The Land Down Under, as it is fondly known to so many around the world is truly a country worth a visit. From its vast open spaces, magnificent landscapes, beautiful underwater and reef adventures, native wildlife, exciting culture, and friendly people, Australia should be high on your list of places to visit.
Head to the Great Barrier Reef for a little snorkeling, go whale or dolphin watching, enjoy one of the many pristine beaches, lear about the countries early convict and settlement history, meet the marsupials, try some Australian cuisine, and explore this fascinating and unparalleled country.
South Stradbroke Island
St Helena Island
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Most people are unaware that Australia is one of the largest countries in the world. The land mass of "the land down under" can be compared to that of the continental United States. However Australia's population is a mere 21 million--around 2/3 the population of California.
Climate: Because the country is so vast, the climate changes drastically depending on where you are. Generally speaking, the north is typically hot, with high levels of humidity. Winters in the north are quite mild. It is also important to remember that there are only two seasons in northern Australia: the wet season (spring/summer) and the dry season (autumn/winter). Like northern Australia, summers in southern Australia are exceptionally hot. However, the humidity significantly decreases the further south you go. Winters in southern Australia range from severely cold to temperate and mild--again depending on how far south you go. Another important detail to remember is that Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, meaning that their seasons are the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere. In other words, Australian summers are from December-March and their winters are from May-August.
Currency: Australian Dollar
Passport and visa requirements: Passport, Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), or nonelectronic label visa; proof of onward/return ticket, and sufficient funds are required. Embassy of Australia, 202-797-3000
Power: 240 V, 50 Hz
Time Zone: UTC + 10
A Snorkel Trip to Remember
Hot Air Balloon Crash!