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Welcome to Australia! Our vast country which is also a continent and often considered to be the world’s largest island. Australia’s size gives rise to a variety of landscapes, from lush ancient tropical rainforests in North Queensland, to mountain ranges along the New South Wales and Victorian border and dry, desert country in the centre, known as ‘the Outback’. Most of us (25 million Aussies) live along the coast. Sydney is the largest city (4.8million), followed by Melbourne (4.4 m), Brisbane (2.3 m), and Adelaide (1.3 m). Darwin is a capital city (of the Northern Territory) but has only 140 000 people, while the national capital (Canberra) has only 350 000. Australia is a wealthy country, ranking second in the world (after Switzerland). This can make it also appear expensive. But with such a wealth of diverse experiences, some of which can only be experienced in Australia.
Make this is once in a lifetime trip and you will find its well worth it. Australia also has a history of extensive immigration. In 2011, 25% of Aussies were born overseas and 43% had at least one overseas-born parent. It’s a very beautiful and diverse country and a friendly country with its own unique sense of good humour. It’s also sport crazy, full of golden sandy beaches, blue skies and clean air. In short, a great place to live, travel and work.
As a tourist with money and/ or time constraints, try to travel as much as you can. Do as much on our bucket list (see p6) as possible, visit lots of golden beaches and mix with lots of friendly locals. Above all, have fun and enjoy this great country. After all that’s why you are here.
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OUR BUCKET LIST New South Wales Sydney Harbour and the Opera House
Bondi Beach Manly Blue Mountains Hunter Valley Byron Bay
Tasmania Hobart Cradle Mountain Port Arthur Freycinet
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Victoria Northern Territory Darwin Kakadu National Park Litchfield National Park Uluru Katherine Gorge
Melbourne Great Ocean Road Grampians Phillip Island
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Sydney is the first port of call for most young travellers arriving in Australia and it’s no exaggeration to say that the cosmopolitan atmosphere combined with coastal
BONDI BEACH Sydney is synonymous with Bondi Beach and that’s hardly surprising as you’ll find this world famous city beach is just 30 minutes from the city centre. Do remember that if you get the train to Bondi Junction you will still need to get a bus to the beach, so just catch a bus from the city and don’t forget your sunscreen. Things to do North Bondi RSL Travellers come from half way around the world to enjoy the five star views and The Bistro $25 lunch deal. northbondirsl.com.au Aboriginal Rock Carvings On the sea side of Bondi Golf Course, stands a substantial panel of Aboriginal rock carvings depicting various fish species. 8 THE WORD Australia Aussie Guide & Map
lifestyle experience on offer is unmatched by any major city in the world. Bondi, Coogee and Manly are each around half an hour from the city, which makes it so easy to tap into Aussie’s beach culture from the moment you get off the plane. Sydney Opera House, with its distinctive sail-like design is awe inspiring. While Darling Harbour and The Rocks are hubs of tourism, with the towering arch of the Harbour
Bridge and rightly esteemed Royal Botanic Gardens both nearby. West about 45 mins is the renowned Featherdale Wildlife Park, this lets you get up close and personal with some friendly locals – koalas, wallabies, bilbies and a BIG CROC. Further afield Port Stephens boasts 30km of bays and beaches, with Nelson Bay home to a huge pod of bottle-nose dolphins; while Fingal Bay and Anna Bay beaches are great places to hang out. Byron Bay really is backpacker central for the New South Wales north coast,
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and with good reason – for a touch of the hippie lifestyle and the perfect place to learn to surf. Plus Byron’s hinterland landscape is simply magical. With picturesque beaches set against a Mount Warning and Mount Chincogan backdrop, it’s not hard to understand this town’s popularity with young and old.
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Once a major hippy town and an escape from the hustle of city life, Byron is now a cosmopolitan and thriving seaside resort. It’s still very laid back and has a cruisey lifestyle. One of the ‘bucket list’ East Coast destinations, Byron has lovely long, golden beaches and all year round swimming. Byron Bay township is quite small with a few bars and heaps of cafes. It’s easy to walk everywhere or you can hire a bike. Many hostels rent out surf boards or you can take a surf lesson.
