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 southeastern 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 the 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 East 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 the youthful energy of cities throughout Australia. From Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, and Darwin, there is something to suit every visitor.
Honeymoon in Australia
A trip to Australia is the perfect choice for an unforgettable Honeymoon.. The country offers so many options for Honeymoon couples all year round. When travelling from the UK the options for stopovers are endless. If you have at least 2 or 3 weeks available for your honeymoon then consider a 3 or 4 centre holiday to Australia.
Stop off in Hong Kong on the way outbound, have a city experience in Sydney and then drive up into the Blue Mountains and wine region for stunning scenery and laidback downtime. Hop on a plane from Sydney to Ayres rock and experience the sunrise and sunset as you walk around the base of Uluru.
The beach lovers have the choice of Broome or Port Douglas as their base and the ability to include a visit to the Great Barrier in the north. Consider also adding a trip to Wineglass Bay of Tasmania in the South to end your first tour of Australia.
Getting Married in Australia
A wedding in Australia is very easy to organise and with no minimum residency rules you can literally step off the plane and get married. The couple both need to be 18 years and over and have applied at least one month and signed with witnesses a Notice of Intended Marriage. The ceremony can then take place anywhere in Australia whether a civil or religious wedding.
You will also need both the bride and groom’s valid passports and Visa ETA. If either of the bride or groom has been previously married, then the original divorce decree or, in the case of a widow or widower, the original marriage and death certificates will be required to be produced.
Hotels and Accommodation
In Australia accommodation is divided into categories based on facilities and location.
Hotels from budget 1-3 star hotels offering basic accommodation to 4 and 5 star properties offering International-style establishments of superior standard with an extensive range of first-class guest services and luxury hotel accommodation
Serviced apartments: Fully equipped apartments, 1-3 bedrooms with living area, complete with kitchen, laundry and separate bathroom.
Motels: Motels offer comfortable accommodation across the country. Rooms typically include a private bath or shower, television, tea/coffee-making facilities, and a small fridge. Most have in-room breakfast menus, while the larger ones have restaurants. Motels are generally found on the outskirts of town and are the ideal choice for motorists.
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Restaurants are very good value, particularly as many restaurants are BYO (bring your own): you buy your own wine or beer and bring it with you. There are also lots of excellent cafes and coffee shops. Fast food is widely available, with all the usual burgers, pizza and chicken places offering a quick bite. In cities and bigger resorts, you will find a greater variety of fast food in food courts, where dozens of small stalls compete to offer Thai, Chinese, Japanese or Italian food as well as burgers, steaks and sandwiches.
As well as beef and lamb, you may also find exotic meats, especially in the more upmarket restaurants. Emu, buffalo, camel and witchetty grubs are all served, but the two most common are kangaroo, a delicious, tender and virtually fat-free meat, and crocodile, which tastes like a mix of chicken and pork and is at its best when simply grilled.
At the coast, and elsewhere in specialist restaurants, thereis great seafood: prawns and oysters, mud crabs, Moreton Bay bugs (sea and freshwater crayfish), lobsters, and a wide variety of fresh- and seawater fish. In the cities and resorts, cafes will be open from early in the morning until late at night, serving food all day; in the country, they may stick more or less to shop hours.
Australia’s vast expanse of land makes distance, a major feature of any stay in the country. In general, public transport will take you only along the major highways to capital cities, the bigger towns between them, and popular tourist destinations.
To visit more remote locations you will have to consider renting a car and driving. There are plenty of very isolated spots, even between Sydney and Melbourne.
Foreign driving licenses are accepted as an International Driving Permit (available from national motoring organizations) may be useful if you come from a non-English-speaking country.
The rules of the road are similar to those in the US and UK. Driving is on the LEFT. Maximum speed limits outside built-up areas are around 100kph, in all built-up areas, the speed limit is 60kph.
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 percent 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
Languages spoke 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.
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