Australia is more than the staggering sea with blue waters, acclaimed coral reefs, surf and associated adventures like snorkel, scuba dive and beach comb - it’s a cosmopolitan, multicultural country with all the flourishes of modern development.
Aussies are one of those rare classes of people who are genuinely warm, exceptionally friendly, laid-back and tough as well. Without a doubt, the geography plays a huge part in shaping their attitude - with almost 50,000 kilometres of coastline and over 10,000 beaches; more than 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast, making it a primary part of their friendly and laid-back lifestyle.
But Australia is much more than the staggering sea with indescribably blue waters, acclaimed coral reefs, surf and all the associated adventures like snorkel, scuba dive and beach comb - it’s a cosmopolitan, multicultural country with all the flourishes of modern development that you can expect from a country of chilled out yet tough and industrious populace. As a matter of fact, Australian cities are some of the most impressive developments with each one of them paying homage to the beaches and their atypical geographies.
Australia is a dreamland for enthusiastic travellers who strive for wide outdoors, out-of-this-world natural wonders, bustling urban lifestyle, rich wildlife, and amazing food choices.
The organically diverse Australia offers such a humungous number of extraordinary experiences that it becomes challenging to decide which one to list and which one to dispense with. Apart from the ubiquitous sea, the sixth largest country in the world is also home to around 550 national parks and 19 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the prominent ones like the Great Barrier Reef, Blue Mountains, Sydney Opera House and a few relatively lesser-known ones like the Heard and McDonald Islands, Macquarie Island and the spectacular Wet Tropics of Queensland.
Every bucket list of a holiday to Australia is swarming with so many things to do in Australia that even an entire year of constant travel down under is too little to tick all that you want to see, experience or eat in Australia. Keeping this in mind, here are my tried-and-true delightful dozen recommendations of places to visit in Australia :
Not just is Australia huge; the Australian cities too are as sprawling. Guess nothing comes in small packages down under! I’ve tried to make things a wee bit uncomplicated for you by listing my favourite 7 cities to visit in Australia. Here it goes:
Repeating what I’ve been saying - Australia is huge! Finding the perfect place to have a blast of a time in a nation with 3 time zones should not ideally be dependent on the season but more on your budget, interests and climate.
You can choose the heavenly beaches of Sydney or the inviting outdoors of Tasmania or be fascinated by the nightlife of urban cities of Sydney and Melbourne or even plump for the Australian Alps in winters.
The most important aspect to be aware of is that Australian seasons are opposite to those in India. So, the summers there last from December to February and June to August are their winter months. Well, you can certainly plan to celebrate a warm Christmas or choose to spend India’s harsh summer skiing in the snow-covered mountains.
Our blog post has more details about visiting Australia from India, especially the things you must know before planning to visit Australia.
Winters in Australia are never the biting types of Europe or USA or Canada. The minimum temperature averages around 10 while the max can go up to 30. The breeze though is chilly due to the vast coastline and rains feel colder than the ones you faced in Indian hill stations.
The snow-covered mountains of Australian Alps in South-Eastern Australia (near Canberra and Victoria) present an excellent option for skiing, hiking or just relaxing in the alpine huts. Do remember to carry sufficient warm clothes as the mountains can see the temperature drop to 0.
July 25 is celebrated as Christmas in Australia to get a winter feel in common with the northern hemisphere. Of course they also celebrate it on December 25! Plan a visit to the major cities of Australia during this period for a raucous celebration.
This period is also perfect for visiting Great Barrier Reef and the Simpson Desert in Australia.
You can escape the harsh winters here and head to Australia from December to February. But remember this is the peak tourist season in Australia.
If crowds are your thing, this is the beast season to visit Australia. The beaches come alive with travellers from around the world, as well as locals since the educational institutes are also closed for summer vacations. Spending Christmas Eve at a beach is simply a monumental experience worth every single penny you may spend on your tour to Australia.
This is also the perfect time to be a part of the spectacular New Year celebrations in Sydney. Or book a ticket to the iconic Australian Open Tennis Tournament.
You can plan to visit Australian natural parks, vineyards and other outdoors during this time. Remember to carry a few bottles of sunscreen and a refillable water bottle to keep hydrated as the weather can get really sultry as you move from the city to the outdoors.
The month of March to May are considered as autumn in Australia and the nip in the air is as fresh as a misty forest morning.
Most of the regular travellers agree this is the best time to visit Australia to delight in lush greenery, visit wonderful valleys filled with water, wake up to the sounds of birds and explore splendid wildlife in the stunning Australian national parks.
These months are also earmarked for many major events around the country like the Vivid Sydney, Melbourne food and wine festival, and the legendary Melbourne F1 Grand Prix.
Again, this period witnesses a huge rush of tourists due to the salubrious climate, so make your bookings well in advance.
Spring in Australia lasts from September to November. The sultry summers are still a few months away so the humidity levels are near to the ground and thus, the locals are in a celebratory mood and manifest it with a number of festivals in every major Australian city.
Special mention must be made of Canberra that comes alive with a zillion vibrant flowers of the spring that jazz up the entire city with their captivating gorgeousness.
For adventure lovers, spring is the best time to visit Australia and try their hands on diving, sea kayaking, canoeing, and surfing.
While the spring season is an excellent time to discover Australia; a visit to Kangaroo Islands for watching wildlife or to the wineries of Australia for wine tasting sessions is highly recommended.
Travelling to Australia is always a privilege; don’t wait for the right season. An awesome travel company should be able to creatively design your trip to Australia for any season.
The Australia Visitor visa (subclass 600) lets you visit Australia for tourism visitor activities. The current Visa costs Rs. 9,000. The price is not final and can change on the sole discretion of Government of Australia or can fluctuate with change in AUD conversions. Visa regulations keep changing, we would advise you to check the latest regulations with Holxo Holidays.
