First few things that come to mind when you think of Australia are pristine beaches, crystal clear water, serene sunsets and clear blue sky. If pop culture is to be believed, Australia is also full of man-eating crocodiles, poisonous spiders, alien flora and fauna and tough men fighting deadly animals and having adventures in the grand outback. However, there is much more to Australia than what we have learned watching Bear Grylls and his adventures. Join us as we explore this amazing land down under.
11000 Beaches and the Great Barrier Reef
Yes, you read that right. Australia offers its tourists not 10, not 100 but a massive 11000 beaches to choose from. That means, if you visited one beach every day, it would take you 27 years to visit all the beaches Australia has to offer. Some of the most well-known beaches in Australia include Whitehaven beach, Turquoise bay, Bells beach, Coles bay and Noosa main beach. Moreover, you can snorkel and scuba dive inside the world’s largest living organism- the Great Barrier Reef or if you are feeling more adventurous, you can snorkel with the majestic whale sharks in Ningaloo reef.
Lake Hillier is an average sized lake surrounded by eucalyptus and paperback trees. What makes this lake extraordinary is its obvious bright pink hue. Although, scientist have yet to conclude the reason behind this extraordinary colour of the lake, it is believed that the colour of the lake has something to do with the presence of Dunaliella salina micro algae as well as the red halophilic bacteria. The water of the lake is permanently pink and doesn’t lose its characteristic even when transferred in a jar. Lake Hillier has 10 times more salt content than the ocean yet it is safe to swim.
World’s most Livable City- Melbourne
For the seventh year in a row, Melbourne has been declared the most livable city by ‘The economist’s intelligence unit’s annual global livability survey’. What makes Melbourne such a great city to live in? Well, the trendy bars, world class sporting venues and picturesque wineries make Melbourne a happy place. Also, all 5 Australian cities that were listed in the survey ranked inside the ‘top 20 most livable places’ on the planet. That single handedly makes it, the best country to live in.
Australia is surrounded on all sides by 8,022 islands. That’s a huge number, but so is everything else when it comes to Australia. You can go on an island hopping trip or visit the world’s largest sand island- Fraser Island for an Instagram worthy vacation. Explore the island’s flora and fauna and get lost in the rainforests and eucalyptus woodlands. You can go on an overnight hiking on the island, most popular being the 90 km long ‘Fraser Island Great Walk’ to explore the island and its inhabitants.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
For the adrenaline junkies, Hancock Gorge is the best place to challenge their physical fitness. Also known as ‘journey to the centre of earth’, Hancock George is for those looking to up their Bushwalking game a notch. You can bush walk through a network of picturesque inter-connected gorges, perfected over a course of a billion years.
In addition to the above, Australia is full of exciting landscapes and world heritage sites that you can visit during your stay. You can read more about the fascinating war against the Emus, which the Australians lost somewhat hilariously or go watch the Melbourne cup at the Flemington racecourse.
"Being lost in Australia gives you a lovely sense of security." – Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines.
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