There’s nothing better than travelling the world to find yourself, have life affirming experience after life affirming experience and immerse yourself in new cultures. Even if you have a full time job, a mortgage and other financial responsibilities, you can take extended trips. One of the most incredible and remote places to visit is Australia, whether you are a native to the region or not. The Land of Oz doesn’t have a wizard, a tin man or a wicked witch of the west, but it does have incredible vibrant cities, remote rural vistas and incredible geography. For a place on Earth that has a unique culture, wonderful people and awesome food, Australia is the place to go.
Flying is the only option when traveling to Australia from a foreign nation. Indeed, flying is the main way to travel when venturing across the nation as cities are coastal and thousands of miles apart. Every day of your travels in Oz should be jam packed full of fun, sightseeing and good food. Take a look at these simple ways to ensure that you can have plenty of g’days in Oz.
From Melbourne to Sydney and from Darwin to Adelaide, all of Australia’s wonderful cities are cosmopolitan, multicultural and exciting places to visit. Sydney, has the iconic opera house and a wonderful waterside life. The Darling Harbor and Circular Quay are great hubs for foodies. You can partake in the freshest seafood, including the glorious barbecued shrimp.
Melbourne is seen as the finest city for cuisine and culture. You can head to the new world vineyards one day, visit kangaroos and wallabies in the wild, and hot foot it to rugged coastlines the next. There are more nooks and crannies in Melbourne than any other Australian city. These are perfect for those out of the way eateries that everyone hunts for. Hidden gems often have no signs advertising their cuisine, so follow the crowds. The best hotly spiced Szechuan beef can be found in Chinatown and some exquisite tapas can be found in the Richmond borough.
If you adore food, the chances are you risk piling on the pounds. So, it might be time to have a go at some physical activities. Why not venture to the Yarra river to have a go at kayaking, go fishing at Port Phillip Bay, or have a swim at the aquatic center. The possibilities are endless.
Off The Beaten Track
To get away from the crowds, you need to consider campervan hire to take control of your travel. With the outback a vast and largely barren landscape, you need to ensure that your vehicle is equipped with everything you need, from shelter to water. A campervan is perfect for this very job. You won’t have to worry about finding a campsite or checking into motels. Instead, you will have your accommodation on four wheels. While a little less salubrious than a five star hotel, a campervan is an excellent way to hit the road and see the real Australia.
Cities cover the tiniest percentage of the country. The vast majority is a landscape filled with wildlife, natural scenery and outback. The most famous touristy spot that isn’t a city is Uluru. This incredible rocky formation is central to Aboriginal culture and is a mystical spot to while away a few hours. Alternatively, you might fancy a jaunt to Alice Springs. This quirky little town is central in the outback and can be a great base for touring the region. The Camel Cup could see you venturing to the town to witness the humped creatures racing for glory.
For a little more peace and quiet, Lake Eyre is ideal. A massive salt lake that goes on for as far as the eye can see is full of bird life. Colonies of thousands of waterfowl venture to the lake to breed and raise their young. You could camp out under the stars at Kati Thanda National Park and enjoy getting back to nature. You might choose to see the lake from above and take a flight over the park. Seeing the area from a different perspective can be incredible. Some trails in the outback are really remote - a four wheel drive would be the only way to get around, and a guide could be in order.
Venturing to Australia is a life affirming experience. You will have the perfect mix of the outdoors, off the tourist trail action and amazing city life to enjoy. Take an extended trip and get to grips with the Australian hospitality. Before long, you’ll be throwing another shrimp on the barbie.
by Natalie Marie.
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