Australia is the only country that has a whole continent to itself. World famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces (beaches, deserts and “the bush” or “the Outback”), Australia is ironically one of the world’s most highly urbanised countries and is well known for the cosmopolitan attractions of its globally significant cities, such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and the Australian capital city Canberra. Australia is among the major tourist destinations , and is one of the world’s wealthiest countries. The country is renowned worldwide for its vast, untouched landscape and its unique culture.
- Melbourne – Australia’s second largest city and the nation’s first capital city. Melbourne is a huge sporting and cultural capital.
- Canberra – the purpose-built, planned national capital of Australia
- Adelaide – the City of Churches, a relaxed South Australian alternative to the big eastern cities
- Brisbane – sun-drenched capital of Queensland, fastest growing city in Australia and gateway to beautiful sandy beaches.
- Cairns – gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, the Atherton Tablelands, Daintree National Park, and many beautiful beaches and resorts. A great place for people to getaway to and relax.
- Darwin – Australia’s smallest and northern-most capital, at the top of the Northern Territory
- Hobart – small and quiet capital of Tasmania
- Perth – the most remote continental capital city on earth, on the south-western edge of Western Australia
- Sydney – Australia’s first and largest city, the capital of New South Wales
Culture: Modern culture of Australia largely reflects its British origins, Anglo Australians are very protective of their culture and country. Australia has a small multicultural minority, its citizens’ families originating in seemingly all over the world, and practising almost every religion and lifestyle. Over one-fifth of Australians were born to immigrant parents, and there are approximately half a million Australians of Aboriginal descent.
Get Around: Approximately half of all international travellers arrive first in Australia in Sydney, the largest city, via Kingsford-Smith International Airport. Assuming direct flights to Sydney from various parts of the globe, travellers can expect a 3 hour flight from New Zealand, a 7-11 hour flight from countries in Asia, a 15 hour flight from the west of the United States of America and Canada, an 14 hour flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, a 13-16 hours flight from South America, and up to a 24+ hour flight from western Europe.