I am sure many of us have thought a time or two about taking a trip to Australia. Who wouldn’t love to learn how to surf or swim in the ocean? Wouldn’t you love to check out the birds, reptiles, kola bears, and other wildlife?
If any of those things intrigues you, a trip to Australia might be the perfect vacation. Because the Australian climate is so varied, there’s always a variety of options for destinations and activities. If you prefer to rough it in the country, you can explore the Outback and climb Ayers Rock. Those who prefer the city can discover the delights of Australia’s major cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.
Whether you have to budget, or you have a few extra bucks to spend, you can find the right Australian travel package for you. Those on a budget can see what Australia has to offer by backpacking around the country and staying at inexpensive hostels.
Australia bound travelers can book guided tours which include things like sailing trips, hikes through the wilderness, and tours of the local wineries. You can book these tours online or by using a travel agent. Many travel agencies will offer packaged deals with hotel accommodations or by combining activities with hotel and airfare.
So what activities should you do? If you took your vacation to relax, there are plenty of beaches for you to sooth your soul. If you enjoy shopping, you could partake in the top-rate, fair trade shopping that Australian cities can offer.
Other activities include, taking in a play, or visiting historic or political points of interest. Australian fine dining is famous for its choice selection of seafood and beef. Some tour packages may even offer cooking classes, if you’re interested in learning how to prepare these delicious meals yourself. Be sure to ask your travel agent about these or check out Google 😉
Australia is known around the world for its wines, particularly Shiraz, so a cooking class that incorporates wine into the cooking would be an ideal way to experience all the culinary delights Australia has to offer at the same time.
If you prefer activities which are more active, a kayaking trip or a tour of the Great Barrier Reef might be the thing for you. Travelers can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, get lessons on surfing, or go parasailing.
If your adventure is more of the extreme nature, you can try bungee jumping or skydiving. For those who wish to get in touch with nature, a drive along the Great Ocean Road or a day cruise to watch dolphins and whales in the ocean would be a great way to appreciate Australia’s natural beauty.
For more ideas about a perfect Australian vacation, you can find a multitude of websites and guidebooks that can help you plan your trip. Let’s Go, Frommers, and Lonely Planet offer guidebooks updated annually that highlight points of interest, places to stay, and the best restaurants to visit, as well as the general price range and rating for each.
Travel websites can also help you plan a trip. Australia.com has a vast amount of resources, including census data, travel specials, climate information, currency conversion and photo galleries. It even has information about temporary work visas, if you’d like to make your vacation an extended working holiday.
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