Flights to Australia
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. Experience the drama of the remote 'Outback', the colourful spectacle of the Great Barrier Reef and its coral islands and the excitement of the cosmopolitan cities. To top it all off, enjoy sun and surf at some of the best beaches in the world, to the tropical rainforests of Western Australia.
The list is endless in this diverse land of adventure, which boasts 2,000 national parks and 14 World Heritage-listed areas, along with more than 7,000 beaches. Australia is a land of character too, with its melting pot of cultures. For more than 50,000 years the Aboriginal people lived and thrived in the continent's unique environment. It is believed the Aboriginals are the world's oldest civilisation, and in recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in keeping the Aboriginal culture alive and flourishing. For more than 50,000 years the Aboriginal people lived and thrived in the continent's unique environment. It is believed the Aboriginals are the world's oldest civilisation, and in recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in keeping the Aboriginal culture alive and flourishing.
The vast continent at the bottom of the world was the last landmass to be discovered by European explorers. Captain James Cook arrived in Botany Bay in 1770 and sparked off generations of emigration to Australia, which for some time served as a penal colony. It was not until 1860 that two explorers - Robert Burke and William Wills - became the first Europeans to cross Australia from south to north. The country remains a magnet for modern explorers and adventurers and has a great deal to offer tourists and holidaymakers.
Things to do in Australia
A continent and a country at the same time, Australia spans thousands of miles from coast to coast and is packed full of wonderful sightseeing activities for visitors of every budget and every taste - from tropical rainforests and over 8,000 species of wildflowers in Western Australia to the likes of the Gold Coast and Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island, on the east coast, Australia's attractions are amazingly diverse. Boasting 14 World Heritage-listed areas, 2,000 national parks and 7,000 beaches, there is plenty to explore in this land down under.
Head north to explore the rugged bush and ancient Aboriginal cultures while trekking across the Great Outback, visiting Ayres Rock along the way. Splash into the crystalline waters of the Great Barrier Reef for a spot of snorkelling and head south towards Sydney for a day of basking in the sun on Bondi Beach. Take in the historical sights in the Rocks, the site of the first European settlement in 1788 and the birthplace of Australia, go hiking in the Blue Mountains and pay a special visit to Hunter Valley for a spot of wine tasting. With all these options and hundreds more,visitors will have trouble narrowing down their to-do lists.
Australia is all about the great outdoors, with exciting and unique wildlife to boot and visitors should get out and explore the sights on foot. Travelling along the east coast of the country is best done by bus or car, while those wanting to cross the treacherous great expanse of the country are advised to catch a plane, unless they are interested in an outback safari. With so many territories offering their own special flavour, it would take a few months, if not years to explore and discover all that this magical country has to offer.
Australia's climate is temperate, most of the country receives more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. In summer, December to March, the average temperature is 29°C. The hottest region is the northern two-thirds of the continent, which experiences humid and wet conditions in summer. Further south summer is warm with occasional hot spells and mild nights. Winter, June to August, tends to average 13°C for the entire country, with warm days and mild nights in the Northern areas, becoming cool and showery in the South although there are still plenty of sunny days.