Despite being one of the world’s most remote locations, Australia is actually one of the most popular tourist hotspots. Many people are put off traveling to the country because of the long and potentially expensive flights. For those who make the effort, though, you’ll get to see some of the greatest natural wonders on the planet.
Diving in the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland is the world’s largest coral reef system, made up of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 1,400 miles. The clear waters make the area perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving as you can not only see over 500 different types of corals, but also 1,500 unique species of fish and 30 species of marine mammals, including one of the few stable populations of dugongs. Introductory scuba diving courses are typically available for around $150 per person including equipment, while certified divers can start exploring for around $100 per person including equipment.
Tackling the Unique Landscape
Crossing the different terrains of Australia is a unique experience that includes both the arid inland areas of the country, commonly referred to as the Outback, as well as areas filled with heavy vegetation. This kind of landscape is perfect for backpackers looking for a new challenge. There are a number of routes for beginners or experienced hikers, such as the Kings Canyon National Park that’s ideal for a day-walk around the rim of the cliffside, or multi-day trips like the Cape to Cape Walk through the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. The Outback is also, of course, home to a huge variety of different wildlife and there are a variety of different safari journeys on offer for families.
Relaxing on Bondi Beach
After a long flight or a trip in the Outback, though, sometimes it’s nice to just relax and catch up on your tan. Located just 4 miles outside of Sydney’s business district, the world-famous Bondi Beach is the perfect spot for this. The beach is over half a mile long, and also features many recreational activities like eating out, shopping, or sports, which includes learning how to surf. Being such a popular tourist attraction, the beach can become crowded, especially during peak tourist season. If you find this to be the case, seek out the nearby beaches in Bronte and Tamarama to escape the crowds.
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