Australia is a vast island continent situated south of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea between the Pacific and Indian oceans. The worlds sixth largest country, Australia measures some 4000km east to west and 3200km north to south. Much of the interior of the country is flat, barren and extremely sparsely populated. The bulk of the population live on the narrow, fertile eastern coastal plain and on the south eastern coast. The Great Barrier Reef lies between 50-300km offshore and extends 2000km from the Torres Strait to Gladstone. Australia offers a world of adventures. From world-renowned beaches to the rugged outback, lush rainforests and amazing wildlife, restaurants and the sophisticated cities.
Whatever location you choose Australias states and territories, each offer their own unique options for your holiday. Discover youthful energy of cities throughout Australia. From Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, and Darwin, there is something to suit every visitor.
Australia States and where to holiday
New South Wales offers experiences from lively, cosmopolitan Sydney to lush rainforests, sandy beaches, and rugged mountain peaks to the Outback.
Victoria, in the south Eastern corner of the continent is compact geographically, but the state is packed with beauty and excitement.
Picturesque Tasmania with its rugged mountains, rolling pastures, dense ancient forest and pristine white beaches provide the setting for a holiday that can be as busy or relaxed as you like.
The Outback Northern Territory offers vast regions of red-gold desert contrast with lush green rainforest. The beauty of the Northern Territory is truly remarkable and uniquely Australian.
Queensland, the Sunshine State, is the second largest Australian state, boasting perfect tropical weather and the worlds largest living organism the Great Barrier Reef. Queensland is renowned for having some of the best beaches, rainforests and reefs in the world. Whatever location you choose Australias states and territories, each offer their own unique options for your holiday. Discover youthful energy of cities throughout Australia. From Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, and Darwin, there is something to suit every visitor.
Weather in Australia and When to go
The climate is generally pleasant without extremes in temperatures. Broadly there are two climatic zones. In the north, above the Tropic of Capricorn, about 40 per cent of Australia is in the tropical zone. The remaining areas lie in the temperate zone. However, because of Australias vast size, there are variations within these zones. The temperate regions have all four seasons, while those in the tropical zone have two (summer wet and winter dry).
Australias seasons are the opposite to those of the Northern Hemisphere. Spring: September-November Summer: December-February Fall: March-May Winter: June-August
Essential Facts about Australia
Flying time from London; approximately 19.5 to 23 hours
Time difference +9.5 hours to +11 hours
Capital City Canberra
For more information browse the official website for the Australia Tourist Board
Languages spoken English
Currency Australian Dollar
Visa requirements All visitors to Australia, except New Zealanders, require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter the country; if you are heading overland, you will obviously need to check visa requirements for countries en route. You can get visa application forms from the Australian High Commissions, embassies or consulates. At goeasy travel we can organise all UK passport holders visas when an itinerary is booked through our agency.