Australia awaits you with open arms
Yes, Australia is about as far away as you can go on our planet, but few travel destinations can match the offers they can come up with. That starts with the sheer size of the country that is actually a whole continent, with a flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. From rainforest jungles to baking deserts, from world-famous beaches to snow-covered mountains, the landscapes of Australia show an astounding diversity. Surfers from all over the world come to these beaches, mingling with the scuba divers from all over the world who explore the Great Barrier Reef. This UNESCO world heritage site is one of Australia’s main tourist attraction, therefore it is especially well developed and advertised. Here you can shake the fins of the great sea turtles and have an appointment with the surgeonfish. If you have bigger fish to fry, go to Hervey Bay for some extensive whale watching. On the other side of the bay is sand-only Fraser Island, which the native population used to call “paradise”. It is especially well developed and tries to preserve its beauty by switching to eco tourism.
Down the east coast are the main centres of Australian population, starting with Brisbane, capital of the province of Queensland. Here is a good chance to experience the very easy going Australian urban lifestyle, having a BBQ at Kangaroos Point Cliffs. You can also have a close encounter with the most iconic of Australian animals in the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Apart from the cuddly Koalas you will find Kangaroos, Wombats and the Tasmanian Devil, along with many typical Australian birds like the Laughing Kookaburra, the Rainbow Lorikeets or the Emu. If you continue your tour down the east coast, you can visit the famous beaches of Gold Coast and Byron Bay before arriving in Sydney, a sprawling urban area with five million inhabitants, the biggest city in Australia and its economic capital. The world famous opera house and the harbour bridge are certainly worth the sightseeing tour around the biggest natural harbour in the world. A day on Bondi Beach or Manly Beach is considered a great way to meet locals and relax. When the city life is not your thing, head west for about 80 kilometers to the Blue Mountain National Park. You can take in the wonderful landscapes from several lookout points, but it is also possible to be more active in the park. Mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking are popular with the visitors. Further south yet and inland in the mountains is Australia’s capital Canberra. Like Washington D.C. or Brazilia Canberra was built from scratch for the sole purpose of government. That it is actually a great city built like a giant park is still underappreciated.
The southernmost city is Melbourne, second to Sydney only in size and importance. Its great harbour, Port Phillips, guarantees the prosperity of the sprawling metropolis. From here you can take a ferry to the island Tasmania, southernmost part of Australia and world renowned for its natural beauty. Nearly half of the island is either a reserve or a national park. If you have seen enough of the coastal range with its rain forests and big cities, head inland into the dry and hot outback. Here people and water are sparse, but wonders like the Uluru, once known as Ayers Rock, are shown to you by Aboriginal guides. They also give some insight into the oldest known living culture in our world.
This tour alone will take you some weeks, and still there is places like Adelaide, Perth on the west coast, Alice Springs in the middle of the continent or the northern city of Darwin with the famous Kakadu National Park. Whenever you feel like seeing these and many more attractions in Australia, a flight with Lufthansa will bring you there.
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