You can visit this Australian Government website to know more as also to apply for Visa online.
Here is the list of essential documents required for Australian visa application:
While most travel organizers like Holxo Holidays shall be glad to help you with your Australia vacations visa process, please confirm with them in advance to avoid last minute exasperation.
Variously known as The Harbour City or The Emerald City, the coastal metropolis of Sydney is a visual delight and probably the most gorgeous urban city on planet earth.
The biggest city in Australia that is spectacularly enclosed within a busy harbour and charming beaches all around is also blessed with sprawling national parks that stretch right into the city, lending the surreal impression of skyscrapers in a natural jungle, rather than a concrete one.
No wonder native critters of the jungle can be found rambling around everywhere in Sydney.
While iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge complement the exquisite city Harbour, dozens of sun-drenched beaches dot the vast city coastline. In fact the most famous of them all, Bondi Beach sits at a proud no. 7 among the most visited sites in Australia - a remarkable achievement considering it is just about a Km long! Well, it’s just one among a total of 100 beaches in Sydney, so gear up for some serious tan.
But beaches and natural delights are not the only attractions here in Sydney; it has a vibrant culture, booming restaurants and wine bars, dazzling night spots and a lively medley of local denizens who are always more eager to party than their tourist brethren!
Sydney gives you a surfeit of options on an Australian holiday - bedazzling beaches, awe-inspiring architectural wonders, magnificent wildlife parks, a sophisticated food scene and a radiant art and culture environment. Here are my top 5 places to visit and things to do in Sydney:
A visit to Sydney is considered incomplete if you don’t do what the locals do: plan a day trip to one of the many attractions that are located a short distance from Sydney. Continue to our blog post for some of the best day trips from Sydney.
Melbourne occupied the top spot in the world’s most liveable cities for 7 consecutive years, finally dropping 0.7% to no. 2 last year by virtue of its electrifying mix of cosmopolitan style, sports, culture, wining and dining and the enigmatic vibe due to the 230-plus laneways that hack into the heart of the city. The city of laneways hides more than you can expect to discover in a lifetime.
For a tourist in Melbourne, one of the major draws is cheering with fanatic fans at a major Australian sporting event - and such events happen more frequently in Melbourne than any other city. But the city is also legendary for its world-class street graffiti, multi-cultural restaurants and bohemian bars.
The charming cobbled laneways of Melbourne hide a large number of hotspots like rooftop bars, artistic warehouses, authentic bakeries and pocket-sized coffee bars that not just rival New York and Milan but can as well give them a huge complex!
Melbourne is also popular among Indian travellers as an urbane and dreamy Australian honeymoon destination.
Designed purely to satiate eternal pursuit of pleasures, Australia’s most iconic holiday destination is dedicated to sun, surf and celebrating the chutzpah of youth.
The perpetually sunny Gold Coast is blessed with a resplendent 57 km long coast line of pristine white sand where simply watching a stunning sunset can make you fall in endless love with the city.
Wait, there’s more to Gold Coast than the water and sand - the scintillating skyscrapers that seem to rise from the sea itself! Your trip to Gold Coast must embrace a stroll in the cool neighbourhoods, discovering the flourishing culinary scene, the subtropical rainforest and finally, Gold Coast's glorious theme parks.
Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the lush rainforest fenced town of Cairns (pronounced as Cans) is a virtual wonderland of plush tourist resorts, souvenir shops and reef boat rental agencies.
Though more recognized as the base city for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and rainforests, Cairns present a whole lot of attractions and tropical adventure activities that warrants it a premium place in lists of most popular Australian tourist destinations.
The heart of the laid-back city is the seafront promenade, Esplanade. Practically every tourist to Cairns takes a stroll here while appreciating the many well-conserved parks, kids’ playgrounds, tony cafés, and water-themed attractions that flank the Cairns Esplanade.
Like all other Australian cities, Cairns is also a great place for beer lovers where you can share a can and spin a few travel yarns with other travellers. The easy-going city also gives you an overwhelming number of options when it comes to adventure tourism - you can choose from skydiving, bungee jumping, hang-gliding, and white-water rafting.
The slow starter among all major Australian cities, Perth is catching up lightning fast with distinguished siblings Sydney and Melbourne. The Western Australian town is the most isolated town of its size in the world - the nearest major city (Adelaide) is more than 2000 km away and Melbourne and Sydney about 4000 km away!
Consistently on lists as one of the most livable cities in the world, Perth is a fine template of what cities could be but never are. The streets here are so clean that you could easily add Perth as a synonym in the Oxford Dictionary. Perth is a big draw for tourists from Europe for its distance and the sunny climate.
The biggest draw of being in Perth is its laidback lifestyle where people are more interested in going to the beach that working a few extra hours. A booming economy of the past few decades has somewhat changed things so the travellers can expect magnificent beaches, grubs from around the world and flourishing restaurant and street-art arenas.
Australia has seen such a large scale of immigrations from all around the world that it becomes impossible to define Australian cuisine. What really is Australian Food?
Apart from the meats of exclusively Australian wildlife like kangaroos, crocodiles and emu, what exactly distinguishes Australian food from other parts of world? Well, well, well… Most of the iconic Australian delicacies are foods that have their origins elsewhere but have been adapted in a unique way by the folks of Australia as their own.
The highly intriguing part about Australian cuisine is that it is not available anywhere else in the world. Trust me, once you’ve tasted a few authentically Australian foods, you’ll crave for more. Probably not making Australian food famous outside the country is the well-kept secret of Australian Tourism for attracting more like us there, time after time!
Here are a few prominent Australian dishes that you can hope to find on your Australian sojourn. Read with a glass of water near you - drooling guaranteed!
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