Australia is a huge country with a coastline of over 34,000kms or 21,000 miles.
You can fit nearly 32 UKs in to Australia!
The population of Australia is just over 20 million people. The majority lives in the capital cities or close to the coast.
Australia is made up of states and territories. Each one with their own capital city, state government and their own unique tourist attractions.
Looking at this map of Australia doesn't really give much perspective.
Even after a long flight to Australia most visitors don't quite realise how big this country is.
Flights in Australia are usually how you get around between the cities.
Perhaps these approximate flying times between some Australia cities might help.
Sydney to Perth - 5 hours
Sydney to Canberra - under an hour
Sydney to Melbourne - 1 hour 20 mins
Sydney to Adelaide - 2 hours
Sydney to Brisbane - 1½ hours
Sydney to Darwin - 4½ hours
Sydney to Cairns - 3 hours
As you can see on the map of Australia and from these flight times, Australia is a really big place! In comparison 20 million people isn't that many people compared to many other countries. This means that most visitors to Australia have expectations of the country which are not necessarily true.
Being so big means several things to visitors to Australia.
Floriade annual flower festival
New South Wales (NSW)
Bondi Beach - Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House
Mardi Gras -Sydney
Blue Mountains Hunter Valley for fine NSW wines Coffs Harbour home of the Big Banana! Byron Bay and Cape Byron most easterly point in Australia
Bathust 1000 Motor Race Thredbo, Perisher and NSW Snowfields for skiing, cross country skiing and snowboarding.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney Olympic Park & Telstra Stadium for Sporting Events
Best New Year's Eve Party on the Harbour
Kakadu National Park
Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock, The Olgas and more) Alice Springs Outback Australia
Gold Coast SuperGP Great Barrier Reef Sunshine Coast Port Douglas Cairns Town of 1770
Fraser Island - largest sand island in the world and home to the purest australian dingos
South Australia (SA)
Adelaide City of Churches
Coober Pedy - Outback Australia
Barossa Valley fine South Australian wine
The Apple Isle!
Cradle Mountain Tasmanian Devil
Shopping in Chapel Street and Bridge Road
Melbourne Theatre, Culture and Arts
Australian Open Tennis Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Albert Park
Melbourne Cricket Ground Home of Australian Rules Football (AFL)
Great Ocean Road
Mt Hotham, Mt Buller and Victorian snowfields Yarra Valley for fine Victorian wine
Ballarat Gold Rush country
Houseboats on the Euchuca River
Fremantle (Americas Cup Sailing)
Broome The Kimberleys Monkey Mia (dolphins)
Nigaloo Reef (whale sharks)
Margaret River (fine WA wines)
Kalgoorlie gold mining town
Karri Forests The Indian Pacific Railway Nullabor Plain Australian Outback
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