Australia is also known as the land down under, made famous by the song by "Men At Work". Beer does flow and men chunder. Beer does flow freely but Australia is also well known for its fine wine and good food. Besides the fine gourmet meals, Australia has a lot to offer to visitors from all over the world.
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. It is almost a continent on its own and a giant island. It has only about two people per square kilometer, the lowest population density in the world. Australia has over 10000 beaches, more than any country in the world. There are over 40 million kangaroos in Australia, the most well known animal unique to Australia. The longest stretch of straight railway track is 478 km in Western Australia.
Flying to Australia is easy. There are now about 30 airlines flying regularly from UK to Australia. One of the best times for cheap air tickets is early in the year. However do look out for special last minute offers which happen during all year round. You can also stop over in most Asian countries like Singapore, Japan or Thailand. Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns and Hobart have international airport terminals while Sydney and Melbourne airport enjoyed the most number of visitors.
Australia second biggest state is Queensland which is 4 times the size of Japan, otherwise known as the Sunshine State. It is home to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns. The oldest state in Australia is New South Wales. That is where the capital Sydney is. Do not miss its fantastic harbor, the Harbor Bridge, the famous Sydney Opera House and the Bondi Beach. Tasmania, an island, is the smallest city in Australia. It is surrounded with beautiful mountain landscapes. More than 40 percent of the island is a World Heritage Area with national parks and marine reserves.
Do not miss the scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road if you are in Victoria. The Northern Territory is about 3 times the size of France which includes breathtaking landscapes and wonders including the beautiful National Parks such as Uluru-Kata Tjuta where the famous Ayers Rock is.
South Australia, where Adelaide is situated, is famed for its laid back atmosphere, great wine from the Barossa valley regions and its beautiful coastline. Western Australia includes Perth, a charming seaside capital. Its population is only one and a half million people. However it has some of Australia's and the worlds more remote and awe inspiring landscapes.
During your visit, you will probably be overwhelmed by so much to see and do. Remember, Australia is a big place. Plan your precious vacation time carefully. If you are not sure, check out various websites specializing in Australian travel. Visit the Australian Travel & Tourism Network at http://www.atn.com.au, Australian Travel Emporium at http://www.austtravel.com.au, or Walkabout the Australian Travel Guide at http://www.walkabout.com.au. There is just something for everyone to do.