thousands of pointed rock forms on a red desert expanse, and the Bungle Bungles, a gold and black-striped range of landforms.

Sydney Opera House, an extraordinary structure on the harbour at Bennelong Point, is one of the world's premier performing arts centres. Opened in 1973, it has taken its place among the world's most important buildings.

Kangaroo Island, near the tip of South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula, is Australia's third largest island. Civilisation and wilderness meet there in harmony, and sea lions, penguins, dolphins, koalas and kangaroos live in a natural environment.

World Heritage-listed Fraser Island - 120 kilometres long and 15 kilometres wide - is the world's largest sand island, with vast beaches, beautiful headlands and rainforests growing in just sand.

Tasmania's wilderness, also on the World Heritage list, is a stronghold of temperate rainforest and alpine vegetation, with pristine habitats for plants and animals (many rare and endangered) found nowhere else in the world.

In Australia's tropical Top End, the delicate pink beauty of the waterlily and the prehistoric brute strength of the crocodile merge in stunning Kakadu National Park. Rivers with roaring waterfalls and a landscape of towering sandstone escarpments cradle some of Kakadu's treasures waiting to be explored.

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The Outback

Australia's heart, and much of its landmass, lies in its outback. See your perspective shift by glimpsing a kangaroo, an emu or a camel. Click on the map to explore the immense desert plains of red sand and white salt pans, colourful gorges and unusual monoliths. Australia is an ancient land. Parts of its mass are estimated to be at least 1,500 million years old. Processes of weathering, volcanic and plate movements have produced the amazing landforms seen today.

The remote Kimberley is one of the world’s last great wildernesses, covering 420,000 kilometres. Its vast horizons and ancient gorges are places of immense beauty. The Kimberley is like nothing on earth.

In western New South Wales lies the historic outback town of Broken Hill. A city built on the wealth of silver mines, it is full of characters and heritage. Red dust roads lead off to national parks.

Any seeker of true outback spirit will find it in Tennant Creek in Australia’s Red Centre. Gateway to the Devils Marbles and the Davenport National Park, it’s an original frontier gold mining town.

Central Australia, home of Uluru, is a land of contrasts. It is home to pioneering Alice Springs, amazing rocks and gorges, ancient landscapes, glimmering rivers and ancient Aboriginal sites.

Covering nearly one third of Western Australia, the Goldfields is a land of contrast. You’ll find gold rush frontier towns like Kalgoorlie, and other towns rich in pioneering history.

The Gascoyne region of Western Australia is called the 'outback coast' - where red soil meets the blue of the Indian Ocean. Highlights are the town of Carnarvon and Mount Augustus, and the Kennedy Ranges.

Explore Queensland’s scorched heart – 3,000 kilometres of burnished landscape that forged the foundations of Australia’s culture of mateship and gave birth to its favourite folk song.

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Getting here

We're not as far as you think. It's only a movie, a couple of meals and an inflight nap away. There is a range of regular scheduled and charter flights to Australia, offering the chance to fly direct or to take advantage of the many stopover destinations on offer. Here's how to travel from the UK, Asia and USA.

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Entry conditions

A valid passport or similar acceptable travel document is required of all people wishing to enter Australia. Everyone, except holders of Australian and New Zealand passports, requires a visa to enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders apply for a visa upon arrival in Australia. All other passport holders must hold a visa before travelling to Australia.

Visit the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs website for information on tourist visas, working holidays, business visits, students, immigration, Electronic Travel Authority (ETAs), visas and other useful contacts.

For the location of your nearest Australian consulate go to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

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