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Queensland offers some magical places to visit that are both distinctive and captivating. Discover and experience its endless wonders from tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, World Heritage sites, outback and of course its adrenalin adventures.
Queensland has nearly 300 days of sunshine a year and so with the ideal all-year-round climate, it’s no wonder that its one of the hot backpacking destinations around the world. Blue skies and warm weather have given Queensland the slogan ‘Beautiful one day – perfect the next.’ Your travel options include nature-based and/or adventurebased activities, cruise & sail or rail and driving holidays. 12 THE WORD Australia Aussie Guide & Map
Queensland’s capital – Brisbane, has grown over the past 15 years and is now regarded as one of Australia’s most liveable cities. While the Gold Coast is such a great place to live or visit that is has become the fastest growing urban area in Australia. The world famous ‘Great Barrier Reef’ can be accessed from many resorts along the north coast of Queensland, including Cairns, adventure capital of the north. Finally, all along the Queensland coast are some of the world’s most beautiful islands. From South Stradbroke Island in the south, through Magnetic Island off Townsville to Green Island and its turtles in the far north. You may not stay on any island, but you can visit many by ferry, launch or sailing boat.
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We all know that the Whitsunday Islands are the place to go sailing and Airlie is really, well, party central. How about something a little different? Check out the following to whet your appetite and stay an extra few days in this tropical paradise. Ocean Rafting Enjoy a thrilling ride out to the Whitsunday Islands and the famous Whitehaven Beach. Skim fast over the water on an exhilarating ride. These guys do a great job of looking after you, whether snorkelling over natural coral brimming with colourful fish or informing you of the local history. Whitehaven Beach has the whitest sand in the world
The not so new craze has hit Airlie Beach. A really great option to paddle around the moored boats just offshore. whitsundaystanduppaddle.com.au Airlie Beach Skydivers Fancy jumping out of a plane from 14 000 feet and landing on the beach? Then go with Airlie Beach Skydivers, and experience the only beach landing in the Whitsundays. Amazing views and a great experience. airliebeachskydivers.com.au Rainforest Discovery Tour Ride your own Segway through the lush green rainforest and discover Conway National Park. Enjoy delicious morning tea under the canopy of the rainforest and relax by the crystal clear waters of Impulse Creek. whitsundaysegwaytours.com.au
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Darwin and Kakadu Darwin is ‘the capital of the NT’ and one of the fastest growing and most cosmopolitan cities in Australia. It is steeped in rich history, from its Aboriginal roots to its modern WW2 heritage. Mindil Beach Markets they are open every Thursday and Sunday and are well worth a
visit for food and cool stuff to buy. Watch the sun setting from the beach. mindil.com.au Kakadu National Park is the main attraction of the region. Discover the remarkable landscape, wildlife and rich culture. Uluru and the Red Centre Uluru (Ayers Rock) stands alone in the middle of the Australian outback, 348 metres high it’s a massive sandstone rock formation. Visit Uluru with The Rock Tour FREECALL 1800 246 345
Adelaide is a city of music, festivals, culture and creativity and is the gateway to some of Australia’s best wine country. It wasn’t named one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World for nothing! Adelaide has a blend of historic buildings, booming small bars, eclectic cafes and 20 THE WORD Australia Aussie Guide & Map
food markets. It’s also aptly known as the “20 minute” city, the airport is seven kilometres away, while the closest wine regions are only an hour away. There is a Free City Connector Bus and the tram is also free within the city between South Terrace and the Entertainment Centre. Half Day Tours with Adelaide Sightseeing are a great way to learn about the history and layout of the city and include a visit and tastings to Australia’s oldest chocolate manufacturer, Haigh’s. For more details visit adelaideisightseeing.com.au
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