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About Australia

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 now over 24 million people (2016 data). Most of those people live 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 the map of Australia (below) 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 and from these flight times, Australia is a really big place! In comparison 24 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.

  • Climate and weather is quite different from top to bottom and from east to west.
  • Australia spans different time zones.
  • Travel planning is essential because of the large distances between places in Australia.
  • Outback travel planning is especially vital because getting it wrong can mean life or death in the harsh Australian outback. Outback guided tours are recommended for novice outback travellers.
  • Each state or territory has its own government. Public holidays, school holidays and even laws and road rules are different across the country!



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Map of Australia showing states, territories and capital cities.


You can experience just about anything in Australia.

Simply decide what you want to do!

Australian States and Territories

Name

Capital City

Australian Capital Territory
(ACT)

Canberra
(Australian Capital)

  • Australian Parliament
  • Floriade annual flower festival

New South Wales
(NSW)

Sydney

  • Bondi Beach - Sydney
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Harbour
  • 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 & ANZ Stadium for Sporting Events
  • Best New Year's Eve Party on the Harbour

Northern Territory
(NT)

Darwin

  • Kakadu National Park
  • Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock, The Olgas and more)
  • Alice Springs
  • Outback Australia

Queensland
(QLD)

Brisbane

  • Gold Coast
  • Gold Coast 600
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Port Douglas
  • Cairns
  • Town of 1770
  • Whitsunday Islands
  • Fraser Island - largest sand island in the world and home to the purest australian dingos

South Australia
(SA)

Adelaide

  • Adelaide City of Churches
  • Coober Pedy - Outback Australia
  • Opal Mining
  • Barossa Valley fine South Australian wine

Tasmania
(TAS)

Hobart

  • The Apple Isle!
  • Port Arthur
  • Cradle Mountain
  • Tasmanian Devil

Victoria
(VIC)

Melbourne

  • 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
  • Bendigo for pottery and gourmet foods
  • Daylesford - Natural Spa Country
  • Houseboats on the Euchuca River

Western Australia
(WA)

Perth

  • Fremantle (Americas Cup Sailing)
  • Broome
  • The Kimberleys
  • Monkey Mia (dolphins)
  • Nigaloo Reef (whale sharks)
  • Margaret River (fine WA wines)
  • Kalgoorlie gold mining town
  • The Indian Pacific Railway
  • Karri Forests
  • Nullabor Plain
  • Australian Outback
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