The Land Down Under – First Hand Experience
Only one place on the face of this planet can claim themselves as their own island, country, continent, and most predominantly, culture: Australia, or as most around the world call it, the land down under. Americans imagine crocodile wrestlers chugging Foster’s beer while riding a kangaroo, and Europeans imagine backpackers turned partiers turned surfers basking on the beach and cuddling koalas. Although a traveler envisions what it may be like, their depiction of “Oz,” as locals call it, is but a dream compared to actually touring the vast destination.
Where to Go-
Anyone who has heard of Australia has likely heard of its most popular city Sydney, located in New South Wales toward the southeast corner of the country. This sunny metropolis boasts dozens of gorgeous beaches with naturally white sand and an assortment of flavorful international travelers exploring the territory. Bondi Beach, the most visited bay in the Sydney area, remains a staple in Sydney tourism with unmatchable scenery, delectable seaside restaurants, and epic waves straight from a surfer’s dream. Other than beaches, Sydney offers fabulous brand name and boutique shopping, extravagant theatrical performances in the iconic Sydney Opera House, street performances amid Circular Quay, and much more.
A short flight north from Sydney is the Gold Coast, home of 70 kilometers of squeaky clean sand and a city called Surfer’s Paradise, Australia’s own Las Vegas. Indulge in the party scene or take a shuttle to Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo in Brisbane where you can cuddle koalas and feed kangaroos.
While Cairns doesn’t have much of a good looking beach, thousands flock to this town to take sail, snorkel and scuba dive the famous Great Barrier Reef.
Located directly in the center of the country lies the true outback and Ayers Rock, otherwise known as Uluru, this dry, desolate land continues to captivate tourists with its nature and unique ecosystem.
When to Go-
Whereas most regions of the world cycle four seasons, Australia only has two: wet season and dry season. In the northern area of the country in such towns as Darwin and Cairns, temperatures hardly drop to a cool breeze year round. On the other hand, cities like Melbourne and Sydney (and any area in the south) wet season falls between May and September. During these times, temperatures can drop significantly and produce chilly rain showers. To avoid these anti-tropical climate, visit during dry season (also known as “high season”) which ranges from November to April.
Whether a traveler is seeking sun, culture, art, sea, or anything in between, the land down under offers endless amenities for anyone seeking to quench their unwavering wanderlust.