Australia has the distinction of being both a country and a continent. It is the smallest of the seven continents, but the sixth largest country in the world. Travelers to Australia will encounter modern, cosmopolitan cities like Sydney and Melbourne, contrasted with the oldest culture in the world – the aboriginal culture, dating back over 50,000 years.
The breathtaking beauty and diversity of Australia’s landscape is captured in its 2,000 National Parks and 10,000 beaches. From the stark beauty of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park’s iconic monoliths to the vast expanse of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia is certainly a nature lover’s paradise on Earth.
Nature lovers will also be treated to plenty of wildlife encounters with many animals indifgenous to Australia. We’re all familiar with kangaroos, dingoes, platypus, and koalas, but how about a cassowary? This frightening bird is a fast runner and has deadly claws. Or the echidna – looks like a porcupine, but has the characteristics of both reptiles and mammals. The list of weird and wonderful creatures goes on and on!
Travelers to Australia have no worries when it comes to dining experiences. The country has a long history of wine production, and it’s no surprise that seafood is prominent on menus from street vendors to gourmet restaurants. Feeling adventurous? Try dishes (or cocktails) flavored with high protein green ants or have a guangdong milkshake.
Australians as a rule are energetic and fun-loving – passionate about their country and its history, and dedicated to preserving their unique environment. You will be greeted warmly.